Board of Directors


Founder & Chairman of the Board - Dean Nelson

Founder & President - Mark Thiele

Vice President - Richard Donaldson

Treasurer - Phil Reese

Infrastructure Director - Jeffrey Tepfer

Industry Alignment Board Director(IAB)/Chair - Tim Crawford

Director of Local Chapter Strategy & Operations - Eddie Schutter

International Director: Europe, Middle East, Africa - Jan Wiersma

International Director: Asia, Pacific Rim - Paul Sun

International Director: India - TBD

Director of Legal Affairs - TBD

Marketing & Business Development Director - TBD



DAY JOB: Sr Director, Global Datacenter Services
Northern California, USA

Dean is the Sr. Director Global Datacenter Services for eBay Inc. This role includes the Strategy, Architecture and Operations functions of eBay's mission critical infrastructure supporting the activities of,,, IT and other eBay Inc Adjacencies. Dean is also a core member of the eBay Green Team. He described the move to eBay in his blog.

Previously, Dean was the Sr. Director of Global Lab & Datacenter Design Services (GDS) in the Work Environments (WE) business unit of Sun Microsystems. GDS bridged the gap between Facilities & IT/Engineering and is responsible for managing Sun's multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio including datacenter design, standards and strategy. The GDS work resides in the Act portion of Sun's Eco strategy, and was showcased at Sun's Eco Launch in August, 2007 and the Colorado Data Center grand opening in January, 2009. Because of overwhelming customer interest, the GDS processes and design became a Sun service offering through the Data Center Efficiency practice (DCE) in December, 2007.

Dean has been in the technology industry for 20 years, of which 17 have been with Sun. He spent four years in Sun manufacturing in roles ranging from component level debug to managing quality. Dean joined the Sun Engineering community in 1993. He led systems and network administration support for some of Sun's largest and most complex R&D lab environments. Dean left Sun in 2000 to join a networking startup company called Allegro Networks. At Allegro, he built a world-class QA team, state of the art global R&D lab environments and fully integrated automation system. In 2003, Dean returned to Sun joining the newly formed N1 organization. He orchestrated the integration of Terraspring and Center Run R&D labs and the merger of Sun Cluster into N1. In mid 2003, Dean took over management all of N1's R&D labs, build engineering, automation, and capital budget responsibilities world-wide. In 2004, he became a leading member of the Global Lab & Datacenter Design Services (GDS) team tasked with creating a strategy to standardize Sun's multi-billion dollar technical infrastructure portfolio. He was the architect of the GDS operating model and lead design engineer for lab and datacenter projects world-wide. In 2006, he became the GDS Director. In two years, Dean delivered the GDS strategy, including the two largest technical infrastructure consolidations in Sun's history, a $250M dollar investment.

Dean is a member of The Green Grid End User Advisory Council, Technical Advisory Board for Mission Critical Magazine, Founder of Data Center Pulse - an exclusive datacenter owner community, author of the Sun Blueprint series, Energy Efficient Datacenters: The Role of Modularity in Datacenter Design & Electrical Design and was featured in Contrarian Minds, a focus on the engineers, scientists and dreamers of Sun Microsystems. Dean is also the recipient of Sun's 2008 Innovation Award presented by Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz and CTO, Greg Papadopoulos.


DAY JOB: EVP Data Center Tech
Northern California

Twitter: mthiele10

Mark Thiele is EVP of Data Center Tech at Switch the leading data center company. Previous to joining Switch, Mark was VP of Data Center Strategy at ServiceMesh an industry leader in the Cloud Management space. He is also a strategic advisor to CSRware of San Francisco CA, and serves on the Green Industry Advisory Board of CSU Fullerton. During his off hours Mark performs his duties as President and Founder of Data Center Pulse.

Mark's experience and industry thought leadership have been demonstrated in many major IT initiatives, including the planning and construction of VMWare's highly efficient LEED Platinum certified data center in Wenatchee Washington. He has a long list of accomplishments that are highlighted by the innovative, effective & efficient implementation and use of IT infrastructure..

Mark has lead Global IT Infrastructure teams at VMware, Brocade, Gilead, & HP.  He is an active member of Infrastructure 2.0, has represented several companies on The Green Grid and is a regular speaker at industry events on topics such as the future of data centers, cloud computing, IT leadership and carbon reporting.




