Sr. Vice President & General Manager, FORTRUST Data Center
Rob is responsible for the overall supervision of business operations, high-profile construction and strategic technical direction. Robert developed and implemented the process controls and procedures that support the continuous uptime and reliability that FORTRUST Denver has delivered for more than 13 years. He is a popular industry speaker and considered one of the leading experts on Management and Operations in the data center industry, and was selected as a finalist by AFCOM for Data Center Manager of the Year.
1. Why is your company located in Colorado?
Why wouldn’t you start your company in Colorado? Colorado has a highly educated workforce, a booming technology and startup industry, and a great environment for families. Our ownership group has strong ties to Colorado and the community. From a risk mitigation standpoint the Colorado geography is ideally suited for data centers.
2. What trends you are seeing in the tech industry?
For the last several years, we have seen constant change and continuing growth in the tech industry. The tech industry is evolving on a continual basis through innovation and demand. Data analytics, cloud computing and green technology are significant contributors to the growth and evolution of the tech industry. It is a privilege to be involved in this industry at such an exciting time.
3. What challenges do you see for your company in the next 12 months?
Current demands and forecasts have made managing growth a top priority. Being flexible and adaptable to changing technology as well as able to respond to our customer’s future demands creates an ongoing challenge.
4. What opportunities do you see for your company in the next 12 months?
We have had a constant growth rate which requires us to expand our workforce and service delivery to meet customers’ needs in the future. We plan to further expand our footprint and business in the Colorado region.
5. What can Colorado do to assist the tech industry?
Colorado needs to focus time and attention to assisting our educational resources. Equally, businesses need to get involved in education and training in order to prepare the workforce of the future in this growing technology hub. Colorado should also focus on legislation that is business friendly in order to attract more companies to this great state.