Here’s a taste of some of the industry’s Rockstars and Legends
who will be stepping on stage to speak at this year’s Data Center Austin Conference! Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements on our rockin’ lineup.
Luke Nosek is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Founders Fund, as well as of PayPal, where he served as the company’s VP of Marketing and Strategy.
While at PayPal, Luke oversaw the company’s marketing efforts at launch, growing the user base to 1 million customers in the first six months. Luke also created “Instant Transfer,” PayPal’s most profitable product. Prior to PayPal, Luke was an evangelist at Netscape. Luke has also co-founded two other consumer Internet companies, including the Web’s first advertising network, and was an active venture capitalist in his personal capacity before launching Founders Fund.
Luke received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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Bo BondJLL - Data Center Solutions Co-LeadJLL - Data Center Solutions Co-Lead
Bo Bond is Managing Director and Co-Leader of JLL’s global Data Center Solutions practice. He is a recognized leader in the data center industry whose knowledge of technical issues, infrastructure, and IT assessment has allowed him to develop the unique skill set required for mission critical requirements. He works with clients to develop the necessary strategies to meet their individual objectives including tenant and owner representation, investment sales and acquisitions, leasing and development of these unique assets.
Mr. Bond has over 23 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He was with The Staubach Company for ten years, and became a member of the JLL team when they merged with Staubach in July 2008. Mr. Bond has successfully negotiated over 20 million square feet of real estate transactions in multiple states. Some of his representative clients include:
HCSC (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Cisco, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, TD Ameritrade, Yahoo!, Southwest Securities
Mr. Bond earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing/sales (cumlaude) from the University of Mississippi. He has been recognized numerous times for achievement during his career, and is a frequent speaker at data center industry forums
- Moderator, Network Panel
Sharif Fotouh - Conference M.C.Founder & CEO, EdgePoint Systems, Inc.Founder & CEO, EdgePoint Systems, Inc.
Sharif Fotouh - Conference M.C.
Sharif Fotouh, who recently left Google to found EdgePoint Systems, is a recognized voice across both the information technology and the data center industries. Sharif has more than 10 years of tenure leading large data center and technology teams, and has leveraged that experience to launch EdgePoint Systems. At Alphabet/Google, Sharif founded and led Google Fiber’s national network facilities and deployment program.
In previous roles, Sharif has led both data center operations teams as well as global technology implementation projects. Sharif is regarded for his unique perspective from inside, and outside, of the data center industry as well as his trademark irreverence towards traditional status quos.
- Moderator, Private Equity Panel
Anubhav RajChief Financial Officer, Aligned EnergyChief Financial Officer, Aligned Energy
As the Chief Financial Officer for Aligned Energy, Raj is responsible for the company’s financial and operational strategy. He manages the development and monitoring of control systems that preserve company assets, reduce risk and report accurate financial results.
Prior to Aligned Energy, Raj was the Senior Vice President at TIER REIT overseeing Capital Markets and Finance for the organization.
He was also the Treasurer for CyrusOne overseeing Investor Relations, FP&A, Procurement, M&A and Capital Markets for the organization. While at CyrusOne he helped manage the company’s IPO and numerous other transactions, successfully raising over $3.5B in capital.
Prior to CyrusOne he worked as a management consultant within Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice, working with clients across the Consumer and Industrial Products, Manufacturing and Healthcare and Life Sciences industries. His primary focus was on corporate growth strategy, M&A and finance transformation, helping foster profitable expansion for clients through an executable strategy.
- Moderator, Cloud & Enterprise Panel
Dave LiggittFounder & CEO, datacenterHawkFounder & CEO, datacenterHawk
David is the founder and president of datacenterHawk. He has been active in the data center industry since 2007. Before becoming an entrepreneur, David managed data center transactions for Fortune 500 companies with a global commercial real estate company. He is passionate about helping industry professionals make well-informed decisions.
David earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and currently lives in Dallas with his wife and two boys.
- Moderator, Sustainability Panel
Frederick DirlaCEO, Austere-SolutionsCEO, Austere-Solutions
CEO of Austere Solutions, a company that focuses on Interim Executive Positions, as well as Advisory and Consultative services. I consider myself a serial entrepreneur, and have had successful exits on two companies. The most recent was FieldView Solutions, where I was the CEO of this Venture Backed company, and the previous was a turn-around company where I was the COO. In addition to start-up companies, I have experience in leadership positions in larger firms like Johnson Controls, Siemens, and a small company Enron. I have close to 40 years of work experience, ranging from blue collar Licensed Electrician in NJ to “C” level tech executive.
- Moderator, Operator Panel
Kristina MetzgerData Center Solutions, CBREData Center Solutions, CBRE
Kristina is a leading advisor in the data center industry, working with occupiers, investors and developers in the site selection, acquisition and disposition of data center solutions globally. She develops and executes strategies which result in enterprise owned facilities, wholesale colocation, and cloud solutions for clients that include American Express, AT&T, The Boeing Company, IBM, Disney, Sempra and many others. Over the course of her career, Kristina has led data center transactions in excess of $2B in consideration in over 30 global markets. In addition to her role within CBRE’s Data Center Solutions, Kristina sits on the Advisory Board for CBRE’s Global Women’s Network, a 3,500 member group dedicated to the advancement of women.
- Moderator, Fixing the Pipeline Panel
Mercy ManningGlobal Account Executive, Aligned EnergyGlobal Account Executive, Aligned Energy
Passionate about leveraging technology to optimize energy use and reduce carbon emissions, Mercy Manning has spent the last 10 years of her career commercializing IOT, Machine Learning, and Smart Infrastructure technologies addressing the global energy loads of mission critical and commercial facilities. Mercy is currently a Global Account Executive with Aligned Energy, where she focuses on business development and sales efforts for Aligned’s energy and water-efficient heat rejection technology and colocation data center solutions. Mercy also leads Infrastructure Masons Women, a group dedicated to increasing the number of women in technical infrastructure.
Prior to her focus on energy efficiency technologies, Mercy managed Redevelopment Agency funded infrastructure projects. She began her career in corporate finance and M&A in Deutsche Bank’s technology investment banking group.
Mercy earned her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and her BA from UC Berkeley, where she also Captained the NCAA top ranked Varsity Crew Team. Mercy lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three young chi
- Operator Panel
Robert D. McClaryChief Operating Officer, FORTRUSTChief Operating Officer, FORTRUST
Robert D. McClary
Since joining FORTRUST in 2001, Robert has held the critical role of building the company into the premier data center services provider and colocation facility that it is today.
Robert is responsible for the overall supervision of business operations, high-profile construction and strategic technical direction. Robert developed and implemented the process controls and procedures that support the continuous uptime and reliability that FORTRUST Denver has delivered since opening for business in 2001. He is considered one of the leading experts on data center design, construction, management and operations in the data center industry, and was selected as a finalist by AFCOM for Data Center Manager of the Year. In 2010, Robert received designation as an Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS) by the Uptime Institute.
Robert developed and honed his management philosophy, attention to detail and strict process standards during his 16-year tenure in the United States Navy, serving in both enlisted and officer roles. Robert completed more than 25 service, engineering, technical, leadership and management schools and courses while in the United States Navy, and also served as a Leadership Development Instructor and earned designation as a Master Training Specialist. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.
Speaking on topics such as data center design, construction, management and operations Robert has presented and participated on many panels at industry events such as 451s Uptime Symposium, Data Center Dynamics, 451s Hosting Cloud Transformation Summit, and IT Summit Denver. To promote education and industry growth, Robert has authored white papers and eBooks as well as procedures on operations, management, and reliability. To give back to the data center community and promote youth technology education, Robert serves on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the 7×24 Exchange and Chairs the Board of Directors for KidsTek.
