February 2021 - Virtual Data Centers Event


Attendee List



Our Panelists

HITT Contracting, Inc.

Ross Rebraca - Vice President, Technology Sector

 

Ross Rebraca has more than 30 years of experience in the data center and mission critical sectors of the construction industry. He has been instrumental in launching the Technology market sector for HITT, which manages all data center construction.
 
He began his work in critical power in 1983 and has built a career on providing solutions for clients on all sides of the table ever since.   After 12 years with MCI Telecommunications, he brought his mission critical knowledge to the general contracting side of the business in 2006 when he joined HITT Contracting. In the years since, he has helped define HITT’s Technology market sector, leading projects for notable power players in the data center world.
 
By imparting lessons learned during his years as a HITT client with MCI, Rebraca builds a team of project managers who follow his customer-focused approach. Ultimately, he aims to grow their client pool while delivering the same level of service and satisfaction for each and every project.    
 
As president of 7x24 Exchange’s Washington, DC chapter, a representative on the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Cloud Committee, and member of AFCOM, NAIOP, and Washington Business Congress, Rebraca is focused on building connections within the industry that will allow him and his team to continue to exceed the expectations of clients nationwide.

 

CompuDynamics

Steve Altizer - President


Steve Altizer’s career has followed two distinct paths. During the 80’s and 90’s, he developed a strong appreciation for engineering through his roles in commercial building construction management.  His attraction to technology led to a focus on the moving parts of buildings (MEP systems) that transform glass, concrete and steel into livable environments.
 
In 1999, his career took a turn away from human spaces and towards facilities designed specifically for network communications.  He founded his own start-up serving the mission critical space in 2002 just as the US began to recovery from the internet bubble collapse.  Nineteen years later, Compu Dynamics is an industry-leading service provider catering to operators and users of data centers of all shapes and sizes, including on-premise, edge, colocation, hyperscale, and campus facilities.
 
Prior to 2002, Mr. Altizer served as a senior executive with several nationally ranked general and mechanical contractors. His work led him across the United States and to distant countries.  Mr. Altizer earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Virginia.

 

Dziak Advisory Services, LLC

Jack Dziak - CEO



Jack Dziak CFA is an executive and Board Member in the enterprise IT and communications services industries. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has extensive global experience in managing complex technology businesses from hyper-scaled IT and communications services to systems integration and strategic consulting. 
 
Jack is the CEO of Dziak Advisory Services LLC, an advisory firm which provides strategic, financial, operational and technology consulting to digital infrastructure, software and services industries as well as Private Equity and Venture investors in these markets.
 
Most recently, Jack was the President and COO of Apcela, a provider of managed application acceleration and software-defined networking services for global enterprises.  Prior, he was Executive Vice President Global Products and Chief Strategy Officer at Sungard Availability Services (2011-2017), with P&L responsibility for the $1.2B global product, service and solutions portfolio (including private and public managed cloud, disaster recovery, security, storage, backup, colocation and other virtualized production and recovery services). In addition, he was responsible for the global strategic distribution relationships with major strategic partners in the Hybrid IT ecosystem.
 
Throughout his career Jack has held senior level strategy and development leadership positions with Neustar, Inc., Sprint Nextel, and MCI Communications (sold to Verizon in 2006).  He had a 15-year career in strategy and technology consulting during which he was a Partner in Accenture's Communications and High-Tech industry practice.  Jack started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where he was the lead financial economist for the privatization of national telecommunications concerns in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  During his career, he has worked in over 30 countries. 
 
Jack holds an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Economics.  He also holds a BS (Cum Laude) in Economics from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.   He is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).  He was also a contributor to The Economic Report of the President, while working in The White House as a Junior Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 1987. 



Grella Partnership Strategies

Miles Friedman - President


Brief Work History
 
2020 to present: Senior Economic Development Consultant, Fauquier County, VA
 
2013 to 2020: Director, Economic Development, Fauquier County, Virginia
Responsibilities included:business retention and expansion; facilitating Innovation and entrepreneurship; attracting new investment; increasing business from travel and tourism.
 
Accomplishments include: Established three businesses enterprise centers (incubators); 
Created a unique joint workforce development program with Lord Fairfax Community College; Crafted Green Development Zone legislation that led to Fauquier County becoming one of the first communities in the state to institute incentives for environmentally friendly business investments; Brought the first major datacenter investments to Fauquier County; Brought record levels of investment to Fauquier County, including the first U.S. location for the world’s third largest provider of cloud services; helped the County win a competition for the state-run Puller Veterans Care Center;  Planned and participated in a GO VA project, partnering with three Virginia Community Colleges, to coordinate and augment training and education programs in cybersecurity; Built a close and mutually beneficial relationship with Marine Corps Base Quantico, which include working with Marines to transition into the civilian economy; Helped expand the support system for the county’s businesses and workers during the COVID-19 crisis through information, training, grants and loans.
 
2005 to 2013: Private Consulting, Miles Friedman and Partners
 
1980 to 2005: President, National Association of State Development Agencies
 
1977 to 1980: Director of Legislation and Policy, National Council for Urban Economic Development (now the International Economic Development Council)
 
-Worked with numerous cities and neighborhood groups on a full range of development needs and worked with Congress on federal legislation to support businesses and the workforce.
 
Note:  Other experience and expertise include international trade; investment incentives; organizational development; strategic planning; tourism development; public/private partnerships; economic adjustment; training and facilitation; entrepreneurship.

 

Our Moderator

Alpha Corporation

Andrew Lindsey



After nearly a decade as a serial entrepreneur in the media and technology sectors, Andrew Lindsey now serves as the Director of Applied Research and Development at Alpha Corporation, a multidisciplinary design and construction consulting firm headquartered in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

Since joining Alpha, Andrew has supported the development of innovative solutions to critical problems in domestic and international markets with an emphasis on sustainability and resilience in the built environment. Andrew has worked on a diverse range of bleeding edge industry projects including blockchain-supported asset management systems for buildings, immersive visualization tools for school design and facility condition assessments, solar microgrids for green energy trading and high-performance modular data center systems.