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Stephen Belomy

SVP US West Coast
Etix Everywhere

Stephen Belomy started his data center career in the commercial data center industry’s infancy as the 5th employee at AboveNet Communications. As EVP, he ran four of seven divisions, and was directly responsible for all real estate, data center development and operations, customer service, legal and ISO. He built some of the premier early colocation facilities in the U.S., including 111 8th Avenue in New York City, 365 Main Street in San Francisco, as well as multiple data centers in both San Jose and Northern Virginia. He helped AboveNet grow to 250 people, conduct an IPO, and sell the company for over $1 billion to Metromedia Fiber Networks, all in under four years. ... (view full description)

Stan Blackwell

Director- Customer Service and Strategic Partnerships
Dominion Energy

Stan Blackwell is responsible for the management of large customers throughout the Central and Northern regions of Virginia.  Additionally, he is responsible for all economic development activities in Dominion’s electric service territory.  Stan has been with Dominion for 20 years in a variety of leadership roles including the following:  Finance, Accounting, Electrical Design, Renewable Product Development, Contract Management, Key Account Management, and Economic Development.  Before joining Dominion Virginia Power, Stan spent 9 years in the computer industry with AT&T and NCR Corporations in various financial roles supporting competitive sales organizations.   Stan is curr ... (view full description)

Marc Block

Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly llp

Sagi Brody


As Webair’s Chief Technology Officer, Sagi is responsible for all technical infrastructure, design, and operations.  With his help, the company has seen an increase in web sites and servers hosted by over 1000%. Sagi has been involved in all aspects of the hosting and data center industry including: site surveys and selection, data center build out and upgrades, fiber network design and build, authoring of all client interfaces, designed software for data center and server automation, cloud computing, green data center technologies, resource management, staffing, and budget planning.  Sagi has built the companies Content Delivery Network (CDN) that now provides high speed ... (view full description)

Jeffrey Burges

DataSite Colo

Jeff Burges is President & Founder of DataSite; a wholesale colocation and custom data suite provider. DataSite provides critical environments coupled with best in class facility operations which solve complex Real Estate challenge for IT intensive users from the corporate enterprise, to managed service providers, to content delivery networks, and beyond. DataSite currently owns and operates world class facilities in three locations in the United States; Orlando Florida, Atlanta Georgia, and Boise Idaho. Mr. Burges has owned and managed over 21 million square feet of commercial real estate, valued at over $2.5 Billion. These portfolios consisted of data centers, telecom hotels, bio-tech ... (view full description)

Mario Calderone

VP of Real Estate
Server Farm

As VP of Real Estate of Server Farm, Mario Calderone is responsible for all aspects of the commercial real estate portfolio including acquisitions, leasing, management, financing and disposition. A seasoned real estate industry professional, Calderone has an established track record of successful value-creation across a broad range of investment assets. Prior to joining Server Farm, Calderone founded and operated Alpine Investment Company, a private investment company that he operated for more than 15 years. During this period, he was responsible for over $500 million of successful investment or capitalization of commercial assets involving entities such as General Electric, Global Exc ... (view full description)

Tate Cantrell

Verne Global

At Verne Global, Tate is responsible for setting the technical direction for the company. He oversees the design and construction of all aspects of the facilities at Verne's 100% renewably powered data center campus.   His breadth of responsibility also encompasses the setup and oversight of operational and security strategies at the Verne Global campus. Aside from his internal leadership, he has a broad range of external responsibilities including client relations and industry-related mentoring.   Tate draws on 20+ years of experience in the data center industry. His experiences range from system administration for high performance computing env ... (view full description)

Hugh Carspecken

Dart Points

Hugh has nearly 20 years of cross-industry technology experience, from data networking to fiber optics to wireless infrastructure. He spent the early half of his career in Silicon Valley, helping to start and grow several start-ups in Silicon Valley, such as ONI Systems and FiberTower. In these roles Hugh helped bridge the gap between the state of technology its implementation to drive the technology’s adoption in the market.  After this, Hugh held a senior leadership role at Fujitsu Network Communications, launching Fujitsu’s multi-technology solutions organization. Applying the lessons learned through these various experiences, Hugh is adapting how data centers will meet the growing and ch ... (view full description)

John Clune

Cavern Technologies

John Clune is President & CEO of Cavern Technologies. John joined the company as President & CEO ten years ago and focused the company on its core competency, providing state of the art mission critical data center solutions. As CEO of Cavern, John believes in providing a high level of value to Clients, through creating innovative solutions that maximize ROI. In his role as CEO, he is responsible for directing and leading the growth and operations of the company. He is dedicated to excellence at all levels of service to Cavern Technologies Clients. Prior to joining Cavern, Mr. Clune was Vice President at Lockton, Atlanta - - a Kansas City based company known for providing mid to large si ... (view full description)

