CAPRE’s Southwest Digital Infrastructure Industry Convention

Mar 4, 2020 - Mar 5, 2020 Register For Event Sign Up For Updates


Mar 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Luncheon and Registration

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Opening Remarks

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Opening Keynote | Superhero Leadership: Empowering the Hero Within So That You Can Save The World

Hear from:
Missy Young, Chief Information Officer, Switch

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel | The Business Case for Diversity: Why A Diverse Leadership Team is Critical to a Company’s Bottom Line

Throughout the years, the industry has proven its competitive nature as it has distinguished the top players and eliminated the weak ones. Despite varying strategies and approaches, one factor that continues to prove as an advantage is a diverse leadership team. Once thought to be a social and PR obligation, is now proven to make good business sense from a financial perspective. So, how is diversity a driving success factor for all companies?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are the benefits of a diverse leadership team?
* How can more women move up and advance within the industry? What needs to change?
* What are the main roadblocks women currently experience? How can they be overcome?
* What are the remaining myths and misconceptions that are still held?
* What are other critical success factors within the industry that overlooked?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Leena Patel, CEO, Sandbox2Boardroom
* Shanon Hulbert, CEO, Opus Interactive
* Geneviève Maltais-Boisvert, Principal, Digital Bridge Holdings LLC
* Claudia Massey, Global Vice President of Business Operations, Cloud & Service Provider Segment, Schneider Electric
* Heather Wilde, CTO, ROCeteer

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Panel | Recruitment and Retention: Best Practices for Building a Team in a Rapidly Growing Industry and a Skills Shortage

The economy continues to grow, employment rates around the world are on the rise, and women now make up the majority of the U.S. workforce. Despite this, the top challenge for those in the digital infrastructure industry remains finding talent and skilled workers, particularly women. Given the projected growth of the industry, this challenge will only intensify if systems remain the same or could hinder speed of scale. What are the best practices around sourcing and securing new talent in a time of rapid growth and a shortage of skills? With women making up more than half of the workforce, how can we encourage more to enter the industry?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are your best practices for finding new talent?
* What are the best practices for retaining talent, particularly women?
* What are the fundamental causes and drivers for the skills shortage? What are feasible solutions?
* What is the current state of diversity within the industry? Has there been any improvement in the last year?

Hear from:
Moderator: * Carrie Nelson, Founder & Executive Director, Lavesson Media International
* Rishma Khimji, Director of Information Technology, City of Reno
* Barbara Nicholas, Chief Operations Officer, Vertex Innovations, Inc.
* Nancy Novak, SVP of Construction, Compass Datacenters

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Keynote | Disrupt Or Be Disrupted: The Value of Innovation in a Rapidly Changing Industry

We are amidst an avalanche of ceaseless change that can render even the most seasoned businesses unstable, while enabling the more green to grow mighty. This keynote will help you take your innovation super-power to the next level and help you rise above the noise. Leena will share key insights based on research from her book “RAISE YOUR INNOVATION IQ” as well as her work with big businesses and fast-growing startups across 16+ industries. Through great stories, great data, and great practical advice, Leena will give you the low-down on what’s new, next, and trending so that you are able to identify strategic growth opportunities for your own organization.

Hear from:
Leena Patel, CEO,Sandbox2Boardroom

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Panel | The Male Perspective: How to Foster Female Talent and Leadership in the Technology Industry

Given their majority in the tech sector, having male allies is a critical component to achieving change. With their dominant presence in leadership roles, they are able to lead by example and modify outdated systems and standards for the better. Having a diverse workforce is not only a women’s issue, but a company issue, as diversity of thought has been proven to foster more innovation and add to a company’s bottom line. In this session we get to know the males advocating for more women in tech and leadership roles. How have they built their teams and what value has been realized from working in an inclusive environment?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* How were you able to build a diverse team? Was it more passive or active in effort?
* What is the best way for women to navigate around difficult conversations such as promotions? How do you help with career growth?
* How do you manage work-life balance?
* What advice can you provide to other males in your position who are looking to hire talent?
* What advice can you give to women who are just starting in the tech industry?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Wendy Stewart, VP of Sales Operations, DataBank
*Snehal Bhakta, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Administrator, Clark County School District
* Justin Henriksen, Director, Partner Technical Enablement – Data, Analytics, & AI, Microsoft
* Matthew Renze, Data Science Consultant, Renze Consulting

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Keynote | Looking Abroad and Above: How Canada Competes with the US Digital Infrastructure Market

Hear from:
Jaime Leverton, Chief Commercial Officer, SVP, eStruxture Data Centers

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Post-Event Networking

Mar 5, 2020
6:00 am - 8:00 am

Exhibitor set-up

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote | Gambling on Las Vegas: The Geographic Importance of Nevada and its Future Wins

With the immense growth of Switch and the strategic expansion of the top players within the industry, the Southwest is becoming an increasingly critical market and connection point within the U.S. as well as South America and other continents. In this presentation, Sami Badri of Credit Suisse, one of the most influential analysts on Wall Street, discusses the advantages of the Southwest compared to other regions and why it’s well-positioned for future wins.

