Speakers

David Gallaher
Manager, Information Technology Services
National Snow and Ice Data Center
David Gallaher is an Associate Scientist III, Manager, Information Technology Services, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Dave is leading the technical evolution of NSIDC systems and architecture to meet the needs of our scientific communities and stakeholders. This evolution includes advanced data products, dynamic data visualization, and enhanced data discovery. At the same time, he is focusing on evolving our internal and external systems integration, and on refining technologies and infrastructures to be more user-friendly, efficient, cost-effective, and scalable, while continuing to support our core data ingest and distribution functions.

He has built a “green data center” at NSIDC that reduced the power consumption for cooling by 90%. Dave is the lead investigator on a NSF grant for project to design and prototype a process (through creation of "Data Rods") for addressing time-series data as pure objects that will enable time-centric change analysis of massive multi-modality cryospheric data. He was also the Project Manager on a project to build web services and analysis application for determining changes to the Greenland ice sheet. He is the PI on a project is to recover 1960’s Nimbus satellite data to determine the sea ice extent during that decade. His latest project is to build a low cost CubeSat Passive microwave satellite to monitor polar ice conditions.
Byron Reese
Chief Innovation Officer
Demand Media
Byron Reese employs his profound understanding of technical data to illuminate how the technology of today can solve many global challenges. He speaks with the unrivaled authority of an accomplished high-tech trailblazer, inventor, and entrepreneur; and the wisdom of a life-long historian. An inventor, technologist, historian, author, speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Byron started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise, the parent company of ExpertVillage.com, to Demand Media. He currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Demand Media, overseeing research and development. The company holds and has filed numerous patents on Reese’s work in disciplines including crowdsourcing, content creation, and psychographics. Byron has just completed the forthcoming book “Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, And War.”
Mark Dereberry
Technical Services Lead Data Center Facilities
Harley-Davidson
Mark started his IT career in 1991 working for a computer retailer in Kansas City, MO selling and supporting personal computers. He then moved on to support the data systems at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City where he was responsible for network and systems support. Mark then managed a support staff for a small software design company where he managed the internal network and server infrastructure as well as an installation and support team.

Mark landed at Harley-Davidson Motor Company in 1998 in the network operations team supporting the new manufacturing plant in Kansas City. While with Harley he has served several roles within the company finally landing in his current position as Senior Technical Lead Data Center Facilities. In this role Mark bridges the gap between facilities and IT. Mark brings his IT experience and facilities knowledge to better support the IT systems in the data center. Harley-Davidson Motor Company has continued to grow its business globally and Mark’s team has coordinated the installation and implementation of needed data center components. He also led the IT team in the completion in the construction of a new data center in Milwaukee Wisconsin where the team was responsible for the planning, design, and construction phases of the project.
Tate Cantrell
CTO
Verne Global
Tate Cantrell’s primary responsibilities include product design and development and data center operations. Mr. Cantrell has been in the mission-critical facilities business for more than 15 years and has overseen the build-out and operationalization of some the largest and most sophisticated data centers in the industry.

Prior to Verne Global, Mr. Cantrell was Vice President, Data Center Technologies, at Dupont Fabros Technology, the second-largest pure-play data center REIT in the United States. He was responsible for development and execution of operational strategies critical to the start-up of the Dupont Fabros Development Wholesale Data Center business model, the first of its kind in the industry. Mr. Cantrell was in charge of negotiating key operations contracts, developing vendor relations strategies, facilitating purchasing strategy for new data center equipment, and overseeing technical due diligence of existing and new properties. He also provided technical support for marketing and key business strategy expansion opportunities, and directed and managed strategy for IT systems. Mr. Cantrell was involved with all ten of DuPont Fabros’ data center developments.

