Content Advisory Team

Meet the Data Center World Global 2018 Content Advisory Team

Conference content is the primary draw for Data Center World attendees, as we pride ourselves on 100% vendor-neutral, educational sessions. Selecting the right topics and attracting the right presenters is critical to attendee satisfaction. The Conference Advisory Team proactively researches, identifies, and defines conference content, by identifying relevant topics and key presenters from the data center industry, who will add value to the many personas that make up our audience.

This year's Content Advisory Team is made up of board members from local Texas AFCOM chapters, members of the prestigious Data Center Institute board of directors, and other experts and thought leaders in the data center industry. The broad mix of unique backgrounds, experience, knowledge, and connections of this team is one of the primary reasons Data Center World stands out as the best-in-class educational program.

Teri Acuna
Sr. Data Communications Sales Specialist, Panduit
President, Central Texas AFCOM Chapter

Teri Acuna is a Senior Data Comm Sales Specialist as well as a member of the Intelligent Management Systems Team at Panduit Corp. / USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and President of the Central Texas Chapter AFCOM. Panduit offers the broadest range of solutions, from data centers and intelligent buildings to manufacturing operations. Panduit has long-term strategic alliances with industry leaders, including Cisco Systems, EMC, IBM, and Rockwell Automation and together develop, optimize, and validate solutions for our customers.

Stephen Barbour
Data Center Manager, Lowe's Companies
Vice President, South Texas AFCOM Chapter

Stephen Barbour is currently the San Antonio Data Center Manager for Lowe's Home Improvement and has over 43 years of Information Technology experience, mostly in the retail industry. Stephen is a customer-focused IT professional and expert in leading and contributing to projects designed to enhance system and facility availability. He has been acknowledged for his capacity to tackle challenging issues, analyze viable alternatives, and provide innovative solutions. Stephen is a life-long learner embracing knowledge as a tool to improved problem-solving effectiveness to conquer tough technical and leadership challenges. His core competencies include security, networking, systems administration, project management, communication, process improvement, and leadership of which he has held positions at Lowe's in each of these disciplines.

Cara Canovas
Director, Calpine Energy Solutions

Secretary, Greater Houston AFCOM Chapter

As the Sales Director for Calpine Energy Solutions, Cara Canovas makes her clients smarter and have a competitive advantage to their peers by helping them make disciplined and informed electricity purchase and management decisions. Calpine Energy Solutions is one of the largest commercial and industrial providers in the deregulated US and serves 18 deregulated areas in the US and is part of the Calpine Corporation. Cara helps her clients develop purchase strategies, risk analytics, and market price transparency to help them make impactful purchasing decisions.  

Janna Connor
Specialist, Design, Construction, Data Center Infrastructure, HCSC
President, Dallas/Fort Worth AFCOM Chapter

Janna Luther Connor has over 25 years of experience within the Facilities Management realm, with specialties in project management, architecture/design, space and move management, tenant management, and data center management. Janna's career started out within the design/construction/architecture fields with a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.

She currently manages all data center structured cabling projcts and and design/construction projects throughout the HCSC enterprise. Janna has been active in IFMA and BICSI, and has served on the following boards: USGBC - Founding President, Texas Tech University Advisory Board, and President of the AFCOM Dallas/Fort Worth chapter.

Tad Davies
Principal, Bick Consulting Services
Data Center Institute Board of Directors

With 30 years of experience in the Data Center industry, Tad Davies leads teams and engagements that ensure clients gain the most value from their IT and data center investments and that they are congruent with business needs. Tad leads Bick's Consulting Services practice, which advises clients regarding Business Centric strategies such as consolidation, provider selection, and build vs. buy as well as Facility Centric strategies including risk assessments, programming, and owner's representation.

Tad has been involved with AFCOM for over 15 years, and has attended all Data Center World Conferences during that time. Tad has served on the Data Center Institute Board for seven years. He was born in Melbourne, Australia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Tulane University's School of Business.

Bill Doty
IT General Manager, CH Robinson Worldwide
Data Center Institute Board of Directors

Bill Doty is responsible for data centers and server rooms for CH Robinson, a growing $13.5BB global 3rd-party logistics provider with offices worldwide. With 35 years of experience working in data centers in California and Minnesota, Bill has vast experience managing IT teams including Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Data Warehouse, EDI technical support, and Intranet development and support.

Donna Jacobs
Senior IT Director, University of Pennsylvania
Data Center Institute Board of Directors

Donna (Manley) Jacobs is an IT senior director for the University of Pennsylvania's Information Systems and Computing (ISC) organization, managing its central administrative data center, the sole IVY League University ISO 9001:2008 certified data center for quality across all ISC Computer Operations services and support disciplines. Involved in various information technology national and local organizations, she currently serves as president of the AFCOM Midlantic Chapter. With more than 20 years' experience in the information systems field in both corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and skills in a wide variety of technology and business disciplines, Donna has traditionally been brought in to transform organizations into more efficient operations. She has written for a number of leading healthcare publications and speaks locally and nationally on a variety of information systems topics including process improvement strategies. Currently, Donna is authoring a book, “ITIL Assessment, Planning, and Management”.

Keyra Jallah
Conference Coordinator, Informa

Keyra Jallah provides conference support and speaker coordination for industry specific national conventions, conferences, tradeshows, and exhibitions. Keyra manages Speaker Care for Data Center World Global as well as other responsibilities including web content management utilizing her skills in XHTML and CSS.

Gina Jahn
Director of Events, Knect365

Gina Jahn is a seasoned event professional with over 17 years of experience organizing tech events. Currently, Gina is the Event Director for all Data Center World and AFCOM events. She is also passionate about helping students explore STEM opportunities to guide their future education and careers and helping women find their voice in STEM careers.

