Chicago to Host Day of Putting and Nomad Futurist Podcasts

The upcoming AFCOM Chicago Chapter Golf Event on June 28 will feature live podcasts of the Nomad Futurist, hosted by co-founders Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence.

They both share a common passion for examining the evolution of technology and society, and for developing technology leadership.

“Nabeel and I started the Nomad Futurist podcast early last year to fill a gap that we identified on the data center conference circuit,” says Koblence. “We noticed a consistent increase in the average age of attendees. We thought one of the reasons that the younger generation may not gravitate toward our industry is because there hasn’t been a spotlight on some of the interesting people who are involved in the space. The podcasts also help demystify the space for younger people who may experience technology through graphical interfaces, distanced from any understanding of the underlying infrastructure– the actual servers, network connections, and data centers that enable technology.  So we decided to create a forum to bring this faceless and unrecognized industry to life.”

The podcast provides a platform for technology leaders who were involved in the genesis and development of the industry, a relatively new industry with no guideposts, to share the fascinating personal journeys that brought them to where they are today. 

Nomad Futurist is unique in that it avoids any commercial focus on products and services and hones in on the passion,  excitement, and diverse individual aspirations that led to career success and fulfillment. The 35+ episodes raise awareness of the breadth of roles available in the industry, from construction to sales to finance to real estate and more. 

“Every one of our guest speakers serves as inspiration, adds Mahmood, “an opportunity to gain knowledge, hear a new story, and experience a different perspective on the field.”

And that’s exactly what’s planned for the AFCOM event on June 28. Attendees will see the Nomad Futurists in action, conducting three live podcasts with a cross-section of participants from the critical infrastructure industry, representing different viewpoints from builder to operator to end user. The podcasts will be added to the Nomad Futurist website.

What’s on the horizon for the Nomad Futurists? In addition to the ongoing podcast, Mahmood and Koblence are building the Nomad Futurist Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization designed to bring technology education to children and bridge the digital divide in communities around the world. 

If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact them at [email protected].

Learn more about the Chicago Chapter and the golf event here.

Nabeel Mahmood is a technologist, futurist, and keynote speaker. He is passionate about the power of technology to deliver competitive and transformational change and the need to develop digital leadership that will create the enterprise of the future. Nabeel has 20-plus years of experience leading large-scale global technology organizations through seasons of explosive growth via M&A, global expansion, implementing new business models, and technology innovation. His areas of expertise include Big Data, Cloud, ERP, IoT, AI, ML, RPA, Mobility, and Data Centers. Nabeel is a strategic CXO identifying opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies and is an advisor to CIOs, CTOs and CEOs across a number of industries. He serves on multiple boards of private and publicly traded companies.

Phillip Koblence co-founded NYI ( in 1996. Since then, he has successfully navigated through an ever-shifting infrastructure landscape and grown the company from a single data center in Lower Manhattan to a robust network with executional capabilities in key national and international markets. His leadership over a span of 25 years has positioned NYI as a leader in hybrid infrastructure solutions. Through a focus on customer experience, and an ability to cut through complexity and hype, NYI has set the bar in the industry for high-touch infrastructure solutions. Phillip is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been profiled by Data Center Knowledge, TheWHIR, MSPMentor, and NJ BIZ. He has also contributed to CRN and NJ Business Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with an engineering degree.