James Coakley

Senior Managing Director
Next Tier / HC

 James F. Coakley Senior Managing Director Next Tier HD    Professional 2013 - Present:  Next Tier HD (Washington, DC), Senior Managing Director:  datacenter development and management. 2005 - 2013: Power Loft LLC (Washington, DC) President: datacenter development and management. 2000 to 2005: T-Rex Capital (Washington, DC), Senior VP and Principal: participated in the acquisition and redevelopment of over 3 million square feet of mission critical facilities.  1995 to 2000:  Trammell Crow Company (Washington, DC), Corp ... (view full description)

Todd Coleman

President & CEO
Estruxture Data Centers

Todd Coleman is President of WAE Group, a private investment firm specializing in data centers, cloud services and telecom infrastructure.  He is the former Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of Cologix, a North American network neutral colocation and interconnection provider.  He has over 20 years of experience in the communications, data center, Internet and video distribution industry. Prior to forming Cologix, Todd held several senior positions at Level 3 Communications, a global telecommunications company, including Senior Vice President of Data Centers, Senior Vice President of Media Operations and President of Level 3 Communications Europe. Todd holds a juris doctor ... (view full description)

Shawn Conaway

VP, Cloud Adoption

Shawn Conaway has approximately 20 years experience designing IT infrastructure solutions and managing global teams at Fortune 500 companies. He is currently responsible for the automation and provisioning of multi-tenant services from several private and hybrid clouds. Shawn is a frequent speaker data center and cloud conferences. He has started several technical magazines including Virtualize! and Cloud Strategy. He is a columnist for Cloud Strategy and previously wrote the Site Selection column for Mission Critical. Shawn can be reached at

Chris Curtis

SVP, Development & Acquisitions
Compass Datacenters

Chris Curtis is a proven developer of complex build-to-suit projects. Chris has over 12 years of experience successfully developing greenfield build-to-suit projects for federal government tenants.  As President of Curtis Investments LLC, Chris completed 25 projects in 22 markets for FBI, DEA, Homeland Security, US Attorney Office, SSA and VA. Chris founded Curtis Investments LLC and served as President.  Previously, Chris was a tax attorney at Haynes and Boone LLP responsible for business formations, tax strategy and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Curtis received a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas, a J.D., cum laude, from SMU School of Law ... (view full description)

Cris Daniluk

Rhythmic Technologies

Cris Daniluk is President and Founder of Rhythmic Technologies, an innovative and respected security and compliance-oriented hosting and managed cloud firm. Cris is responsible for the strategic direction of Rhythmic, as well as daily execution of that strategy. As part his hands-on leadership style, Cris is in daily contact with Rhythmic’s customers, prospects, and partners. He also is deeply involved in the operations of the business, particularly on building the automation and customer self-service systems and frameworks that are the foundation of Rhythmic’s secure cloud platform.   Before founding Rhythmic Cris was responsible for project management and business development a ... (view full description)

Bob DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
365 Data Centers

Bob DeSantis is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur who has held senior leadership positions in public and private, competitive and regulated companies within the communications, technology, and energy industries. He has been a leader in acquiring, building and growing businesses and arranging for their initial public offerings and other strategic events. Bob’s expertise spans strategy, operations, finance, corporate law, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to becoming the CEO of 365 Data Centers, Bob was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Xand, which became the leading, privately owned, data center, managed services and cloud services operator in the Nort ... (view full description)

Rick Drescher

Managing Director, Technical Services
Savills Studley

As a leader of the firm’s Critical Facilities Group, Rick has established a reputation for unparalleled technical expertise and creative solutions at the intersection of real estate and technology analytics. With more than 18 years of hands-on IT experience in the financial services, technology, and global telecommunications industries, Rick has extensive knowledge of enterprise IT systems including server, network, storage, and virtualization architecture. He has leveraged this expertise to successfully design, plan and execute the fit-out and migration of more than 30 data centers and trading floors totaling more than 1M SF and 300,000 pieces of IT equipment. Rick has implement ... (view full description)

Peter Feldman

CEO & Principal

Peter Feldman, CEO and Principal of DataGryd, has 20 years of experience in data center development, management, and design; he has been at the forefront of developing collocation business models and implementing energy-efficient technologies in the industry. Feldman has held CTO, President, and founding roles at several successful startups, including the TelX group, a national leader in datacenter collocation services. Prior to founding DataGryd, Mr. Feldman was the primary technical and business development interface with companies such as United Technologies Power for their hydrogen and natural gas fuel cell technology and CCHP micro-turbines for data centers, and AMSC (formerly Americ ... (view full description)

Tami Fratis

IPR International

Ms. Tami Fratis joined IPR as its CEO in June 2013 and additionally served on its Board for the past 10 years. Ms. Fratis is also Manager of IPRsecure. Prior to IPR, Ms. Fratis represented Broadway Direct Investments as the Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Fratis is also a senior advisor to Meidlinger Partners, a sustainable PE firm focused on investing in middle-market water technology and services companies in the US and Western Europe. She is a former director and chairman of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), which is an association of 66 venture funds and private equity investors that manage in excess of $15 billion, and a former executive committee member and di ... (view full description)

