Northern Virginia Technology Council Announces Winners of the Third Annual Virginia Data Center Awards

Ten Individuals and Organizations Recognized for their Outstanding Contributions to the Commonwealth’s Technology Industry 
McLean, Virginia (November 17, 2021) - Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the trade association representing the national capital region’s technology community, announced the winners of its third annual NVTC Virginia Data Center Awards. In celebration of the Virginia data center industry’s enormous growth and impact and dedication to making our region the epicenter of the Internet, the awards were presented on November 16, 2021 at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Va. 

“This year’s honorees have demonstrated amazing accomplishments within Virginia’s leading data center sector,” said Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO of NVTC. “Virginia’s data centers not only manage a significant portion of the world’s Internet traffic, the recipients for these awards have directly contributed to an infrastructure that is able to secure, protect and analyze all inputs — thanks to the commitment of our leaders and innovators.” 

“Data centers are the engines of the digital economy. As businesses accelerate their pace toward digitalization and adopting cloud services, data centers will continue to play a crucial role in the digital world. Virginia represents the largest data center market globally and NVTC fosters the growth of the data center industry. I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank them for their contributions,” said Vinay Nagpal, chairman of NVTC’s Data Center and Cloud Community of Interest.

This year’s program attracted nominations across seven different award categories, and represents the best of the data center industry in the national capital region, including innovative construction projects, energy efficient practices, as well as impactful community, Veteran and enterprising engagements. All nominations were carefully reviewed and considered by a panel of independent judges.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Virginia Data Center Awards: 

Data Center Community Champion Award
7x24 Exchange Washington DC Chapter 
AFCOM Potomac Chapter  
Data Center Construction Project Award
Data Center DE&I Leadership Award
Shalini Sharma, Vantage Data Centers 
Data Center NextGen Leadership Award
Joe Harar, EdgeConneX
Greg Thompson, Vantage Data Centers
Data Center Sustainable Champion Award
Andrew Schaap, Aligned
Data Center Trailblazer Award
Vinay Nagpal, InterGlobix
Data Center Veterans High Impact Award
Erich Sanchack, Digital Realty
Data Center Icon Award
Marc Ganzi, DigitalBridge

This year’s NVTC Data Center Awards were sponsored by Equinix, Loudoun County Economic Development, Northern Virginia Community College, Bohler, Digital Realty, Facebook, Prince William County Economic Development, QTS, Google, Henrico County Economic Development, Level Green Landscaping, Vantage Data Centers and Scoop News Group. InterGlobix Magazine is the media partner for the awards.


Kara Mauceri
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
(301) 775-3322

Elizabeth Rhee
Merritt Group
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About the Northern Virginia Technology Council

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the trade association representing the national capital region’s technology community. As one of the nation's largest technology councils, NVTC serves companies from all sectors of the industry, from small businesses and startups to Fortune 100 technology companies, as well as service providers, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Nearly 500 entities make up the NVTC membership and look to the organization as a resource for networking and educational opportunities, peer-to-peer communities, policy advocacy, industry promotion, fostering of strategic relationships, and branding of the region as a major global technology center. Visit NVTC at