CAPRE’s Sixth Annual Washington, D.C. & Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit

Sep 12, 2018

Featured Speakers

Henry Amistadi, IT and Data Center Analyst, MITRE

He has many years’ experience working both sides of enterprise data centers, as an IT performance analyst and a data center HVAC/Facilities analyst.
IT Performance Analyst – MITRE
As a performance analyst and tester for +10 years, he tested or analyzed the performance of every kind of hardware (storage, network appliances) and software (COT, ERP and custom). He performed many application usage and VM performance analyzes. His application workloads collection is used when estimating the cost of moving apps to the cloud. He was involved in virtualization of many Enterprise apps. As BCP/DR tests analyst he determined timings for infrastructure reboots, mirroring and application availability.
HVAC/Energy software developer – Prior to MITRE
Prior to MITRE, he had +15 year’s experience designing and developing building HVAC design and energy software for Mechanical Engineers, Utility companies, HVAC manufacturers. He was an active member of ASHRAE Energy Calculation Technical Committee.
Data Center Analyst – MITRE
Because of his prior experience, in 2011 he was assigned to work on data center consolidation and modernization. Virtualization left a patchwork of server to consolidate, and racks with high power draw. He facilitated “low hanging fruit” retrofits and quantified their impact, but couldn’t substantially increase cooling capacity to racks. This lead to the need for modernization.
As the power & cooling systems technical lead on the data center modernization project, he worked with Facilities, IT operations and BusOps. He modeled all the water and refrigerant cooling system options including CRACs, in-row, and cabinet cooling calculating initial and operating costs. His recommendation was to install an active rear door refrigerant-based cooling system (Opticool) that utilized campus chilled water, and 408 V power distribution to support high power rows. To obtain funding from the CIO required a “build it as you need it approach” to be economically competitive with CoLo. The phased implementation was modeled using CFD. Once installed, the system won innovation awards, and was presented at Gartner and other conferences.
Since the system was innovation (1st Opticool install in New England), it required extensive monitoring and tuning. As a data analyst, he used Tableau to build a Data Center Analyst Workbench for visualizing the IT rack temperature, humidity, power; and HVAC system performance. This system is currently used for trending, capacity planning & problem diagnostics. His recent research project focused on use of machine learning for anomaly detection and predictive maintenance using Splunk.
He has work on data center studies for other MITRE Centers’ sponsors including Air Force & DOD.

Jonathan Atkin, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

Jonathan Atkin is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and has been a senior analyst at the company since 2000. His focus areas include telecom services, telecom infrastructure, wireless, satellite, Internet, hosting and colocation providers. During 2008-2010, the Financial Times has ranked Jonathan as the No. 1 and No. 3 stock pickers in the telecom and wireless services sectors.  Previously, he held equity research positions with Alex.Brown, Toronto Dominion and Ferris Baker Watts, covering wireless, wireline and Internet service providers. Prior to beginning his capital markets career, Jonathan was a senior consultant at BIA Companies, worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz AG and was a policy analyst with the United States Congress. Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University and a BS and MS from Stanford University. He is a two-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon.

Sami Badri, Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse

Sami Badri is a senior analyst at Credit Suisse responsible for the firm’s coverage of the Communications Infrastructure sector, including data centers, towers, and Internet fiber/infrastructure. Mr. Badri joined Credit Suisse in 2013 and joined the equity research department in 2014 as a research associate in the technology, media, and telecommunications group, covering the information technology hardware and global communications equipment sectors. Prior to Credit Suisse, Sami was a management consultant at PwC Consulting, working in the financial services strategy group, and attended the Pennsylvania State University where he received a BS in finance.

Gabe Cole, Chief Technologist, Strongbow Consulting Group

Gabe Cole is Chief Technologist for Strongbow Consulting Group, which helps drive network transformation for the world’s largest enterprises by optimizing global voice and data networks to better connect data centers, applications and people. Strongbow prides itself on its ability to provide unbiased guidance, working hand-in-hand with clients to make positive change a reality. Prior to joining Strongbow, Gabe was principal of RTE Group, specializing in data center and network infrastructure strategies. Gabe is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years’ experience across data center, colocation, cloud, and network. He has worked engagements around the world. Gabe founded and/or participated in a number of venture-backed emergent technology companies including Telwares, Virtustream, Verne Global, Enclave Properties, Ixpanse, and CO Space.

