Chad Williams has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since founding QTS in 2005. Under his leadership, QTS has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing data center service providers in the United States. Chad's vision of obtaining and revitalizing infrastructure rich, large, scalable properties in growing markets has become the cornerstone of our business strategy.
In his role as CEO, Chad has been directly involved in helping to build all aspects of our business, from strategic investment in product and asset acquisitions to site selection, design, development and construction. He also enjoys telling the QTS solutions story and winning the confidence and trust of new and existing customers. Chad has been a leading voice to build QTS’ portfolio of hybrid colocation and hyperscale solutions, which is very differentiated in the marketplace. One of the best parts of his job, from his perspective, is the privilege to lead our QTSers nationally. We at QTS are “powered by our people” and this is the real strength of QTS.
Chad has attracted one of the most experienced high-performance leadership teams in the industry. In his role of Chairman of the Board, Chad gets to work closely with a world-class, fully-independent Board of Directors. The team has vast experience in operating public companies and complementing strengths from past experience in running or being part of real estate, technology, financial and Government services industries.
In 2003, Chad leveraged the Quality Group of Companies (QGC) platform and his experience developing, owning and managing mission-critical facilities to acquire a 35,000 square foot facility in Overland Park, Kansas. QTS was formally established as a stand alone entity with the purchase of our Atlanta-Suwanee mega data center in 2005. Today, under Chad's leadership, we operate 25 data center facilities totaling approximately 6 million gross square feet.
Prior to founding QTS, Chad served as CEO of QGC, a diversified portfolio of companies operating in a wide range of industries including commercial real estate, design-build development, commercial interiors and vehicle and technology leasing.
Chad is actively involved in numerous charitable efforts nationally, as well as in the Kansas City area. He currently serves on the board of the US Dream Academy, an organization that focuses on intervening in the lives of children of incarcerated parents. Chad lives in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife and three children.