Data Center Institute Board Members

Tom Roberts

AFCOM President and Chairman of Data Center World

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.

Tad Davies

Senior Vice President
Bick Consulting Services

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 nationally regarding Business Centric strategies such as consolidation, provider selection, and build vs. buy as well as Facility Centric efforts such as risk assessment and owner’s representation.
Tad has been involved with AFCOM for 15 years, and has attended all Data Center World’s Spring and Fall 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 Business School.

Richard Sawyer

Worldwide Practice Leader, Critical Facilities Assurance
HP Critical Facilities Services

Richard Sawyer is a senior principal leading the worldwide practice in critical facilities assurance, which provides commissioning, operational consulting, and assessment services for data centers. His expertise includes project design, equipment specification and selection, contracting, testing, performance measurement and national engineering standards for global data center development. Mr. Sawyer has operated data centers for CIGNA and AETNA, developed data centers in Japan, Brazil and Argentina, and lead construction and commissioning of major mission critical facilities in the U.S. Richard Sawyer is a frequent presenter at AFCOM Data Center World Conferences and a board member of the AFCOM Data Center Institute.

Tim Hazzard

Vice President within Digital Cloud Services
NTT Data

Tim Hazzard brings 28 years of IT experience to the AFCOM board. Tim is currently a Vice President within Digital Cloud Services for NTT Data. He has responsibilities for the integration of services.
Tim has extensive global experience in many aspects of the IT industry. During his 20 years with EDS he served as Software Developer, Account Manager, Operations Manager, Product Manager and Director of Application/Web Hosting services. While at Methode Electronics for 8 years he served as Division President for the development and manufacturing of core infrastructure products including PDU’s, UPS’, Cable Management solutions and network devices. His background in operations, applications and hardware manufacturing bring a unique perspective to the DCI board.

Donna Manley

IT Senior Director
University of Pennsylvania

Donna Manley 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 Manle y 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 in formation systems topics including process improvement strategies. Currently, Donna Manley is authoring a book, “ITIL Assessment, Planning, and Management”.

Jack Story

Account Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, HP Distinguished Technologist

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.

John Parker

Global Data Center Operations and Disaster Recovery at Esri

John Parker is a Senior Data Center Management professional with an MBA and over 25 years of IT experience in 4 industries (Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, and Software Development). Currently John manages Global Data Center Operations and Disaster Recovery at Esri. Strengths are Leadership and mentoring managers, building and maintaining Global Data Center Operations, Facilities and Information Technology support teams. Recent accomplishments include reconditioning legacy data centers, collocation retirements and build outs, managing hybrid data center models (Collo, Cloud, owned data centers) and implementing ITIL Service Delivery initiatives.

Professionally he resides on the Data Center Institute Board of Directors and was President of local AFCOM chapters in North Carolina (2000-2006) and Southern California (2007-2015).

John is also an accomplished speaker. His most recent speaking engagements include; local AFCOM Chapters, IMN Conferences, the CDM-CIO Summits, the Digital Media Educators conferences, Cal Poly Tech Swift conferences, Data Center World conferences and a guest speaker at universities.

Hector Diaz

Senior Data Center Management Professional
President of AFCOM’s Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter

Hector Diaz is a critical infrastructure executive with extensive experience managing international data center properties. His career experience includes IT and infrastructure operations management as well as business development. Most recently at CBRE he directed the delivery of facilities management services for the international portfolio of a large multi-national bank.
Prior to joining CBRE, Hector was the Director of Data Center Portfolio Management at Oracle’s Global Real Estate Management organization. In that role he led the Data Center Strategy and Governance team, providing capacity planning and decision support for capital investments in infrastructure covering over a million square feet of white space. Hector is President Emeritus of AFCOM’s Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Hector was born in Spain and raised in Puerto Rico, where he got an engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He has lived in San Juan, Boston, Saudi Arabia, Dallas, and Denver.

Bill Doty

I.T. General Manager
CH Robinson

Bill is currently the Information Technology (I.T.) General Manager responsible for 24 x 7 x 365 data centers and server rooms for CH Robinson, a growing $13.5BB global third party logistics provider with branch offices worldwide. With 35 years of experience as an I.T. professional working in data center environments in California and Minnesota, Bill has vast experience managing IT teams including Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Electronic Data Interchange technical support, and Intranet development and support. He completed a multi-year, tier 3 designed datacenter project from the initial planning through the executive approval, detailed planning, construction, and migration phases. With broad industry experience including retailing, financial services, food distribution, transportation, and computer hardware and software products and spanning multiple platforms including mainframe, Wintel, UNIX, Linux and other distributed solutions, Bill is uniquely qualified as a Data Center Institute Board member.

Mark Monroe

President, Energetic Consulting, Inc.

Mark Monroe is President, Energetic Consulting, Inc. He recently served as Executive Director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end user consortium focused on resource efficient data centers and business computing environments. His 30 years’ experience in the IT industry includes data center design and operations, application and system design, service level management, process design and analysis, professional services, sales, government and commercial program management, and outsourcing management. He works on sustainability advisory boards with the University of Colorado and local Colorado governments, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt.

Mike Andrea

Director, GAICD
The Strategic Directions Group

Mike has over 27 years’ experience in the ICT industry, covering strategy, design and management across commercial and government sectors. He is a specialist in large-scale data centre development and telecommunications solutions, with particular skill in strategic and master planning, procurement, telecommunications and networking, design, management and operations, contract negotiations and project recovery. Mike holds a number of Directorship positions across the ICT and telecommunications industry.

Appointed to the Board of Directors of AFCOM’s Data Center Institute in the USA in April 2010, Mike has since represented the Institute on the Data Centre World Expert Panel, on Data Centre Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (2011) and Data Center Trends (2012), and co-authored a number of Whitepapers. A regular speaker at data centre industry events including Data Center World in the USA and AFCOM’s Asia Pacific Data Centre Symposium, Mike maintains his data centre design and operations knowledge with frequent international data centre and vendor reviews, and data centre redevelopment projects.

Mike is a Director and National Data Centre Practice Manager of The Strategic Directions Group, an advisory firm specialising in IT, Telecommunications and Data Centre Strategy. He was the Design Authority for the world-class 14,000sqm Polaris Data Centre (a $240M Tier III N+2, high security, 20MW facility) at Springfield (Queensland, Australia), and is the External CIO responsible for the ICT Master Plan for Greater Springfield (winner of the 2010 World’s Best Master Planned Community Award).

Mike’s previous roles include being the National Connectivity Practice Manager for Dimension Data Australia and Communications Consultant for Telstra.