EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee of the 7x24 Exchange Atlanta Chapter consists of volunteers from a wide variety of mission critical professions spanning Architecture, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction and End-Users.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Conleth O'Flynn

Managing Partner - AHA Consulting Engineers

conleth_oflynn@AHA-Engineers.com

Conleth O’Flynn came to AHA Consulting Engineers by way of Ireland, where he earned his degree from Dublin University (Trinity College Dublin) and attended the Dublin Institute of Technology. More than 16 years ago he relocated his family to start the Southeast regional office.  He has been responsible for a wide variety of project types, including mission critical, higher education, healthcare, corporate office, mixed-use and industrial.  By nature, he is a problem solver, always eager to provide people with solutions to make their world better and easier. He is also diligent about keeping a step ahead of industry technology and methods.   He applies both of these talents to provide the best client-specific services tailored for their individual organizational needs.  Conleth advocates a holistic approach to client service. Rather than just answering questions, he delves deep to learn why questions were asked to find the most comprehensive solution.  He has applied this approach to the historic renovation of the Sears Building, the conversion of old mills into museums, performance and office space for Mass MoCA and the bleeding edge eBay Mercury and Quicksilver projects.  Conleth is dedicated to his trade and excited to collaborate with anyone who can teach him something new.  He derives satisfaction from providing superior client service and enhancing the lives of his colleagues through dynamic collaboration. While Conleth frequently puts in long hours for the benefit of his clients, he also finds time for home projects, golf, soccer and travel.

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Hesham Farrag

Hesham Farrag

Senior MEP Manager - Holder Construction

hfarrag@holder.com

Hesham leads the MEP Preconstruction group of Holder Construction, a national, commercial construction services firm with experience in over 30 states and offices in Denver, San Jose, Phoenix, Charlotte, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington DC. Holder is consistently ranked by ENR as one of the nation's leading contractors in Construction Management, General Construction, and Design-Build, and is recognized as the largest builder of data centers in the country.

Hesham is born and raised in Atlanta, GA and a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.  Hesham was responsible for the planning, construction, commissioning, and successful completion of over 1.1 million square feet, 18MW for a major technology provider.  Through his education and experience in the industry, Hesham is responsible for a team that has procured over $2B of long lead MEP equipment and consistently negotiating upwards of $5B worth of contracts per year.  In addition to procurement, Hesham’s focus is design management, cost forecasting and budgeting, MEP systems analysis, and training company-wide.

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Richard Fielding

Richard Fielding

Vice President - Holder Construction

rfielding@holder.com

Richard is Vice President of Holder Construction, a national, commercial construction services firm with experience in over 38 states and offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington DC.  Holder is consistently ranked by ENR as one of the nation's leading contractors in Construction Management, General Construction, and Design-Build, and is recognized as the largest builder of data centers in the country.  Richard is a graduate of The University of Florida with a B.S. in Building Construction, and is LEED Accredited by the United States Green Building Council.  He has spent his entire career with Holder Construction and focuses on providing executive support and operational leadership to Holder’s project teams from planning and preconstruction through construction and final completion.  His experience includes work on over 20 data centers located throughout the United States.

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David Hagewood, PE

Power Group Sales Manager

Yancey Brothers Caterpillar

David.Hagewood@yanceybros.com

David is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  In addition he obtained an MBA, Finance from Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management.   David’s profession experience has been in the Power Generation, Automotive, Design and Construction Industries.   He has strong professional skilled in Energy, Sales, Operations, Engineering, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Six Sigma.  David is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  In addition he obtained an MBA, Finance from Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management.   David’s profession experience has been in the Power Generation, Automotive, Design and Construction Industries.   He has strong professional skilled in Energy, Sales, Operations, Engineering, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Six Sigma.  Currently, he is the Power Group Sales Manager for Yancey Power Systems, the oldest CAT dealership in the country serving mission critical markets.   Success has come from leading high performance teams in developing and implementing solid strategies in diverse areas such as share gain in mature markets, developing startup partnerships, successful M&A's, and international ventures.  David has been an active member on the 7x24 Exchange Chapter Executive committee for over 20 years.

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Johnny Hembree AIA, NCIDQ

Architects Orange, LLP dba OA

johnnyh@aoarchitects.com

Johnny Hembree, AIA, is a Principal of Architects Orange (dba OA in Georgia) with mission critical projects across the US and Internationally.  He is recognized as an industry leader with the trends and planning of mission critical facilities. He has an understanding that the overriding purpose of a critical facility is to support the data processing functions occurring within the facility and to ensure that those processes continue uninterrupted. Johnny has designed millions of square feet of white space over the past 22 years, ranging from Tier II to Tier IV in addition to green initiatives up to LEED Platinum.  He is a graduate from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and has over 30 years of experience as a registered architect in multiple states, certified by NCARB and a registered Interior Designer.

Laney Marinich

Laney Marinich

QTS Data Centers

laney.marinich@qtsdatacenters.com

Laney Marinich is currently the Vice President of Property Development for QTS Data Centers. QTS is one of the world leaders in data center innovation, delivering comprehensive datacenter and consulting services to the critical systems and services world. QTS is building the World's Most Valuable Real-estate because its customers deal with the world's Intellectual Property. Laney is responsible for leading QTS’s development of data centers along with managing the procurement team. She joined QTS & the mission critical industry in 2013 from Turner Construction in Atlanta. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Martin Madert

Martin Madert

Senior Technical Consultant - Inglett & Stubbs, LLC Electrical Construction

mmadert@inglett-stubbs.com

Martin attended Southern Polytechnic State University majoring in computer control and power system technologies.  He worked as a consulting engineer for over 25 years focusing on electrical and mechanical design for critical data processing and communication facilities.  For over 17 years, he was retained to provide long term maintenance management and design upgrades for over 1.5 million square feet of raised floor computer facilities.  Later, he spent 5 years as the Engineering Department Manager for a custom power plant switchgear manufacturer serving critical applications for utility generation programs, financial institutions, and automobile manufacturing plants.  He has design experience with all electrical and mechanical utility systems required for the support of various types of mission critical facilities from enterprise data centers, telecommunication, healthcare, and high containment laboratory facilities.  As the Senior Engineer at Inglett & Stubbs, for the last 20 years, he has focused on process improvement through the creative application of new technologies for design and construction.  He has been using 3D Building Information Modeling for all major projects in the last 20 years to generate detailed installation and estimating documentation.  To date, his design and construction management experience includes over 60 mission critical facilities over the last 52 years. He is LEED Accredited by the United States Green Building Council.   He is also the Web Administrator for the Atlanta Chapter of the 7x24 Exchange Organization.

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Donald Ridgeway

Regional Sales Director - Cummins Engine Company

Donald.b.ridgeway@cummins.com

Donald (Don) Ridgeway has a long career in emergency power sales. Starting in 1984 in Charlotte, NC and moving to Virginia and Mississippi before arriving in Atlanta in 2008 to become a Regional Sales Director with Cummins. In 2020 Don moved back into a Senior Sales Executive role in 2020 just as Covid was halting most of outside contact. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Old Dominion University and enjoys outdoor activities greatly, gardening, golf and hiking.

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Matt Rothwell

VP of Critical Facilities - McKenneys Mechanical

matt.rothwell@mckenneys.com

Matt Rothwell is the Vice President of Critical Systems for McKenney’s Inc., which primarily focuses on data center construction with various clients across the Southeast.  Matt and his team have a proven track record of successfully partnering in design, construction and expansion of millions of square feet of mission critical facilities.  He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.

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Scott Cockerham

CEO - Critical Components Inc.

SCockerham@CriticalComponents.net

Scott is a graduate of James Madison University with a BS in Political Science and has been leading a technical sales force providing power and cooling systems for mission critical facilities since 1986.  Scott began his career with Lee Technologies where he served as Senior Vice President in charge of the SE United States until he founded Critical Components in 2002. Committed to excellence through professionalism, superior knowledge base and outstanding customer service, Scott’s company CCI represents carefully selected manufacturer's electrical and mechanical products that enhance power quality for business and industry. Scott and the CCI Team strive to add value to projects through their many years of experience, superior knowledge base and uncompromising integrity. Scott has recently expanded Critical Components by opening a lighting sales division and hopes that by continuing to represent superior products, providing the highest level of customer service, fostering long-term relationships with his clients, and operating his business based on ethical principles, his firm will enjoy healthy growth as the mission critical arena continues to expand.

