Optimizing Data Center Performance Workshop - Speakers

Patrick Van Vickle
Director of Research and Development
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

With nearly 20 years of experience in the Communications and Information industry, Patrick Van Vickle serves as Director of Research and Development at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University with a dissertation titled “Photonic Bandgap Fibers for Transverse Strain Sensing.” He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina, has been awarded a patent and has authored multiple technical papers related to optical fiber evaluation and fiber optic cable design. Patrick’s work is integral to Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s goals for continuous innovations for the data center and providing the latest and most advanced solutions for the ICT industry.

Wes Johnston

Mr. Johnston joined TIA as its CEO in June 2017. He brings more than 25 years of experience delivering global solutions in information and communications technologies (ICT), as well as a keen sense of how business, government and associations should work together to drive industry innovation. Prior to joining TIA, Mr. Johnston was the Managing Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT investments for the Gores Group, a leading global private equity M&A firm). As an active technology company board member, he was responsible for portfolio company oversight as well as leading operational due diligence efforts for the firm's TMT investments. Prior to joining The Gores Group, Mr. Johnston held senior executive positions with global, multi-national firms as well as start-up technology companies. He was EVP and Chief Operating Officer with Dimension Data, where he led sales, marketing, solutions development and service delivery across the Americas for the $6 billion technology integrator.

Mr. Johnston earned a BA from Princeton University, an Executive MBA from George Mason University and completed a two-week European study program at Oxford University. A lifelong technologist, he is also a cyber security co-patent holder: No. 20150244771 – “System and method for interconnecting and enforcing policy between multiple disparate providers of application functionality and data centers and/or end-use.”

Brian Ensign
President, BICSI and Director of Global Accounts
Superior Essex

Brian Ensign has been the President of BICSI since March 02, 2016 and serves as its Chairman. He holds several of BICSI’s professional credentials—RCDD, NTS, OSP and RTPM. He also holds the CSI credential offered by the Construction Specifications Institute. His two years as BICSI president are his ninth and tenth years on the association’s board of directors. Most recently he served as president-elect, and previously was the association’s treasurer.

Paul Schultz
Vice President
KGPCo Services Division

As Vice President of Data Center, Cloud, and Infrastructure (DCCI) for KPG Companies, Paul is focused around the Telco, Cloud and Virtualization partner ecosystem. In this role, he is tasked to lead sales, strategy, and long-term planning for growth for KGP Companies as customers transition to the cloud and virtualized environment.

Paul brings 31 years of experience and leadership in the Telecom sector in sales and operations with expertise in innovative services offer development and telco legacy network migration solutions.

Prior to KGP, Paul helped grow TE Connectivity as a leader in sales and business development. Paul’s responsibilities included developing and executing a market penetration and sales strategy to secure Tier 1 customers.

Preceding TE Connectivity, Paul held various positions at BellSouth Telecommunications in the IT and Network organizations.

Don Duet
President & COO

Don is an accomplished leader in successfully developing and executing business and technology strategy. Don currently is President and COO of Vapor.io, an emerging leader in the rapidly growing field of Edge computing infrastructure, as well as a Senior Advisor at McKinsey Corporation.

Don spent 28 years at Goldman Sachs, during which time he held senior leadership roles in Technology in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Don led the global technology division for Goldman from 2012 to 2016 and was named a partner of the firm in 2006 and Managing Director in 2000. Don was the CIO for Asia Pacific from 200 to 2006 and served on the Asia management committee. Since relocating to the US in 2006, Don co-chaired the IBD Technology Investment Committee and was a member of the firm’s Firmwide Risk, Market RIsk and Business Standards committee.

Don played an integral role in creating Goldman’s business systems architecture, algorithmic trading and risk management platform as well as leading strategic firm wide investments in VDI, Data architecture, AI and Cloud / Software Defined Infrastructure. He also created and led the teams responsible for the development of Symphony and Orbit which were subsequently spun out of the firm as broader industry platforms. WIthin the technology industry, Don has been an active and vocal proponent of Open Source and Open Standards communities including acting as a founding board member of the Open Compute Project.

Don and his family reside in NY city where he is actively engaged in education and arts, serving on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Marist College board of trustees and Teaching Matters.