Track Leaders

Data Center World Global 2017 Track Leaders
The track leaders for this event are respected industry professionals that represent both end users and vendors. Using their resources and contacts along with the submissions received by Data Center World - they have developed the strong session content within their designated tracks.  The sessions they have chosen represent a board range of current topics that are affecting the data center - along with topics that being foreseen as what is needed for the future of the data center.

Data Center World Chairman
Tom Roberts, Data Center World Chairman & AFCOM President
Mr. Roberts’ experience as a data center professional spans all facets of the data center including IT and facilities management, computer operations and data center management. Mr. Roberts most recently served as Senior Technical Architect for Data Centers at Trinity Health, a $9 billion health care system where he was responsible for 25 data centers across nine states. The depth and breadth of his experience led him to be named AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year in 2011. Tom has a remarkable history and demonstrated commitment to AFCOM. He was one of the founders of AFCOM’s Michigan chapter and served as its Chapter President from 2003 to 2012. He has attended more than 13 Data Center World conferences and most recently delivered the keynote at AFCOM’s Data Center Symposium in Australia. He has served on the Data Center Institute Board, AFCOM’s research think tank, since 2004. In all, Tom has lived the life of an AFCOM member, chapter leader and industry visionary focused on what information and tools are needed today to prepare for the operational and technological changes looming ahead for data center professionals.

IT Infrastructure Technologies (IT) Track
Carrie Goetz, Global Director Data Center Services, Siemon
Carrie has been involved in the computing and networking industries for over 30 years. She is responsible for data center infrastructure design, audits, migration and cabling abatement planning. Carrie has designed multitudes of data centers for enterprise, colocation, hosting and cloud facilities.  She is globally published and she speaks at numerous industry events and conferences globally.

Data Center Design & Management (DCDM) Track
Steve Shapiro, Mission Critical Practice Lead, Morrison Hershfield Mission Critical
Steven Shapiro has been in the Mission Critical Industry for over 28 years and has a diverse background in the study, design, commissioning, development and management of reliable high-tech environments.  He has over 4 million square feet of raised floor experience, over 175 MW of UPS experience and over 350 MW of generator experience and is the author of numerous technical articles and seminars.

Modern Data Center Strategies (MDCS) Track
Tad Davies, Senior Vice President, Bick Consulting Services
With over 29 years of experience in the Data Center industry and a member of the Data Center Institute, Tad Davies leads teams and engagements that ensure clients gain the most value from their IT investments and that those investments are in line with business needs.  He leads Bick’s Consulting Services practice, a business unit of Bick Group.

Security, Data Sovereignty, and Risk Management (SEC) Track
Jim Nelson, President/Chairman of Board, Business Continuity Sercvices, Inc./ICOR
Jim Nelson is the President of Business Continuity Services, Inc. (BCS), a consulting firm specializing in providing resiliency, business continuity, IT disaster recovery, risk management, and crisis management consulting.  Jim serves as the Chairman of the Board for ICOR. Jim is a USA delegate to ISO and is an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor as well as a Critical Environments Auditor (CEA).

The Cutting Edge (CE) Track
John Parker, Disaster Recovery and Global Data Center Operations Management, ESRI
John Parker is a Senior Data Center Management professional with over 25 years of IT experience in 4 industries (Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, and Software Development). Currently John manages Global Data Center Operations and Disaster Recovery at Esri. Strengths are creating metrics and accountability, managing and reconditioning legacy data centers, implementing ITIL Service Delivery initiatives such as Incident, Problem and Change Management and building global IT support teams. Professionally he resides on the Data Center Institute Board of Directors and was President of local AFCOM chapters in North Carolina (2000-2006) and Southern California (2007-2015).  John is also an accomplished speaker. His 2015 speaking engagements include; local AFCOM Chapters, the IMN Conference in New York City and California, the CDM-CIO Summit, the Digital Media Educators conference and Data Center World conferences in Las Vegas and Washington DC.