Benjamin helps ensure the technical excellence of TEAL’s solutions with expert evaluation and quality control. As Vice President of Engineering, he reinforces the team’s technical agility by continually evolving TEAL’s strategy for mechanical system development and application.
Benjamin’s fascination with technical design began his junior year of high school, when he attended a career presentation by an aeronautical engineer who worked on the SR-71 Blackbird. Learning about spy plane and fighter jet design ignited his curiosity about the creative, yet practical, ways that science and technology combine. His drive to blend the two fields to solve problems led him to Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. After completing college, a chance encounter with a Principal at Schmidt & Stacy Consulting Engineers, Inc. led him to become an Engineering Consultant in 1996.
Over the next 11 years, he cultivated expertise in mechanical system design, equipment application, and team development for commercial, healthcare, and multifamily projects before transitioning to a Sales Engineer role at Texas AirSystems. A collaborative strategist, his engineering and design expertise generated proactive solutions so that his team could navigate potential issues before they became major challenges. Benjamin’s ability to balance team members’ strengths with project goals and to establish effective design implementations for a variety of properties enabled him to become Texas AirSystems’ Sales Leader. In 2020, his industry knowledge and technical expertise led him to TEAL, where he coordinates the team to combine the art and science of mechanical system engineering to remove obstacles on clients’ paths to successful developments.
Outside of his mechanical equipment design work, Benjamin is a member of both ASHRAE and 7×24 Exchange International; he’s acted as President of ASHRAE’s Dallas Chapter since 2010 and President of 7×24 Exchange’s Lone Star Chapter since 2020. He also volunteers with the children’s ministry at St. Andrew Methodist Church and enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his family in his spare time.
Director - Real Estate Operations - Property Management
An experienced corporate real estate leader with extensive knowledge in the design and operations of critical and other facilities. A licensed professional engineer (TX #107649), Mr. Plunk began his career in consulting engineering leading teams designing a variety of building types before moving to AT&T’s Corporate Real Estate organization. Mr. Plunk has a Bachelor of Science of Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Wendy joined DataBank in 2013, as the Director of Client Relations. She is currently Vice President of Sales Operations for DataBank. In her role, she is
responsible for all account management functions and client service support activities for DataBank’s customer base. Wendy also is responsible for all carrier relations for DataBank. Wendy’s primary focus lies in the development of strong customer relationships which allow the company to better identify and serve a client’s business objectives. With 20+ years in the data center and telecommunications industries, Wendy possesses the creativity and dedication to deliver superior service. Prior to joining DataBank, Wendy served as a Senior Client Relations Manager of Major Accounts for ViaWest. She has also held numerous positions in both sales and service delivery for Centric Voice and Level 3 Communications. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College. Actively involved in her community, Wendy also completed leadership training as a part of ‘Leadership Richardson’ and she currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Directors. Wendy has formally served her city as a member of the City of Sachse Planning and Zoning board.
Wendy Stewart is also the CEO of Inspiring Hearts and founder of Dallas Women’s Data Center Group.
With 15 years of experience, Alejandra has a strong background in data center design, documentation and construction administration. She has been involved in the design of many significant data center projects encompassing over three million square feet leading great consultant teams. She joined Yondr as the Design Director for the Americas where her goal is to develop a clear focus and collaborate in the design of highly efficient and beautiful data centers.
Director of Business Development
Humphrey & Associates
Alan is an Electrical Engineer and has been working in the Data Center, Electric Utility, & Healthcare environment for over 30 years. He is a long time member of IEEE and has been a 7×24 Exchange Lone Star Chapter Board member for two years.
Andrew serves as a principal and regional manager for DFW Consulting Group, Inc. Andrew has cultivated a reputation as a go-to resource for the design of technically complex environments. He plays a significant role in electrical design, quality control, project management, and mentoring of graduate engineers on high reliability and mission-critical projects.
Ian leads the development and implementation efforts at Command Commissioning focusing on optimization for central plants and mission critical facilities. He has over 10 years of industry experience in performance testing, development of complex systems operational models and applying new technologies for increasing efficiency and reliability.
Joe Cribbin has been involved in providing professional construction services for more than 36 years. He is currently President for Structuretone Southwest, a $400 million dollar construction management firm.
As the head of the North Texas operations, Joe has ultimate responsibility for all area projects as well as overseeing 120 construction professionals. In order to meet the challenges of an evolving industry, Mr. Cribbin helped create a dedicated mission critical services group at Structure Tone Southwest. Working with this specialized group, Mr. Cribbin has overseen the construction of many large data center projects with over one million square feet of white space in Texas as well as several other states.
Mr. Cribbin currently serves as President of the Lone Star Chapter of The 7×24 Exchange and is a member of the National Vendor Advisory Board.
Mario serves as the manager of the Technology & Security Operations Center and Data Center Services for Texas Health Resources. His teams provide 24 hour incident response for Network/Server/Security and Data Center facility issues. They also support the direct services inside the data center space and support for data center management applications.
Mario has been with Texas Health since December 2004. Previous roles with the United States Air Force and Lockheed Martin allowed for diverse experience from installation to operations of secure data facilities around the world.
Mario holds a Bachelors of Science in Information and many information technology and security certifications.
Associate Principal, Director of Mission Critical - HKS
“When people think of architecture, they typically focus only on the visual aspects of the building,” Dutch Wickes notes. “They don’t necessary think about the interworkings of the building. How does it stay cool? How does it stay running 24/7? I knew when I entered architectural school that I didn’t have the artistic flair of a designer. But I had a clear desire to build things. I focused my full attention on the pragmatics of making the design work. My purpose was — and still is — to make the building functional, structurally and technically sound, and environmentally efficient.”
Registered Architect: Texas, California, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Ball State University
Bachelor of Architecture, Ball State University