Prior to Dupont Fabros, Mr. Cantrell was a Senior Electrical Engineer at CCG Facilities Integration, Inc. In that capacity, he acted as project manager, lead project engineer and commissioning coordinator for mission-critical applications across a variety of sectors. He worked on mission-critical projects for clients including A1 Netcom, AboveNet, Citigroup, Discovery Channel, Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley, Sprint, Terremark and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Cantrell started his career in computer facilities as a research programmer and system administrator for the first supercomputer facility in Louisiana during his tenure at Tulane University.
KC Mares
President & CEO
MegaWatt Consulting Inc.
CTO, Unique Infrastructure Group
KC Mares has been focused on energy efficient data centers for nearly 15 years, designing, building and operating data centers in over 20 countries. As CEO of MegaWatt Consulting, KC has completed data center site selection, design and efficiency projects for Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Equinix, NCAR, LBNL, US DoE, and many others. He has led the design of over $10 billion of data centers, all with industry leading energy AND cost efficiencies.

KC is also the CTO of Unique Infrastructure Group, the company developing the Reno Technology Park, the largest dedicated data center campus in North America with on-site renewable energy generation.

For the last three years, KC has chaired the SVLG Data Center Energy Efficiency demonstration program, and recently, KC led Yahoo!’s worldwide data center strategy, development and construction, leading the construction of over $1 billion of energy efficient data centers. He has worked for many industry leaders, including Google, Exodus, and Sun Microsystems, leading data center operations, development, design and implementing energy solutions.

His work has earned numerous awards, including twice EnergyStar Partner of the Year, and is a pundit of long-term energy solutions that improve the quality of life, environment and sustained economic vitality.
David Filas
Data Center Engineer
Trinity Health
Dave Filas is a Data Center Engineer with Trinity Health, a healthcare company operating 46 hospitals in nine states. He is responsible for uninterrupted operation of the 20+ data centers coast to coast which support the hospitals, as well as leading design efforts in both new data center construction and renovations. In his aggressive adoption of new technology, he performs most of the research and development into new data center technologies and methods, and frequently tests prototype products. He is also responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive data center monitoring strategy throughout the organization.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies from Franklin University, a Master of Science in Information Technologies from Capella University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University. He has an Associate Constructor certification from the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) as well as APC’s Data Center University certification.
Tony Bishop
Author, Industry Expert
Tony is an industry recognized IT & DC executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned platforms across organizations.

He is author of “Next Generation Datacenters – ‘Driving Extreme Efficiency and Effective Cost Savings’” and former Managing Director, Global Head of Datacenter Operations & Strategy for Morgan Stanley. Previously, Tony served as SVP, Chief Architect for Wachovia Bank where he led the team that implemented a service oriented datacenter architecture and utility computing infrastructure.
Peter Light
Bloom Energy
Senior Product Manager
Peter Light is responsible for Product Management at Bloom Energy. He was instrumental to the initial customer selection, feature definition, marketing, and launch of the company’s first commercial fuel cell-based Energy Server. Today he focuses on commercializing new products for new markets. Peter is an expert in distributed generation technology, policy, and the emerging markets of renewable biogas, and tradable environmental benefits. Peter previously held positions at Energy & Environmental Economics (E3) and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Peter holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University.
Tim Chadwick
President
ALFATECH
As a President of Design for Alfa Tech, Mr. Chadwick brings expertise in project management, consulting engineering and construction administration to the projects leads. Mr. Chadwick has also been instrumental in implementing the LEED Certification process into Alfa Tech's projects whenever possible, and has been particularly successful in doing so with data center projects. He has guided several of these projects to completion, at all levels of certification, while also building and maintaining the solid, long-lasting and positive relationships with clients that Alfa Tech has been fortunate enough to enjoy for many years.

Alfa Tech has been at the forefront of "green" data center design since the beginning. Mr. Chadwick has successfully completed dozens of data center projects, and provides energy-efficient design at every opportunity, striving to give each client the most forward-thinking solutions to create facilities that operate with the highest efficiency, in the most cost effective way, and while providing the utmost flexibility for the future. Clients have included Facebook, Symantec, VMware, Cisco Systems, Adobe, and many other high-profile companies.
Jason Shepard
Principal
Cresa
Jason specializes in representing end-users in multi-market evaluation, site selection and acquisition of data centers and/or real property for data center conversion across North America.

