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NVTC's Data Center and Cloud Committee Hosts Veterans in Virginia's Data Center Iindustry Event

Nov. 9, 2018 - On November 8, NVTC's Data Center and Cloud Committee held its Veterans in Virginia's Data Center Industry event. The event was sponsored by VISA and held at the VISA Operations Center East in Ashburn. More than 90 attendees joined in celebrating the many contributions of Virginia's Veterans to the growth and advancement of the data center community and learned about efforts to bring more Veteran talent into the data center workforce.

The Loudoun County High School (LCHS) Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Unit opened the event with a Color Guard and Event Co-Chairs Brian Green, a U.S. Navy Veteran with Visa and Allen Tucker of JLL welcomed attendees. Steve Jordon, Executive Director of NVTC’s Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, discussed the VEI’s business driven approach to addressing the significant challenges of military members, Veterans and their spouses in transitioning to civilian employment and VEI’s programs which have facilitated 12,000 Veteran hires by NVTC members since 2013.

Carlos Hopkins, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and Colonel with the Staff Judge Advocate for the 29th Infantry Division at Fort Belvoir with over 27 years of service in the Reserve and Guard forces, provided keynote remarks where he discussed the Northam Administration’s commitment to Veterans and veterans employment, Virginia’s partnership with NVTC’s VEI, particularly the corporate connection to the Veteran/military spouse transition challenge with the Virginia Values Veteran (VEI) program and also the importance of the data center sector to Virginia’s economic growth.

The event also featured a panel of Veterans currently engaged within the data center community. TJ Ciccone a U.S. Navy Veteran with CoreSite, Tag Greason, a U.S. Army Veteran with QTS and Tara Walter, a U.S. Airforce Veteran with Compu Dynamics LLC offered their perspectives on transitioning from military service to a career in the data center sector, and discussed how data centers can leverage Veteran talent. As the program concluded, Brian Green invited attendees to Topgolf Loudoun for golf and networking courtesy of VISA.

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NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) Executive Director Steve Jordon welcomes attendees.

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Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins provides keynote remarks at the Nov. 8 event.

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Panelists share their perspectives on transitioning from military service to a career in the data center sector.