Global Director, Cybersecurity Solutions | Schneider Electric
Jay is responsible for developing the growth strategy for Schneider Electric’s cybersecurity business, including solution design as well as sales support and training. He has more than 18 years enterprise-class experience designing and implementing sophisticated endpoint security systems. He is active in several security organizations and holds a multitude of industry certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, and ISA99 Cybersecurity Specialist.
His BOLD idea is to actively encourage companies to do more to protect their businesses, people, and the world.
VP, Data Center Solutions Sales | Schneider Electric
Domenic Alcaro is the Vice President of Data Center Solution Sales. In his role, he leads an organization that is tasked with developing and implementing Schneider Electric’s data center software strategy. Prior to his current role, he has held various technical, sales, business development, and management roles during more than 20 years at Schneider Electric.
His BOLD idea is to make lives easier for those building the digital age.
VP | CI3 – Control Installations of Iowa, Inc.
Brian Aller is Vice President of CI3, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He manages a team of both office and field staff specializing in HVAC/temperature controls, card access systems, video surveillance, lighting control and may other forms of building automation. Brian is also a master Electrician, his career started as an apprentice electrician and has work every position in the company from Journeyman installer, Service Truck Driver, Software Programmer, Project Manager, Operations Manager and Vice President.
President | Compu Dynamics, LLC
With more than 34 years of experience building some of the world’s most sophisticated government and commercial facilities, Steve brings our clients the leadership, commitment and unparalleled expertise needed for 24/7/365 operations. His obsession with advanced technology, his real-world construction experience and his passion for highly responsive customer service provide the foundation for the Compu Dynamics service promise. In 2002, Steve founded the Andrew Browning Group (now Compu Dynamics). Throughout his career, Steve has been a student of and thought leader in the technology and science behind today’s modern building environments, which has naturally led to an affinity for clients whose requirements drive them toward facilities that are smart, clean, safe, reliable, and secure. Steve earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Virginia. For fun, Steve enjoys tennis, and is a tennis fanantic!
Vice President | The Anschutz Corporation
Matt is a executive strategist leading digital and operational transformation, in conjunction with unit leadership teams, for the Anschutz portfolio of companies in sports and entertainment (AEG), hospitality (Broadmoor, Sea Island, Xanterraand Windstar Cruises), film (Walden Media), media and energy. He focuses on identifying and developing opportunities to harness technology to make the Anschutz companies more competitive and efficient.
VP, Development & Strategic Procurement | QTS Data Centers
Lane has provided professional engineering, construction and development services for more than 27 years. Throughout his career, he has supported millions of square feet of high-profile data center projects, enabling several large data center developers to successfully expand their footprint across the nation and internationally. Currently, Lane is responsible for QTS Data Centers development and strategic procurement. In this capacity, he leverages his experience to support QTS in their redefinition of hyperscale and hybrid cloud development.
VP, Research | Uptime Institute
Rhonda has spent nearly two decades at the crossroads of IT and business as an analyst, speaker, adviser and editor covering the technology and competitive forces that shape the global IT industry. Rhonda’s focus is on innovation and disruptive technologies in data centers, including those that enable the efficient use of all resources.
Research Director | Navigant Research
Peter has been covering cutting edge energy and sustainability issues for 30 years. Author of four books on energy and environmental issues, he has also been leading Navigant Research’s microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) research practice since 2009. His clients have included leading corporations, utilities and governments around the world, including Schneider Electric.
VP, Sustainability Initiatives | KB Home
Jacob Atalla is Vice President of Sustainability at KB Home, leading its initiatives to make every home it builds more environmentally friendly. A key leader behind the 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt collaboration, he is guiding the next-generation 2019 KB Home ProjeKt to imagine and build “Where Tomorrow Lives.” Jacob brings his background as an architect and 30 years of experience in technology and sustainable building to innovating the home of the future.
CEO | Element Analytics, Inc.
Andy oversees the vision and growth of Element which unlocks industrial data, enabling modern analytics systems to find insights that transform operational performance, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of value for customers. The Element Platform pulls data from thousands of enterprise sources and automates the creation of millions of data relationships to rapidly build, continuously update, and manage asset twins of industrial equipment. With Element, any person or system can access every reliable data point in the enterprise.
Executive VP, EcoBuilding Division | Schneider Electric
Laurent specializes in smart building technology and is the global leader of Schneider Electric's EcoBuilding division. He has led various businesses in the fields of sensors, actuators for industrial markets, and solar power conversion. With an MBA from INSEAD and a background in consulting with McKinsey & Company, Laurent provides strategy and transformational leadership to his worldwide team.
His BOLD idea is to leverage digitization in buildings to turn them into great places for people's comfort and productivity.
Water Power Business Unit Manager, Eastern USA | Hatch
Mr. Berg is currently the Business Unit Manager of U.S. Water Power for Hatch and a Senior Project Manager. He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions and the performance of technical due diligence activities relating to power generating facilities with portfolios ranging from 1 MW to 2000 MW for investment opportunities. His professional background includes the full range of planning, feasibility, design, construction, rehabilitation and life extension services for the renewable energy sector including asset management. His experience includes assignments in various countries in North, Central, and South America as well as Africa.
VP, Oil & Gas North America Operations | Schneider Electric
With over 30 years of experience working with the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemicals (OGP) industry, beginning with technical and operations management positions with Mobil Refining and Mobil E&P in the US, Rick Bilberry has held business leadership roles with Invensys, Aspen Tech, and Schneider Electric on both a regional and global basis. His experience includes coordinating strategic initiatives with major OGP clients to drive client profitability, productivity and long term relationships.
His BOLD idea is to deliver innovation that drives integration and profitability to the leaders in Oil and Gas.
Director, IT Channel Marketing & Communications | APC by Schneider Electric
Katie is responsible for driving demand generation and brand loyalty for APC in North America via the APC Channel Partner Program, outreach initiatives, internal communications, and channel marketing strategies. A graduate of Purdue University, Katie has been with Schneider Electric since 2011, holding various sales and marketing positions, all centered around the channel. She is passionate about promoting excellence with regard to partner profitability, support, enablement, and providing an overall best-in-class experience for channel partners. Katie has also received recognition for her leadership and vision from IT industry publications, such as CRN’s Women of the Channel.
Her BOLD idea is to drive growth by empowering our IT Channel Partners to create sustainable, recurring revenue streams, combining their expertise with Schneider Electric’s innovative offers and capabilities.
VP, Solutions Engineering | Schneider Electric
Nate is the Vice President of Solutions Engineering for EcoBuildings. With a true passion and focus on bringing the best solution offers to each of our unique customers, his teams provide Educational Services, Systems Application Engineering, Offer Quality and Level Two Product Support. He has 30 years of experience in leadership and orchestration of systems design, deployment and customer service of enterprise-level integrated Security and Building Management Systems.