Hear from:
Sami Badri, Senior Equity Analyst, Credit Suisse

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Panel | Market Overview: Analysis of the Impact of Record-Setting Investment on the Industry and Future Opportunities

It’s getting cloudier and the hyperscale race is heating up. The global cloud services market is projected to grow 17% in 2020, totaling $266.4bn. As more capital enters the industry, the landscape continues to grow and also evolve as more consolidation takes place. What are the implications of such large-scale consolidation activity in the industry and what will the next ten years of evolution look like?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* How are the factors driving the growth of the cloud market? What does growth look like here, compared to international regions?
* What does the growth mean for commercial real estate?
* What are some implications of large-scale deals?
* Given the M&A landscape, what are the opportunities for smaller players?
* How big can the larger provider get? Will anti-trust ever be a worrisome issue?
* How are enterprises looking at and assessing cloud vs. colocation?
* What does the future of the industry look like given the current players and momentum?

Hear from:
* Sami Badri, Senior Equity Analyst, Credit Suisse
* Mark Bauer, Managing Director – Data Center Solutions Group, JLL
* Luke Denmon, SVP of Technology Solutions Practice, Colliers International
* Geneviève Maltais-Boisvert, Principal, Digital Bridge Holdings LLC
* Michael Ortiz, Practice Leader – Digital Infrastructure Solutions, Keyser
* John Regan, CTO & SVP of Acquisition, Landmark Dividend

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Panel | Public Sector Perspective: Taxes, Incentives & Public Sector Involvement: What Developers and Investors Should Know about Working in the Southwest in 2020

Proposed Discussion Points: 
* What is the State of Nevada’s appetite for new data center construction and development in 2020?
* Will Virginia always be the center of the data center universe, or will competitive states emerge to recruit data center providers faced with increasing end user demand?
* Who are the new players to look out for?
* What are the unique county incentives available for data center development?
* Has the state implemented new incentives or programs for data center developers?

Hear from:
* Chris Craig, Deputy Information Technologies Director, City of Las Vegas
* Rishma Khimji, Director of Information Technology, City of Reno
* Brad Smidt, SVP Business Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Panel | Building to Meet Demand in the Age of Digital Disruption: How are Providers Adjusting to Rapidly Changing End-User Needs, and what are the Challenges to Delivering New Product Quickly and Effectively?

With today’s rapid pace of technological advancement and the evolving needs of customer infrastructure demands, providers are forced to be agile in order to remain a competitive player in the space. Given the acceleration of innovation and data generation, how are providers meeting market demand today and anticipating tomorrow’s opportunities?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are the main speed to market challenges being faced today? How can they be overcome?
* How have end-user demands changed over the years? What are their top priorities?
* How has design and construction practices evolved to meet the rapidly growing demand?
* What do you anticipate are future opportunities?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Adam Waitkunas, President, Milldam Public Relations
* Jay Brummett, Sr. Director of Data Center Facilities, DataBank
* Barbara Nicholas, COO, Vertex Innovations
* Nancy Novak, SVP of Construction, Compass Datacenters
* Adam Rogers, Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Keynote | Please Get Out of the Data Center Business

Why are companies still in the business of providing data centers? If you follow the history of data and computer related predictions we’d be renting out all the excess capacity for weddings right about now. In this presentation, Raymond Hawkins, Chief Revenue Officer of Compass Datacenters, discusses the proliferation of 1’s and 0’s and the continuing need for places to put them, and how past may not be a prologue in assessing the impact of new technological developments and capabilities.

Hear from:
Raymond Hawkins, CRO, Compass Data Centers

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote | Hyperscale, hyper speed: How the Industry’s Biggest Players are building at Speed and Scale, and Where They are Choosing to Build Next

Hear from:
KC Mares, MegaWatt Consulting, Inc.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel | How are Providers and Enterprises Managing Data and Optimizing their Cloud Infrastructure Technologies?

With continuous innovation being the new standard and the sheer amount of data generation, traditional procedures are no longer effective methods in managing data and compute. With the growing complexity of the facilities, from the physical compute to the storage, it is crucial for IT managers to implement the best operational procedures in order to remain a competitive player within the industry.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What is your company’s IT and data management strategy? Has it shifted in the last 1-2 years?
* What applications and infrastructure would you like to see more of for increased efficiency?
* How has your particular industry and customer base changed in the last several years?
* How are enterprises looking at and assessing cloud vs. colocation?
* Are you using new cloud technologies? If so, which ones?
* What is one way you stay current with technical trends and best practices?
* How do you leverage AI and other emerging technologies?
* What are your current challenges with data management and storage?

Hear from:
* Moderator:Timothy Oergel, Founder & CEO, AATC University
* Suman Ammineni, DW/BI Azure, Big Data – Delivery Manager, Capgemini
* Shankar Pasupathy, Sr Director, ActiveIQ and Data Engineering, NetApp
* Eric Saint-Marc, Chief Technology Officer, ResortCom

2:15 pm - 2:25 pm

Networking Break

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

Closing Keynote | Deep Dive into the Data That Powers the Cloud

Hear from:
Micheal Pollack, Co-Founder, Intricately

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks