Past Meetings

The Chapter meets in North Carolina twice a year.  We hold one meeting in South Carolina annually.  Following is information and presentations from our previously held events.
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  • 22 Aug 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from James Faccone, 7x24 Carolinas Executive Vice President


    2019 marked our Chapter's 10th anniversary, and the Summer Meeting added another great event to our success story. Our sponsors, speakers, and all who attended deserve a very warm thank you from the Board.

    235 participants hailing from the Carolinas and Atlanta area were treated to several exciting speakers. The WiMCO event speaker, Dr. Dawn Chanland from Queens University, provided details on career development and how to confidently approach the industries challenges. Our keynote presenter, Sara Ross, touched on the importance of being authentic to yourself and using the power of the mind to manage through difficult situations while maintaining excellent performance. Her presentation included several videos that drew out great laughs from us all. Check out the It's Not About the Nail video here.

    The conference also included Mission Critical discussions, led by Matt Stansberry of Uptime Institute, highlighting the effects of outages and other data center industry trends. A panel discussion covered a broad spectrum of topics connecting many industries and technologies. Highlights included how labor, regulation, and the changing security demands for data affect our industry.

    The event was attended by several new to our industry interns and first-timers, which allowed them to network and benefit from the considerable talents of all participants.

    Closing remarks noted several important upcoming events such as the Technical Summit on October 15th and the first ever industry event International Data Center Day to be held on October 29, 2019.

    Stay tuned for upcoming changes to the Chapter website, the schedule for the year 2020 events, and other important work by the chapter board to ensure another ten years of chapter success.

    - James

    Presentations & PDH Credits:

    Panorama - Data Center Events, Trends & Outages - PDH Credit
    Matt Stansberry - VP North America, Uptime Institute

    Panel Discussion - Top 10 Areas for Industry Attention in 2019 - PDH Credit
    Rhett Bailey - Sr. Vice President, Mission Critical, BB&T
    Jennifer Lauria Clark, CPIP - Executive Director, Strategic Development, CAI
    Dr. Dennis Cronin - CEO, Resilient Solutions, LLC
    Scott Blackman - Principal, SRK Innovations
    Matt Stansberry - VP North America, Uptime Institute (Moderator)

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    As ever, we are grateful for all our Sponsors who provided the means
    to bring this event to our membership.

    Thank you!



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  • 11 Mar 2019 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from Vali Sorell, Chapter President


    Thank you to the 218 people who attended our 2019 Winter Meeting in Raleigh. This meeting marked our 10thanniversary as a chapter. We are all very proud of the success this chapter has experienced, and we wish to thank the founding members, board members,  and all participants who have supported us over the years.

    On Monday afternoon, the WiMCO event was attended by over 50 people. The keynote speaker for this meetingwas Michelle Gessner who spoke about the legal issues around the #MeToo movement.

    The Keynote Speaker for Tuesday’s event was Eric Termuende, Co-Founder of NoW Innovations. Eric is a thought leader who gave an insightful view of optimizing the workplace culture.

    Colby Synesael, Managing Director, Senior Equity Research Analyst at Cowen and Company, gave an overview of the data center market.

    Carrie Goetz, Global Director of Technology, Paige Datacom Solutions, spoke about the supply chain in the data center market.

    Ed Gazzola, CEO at Bennett & Pless, Inc., presented on the structural issues unique to data center design and construction.

    Nick Shanley, Data Center Sales Manager, Saft America, gave an introduction to the use of lithium-ion batteries.

    PDH credits are available for attendance at these presentations below. 

    We are grateful for our sponsors who made this event possible. Thank you to all who attended. We send out a special thank you to Paul Marcoux, who also attended on the occasion of this anniversary. Paul recognized the need for trained professionals to work in the Mission Critical field, and through his vision,  jump-started the CMCO program by obtaining the funding and the support of the local community colleges.

    I hope all enjoyed and learned from the diverse presentations and took advantage of the fun and networking opportunities. We encourage all to get involved with the Chapter by participating in our active Committees. You may contact us via to get connected with the Committee Chairs. 