His BOLD idea is to develop a simplified way to compress the features of our EcoStruxure offer into a scaled demonstration package that will allow every customer to EXPERIENCE the wow factor and understand the value a Schneider Electric partnership will provide them.
Dr. Tom Bradicich
VP and General Manager, IoT & Converged Edge Systems | Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dr. Tom Bradicich is Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), leading the global business unit, IoT and Converged Edge Systems, with P&L, worldwide sales, and product development. He and his team direct the global HPE Discovery Labs and IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, conceived HPE’s first IoT strategy, and created a new product class Edgeline™ Converged Edge Systems. Tom was named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters for both 2016 and 2017, and is an inductee in the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame.
Correspondent | CNBC
Contessa Brewer joined CNBC full time as a correspondent and fill-in anchor in 2017. She has covered major news stories for the network including the 2016 presidential election, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, among others. A National Emmy-Award winning journalist, Brewer is known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories. While an anchor for MSNBC, she hosted daily news programs and the long-running, primetime series "Caught on Camera." As a correspondent, Brewer has contributed reports to CBS News, CBSN, WNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, where she covered a wide range of stories. Brewer is a Remembrance Scholar and magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Honors Program. She's narrated several audiobooks and resides in New York with her husband, twin sons and a dappled dachshund.
Senior VP of Innovation and Chief Technology Officer | Schneider Electric
Kevin Brown is Senior Vice President of Innovation and Chief Technology Officer for at Schneider Electric. In this role for the €3.7 billion IT Division, Kevin is responsible for driving innovation and managing the R&D portfolio for the IT Division as well as driving the overall Schneider Electric portfolio strategy for the Data Center market. Prior to this position Kevin served as Vice President, Data Center Global Strategy and Technology.
His BOLD idea is to ensure data centers in the cloud and at the edge are all moving toward cloud-based management for the physical infrastructure.
Chief Financial Officer | Kyotherm
Thibault is the CFO of Kyotherm, a Paris based equity investor in the energy transition. Thibault is in charge of structuring long term financing solutions for energy efficiency projects for a variety of clients. Thibault was formerly CFO of a leading renewable energy producer.
CEO | Compass Datacenters
Mr. Crosby is a recognized industry visionary. He founded Compass in 2011, and is a founding member of Digital Realty.
President, Business Solutions | Faith Technologies
Tom began his career with Faith Technologies in 2008 as the Director of Marketing, and later transitioned to the Executive Vice President of Preconstruction which he held for 8 years until his recent transition to President of Faith Technologies Solutions Group. With more then 20 years of industry experience, Tom leads the company’s Solutions service offerings focus on proactively developing Faith Technologies’ field and architectural solutions portfolio to continually provide increased value to their partner and client base.
VP of Operations, East Region & UK | Iron Mountain
Mr. Clemson is a proven data center operations and construction executive with over 20 years of experience in the industry. With Iron Mountain, Mike has helped integrate newly acquired and constructed assets into the IMDC platform through adoption and adaptation of industry best practices. Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Mike worked with Private Equity backed companies such as ByteGrid and Carpathia where he directed their international footprint of mission critical facilities on four continents supporting commercial and federally compliant customers.
CEO and Chief Strategist | Cavern Technologies
John originally joined the company as President and owner where he focused on building the company’s core competency of providing state-of-the-art data center solutions. Recently John transitioned to CEO and the lead strategic role. As CEO and Chief Strategist of Cavern, John believes in providing a high level of value to clients, through creating innovative solutions that maximize ROI. As John sets the vision for the company, he is dedicated to excellence at all levels of service to clients, not only for today’s needs, but as the industry evolves in the years to come.
VP, Director of National Accounts | D.R. Horton
Brad joined D.R. Horton in October 1996 as a Customer Service Representative at the Phoenix Continental Series Division. In 1997, he moved into the office as a Purchasing Coordinator. He held various positions in the division’s purchasing department through 2002, when he was named the division’s Director of Purchasing. In 2003, Brad joined the Southwest Region as its Vice President of Purchasing. In August of 2005, he joined D.R. Horton’s corporate office as the VP, Director of National Accounts. Prior to joining DHI, Brad was previously working in various field positions for KB Homes and Radnor in Phoenix.
Brad lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife Melissa and three children - Taylor, Jacob, and Brinlee. He serves at his local church and dedicates time to various ministries.
Executive VP & Chief Digital Officer | Schneider Electric
Hervé joined Schneider Electric in 1993 and is the Chief Digital Officer and a Member of the Executive Committee since 2009. Prior to assuming this role, Hervé served as Chief Information Officer. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for the Critical Power and Cooling Services (CPCS) Business Unit of Schneider Electric, which was formed in early 2007 following the acquisition of APC Corp and its merger with MGE-UPS Systems. Hervé’s responsibilities included overseeing legal, IT and strategy.
Hervé holds a Master in Management from Reims Management School and a Graduado en Ciencias Empresariales Europeas from ICADE in Madrid.
His BOLD idea is to accelerate digital transformation for our customers, partners and Schneider Electric.
VP, Data Center Operations | Schneider Electric
Tony is Schneider Electric’s Vice President/General Manager of Operation Services, responsible for strategy, marketing, sales and execution of Schneider Electric’s data center operation services business. Since joining the business in 2017, he has led the digital transformation of the business that operates many of the largest data centers in the world.
His BOLD idea is to transform the way data centers are operated with intelligent digital infrastructure operations.
VP Global Channel Specifier, Partners Project | Schneider Electric
Asha is leading global channel management and digital transformation initiatives at Schneider Electric. She has a diverse background with roles in operations, technology consulting, product management, strategy, commercial and marketing. With experience in consulting, Asha provides strategic direction and transformational leadership to a worldwide network of channel leaders.
Her BOLD idea is to redefine the boundaries of how digitization can foster collaboration to help people benefit from advances in energy efficiency.
VP, Business Resiliency Services | IBM
Allen Downs leads the Global Business Resiliency Services Organization as Vice President, focusing on addressing business resiliency needs of clients across the all layers of the enterprise, facilities, compute infrastructure, data, applications, organization skills and process, aligned to the strategy and vision of the organization. Since joining IBM in 1996 in London, England, Allen has acquired vast global experience by working with clients around the world and covered multiple industries, including manufacturing, banking, finance and distribution.
EcoStruxure Director | Schneider Electric
Luke is an IoT leader within Schneider Electric focused on driving key strategic clients to understand and implement EcoStruxure solutions. New to Schneider, Luke has spent 10 years building and selling industrial Analytics solutions after growing up as an engineer in industrial and supply chain leadership.
His BOLD idea is to to give the control of predictive analytics modelling back to the domain experts. Data Science will be commoditized. ML and AI are impossible without the domain expert. Industrial companies must take control of their own analytics.
President, Global Integrated Facility Management | JLL
Maureen provides the strategic direction, global investment priorities and vision for JLL’s Global Facility Management business. She is responsible for the implementation of thoughtfully designed delivery systems, processes and technologies which contribute to increased business and employee productivity, human experience and the execution of digital workplace strategies which support the future of work.
Senior VP, Global Partnerships | AEG
Mark Faber has been with AEG for 13 years. He is part of the AEG and MGM joint venture leadership team and was instrumental in the development of the 20,000 seat T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The arena opened to rave reviews in April 2016 and was named Billboard 2017 Arena of the Year and 2018 Top Arena In the World.
VP, Smart Grid | Schneider Electric
Mark Feasel is responsible for Schneider Electric’s Smart Grid activities in North America which are focused on optimizing energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainability from the electric utility control center through a consumer’s loads. Mark’s experience with microgrids began in the 1980’s when he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the electrical systems associated with the nuclear reactor on a ballistic missile submarine, and have continued throughout his career while leading an energy management and distributed generation controls company, and leading commercial operations of the Power Management and Controls business for Schneider Electric North America.
His BOLD idea is to ensure access to energy is a basic human right.
Director of Cyber Intelligence & Analytics | Darktrace
Justin Fier is the Director for Cyber Intelligence & Analytics at Darktrace, based in Washington D.C. Justin is one of the US’s leading cyber intelligence experts, and his insights have been widely reported in leading media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Washington Post, and VICELAND. With over 10 years of experience in cyber defense, Justin has supported various elements in the US intelligence community, holding mission-critical security roles with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and Abraxas. Justin is also a highly-skilled technical specialist, and works with Darktrace’s strategic global customers on threat analysis, defensive cyber operations, protecting IoT, and machine learning.
US Service Sales Channel Director | Schneider Electric
Courtney Forget is responsible for leading and defining strategy for both IT and E&P service channels. Courtney has spent the last 14 years within the service organization previously developing and deploying service offers worldwide.
Her BOLD idea is to develop synergies between channels and cross collaboration to drive profitable business for all.
Managing Director | Energize Ventures
Ms. Francetic oversees the Fund’s investment activities and operations. Her career spans over 20 years of high technology entrepreneurship, private equity, and research. Prior to the Fund, Francetic served as co-founder and CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust which has invested in dozens of early-stage clean energy companies across the Midwestern US. She also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Earlier in her career, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems.
VP, Investments | Faith Technologies
Charlie provides strategic direction and execution of Faith Technologies microgrid business and onsite energy production investments. He has led the development of traditional on-site as well as mobile microgrids that leverage modularization and remote location support. He is passionate about creating responsible solutions that drive total client value.
Senior VP, Operations and New Hotel Openings, Americas | Hilton
Randy Gaines currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations and New Hotel Openings for the Americas at Hilton, bringing 25 plus years of experience to the Operations team. In this capacity, he is responsible for Engineering Property Operations, Housekeeping, Leasing / Retail Operations and Operations for all new hotel openings in the Americas. Randy and his team also support all corporate sustainability energy conservation efforts across the Americas. Currently, Randy is an active chairperson for the American Hotel & Lodging Sustainability Committee.
Clinical Liasion, PennFIRST | Penn Medicine
Kathryn is an experienced Registered Nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry in both clinical and leadership roles. She is a strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Science (MS) focused in Strategic and Organizational leadership. Kathryn is a member on the Facilities Guidelines Institute Health Guidelines Revision Committee.
Data Center Technical Lead, East Region US | IBM
Garry currently serves as IBM’s data center technical lead for Operations in the East Region. Responsible for data centers in RTP NC, Annapolis MD, and Rocket Center WV. Prior to this role, Garry served as Electrical Engineer for IBM's Research Triangle Park Campus since 1997. He is the winner of IBM's Corporate Environmental Affairs Excellence Award in 2000. Garry earned his BSEE from NCSU in 1988 and MSM from NCSU in 1996.
Director of Strategy, US Services and Solutions | Schneider Electric
Alex has spent years at the intersection of Schneider’s strategy, customer experience and data analytics. He led the execution of Schneider’s first “Customers Journey Mapping” work and “Customer Persona” development. Alex currently leads strategic planning efforts for Schneider’s Services team and Strategic Accounts organization in the US. Alex is a champion of not one, but two game shows, having won on Jeopardy! In the early 2000’s and winning the $150,000 grand prize on the $100,000 Pyramid last summer.
His BOLD idea is to conquer the Game Show circuit – to win $1,000,000 on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and another $1,000,000 on “Beat Shazam”.
Director, Channel Digital Services | APC by Schneider Electric
Larry has been with APC for over 20 years and during this time he has supported North American business relationships as manager for Tier 2 OEM partners and then the Tier 1 IT Distribution team. Additionally, Larry has held various positions with APC’s Government Channel Partners, Strategic Partners and National Account businesses. He holds a BMSE in Material Engineering from Virginia Tech and a MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University.
His BOLD idea is to leverage Schneider Electric’s third party alliance partnerships to bolster our offers, making them more valuable for customers, and also enabling our channel partners to differentiate themselves by offering complete, integrated solutions.
Operations Director | Delta Systems
Daniel is presently the Operations Director/General Manager for Delta Systems and Automation, an IMA group company. He began his career in Walmart Logistics Engineering and has enjoyed continued success for 15 years in numerous operations roles with Office Depot and Scholastic. He joined Delta Systems in early 2013 in Procurement and now is responsible f or all Productive Systems and Customer Care.
Microgrids Chief Technology Officer | Schneider Electric
Beginning with Square D Company in 1985, Andy has led a variety of key product development and technical innovations during his 30+ year tenure with Schneider Electric and holds 21 patents relating to circuit protection, relaying, and power control. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Duke University.
His BOLD idea is to invent new microgrid IoT solutions that enable resilience, reduce risk, optimize energy costs, and increase sustainability.
Director of Strategic Procurement | QTS Data Centers
Nathan manages the development and implementation of QTS’ strategic procurement program across the company’s full data center portfolio. Among his key responsibilities is driving consistency in equipment and processes through standardization to deliver best-in-class data centers. Nathan is a data center industry veteran, with previous positions at CyrusOne and Critical Project Services.
Global Solutions Architect, IoT | World Wide Technology (WWT)
Chandler Heath is a technical solutions architect on the network solutions team focusing on IoT and big data integration using proven and cutting edge technologies. Chandler’s passion is to create multi-vendor integrated solutions to achieve customer satisfaction while delivering business results. In his spare time, Chandler mentors and volunteers with youth STEM programs including projects such as high altitude ballooning, robotics and amateur radio. Chandler also enjoys inventing, sailing, running and storm-chasing.
Executive VP, Industry Business | Schneider Electric
Peter has been in charge of Schneider Electric's global industry business since 2016. He has extensive experience in automation, digitization, and industrial software. He started his career at Mitsubishi. After joining Siemens, he held several executive positions in factory and process automation and headed corporate strategy. He has a wide-ranging background in executive and senior management in Germany, China, the US, and Japan.
VP, Global Sustainability & Cleantech Services | Schneider Electric
As the Vice President of Global Sustainability & Cleantech services, John has experience in collaborating with the world’s largest corporations to purchase clean energy that provides economic and environmental benefits. John has been an instrumental figure in the development of Resource Advisor, Schneider Electric’s award winning online sustainability and energy management reporting platform, as well as the New Energy Opportunity or “NEO Network”, an online clean energy technology platform intended to accelerate renewable energy transactions between buyers and sellers.
His BOLD idea is to enable organizations around the globe to embrace clean, renewable solutions on their journey toward active energy management.
Johnny Howze III
Plant Manager | Georgia Power Company
Johnny Howze III serves as Plant Manager for Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer in Juliette. In this role, he is responsible for providing overall leadership for operations of four coal-fired units that can produce 3,600 megawatts of electricity and provide electricity to power approximately 2.6 million homes. Under Howze’s leadership, Plant Scherer was named the 2017 Powder River Basin Coal User’s Group Plant of the Year. Howze has progressed through various leadership positions, including serving as plant manager at Gulf Power’s Smith and Scholz plants, and several Georgia Power plants, including Branch, Warner Robins and Wansley. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and completed the executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University. He also serves on the board of directors of the Powder River Basin Coal User’s Group and the Plant Management Institute for Electric Power.
Senior VP | Resiliency AECOM
Darcy Immerman is Senior Vice President, Resilient Infrastructure for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $17.4billion, Fortune 500, global provider of professional technical and management support services. In this position, Ms. Immerman collaborates with cities, federal agencies and utilities to become more resilient, recover from shocks and stresses, and manage risk by integrating climate adaptation with cyber security, capital asset management and economic development.
Managing Director | Accenture
Brian leads both Accenture’s Industrial and Industry X.0 Consulting practices for North America. He helps Industrial companies exploit the advantages being created by digital disruption which is driving innovation, new products, services and business models. Brian has 20+ years experience working for industrial organizations in product development, operations, supply chain, logistics, and disruptive technologies. Prior to becoming a consultant, he worked for a global automotive OEM.
National Account Manager, Hotels | Schneider Electric
Neha Jaitpal is passionate about Hospitality technology and Innovation. She has been assisting hoteliers over a decade to enhance guest experience, improve energy efficiency and sustainability.
Her BOLD idea is to bring game-changing hotel technology solutions to customers who are driven by the happiness of their guests.
Global Segment President, Consumer Packaged Goods | Schneider Electric
Mike leads the global sales and marketing efforts across Food & Beverage, Life Sciences, and Household & Personal Care. He works to establish Schneider Electric as the leader in helping manufacturers and equipment suppliers achieve greater operational efficiency and sustainability.
His BOLD idea is to leverage technology and digitization to ensure a green, reliable, agile, and transparent supply chain for fast-moving consumer goods.
Executive VP, IT Division | Schneider Electric
Dave leads Schneider Electric's IT Division, which empowers the digital transformation of our customers by ensuring their critical networks, systems and processes are highly available and resilient. People and organizations depend on his team to ensure Life Is On in the digital world. Dave believes digitization is the key way for businesses to remain relevant.
His BOLD idea is to to innovate for an always-on world.
Dr. Kristina Johnson
Chancellor | State University of New York
Dr. Kristina M. Johnson joined The State University of New York as its 13th chancellor in September 2017. Immediately prior to joining SUNY, Dr. Johnson was co-founder and CEO of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, a clean-energy infrastructure company focused on building and operating hydropower plants in North America. She also previously served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
VP, Strategy & Offer Management, C&SP | Schneider Electric
Greg and his team are focused on ensuring that Schneider Electric has the right offers, commercial approach, and execution infrastructure around the globe to support cloud and service providers now and in the future. Greg has been involved in the Data Center Service Provider space for 7+ years and prior to that served in various operational and business strategy functions across multiple businesses.
His BOLD idea is to ensure that Schneider Electric has the execution resources to deliver safe, reliable, and efficient data centers at the speed our customers demand.
Associate Principal | BR+A Consulting Engineers
Barry is an Associate Principal with BR+A with over 20 years in the field of electrical engineering. His experience includes the design of electrical systems for a multitude of new facilities and the adaptive reuse of existing facilities. Projects in which Barry has been involved include healthcare, biomedical research, academic and civic facilities nationwide.
CEO | eIQ Mobility
Sila is the co-founder & of CEO eIQMobility. Prior to that, she built and led teams to deliver innovative research in demand-response, vehicle-to-grid and data analytics for the electricity grid at Stanford University, Google & Berkeley National Lab. She is also the co-developer of OpenADR. Sila has raised over $20M in research funding since starting a team at Stanford and SLAC in 2015.
Director of Technology Solutions | SUEZ
With 17 years of technology experience, Mr. Kolkebeck is currently the Director of Technology Solutions for the Corporate Technical Services group at SUEZ. He is responsible for the operational technology (OT) strategy for SUEZ SCADA, GIS, Smart Water District Metered Area (DMA) systems, and Operational Reporting systems.
VP, Final Distribution Business, US | Schneider Electric
Rich is the Vice President of Business of Final Distribution for Square D by Schneider Electric™, which encompasses products for the residential and light commercial markets.
His BOLD idea is to digitally connect the home electrical service focusing on comfort, lifestyle, convenience and savings…to provide the home owner with a superior living experience.
Senior Scientific Advisor, Corporate Strategic Research | ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
Doug conducts technology scouting and venturing as part of a team to create new business and technology opportunities for ExxonMobil. He advanced Open Process Automation as a member of the project’s business team. Doug’s expertise is in process modeling, plant and technical computing, optimization, and the chemistry of complex systems. He played many roles in the development of ExxonMobil’s Molecule Management science and technology base, and managed the technology portfolio that developed and commercialized many of these capabilities. A Chemical Engineer by training with degrees from U. Delaware and U. Pennsylvania, Doug joined Mobil in 1980.
Technical Director | Delta Systems
Brian is currently the Technical Director f or Delta Systems and Automation, an IMA group company. His responsibility includes all aspects of engineering, including electrical, mechanical, software, and project. He joined Delta Systems in early 2011 as a Senior Project Manager, and has held various roles including Project Engineering Manager, Sale Engineering Manager, and most recently Technical Director.
Marlene Ladendorff, PhD
Senior ICS Security Strategic Advisor
Marlene Ladendorff is a critical infrastructure cybersecurity professional specializing in industrial control system cyber security. Marlene’s focus is electrical grid and nuclear cyber security. She has implemented cyber programs at nuclear power plants in the United States and internationally. Marlene holds a PhD in Computer and Data Security. Her dissertation focused on the effect of the North American Electric Reliability Standards on the reliability of the U.S. power grid. Her findings from that study inspired continuing research and publications from universities in the U.S. and other PhD students.
VP, Systems and Services | Schneider Electric
Justin is the EcoBuildings leader for Systems and Services in the US. He is passionate about our Advisor offers and how they can help new and existing customers operate their buildings more efficiently. Previously he was the VP of Field Service Sales and VP of EcoBuildings East region.
His BOLD idea is to digitally connect buildings’ critical assets to deliver timely, usable data to help our customers achieve their energy, operational and efficiency goals.
James A. Law III
Engineering Operations & Maintenance Manager | Houston Methodist Hospital
James A. Law III is an accomplished and dedicated professional, having retired as a SNCO in the US Air Force experienced with leading people, teams, groups, and organizations. The latter part of his military career he was a Facility Manager/Biomedical Equipment Repair Craftsman. Currently, James is an Engineering Operations & Maintenance Manager at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX , where his duties include planning, organizing, directing and overseeing the maintenance and limited construction duties of building systems and services at the 4.9M sf, 1002 bed medical campus; composed of a 9 building, multi-disciplinary campus and 5 satellite annex facilities.
President, Water & Wastewater | Schneider Electric
Lukas is a C-level leader with a highly successful record of managing international businesses for several global companies. He currently leads Schneider Electric’s global water business with a focus on strategic key accounts as well as global strategy development and innovation for the segment.
His BOLD idea is to make Schneider Electric the front runner in the “Digitization of Water”, providing smart technologies and solutions to optimize energy consumption and increase operational efficiency for our worldwide water and wastewater customers.
Senior VP, Digital Energy Solutions | Schneider Electric
Juan has been involved in electrical distribution projects for more than 27 years. He is passionate about building and leading teams and developing solutions that help customers achieve their business goals. He is a keen advocate of digital technology for both work and home.
His BOLD idea is to ensure Schneider Electric is positioned to be the leader in the New World of Energy and is ready to meet the future of needs of prosumers and utilities.
Senior VP, Industry Services & Cybersecurity | Schneider Electric
Nathalie leverages an extensive Engineering background in multiple industries and has led multiple disciplines in her more than 20 years at Schneider Electric. Her team drives consistency and standardization for cybersecurity in offer development across all divisions and leads advanced services to improve customers’ operational performance, leverage IIoT, drive efficiency and overall business profitability.
Her BOLD idea is to ensure Schneider Electric is positioned to develop innovative services solutions that deliver new value in the IIoT world - securely, safely, and profitably.
Co-Head of the Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund
Andrew Marino is the Co-Head of Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund ("CGI") and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mr. Marino was the Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Resources group, focusing on Carlyle’s investments and strategy in the Energy and Natural Resources sectors. Mr. Marino serves on the investment committee of Carlyle International Energy Partners, Carlyle Power Partners II and NGP Natural Resources XI.
VP, Chief of EPIC® CSM/Marketing | Carollo Engineers
"Integration Done Right” has been his motivational force during his 30 years of systems integration delivery including Water and Wastewater, Synthetic Fuel, Petro-Chemical, US Army COE, Military Installations and Fish Hatcheries throughout the United States and abroad. His expertise covers SCADA master planning, enterprise automation, system design, project management, communications studies, procurement evaluation, specification development, pilot studies, cyber security, and advisory planning. He is a seasoned veteran when it comes to project delivery methodologies, with over 25 years of Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager-at-Risk, Design-Build, Turnkey, and Professional Services Solutions.
VP, Strategic Customers & Segments | Schneider Electric
Mr. McCauley is responsible for leading the overall business development and growth strategies in the US for the Healthcare, Federal, Hospitality, General Contractor, and Real Estate segments and customers. With over 15 years in the industry, Jack brings leadership and sales experience in energy management, smart building technologies, power distribution, and IT infrastructure solutions. Jack holds a B.A in Business Management from Washington College and currently lives in Boonsboro, MD with his wife and daughter.
His BOLD idea is to connect devices, people, and communities to deliver better experience and business outcomes.
VP, Facilities and Engineering | Cavern Technologies
Mike McDaniel is VP of Facilities Engineering at Cavern. He joined the team in 2016 and oversees capital planning, data center site engineering, and expansions. Mike’s goal is to maintain Cavern’s high standards of redundancy, security, and efficiency while optimizing ROI for clients in their mission-critical environments.
Mike also managed critical environment properties with CBRE. While with CBRE, Mike was responsible for managing Fortune 500 data center properties, including AT&T and Bank of America. Earlier career experience includes H&R Block, Sprint PCS, and Ameriprise.
Executive VP, Enterprise Markets & Solutions | T5 Data Centers
As Executive Vice President, Enterprise Markets & Solutions, Craig leads the strategy, development, marketing and sales of enterprise IT Colocation Services and Solutions within the T5 Data Centers portfolio. Craig manages key partner relationships and supports cross-functional sales and development activities related to data center leasing, critical facility operations and identification of new market opportunities.
VP, Partner Projects Business US | Schneider Electric
Mike is responsible for the business performance of the low voltage power distribution equipment and transactional offers. Additionally, he leads the strategy development and execution for the EcoStruxure Power platform and the Specifier, Contractor, and Electrical Equipment Builder customer segments.
Mike is a 33 year veteran of Schneider Electric with extensive experience in sales, marketing, and product development.
His BOLD idea is to accelerate the fourth industrial revolution in power distribution by empowering customers to harness the value of actionable data.
VP, Strategic Customers | Schneider Electric
During his 33 years with Schneider Electric, Gregg has held various customer-centric leadership positions in sales, product management, and marketing. In his current role, Gregg is dedicated to empowering strategic customers and the development of microgrids through Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled EcoStruxure platform. Gregg graduated from the State University of NY at Stony Brook with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA from the State University of NY at Albany. Gregg, his wife, Arleen, and two children have lived in the Chicagoland area since 2007.
His BOLD idea is to enable the industrial, commercial, and public workforce through the power of digital technology and analytics.
President and CEO | Dynamic Energy Networks
Karen Morgan is President and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (“DEN”), an investment platform established to own and operate microgrid and distributed energy networks. Ms. Morgan has more than25 years of leadership experience in the energy and industrial financing industry. Prior to founding DEN, Ms. Morgan was the CEO of RET Capital, a private financial sponsor backed aggregator of utility scale solar and wind power generation assets in the U.S. and Canada.
