www.sqlpass.org    Professional Association for SQL Server
Kendal Van Dyke 

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Biography

Born, raised, and still a Florida native, I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Florida State University in 1999. I started working as a VB 6 developer, where I was first exposed to SQL Server 7.0. It didn't take long before I shifted from writing VB to writing T-SQL. The more I learned, the more I got hooked, and from that point on I've always considered myself a DBA. Over the years, I've managed both servers and people and learned a ton both technically and professionally.

Married for 12 years, my wife (also a Florida native, a rarity these days!) and I have been blessed with three kids. I'm a huge space geek, and living in Orlando - just 45 minutes from Kennedy Space Center - helps feed my hobby. When I'm not in front of a computer or chasing rockets, I'm either busy doing something PASS related or helping out with Cub Scouts, where my wife and I run our son's Webelos den.

Platform

PASS has grown significantly in recent years, both in number of members and geographical presence, thanks in large part to the direction of the current Board of Directors and countless hours of volunteer work. Having volunteered as a speaker, chapter leader, and event organizer, I now want to join the Board to help continue that growth by fostering the culture of transparency that has been built and helping PASS become more relevant to its membership base.

I want managers and team leads to know about the training benefits that PASS offers (often free!) and support their teams' participation in PASS events. I want hiring managers and recruiters to include PASS membership as a plus when evaluating a candidate for a job. I want DBAs, developers, and managers to feel like they need to be members of PASS and participate in PASS events because doing so improves their skills and the value they provide as a database professional.

Some of the ways that I see accomplishing these goals include:

1. Work with existing chapters to grow membership and ensure the PASS message and brand is being delivered consistently and  effectively.

2. Work with virtual chapters to ensure they are meeting regularly and have access to relevant content that reflects the high quality synonymous with PASS.

3. Identify potential locations for new chapters and volunteer leaders who can help get them started.

4. Work with PASS partners to provide exclusive content and\or benefits to PASS members that are of mutual benefit to the partner.

5. Complete the speaker bureau project that was put on hold in 2010.

6. Identify other organizations that embody what we want PASS to be, study what they do for their membership base, and look for ways to apply similar practices to PASS.

Career Highlights 

  • 1999 - Graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Computer Science
  • 2006-2007 - Moved to Orlando, joined OPASS, spoke at SQLSaturday #1
  • 2009, 2010, 2011 - Selected as a speaker for the PASS Summit
  • 2011 - Founded MagicPASS, South Orlando's PASS user group 
  • 2011 - Member of planning team for inaugural PASS SQLRally
  • 2011 - Recognized as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP