Editor’s Note: Data center member organization AFCOM interviewed Ron Vokoun, Director of Critical Facilities at OAC Services, on the data center industry and its impact on the world. Ron is a member of AFCOM’s Data Center Institute (DCI) and has more than 30 years of experience in the data center construction industry. He specializes in digital infrastructure and in scalable, energy efficient, water-conscious, and sustainable data center solutions.
AFCOM: This past year, what has been the greatest challenge you’ve had to face within the data center industry? How have you overcome it?
Ron Vokoun: Staffing has definitely been my greatest challenge, and I can’t necessarily say that I’ve overcome it either, unfortunately. I’m focused on data center construction and there was a talent shortage in both the data center and construction industries before the pandemic. And then, of course, the pandemic exacerbated it in both cases. As an example, in April, I interviewed five candidates over a week and a half. And within 24 hours of interviewing each of them, all of them came back to us to say that they’d accepted other offers.