Developer | Eagle Landing
Neil has been in the construction industry since 1971, developing office, industrial, retail, subdivisions and multi-family housing in Houston Texas, Vail Colorado and Portland Oregon. Currently, Neil and his son Nick are developing a 2.1msf mixed use project in Happy Valley Oregon called Eagle Landing. Their plan is to incorporate technology and innovation into every aspect of this development to take advantage of benefits of proximity of product type and services. This shared live, work, play community will take “sustainability” to the next level for user experience and resilience.
US Services Director of Digital Services | Schneider Electric
Rick has over 15 years of experience in Schneider Electric and currently the US Director of Digital Services for Schneider Electric. In this role he is focused on the overall operation and execution of Schneider’s Digital Services including the strategy and growth of the NAM Service Bureau.
His BOLD idea is to use software and technology to transform the way Schneider empowers our customers.
Strategic Marketing Leader | Schneider Electric
Mark leads strategic marketing for EcoStruxure Asset Advisor, a new digitally enabled, connected service offering. Prior to this role, Mark was Director of Open Innovation for Philips Lighting, where he led scouting for relevant innovation from the startup ecosystem to drive new sensor-enabled, data-driven business opportunities across the company’s lines of business.
His BOLD idea is to embrace IoT-enabled innovation to enable increased clean energy generation, distribution and consumption.
Executive VP, Retail Division | Schneider Electric
Manish is currently EVP Retail Division, Schneider Electric based out of Hong Kong. This Division is focused on bringing SE solutions to the Residential and Small Business customers from Schneider Electric, through an omni channel network, Distributors, Retailers, and Electricians. Retail Division is responsible for are Final Low Voltage Distribution, Wiring Devices and EV offers.
His BOLD idea is enabling sustainability, aesthetics, efficiency and safety in the living and working spaces.
Chief Technology Officer Industrial IoT Segment | Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Tripp is Chief Technology Officer supporting key Industrial IoT partners globally. His primary responsibility is to drive technology strategies, roadmaps, and transformation plans across all of HPE’s key IoT partners. As such, he has been integral in developing and executing HPE's IIoT strategy. Tripp continues to focus on global customers evolving business and technology strategies, aligning current and future solutions to those strategies, and advocating for customer’s needs and interests within the vast HPE portfolio, including HW, SW, and Services.
Senior VP, US Business Operations | Schneider Electric
Aamir leads US business operations for Schneider Electric. He and his team drive our commercial activities across the Buildings, Industry, and Energy divisions. Previously, he was SVP of Global Server Sales at Dell Technologies.
His BOLD idea is to help customers and partners accelerate their digital transformation.
Advisor, Enterprise Technology Solutions: IT Facilities | Puget Sound Energy
Christopher has been in Facilities and IT for 20 years specializes in converging infrastructure technologies for large organizations. His team currently manages cable plant, mission critical facilities infrastructure designs, standards, and monitoring over four data centers and one hundred-fifty remote and corporate locations. Mr. Perez is currently the project co-lead on the construction, build out, and migration of two data centers and is heading up building intelligence specifications for PSE.
CEO | Sense
Mike Phillips is the CEO of Sense, a Cambridge-based company developing intelligent devices and applications for the home. Mike previously founded SpeechWorks in 1994, which applied emerging speech recognition technology to the call center industry, and in 2006 founded Vlingo, which developed the first voice-based virtual assistant applications for mobile phones. Sense is making use of decades of work on machine learning and AI to provide detailed energy related intelligence for homes.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Invenergy
Michael Polsky is a leading energy industry entrepreneur and innovator. He obtained his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kiev Polytechnic Institute and after immigrating to the United States in 1976 received his MBA from the University of Chicago. Since the PURPA reforms of 1978, Michael has helped pioneer the development of the independent power generation sector and the deployment of highly efficient, cost-competitive clean and renewable energy resources. In 2001, Polsky founded Invenergy, which provides innovative power generation and storage solutions around the world that are creating a clean energy future. Invenergy is now North America’s largest independent, privately-held renewables company and has built over 127 projects totaling over 20,000 megawatts with over 1,000 employees across the globe. Michael’s philanthropic efforts also reflect his passions for entrepreneurship and energy innovation.
Global Data Center Solutions Practice Manager | Netrix, LLC
Jack is an industry leader with over 30 years of experience in the master technology planning, financial modeling, design, build and turn-key implementation of High Performance Computing facilities. He currently manages a team that is deploying a grid of 18 edge(/urban) computing facilities. These facilities will support next generation high performance critical storage, compute and network solutions for autonomous vehicle/long-haul trucking, ultra-secure hybrid cloud and latency critical edge transactions.Jack speaks globally and is a subject matter expert in building multi-source micro power facilities and Electromagnetic Pulse (“EMP”, HEMP, IEMI and Geomagnetic Storm) protected critical enterprise infrastructure.
VP Sales, Digital Plant, Industry Business | Schneider Electric
Kakali leads the Sales efforts for Digital Plant in USA. She and her team is focused on offering digitally enabled automation and controls solutions to industrial manufacturers across CPG, WWW, MMM and other discrete and Hybrid Segments. She is passionate about building teams and developing leaders.
Her BOLD idea is to position Schneider Electric as the preferred industrial automation supplier.
CEO and Co-Founder | Scale Computing
Current CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing, Jeff defines a serial entrepreneur –starting his first company at the age of 11. Jeff has not only proven himself as a pack leader but as a negotiator, fundraiser, technologist, marketer and trusted advisor, having started numerous companies and raising over $50 million in investment capital. Prior to founding Scale, Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Corvigo, a Linux-based anti-spam appliance, where he oversaw the company from startup through funding to an acquisition. After the acquisition, Jeff served as VP of Marketing at Tumbleweed Communications. Prior to Corvigo, Jeff was the co-founder, COO and VP of Marketing at Radiate. Jeff holds a degree in Computer Science from Rose-HulmanInstitute of Technology.
Founder | Shadow Ventures
To know K.P. Reddy is to experience boundless enthusiasm for creating new ventures. Reddy’s multidisciplinary career spans the innovation continuum. Over 25+ years, he has been a technologist, subject matter expert, founder, CEO, advisor, investor, professor, author and coach.
K.P. effortlessly combines expertise in advanced technologies with critical, in-the-trenches experience as an entrepreneur. He is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, collaborative communication, mobile applications, and cloud computing. His passion is in launching game-changing startups, raising substantial investments, and leading organizations to meaningful acquisition and IPO exits. His most recent book, What You Know About Startups Is Wrong hit the best seller list in its first week of release.