Jennifer Fritzsche

Managing Director
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities, where she was promoted to senior analyst after serving two years as an associate analyst on the telecom research team. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in Institutional Investor’s annual vote. In 2006, Forbes magazine recognized Jennifer as one of the top ten stock pickers from a universe of 4,500 sell-side analysts across all industry sectors. In May 2011, Jennifer was recognized as the No. 1 earnings estim ... (view full description)

Joseph Furmanski

Director, Data Center Facilities and Technologies
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Joe Furmanski is in his 25th year with UPMC.   He has managed a variety of technology administration groups and has been the Director of the Data Center Facilities and Technologies for the past 8 years.   In this role he is responsible for management of the Corporate Data Centers for UPMC.  Prior to UPMC Joe worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for more than nine years holding a variety of Technology and Management Positions in their Systems Integration and Consulting organizations.  He also worked for five years developing Distribution Management and Accounting Software for several software OEMs.  Joe began his career work as an Operator and Programmer for an engineering firm ... (view full description)

Daniel Gaffney

Director of Global Critical Facilities
BNY Mellon

Dan Gaffney is the Director of Global Critical Facilities with BNY Mellon. Dan oversees operations and projects for the global enterprise data centers and critical infrastructure for BNY Mellon. He has over 25 years experience managing:  large capital projects, and electrical/process engineering.

Andrew Gold

SVP of Corporate Development & Chief Counsel
Infomart Data Centers

Andrew has been practicing law at large law firms and in-house at technology and venture capital firms in the US and Europe for almost 20 years. In 2000, he was a founding Board member of iWorld Group, an investment fund focused on mobile applications. From 2007- 2009, Andrew served as CEO of Straitshot Communications, a Seattle network services company. Andrew has a JD, magna cum laude, from the Washington College of Law. He earned a BA from Emory University and was a Lecturer in Public Speaking and Director of Debate at Stanford University.

James Grice

Bryan Cave LLP

Jim is a partner at Bryan Cave LLP and leads the firm's team on Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure. With over 20 years of varied experience, Jim has had success in multiple jurisdictions working on i) tax legislation and negotiated tax incentives, ii) project development and finance, iii) purchase and sale agreements, iv) leases and service level agreements, and v) a wide range of energy issues - including energy regulation and energy facility development and finance. Areas of special expertise include State and Local Taxation, Economic Development Incentives, Project Finance, Governmental Affairs, Permitting, and Business Transaction Documentation.

Svein Hagaseth

SVP, North America
Green Mountain Data Center

Svein Atle has a 20 year long career in the IT outsourcing, SW and consulting market across  Europe and North America. Svein currently works as a Senior Vice President responsible for Green Mountain's North American Office out of Toronto, Canada. His main focus is to position Green Mountain's leading Data Center Services  to C-level stakeholders of multinational companies with HQ in North America. Acts as CEO and majority shareholder for the North American Office. Green Mountain AS design build and operate high security, robust wholesale colocation data centres. We currently have data centres in Norway with plans to develop in other regi ... (view full description)

Kemal Hawa

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kemal Hawa focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the telecommunications, media and technology industries, domestically and internationally. Kemal regularly advises public and private companies, private equity firms, investment banks, and creditors’ committees on a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies and restructurings, investments, financing arrangements, licensing agreements and commercial transactions.   Kemal assists clients with the negotiation of transactions in the cloud computing space, including the negotiation of data center and co-location leases, globally. Kemal also has significant experience in the ... (view full description)

James Henry

Senior Managing Director
Bank Street Group LLC

James Henry is a co-founder and senior managing director of Bank Street Group LLC and has been actively involved in the communications infrastructure and services (CIS) sector for more than two decades. Mr. Henry is a leader of Bank Street’s CIS Investment Banking team, which counts 365 Data Centers, AIS Data Centers, DR Fortress, EarthLink, Equinix, HostGator, iWeb and Liquid Web, among its roster of clients and transactions executed in the Cloud, Data Center and Hosting Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) sector.  Prior to Bank Street, Henry was a senior managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he served as the senior research analyst responsible for following the telecom an ... (view full description)

Kent Hill

Manger, Strategic Economic Dev
Dominion Energy

Kent Hill is currently Manager, Strategic Economic Development for Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s largest electric and gas utilities.  He is responsible for management of the company’s economic development program, which includes support of local and state economic development efforts, and new business development.  He is in a key leadership role for the “Dominion Data Center Services” business unit that supports the continued growth of Dominion’s extensive portfolio of data center customers with over 6 million square feet in Virginia. Kent is a Certified Economic Developer and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.  He holds a BS degree i ... (view full description)

Tim Horan

Managing Director
Oppenheimer & Co.

