a networking event for technology professionals
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Connect with technology experts and empower yourself through insightful discussion.
Drinks & Hors D'oeuvres
Enjoy a light dinner, open bar and giveaways!
About the Venue
Standing on the shores of the Potomac River, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers convenient access to many of Maryland’s most
Gain Insight. Get Empowered.
You’re invited to join your fellow forward-thinking technology experts for a night of networking. It’s been a while since we’ve met in person, and we are really looking forward to catching up with you!
No matter at what point you are at on your hybrid IT journey, you will find value in meeting with experts in technology fields such as data centers, connectivity, storage, and more.
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Speakers & Panelists
This brief morning program will include speakers from several cutting-edge companies.
Founder & Editor
Data Center Frontier
As the editor of Data Center Frontier, Rich does in-depth reporting and interviews the CEOs, managers, and data center professionals that are on the forefront of the data center industry and the cutting-edge of cloud computing. Drawing upon his 19 years of experience covering the data center sector, he provides news and insights on the key trends, facilities, and thought leaders driving the next phase of the Internet’s growth.
In 2005, Rich founded Data Center Knowledge, the leading news site for the data center and cloud computing business. He built the site from a one-man startup into an essential resource hub reaching more than 200,000 data center professionals every month.
SVP, Zayo Networks, West Region
Dan joined Zayo as part of the acquisition of Electric Lightwave in 2017. At Electric Lightwave, Dan led the company with a focus on delivering fiber and network solutions to large enterprise, government, education, and wholesale customers, while driving the company’s strategic differentiated support model.
Dan joined Electric Lightwave in 2000 as a business manager and held a range of leadership roles including VP of Customer Operations and SVP of Strategy and Development. Dan graduated with a BA in business from Westminster College and earned an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
John D. Ford
VP, GM of SDC Seattle
Sabey Data Centers
John Ford is an information and telecommunications professional with 25 years of industry intelligence gained through extensive experience in executive management, technical sales, marketing and data center design for enterprise customers and data carriers.
Appointed as Vice-President of Sabey Data Centers in 2010, John is also now the General Manager for SDC Seattle, Sabey Data Centers largest campus and is responsible for managing that campus and developing business for a wide variety of verticals.
Managing Director of Data Center Services
Structured Communication Systems
Craig Rhodes is an experienced professional actively engaged with various clients providing Data Center and Program Management consulting services. Craig has a unique insight into both traditional and cloud data center projects, data center strategy, process improvement, as well as business continuity planning, and organizational resilience.
Craig is a member of various organizations in the data center and technology space, including BICSI, AFCOM, ASIS, and Infrastructure Masons. Craig is also a PMP Certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute, with a BS in Finance and MS in Organization Development (Change Management).
Director, Data Center Operations
Providence St. Joseph Health
Lauren’s career in IT started in 1975 in the U.S. navy where he learned about infrastructure operations and facilities management. In 1978, he went to work for a company that did Top Secret DoD research and counter espionage efforts entrapping and coercing Russian Operatives to work with the USA. At that time, he was tasked to build his first data center, a radio frequency shielded enclosure to house servers, printers and operation activities.
Lauren has continued to run data centers and infrastructure operations teams, servers, databases, storage and networks all the way to his current job. Highlights along the way include building data centers for Brunswick Marine, Intermec, Getty Images, T-Mobile, and Providence.