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

Sep 12, 2018

Featured Speakers

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.

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.

Kyle Fredette, Winthrop Resources

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.

Clinton Karcher, Principal

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.

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.

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

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.

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 Host.net 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.

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

Allen Tucker, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

All Speakers

  • Jonathan Atkin: Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
  • Clinton Karcher: Principal
  • Chris Moon: Managing Director - Technology & Telecom Banking, ING
  • Sami Badri: Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse
  • Cary Frame: CEO, Polargy
  • Kyle Fredette: Winthrop Resources
  • Christof Hammerli: Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend LLC
  • Mark Harris: Senior Vice President - Marketing, Uptime Institute
  • Darren Kelsey: Manager - Data Center Marketing / National Accounts, American Electric Power
  • Lee Kestler: Chief Commercial Officer, Vantage Data Centers
  • Keith Klesner: Senior Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute
  • James Leach: Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers
  • Jim Marsh: Vice President, CPG
  • Dave Meadows: Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
  • Ted Mocarski: Senior Partner, Novacap
  • Ross Rebraca: Vice President - Technology Sector, HITT Contracting Inc.
  • Allen Tucker: Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle