Northern Virginia Tech Council Sets Finalists for 2021 Data Center Awards

Oct. 20, 2021
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced the finalists of the 2021 NVTC Virginia Data Center Awards, which will be presented at an event Nov. 16 in Leesburg.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced the finalists of the 2021 NVTC Virginia Data Center Awards. The NVTC is the trade association representing the national capital region’s technology community, and the seven data center award categories recognize those at the forefront of innovative construction projects, energy efficient practices, as well as impactful community and veteran engagements.

“As the global pandemic has forced companies to rethink their business operations and rely more heavily on digital tools and initiatives, Northern Virginia’s data center and cloud industry has stepped up to the plate and delivered. Data centers in our region now more than ever play a critical role in business continuity, data security, and cloud accessibility and Northern Virginia continues to be the leading data center market worldwide. We congratulate these finalists for their innovative contributions to Virginia’s data center industry,” said Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO, NVTC.

Here are this year’s finalists, who were chosen by an independent panel of business leaders.

Data Center Community Champion Award

  • 7×24 Exchange Washington DC Chapter
  • Data Center Coalition
  • Troy Hill, Iron Mountain Data Centers
  • AFCOM Potomac Chapter
  • Erich Sanchack, Digital Realty
  • Daisy Saulls, Equinix

Data Center Construction Project Award

  • DPR Construction
  • QTS Data Centers

Data Center DE&I Leadership Award

  • Randy Brouckman, EdgeConneX
  • Shalini Sharma, Vantage Data Centers
  • Dave Smith, Microsoft

Data Center NextGen Leadership Award

  • Joe Harar, EdgeConneX
  • Jim Henry, Iron Mountain Data Centers
  • Alex Marcham, Digital Realty
  • Greg Thompson, Vantage Data Centers

Data Center Sustainable Champion Awards

  • Sormeh McCullough, Digital Realty
  • Andrew Schaap, Aligned
  • Dave Smith, Microsoft

Data Center Trailblazer Award

  • Daniel Golding, Google
  • Josh Levi, Data Center Coalition
  • Vinay Nagpal, InterGlobix

Data Center Veterans High Impact Award

  • Mark Barry, Saltenna
  • Erich Sanchack, Digital Realty

Data Center Icon

  • Marc Ganzi, DigitalBridge

See the NVTC web site for more information or to register. The awards will be presented on November 16, 2021 at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Va.

This year’s NVTC Data Center Awards are sponsored by Equinix, Loudoun County Economic Development, Northern Virginia Community College, Bohler, Digital Realty, Facebook, Prince William County Economic Development, QTS, Google, Henrico County Economic Development, Level Green Landscaping, Vantage Data Centers and Scoop News Group. InterGlobix Magazine is the media partner for the awards.

About the Author

Rich Miller

I write about the places where the Internet lives, telling the story of data centers and the people who build them. I founded Data Center Knowledge, the data center industry's leading news site. Now I'm exploring the future of cloud computing at Data Center Frontier.

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