Chris Coleman, Vice President - Enterprise Sector, Digital Realty

Jeff Ferry, Director, Goldman Sachs

Jeff Ferry is a Director with Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group and has been with GS since helping to start up the group in March of 2004.   GSSLG focuses on providing a wide range of capital, including senior debt, 2nd lien, mezzanine capital and preferred equity to middle market companies to support leveraged buyouts, expansion/growth capital needs as well as recapitalizations and other financings.   GSSLG has been a very active investor in the data center, managed services, IT services and hosting space, with debt and/or equity investments over the past few years in growing companies like Viawest, Datapipe,  Iweb,  Telx,  Cervalis and Endurance International.

Cary Frame, CEO, Polargy

Cary owns and operates Polargy, which designs and manufacturers those “Why didn’t I think of that?” kind of products for the white space. He is exceedingly curious and attributes his success to that. He bites off more than he can chew, but he’s built a solid team around him who can finish the work he starts. He applies the No Jerk Rule equally to employees and customers. Cary is definitely a journey person and is often distracted by shiny objects. He has some strongly held beliefs that include Happy Wife Happy Life, and The Chicken Came First. Finally, Ridge Lytton Springs is his favorite wine and he can be spotted at Burning Man drinking it at the wine camp he runs there.

David Fiedler, Datacenter Operations Design and Build Manager, Dropbox

Dave joined Dropbox in mid-2014 to help plan, design and construct the organization’s next iteration of physical infrastructure. Mr. Fiedler previously served as Modular Power Solutions’ Director of Technology. Upon joining the company in 2012, he was responsible for leading research and development in the application of modular power distribution. In addition to his role with the product, Mr. Fiedler assisted various firms as a corporate advisor in planning their business growth and corresponding IT expansions. Over the course of his career, including a tenure as a senior consultant with Hewlett-Packard, he represented Fortune 500 firms and public entities alike in numerous vertical markets both domestic and internationally. He received his BSE from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer.

Jeffrey Fidacaro, Senior Analyst, 451 Research

Jeffrey Fidacaro is a Senior Analyst in the Datacenters and Critical Infrastructure Channel at 451 Research. Jeff has over 16 years of equity research experience covering technology companies as an analyst for both investment banks (sell side) and investment managers (buy side), as well as five years of industry experience as a Software Application Engineer. From 2003 to 2016, Jeff worked as a senior financial equity research analyst, with a focus on the enterprise IT hardware, PC, datacenter technologies and mobile devices sectors for global investment banks and boutique investment firms, including Merrill Lynch, Susquehanna Financial Group, and Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. On the buy side, he was a senior analyst covering the broader technology, media and telecommunications sector. Prior to Wall Street, Jeff was a software engineer and systems administrator at Foster Wheeler Corporation, where he helped pioneer and implement its intelligent computer-aided design systems, and was responsible for the support of the IT infrastructure, including servers, storage and databases. Jeff holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Kyle Fredette, Winthrop Resources

Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist - Public Sector, Intel Corporation

Melvin Greer is Director Data Science and Analytics, Intel Corporation. Melvin uses his knowledge in graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Federal Agencies and global enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics. He functions as a principal investigator where he significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Melvin is the award-winning author of the bestselling book, 21st Century Leadership, and the Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on the maturing of new leaders and the growth of future innovators. Melvin Greer has written for, or been covered by, The New Times, Washington Post, Federal Computer Week, Forbes, Computerworld, Washington Executive and Government Computer News.

Robert Gutman, Director - Communications Infrastructure and Telecom Services Equity Research, Guggenheim Securities LLC

Mr. Gutman is a Director and Equity Research Analyst covering Communications Infrastructure industry. He has over 18 years of relevant experience. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Gutman was a Director in the Communications Infrastructure and Telecom Services research practice at Evercore ISI (member of team voted #2 for Communications Infrastructure in the annual Institutional Investor Survey and #3 in stock picking for the REIT space in the Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards in 2016). He also worked previously as a research analyst at Robotti & Co. and GAMC0 (Gabelli Asset Management). Mr. Gutman earned earned his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.

Christof Hammerli, Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend LLC

Mark Harris, Senior Vice President - Marketing, Uptime Institute

Mark Harris serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Uptime Institute, Harris has been driving data center innovation for more than 25 years in a wide range of market segments including facilities, computing, storage, security, and networks. Harris focuses on building teams to introduce new product, enable sales and articulate marketing value. He has deep background in the multitude of channels available for various solution types, and has enabled and leveraged multi-tier channels throughout his career.

David Hessong, Manager of Global Data Center Market Development, Corning

David Hessong is currently the manager of global data center market development for Corning. During his career with the company, he has held positions in Engineering Services, Product Line Management, and Market Development. Hessong has published numerous industry articles and has contributed to several technical conference proceedings. He has taught classes and seminars on data centers and system design across the United States and Canada. Hessong received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.

Jeff Ivey, General Manager, Corporate Office Properties Trust

Jeff is currently the General Manager for Corporate Office Properties Trust Government Services and Data Center Division, he resides in Norther Virginia just outside of Washington DC and manages the data center portfolio for COPT in that area.  Jeff has been in the telecommunications and data center industry for over 30 years with Satellite Business Systems, MCI, Sprint, Nextel, Verizon and COPT.  In Jeff’s current role with COPT he focuses on the wholesale and powered shell business.

Clinton Karcher, Principal, SDC Capital Partners

Clinton is a Principal at SDC Capital Partners where he is responsible for identifying and executing investments in the Communications and Digital Infrastructure sectors for the firm. Prior to joining SDC, Mr. Karcher served as a Director in the Communications, Media and Entertainment group at RBC Capital Markets where he advised leading public and private companies and financial sponsors in the Data Infrastructure and Technology Services sectors. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Mr. Karcher worked as an investment banker for Stifel Nicolaus and Signal Hill Capital Group. In his tenure as an investment banker, Mr. Karcher executed over $20 billion of mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions. Mr. Karcher earned a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Darren Kelsey, Manager - Data Center Marketing / National Accounts, American Electric Power

Darren Kelsey – Targeted Marketing & National Accounts Manager, is the primary point of contact at the corporate level for many Commercial Customers across AEP’s 11 state service territory. In addition to also serving as AEP’s corporate contact to his customers in the areas of Economic and Business Development, Kelsey also focuses his efforts in the area of marketing our E&BD services to prospective customers. Kelsey’s career began in 1997 with Public Service Company of Oklahoma, where he served in various marketing and customer service roles. Kelsey joined the National Accounts group in 2006 and has taken on the work of targeted marketing in the first quarter of 2012. Kelsey holds Bachelor of Science degrees(s) in Marketing & Accounting from Oklahoma State University. Kelsey is also a Certified Energy Manager and has held this AEE title since 2000.

Daniel Kennedy, Director of Sales Engineering, Tate

As Tate’s Director of Data Center Engineering and Sales, Daniel Kennedy leads the data center division in both a sales and product development capacity. With more than 13 years of industry experience, Daniel uses his vast knowledge of data center disciplines, cooling technology, and IT infrastructure, to develop relationships and present to Fortune 100 companies. An established thought leader in the data center industry, he speaks on wide-ranging industry topics at events world-wide and his research has been compiled into several whitepapers focusing on the subject of raised floors in data centers. Daniel hold an MBA from George Mason University in Virginia and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cedarville University.

Lee Kestler, Chief Commercial Officer, Vantage Data Centers

Chief Commercial Officer Lee Kestler is a data center industry veteran with extensive experience working with hyperscale and enterprise customers. Recent positions include DuPont Fabros Technology, which he joined in early 2007 to spearhead leasing and marketing efforts. After leaving DFT in late 2015, Lee formed Kopend Ventures, LLC where he focused on management consulting for several firms. In particular, he managed a 300MW development project in Palm Beach County, Florida where Lee led the successful effort to get a data center sales and use tax exemption approved by the Florida Legislature. Lee is an advocate of low carbon and renewable energy solutions and is an advisor to Innovation Crossroads company at Oak Ridge National Labs. Lee attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he majored in Computer Science.

Keith Klesner, Senior Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute

Mr. Klesner is Senior Vice President, North America. Mr. Klesner’s career in critical facilities spans 14 years and includes responsibilities ranging from planning, engineering, design, and construction to start-up and ongoing operation of data centers and mission critical facilities. He maintains status as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Colorado and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Klesner is an instructor for the Accredited Tier Designer curriculum.

Kaushal Kulkarni, Infrastructure and Power Desk Analyst, Nomura

Kaushal is an Analyst within the Infrastructure and Power Finance Group at Nomura, where he responsible for evaluating financing opportunities for real assets and business across the capital structure. He is currently mandated on a financing for an operating data center in the rocky mountain region. Kaushal has also been involved with assets and business across telecommunication, renewable energy, transportation, conventional energy, and energy exploration space. He holds a BBA from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

James Leach, Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers

James Leach is Vice President Marketing at RagingWire Data Centers. Previously he was a global marketing executive at IBM, Savvis, Internap, Neustar, and Harris Corporation. Over his career, James was part of the core business team developing internet, telecommunications, and infrastructure solutions, including: DNS security, web domains, performance monitoring, vertical industry solutions, content delivery networks (CDN), virtual private networks (VPN), cloud computing, and data centers. At RagingWire, James is the overall marketing leader responsible for a data center portfolio of 1.2 million square feet and 97 MW in the United States and a global data center platform of 140 locations as part of the Nexcenter brand of NTT Communications.

Jim Marsh, Vice President, CPG

Bill McHenry, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase

Global Head of Critical Systems & Engineering, Facilities Managment USSpecialties: Data center design, construction and managment. All critical infrastructure M&E systems.

Dave Meadows, Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz

David C. Meadows II has worked in data center cooling since 1999. He is currently the Director of Industry, Standards, and Technology with Stulz-ATS, a manufacturer of precision air conditioning, humidification, and dehumidification products specifically designed for the data center. Previously David has served as both the Design Engineering Manager and the Applications Engineering Manager at Stulz. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. David is also a graduate of the United States Navy Nuclear Power School.

James Powers, Area Sales Manager - Data Center, Eaton Corporation

James Powers has been a respected sales resource for data center customers for 20 years. He brings a unique perspective having been trained both as a Cisco network infrastructure designer and critical power system expert.

Rich Miller, Founder & Editor, Data Center Frontier

Rich writes about the places where the Internet lives, telling the story of data centers and the people who build them. As the editor of Data Center Frontier, Rich does in-depth reporting and interviews the CEOs, managers and data center professionals that are on the forefront of the data center industry and the cutting-edge of cloud computing. Drawing upon his 15 years of experience covering the data center sector, he provides news and insights on the key trends, facilities and thought leaders driving the next phase of the Internet’s growth. In 2005, Rich founded Data Center Knowledge, the leading news site for the data center and cloud computing business. He built the site from a one-man startup into an essential resource hub reaching more than 200,000 data center professionals every month. Data Center Knowledge was acquired by iNET Interactive in 2012 and is now part of the Penton family of media properties. Prior to moving online, Rich worked in print media for two decades, directing coverage of investigative journalism and enterprise reporting projects at daily newspapers in New Jersey. He also served as Business Editor, Religion & Values reporter, and newsroom technology director during his time at The Home News and The Trenton Times. Rich started his journalism career on the sports desk at The Princeton Packet group. When not visiting data centers, Rich works on renovations to his home in Lawrenceville, NJ and enjoys spending time with his two college-age sons.

Ted Mocarski, Senior Partner, Novacap

Thadeus Mocarski has over 20 years of experience in private equity. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economy and History from Colby College, as well as a Juris Doctor from American University.Mr. Mocarski served as a General Partner of Nautic Partners, where he was responsible for managing the funds’ investment efforts in the Communications Infrastructure and Services sectors. He was also co-founder and General Partner of Key Venture Partners. The majority of his investments were in tune with Novacap’s investment strategy. He was a consultant for Novacap in 2012 while a General Partner at Bank Street Capital Partners, a private equity fund focused on growth equity, which he managed and co-founded in 2010. Having made three investments with Novacap, Mr. Mocarski became a partner in 2013. Mr. Mocarski is currently Chairman of the Board of and Syntax. He sits on the Board of directors of Onstream and Firstlight Fiber. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Colby College and on the Investment Committee for the City of Providence Retirement System.

Chris Moon, Managing Director - Technology & Telecom Banking, ING

Chris Moon is a Managing Director in ING’s Telecom & Technology Banking group where he has responsibility for lending activities in the US, Canada and Latin America. Mr. Moon has over 15 years of experience arranging capital for multi-national corporates along the entire spectrum of Telecom and Technology verticals, including: Telecom Carriers, Datacenters, Towers, Fiber Networks, Enterprise Software, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and Semiconductors. He is a frequent contributor to trade publications and regularly speaks at industry events focused on the expansion of telecom infrastructure and emerging technologies. Prior to joining ING in 2004 as a founding member of the Telecom group, Chris was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs and a Senior Associate in PwC’s communications and technology practice. Chris is a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant.

Ken Parent, Chief Executive Officer, Element Critical

Ross Rebraca, Vice President - Technology Sector, HITT Contracting Inc.

Buddy Rizer, Executive Director - Economic Development, Loudoun County

Donough Roche, Owner/Principal, Datacentrs Inc.

