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Caroline Haley, Manager of Client Relations, Milldam Public Relations

CFSlogoThe Critical Facilities Summit (CFS), a conference and product expo designed for mission critical facilities professionals, consulting engineers and design/build firms has announced its engaging line-up of educational speakers for the 2015 show. Two general sessions will feature discussions by industry leaders on incorporating the C-Suite in facility decision making and navigating opposing views in critical facility management. The keynote speakers include senior-level decision makers from Compass Data Centers, Wells Fargo Bank, DLB Associates, NVIDIA Corporation and Building Operating Management magazine in the two featured general sessions for CFS 2015.

The opening general session, titled “Aligning the C-Suite Perspective with the Critical Facility Mission”, will be presented by Chris Curtis, Senior Vice President of  Developments and Acquisitions at Compass Data Centers, Edward Sullivan, Editor of Building Operating Management magazine, and John McKenna, Data Center Planner and Engineer from Wells Fargo. The presentation will consider the importance of facility management in the board room, demonstrating how a critical facility can function as a core asset to drive overall organizational growth and contribute real value. The session is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 5.

The second general session,I Beg to Differ: Opposing Views on Data Center Facility Management”, will be presented by David Quirk, Vice President and Principal of DLB Associates, Edward Sullivan of Building Operating Management magazine and Bruce Thorpe, Global Lead, Energy & Critical Environments at NVIDIA Corporation. A crowdsourced general session, attendees will use smartphone polling technology to determine the issues and topics to be discussed, incorporating all of the different viewpoints that enter the room. This program begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 7.  Both informational sessions are a part of the Summit’s Best Practices, Codes and Certifications educational track.

“The conversations facilitated by these general sessions bring together viewpoints from all aspects of managing a critical facility, from engineers on the floor and the C-suite to decision makers and implementers,” said John McKenna, Data Center Planner and Engineer, Wells Fargo Bank. “These sessions offer an invaluable opportunity for attendees of Critical Facilities Summit 2015 to access knowledge and insight from the executives, engineers and operators that are directly shaping the industry.”

The Critical Facilities Summit is proud to offer over 35 educational sessions for its attendees, designed to be highly interactive and provide the opportunity to connect directly with both mission critical experts and peers. The keynote addresses have been developed with focus on the pressing issues raised by professionals in the field.

The Critical Facilities Summit will be held October 5-7, 2015 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The educational program is divided into 6 tracks that cover a number of current topics:

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Critical Facilities Summit was launched in 2013 for an elite group of facilities and engineering professionals seeking to improve the productivity, performance and reliability of their facilities. The conference is brought to the market by Trade Press Media Group and ROC Exhibitions. Trade Press is co-owner of NFMT Baltimore (National Facilities Management & Technology Conference), NFMT Vegas, NFMT Orlando, NFMT360 and High-Performance Buildings & Workplaces. Trade Press Media also publishes Building Operating Management and Facility Maintenance Decisions magazines and in 1995 developed, the premier website for building owners and facility managers. Critical Facilities is the only event of its kind examining data center and mission critical issues from the FM and design/build perspectives.