Attending Critical Facilities Summit

Why Attend

How much downtime can your facility risk? Or is downtime just not an option? Critical Facilities Summit is dedicated to designing, operating and staffing mission critical buildings for uptime, efficiency and reliability. Discover leading trends in the design, construction, engineering and management of data centers, healthcare, universities & colleges, labs, financials, utilities and all always-on buildings.

Who Should Attend

We’re on a mission! The 6th annual Critical Facilities Summit showcases all elements of mission critical for 2½ days of education, networking, and product discovery. The Summit is designed for senior-level professionals responsible for the design, construction, management and operations of all mission critical facilities.

The CFS attendee profiles represent all categories of mission critical


  • Data Centers
  • Labs
  • Healthcare
  • Financials
  • Telecoms
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Utilities
  • Government
  • Manufacturing/Industrial
  • Architects/Contractors
CFS attracts top decision-makers

Job Titles in Attendance at Prior Critical Facilities Summit

  • VP Data Center Operations
  • Facility Manager
  • Director of Data Center Facilities
  • Enterprise Facilities Manager
  • Critical Environments Manager
  • Director of Engineering
  • IT Manager
  • Property/Asset Manager
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Data Center Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Architect
  • Construction Contractor
  • Consultant
  • Energy Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Security Manager


Please check back Spring 2019 for 2019's CFS Schedule


Critical Facilities Summit 2019 takes place in Dallas, Texas at the Hotel Anatole.

Pricing & Registration Options

Connect with suppliers, find new technology, grow your professional career, uncover new solutions by attending CFS. The CFS registration process is simple and fast. Find the option that best suits your background and needs:

End User Registration

Available to mission critical facility professionals, owners, engineers, architects and consultants. Federal government employees who register using a .gov or .mil email receive a discounted registration of $299.

Option 1
Full Summit: $599 ($299 for Federal Government employees who register with a .gov or .mil email)
Includes access to all conference sessions, tours, networking party and breaks, expo hall and show floor features.
Option 2
Expo Only: Free
Includes access to the Sunday Opening Session, Opening Night Networking Reception, CFS Expo and all show floor features.
Register as an End User
Vendor/Non-Buyer Registration

Available to equipment and technology manufacturers/vendors/suppliers, and business development/sales professionals.

Full Summit $4,495
Includes access to all conference sessions, tours, networking party and breaks, expo hall and show floor features.
Register as a Vendor/Non-Buyer


Each day of the Critical Facilities Summit includes a number of events for you to connect, learn, indulge and perhaps even profit.

Sunday, Oct. 14
Monday, Oct. 15
Tuesday, Oct. 16

Critical Facilities Benchmarking Workshop

Take advantage of an unbeatable opportunity to view the survey results from the inaugural Critical Facilities Benchmarking Group, identify areas of improvement, and use the data provided to identify cost saving and staffing strategies in your facility. Learn more, including pricing and registration options, here.

Monday Happy Hour, 4:30-5:30 PM

Join your CFS associates for drinks and appetizers as Monday's conference sessions wind down. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon right outside CFS registration, so save your feet and spend a little more time getting to know your fellow attendees!

Happy Hour is open to CFS Full Conference Attendees. Expo Only Attendees, stop by BitBox booth #602 to get your Happy Hour pass.

Sponsored by:
BitBox USA

Learning Labs Booth #623

30-minute presentations, lead by today's innovation providers in the mission critical community that hone in on what you need to know to optimize critical facility operations and management. Take your seat in the Learning Lab theater for the following:

11:15 AM
One Standard PDU to Power Your Entire DC

Server TechnologyThis lab details the path to build limitless possibilities into your data center with one standard PDU: The advanced HDOT Cx. The HDOT Cx combines the two most common outlets—IEC C13 and C19—into a single universal outlet, no adapters required. Learn how this recent advance, combined with Server Technology's High- Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) and Alternating Phase Outlet Distribution, offers the most advanced PDU in the industry.

Presented by:
Travis Irons, Director of Engineering, Server Technology

12:00 PM
Lithium Ion Batteries: Opportunities and Benefits

ASCOLithium Ion batteries have piqued the interest of data center users across the globe. This Learning Lab presentation will demonstrate why this new UPS battery technology is so intriguing to the space, and will discuss key points to consider when selecting the technology.

Presented by:
Steven Boyles, Critical Power Systems Manager, IT Division, Schneider Electric

12:45 PM
Smart critical infrastructure enabled by digitalization

SiemensFace it. Your critical environments are challenging to operate. Do you continue to struggle with environments that have outdated, siloed systems, or are experiencing rising operating expenses due to aging infrastructure?

