THE AFCOM CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS
2020 had some amazing contributions of individuals and local AFCOM chapters who rose above to continue to advance the data center industry and keep AFCOM communities connected. Alicia Schap, AFCOM’s association manager, announced the winners at Data Center World in Orlando last week.
The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a member whose membership, and local and national contributions and involvement, have made a significant impact on their local chapter and the data center industry.
Winner Al Nichols, Director of Events of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, exhibited a commitment to not only his local chapter but also extended to other local AFCOM chapter communities, collaborating to create joint chapter virtual events including recruiting and coordinating with all speakers and panelists and all aspects of marketing the event. To quote from his nominator, “Al has continued to be a huge mentor to our chapter and board. He builds on relationships and provides effortless connections between like-minded individuals. He lives and breathes AFCOM, and it shows. He has reached out to our Texas AFCOM family to host events together and keeps up with our other local chapters across the nation.” Nichols has been a member of AFCOM for more than 18 years and served on the local board of directors for more than 14 years.
The Chapter Event of the Year recognizes the planning, production and execution of a chapter event which demonstrates superior achievement in educational content, theme, and presentation.
This year’s winner, Dallas Fort-Worth hosted several virtual events throughout 2020. The chapter worked closely with AFCOM national to make sure that the event was setup for promotion and registration via the national AFCOM database on its local chapter and any collaborating chapters’ websites and that notifications were sent to their local AFCOM communities. The winning nomination was entitled “Efficiently Cooling High Density Compute – One Goal, Many Solutions.” It was extended to all Texas AFCOM chapters and the Northern California chapter, resulting in 126 registrants. It included seven speakers to represent each solution followed by Q&A as a panel.
Congratulations Al and the DFW Chapter!