As Executive Vice President at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (“NGKF”), Mr. Sumter’s primarily focus is on the development and construction of data centers for Fortune 500 and large internet property companies. Chris Sumter brings 17 years of experience in the data center and co-location industry to the table, with in-depth knowledge of data center construction and telecommunications industries as well as site selection/acquisition and complex lease negotiations.
Prior to joining NGKF, Mr. Sumter was most recently a founding member of the Vantage Data Centers team which developed and leased over 550,000 square feet and 80 MW of data center space in Northern California, Phoenix and Washington.
Earlier in his career he led the Northwestern and Asia Pac sales organization for Digex/Verizon and then as part of the sales leadership with Digital Realty Trust. Chris has been involved in over $2.6B of commercial real estate transactions nationally over the last 6 years. His relationships with the IT leaders and his deep knowledge of the landlord and tenant business have allowed him to be a trusted advisor to many Silicon Valley and Bay Area based companies.