Encouraging America’s younger generations to join the data center industry – that’s a mission we at Stream are passionate about. In fact, in his recent profile with Telecom Ramblings, our COO, Michael Lahoud, had this to say: “We’re trying to bring in a wave of the younger generation out of college. To find the right people to work in this industry is a big deal. As you keep growing bigger and entering new markets, the challenge gets harder.”
Well, the Stream team is doing just that! With Michael on the Advisory Council of Infrastructure Masons (iMasons), a professional association uniting the builders of the Digital Age, it recently made sense for us to sponsor two events in Phoenix, Arizona and St. Paul, Minnesota, with another one coming soon in Dallas, Texas.
Named Food For Thought, these events are members-only dinners that raise money for iMasons’ scholarship fund, launched in November 2018. So far, iMasons has raised over $150,000 towards their goal of $1 million. The event in Arizona contributed $7,500 to the overall fund while the Minnesota version raised $11,000.
The Minnesota event brought some extra excitement to the attendees. Instead of meeting for a dinner, the attendees gathered at the Xcel Energy Center to witness the upcoming group Citizen Queen open for the Pentatonix world tour, which covers 31 stadiums over 10 weeks. The night was extra special considering that Citizen Queen includes Nina Nelson, daughter of Dean Nelson, the founder and chairman of iMasons and former CTO of Uber. After their performance, the band members joined the Food For Thought attendees in their suite to celebrate the hard work Stream and other iMasons members are doing to raise money for the scholarship fund.
Overall, Stream Data Centers is committed to continuing to support the work of iMasons whenever we can and inspiring our younger generations to get interested in everything that goes into building and running data centers. #DigitalBuilders