    Don’t forget to mark these dates in your calendar - our Summer Meeting is in Charleston, SC on August 8-9.


    ANSI/ASHRAE 90.4 Energy Standard for Data Centers Update

    The Future of Our Workforce - PDH
    Eric Termuende - Co-Founder, NoW Innovations

    Data Centers: An Industry Overview - PDH
    Colby Synesael - Managing Director, Senior Equity Research Analyst, Cowen and Company

    How to Use Your Supply Chain as an Extension of Your Team in 2019 - PDH
    Carrie Goetz - Global Director of Technology, Paige DataCom Solutions

    From the Edge to the Hyperscale Data Center Case Study - PDH
    Ed Gazzola - CEO, Bennett & Pless, Inc.

    An Introduction to Lithium-ion Batteries - PDH
    Nick Shanley - Data Center Sales Manager, Saft America

    If you attended, please take a minute to complete our meeting survey. Your feedback is valuable to our future planning!

    View photos from the event here.

    Thank you to our Sponsors

    Duke Energy
    2019 Chapter Sponsor

    Event Sponsor

    Networking Sponsor  Keynote Sponsor 

     Lunch Sponsor Breakfast Sponsor

    WiMCO Sponsor

    Meeting Partners


  • 06 Aug 2018 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from Robin Aron, Executive Director, 7x24 Carolinas Chapter


    Over 230 attendees enjoyed the Charleston sunshine at the 7x24 Carolinas and Atlanta Chapters joint event last week in Charleston, South Carolina! Be sure to check out photos from the event here.

    Thank you to our sponsors CyrusOne, Whiting-Turner, Commissioning Agents, Inc., Pritchard Brown, Carolina CAT, and Diversified for helping us make a fantastic event for all who attended. 

    John Formica, the "Ex-Disney Guy", brought "magical" motivating words and challenged us to be the best leaders we can be by helping our employees and customers see our difference through the time-tested processes that Disney implements.   

    We received valuable insight into Data Center Trends from Rhonda Ascierto with Uptime Institute and a unique perspective on Data Center Class from Steve Fairfax of MTechnology. You can check out the presentations and PDH credits via the links below.

    The WiMCO event was attended by over 50 members. This Chapter Community is working on STEM engagement. Anyone interested in supporting this initiative should reach out to Ursula Foxworthy.

    We hope to see you all at our upcoming BCA/7x24 Technical Summit in Charlotte on October 2nd.  Also, mark your calendar for February 2019.  We will hold our 10th anniversary Winter Meeting in Raleigh, NC.


    Disruptive Data Center Technologies
    Rhonda Ascierto - VP Research, Uptime Institute
    PDH Credit

    20 Years of Data Center Reliability Analysis
    Steve Fairfax - President, MTechnology
    PDH Credit

    Event Photos

    Thank you to our 2018 Summer Meeting Sponsors







    Meeting Partners



  • 09 Feb 2018 8:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from Sheila Molino, Chapter President


    Thanks to all 250+ people who attended our 2018 Winter Meeting in Raleigh!  This was our highest meeting attendance in our 8 year Chapter history.  I extend a special welcome to all who joined us for their first meeting and a special thank you to the five MCO students from Cleveland CC and Wake Tech who took time from their studies to attend.

    The Keynote Speaker, David Sarkus, delivered an inspiring presentation on Safety and Human Error, challenging us to build relationships to create a safety culture where we focus on coaching instead of being a cop.  Wells Fargo Senior Economist, Mark Vitner, shared his economic outlook for the Carolinas and the US.  He also shared a prediction that BitCoin will go to zero so you may want to look into other exchanges for your cryptocurrency portfolio.  Ryan Kennedy with Atom Power gave an enlightening presentation on solid state switching and democratization of power distribution.  Continuing our emerging technologies theme, Ben Jones of Hitzinger shared valuable information on clean conditioned power technology and Carl Cottuli of Bloom Energy presented a case study of fuel cell implementation in a data center.  Finishing out our day, our Thought Leadership Chair, Marcus Hassen, moderated a panel of industry experts:  Matt Baker of CBRE, Ken McAllister of TierPoint and Ray Caponi of T5 Facilities Management, sharing their thoughts on enterprise, colo and edge data centers.