- Operator Panel
Peter FeldmanCEO & Principal, DataGryd Data Centers, LLCCEO & Principal, DataGryd Data Centers, LLC
Peter has over 30 years of experience in data center development, operations, management and design, with a focus on implementing energy-efficient technology. He has held CEO, CTO, president,and founding roles at several successful startups including the Telx group, a national leader in data
center colocation services. Mr. Feldman has additional expertise in optical and wireless network engineering, IT infrastructure management and cogeneration.
Prior to founding DataGryd, he served as the technical and business development interface with United Technologies Power for their hydrogen and natural gas fuel cell technology and CCHP micro-turbines, and worked at AMSC (formerly American Superconductor), a developer of superconducting cable, SMES and transformer technology for data centers. Mr. Feldman holds several industry-related patents and is an active member of a number of professional trade organizations, including the IEEE, Open-IX, iMasons, AFCOM, the Green Building Council and the Cloud Computing Council. He’s given presentations at many industry events, including Interop New York, Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition, 7×24 Exchange, and IMN’s Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers Conference, PTC in Hawaii, and for Data Center Dynamics conferences.
- Operator Panel
Michael LahoudChief Operating Officer, Stream Data CentersChief Operating Officer, Stream Data Centers
Lahoud is responsible for the implementation of the company’s overall business strategies and go-to-market operations, including the expansion of Stream’s Hyperscale Solutions and Critical Environments practice.
He has more than 13 years of experience in critical systems design and operations, with projects including avionics platforms for $100 million plus military aircraft, solutions architecture supporting a number of global power and cooling product manufacturers, and data center operations.
Additionally, Lahoud has managed Stream’s critical facilities and technology practice since 2010, overseeing business strategy, with an emphasis on managing the data center portfolio and positioning leadership for growing areas of the organization.
He is actively involved in the technology community, serving on the Partner Council of Infrastructure Masons (IM), an organization established to provide infrastructure executives and technical professionals, an independent forum to connect, grow and give back.
Lahoud is also on the Board of Governors for the 7x24 Exchange Lone Star Chapter, an organization that is the leading knowledge exchange in North Texas among those who design, build, use and maintain mission critical enterprise information infrastructures aiming to improve end-to-end reliability.
- Operator Panel
Rob MorrisManaging Partner, Skybox DatacentersManaging Partner, Skybox Datacenters
Rob is a leading expert within the data center industry and has completed over 45 megawatts of mission critical projects both nationally and internationally. His past experience includes serving as the US Practice Leader of Cassidy Turley’s Data Center Solutions Group, founder of the Cushman & Wakefield Mission Critical & Call Center Practice for the Central U.S. Mr. Morris has been recognized as a Top 5 Producer for Cushman & Wakefield as well as awarded Deal of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2011 in his work for Volt Information Services.
Mr. Morris has completed transactions & developments totaling for nearly 75 megawatts of critical power and total consideration exceeding over 2.2M SF and $688 million in North & South America. Notable mission critical clients & projects include: 2800 Summit, Savvis (CenturyLink), Kohl’s, Thompson Reuters, Tribune Media, Fiserv and ThyssenKrupp.
- Private Equity Panel
Andy CarlsonChief Financial Officer, Colocation and Cloud Infrastructure, Zayo Group
- Private Equity Panel
Alexander RamirezManaging Director, CitiManaging Director, Citi
Alex is a Managing Director at Citi in the Global Communications investment banking group. He has acted as an advisor on a wide range of transactions during his career, including both M&A and debt and equity capital markets transactions. Currently, Alex leads the global coverage of clients in the data center industry. During his 13 year career at Citi, Alex has also worked in Citi’s Asia Pacific Technology, Media and Telecom investment banking team based in Hong Kong and in the Equity Capital Markets division. Alex received a BA with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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James PieriSenior Portfolio Manager, Private Capital, BlueMountain Capital ManagementSenior Portfolio Manager, Private Capital, BlueMountain Capital Management
Jim Pieri is a Senior Portfolio Manager at BlueMountain Capital Management. Mr. Pieri looks after investment strategies at the intersection of real assets and companies that are in need of flexible capital solutions to facilitate restructuring, transformation and growth. Mr. Pieri sits on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies and oversees several joint ventures in asset intensive, highly regulated or essential service-related industries, such as Communications Infrastructure, Healthcare, Financial Services and Real Estate.
