Employee Spotlight: Jon Sizemore, Project Manager, Operations Leadership Development Program
Name: Jon Sizemore
Title: Project Manager, Operations Leadership Development Program
QTS Location: Suwannee, GA
What do you love most about your position?
This position affords me the opportunity to learn in different areas of our operations department, including facilities, sustainability, property development, business strategy, and sales. I love being able to learn about each of these departments and how vital they all are to the success of QTS, in addition to being part of and leading projects that help move the needle.
What led you to this position? How did you end up where you are today with QTS?
Ultimately, when I began my job search, my primary motivation was to find a company with a great culture who cared about its people. Prior to QTS, I served in the US Army and then worked at a chemical manufacturing plant. I knew whatever I did next, the organizational culture and environment would be a large factor in my decision. QTS displayed that, and continues to do so as I approach my first year. I am fortunate to be able to be in a position that affords someone with little data center experience to contribute while learning the intricacies of the industry.
What can you share about the sustainability projects you have had a hand in leading?
One of the projects I have been leading involves installing more electric vehicle (EV) chargers at our sites. With the influx of EVs on the road, we want to show our employees and customers we are thinking about the future; additionally, we are providing them with an opportunity to charge their vehicles onsite.
Another project incorporates sustainability and wellness, which is an office sustainability program that will roll out across the company in early 2020. Be on the lookout for positive changes that will enhance work areas and promote sustainable practices.
Finally, we recently finalized the Grow with QTS program, which partners us with American Forests. In this partnership, QTS will donate 1 tree for every 100kw a customer uses per month. Ultimately, this will equate to almost 15,000 trees per year planted across the US.
How will these projects affect our environment/planet?
The addition of EV chargers at our sites helps show that QTS supports the addition of emission-free vehicles.
The office sustainability program will benefit by promoting less single-use plastics in the work place, as well as promoting recycling, less paper use, and reusing certain office supplies.
The Grow with QTS program will positively affect the forest industry in the United States through the planting of trees in places of need. Another benefit of planting trees is that reforestation equals carbon sequestration, which helps to promote long-term removal of CO2.
What sustainability initiatives are you most excited about for 2020?
I’m definitely excited for the Grow with QTS program and its potential impact. My undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science, and I have always been an avid outdoorsman. So, the more forests and trees we can help maintain, the better.
Additionally, I think the Office Sustainability Program is going to be beneficial throughout the organization.
What passions do you have outside of work?
Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife, Ginger and our two labradoodles, Ruth and Mabel. We often venture up to the north Georgia mountains to hike or camp and enjoy sitting in our backyard around a fire.
Anything else you would like to share about your life or being a QTS employee?
I look forward to meeting with and working with more QTSers in the future!