March 03, 2010 10:00 ET

AFCOM and eWEEK Present AFCOM's Data Center Manager of the Year Award Finalists

Three Top Data Center Managers Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments; Winner to Be Announced at Data Center World 2010

ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -  In recognition of the important role data center managers have in the overall success of their companies, AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, will continue its 30-year tradition of supporting these individuals by presenting -- alongside premier media partner and the source for all enterprise IT news, eWEEK ( -- the 2010 Data Center Manager of the Year award at Data Center World on March 10 in Nashville, TN. AFCOM'S Data Center World 2010 and Expo (, the world's leading data center industry conference and two-day expo, kicks off Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Selected from more than 40 nominations, AFCOM and eWEEK today announced the three "Data Center Manager of the Year" finalists including data center managers from Chevron, MetLife and Trinity Information Services.

A closer look at Data Center Manager of the Year Award finalists

Michael Greeney, Data Center Facility Manager, Chevron Mike Greeney is an IT veteran with more than 20 years at Chevron and has been in his current role as data center manager since 2001 when he assumed leadership of the facilities operations of one of Chevron's flagship data centers located in Houston. Recognized by Chevron's IT management for his exemplary leadership, communication and organizational skills, Mike's role expanded in April 2009, during a re-organization. At that time, he was also asked to oversee the second flagship data center at the company's headquarters in San Ramon, California.

Joseph Perillo, Vice President, Technology Operations, MetLife Joseph Perillo oversees all operational aspects of data center operations for MetLife's information technology group and is directly responsible for managing two enterprise data centers. He also manages several vendor relationships, including Patni, Siemens and AT&T, to ensure third-party operational commitments are being met. Joseph has more than 30 years' experience in IT. He played an integral part in consolidating the data center operations of two companies acquired by MetLife and physically relocated data centers from St. Louis and Boston to MetLife's Rensselaer facility. Prior to joining MetLife in 1999, he managed data centers for General Electric for 22 years and Fleet Financial Group (now Bank of America) for five years.

Tom Roberts, Facility Management, Trinity Information Services Tom Roberts' current responsibilities for Trinity Health include the facility and infrastructure readiness of three corporate data centers and 20 hospital-based computer centers. He evaluates the readiness of Trinity's computer centers for the continued rollout of common clinical, financial and supply-chain applications in all of its hospitals coast-to-coast. Roberts has been with Trinity for 28 years and prior to that worked as a master electrician in the electrical construction field for 11 years.

"Each of these finalists was selected based on their day-after-day efforts, often putting themselves on the line, to keep the ongoing business operations of their companies up and running," said Jill Eckhaus, CEO of AFCOM. "To do this, they had to manage multi-million dollar budgets, equipment, employees and technology. Each has been successful in those efforts and proven to be the keys to the success of their data centers and ultimately their entire organizations and we're proud to honor them as outstanding leaders in the Data Center space."

Judges who selected this year's finalists and winner include eWEEK's Sr. Writer Chris Preimesberger, AFCOM CEO Jill Eckhaus and founder Leonard Eckhaus, as well as previous Data Center Manager of the Year award winner Joe Soldevia of Fiora Industries, Inc. The 2010 winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 10 at an evening banquet held in their honor. The evening will also preview the three finalists and their accomplishments, and will also feature entertainment by Grammy-award winning songwriting duo Mark Selby and Tia Sillers:

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About Data Center World Conference:
Data Center World, operated by AFCOM, the world's leading 4,500-member data center association, is the industry's premier networking and educational conference, and occurs bi-annually. Thousands of data center professionals, from many of the largest corporations across all industries, government organizations, and academic institutions in the world attend Data Center World to share, discuss and learn about the latest data center trends, technologies and best practices, as well as products and services by some of the world's leading data center technology and service providers. Tradeshow Week recognizes Data Center World as one of the 50 fastest growing shows in the U.S. (2006, 2007 and 2008). For more information, visit

About AFCOM:
AFCOM ( is a leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 members and 38 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its annual Data Center World Conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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