Mr. Pieri holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Economics & Business Management from Cornell University and a Masters in Economic Policy & Management from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University.
- Private Equity Panel
Tomer Yosef-OrPartner, ABRY Partners, LLCPartner, ABRY Partners, LLC
Tomer Yosef-Or joined Abry in 2005. He has originated, supervised and sold numerous companies in Abry’s targeted sectors. Areas of focus have included machine to machine communication, data centers, new media, and business services. Prior to joining Abry, Tomer was a member of the Financial Institution Group at Bear Stearns. Previously, he was a member of the Securitization Transaction Group at Deloitte & Touche. Tomer is an honors graduate of the Rutgers Business School New Brunswick Undergraduate Program.
- Cloud & Enterprise Panel
Emil SayeghPresident & CEO, HostwayPresident & CEO, Hostway
Emil Sayegh is an early pioneer of cloud computing and is recognized as one of the industry’s true veterans. A cloud visionary, he is credited with launching and leading the cloud computing and hosting businesses for HP, Rackspace, and Codero. Emil built the Rackspace cloud business while serving as the company’s GM of the Cloud Computing Division. Earlier at Rackspace he served as VP of the Product Group and launched the company’s private cloud and hosted exchange services. He later moved on to HP where he served as VP of Cloud Service and initiated the company’s public cloud services. In 2012, Emil joined Codero Hosting as Chairman, President, and CEO and led the next generation of cloud computing with the hybrid cloud. In 2015 he led the successful sale of Codero to a consortium of telecom companies. Since 2016, Emil has held the position of President and CEO at Hostway in Austin, Texas.
Emil holds nine patents in the fiber optics interconnect field, and is known as one of the “fathers of OpenStack,” having developed the open source software. He earned his Bachelors from the
School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Cloud & Enterprise Panel
Ty SchmittExecutive Director, Fellow at Dell, Dell
- Cloud & Enterprise Panel
Shawn TugwellData Center Engineering Manager, PayPal
- Network Panel
Robert DeVitaManaging Director, MejeticksManaging Director, Mejeticks
Robert A. DeVita, Datacenter and Interconnection Sales and Strategy
Robert is the Managing Director for Mejeticks, a datacenter, cloud and network consulting company headquartered in Dallas, TX. His consulting practice has helped companies such as Infomart Data Centers, DreamHost and multiple enterprise and service provider companies.
Robert served as the Chief Sales Officer for 1547 Datacenter and AlohaNAP where he leads the Sales, and Marketing strategy for the firm. Previously Robert held the General Manager position for Cologix, where he was responsible for Direct and Indirect Sales in the Texas and Florida Markets as we all leading their Service Provider Sales group for North America.
Prior to Cologix, Robert was the Head of Global Alliances and West Coast Director of Channel Sales for Telx (Digital Realty Trust) where he built the Telx Cloud Exchange and Cloud Partner Ecosystem. He was also instrumental in starting RightNow’s (Oracle’s) Interactive Voice Service Division as the Director of IVR Service, leading the sales and development efforts for the Central U.S. Earlier in his career, Robert spent eight years working with AT&T’s largest media and Internet clients.