Widely recognized as an expert in this field, Jason is regularly asked to speak at industry events, has been quoted in multiple media sources and has a specialty consulting practice exclusively for data center occupiers.

Jason’s platform evolved during the technology boom of the late 1990’s. While most abandoned the market after the crash of 2000, Jason committed to building a better knowledgebase and client service offering. Between a decade of data center tenant representation, the volume of completed projects and a multitude of consulting assignments, Jason’s experience is unparalleled in the industry.
Marc Faig
CIO, ASTModular
AST Modular
Marc Faig is the Chief Innovation Officer at AST Modular, a Barcelona based engineering firm specialized in Secure, Modular and Energy Efficient datacenters. Marc has more than 12 years experience in the global datacenter arena. He has designed and audited over 200 Data Centers to date according to industry standards such as TIA 942, Uptime Institute’s Tier levels and ASHRAE’s. In his CIO role, Marc's mission is to provide technology leadership to the industry through innovative datacenter solutions according to three cornesrtone values: energy efficiency, modularity and resiliency. Marc is an electro-mechanical engineer from the University of Catalonia and holds an MBA from the University of Barcelona. Fluent in 3 languages, in the past he has been involved in Green Energy Projects in both academic and business environments.
Jack Pouchet
Director of Energy Initiatives,
Board Member, The Green Grid
Emerson Network Power
Jack Pouchet, BA, MBA Business Administration, Vice President Business Development and Energy Initiatives, Hyperscale Solutions, Emerson Network Power- is based in Southern California and works closely with major OEMs in the server market, large data center users, and leading mission critical engineering firms to help define, architect, and create opportunities for advanced power and cooling technologies that improve day-to-day operational efficiencies. Jack brings over twenty years of related OEM power supply, power generation, distribution, and power product sales and marketing experience to Emerson Network Power giving him a unique end-to-end perspective of the entire AC and DC power path.

An active member of several industry and sustainability associations including The Green Grid, where Jack serves as the Emerson Board Member, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, Jack is frequently engaged with Government agencies and NGOs in research and legislation centered on alternative / renewable energy as well as energy efficiency for data centers.
Mark Schiller
Executive Director
The Green Grid
Mark Schiller is the Executive Director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end user consortium focused on resource efficient information technology and data centers. Mark has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, and a decade of Trade Association and Standards leadership experience. He has contributed to many areas within IT, including servers, clients, storage, security, operating systems, web services, and telecommunications; often in multi-company partnerships. Mark has co-founded and served in various executive and corporate-representation leadership roles for several IT trade association and standards efforts, including the Trusted Computing Group, and has successfully co-managed the complete standards lifecycle. In addition, Mark brings significant experience in private-public sector collaboration in standards and IT policy, both in the U.S. and internationally. Mark holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from N.C. State University and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley.
Sherman Ikemoto
General Manager
Future Facilities
Sherman Ikemoto is General Manager for Future Facilities Inc. a leading provider of data center design and management tools and services. Sherman leads the North American sales, marketing and engineering services in the effort to establish a new standard for data center infrastructure management based on engineering simulation techniques. Today, Future Facilities is recognized by major corporations and industry research organizations such as Gartner as the pioneer of the “predictive DCIM” data center management practice. Prior to joining Future Facilities, Sherman had worked as a sales and marketing director at Flomerics, the first to apply CFD analysis to electronics cooling design. Sherman has a Bachelors of Science degree from San Jose State University and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Majed Saadi
Director, Cloud Computing Practice
SRA International
Majed Saadi is the Director of the Cloud Computing Practice at SRA International. His practice encompasses service areas from Cloud Strategy Development to Cloud Management and all areas in between Cloud Readiness, Cloud Engineering, and Cloud Modernization. He has served as a thought leader at many Federal Systems Integrators and he has over 16 years of experience in the areas of IT Strategy Development, Enterprise Architecture, and Enterprise Systems Management. Majed holds a master’s degree in IT Management from UVA and several industry certifications including TOGAF 9, ITIL Expert, ISO 20000 Certified Consultant, and Management of Risk (MoR ) Certified.
Matt Koukl
Opengate Data Systems
Matt Koukl is the Director of Sales for Opengate Data Systems. In this role Matt has responsibility for providing technical leadership on Opengate’s solutions to architects, consulting engineers, Design/Build contractors, and owners throughout North America. Matt’s experience as a Trane Sales Engineer has positioned him well to assist clients with Data Center design and controls strategies. Matt is also an active member of AFCOM, sits on the local Madison ASHRAE Board of Governors, and has presented at the Uptime Institute and other data center conferences. He graduated from University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and is a Certified Data Center Energy Practitioner.
Mike Bailey
P.E., Director of Engineering Services
ECOVA
Mike Bailey leads Ecos Technical Services team which provides engineering and analytical services to Ecos utility and business efficiency and resource management programs. Mike has almost 20 years of engineering and project management experience in a wide range of industries, including data centers, agriculture, aerospace, oil production and refining, semiconductors, commercial construction for owner-occupied facilities, and tenant improvement projects of leased spaces. A licensed mechanical Professional Engineer in Oregon and California, Mike has extensive experience with the design and operation of facility systems. Previous projects have included air and water side economizer installations on ultrahigh-density data centers and commercial office spaces, including waste heat recovery for use for office space heating. In addition, Mike brings a strong background in financial analysis and business management to his position at Ecos, with an MBA from Babson College and previous work for Intel as a Finance Manager responsible for over $1 Billion in annual capital purchases. In addition to his activities at Ecos, Mike serves as a voting member of the Northwest Regional Technical Forum (RTF) the technical advisory committee to the Northwest Power Council. Mike is also a board member of the Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers (OAPEM).