Tim Horan is Managing Director and Senior Analyst heading the Cloud and Communication Services research team at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He joined the firm in 1998 and has been covering the sector since 1994. Tim researches a broad range of communications and cloud companies with a focus on emerging services and applications.   Prior to 1998, Tim was a research analyst at Smith Barney, a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams. He has been a award recipient of both the Greenwich Associates Institutional Survey and Wall Street Journal All Star Analysts. Prior to becoming an equity analyst, Tim worked as a civil engineer on various construction projects in ... (view full description)

Shay Houser

Green Cloud Technologies

Shay Houser is an experienced entrepreneur, having co-founded 4 companies: Seruus Ventures (1995; still active venture fund), Nuvox Communications (1997; acquired by Windstream in 2010), UCI Communications (2003; acquired by Black Box in 2008), and Green Cloud Technologies (2011). His focus has always been on telecom and technology services organizations that focus on the SME space with a core expertise around channel program development. Mr. Houser has significant experience searching, negotiating, and closing acquisitions and he has led approximately 30 financing and M&A transactions, secured hundreds of millions in debt and equity, and filed for an IPO at Nuvox in 2000.   ... (view full description)

Brian Johnston

Chief Technology Officer
QTS – Quality Technology Services

As Chief Technology Officer, Brian Johnston provides technology leadership for IT infrastructure, product development and data center design. Brian has a unique combination of design, technological expertise, and vast experience in delivering IT solutions. With more than 17 years of experience, Brian has worked in various engineering positions for several of the nation's top technology companies. Brian's experience working with large organizations and systems around the world, affords him an intimate understanding of the importance of performance and capacity through analytics, monitoring and reporting, making him invaluable to the QTS organization. Prior to his role as Chief Technology Of ... (view full description)

Kylle Jordan

Economic Development
Minnesota Dept. Employment & Econ Development

Kylle Jordan is an Economic Development Program Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  In her role she works closely with companies of all types to help them locate and expand in communities throughout Minnesota.  She manages DEED’s Shovel Ready program and is also the state’s industry specialist in Data Centers. Kylle works with many data center developers and managers to grow and promote the State of Minnesota as an ideal location for new projects, help them qualify for the state’s sales tax incentive program, and provide forums for these industry professionals to connect.  As of April 2017 the State of Mi ... (view full description)

Rashad Kawmy

Director, Leveraged Finance

Rashad is a Director in the Leveraged Finance Group at CapitalSource. He is responsible for originating and underwriting senior debt facilities used to support middle-market private equity transactions. He primarily concentrates on investments in the technology and communications infrastructure sectors with a particular focus in data centers, hosting, metro fiber and wireless communication.

Jeff Kopp

Manager, Business Consulting
Burns & McDonnell

Mr. Jeff Kopp is a manager in the Business Consulting Department at Burns & McDonnell, specializing in consulting services across multiple industries, including power generation, transmission and distribution, data centers, and other industrial and commercial clients.  This includes site selection, project development, due diligence reviews, renewable project development, electric resource planning, rate studies and analysis, power plant decommissioning studies, and transmission planning.  Mr. Kopp has project management and engineering experiences that include strategic site selection, power plant development support, site retirement and decommissioning studies, site evaluations, feasib ... (view full description)

Erik Levitt

Open Data Centers

Michael Levy

Global Product Manager

Prior to joining CenturyLink as manager of its global colocation product, Michael Levy served as senior data center analyst for 451 Research, the leading emerging enterprise IT market research firm. At 451, he produced syndicated reports, led consulting engagements, and delivered presentations leveraging his expertise and executive connections in the multi-tenant datacenter sector. Throughout his time at 451, Michael advised top wholesale data center and colocation providers, investment banks, and private equity firms. Michael was introduced to the internet infrastructure space working for the United States Department of State’s Information and Communications Policy office, supporting U.S ... (view full description)

Miles Loo

Newmark Knight Frank

Miles Loo, Jr. serves as Executive Vice President in the Los Angeles office of Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) and is the Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory for NKF’s Data Center Solutions Group. Mr. Loo is well recognized as the industry’s leading appraiser of data center properties in North America. His experience includes advising private equity funds, institutional investors, large pension funds, major Fortune 500 companies, cloud companies and Global IT conglomerates on investments on all of the various types of data centers, including mission critical, disaster recovery data centers, colocation facilities, carrier hotels and internet gateways and life science properties all t ... (view full description)

Ali Marashi


Ali Marashi is responsible for all engineering, construction, network, and information technology functions for vXchnge. Ali brings over 20 years of experience in the development and support of engineering and IT systems.   Prior to joining vXchnge, Ali served as Vice President of IBX Ops Engineering for Equinix. There he led the design of data center architecture and all critical infrastructure and control systems for North America.   Prior to joining Equinix, Ali served as the Chief Information Officer for Switch & Data where he directed all engineering and IT organizations. Prior to Switch & Data, Ali served as the Chief Technology Officer for ... (view full description)

Jeffrey Moerdler

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Jeff is the head of the Real Estate and Communications practices in New York. A general commercial real estate attorney for almost 30 years, his clients include large national companies, particularly in the high-tech, telecommunications, financial services, health care, supermarket, and oil and gas sectors as well as numerous smaller local clients. His real estate practice is both national and local and includes representation of landlords and tenants in all types of leases; counseling owners and developers in the acquisition, sale, development, and renovation of property; advising lenders and borrowers in commercial loans; and the representation of all parties in real estate litigation. ... (view full description)

Emily Naughton

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Emily Naughton focuses her practice on commercial transactions involving real estate and technology matters, with an emphasis on cloud computing.  Emily has represented some of the world’s largest content providers in colocation and data center leases globally with providers ranging from multinational owner-operators to single facility operators. Emily has also represented various data center operators on complex data center development projects, new construction, and leases.    Emily has experience representing property owners in the acquisition, financing and development of real estate; landlords and tenants in a variety of short- and long-term leases and subleases; and develop ... (view full description)

Yan Ness

Online Tech

Yan has more than 30 years of experience launching and managing high tech companies, from startup to scale. In 2003, he led a group of investors to acquire Online Tech and has since served as the CEO, growing the company from an ISP with one data room to a secure, compliant enterprise provider of cloud and colocation services from 4 data centers in Michigan and 1 in Indiana. Prior to Online Tech, Yan was co-founder of CompanyCrafters and WorkWell Health and Safety Systems, which was acquired by Liberty Mutual. He serves on the board of directors for MiQuest, a nonprofit supporting Michigan second stage entrepreneurs and DAVID corporation, a leading insurance cloud software provider. ... (view full description)

Hunter Newby

Newby Ventures

Mr. Newby has amassed a deep subject matter expertise as an owner and operator in the network real estate business over the past 18 years. He is the Founder and CEO of Allied Fiber as well as an investor and partner in several other neutral colocation businesses including; Netrality, Fibre Centre, Colo ATL, NJFX and 1025Connect. Prior to founding Allied Fiber, he was a founder, Chief Strategy Officer and a Director of Telx. Mr. Newby has been involved in over $750 Million of transactions in the space. He is a recognized authority in the industry, has served on several Advisory Boards, is a published author, public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards including being named to ... (view full description)

Robert Nolan

Managing Partner
Halyard Capital

Mr. Nolan is the managing partner of Halyard Capital and chairs the Investment Committee for the two respective funds totaling more than $600 million. He represents Halyard on the Board of Practice Insight, Digital Fortress, and Jun Group, and previously sat on the Board of EducationDynamics, Engauge, Women’s Marketing, Inc., American Consolidated Media, Inflow, North Dakota Holdings, and TRANZACT. From 2001 until January 2006, he was the CEO of the BMO Private Equity Group, overseeing an investment portfolio with $1 billion in capital. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets. Prior to CIBC, Mr. Nolan was Teleco ... (view full description)

Luke Norris

CEO & Founder

Luke Norris is the Founder and CEO of Faction. He is responsible for the companys strategic direction and overall management. Under his expert guidance, Faction has consistently experienced triple-digit growth year over year since 2009. Prior to Faction, Mr. Norris was the Manager of the Integrated Operations Center at SunGard Availability Services, where he was responsible for the operations of over 5 million s.f. of data center space worldwide. While the Sr. Security Officer for Kroll Factual Data, Mr. Norris chaired the Mortgage Information Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) security group.Mr. Norris holds two technology patents and was a nominee for the Denver B ... (view full description)

John Parker

Global Data Center Management

John Parker is a Senior Global Data Center Management professional with over 25 years of Information Technology experience in 4 industries (Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, and Software Development). He has managed such areas as; Data Center Operations, Service Delivery and Service Support, Systems Engineering, and Facilities. His strengths include process improvement, mentoring, building in-house and outsourced teams internationally and in the United States. He currently resides on Data Center Worlds; Data Center Institute Board of Directors and is currently President of the Southern California chapter of AFCOM.

Jack Pressman

Director, Strategic Planning, Dev. DC, Cloud Computing
Netrix, LLC

Mr. Pressman has over 25 years of experience in designing and deploying advanced IT projects. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering. Mr. Pressman has been designing and building mission critical IT facilities and wide area networks for the past over 15 years. He was the Technology Architect for the new Chicago Police Headquarters, the Chicago Police Wide Area Network, the Ford Supplier Campus (Chicago), the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Intermodal (Joliet) and the DuPage National Technology Park (West Chicago). Mr. Pressman has extensive industry experience in enterprise-wide Business Cont ... (view full description)

Ben Radhakrishnan

Program Director
National University

Mr. Ben D Radhakrishnan is the Program Director for MS Sustainability Management program in School of Engineering and Computing at National University, San Diego, CA. He develops and teaches Engineering and Sustainability Management graduate level courses. His special interests and research include promoting Leadership in Sustainability Practices, energy management of Data Centers and to establish Sustainable strategies for enterprises. He is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) on the energy efficiency of IT Equipment in a Data Centers. In his current research, he is focusing on dashboard predictive modelling for IT equipmen ... (view full description)

Buddy Rizer

Executive Director
Loudoun County Department of Economic Development

Buddy Rizer is the executive director for economic development in Loudoun County, Va., one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest counties in the nation. He leads the agency responsible for encouraging growth and developing relationships with the county’s business community in both the commercial and agricultural-based business sectors in Loudoun. His personal focus is on the technology arena, including Loudoun’s thriving data center cluster. He has been named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017 and has been named a 2017 Tech Titan as one of the top 100 technology professionals in Washington, DC by Washingtonian Magazine. Rizer has been a speaker at many reg ... (view full description)

Ron Sacks

Co-Founder, CEO & Managing Partner
Provdotnet, LLC

Ron has been in the managed services and data center industry for more than 20 years. In the mid-1990's Ron lead the development and launch of AT&T's managed services business ultimately building it to $100 million in less than 5 years. Ron's success at AT&T led to his continued work with several other corporate and venture backed companies to develop and launch new managed services related businesses through the next decade. In 2009 Ron and a partner founded provdotnet, to provide colocation and managed services to companies in the Greater Providence and Boston markets. Provdotnet now has 4 Tier 3 data centers located in Providence, RI and Greater Boston.  Under Ron's leadership the ... (view full description)

Phillip Sandino

VP of Data Center Operations

Operations Leader for RagingWire Data Centers.  Responsibilities include:
  • Corporate Safety
  • Critical Facilities Operations
  • Data Center Commissioning
  • Infrastructure Services Delivery (for retail and wholesale customers)
  • Corporate Security

Aaron Sawchuk

Co-founder & Chairman
ColoSpace, Inc

Eli Scher

Chairman & CEO
New Continuum Holdings Corporation

Eli D. Scher is the founder of New Continuum Data Centers, and serves as its Chairman and CEO. Mr. Scher also currently serves as CEO of United IX, a New Continuum JV, and the operator of a multi-site peering and interconnection fabric in the Chicago market.  Additionally, Mr. Scher serves as Vice Chairman of Open-IX, an Internet industry standards organization.  He is an entrepreneur with a broad array of investing and operating experience. Prior to New Continuum he worked as an analyst at prominent New York hedge funds where he analyzed corporate securities. Previously, Mr. Scher co-founded and served as CEO of GSME Capital Partners, a private, early stage investment partnersh ... (view full description)

Daniel Seltzer


Dan Seltzer is a Director in MUFG’s Project Finance group and focuses on arranging financings and executing advisory assignments across North America.  Before joining MUFG in 2011, Dan founded Stonehill Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique advisory and banking firm in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. Prior to starting his own firm, Dan spent more than 11 years at Citigroup.  In his last role at Citi, Dan established the Infrastructure Investment Banking group. Dan also served in banking roles in Citi’s Public Sector Group, where he advised governments across the globe on private market efficiencies, and the Technology, Media and Telecom banking team. Dan began his career as a sy ... (view full description)

John Sheputis

Infomart Data Centers

Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune Data Centers) is an award-winning, industry leader in building, owning, and operating highly efficient wholesale data centers. Infomart has facilities in Silicon Valley, Portland, Dallas, and Ashburn VA each of which meets or exceeds the toughest industry standards for availability, security, connectivity, and physical resilience. Prior to Fortune, John has founded and managed several Silicon Valley ventures, most of which specialized in large scale infrastructure management and hosting of global applications. Prior positions include COO of Totality (now a unit of Verizon Business), EVP of Operations at Solidcore (sold to MacAfee [MFE] ... (view full description)

Henry J. Sienkiewicz

Author, Strategic Advisor, Former CIO
Defense Information Systems Agency

Mr. Sienkiewicz provides strategic advice and guidance to a select number of emerging technology companies, focused specifically on cyber security, cloud computing, data centers, and mobility.    From May 2008 until the end of June 2013, Henry J. Sienkiewicz was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) assigned to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), where he served in multiple capacities. He was the Agency's Chief Information Officer (CIO) for two years and as the Designated Approving Authority (DAA) for three years. He was responsibility for the Agency’s cyber security posture and compliance, operations of the internal business systems, C ... (view full description)

Mark Solovy

Managing Director, Technology Finance Group
Monroe Capital

Mr. Solovy is a Managing Director of Monroe Capital, an asset manager with approximately $9.1 billion in assets under management. Mr. Solovy is responsible for co-leading relationship sourcing and the origination of Monroe’s investments within the software, technology and tech-enabled services industries. He is also the primary investment professional responsible for Monroe’s co-sponsorship and PIPE investment activities with a series of technology focused SPACs. Mr. Solovy has over 20 years of private equity, venture capital, and investment banking experience. Prior to Monroe, Mr. Solovy was a Managing Director in the Palo Alto and Chicago offices of Hercules Technology Growth C ... (view full description)

Frank Stiff

Cheval Capital, Inc

Frank is President of Cheval Capital, a boutique investment bank that has been focused on hosting, IAAS, cloud and related transactions.  Since the late 1990's, Cheval has helped complete more than 380 of these transactions for companies such as Deluxe, Endurance International Group, Melbourne IT, and Rackspace Managed Hosting among many others.  Cheval is a Broker-Dealer and a member of FINRA and SIPC. More information is available at

Sean Patrick Tario

CEO & Catalyst
Open Spectrum Inc.

Brad Thomas

The Intelligent REIT Investor

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Information Management Network - Privacy Notice

Introduction - Who we are

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (“Euromoney”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is an international business-information group covering asset management, price discovery, data and market intelligence, and banking and finance. The group also runs an extensive portfolio of events for the telecoms, financial and commodities markets.

For a full list of our brands and group companies, please click on this link. Euromoney and its group companies are committed to respecting the privacy of every person who visits, registers with or subscribes to our websites, publications, events and other products or services.