Lori Murphy
Sr. Account Manager, Dataspan
Director of Membership, AFCOM South Texas Chapter

Lori Murphy has been with Dataspan for 15 years as a Sr. Account Manager and has been in the technology industry for over 30 years covering San Antonio, Austin and south Texas. Her expertise is in developing new business, working with National Accounts, Enterprise Accounts, Small Business as well as Government to help clients meet their requirements and the ever changing demands of the data center and networking environment. Cultivating strong customer relationships, maintaining a strong customer base and continuing to grow in the technology industry. She is a proud San Antonian and truly enjoys her city. She assisted in the startup of the South Texas Chapter of AFCOM and has been on the Board as Director of Membership since its conception in 2008.

Michele Reister
Director of Content | Conference Producer, Knect365

Michele Reister has a passion for developing educational and fun event programs that leave a lasting impression. After spending nearly two decades in IT marketing, content, and events, Michele knows what truly creates a remarkable, memorable, and shareable brand experience. As a Director of Content, she partners with marketing, operations, sales, and event management to bring brand experiences to life. Working for tech companies such as HP, Nokia, SAS, and Red Hat, she has experience creating compelling agendas and recruiting speakers and attendees to events of all sizes and types. Currently, Michele is the Director of Content for Informa where she curates event content and coaches speakers for approximately ten Data Center World and AFCOM events per year, as well as produces additional event-related content including blogs, videos, infographics, webinars, social content, and more. Although a New England native, Michele currently resides in Cary, North Carolina. She has a BA in Management and Information Technology from Daniel Webster College, and an MBA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also a Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM).

Tom Roberts
Former 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.

Jose Ruiz
VP Operations, Compass Datacenters

Mr. Ruiz serves as Compass Datacenters' VP of Operations providing interdisciplinary leadership in support of Compass' strategic goals. He began his Compass' career as the company's Director of Engineering where he was responsible for all site and sales engineering activities. Prior to joining Compass he spent three years serving in various engineering positions and was responsible for a global range of projects at Digital Realty Trust. In these positions Mr. Ruiz served as the company expert on CFD modeling and attained the designation of LEED AP, Building Design and Construction, from the U.S. Green Building Council. For his exemplary efforts Mr. Ruiz was named the company's Sales Engineer of the Year in 2010. Prior to Digital Realty Trust, Mr. Ruiz was a pilot in the United States Navy where he was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals for leadership and outstanding performance. Mr. Ruiz is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Bio-Mechanical Engineering.

Nelson Sigoloff
Data Center Design, Commissioning, and Operations Manager, Valero
President, South Texas AFCOM Chapter

Nelson has a degree in business from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and enjoys working in a business environment. However, he has always had a passion for electrical systems, mechanical systems, data center design, commissioning, and operations. He started out as programmer at what is now Lockheed Martin (formally Martin Marietta). He was on a team that developed a Top Secret system for the U.S. Air Force. Later he was hired by Valero Energy Corporation and was utilized in a number of different positions over the years. He served as a Project Manager, network manager, Network Operations manager, and he was on the data center operations management team. Always trying to improve process, Nelson is a proponent of the ITIL process and became ITIL certified and sat on the Change Advisory Board (CAB) at Valero. He studied data center design and data center operations eventually earning the gated position title of Data Center Engineering Architect at Valero. In that capacity, he has had great opportunities to design new and remodel old Valero data centers in the US, Canada, Aruba, London, and Pembroke Wales. Nelson supports AFCOM. As President of the South Texas Chapter along with a dedicated and creative board of directors, the South Texas Chapter has held productive and interesting meetings and provided peer tours of local data centers with very good participation from members. Nelson is proud to be a veteran and values his experience in the U.S. Army.

Jack Story
CTO, DXC Technology
Data Center Institute Board of Directors

Jack Story brings more than 23 years of experience in the outsourcing and service provider industry, with experience in working with a broad client base building business solutions focused on business value creation. Jack has built cloud services and capabilities and served as CTO for a mid-tier data center / IT outsourcing company in addition to his 18+ years of experience with EDS. His experience in strategy development spans the global needs of an outsourcing service provider and the unique strategies required to address a client's business challenges and capabilities. Story was chief technology officer for Infocrossing, a Wipro company, focused upon data center hosted IT services. While there, Jack conceived, architected, and launched the successful construction of the Wipro Dynamically Adaptive Infrastructure (DAI). He also served as chief technologist of the EDS Infrastructure Service Line, where he work ed with clients and alliance partners in the identification and expansion of market needs to differentiate business capabilities. He provided thought leadership on the appropriate application of technologies balanced with the advancement of technology innovation. Story has served on numerous advisory councils/boards and often speaks at technology seminars, public sessions and advisor/analyst meetings on topics spanning innovation, outsourcing, alternative user and data experience, cloud computing, virtualization and hybrid compute models. Jack holds a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Prior to joining EDS in 1990, Jack served in the USAF flying the F-4G Wild Weasel. Jack was the Tactical Air Command Instructor EWO of the year in 1988. Jack and his family reside in the Dallas, Texas area. He and his wife, Mireya, are proud parents of four children - three boys and one girl. They enjoy close time with family, - both Jack and Mireya are one of seven children - travel, and various home DIY projects.

Yevgeniy Sverdlik
Editor in Chief, Data Center Knowledge

Yevgeniy Sverdlik is a San Francisco-based business and technology journalist. He is the Editor in Chief at Data Center Knowledge, covering the global data center industry.