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Kirk OffelFounder, CEOOverwatch

Kirk Offel is the founder, managing partner, and CEO of OVERWATCH Mission Critical, an Austin, Texas based strategic data center consulting and owners' representation services to the mission critical and telecom industries. He is a mission critical industry expert with over two decades of experience served in various executive roles throughout his career, working with a range of Fortune 1000 companies and major data center providers around the world, including: Medtronic, Active Power, Eaton Corporation, Hewlett-Packard’s Technology Services Consulting practice (EYP), CyrusOne Data Centers, NOVA Mission Critical, and Aligned Data Centers. Kirk is also the founder of the Data Center Austin Conference, an industry-leading technical summit.

He is also a veteran and a member of the “Class of 2010 Military Top 40 under 40” after serving 5 years in the U.S. Navy. Kirk's journey in this field began in 1995 with his service in the US Navy on the Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine SSN-691, laying the foundation for over two decades of substantial contributions to the industry.    

Kirk enriches the industry dialogue through the Data Center Revolution Podcast. As its main host, he engages in strategic discussions with industry leaders and pioneers, offering deep insights into the evolving landscape of data centers and related technologies. These conversations reflect his dedication to exploring the forces shaping the technical world as we approach the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR) which aims to foster harmonious and synergistic collaboration between humans and emerging technologies. Without data centers… there is no AI as Data centers serve as the sky for the cloud and the launching pad for AI. We are dedicated to delivering a better future, but our biggest limitation to doing so is people.