Leader of US & International teams focused on developing and implementing custom data center solutions. Enabling hi-tech customers to focus on their core IT requirements. Specializing in total project life-cycle, scope development, planning and integration/execution, financial TCO development, and ongoing operations of critical data center facility infrastructure projects.

Eli Scher, Chairman and CEO, New Continuum

Eli D. Scher is the founder of New Continuum Holdings Corporation, and serves as Chairman and CEO of Continuum Data Centers. He is an entrepreneur with a broad array of investing and operating experience. Prior to Continuum he worked as an analyst at prominent New York hedge funds where he analyzed corporate securities. Previously, Mr. Scher co-founded and served as CEO of GSME Capital Partners, a private, early stage investment partnership, and GSME Acquisition Partners I, a publicly traded acquisition vehicle. Additionally, he was Chief Financial Officer and director of MCG Group a Shanghai-based LED-advertising company, and was the co-founder, President and CFO of Fundamental Films. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Plastec Technologies, a precision process manufacturer, which he acquired through GSME Acquisition Partners I. Mr. Scher received his AB from Princeton University.

Joseph Suppers, Owner, NodeCom, Inc.

Joe is the founder and President of NodeCom, Inc. a Princeton NJ based firm specializing in the data center industry helping clients with site acquisitions, dispositions of existing facilities and identifying new market opportunities for clients. In 1995, Suppers founded Nodecom after holding corporate real estate executive positions where he was responsible for the real estate holdings for DuPont, General Electric Company, GE Capital and HSBC Bank. NodeCom’s first project was helping AOL expand and deploy its communication “nodes” across the U.S. when dial up was the only way to connect to the Internet. NodeCom has completed over 300 data centers and switch sites across the country for data center telecommunication clients including AOL, Inflow, Intermedia, Level3, MCI WorldCom, 360 Networks. Suppers was also the founder of in 2000 that was the “go to” site for industry news which eventually evolved into which is today the “go to” site for information and knowledge about the data center industry. Seeing the convergence of energy and data DC-Nexus was launched to educate and promote the benefits of Direct Current power solutions.

Allen Tucker, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

All Speakers

  • Jonathan Atkin: Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
  • Sami Badri: Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse
  • Robert Gutman: Director - Communications Infrastructure and Telecom Services Equity Research, Guggenheim Securities LLC
  • Henry Amistadi: IT and Data Center Analyst, MITRE
  • Gabe Cole: Chief Technologist, Strongbow Consulting Group
  • Chris Coleman: Vice President - Enterprise Sector, Digital Realty
  • Jeff Ferry: Director, Goldman Sachs
  • David Fiedler: Datacenter Operations Design and Build Manager, Dropbox
  • Jeffrey Fidacaro: Senior Analyst, 451 Research
  • Cary Frame: CEO, Polargy
  • Kyle Fredette: Winthrop Resources
  • Melvin Greer: Chief Data Scientist - Public Sector, Intel Corporation
  • Christof Hammerli: Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend LLC
  • Mark Harris: Senior Vice President - Marketing, Uptime Institute
  • David Hessong: Manager of Global Data Center Market Development, Corning
  • Jeff Ivey: General Manager, Corporate Office Properties Trust
  • Darren Kelsey: Manager - Data Center Marketing / National Accounts, American Electric Power
  • Clinton Karcher: Principal, SDC Capital Partners
  • Daniel Kennedy: Director of Sales Engineering, Tate
  • Lee Kestler: Chief Commercial Officer, Vantage Data Centers
  • Keith Klesner: Senior Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute
  • Kaushal Kulkarni: Infrastructure and Power Desk Analyst, Nomura
  • James Leach: Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers
  • Jim Marsh: Vice President, CPG
  • Bill McHenry: Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase
  • Dave Meadows: Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
  • Rich Miller: Founder & Editor, Data Center Frontier
  • Ted Mocarski: Senior Partner, Novacap
  • Chris Moon: Managing Director - Technology & Telecom Banking, ING
  • Ken Parent: Chief Executive Officer, Element Critical
  • James Powers: Area Sales Manager - Data Center, Eaton Corporation
  • Ross Rebraca: Vice President - Technology Sector, HITT Contracting Inc.
  • Buddy Rizer: Executive Director - Economic Development, Loudoun County
  • Donough Roche: Owner/Principal, Datacentrs Inc.
  • Eli Scher: Chairman and CEO, New Continuum
  • Joseph Suppers: Owner, NodeCom, Inc.
  • Allen Tucker: Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle