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Speakers List

  • Danny_AlexanderDanny Alexander is a graduate of Nashville State Community College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Danny is the Facility Director for over 1 million square foot of corporate office and mission critical space housing the HCA corporate business functions in the greater Nashville area.  As a 25 year veteran in HVAC, fire alarm, building automation design, and field implementation, Danny provides direction for corporate facility management, energy management, project delivery.  Danny is the lead for critical infrastructure development and implementation along with day to day data center power and cooling management.  Prior to HCA, Danny served 17 years with the Johnson Controls.  With Johnson Controls, Alexander served as an application engineer of building automation products, project manager, and territory service manager.

    Danny Alexander has over 9 years as Facilities Management within HCA. Responsibilities include management of existing facilities, and assessment of new requirements, processing data and infrastructure for the growing demands in data within the healthcare industry.

  • Don-BeatyDon Beaty has over 30 years experience in consulting engineering and founded DLB Associates Consulting Engineers in 1980. He is a licensed professional engineer in over 40 states (including NY) and has international licenses as well. He has served on ANSI / ASHRAE Standards Committee 90.1 (energy) including as vice chair, Standards Committee 127 (Method for Testing for Rating Computer and Data Processing Room Unitary Air-Conditioners) as secretary, and ASHRAE TC 7.6 (Systems Energy Utilization). Don Beaty has published over 50 papers, contributed to 5 published books (4 ASHRAE Books), contributed to the ASHRAE Handbook, and has spoken in over 50 conferences throughout the world.

  • Jim-BolinderJim Bolinder is the Senior Manager of Technical Operations for the $2.7B Nu Skin Enterprises, which operates in 54 countries. Jim and his teams have responsibility for the corporate data center operations, data backups, and disaster recovery planning. Jim recently completed a four-year project to design, build and move into a new innovative 4,200-square-foot data center located within the corporation’s Innovations Center in Provo, Utah. Concurrent with the Provo data center project, Jim was instrumental in the design and planning of the 1,900-square-foot Shanghai, China, data center. Prior to joining Nu Skin, Jim was responsible for the data center operations of First Health of Salt Lake City. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Services, and an Associate’s Degree in Electronics. He is certified as a Data Center Specialist.

  • Kevin_BrownKevin Brown is the Vice President of the Global Data Center Strategy and Technology for Schneider Electric. Kevin leads a team of industry professionals to develop and bring to market solutions for the data center market. In this role, he has responsibility to articulate the vision for Schneider Electric’s data center offer and create comprehensive data center solutions that solve real customer problems today. He is an experienced industry professional in both the IT and HVAC industry. Kevin has over 20 years experience at Schneider Electric in a variety of senior management roles including product development, product management, marketing, and sales. He also holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

  • Bill-CarterBill has thirty years of engineering, marketing, and product management experience in the computer industry, with over ten years leading server design and development at Intel. In recent years, Bill has focused on using the data center resource to delivering business value while reducing the carbon footprint, reducing energy consumption, and preserving our natural resources. Bill has been deeply involved in the data center transformation for five years and is experienced at CFD simulation of the data center as well as operational modelling of IT and facilities operations. Bill is sought out for his subject matter expertise on Data Center design, Total Cost of Ownership, & IT Optimization.

    “I strive to find like-minded people to work with and had the opportunity to put together several very amazing teams. Together, we have accomplished great things and produced great products. Most important, we have enjoyed working with each other and enjoyed the lasting friendships long after the project concludes.”

  • headshot_silhouetteTed Cole is vice president of channel sales for ADTRAN’s Enterprise Networks Division. In this role, he focuses on setting strategy and growing ADTRAN’s sales to small and medium businesses through National Service Providers, Value-Added Resellers and Distribution channels.

    Ted has more than 25 years experience in sales, product development and management. Prior to joining ADTRAN, he served as sales director for Cisco Systems, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing a structure to effectively drive and manage the successful strategic alliance with the company’s largest resale partner. Ted has held a number of positions including senior vice president of sales for Hypercom Corporation, strategic alliance manager for Tandem Computers and director of product development for Applied Communications, among others.

  • Henry-ColesHenry Coles specializes in the design, testing and evaluation of computer equipment cooling solutions. Henry has experience in product and process development at Hewlett Packard, Compaq Computers, Tandem Computers and National Semiconductor. Projects at Hewlett Packard included server chassis mechanical design and thermal design and testing of containerized and rack level cooling solutions. Projects at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. include product testing, thermal performance metric development and evaluation for the Chill-Off 2 project. He is a graduate of Stanford University (MSME 1976) and Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo CA (BSME 1975)

  • Chris-CrosbyChris Crosby is a recognized visionary and leader in the datacenter space and the founder and CEO of Compass Datacenters. Chris has over 20 years of technology experience and over 10 years of real estate and investment experience. Previously, Chris served as a senior executive and founding member of Digital Realty Trust. Chris was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Digital Realty Trust, responsible for growth initiatives including establishing the company’s presence in Asia. Prior to this role, Chris was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Technical Services with international responsibilities including sales, marketing, design, construction, technical operations and customer service. Prior to the initial public offering of Digital Realty, Chris was founder and managing director of Proferian, a company which was responsible for marketing and sales within the GI Partners portfolio with an emphasis on technology-related leasing including colocation. Proferian served as an operating platform for GI Partners and was rolled into the IPO for Digital Realty Trust. Prior to Proferian, Chris served as a consultant for CRG West, now Coresite. For the first ten years of his career, Chris was active in international and domestic sales, sales management and product development at Nortel Networks, a major supplier of products and services that support the Internet and other public and private data, voice and multimedia communications networks. Mr. Crosby received a B.S. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • gary-demasi-photoGary has over 15 years of strategy development, corporate site selection, and negotiations experience covering a wide range of industries and operational areas. He has personally managed projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars of capital expenditures, and has executed strategic projects on five continents.

    In Gary’s current role, he develops overall direction for Google’s global data center site strategy, including managing the company’s energy portfolio, working closely with utility and development partners to secure clean energy for operations. Gary participated in the founding of “Google Energy, LLC” and under Gary’s management, the team has secured over 1 gigawatt of renewable energy under long term contracts.

    Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

  • desens_photo_feb2014Mike Desens is the Vice President and Business Line Executive of System z, responsible for all facets of IBM’s mainframe business, including strategy, architecture, technology development and overall financial performance.

    Previously, Mike was Vice President of Power and System z Development with responsibility for leading a global hardware and software development team to design, develop and deliver IBM’s System z and Power Systems. He was located in Shanghai, China, with the additional responsibility for leading the Systems and Technology Group’s laboratories in China and Taiwan.

    Mike has over 29 years of experience in the IT industry leading global development and business teams delivering high quality hardware and software solutions. Mike joined IBM in 1984 and has held a wide range of management and executive positions in the strategy, development, manufacturing, marketing and brand management areas.

    Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University.



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  • Wayne-FontenotWith over 38 years of construction industry experience, Wayne started as an Electrical Contractor focused in the Oil & Gas Sector in 1976. He spent 9 years as a Construction Manager for Gilbane focusing on Pharmaceutical & Manufacturing facilities. Wayne then joined DPR Construction as their MEP Manager for Fabs and Hospitals.

    In early 2000 Wayne was Project Manager over several data center construction projects, including Oracle, and Level 3. Shortly thereafter he became DPR’s Healthcare Project Executive. Wayne has personally managed the construction of multiple healthcare facilities for HCA and several other Healthcare providers over the past 15 years.

    As HCA’s preferred Account Manager and with DPR’s Data Center Construction reputation, Wayne was selected as Project Executive to build HCA’s first Corporate Data Center. Managing the project from concept through commissioning, he was influential for selecting the design/build team, setting the construction plan/schedule, and managing the construction/commissioning process, including the build out of the white space.

