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Education and Internships: Attracting Tomorrow's Data Center Talent

Ryan Gruver  (IT Director, Banner Health)

T.J. Ciccone  (Vice President, Critical Operations, Stack Infrastructure)

Bryan Darby  (VP Strategic Technology Initiatives, QTS Data Centers)

Mark Moody  (Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Gateview Technologies)

Phillip Koblence  (Co-Founder and Managing Director, Nomad Futurist Foundation)

Location: Room 201

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

Pass Type: AFCOM Solution Provider, All Access Conference, Industry Conference, Standard Conference - Get your pass now!

Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

In today's data-driven world, data centers form the backbone of our digital infrastructure. However, a critical challenge looms large - the data center labor shortage. Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion where industry experts and leaders converge to dissect this pressing issue.

The panel will delve into the root causes of the labor shortage and its far-reaching implications on the stability and growth of data center operations. We'll explore the evolving skills and expertise needed in this dynamic sector and the growing gap in the workforce that threatens to undermine its efficiency.

But it's not all doom and gloom; we'll also highlight the positive strides being made by various groups and initiatives to address this crisis head-on. Discover how organizations are collaborating to bring education and internships to the younger generation, nurturing the data center professionals of tomorrow.

Whether you're a seasoned data center professional, new to the industry, or a student considering a career in this field, this panel discussion promises valuable insights into the challenges and solutions surrounding the data center labor shortage. Join us to be part of the conversation that's shaping the future of data center operations, and learn how you can get involved.


  • Review of the current labor situation for Data Center Owners today.
  • Review what organizations (AFCOM & others) have implemented to address the change in specific markets.
  • Learn about the various ways to get involved in your local community.