Leadership Expansion at the iMasons to Extend Influence and Member Benefits Globally from 2018
Founded in April of 2016, iMasons is a non-profit Professional Association of industry professionals guided by an Advisory Council of industry leaders responsible for some of the largest and most advanced digital infrastructure portfolios in the world;
The Infrastructure Masons have had a big impact on the DC Market, particularly in the US with the major Hyperscale and the significant MTDC and Enterprise Data Centers all actively involved – and has plans to extend activities and coverage globally from 2018.
The iMasons are dedicated to the advancement of the industry and is where infrastructure professionals connect, grow and give back. iMasons is actively driving gender and other diversity goals, education and university partnerships, apprenticeships, mentorship, and recruitment and retention programs to support industry growth over the next 10 years.
iMasons has quickly grown to over 1,500 members with an average of 20 years of experience with responsibility for over $100Bn in infrastructure projects in over 130 countries.
Mark Monroe (iMasons Exec Director 2016-2017) is moving to his next professional adventure but has formally joined and welcomed into the iMasons Advisory Council.
UKDCIG and iM Events
Simon Allen ran the successful UK Data Centre Interest Group for 7 years and hosted the 1st iM (UK) Event in London in November 2017. The successful format of UKDCIG will be replicated across all iM Events – iM Workshops in the morning followed by iM DCIG – rapid-fire presentations from sponsors and iM Support Partners in the afternoon (as at UKDCIG) in new technologies and methodologies, best practices, standards and sharing case studies (no sales pitches).
The venues for iM Events will include facilities kindly provided by members of the iMasons End User Advisory Council – such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
iM Events are open to all iMasons members
Simon is based in London with previous experience in building active groups of Data Center professionals, such as the UK Data Center Interest Group, and other industry initiatives.
Working with the board, responsible for design and execution of strategic plans with a focus on Member and Partner support and growing the organisation globally
Jeff is based in Portland, Oregon and is an experienced non-profit executive in the technology sector, having founded and managed EPEAT, the sustainability rating system for electronics, from start-up to global market leadership.
NB – Parity will be maintained between End User and Partner numbers. Currently 53% End User
End User Members
End User Members are IT and facilities professionals who are directly responsible to design, build and/or operate the physical and logical structures for a company that provides infrastructure services primarily to their internal customers.
Partner members are professionals whose primary job is directly or indirectly serving or supplying End Users or other partner companies that serve
End Users. Examples are professionals who work for co-location providers, infrastructure software developers (e.g. monitoring, virtual machine, process automation, BMS), HVAC suppliers, computer/storage/network equipment manufacturers, electrical contractors, facility design consultants, or construction companies.
Honorary End User Member
An Honorary End User Member is a professional who has more than 10 years of End-User experience at a past company, or has been granted an exception by the End User Advisory Council.
Infrastructure Masons Fund
The Infrastructure Masons’ founding principles say we are professionals meeting to connect, grow, and give back. This last part of the phrase, “give back,” is the purview of the Infrastructure Masons Fund, or IM Fund – dedicated to researching, recommending, and implementing charitable donations, investments in people and industry, and other monetary and volunteer contributions that advance the digital infrastructure industry.
The iMasons Board of Directors has mandated that 15 percent of the organization’s annual income will be diverted to the IM Fund.
Recently the iM Fund donated $50,000 to help build a school in rural India, in cooperation with the Just Let Me Learn foundation. The new school is in Sesawng, a village in the remote India, in cooperation with the Just Let Me Learn foundation.
The iM Fund provided critical financial support to get the school completed and help these children understand and experience the benefits of the digital infrastructure.
iMasons’s goals for 2018 are ambitious! We plan to continue our diversity efforts, actively drive education and university partnerships, and strengthen the community for infrastructure professionals. We hope to see you at one of our 2018 events, which will include global opportunities to connect, grow, and give back.
The Infrastructure Masons are uniting the builders of the digital age.
Join us: https://imasons.org/join