  • GeoffGentryGeoff Gentry is Regional Director for Independent Security Evaluators, responsible for driving initiatives that advance security conditions across several industries. He is currently spearheading a National Pilot Program that will revolutionize how a 2+ trillion dollar industry handles our private data. Mr. Gentry has led many initiatives in the private sector, including developing and implementing a go-to-market strategy for an Austin, Texas start-up that captured 70% of market share. He holds a B.A. from Texas State University, calls Austin home, and is the father of one daughter who talks entirely too much, mostly about Apple.

  • Curt-GibsonCurt Gibson is a Data Center Specialist for Generac Industrial Power. He visits key engineering firms to provide expertise in developing one line architectures and control schemes that support the facilities goals, and suggests ways to improve reliability. Usually Curt is involved early in a project to provide a whole solution and remove risk by supporting all the needs of the plan. Curt is a PE and is also an Uptime Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) with 30 years of engineering experience related to emergency power and critical facilities. His technical knowledge is especially strong in the areas related to paralleling switchgear, ATS’s, UPS’s, PLC’s, controls, communications, metering, and all aspects of emergency power distribution.

  • JustinHarpJustin Harp, as the director of operations engineering at Vantage Data Centers, focuses on applying high-level process control techniques to building management systems, allowing the BMS to operate more intelligently and efficiently, while maintaining very high degrees of redundancy and uptime. Prior to Vantage, Justin was responsible for designing, constructing and operating critical building and process control systems for hospitals, data centers, large-scale manufacturing, and government facilities.

  • Todd-HArpelTodd Harpel has 25 years of experience in communications infrastructure design and specification. He holds a M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and has designed and implemented communications infrastructure for a variety of clients nationwide. During his career he has managed marketing, product management, technical support and training staffs for several structured cabling industry manufacturers. Todd is the Director of Strategic Alliances for Berk-Tek, a Nexans company, a leading manufacturer of copper and optical fiber communications cable products.

  • Tom-HawkinsTom Hawkins is a Consulting Product Engineer with Siemens Industry. He has worked in Product Development for over 20 years. He is active in the IEEE Switchgear Committee to develop industry standards and currently contributes to Working Groups for Arc Resistant Switchgear (C37.20.7), Metal Enclosed Low Voltage Switchgear (C37.20.1), AC Power Circuit Breakers (C37.13), and Metal Enclosed Bus (C37.23). He holds multiple patents in numerous areas of expertise. He has an MS in Engineering Management and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Jon-InabaJon Inaba is a Director of Power Management Solutions for Raritan. Jon’s vision for power management and sustainable datacenter operations has evolved from 10 years of experience designing and implementing data center management solutions. He has been a featured speaker at many data center best practices events, including Cisco’s Power Summit, Teladata’s Technology Convergence Conferences, and local and national events for both AFCOM and the 7×24 Exchange.

  • Warren-JacksonWarren Jackson is Mission Critical Industry Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms. He is responsible for commercialization and development of GE Intelligent Platforms portfolio of automation and industrial computing solutions in Mission Critical applications. Warren has been with GE since 1996 in various technical and commercial roles within the company. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.

  • JoeKavaJoe Kava is Google’s vice president of data centers. His current responsibilities include engineering, construction management and delivery, critical facility operations, environmental health & safety and sustainability for Google’s global fleet of data centers. Joe joined Google in 2008 from RagingWire Data Centers – a privately held colocation provider in Sacramento, CA. While at RagingWire, Joe served as the company’s chief operating officer, where his responsibilities included design, construction, facility operations, managed services, business planning and development.

    Prior to joining the data center industry, Joe previously spent 17 years in the semiconductor industry working at LSI Logic and Applied Materials in various technical and executive roles in process and product development, new product introductions, engineering operations, business development, general management, and IT operations. He holds four US Patents for his work in reactive ion and plasma etch technology while at Applied Materials. Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

    During Joe’s tenure at Google, he has been a staunch advocate for sustainable data centers and cloud computing. He is passionate about educating the global data center industry so others can benefit from the efficiency best-practices pioneered by Google.