Mike is particularly interested in the interaction of organizations, individual decision makers, and technologies related to data centers and the use of IT equipment: while highly cost effective and energy efficient technologies exist, complex organization issues and common human behavior traits have prevented their adoption. Ecos is dedicated in assisting business and utilities to resolve these issues to enable significant reduction in energy use, carbon footprint and costs.

Melissa Chambal
US Technical Manager
CNET Training
Melissa Chambal comes to CNet Training with 20 years data centre and infrastructure experience. She is an ex-Bicsi Master Instructor and has spent 5 years teaching Data Centre Design and Network Design courses. Her fields of expertise and specialities consist of Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) Network Transport Specialist (NTS) Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM) and Data Centre Design Consultancy (DCDC).

Melissa will take up appointment as Technical Manager, North Central South America (NCSA) and work closely with CNet Training’s Global Technical Manager, Adrian Jones, and using her multi lingual skills will assist in the roll out of the CNet training portfolio in North and South America.

Melissa Chambal is highly respected amongst her peers in the industry and will be a strong asset to CNet Training, particularly as CNet continues to experience an unprecedented demand for its training courses across the globe. “I am honoured to be part of CNET Training's Global team at this very exciting time of growth” says Melissa. “I look forward to working with all the multi-faceted and global professionals at CNet Training whose commitment to excellence has made the CNet Education Framework recognized internationally." Andrew Stevens, CNet Training’s Group Managing Director said “I am thrilled that Melissa has agreed to join us at this exciting time, Melissa brings with her professionalism, experience, technical expertise and a passion for the role – just what we look for in all the CNet Training team.
Sev Onyshkevych
Chief Marketing Officer
FieldView Solutions
Sev Onyshkevych joined FieldView Solutions as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) this August to lead the company’s global marketing and branding efforts. Previously, as CEO and senior marketing consultant with In Vino Veritas Consultants, Onyshkevych provided marketing strategy, market development and partner development for technology businesses as well as managing various go-to-market product developments. Most notably, as VP of Global Marketing for Raritan Computer, Inc., Onyshkevych increased the company’s sales more than twofold by building a global marketing and product management organization to expand the company’s international presence. Additionally, as president of Raritan Computer Japan, he reorganized the company’s sales offices, enabling them to grow sales by over 180 percent.

Onyshkevych holds an MBA in Business Administration from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.
Jay Riley
Director Strategic Accounts
Synapsense
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