VP, Solution Architects | Schneider Electric
Joe is Vice President, Solution Architects at Schneider Electric, responsible for bringing together the full suite of our products and services to provide complete solutions for our customers. Joe has an impressive track record of more than 17 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business development, operations management, and system engineering strategies.
His BOLD idea is to transform the traditional hardware and data center service into a complete solution from start to end of life that embraces the “Lights Out Mission Critical Edge.”
CIO, Enterprise VP | Nemours
Bernie leads the Information Systems Team supporting the Nemours Children’s Health System’s operations in six states. The infusion of IT into the patient care setting has enabled Nemours to advance our mission of serving children which has led Nemours to be recognized as an award winning health care system.
VP, Strategy & Business Development, IT Division | Schneider Electric
Wendi runs strategy, business development, and sales enablement for Schneider Electric’s Data Center and ITD business in North America. Her team is responsible for developing the strategy, bridging the gap between strategy and execution, and defining metrics of success. Her team runs the regional business development efforts that clearly defines strategy execution by strategic initiative then liaisons between execution teams, lines of businesses (from an offer development standpoint) and other Schneider business units. Her team drives sales enablement efforts to provide the tools, training, and education needed to successfully execute strategies throughout the region.
Her BOLD idea is to become industry leaders in energy consulting across grid, plant, building, data center and IT infrastructure providing actionable intelligence to our customers and partners.
Scott San Antonio
Director, Global Strategic Alliances | Schneider Electric
Scott is responsible for relationship management, solution development, and sales execution for Schneider Electric’s partner ecosystem that support the IT Division strategy. A seasoned high-tech marketing and sales executive, Scott has extensive experience in alliance development, consultative sales, team building, and problem solving. His 14 years at Schneider has included heading up alliance development with entrepreneurial startups and large global companies. Scott’s skills range from C-Level selling to organizational design and theory. He's well versed in custom and off-the-shelf solution development, and management of channel and direct sales teams.
His BOLD idea is to create IOT compute platforms and devices that serve ALL verticals, reducing cost and increasing efficiency across all of our customer segments from the extreme edge to the cloud.
Senior VP, EcoBuilding Division | Schneider Electric
Jim has led the US EcoBuilding Division since 2010, focused on smart building technology and innovation. He brings more than 38 years of industry experience and customer insights to the business. He holds a degree in Business Administration and currently resides in Dallas with his wife.
His BOLD idea is to transform how we think about buildings from procurement and construction to operation, maximizing the latest technologies to improve efficiency and productivity.
Engineering Manager, Real Estate, Design & Construction | Penn Medicine
Braheem Santos is the Pavilion Engineering Manager at Penn Medicine. His role on the PennFIRST team is the owner’s technical/MEP lead, as well as liaison to the Facilities and Support Services Departments. Braheem received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. His professional background includes that of Commercial HVAC Control systems/equipment and Commercial/Industrial electrical equipment.
VP, IT Channels | APC by Schneider Electric
Shannon joined APC in 2007, and is responsible for driving revenue, strategy, and profitability within the North American Channels organization. Under her vision, the Channel team is focused on increasing business effectiveness, creating strategic relationships, driving growth, and improving customer satisfaction. With 20+ years of experience, Shannon has been recognized for her high performance and leadership. Her awards include CRN’s Channel Chiefs for 2015-2018 and prestigious 100 Most Powerful Women in the Channel, and CRN Magazine's Top Women of the Year.
Her BOLD idea is to create and foster strategic partnerships with the IT Channel by being easy to do business with, and by helping them address the challenges facing our industry with innovative offers, programs, and capabilities.
Director, Global Product Management | ASCO Power Technologies
Matt leads product management for the transfer switch business and is a segment leader for the water market. Previously, he led strategic investment activities and assessed the commercial viability of new technologies in USA. Matt also spent three years in China where he led advanced product development activities and global technology initiatives.
His BOLD idea is to innovate smarter products to improve system reliability, resiliency, and efficiency.
Mark H. Schwartz
Senior Director, Medical Center Facilities | University of Rochester
Mark is a multi disciplined healthcare professional, experienced in all aspects of hospital, research and Medical Center Operations. He has over 39 years experience working to improve the environment within the Healthcare, Academic and University Research communities. Mark manages an annual budget which exceed $90M. He is heavily involved with program development, training, safety, automation, energy management, transport systems, and facility operations. Mark works closely with the institutions Infection Prevention group and is experienced in air and waterborne pathogen control. He Chairs the Environment of Care Council, functions as a government and agency liaison. Mark is the past President of Genesee Valley Regional Association for Healthcare Engineers.
Building and Controls Engineer | University of Iowa
Scott is a Building Controls Engineer at the University of Iowa, with over 28 years of experience in building energy management. He works with an in-house building automation and controls group that is responsible for the academic and laboratory buildings on campus. Currently, he is also the Building Analytics deployment Project Manager for the University.
Director, Strategy & Execution | APC by Schneider Electric
With over 20 years’ experience in the IT market, Russell has held several positions within APC. His current role is focused on North American market, helping solve business challenges for both end users and channel partners. He is actively involved with market research, emerging trends, and technology advancements. Russell works closely with R&D teams to ensure new offers are aligned with solving the real customer challenges seen in the marketplace today. Prior to his current role, he has held positions in sales, marketing, product management, and business development. Russell holds Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering & Management from Clarkson University.
His BOLD idea is an encompassing IT Industry Data Platform that enables actionable intelligence to help customer’s learn something they “didn’t know” to understand how to spend their next $1 to solve real business challenges.
VP & General Manager of Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions P&L | Dell Technologies
Kash has more than 20 years of experience in the data center and applications industry leading Product Line Management, Marketing, Engineering and Business Development organizations. He joined Dell EMC after a successful exit from Ruckus Wireless as a result of Brocade’s acquisition where he was the Vice President of Marketing & Business Development.
Managing Director | Deloitte Consulting LLP
Martin Shalhoub is a Managing Director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Energy, Resources & Industrials (ER&I) practice, focused on planning and operations strategy at Power and Utilities clients. Leveraging his 18-years of experience, Martin has helped utilities, developers, industrials, and power management businesses advance their system optimization and development goals. His experience includes consulting on new digital grid solutions, to advance planning and operations capabilities while implementing new business models and growth strategies. Martin is also Deloitte’s ER&I Ecosystems and Alliances leader, focused on proactive partnerships with an aligned vision of creating stakeholder value. Martin has held business leadership positions at several multi-national corporations managing teams of Business Directors, Consultants, Developers, Systems/Solution Architects, Product Managers, Project Managers and Business Development leaders.