  • Kevin-Kealy_2After a long career with AT&T, Kevin moved recently to FIS to helm the whole company’s network. Bringing his years of network and security expertise to bear, Kevin is settling into his new role running the rails of the world’s number one financial services company. Kevin holds a Ph. D and a Master’s degree in Information Security from the University of London, where he is also an Associate Lecturer on the topic of Internet Security.

    He has one book in print, with another on the way. He speaks often – some might say too often – on the subjects of security and technology, and is a sought-after pundit on these and other topics. Kevin holds CISSP status and is a member in good standing of the IEEE and ISC2.

    Kevin has worked in the Internet field for many years, with side trips into the weird worlds of, among many others, Voice over IP, ethical hacking, network architecture and audit mitigation. With two patents to his name for developments in VoIP security, he has co-authored several books on topics related to the Internet, forensics and the admissibility of digital evidence.

    Working in both customer-facing and development roles, Kevin has served as the Chief Security Officer for a major fitness chain and a major outdoor retailer, and as the Interim Chief Security Officer or CIO for several other companies. From managing PCI and other audit woes to the design and implementation of secure networks, Kevin has amassed a formidable set of credentials for someone who claims he still doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up.

    A multi-engine and Instrument rated pilot, Kevin lists flying his airplane, riding his motorcycle, collecting pinball machines and taking his Huskies for long walks among his hobbies.



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  • Joe-MaynardAs General Manager of Echo Power Engineering Joe utilizes his many years of military experience in the areas of design, construction, testing and commissioning of mission critical facilities. He has written and executed multiple Commissioning Plans for complex mechanical and/or electrical systems.

    He was Army trained and traveled the world as a power production specialist, maintaining system reliability and keeping the lights on at critical locations. Later, he became the chief engineering instructor at the Army’s Prime Power School teaching electrical theory, power plant operations, and operation and maintenance best practices. After retiring from the Army, Mr. Maynard continued his focus on power distribution systems as a field engineer for Electro-Test, Inc. Electrical Reliability Services in San Jose, CA.

    Joe is a devoted sponsor of “A Soldiers Child” foundation. ASC’s mission is to honor the memory of our military’s fallen hero’s by providing support to the children they left behind. ASC reminds each child that their parents’ memory will not fade by providing them with a meaningful gift on their birthday each year through adulthood.

  • Mark-Monroe-photo-Mark Monroe is Chief Technology Officer and VP of DLB Associates. He recently served as Executive Director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end user consortium focused on resource efficient data centers and business computing environments. His 30 years’ experience in the IT industry includes data center design and operations, application and system design, service level management, process design and analysis, professional services, sales, government and commercial program management, and outsourcing management. He works on sustainability advisory boards with the University of Colorado and local Colorado governments, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt.

  • Freddy-PadillaFreddy Padilla has proven expertise in data center infrastructure design. He successfully earned his Uptime Tier Designers accreditation in 2013. In the past few years, he has been responsible for leading Page teams on the electrical design of more than 12 data centers totaling over $1B in construction costs. Freddy’s portfolio also includes a variety of engineering services for multiple, successful projects for the industrial, municipal, commercial, financial, government, educational and healthcare sectors.

    He supervised 250 employees and over 100 contractors in the startup and commissioning of an $800M Pharmaceutical facility. He recently designed the retrofit of a two-story, 450,000-square-foot financial data center with 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. He was responsible for the design and construction of a $190M Tier IV+ sync Data Center site incorporating 200,000 square feet with 54,000 of raised floor white space. Freddy has done several projects for Dell Data Centers, including review of energy efficiency of multiple existing data centers and developing strategies for reducing overall energy consumption and cost at multiple locations. Additionally, a project for Lilly Humalog involving start-up support for new bulk production facilities, management of a $14M maintenance and new construction project and worked with the client’s finance department to capitalize over $10M for the plant.

  • Rahul-RajvanshiRahul Rajvanshi is a Senior Product Engineer with Siemens Industry. He designs Arc Resistant Low Voltage Switchgear for Siemens and holds multiple patents in this subject matter. He has an MS in Aerospace Engineering and a BS in Mechanical engineering.

  • David-SchirmacherDavid Schirmacher is Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR), responsible for overseeing the company’s global property operations, technical operations, customer service, security and data center services functions. He joined Digital Realty in January 2012.

    His more than 30 years of relevant experience includes turns as: Principal and Chief Strategy Officer for FieldView Solutions, where he focused on driving data center operational performance; and Vice President, Global Head of Engineering for Goldman Sachs, where he was focused on developing data center strategy and IT infrastructure for the company’s headquarters, trading floor, branch offices and data center facilities around the world. He also held senior executive and technical positions at Compass Management and Leasing, and Jones Lang LaSalle.

    Considered a thought leader within the data center industry, David is the current President of 7×24 Exchange International and he has served on numerous industry technical and advisory committees.

  • Roger-SchmidtDr. Roger R. Schmidt, IBM Fellow, National Academy of Engineering Member, IBM Academy of Technology Member and ASME Fellow, has over 30 years experience in engineering and engineering management in the thermal design of IBM’s large scale computers. He has led development teams in cooling mainframes, client/servers, parallel processors and test equipment utilizing such cooling mediums as air, water, and refrigerants. He has published more than 100 technical papers and holds over 100 patents/patents pending in the area of electronic cooling. He is a member of ASME’s Heat Transfer Division and an active member of the K-16 Electronic Cooling Committee. He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Electronic Packaging and an Associate Editor of the ASHRAE Research Journal and is now an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He has taught extensively over the past 25 years Mechanical Engineering courses for prospective Professional Engineers and has given seminars on electronic cooling at a number of universities. He is a past Chair of the ASHRAE TC9.9 committee on Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment.

  • Vali-SorellVali Sorell has 30 years of experience as an HVAC design engineer, with more than half of those years involved exclusively in the design of data centers. Within Syska Hennessy’s Critical Facilities Group, Vali is the Chief HVAC Engineer and the lead technical manager. He is responsible for developing the concepts and innovations on a wide range of data center projects throughout Syska’s portfolio. He has authored many technical papers on best practices in mission critical design, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences such as 7×24 Exchange, Datacenter Dynamics, and AFCOM.

    Vali is a long-time member of ASHRAE TC-9.9 “Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces, & Electronic Equipment,” and now serves on SPC 90.4, the new ASHRAE standards committee tasked with developing an energy code specific to data centers and telecommunications buildings.

    Vali has degrees in Genetics from McGill University in Montreal and in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York.

  • Stephen-Worn-PhotoMr. Worn has been involved with industry-leading enterprises and clients around the world for over 25 years as an Industrial FMS and ICT Network and Facilities Engineer; with over eight years in Asia, across the Americas and again back on a pan-European level.

    Mr. Worn was the Head of Technology Services for Dimension Data UK, where he was also their acting Practice Manager for Data Centres and Intelligent Buildings. Stephen has held senior management roles in Nortel Networks as their EMEA Senior Director of Datacentres, at Japan’s Nippon Suisan International, China’s National Center for Industry and Technology, as well as with the Center for Special Economic Zones.

    Mr. Worn has supported DatacenterDynamics since its first conference and is currently the CEO North America, Global CTO, as well as Board Director for Data Center Dynamics. Mr. Worn holds two Masters Degrees.

  • Roy-ZeighamiRoy is an architect in the Cisco datacenter group CTO office. He is tasked with charting the efficiency strategy (hardware and software) for Cisco UCS servers. Roy has an MS in both electrical and mechanical engineering from Stanford University. His passion for liquid cooling began with he graduate school research where he focused on boiling heat transfer in micro channels.

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IBM - Making the Extraordinary Possible

Michael Desens Vice President & Business Line Executive, System z

The opportunity for progress is everywhere. The digital age provides extraordinary possibilities for those who look beyond what is possible now and toward what could be -- to transform, innovate and advance their business with disruptive technologies, lead their industry through differentiation, and ultimately improve society and the world we all live in. Digital enterprises of the future are pursuing these visionary endeavors, innovating continuously and bringing the extraordinary to life today.

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