AFCOM's Chapter Award Winners
Each year, we honor AFCOM's most deserving chapters and members with awards for their various achievements at the local level as well as in the industry as a whole. Instead of announcing them at Data Center World (postponed until Aug. 24-27), we did so after Bill Kleyman’s virtual keynote on The State of the Data Center report on April 15.
AFCOM Volunteers of the Year (tie):
Mark Moody – Potomac Chapter
Mark joined the Potomac Chapter board five years ago as the membership and events coordinator. During his tenure, he’s pushed the chapter to increase membership and visibility and inspired the team to make the chapter’s golf tournament a success for the past three years. Mark has also worked outside his own chapter, volunteering with the North Carolina chapter to help them make their own golf outing even better and to set up internships. He took on the role of chapter treasurer about a year ago, and has set up electronic payments for all vendors, streamlined financial reporting, and has been a driving force for the chapter to establish fund internships and scholarships.
Mike Rinaldi – Midlantic Chapter
Mike, secretary on the Midlantic board, is a DCIM tools expert, commissioning various smart buildings and the migration of data centers. His local chapter had once been at risk of disbanding, and he took it upon himself to assemble a board and organize the chapter’s first event in more two years. Since then they had a very successful holiday event with 60 attendees and seven paying sponsors—more than tripling their financial portfolio.
AFCOM Service Award:
Dave Mulholland, President Potomac Chapter
Dave has been an AFCOM member since 2000, serving on the Potomac Chapter board since 2002 in various roles including oversight of membership, events, and the website. He has led the board as president since being elected in 2012 and has rebuilt the board over the past five years into to what it is today. In addition to presenting at Data Center World and other industry events, Dave has secured speakers for the chapter’s quarterly meeting for more than 15 years and volunteers for other chapters. With the help of his local chapter board, Dave created the internship program and subsequently aligned with a local university’s engineering team. Together they have put together a repeatable method for internships supported by corporate sponsorships, which are now bringing young engineers into the data center business.
AFCOM Event of the Year: NYC/NJ Metro Chapter – President Bill Skinner
The NYC/NJ chapter originally hoped to attract 140 golfers to its annual golf outing, and they ended up with 152! It was a well-organized event with sponsor-provided education that included a golf trick shot entertainer. Most importantly, they donated:
- $5k to the NJ Sharing network
- $2k to the Habitat for Humanity
- $2k to go to the Middletown High School Student scholarship
- $1k to go to Belleville High School scholarship
"We've evolved from being a networking-only organization to a charitable giving organization with good education and networking for the industry," Bill said.
AFCOM Chapter of the Year:
Potomac Chapter – President Dave Mulholland
- Potomac’s Golf Tournament drew 144 players and 20 sponsors and grew attendance for their three other meetings by a total of 197.
- They funded three internships with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) electrical engineers and a high school STEM student.
- Funded three scholarships at $2,000 per student, who worked for local area data centers.
- Provided $12,500 in local data center internships.
- Donation to the Dulles Airport Plane Pull for the Special Olympics of Virginia.
The Potomac Chapter has a unique divide-and-conquer board mentality that serves as a model for others.
Congratulations to all!