Robert has extensive experience providing presentations on leading-edge technologies and applications at top tier conferences, including speaking on “Cloud and Mobility” at the 7x24 Exchange event, “Patriot Act & NSA: Protecting Your Data” “Technology under the Trump Administration, at HostingCon, “Connectivity Challenges & Opportunities in 2014, including Adoption of the Open IX Model in the U.S.” at CRE’s Texas Data Center Summit & Peer2.0 Conference as well as multiple panel discussions at IMN Series of events. Accordingly, he is often a featured speaker and quoted in the press concerning open IX and the U.S. interconnection market.
Robert also served as the President of the Dallas-Fort Worth AFCOM Chapter and was a member of the Board of Directors for Tech Titans and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Open-IX.
- Network Panel
David BaileyRegional General Manager, Fibernet DirectRegional General Manager, Fibernet Direct
David Bailey joined FPL FiberNet, now Fibernet Direct, in March 2016 as Regional General Manager for the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas Region. Mr. Bailey is responsible for leading all sales channels including Enterprise, Indirect, Public Sector and Local Wholesale. In addition to revenue growth, David has oversight responsibility for all other business functions that occur in the region. FPL Fibernet was acquired in November 2016 by Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI). FPL Fibernet now operates under the trade name Fibernet Direct until Q4 2017 at which time all Crown Castle owned fiber entities will fall under the Crown Castle brand.
With more than 16 years of engineering, sales, construction and operational experience, Mr. Bailey has led a number of sales, engineering and operations organizations serving the oil & gas, healthcare, banking and finance, information technology, logistics and technology sectors. Before joining FPL FiberNet, he served as Senior Director of Sales at Level 3 Communications. In that role, David was responsible for the Houston Enterprise Sales business unit, which was one of the largest in the company at the time. Prior to joining Level 3, Mr. Bailey held several executive level sales roles focused on fiber optic network expansion and revenue growth at tw telecom, Windstream Communications, NuVox Communications and NewSouth Communications. He also served in the United States Navy’s Naval Aviation platform specializing in Aviation Electronics and Communications Systems.
Mr. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M - Commer
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Mike SassanoNational Director of Sales Engineering, SunesysNational Director of Sales Engineering, Sunesys
Mike Sassano is the Director of Sales Engineering nationally for Sunesys. In his role, he is responsible for leading all pre-sales engineering and pricing efforts with a team focused on discovering customers' needs through a consultative approach and developing customized network solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Sassano held various roles within Sunesys including leading project management, wholesale sales, sales engineering and pricing.
Before joining Sunesys in 2002, Mr. Sassano held various management positions in sales, operations and project management with Infrasource Inc., Exelon Enterprises, and PECO Energy.
Mr. Sassano holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University.
- Network Panel
John SarkisVP of Strategic Sales, NTT America
- Network Panel
TJ KarklinsSVP - zColo Colocation Segment, Zayo GroupSVP - zColo Colocation Segment, Zayo Group
TJ Karklins leads zColo, Zayo’s global data center business. He is responsible for the sales, operations, investment, and financial performance of the business unit which is comprised of 45 datacenters across 23 markets.
TJ has built a focused career of sales, finance, and leadership roles in technology and international businesses. He was the CEO of the 2016 Zayo acquisition, Clearview International, an enterprise-focused colocation and cloud services provider. Prior to Clearview, he was the Vice President of Sales for Hosting, an early leader in hybrid cloud solutions and was the CFO of a successful joint venture with a consumer products business unit of the Mondragon Corporation of Spain. He grew a strong base of enterprise IT experience across eight years of sales, technical, and business building assignments in the software and managed services business units of AT&T and Avaya.
TJ began his career as an officer and aviator in the U.S. Army where he commanded helicopter units in the 4th Aviation Brigade. He is a Wharton Fellow and holds a MBA from the University of Denver and a BS from the University of Colorado.
- Sustainability Panel
Peter Gross, PEVice President, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom EnergyVice President, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy
Peter Gross, PE
Peter Gross leads the Mission Critical Systems group at Bloom Energy, the leading manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells.
Prior to joining Bloom, he was the Managing Partner for HP’s Carbon, Power and Critical Facilities Services. He was the co-founder and CEO of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc.
Peter is recognized as a thought leader in the mission-critical information, communication and infrastructure design realm, has published numerous technical papers in the field, and is a frequent speaker at international events. His focus centers on mission-critical facilities, high-reliability design, energy and sustainability. Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in the engineering and design of power systems as applied to data centers, trading floors, command and control centers, and telecommunication and broadcasting facilities.
He was co-awarded patents for the modular, pre-fabricated FlexDC product, for Direct Current power distribution topologies in data centers and for fuel cells data center architectures. Peter is the recipient of 2010 Data Center Dynamics “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” award. He was quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, Businessweek and Computerworld.
A Senior IEEE Member and a Registered Professional Engineer, Peter was one of the contributors to IEEE Standard 3006.7-2013, “Recommended Practice for determining the reliability of 7x24 Power Systems in industrial and commercial facilities”.
In 2012 he joined the Ontario’s High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) Strategic Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and of Southern Methodist University’s Data Center System Engineering Board of Advisors.
- Sustainability Panel
Jakob CarnemarkFounder & Chief Technology Officer, Aligned EnergyFounder & Chief Technology Officer, Aligned Energy
With over 25 years of experience building and operating data centers for large enterprises, Jakob (Jake) Carnemark has dedicated his career to tackling an issue that has long plagued the mission critical industry.
As Founder, CTO and Vice Chairman, he oversees Aligned Energy’s strategic technology platform focused on helping companies deliver greater business value with less costly energy and infrastructure resources. Jake founded Aligned Energy to solve the world’s toughest challenges associated with data center building infrastructure, energy consumption and water usage.
Prior to Aligned Energy, Jake worked for 11 years as the Senior Vice President of Skanska’s Mission Critical Center of Excellence where he was responsible for growing the international construction firm’s mission critical business. While at Skanska, he worked on large-scale complex projects, including building the first installation of Canadianbased TELUS’ smart, ultra-green modular data center that resulted in an 80% decrease in operational costs.
In 2013, Engineering News Record (ENR) recognized Jake as a Top Industry Innovator for his contributions to the identification of solutions that would transform the data center industry. Carnemark has a B.S. in Engineering f
- Fixing the Pipeline Panel
Carrie GoetzGlobal Director of Technology, Paige DataCom SolutionsGlobal Director of Technology, Paige DataCom Solutions
Carrie Goetz has been involved in the computing and networking industries for over 30 years. Carrie currently works for Paige DataCom Solutions as the Global Director of Technology shaping the technological future for end user solutions. This global division is responsible for data center and data communications products and services as the newest business division of Paige Electric. Her career experience is in all aspects of networking and application development as a programmer, consultant, project manager, and Fortune 500 executive running IT departments and data centers with multi-million dollar budgets, and has taught at a collegiate level. Carrie has an MBA and MSBS. She holds a CDCP, CDCS, RCDD/NTS and 1st Degree Infrastructure Mason and has held over 40 certfications throughout her career. Carrie has designed and audited multitudes of data centers for enterprise, colocation, hosting and cloud facilities. Her data center design assistance has been utilized in the Financial, Government, Healthcare, Education and Industrial/Manufacturing sectors with assistance towards compliance related tasks.
Carrie chairs and participates in Women in Data Centers, AFCOM, 7x24Exchange and other forums fostering women in the industry beginning at a young age. She is on the AFCOM Board of Advisors. She is the former President of the BladeSystems Alliance and member of the Board of Directors. She also participates(d) in the IDC enterprise expert panel, Uptime Institute, IEEE, BICSI, numerous green building panels and groups, the Ethernet Alliance, PMI, Share and various other industry panels. She has one telecommunications patent and one patent pending.
