EdgeConneX® has announced its participation as a Founding Partner of Infrastructure Masons (iMasons), a non-profit professional association for the digital infrastructure industry.  As a Founding Partner, EdgeConneX will provide iMasons with financial and talent resources in support of iMasons’ educational, networking and industry-supporting donation programs. In addition, EdgeConneX’s chief architect and vice president of innovation, Phill Lawson-Shanks, will sit on the iMasons Partner Advisory Council, providing thought leadership for the organization as it grows and develops.

“Innovation and progress within the data center and digital infrastructure community is built upon collaboration among industry professionals,” explains Lawson-Shanks. “I’m enthusiastic about joining the iMasons and look forward to the opportunity to help our community thrive by strengthening and supporting foundational digital infrastructure and the companies and individuals who create it.”

Founding partners include Aligned Energy, Vertiv, CommScope, Stream Data Centers, Dell, and Universal Electric.  As the newest Founding Partner of iMasons, EdgeConneX will collaborate with leaders across the data center industry to deliver upon the iMasons mission to provide infrastructure executives and technical professionals an independent forum to connect, grow and collaborate with the community.  Established in 2016, the iMasons organization converges more than 1,400 members across 139 countries to focus their combined experience and expertise to the advancement of the greater digital infrastructure ecosphere.

The iMasons Partner Advisory Council was established to provide the organization with a comprehensive understanding of the industry, driving more effective collaboration between providers and endusers. Lawson-Shanks will join eight council members from iMasons sponsor organizations to advise the association’s Board of Directors and End User Advisory Council, as well as provide leadership in iMasons committees, workgroups and events.

“We are delighted that EdgeConneX has joined iMasons through our Founding Partner program,” shares Mark Monroe, executive director, Infrastructure Masons.  “We look forward to their contributions in our pursuit of advancement of the industry, peer development and social impact.”