Data Center Manager of the Year Award Judges

Jill Yaoz, President, AFCOM
Jill Yaoz is the President of AFCOM, an association devoted to providing education and resources for data center managers since 1980. Since joining AFCOM in 1992, membership has risen 166 percent to 4,000, and AFCOM’s Data Center World┬« conferences have experienced phenomenal growth and industry recognition. As President, Mrs. Yaoz is responsible for the overall operation of the association, including membership, publications, marketing, sales, conferences and trade shows. She directs AFCOM’s strategic partner and chapter programs, overseas initiatives, and, as Board Chair, oversees activities undertaken by AFCOM’s Data Center Institute, a strategic industry think-tank. Under Mrs. Yaoz’s leadership, Data Center World conferences have enjoyed award-winning growth; Tradeshow Week named Data Center World as one of its fastest growing tradeshows in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The recent addition of new AFCOM chapters raises the global total to more than 40, up from just six in 2003, and illustrates her commitment to supporting data center professionals at local and regional levels throughout the globe. Mrs. Yaoz also serves as Executive Editor of Data Center Management Magazine, AFCOM’s in-house data center industry publication. She oversees the editorial direction and content of the publication, and enjoys contributing to each issue. Under her direction, the publication was named a runner up for min’s Editorial & Design Awards. Mrs. Yaoz is frequently sought by the press for her perspective on industry news and trends, and has been quoted in such mainstream and industry publications as Computerworld, InformationWeek, Network World, eWEEK, Mission Critical, CIO, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. For more than 30 years, AFCOM has been based in Orange County since its inception. Mrs. Yaoz is proud to be a part of the community, and is pleased to provide jobs to several local residents.


Leonard Eckhaus, Founder
Leonard Eckhaus is the founder of AFCOM. For more than 30 years he has been instrumental in raising the computer industry’s awareness of data center management’s critical role in the overall success of the company. Mr. Eckhaus is also founder and past chairman of the Data Center Institute, a council of leading industry vendors and data center managers working together to examine, research and develop positions on industry trends relative to data center and e-business issues. Prior to founding AFCOM, Mr. Eckhaus was himself a data center manager for such public and private organizations as IBM, TRW and the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. He has served on the Curriculum Advisory Board at the National Technical Institute of for the Deaf, authored numerous articles on Data Center Management and has been quoted frequently in such publications as Computerworld, InformationWeek, Datamation, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times and many more.


Tom Roberts, Manager, DC Facility Management, 2011 Data Center Manager of the Year Award Winner, Trinity Information Services
As manager of data center facility management, Tom Roberts’ responsibilities include the facility\infrastructure readiness of three corporate data centers and 25 hospital-based computer centers for Trinity Health. He also has responsibility for capacity planning and asset management for all the equipment located in the data and computer centers. Mr. Roberts has been employed by Trinity Health for 29 years. He worked as a master electrician in the electrical construction field for 11 years prior to working in healthcare. His current projects include evaluating the readiness of the hospital computer centers for the continued rollout of their common clinical, financial, and ERP applications for all Trinity Health hospitals and working on the short- and long-term strategic plans for all of the data and computer centers, which will involve consolidations and regionalization of the centers. Tom Roberts has been the president of the local Michigan AFCOM chapter for seven years and a member of the DCI board of directors for six years.


Patrick Thibodeau, Senior Editor, Computerworld
Patrick Thibodeau has been writing about enterprise technology and outsourcing for more than 15 years for Computerworld and in based in Washington D.C. His work has won numerous awards from the American Society of Buisness Press Editors, and TABPI. In a previous life, he was daily newspaper reporter and editor, and authored a book on the history of New Britian, Conn. In Washington, he founded, which was cited as a Forbes Best of the Web.

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