6/14/2018 – Google Operations Manager, EDC Board Member Moeller leaving for Clarksville, Tenn.

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by admin


June 14, 2018


By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic


Enoch Moeller, the public face of Google in Lenoir, is leaving to run one of Google’s newest data centers, according to a Google spokesperson.


Moeller has been with the Lenoir data center for 10 1/2 years as the site operations manager. At the end of this month, he is moving to the new data center in Clarksville, Tennessee, said Greg Behr, a Google spokesman with GBW Strategies. Construction on the Clarksville data center began in March.


Taking over for Moeller will be Jorge Gutierrez, who has worked at the data center as a hardware operations manager for more than three years, Behr said. Gutierrez, a member of the Education Foundation of Caldwell County’s board of directors, begins his new job June 29.


Moeller started at Google in Lenoir just before the data center opened in 2008. He was heavily involved in building partnerships with local governments and working to inform the public about what exactly a data center is, he said earlier this month in an interview.


“There was a lot of excitement, there was a lot of guessing because there wasn’t a lot of info on what a data center was, and what it would do,” he said.


Over the years, he has been involved in community outreach and events like Students@Work, Googlefest, and various grant projects with schools and local non-profits.


Each year, he led students as they built their own computers as Google’s contribution to Student@WorkWeek, a statewide initiative aimed at teaching kids more about technology. Moeller taught middle school students about computer hardware, networking and installing operating system software, bringing part of Google to schools.


He has said his favorite achievement, though, was his involvement in the start of the N.C. Gravity Games, an annual event that began eight years ago in which students build and race their own soapbox-derby-style cars, but with more advanced engineering.


“It went from a few ‘Googlers’ on a cold October morning to … a big event with partnerships,” he said.


Moeller also has been a member of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission’s board of directors since 2009 and has worked closing with executive director Deborah Murray, who said that having Moeller on the board has been an asset for the EDC.


“Prospective industries always ask what Google’s experience here has been, both in building their facility and in hiring employees. They get a candid answer and they get a first-hand and pretty impressive testimonial from Enoch for our community and our economic development efforts,” Murray said.


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