AFCOM has announced Jason Pfaff of IO as the winner of the 2014 “Data Center Manager of the Year” award. Finalists were nominated by industry peers and the winner was selected from a panel of industry leaders, including past award recipients. AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management. This year’s finalists included Dave Leonard, chief data center officer, ViaWest and Robert McClary, senior vice president & general manager, FORTRUST.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award, I would like to thank AFCOM for presenting this award and their commitment to the Data Center and IT industry, “ said Jason Pfaff. “Lastly, I would like to share this achievement with my entire team as we all know a manager is only as good as the team that supports him.”

AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award

The recipient of this year’s award, Jason Pfaff, is the Vice President, North America DCaaS, IO.Mr. Pfaff brings over 15 years of related experience to the benefit of the data center industry, 12 of which have been directly managing data centers. He has been directly involved in the design, build, and operation of 1.5 million sq. ft. and 175MW of power. Since his time at IO, he has been Senior Vice President and a pivotal leader in the data center transformation from raised floors into the new age of modules.

Currently, Mr.Pfaff oversees all of North America for IO, which equates to 1.3 million sq. ft./four sites, and is specifically responsible for the successful construction, commission and delivery of a 12 MW dedicated data center suite in only 90 days.

Prior to joining IO, he worked for Sterling Network Exchange, where he and his team were at the forefront of innovation, as they were the first group to install Stulz plug fan technology in a data center in Arizona.