    As ever, we are grateful for all our Sponsors who provided the means to bring this event to our membership.

    If you attended please take a minute to complete our meeting survey.  Your feedback is valuable to our future planning!

    To view photos from the event click here.

    I encourage you to contribute to our Chapter success by participating on one of our Committees.  You may contact us via to be connected with the Committee Chairs.

    I hope to see you May 7th for our golf event at Cabarrus Country Club.  We’ll announce registration closer to the date.  Changing things up a bit, we will take registrations for a week, then use a blind lottery to fill the 32 team field.

    - Sheila

    Thank you to our Sponsors









  • 22 Aug 2017 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from Robin Aron, Executive Director


    Thanks to all 203 people who attended our 2017 Summer Meeting in Charleston! This represented our 6th sold out joint event with the Atlanta Chapter.

    The Keynote Speaker, Heather Dooley, provided an impactful presentation on the industry's "Hidden Risk" and the race for talent and diversity. Professional Speaker Andy Core educated us on how to obtain "Life Balance" through not only changing our lives, but changing our day! James Coe with Syska Hennessy provided valuable and insightful information on "The Future of the Enterprise Data Center."

    Along with great content at the meeting, we hope everyone enjoyed some fun networking and fantastic Charleston cuisine!

    We are grateful for our Sponsors, who provided the means to bring this event to the membership.

    If you attended, please take a minute to complete our meeting survey. Your feedback is valuable to our future planning!

    To view photos from the event, click here.

    I encourage your further involvement in the Chapter by participating in our active Committees. You may contact us via to get connected with the Committee Chairs.

    See you on September 28th at the Tech Summit in Charleston! You can register for the event here.


    PDH Credits

    The Hidden Risk
    Heather Dooley, Google

    The Future of the Enterprise Data Center
    James Coe, Syska Hennessy

    Thank you to the Summer Meeting Sponsors



  • 28 Feb 2017 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from Robin Aron, Executive Director


    Thank you to everyone that worked diligently to make our 7x24 Exchange Carolina’s Chapter Winter Meeting, “Embracing Change,” a great success.   

    We are grateful for our Sponsors who provided the means to bring this event to the Membership. The slate of presentations sparked interesting information exchange among our attendees while delivering valuable insight into the NC Economic Outlook and Data Center Industry Trends. 

    Please see the presentation links for your reference.

    North Carolina Economic Outlook
    Christopher Chung, CEO - Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

    Trends for 2017 and Beyond: Our Data Center Industry Survey - PDH Credit
    Patrick O’Connor, Director Uptime Institute

    Software Defined Networks and the Impact on Data Centers - PDH Credit
    Carl Rumbolo, CISSP, CDCDP, CDCEP Principal Engineer, Data Center Planning & Engineering - Wells Fargo

    Open Compute - PDH Credit
    Shawn Griggs, Manager Technology Construction Services - Holder Construction Company
    Tony Dycus, Key Accounts & IT OEM
     - Rittal Corporation
    Caleb Lusk
    , PMP, HP Program Manager - Rittal Corporation

    If you attended, please take 2 minutes to complete our meeting survey.
    Your feedback is valuable to our future planning!

    To view images from the event, click here.

    I encourage your further involvement in the Chapter by participating in our active Committees.  You may contact us via to get connected to the Committee Chairman.

    See you on the Golf Course April 24th!


    Thank you to our Sponsors

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  • 17 Aug 2016 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jeff Farlow
    , 7x24 Carolinas Executive Director

    If you missed the annual joint 7x24 Carolinas and Atlanta Chapter meeting in Charleston last week, you missed a really impressive show!

    The meeting kicked off Thursday afternoon with a WiMCO (Women in Mission Critical Operations) Social.  With over 50 attendees, this well attended social, co-sponsored by MGAC & Syska featured an inspiring presentation by Kristen Kiger, a professional drag racer. Enersys was the speaker sponsor. This popular (and growing!) organization brings great value to our chapter and is increasing demand for the Carolinas Chapter activities. Great job and a worthwhile effort to promote and celebrate inclusion and diversity in the Mission Critical environment.

    Our networking event, sponsored by Piller USA featured an opportunity to mix and catch-up with colleagues in the industry. There were a number of first time attendees (identified by a yellow ribbon on their badge).  In a new chapter initiative, new members are assigned an ambassador to help introduce them to our membership and get them acclimated to our organization.  This process seemed to work out very well as the membership went out of their way to welcome these new attendees and make them feel welcome.  From the pulse of the crowd, the networking event was a great success.

    The Friday meeting was moderated by Jim Larson, our Vice President and member of the Carolinas Board of Directors.  First up was our keynote speaker Eric O'Neill, a Cyber Security Expert who spoke on his career as an undercover agent for the FBI and was a part of the apprehension and conviction of Robert Hanssen.  Eric was an excellent presenter and held the over 200 meeting attendees spellbound in his delivery.

    The keynote was followed up by a Discussion of Emerging Trends in the Data Center Industry.  Thanks to James Coe (Syska Hennessy), Ben Rojahn (CBRE) and Sam Westbrook (Holder Construction) for an interesting and informative discussion.  Last (but not least) Paul Schlattman with ESD Consulting presented on the New Role of the CIO and its Effect on the Data Center Industry.  Great job to all of our presenters, sponsors and participants!

    Our meeting was sponsored by TekClean, the Breakfast sponsor was Mitsubishi Electric and the keynote was sponsored by JE Dunn.

    As you may have a sense, there is a LOT of coordination in developing and producing our meetings and it is a very good time to thank some important people that make these meetings happen.  Lots of congratulations and thanks goes to Chad Martin, our Programs Committee Chair on the venue, preparation, selection of the incredible keynote speaker and content.  Our VP Jim Larson hosted our meeting on short notice and did a spectacular job. Behind the scenes, hard work by Leah Farlow and Serina Kopczynski provided a seamless event.  Marcus Hassen Thought Leadership Chair, David Knight Membership Chair, George Hachem Sponsorship Chair and other committee chairs all contributed to what was an incredible event.

    --Jeff Farlow, 7x24 Carolinas Executive Director

    Click Here for Summer Meeting Photos


    Emerging Trends in the Data Center Industry

    PDH Tracking - Data Center Industry Emerging Trends (Panel)

    The New Role of the CIO and its Effect on Data Center Operations

    PDH Tracking - The New Role of the CIO

  • 23 Mar 2016 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jeff Farlow
    Executive Director
    7x24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter

    7x24 Exchange International Carolina Chapter meetings keep getting better!  Our meeting at the Durham Doubletree by Hilton was a successful result of improving our venue, finding interesting and informative speakers and increasing our level of service to attendees.  Our sold out conference attendees heard presentations from Fidelity on Data Center deployment strategies, our keynote Dr. Suku Nair spoke on Data Center Cyber Security, MCOPS from Clemson University gave a case study on their Data Center Delivery, and we had panel of SME's discuss Alternative Battery Technologies.

    The Networking event the night before was well attended and provided the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and new friends to discuss strategies and deliverables through their communities.  Special thanks to our Event Sponsor Envirotrol, LLC, Networking Sponsor United Metal Products, Breakfast Sponsor Sealco, Lunch Sponsor Emerson and WiMCO meeting Sponsor Google.  

    Coming up fast is our Annual Golf Event at Palisades Country Club in Charlotte, Tuesday April 26, 2016.  This popular event has historically sold out the day it is announced and this year was no exception.  Our Summer Meeting August 12 will be again held in Charleston, SC and is hosted jointly by both the Carolinas and Atlanta Chapters.  Make sure that you get signed up early as these seats will surely go fast.  

    You can keep up on all of our activities and up coming events by checking this website or reading End to End, 7x24 Carolina's informative Industry Newsletter.