Euromoney is the primary data controller of personal data collected through this website or that we may collect in different ways as described in this Privacy Notice. If you are contacted by our other group companies, they will also be controllers of your personal data. This means that they are responsible for how your personal data is used, just as we are. You may contact any of these companies directly, or you can contact Euromoney by emailing or writing to the Data Protection Officer at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 8 Bouverie Street, London EC4Y 8AX, United Kingdom.

This Privacy Notice was updated on 23 May 2018

Our Approach to Your Privacy

This Privacy Notice outlines the information we may collect about you in relation to your use of our products and services (“personal data”). It also explains the legal rights that you have in relation to your data and how you may exercise these rights.

Some of our group companies may collect and use personal data for different purposes; those companies have their own websites and privacy notices.

We will process your data for the following lawful purposes: with your consent; to fulfil our obligations to you; and where there is a legitimate interest to do so.

When possible, we rely on your consent to use your data for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice. We also process personal data to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, for example, when you register for any of our services, subscribe to a publication, sign-up for an event or purchase a product from us, we will need to process some of your personal data. This will also include details of the person/people responsible for payment (if different).

We may determine that processing your personal data serves both of our legitimate interests. This is the case in relation to many of our research, customer survey, sales, marketing and advertising activities described in this Privacy Notice. These activities allow us to better understand your requirements, which in turn enables us to provide you with a better service. We review the bases for our processing decisions carefully and you can object to these activities at any time (see the “Your Rights” section of this Privacy Notice).

What Personal Data We Collect & Why

Our primary goal in collecting personal data from you is to give you a relevant customised experience of our products and services.

  • Registration, Free Trials & Subscriptions

    When you register with our website and/or sign up for a free trial of our products or services, we may ask you to provide your name, address, email address and telephone number, and details relevant to your occupation or employer.

    If you subscribe to one of our products or services, we will also ask for payment details. Credit/debit card payments are processed using a third party supplier and we do not retain the credit card data (see the Third Party Sites of this Privacy Notice). Address details may be shared with third party service providers engaged by us for order fulfilment, delivery and payment collection. This personal data is used by us to complete subscription requests.

  • Events & Conferences

    If you have registered for an event through a group website we may collect personal data including: name, job title, company, address, telephone number and email.

    This information is necessary so that we can complete your registration for the event and provide you with relevant event materials.

    We may also provide delegate details (e.g. name, email) to event sponsors who, subject to your consent, may contact you for their own advertising and marketing purposes.

  • Advertising & Marketing

    We use the personal data you provide us and which we collect from you to inform you about similar products and services which we provide. We may send you marketing communications that are sponsored by our partners and which are targeted to your interests based on information you have provided us such as job title, employer and/or industry. If you have consented to receive information from other Euromoney group companies, we may share your personal data with these companies so that they can fulfil your request to receive marketing materials in accordance with your preferences. We will not share your personal data with any third parties for their own marketing purposes unless you have provided your consent.

    Each of the Euromoney group companies that may contact you is a data controller in relation to the personal data that you have agreed to share with them. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the individual company, or us – using the contact details set out in the “Who We Are” section.

    You can opt out from receiving such materials at any time.

    The personal data we may use for advertising and marketing purposes includes your name, email address, job title, phone number, company name/employer, geo location, postal address and data collected using cookies and other similar technology (Please read our separate Cookies Policy to find out more about which cookies we use, how they work and how you can control your cookie options).

    Marketing materials are sent electronically, by post and we may occasionally call you.

  • Online Targeted Advertising

    We use targeted advertising on our websites to display advertisements that are relevant to what we believe are your interests. In order to deliver relevant advertisements, we use third parties to deliver cookies that collect information about your IP address and how you interact with our sites (e.g. browsing information, which articles you have read etc.). This data is used by the third parties to determine which advertisements may be of interest to you.

    We may also share your personal data with third parties to deliver targeted advertising to you on other websites (e.g. Twitter Tailored Audiences or Facebook Custom Audiences). This could include your email address, cookie data, and information obtained from third parties. Third party cookies may also be used to enable us to target advertisements to you on other websites that you visit.

  • Lead Generation and Scoring

    We occasionally use the services of trusted third parties in order to ensure that the personal data we use for advertising and marketing purposes is accurate and up-to-date. To do this, we transfer personal data of individual leads (such as name, email, job title, location and phone number) to these third parties who conduct research to verify the data – primarily against public information.

    We also use algorithmic software technology to help us improve the quality and relevance of marketing activities. The personal data analysed by the software includes email address, phone number, job title, address, purchase history and account information. This allows us to provide meaningful offers that are relevant to your specific profile.

  • Surveys, Market Research & Customer Feedback

    We want to understand the needs of our readers and customers. We may therefore use the information you provide us – including your name and contact details – to contact you to request your feedback, or to participate in our customer and market research.

  • Public forums, message boards and blogs

    Some of the pages on our group websites may include message boards, blogs or other facilities for generating content from users. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to post any personal data. User generated content is also subject to our site Terms & Conditions.

  • Business or Asset Sale

    If we sell a business or assets we may need to disclose your personal data to the prospective buyer of such business or assets.

    If Euromoney, or any of our group companies is sold or sells our assets or is acquired by a third party, then personal data about our customers will be acquired by that third party. A transfer of your personal data in these circumstances would be necessary so that the services you have contracted for can still be delivered, or so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of our free products and services. You will receive notice if a new controller assumes responsibility for your personal data.

  • Additional Third Party Disclosures

    We may disclose your personal data to other third parties in the following situations:

    • To third party partners who help us by providing services such as technology, marketing, advisory or other services. These third parties only receive encrypted data and may only process personal data to provide those services to us.
    • Where we are required by law or regulation to do so. In each case we will seek, where practicable, to minimise the amount of data that is disclosed.
    • If required to protect the rights and interests of other users and/or Euromoney and its affiliates (including our employees, agents and contractors), or as otherwise set out in our Terms & Conditions. This may include exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection.
  • Email Tracking

    We may include small pixel tags (small image files) within the emails we send you in order to determine whether our emails are opened and/or whether the hyperlinks inside our emails are clicked through. We may also collect browser, location and the device used to engage with our email communications. This information allows us to better understand whether we are meeting our users’ needs and how we can improve our communications. No other information is collected. You can opt out of receiving our direct marketing emails either by following the instructions in each email, or by contacting us (see the “Who We Are” section of this Privacy Notice).

International Transfers

Some of the Euromoney group companies are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA). If you have consented to being contacted by our group companies, then the transfer of your personal data will be made according to the terms of an international data sharing agreement that contains obligations approved by European data protection regulators. Any of our group companies that receive your personal data will be co-controllers of that data, which means they may determine how they process your personal data – although they may only use it for the purposes for which it was shared, unless you are informed of new or additional processing activities.

We may also transfer personal data to third party service providers as described in this Privacy Notice which are located outside the EEA. Where we conduct these transfers, we take all steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with applicable privacy legislation, either by only sending your personal data to jurisdictions that provide an adequate degree of legal protection for your data or by imposing approved contractual terms on these third parties.

Retention Periods

We have a data retention policy that ensures we don’t use or store your personal data for longer than necessary. We consider the following issues to determine retention periods:

  • Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner or other regulatory agency, or industry best practice recommendations;
  • The business rationale for collection and expiry of the purpose for which personal data was collected;
  • Our ongoing ability to ensure the accuracy of the data; and
  • Legal and regulatory requirements.

We may occasionally need to keep personal data for either shorter or longer periods than specified in our retention policy. In such circumstances, application of the retention period to the data will be temporarily suspended. The suspension of an applicable retention period will be carried out in a manner that respects the rights and interests of all persons concerned.

How You Can Set Your Data & Privacy Preferences

You can use our Preference Centre to select the topics that are of interest to you so that we can send you publications and information about our products and services that are especially relevant to you. You can also choose the channels we use to contact you (email, phone, post, etc.) and can also opt-out of receiving marketing communications.

Your Rights

You have certain rights in relation to your personal data which include the following:

  • Access & Portability

    You may request access to any personal data of yours for which Euromoney is responsible as controller. Unless there are legal or regulatory reasons for not doing so, we will confirm whether we process any of your personal data and if we do, we will provide you with the following information: the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data, any recipients of your personal data, the applicable retention period and the data source. Copies of your personal data will be made available to you in a structured, machine-readable format.

    You may also request that we transfer the personal data that you have submitted to us, to another controller, where it is technically feasible for us to do so.

    If you have consented to our processing of your personal data, or if we are processing your personal data in order to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, then you can submit a request that we transfer your personal data to another data controller.

  • Rectification, Restriction, Objection

    You have the right to request that Euromoney rectify any errors in the personal data that we process. In some circumstances, you may also be able to ask for the erasure of personal data, and/or request that the processing of your personal data be restricted. You may also object to the processing of your personal data for sales or marketing purposes.

  • How to Exercise Your Rights

    To exercise any of these rights, please contact us by post or email at the following addresses:

    Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
    8 Bouverie Street
    London, EC4Y 8AX
    United Kingdom


    Web form: Complete Subject Data Request Form

    We may need to check your identity prior to processing a request.

    Euromoney will do our best to respond to any questions and address any of your concerns. You are also able to register any complaints regarding the processing of your personal data directly with the UK Information Commissioner.

Protecting Your Data

Euromoney is committed to keeping your personal data secure and we will take appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data from loss, unauthorised use, disclosure or destruction. Although we do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee that any transmission of data is without risk. We have therefore implemented information security policies and rules, staff training on information security, and technical measures to ensure the integrity of data that we have under our control.

All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those third parties that process personal data on our behalf) are required to keep such data confidential and not to use it for any purpose other than the performance of services we have requested.

Third Party Sites

Our site may contain links to other websites – including, for example, providers of payment processing services. Euromoney is not responsible for the privacy and data collection practices of third party sites and we therefore recommend that you review the privacy policies and terms of service of each site you visit.

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