GBA is excited to announce the hiring of Ed Rafter as an industry veteran in the Mission Critical Group. In his role, Rafter will apply industry knowledge to advance strategic goals to grow the expertise and performance of GBA’s Mission Critical Group. His extensive experience in design, commissioning and operations will serve as an asset to the team.
Rafter is excited to begin his leadership position at GBA, connecting the seasoned team to new prospects. He is passionate about education and looks forward to growing mentorship among his coworkers. He was attracted to GBA for its culture and focus on being a learning organization. Also, Rafter’s history in mission critical allows him the opportunity to leverage long term business relationships with clients and industry figures.
“GBA is big enough to go after large projects, but it’s not too big to where you lose the personal touch and contact that you have not only with employees, but also your customers,” said Rafter.
Rafter brings 35 years of experience to his position at GBA. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering technology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rafter worked as an electrical engineer at firms in the New Jersey and New York state-area. After traveling to Kansas City off-and-on to work on projects for DST Systems, Rafter decided to move to Overland Park, Kansas, in 1995. Later, he returned to school to receive his master’s degree in education from the University of Saint Mary where he specialized in adult and continuing education and teaching. Rafter is an avid proponent of lifelong learning and hopes to mentor his peers to foster growth in their careers.
“My belief is that learning – it doesn’t stop – it goes on throughout your entire life,” said Rafter. “In this role at GBA, I can pass on not only my knowledge of data centers, but also the life lessons I’ve gained through my career.”
Rafter is involved with a number of professional organizations. He is a Life Senior Member in the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and serves on the organization’s Standards Association. Rafter is also a member of the Infrastructure Masons; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); and several other industry-related groups.
“Beyond the Mission Critical Group, Ed brings enthusiasm and experience that will assist GBA in meeting the goals of its strategic plans,” said Mission Critical Group Leader Doug Van Meter. “His excitement to join GBA is contagious and will carry throughout the company.”
Outside of work, Rafter enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren and family that live in the Kansas City-metro area. He also likes to spend his free time staying active by going to the gym and biking.