Bill began his career by spending five years in the United States Navy as a Search and Rescue Swimmer during operation Desert Shield working directly for the Admiral of the 6th Fleet and forward deployed in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf which provided experience with mission critical operations, quality controls and technology. That background proved ideal in the eight years he spent with Imprint Data Center solutions, a data center design build company. Bill served in a variety of capacities of increasing responsibility, culminating in vice president of sales. He helped launch 365 Main Data Centers into 17 Markets and led teams across the country. He then went on to Bytegrid Data Centers as VP of sales and GM leading the sales efforts and building a 400,000 sf data center in downtown Cleveland. Most recently Bill was Director of Sales for QTS Data Centers where he was hired to pre-lease, staff and launch the new QTS Chicago Mega Data Center.
Bill is the founding member of ONLIGHT Aurora a community fiber services provider developed to help improve economic development and business climate in Aurora, IL. He was he Chairman of the Board of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. He is currently President of the Chicago AFCOM Chapter and has been Communications Director of the 7x24 Lake Michigan Region Chapter for 4 years. He is a proud Infrastructure Mason and a member of the Veteran’s Committee. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Cofluence, LLC and the Data Center Sellers Association an organization founded to help data center sales professionals develop and integrate into their communities.
A California native, Bill is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and lives in Geneva, Illinois with his wife Elizabeth and their 13 year-old twins Cameron and Caroline.
Bill Shanahan is the Founder and Owner of Delta Mission Critical Inc., a turnkey service company that represents manufacturers in the data center industry, provides data center relocation/colocation brokerage, and is a value added reseller for mission critical infrastructure.
His focus is in the data center and mission critical industry, working within all phases of construction and installation. Over the past decade the data center industry has seen drastic changes ranging from power capacity, cooling strategies, connectivity, fiber densities, cloud vs on-premise and the rapid expansion with colocation facilities. Bill and his team are able to work with customers as they navigate these improvements.
Before devoting his work in Delta MCI, Bill has spent his entire career engaged in the IT, Datacom, Construction and Data Center Industry. He began his career in datacom distribution where he learned to navigate the IT world and promoted his way through sales. From there, Bill started a successful manufacturer’s representative firm. He and his partner focused in the datacom, construction, and data center industry.
Bill is a proud graduate of Illinois State University and now resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two boys. When Bill is not working or spending time with his family, you may find him running, biking, or playing golf. His favorite golf course played is Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, NV and he tries to play at least one new PGA course every year. Pebble Beach is still on his list.
Bill is always open to meeting new people across all industries and interests, in fact if you need an ordained minister or emcee host he has you covered. To date he has married five couples and has been an emcee for events ranging in attendance from 100 to 3,500!