DAY JOB: Founder 6connect
Northern California, USA

Richard joined UnitedLayer in January 2006 through the merger of ASPextra into UnitedLayer. Richard was co-founder and managing partner of ASPextra, a leading managed services provider headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and servicing clients around the globe. As COO of UnitedLayer, he manages all operational functions at UnitedLayer - from Technical Operations and Product Development, to global sales and services. Prior to co-founding ASPextra, Richard was a strategic, marketing, & business development consultant for three years. His clients ranged from startups to enterprises all of which had technologies that they were bringing to market. Before building his own successful consulting practice, Richard was a business development executive for two leading venture backed IT services startups, SeniorSurfers, bringing the Internet and its services to Older Adults through a peer tutoring model, and TechPlanet, bringing IT services to the small and mid-sized business market much like Best Buy's Geek Squad. Richard started his year Silicon Valley career with Montgomery Securities (acquired by Bank of America) as a corporate finance analyst in their private equity and media/communications groups and then moved into economic consulting for a boutique consulting firm, Peterson Consulting (acquired by Navigant Consulting). Richard received his Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Colgate University with a minor in Economics and has completed graduate level work in finance at University of California, Berkeley. Richard is a frequent speaker on technology, marketing and strategy


DAY JOB: Faculty & Research Computing Strategy
Stanford University
Northern California, USA

Phil Reese has been involved in technology for >25 years. He worked 10 years at USC, as Executive Director, Infrastructure Core. Then at the obligatory start up company, The .tv Corporation. He has been at Stanford University for the last six and a half years. Starting as Director of Networking and moved to his current role of Faculty and Research Computing Strategist. While he talks with many faculty members, his main role is to facilitate the development of a new joint campus/SLAC HPC facility to be sited at the SLAC National Accelerator Lab.


DAY JOB: Sr. IT Architect
Southern California, USA

Jeff is a IT Architect for Qualcomm where he has global responsibilities for design and operations of mission critical spaces. He has been working within Qualcomm’s data centers since 1997 and is currently acting as lead architect and liaison. In 2005, Jeff joined in the creation of a larger Mission Critical Facilities Team comprised of both Facilities and IT members dedicated to managing the full life-cycle of all critical spaces. This team works as a technology innovator for optimization, striving to provide customers with the highest quality of service, economy, and flexibility.


DAY JOB: Thought-Leader in Cloud Computing and IT Optimization Strategies
Vivo Inc, USA

Tim Crawford is an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of Cloud Computing and IT Optimization Strategies. Tim has over 20-years of Information Technology experience in Operations, Infrastructure, Information Security and Core Applications. Areas of focus include Cloud Computing, Infrastructure Optimization and key game-changing strategies for IT organizations. Tim has held senior IT leadership roles with global organizations such as Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics, and National Semiconductor. Tim speaks at industry conferences and has written for leading publications including InfoWorld, PC Magazine and VAR Business. Tim also serves on a number of boards including the Society for Information Management (SIM) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, the Golden Gate University Alumni Association and Data Center Pulse. Tim received an MBA in International Business with Honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems both from Golden Gate University.


DAY JOB: Sr Technical Director
Data Center & External Client Hosting Services, AT&T
Texas, USA

Eddie has managed and operated data centers for Pacific Bell, SBC, and AT&T since 1996. He currently leads the Data Center Architecture & Planning organization for AT&T Enterprise Data Centers, which manages a portfolio of data center space greater than 3 million sqft and over 120 MW of generation. Additionally, Eddie is the Technical Lead for AT&T’s IT Sustainability Program, and is a Technical Consultation Leader in the AT&T Executive Energy Council.

Eddie has been a active member of The Green Grid since June 2008, and is a member of several committees in TGG, including Advisory Council, Technical Committee, Data Center Design Guide. Eddie is located in Dallas, Texas. Associations: BICSI, 7x24 National member, AFCOM, Uptime Institute, ASHRAE, The Green Grid, ANSI, ASME

Europe, Middle East, Africa

DAY JOB: Technical Director,
Data Center & Cloud Evangelist - EvoSwitch
The Netherlands


Jan Wiersma is a cloud & datacenter 'evangelist' at EvoSwitch. His focus is on datacenter infrastructure and cloud development and strategy. He started his ICT career 10+ years ago with an chemical technology background. His career went from support engineer, to systems administrator, to ICT architect, and IT manager at several (international) commercial and government organizations. His chemical engineering degree and his work experience really came together when datacenters started to look like (chemical) factories; the industrialization of the datacenter. He represents his current employer in several national and international standards committees such as ASHRAE (TC9.9), NEN (NC 381888), CENELEC and ISO.


DAY JOB: Director of the Cloud Computing Center at ITRI

Paul Sun is the Director of the Cloud Computing Center for Mobile Applications at ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), ITRI is a national research organization that serves to strengthen the technological competitiveness of Taiwan. ITRI's 6,000 employees conduct advanced research and development in Communication and Optoelectronics, Precision Machinery and MEMS, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Technology, Sustainable Development, and Nanotechnology.

Mr. Sun is responsible for cloud computing hardware and system infrastructure research and development at ITRI

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