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan

Critical Components, Inc

tmorgan@criticalcomponents.net

Tim was a member of Skidmore College’s class of 1996 with a major in Political Science before beginning his career in Boston with The Magma Group, a marketing firm focused on connecting their internet start-up clients with college students around the country. After relocating to Atlanta, Tim entered the mission critical arena as an inside sales person with Lee Technologies and a project manager with Madison Communications between 2001-2004 before joining Critical Components as an outside sales person in 2004. He remained in that role until 2010 when he relocated to Tampa, Florida to start up and head CCI’s office in the north and central FL market. In 2013, Tim returned to Atlanta to begin the process of becoming a partner in Critical Components, which he intends to continue to help grow throughout the remainder of his career.

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Tony TeVault

Vice President

ttevault@holder.com

Tony is Vice President, of Holder Construction Company, a national, commercial construction services firm with experience in over 30 states and offices in Phoenix, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, San Jose and Washington DC.   Holder is consistently ranked by ENR as one of the nation's leading contractors in Construction Management, General Construction, and Design-Build, and is recognized as the largest builder of data centers in the country.

Tony focuses on the data center market and brings a unique blend of experience as both a manager and operator of a certified Tier IV data center, as well supporting the design, preconstruction, construction and commissioning of new and existing data centers for Holder. His experience includes work on over 100 data centers located throughout the United States and South America.

Tony received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Uptime Tier Accredited Specialist, and is LEED Accredited by the United States Green Building Council. He is the current leader of the Atlanta Chapter of the 7X24 Exchange, a group focused on end-to-end reliability by promoting dialog among peer groups. He is an active member of AFCOM, and has delivered numerous presentations on data center design and construction to the industry.

Miguel Flores

Miguel Flores

Mechanical Engineering Department Manager - Facilities Engineering Manger

mflores@ups.com

Miguel Flores is a Facilities Engineering Manager at the United Parcel Service Windward Data Center, located in Alpharetta, Georgia since 2005. He is responsible for planning and executing critical maintenance and infrastructure upgrades, and was the Project Manager for the replacement of two UPS systems at the Windward Data Center in 2011.  He also worked at the Mahwah, NJ Data Center for 6 years, and has taught UPS and Medium Voltage equipment operation training modules at the Windward Data Center.

Jessie Foley - AHA

Jessie Foley, PE, LEED AP

AHA Consulting Engineers - Mechanical Engineering Department Manager

Jesse_Foley@AHA-Engineers.com

While many engineers are introverts, Jesse Foley thrives in the collaborative atmosphere at AHA Consulting Engineers. Whether he’s tackling design challenges or representing the firm on the flag football and basketball teams, Jesse loves daily interactions with his clients and coworkers. The son of an architect, Jesse thrives on solving problems and leading project teams to make the impossible possible for mission critical, higher education, life sciences, healthcare, corporate office and multi-family clients across the country. To him, communication, responsiveness and hard work consistently enable him to connect with clients and deliver challenging projects on time and within budget. Jesse has been instrumental in delivering the high density eBay Project Mercury, which was designed with flexibility and modularity in the hot Arizona climate, a data center for DataGryd in downtown Manhattan and the fast-paced CyrusOne data center. Jesse is a graduate of the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology with ten years of mechanical engineering design and management experience. A natural athlete, you can find Jesse in the gym, on the lake or actively seeking opportunities to learn something new every day.

Director, Critical Infrastructure Management

Warren Edwards

Cox Enterprises - Sr. Director, Critical Infrastructure Mangement

Warren.Edwards@coxinc.com

Warren is Senior Director of Critical Infrastructure for all Cox divisions, with 33 years of experience working in mission critical environments.   Warren and his team within Cox Enterprise support critical environments for all Cox divisions.  Warren focuses for Cox includes forecasting strategy, budget, shared services, A&E selection, design and commissioning for multiple locations within the enterprise.   Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company serving more than 6.2 million customers, including 2.9 million digital cable subscribers, 3.5 million Internet subscribers. Cox Automotive is a global automotive businesses, including Kelley Blue BookAutotrader.com and Manheim auctions.

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