QTS Realty Trust has announced that for the third year in a row, Travis Wright, site director at QTS’ Irving and Fort Worth data centers, was named to The Dallas 500 — a list of North Texas’ most influential business leaders compiled by the editors of D CEO, a publication of D Magazine.

D CEO recognizes the region’s most powerful leaders in 60 business categories and compiles the list based on extensive contacts in local business circles, hundreds of interviews and months of research. The result is The Dallas 500, the definitive list of the most influential leaders in North Texas who make Dallas-Fort Worth a powerful economic force.

“Dallas is the second-largest data center market in the U.S. and a key part of QTS’ growth strategy,” said Dan Bennewitz, chief operating officer, sales and marketing – QTS. “We are seeing success in this competitive landscape because of great people like Travis and his team that differentiate us from other providers.”

Wright, who has a combined 35 years in critical facility and energy efficiency management experience, has led the QTS Irving data center since October 2014 and managed the opening of QTS’ newest data center in Fort Worth. Wright continues to oversee the state-of-the-art mega data center facilities, and manages more than 80 full-time and contract employees.

“I am again humbled by making it into The Dallas 500 list for the third year in a row. I owe a great deal of my success to QTS’ data center team members who make a positive impact each day for our customers and in the community since our opening in 2014,” said Wright.

Last week, Wright played host to more than 100 attendees at QTS’ Investor Day on November 13 at the Fort-Worth facility. At the event, QTS presented its Software-Defined Data Center Platform and announced the launch of QTS CloudRamp™, a first-of-its-kind colocation solution in collaboration with AWS.