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I currently serve as the President of the North Texas SQL Server User Group and have been on the board for the last 6 years. Apart from this, I have a full-time job with VHA as a Data Architect. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Physics, a Master's in CIS, and an MBA in Finance.
I have been involved with SQL Server since version 4.2 and have held various roles over the years: developer, DBA, architect, pre-sales. I have a huge input as part of the SQL Insiders team at Microsoft and played a key role in influencing the development team with investing in features in SQL Server 2008 such as TDE and tools like MAPS.
Over the past few years, I have successfully helped lead the North Texas SQL Server User Group in the following areas:
1. Increasing chapter membership.
2. Increasing attendance meeting over meeting - we have grown our physical attendance in the meeting to 3X in the last 2 years.
3. Delivering three SQLSaturday events within 12 months.
4. Achieving financial stability for the chapter.
5. Campaigning to bring SQLRally to Dallas (see our application to host SQLRally here).
6. And now working with PASS on various things that need to happen to actually host SQLRally in Dallas… from the budget to the actual implementation.
7. Co-chairing the Program Committee for SQLRally Dallas.
Some of these qualifications and experiences uniquely position me to bring a different perspective and fresh mind to the existing Board.
I feel that there is a disconnect between the PASS organization and its chapters. The members of the chapters don’t get "PASS," and there is not much motivation for them to care about it. I want people to think of PASS as an organization that helps with their SQL careers. If I can get one thing accomplished, I want to put the right strategy and execution process in place that creates this motivation for chapter members to care about PASS.
I would also like to transform the culture of the organization to be more feedback- and community-driven. I want people vested in PASS to really play a big role in shaping the organization. I am not talking about the person who attends the PASS Summit once a year and vanishes. I am talking about people like you (the reader of this posting, who cares about who is elected to the PASS Board), people who organize events like SQLSaturday and SQLRally, Chapter Leaders, Regional Mentors , and MVPs taking on a bigger role in shaping the next-gen PASS.
At the end of the day, I want every member to be able to tell that PASS has influenced their careers and that they are more successful today because of PASS, whether it comes in the form of education and/or networking. Some of that is already happening, but there are some gaps. The message is not strong and consistent, and I want to strongly influence that. This is one of the key reasons I am running for a position on the PASS Board of Directors.
- 1994 - Finished Bachelor's Degree and started working as a developer along with my Master's program
- 1996 - Finished Master's in CIS
- 1997-99 - DBA (Consultant) at New England Funds and Pioneer Funds in Boston, MA
- 2001 - Sr. DBA (Consultant) at El Paso Energy Corp.
- 2003 - Joined Microsoft Corporation as a contractor in CSS
- 2004 - Full-time job at Microsoft Corporation as a Technology Specialist Professional
- 2005 - Joined the Board of North Texas SQL Server User Group
- 2009 - Joined VHA Corp as a Data Architect
- 2009 - Became the President of the North Texas SQL Server User Group
- 2010-11 - Organized three SQLSaturday events in a 12-month time frame