Luckily, your path to a smarter critical environment is possible through digital technologies and the power of data. Attend this learning lab, listen to two scenarios involving data centers and hospitals, and learn how making the choice to implement new technologies today can reduce the risk of downtime, improve cost, performance, productivity and adaptability for your success tomorrow.

Presented by:
Natalia Shtern, Marketing Communications Manager for Data Centers, Oil and Gas, & Life Sciences, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Industry Inc.

Addison Farrell, Marketing Communications Manager for Healthcare, Security & CRE, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Industry Inc.

1:30 PM
Branch Circuit Power Standardization

DCN CablesThis business case study will focus on improvements and standardization from local contractor installed power cabling to UL Listed Branch Circuit cabling across multiple legacy mission critical data centers. Key areas of focus will be the importance of visibility to the components used, assembly control, certifications, quality controls, testing metrics, project implementation, and cost and time savings.

Presented by:
Scott Mankins, Sales & EngineeringDCN Cables

Anthony Perino, Regional Engineering Director, CBRE, Critical Facilities Division

Rich Reedy, Director of SalesProSource Technical Services

11:15 AM
The Future of Data Center Operations is “Lights Out”

Schneider ElectricAs a thought leader in Data Center Operations, Tony sees the path from today’s infrastructure operations to the future as a journey, starting slowly with “dimming the lights” and leading eventually to a “lights out”, more cost-effective environment. The first step is connecting devices. This will lead to fewer people required onsite, who are armed with actionable data and supported by remote monitoring. Learn how to prepare your data center for the future.

Presented by:
Anthony Evans, Director Product Development & Marketing, Schneider Electric

12:00 PM
Data Center Enterprise Transformation 2018 with Cybersecurity

Bruns-PakThe data center comprehensive enterprise solution continues to transform in 2018. This includes considerations for cybersecurity. Learn the “elements” and fundamental concepts associated with the continued transformation. Understand what board of directors, senior management, stock holders, trustees, and taxpayers are looking for in their data center solution. This lab is a vendor-neutral overview of total cost of ownership vs. risk.

Presented by:
Mark S. Evanko, Principal – Engineer, Bruns-Pak

12:45 PM
24 Things Every FM Should Know

ProFMDo you know the 24 things every FM should know? See how your FM knowledge and skills match up to ProFM’s 19 functional knowledge areas and five cross-functional competencies that form the global standard for facility management. Also, learn how ProFM’s leading edge training can help you upgrade your skill set and earn the recognition you deserve.

Presented by:
Randy Olson, VP of Global Business Development, ProFM Credential


CFS is excited to offer tours of a local hospital and data center on Monday, October 15. Spots are limited and only full-conference attendees may register, so be sure to sign up via the online registration form.

Saint Thomas Health

Tour times for Monday, October 15:
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

St. Thomas West HospitalSaint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals throughout central Tennessee including Saint Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. Monitored and managed by ASCO’s Critical Power Management System, ASCO’s paralleling switchgear and Bypass-Isolation Transfer Switches play a central role in providing emergency backup power. During two 45-minute tours, ASCO Senior Field Sales Engineer, Steve Kalus, will show how the new systems enable Saint Thomas Health West to reliably deliver critical care.

Sponsored by:

365 DataCenter

Tour times for Monday, October 15:
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Sean Ahrens365 DataCenter's Nashville facililty, which in addition to being HIPAA, PCI DSS, SSAE 16, SOC 2 and ISAE 3402 compliant maintained uptime throughout the May 2010 Tennessee Floods that recorded two-day rain totals of more than 19 inches. Led by the data center's facility manager for the last 15 years, the tour will conclude with a Q&A session. Tours take place at 2:15 and 3:30 on Monday, October 15.

Convince Your Boss

As you know, sometimes getting the requested funding to attend an educational conference takes a while. Often your boss may need a little convincing. To help you with this process, feel free to use the Critical Facilities Summit Proposal Letter. Call us at 414-228-7701, ext. 328 if we can help you secure approval.

Press Registration

Qualified members of the press are encouraged to attend Critical Facilities Summit.

Interested media who wish to attend CFS may register for press credentials. Registered press receive a complimentary full event pass, which includes free admission to the expo hall, all educational sessions, opening general session, networking party, and workshops.

Contact Bernice Alcantar for your press registration. If you have covered previous CFS events, please include links of your coverage with your registration request.

You will be notified shortly after registering whether your press credentials are approved. Non-editorial media representatives should register online through the standard registration process.


General Inquries

Please call 414-228-7701, ext. 328

Registration and Housing

Bernice Alcantar

Exhibit Sales & Sponsorship

Laurie Vega
414-228-7701 Ext. 482


Lucy Kaufmann
414-228-7701 Ext. 477


Sponsors & Partners