Carrie has affiliations with and/or participates or has particpated in the following organizations: IEEE, TIA, COMMON, ASHRAE, USGBC, WGBC, ISO, ODCA, GDCA, FCIA, and other consortiums for standards acceptance. She also writes for Network Performance, Processor, Inside Networks, ZeroDownTime, DataCenter Dynamics, and various other publications. Carrie has won the “Communication News” Editor’s Choice Award for two years. She is a member of the International Women’s Leadership Association, an invitee only leadership consortium.
- Fixing the Pipeline Panel
Mona RishiGlobal Program Manager, GoogleGlobal Program Manager, Google
Mona Rishi is a Global Program Manager with over 12 years of experience in the Telecom and Datacenter industry. She started out operationally in the wireless telco space, working with companies such as like ATT, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Bell Canada and other notable providers to optimize their network. She began consulting at Google in 2010, eventually moving to her current role in 2014. Today she works as a Network Operations Program Manager, globally managing the security, access, remote hands field services, and RMA functions across Google’s many collocations and owned datacenters. She is passionate about creating diversity in the Datacenter space, and looks forward to supporting actions in that direction. Mona earned her business degree in Atlanta, GA before moving to Toronto, Canada and then finally San Francisco, CA where she lives today.
- Fixing the Pipeline Panel
Sherrie Jackson-CalhounSenior Technical Program Manager, PayPalSenior Technical Program Manager, PayPal
Sherrie Jackson-Calhoun is currently a Sr. Technical Program Manager - Risk & Payments for Pay Pal Holdings, Inc. She was born in Carthage, Texas and raised in Los Angeles, California attending California State University-Northridge and University of California-Los Angeles obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Professional background involves over 20 years in Program Management with multiple organizational achievements and record successes leading global teams in multi-million initiatives to resolve inefficiencies and optimize financial and operational processes. Creation and launching new designs, technology processes, solutions and innovative approaches for end-to-end operations. Development of an intranet portal for patient and prescription drug management. Leading Credit MIS Transformation Projects that generated over 2 million in revenue within a two year period. Applying principles of project and program management methodologies to lead complex initiatives for various companies that includes eBay Inc., PetSmart, Visa, Apollo Relocation Group, McKesson, American Express, WebMD and Cigna Healthcare.
Certified in Developing Resourcefulness, Introduction to the Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Black Belt, ITIL Foundation and SCRUM Master. Winner of the 2000 Chairman Award of Quality and was a keynote speaker and volunteer in 2015 for the Grace Hooper/Anita Borg Organization. Ms. Calhoun will also be a featured keynote speaker at the Infrastructure Mason’s Education Summit, leading the Community Out-reach Effort scheduled for September 27, 2017 at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
- Fixing the Pipeline Panel
Ali GreenwoodVice President, JLLVice President, JLL
Ali is a Vice President with JLL’s global Data Center Solutions practice team. She has ten years of experience in the commercial real estate, private investment and development, technology and data center REIT industries. Her recent transactions include data center relocation, colocation and portfolio growth strategies for Fortune 500 financial, telecom, technology, insurance, and transportation firms. She has strong financial analysis skills when evaluating various types of scenarios from valuation of portfolios, underwriting acquisitions, dispositions, greenfield development, brownfield development, colocation lease transactions, and hybrid scenarios.
Prior to joining JLL, Ali was with Digital Realty Trust. As part of their global sales team she generated solutions for new customers with data center colocation requirements. As part of their portfolio management team for the Central U.S. region she worked with a portfolio of assets valued at over $818M with 3.2M square feet of technical real estate, involving significant data center development, re-development, and leasing activity. Prior to her tenure with Digital Realty, Ali was a financial analyst for Eastern Partners, a private real estate investment and development company.
Ali graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Real Estate Finance & Marketing. She is a licensed Texas real estate salesperson. Ali is a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, and a board member of the Clayton Dabney Foundation.