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    Fidelity Presentation
    (Due to Confidentiality, we cannot provide the Presentation)


  • 25 Jan 2016 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2016 Board of Directors meeting at Grandover continues to be a spectacular event that offers chapter leaders an opportunity to meet and discuss the upcoming years worth of chapter activities.  This year, 7x24 National Chairman and CEO Bob Cassliano attended.  The high light of this year's event including an program that provided a deep appreciation of Paul Marcoux who announced his up coming retirement from BB&T.

    Paul has been an active and valuable member of our chapter.  As chair of the education committee, Paul has championed the Mission Criticial Operator (MCO) initiative which has resulted in a $23mm grant to the NC Community College system to create an curriculum and degree for students wishing to get into the MCO field.  In addition to his Education Committee activities, Paul has been wise council to our board and chapter as we have grown.  He is a large part of our success.

    Cassliano, on behalf of our chapter presented Paul an Outstanding Service Award.  Paul spoke about his tenure with 7x24 and BB&T as well as gave an executive overview of the new BB&T Data Center he has recently managed the engineering and construction of.  We all wish Paul the best and hope he and his wife 204395ruw3f enjoy their travel and adventures.

    In other business, the Executive committee met before the board meeting to provide a recommended 2016 budget which was subsequently approved by the full board.  Each committee chair provided a report on 2015 activities and a look forward for their committee work in 2016.

    The board also approved the new slate of officers which include Shelia Molino, President, Jim Larson, Vice President and Raul Peralta Secretary / Treasurer.  We also welcomed 4 new board members.  Ian Miles with Aligned Data Centers, Tim Brooks with Bank of America, James Faccone with Facebook, Bill Roberts with Duke Energy.  Congratulations to these new board members.

    We look forward to an actively engaged board this year and executive committee.  I am excited about the coming year of 7x24 Carolina's Chapter activities.

    Jeff Farlow
    Executive Director, 7x24 Carolinas

    Click Here for Photos of the Meeting

  • 18 Aug 2015 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sheila Molino, Carolinas Chapter Vice President

    Once again the joint meeting of the Atlanta and Carolina's Chapters of 7x24 Exchange sold out quickly and the events garnered much positive feedback.

    This year our newest committee, Women In Mission Critical Operations – WIMCO, held our first event on Thursday afternoon.  We were delighted to have 20 women attend to learn more about our mission to strengthen engagement and participation of our female members.  Robin Aron provided an inspiring overview of her career in the mission critical industry followed by networking.  Disney and MGAC provided appetizers.

    A large group attended the networking event sponsored by JE Dunn and held at The Harbour Club.  We continue to hear from members that networking is crucial to these events being successful.  I know I’m always amazed at the camaraderie of these events.

    We kicked off the Friday meeting with breakfast co-sponsored by Sealco and AHA.  We needed a hearty breakfast for energy to keep up with our speaker Chad Pregracke from Living Lands and Waters.  Chad’s enthusiasm and the magnitude of his accomplishments cleaning up the Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois Rivers were inspirational about the impact each of us can achieve.

    Mike Connaughton presented a comprehensive overview of the need to keep a long term view as data centers move to higher speed cabling to accommodate ever increasing data loads. 

    Terry Rodgers followed with a succinct synopsis of ASHRAE standard 90.1 and proposed 90.4, explaining their potential application and impact.

    Many thanks to our Event Sponsor, Berk-Tek Leviton for continued support of our chapter events.

    Thanks also to the attendees.  Though it is hard to take time out to attend such events, participation of our end user membership provides lasting value to the entire organization and creates the environment for such activities to occur.

    Future events include the 5th Annual Joint BCA – 7x24 Carolinas Chapter Technical Summit on Sept 3rd, National 7x24 meeting in San Antonio, TX and our Winter Meeting in February.  I hope to see you there.


    Transforming the Network - Mike Connaughton, Berk-Tek  (PDH Credit)

    ASHRAE Standard 90.4P - Terry Rodgers, Primary Integration  (PDH Credit)

    Click Here for Event Photos

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