Meet New Chapter President Bob Proko
Attendees at the winter meeting of the Carolinas 7×24 Exchange chapter welcomed new president Bob Proko, who had previously served as vice president of the chapter. Bob comes to the position with more than 24 years of mission critical data center infrastructure experience. He is also a longtime member of the 7×24 New York chapter and is a principle member of the Uptime Institute Network, where he has been a member for more than 18 years.    

Data Centers: To Build or Not To Build? 
Build or buy (that is buy space in a colocation facility)? It’s a big question that companies requiring data centers have to answer. There are many factors to consider. To help cut to the core of this issue, we have Rob Moser, chief operations officer of Immedion, and Sheila Molino, senior vice president and corporate properties group relationship manager for Wells Fargo. Rob’s work at Immedion involves offering retail colocation. Sheila is in charge of Wells Fargo’s own data centers.

Chapter Helps Net $23 Million Grant for Mission Critical Operations Education
In the fall 2013 issue of End to End we reported on the Carolinas 7×24 chapter push to help regional community colleges establish a mission critical training program (read more here). After donating $15,000 to defer the cost of grant writing, the schools received a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Now the programs are beginning to take shape.

Contacts Made at Winter Meeting are Keepers
Steven Babechenko is vice president and critical facilities manager at First Citizens Bank. New to the Carolinas 7×24 chapter, the winter meeting held February 26–27 in Durham, NC, was his first. He’s not new to these kinds of conferences, but he found the opportunities presented at this local chapter meeting to be particularly beneficial.    

Upcoming Events
2014 Annual Tech Summit, June 19, 2014, The Ballantyne Hotel, Charlotte, NC. Topic: Relating long-term operations and maintenance into the OPR

Summer Meeting, August 15, 2014, Charleston, SC