Steve Friedman is the CEO and Co-Founder of DSA Encore, LLC; he has nearly 30 years of experience developing and delivering solutions to the data center and information technology industry. Steve’s extensive industry experience and commitment to innovation has enabled him to consistently respond to profitable business opportunities in the data center market. Steve has been instrumental in developing and introducing new products and innovative services to the mission critical industry and has founded or co-founded a number of successful companies such as: Rubicon Integration, a construction management firm focusing on the data center market; Harmonics Limited, a manufacturer of power quality products; HorizonLine Technologies, a Software-as-a-Service company that provides hosted applications to drive efficiency and increase the reliability of data center infrastructure; and Validus DC Systems, a pioneer of leading-edge technology for energy efficient, reliable DC power distribution.
Mark Schneider is President of DSA Encore. His diversified experience comes from over 30 years as a leader of companies in a broad cross section of industries. He has spent the last 17 years in the power quality and critical infrastructure industry having created and executed growth strategies for companies focused on the efficiency, reliability and operation of critical facilities. Mark Schneider and Steve Friedman were among the co-founders of Harmonics Limited (where Mark served as CEO and Chairman from 1994 - 2002), HorizonLine Technologies and prior to that Equipment Pipeline (where Mark served as Chairman until 2002). Immediately, prior to returning to DSA in 2007, Mark was a Principal and Managing Director of EYP Mission Critical Facilities' CFA group, responsible for business development and day-to-day operations of the company's global data center Commissioning & Operations Consulting business.
As Chairman of DSA Encore, LLC, Rudy Kraus draws daily from his three decades’ experience founding, leading and directing successful technology firms. A born entrepreneur, Rudy counts two innovative companies in particular among his success stories, including Harmonics Limited, a top manufacturer of innovative Harmonic Suppression Systems, and Validus DC Systems, a patented method of DC power distribution recently purchased by ASEA Brown Boveri. In addition to achieving success as an entrepreneur, Rudy has partnered extensively with Fortune 500 and venture capital firms not only to secure funding for several progressive technologies—including an enterprise software startup that facilitates the design, procurement, manufacture, installation and commissioning of Mechanical and Electrical Products (MEPs)—but also to engineer, furnish and expertly install critical power and environmental solutions to enhance the longevity and availability of mission critical data centers. Rudy himself holds several patents, including patents currently pending for both electrical and mechanical applications. A retired Naval Aviator and test pilot for the United States Marine Corps, Rudy earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and currently maintains an electrical license in the state of Connecticut.
Terri Winchell, DSA’s Vice President of Operations, runs the company's Construction Administration and Technical Support Groups; she is also the executive in charge of Project Management. She has developed and implemented key processes for supporting the Company's clients in all phases of their projects from quotation through commissioning. Both longtime and new customers respect her team for responsiveness, accuracy and professionalism in all communications. Terri has over 20 years of experience in the critical power industry. Prior to joining DSA, Terri worked at KW Control Systems where she was a key member of their sales and marketing group and then at Piller, Inc. where she managed their technical support group.
Terry Algier, DSA’s Vice President of Construction Services, possesses a wealth of versatility in construction management, engineering & design. He is a respected team leader whose diversified skills have led to cost effective and on-time solutions for DSA’s customers. Expertise gained from more than 20 years of work in the Commercial, Educational, IT/Data Center, Pharmaceutical and Power Generation fields ensure that each project culminates with a satisfied client and a high quality data center.
Excellent communication and presentation capabilities, along with Terry’s skills as a negotiator, have resulted in strong customer confidence as well as the streamlining of project processes and final deliverables. Terry particularly excels at: Strategic Planning and Scope Development, Estimating and Budget Development, Financial Tracking and Reporting, Change Order Management, Scheduling and Forecasting and Multi-Disciplinary Design Coordination.
During his career, Terry has served in the capacity of Senior Manager of Mission Critical Data Center Construction Projects for LmD, LLC, where he supervised teams of 50 or more people attaining Tier 3 and Tier 4 Level classification for a number of the company’s data center projects. Prior to that he worked as a Construction Project Manager for both IPS and Genesis Engineers and as a CAD/CAFM Manager for Glaxo SmithKlien
W. GARY PETERS
Gary Peters, Senior Data Center Designer, focuses on understanding the future needs of DSA’s clients and ensuring that DSA’s services, products and designs remain innovative and leading edge. Gary has over 35 years of experience in the design, construction, and equipping of mission critical facilities. The diversity of projects he has been involved in includes the design and fit-out of facilities in the telecom, IT, laboratory, medical research, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and semiconductor industries. In response to client requirements, he routinely recommends innovative mechanical and electrical designs to improve up-time while simultaneously reducing energy costs and improving overall operating efficiencies.
As DSA’s Chief Safety Officer, Steven is the executive in charge of all job-site and work- place safety and the administrator of the company’s safety program / required safety training. OSHA 500 certified, he is an OSHA Hazwoper Trainer (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response). Steven is directly responsible for conducting construction safety inspections as required for all DSA construction projects as well as impromptu safety audits at DSA facilities and job-sites. Steven has extensive experience as a Project Manager and Safety Director for construction companies including Rubicon, Turner Construction and Bovis Lend Lease in addition to being an Owner/Partner in his own Construction Company for over 10 years
Skip Napolitano, Director of Decommissioning Asset Recovery, has over 30 years of experience in both general and critical facilities construction. A licensed electrician since 1978 and an active member of IBEW Local 102, Skip is an experienced project manager that consistently completes project on-time and on budget. He is OSHA Safety and CPR Certified; he holds Confined Space and Hazmat Certifications as well. Skip has extensive experience in planning and supervising equipment rigging operations and is an expert in the installation of medium voltage systems. Over his career, he has personally installed and up-graded generator plants, fuel line systems, data floor HVAC systems, chilled water systems, and a full complement of other emergency power generation and cooling systems for data centers, as part of projects for Affiliated Computer Systems, Rackspace, JP Morgan Chase, Digital Realty Trust, Yahoo, Credit Suisse and others.
Vance Dorgan is DSA’s Director of Engineering. Vance has extensive electrical design experience completing projects for AT&T, Hosted Solutions, Telx, IRS, FBI, Citigroup and others. After graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Vance immediately embarked on a 25+ year career in the critical power industry. Serving as a project engineer for KW Control Systems, Vance was responsible for design and installation of systems utilizing Switchgear, PLCs and SCADA systems for the control and monitoring of turbine generators, diesel generators, UPS modules, and critical power systems. After Piller purchased KW Controls in 1995, Vance began a rapid ascension through the engineering ranks at Piller, holding positions as Design & Documentation Manager, Product Line Manager of UPS systems, Applications Engineering Manager, and eventually Engineering Manager. He joined DSA in 2000 as Lead Electrical Engineer.
As Construction Manager, Michael Blanchard works closely with DSA Encore’s Sales and Engineering teams to develop customized data center solutions, estimate construction projects and facilitate client requirements with the on-site construction team. Prior to joining DSA Encore, Mike served as a Construction Project Manager for The Bick Group, a data center design-build firm, where he fine-tuned his mission critical project management expertise, including change order management, RFI tracking, software-based scheduling, and Method of Procedure (MOP) development. In addition, Mike managed data center facility construction projects for such companies as Savvis Communications, Provena Health, Charter Communications, Verizon Wireless, International Logistics Corp and SunGard. A former drill instructor at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and former military policeman in Thailand and Viet Nam, Mike received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in January, 1969.
MATTHEW S. RAIO
Matthew S. Raio serves as General Manager, Restoration, Asset Recovery and eCommerce for DSA Encore. In this capacity he is responsible for managing the Restoration Division which allows customers the ability to recapture the remaining value of their infrastructure assets once their data center has outlasted its life cycle. Matt began his full-time career with DSA Encore in 1996 upon graduating from Canisus College. As a Technical Support Associate and Sales Engineer, he consistently delivered on client demands and seamlessly executed the day-to-day requirements of project management. In 2005, Matt was tapped as the company’s Director of Purchasing and Production Control, where he exercised his skills identifying, acquiring and negotiating the right suppliers and equipment for DSA Encore initiatives nationwide. In 2012, Matt was promoted to Director, Procurement and Strategic Business Development at DSA where he served until his recent promotion in 2013.