EcoStruxure Plant Domain Leader, Director Pre-sales Support | Schneider Electric
Tim Shope is the EcoStruxure Plant Domain Leader and Pre-sales Support Director for Schneider Electric in the United States. Leveraging over 25 years of process control experience and expertise as a customer and vendor, he is focused on driving value through our EcoStruxure innovative solutions and technology, and a world-class service and delivery team.
His BOLD idea is to help Schneider Electric and our customers transform into the "Industry of the Future", by combining past learnings with the velocity of change in the present.
Helder V. da Silva
Energy Manager | Arcelor Mittal
Helder is the Energy Manager of the NAFTA region for Arcelor Mittal. Based in Chicagoland, Helder is responsible for energy management and energy efficiency program implementation for all of Arcelor Mittal’s NAFTA segment. Helder has over 20 years of energy management experience related to: Commercial, Operation, Management, and Cost Reduction within multicultural and multidisciplinary teams and successes in Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Kazakhstan.
Pro Research Director | The Wall Street Journal
As WSJ Pro Research Director, Rob creates unique content that helps executives understand technology, the opportunities it can bring (for example, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation) and the the risks they must navigate while innovating (for example, cybersecurity and privacy). Key areas of research focus currently include the Internet of Things and its implementation in industrial environments. Rob started his career working for the U.K. government in both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before moving to a technical security consultancy where he built a team of forensic investigators.
General Manager, IoT | Lenovo Data Center Group
Mr. Sotolongo is head of the Lenovo DCG Internet of Things (IoT) Group worldwide. In this role, he is responsible for selecting, developing, launching, and deploying IoT and OEM offerings to customers and partners. This includes ownership of solutions including edge servers, IoT gateways, and associated software and services. With over 32 years of experience in the technology industry, Wilfredo has served in a variety of sales leadership roles. Prior to Lenovo, he led global sales for IBM’s x86 servers, during which time he created a standalone System x channel group. He also managed the separation and integration of this activity from IBM to Lenovo. Wilfredo previously held the position of North America VP for Business Partner and Mid-Market Sales, North America VP for System x Sales, and Latin America Director for Distribution and Industrial Sector Sales, all within IBM.
Executive VP & Chief Strategy Officer | TierPoint
As EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of TierPoint, Andy is responsible for leading product development, technology strategy, solutions engineering, and mergers and acquisitions. Since 2010, Andy has helped lead the company through a series of acquisitions and over $2 billion of equity and debt financings, which together created one of the largest privately held cloud, managed services, and colocation providers in the US. Andy also serves as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of Cequel III, which manages TierPoint.
VP, Engineering & Service Delivery | EdgeConneX, Inc.
Wil leads teams responsible for design, capacity management and customer deployments. He joined EdgeConneX as VP of Program Management leading the charge to build 23 data centers in 24 months to accelerate deployments of edge data centers. He has a diverse background in telecom network design and deployment
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer | Schneider Electric
Jean-Pascal joined Schneider Electric in 1986. He was appointed President and CEO in 2006, and named Chairman and CEO in April 2013. His career at Schneider Electric has seen him take on operational functions in Italy, China, South Africa, and the USA. Within General Management, he served as Vice Executive President of the International Operating Division from 2002-2004, when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jean-Pascal has been President of the France-China Committee since 2009.
His BOLD idea is to help federate the largest ecosystem of people and businesses who share a common passion for efficiency technologies and create a more sustainable world.
Strategic Advisor, Energy Initiatives | Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
In his role with the BNMC, Inc. Paul is responsible for executing the campus Energy Innovation Plan and further developing its overall energy strategy as a collective effort. Launch NY's Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator is part of the six incubators administered by New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), for high-growth cleantech companies.
Director, Solutions Architecture | ProSys
Ariel is currently a Director of Solutions Architecture at Prosys. His 25+ years of experience in the technology marketplace span both technical and sales responsibilities. During Ariel’s 17 years at ProSys, he has implemented and supported all major OEM solutions across Enterprise, Commercial, Healthcare and SLED customers in all verticals.
VP of Sales | ANM
For the past decade, Goran has focused on providing sales and technical leadership in delivery of IT solutions for enterprises. As a result, he has helped customers improve productivity, reduce costs, increase employee and customer satisfaction, and add overall value to the bottom line. Goran supports ANM’s customer-first philosophy and strives to build long-term relationships based on mutual understanding and trust.
VP, Industry US | Schneider Electric
Carlos Villa leads an empowered team responsible for a comprehensive portfolio of hardware and software solutions and services for plant operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and machine users in manufacturing and other industrial environments. Mr. Villa has been integral in furthering the company’s approach to making industry more connected by leveraging EcoStruxure.
His BOLD idea is to simplify to do more.
Senior VP, Engineering and Sustainability | Host Hotels & Resorts
Rick focuses on strategic capital infrastructure planning and execution, asset recycling, and value creation through responsible investment and environmental stewardship for the largest lodging real estate investment trust (REIT). Prior to joining Host in 2009, Rick held a variety of corporate and operational leadership positions with Marriott International, Sodexo, and Sunrise Senior Living in the hospitality, health care, and senior housing sectors. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where he serves on the Center for Hospitality Research Advisory Board.
Chief Operating Officer | Outlier Energy
Co-Founder of Outlier Energy, a distributed generation development firm located in Austin, TX. Outlier provides Distributed Generation-as-a-Service offerings, utilizing a technology agnostic, customer-centric development platform that focuses on minimizing utility costs across their clients’ facility portfolios.
Senior VP, Energy & Sustainability Services | Schneider Electric
Under his leadership, Steve’s team has grown to become the largest buyer of energy in the world and currently manages more than $30 billion in energy spend for 4,500+ Schneider Electric clients globally. As well as energy procurement, they also provide sustainability consulting and efficiency-related services as part of the holistic Active Energy Management approach.
His BOLD idea is to help the world re-imagine the optimal way to exist in the new age of meshgrid.
Executive VP | Decker Electric
Ben is the third generation of his family to work in the electrical industry and oversees business development and technology implementation for Decker Electric. After graduating from Wichita State with a finance degree, he has spent the last 15 years as a student of the electrical industry while earning contractor licenses in 22 states. When he isn’t at work, he can be found with his wife at one of their six kids’ sporting events.
Editor-in-Chief | Microgrid Knowledge
Elisa Wood is a co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge. She has been writing about energy issues for more than two decades.
General Manager | Vision Business Products
Jeff has been managing Vision Data Center and Vision Business Products since 1999. He has helped transform the business from providing toner cartridges and backup data tapes into the data center and IT infrastructure specialists that Vision Data Center is today. His team currently has six account executives, each with his or her own particular expertise in certain segments of Vision’s business. This enables some strategic cross selling between reps, bringing more knowledge to our customers. Outside of work, you can find Jeff loudly following his favorite Philadelphia sports teams from his youth, playing basketball and racquetball, and reading some new book about historical fiction.