Finance and Governance Update
By Douglas McDowell
Executive Vice President, Finance
Another PASS fiscal year has wrapped up just as the 2013 Board of Directors elections season is ramping up.
We had many successes over the past fiscal year: We saw substantial growth in our SQLSaturday events around the world, we enjoyed our biggest PASS Summit yet, and we finished the year with our inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference – all while retaining our solid fiscal foundation.
Although we are still completing our year-end audits, I’m pleased to report the BA Conference, although slated as revenue neutral, made a $100K profit. The next BA Conference is set for San Jose, California, in May 2014. We hope many of you will join us on the West Coast for the best in business intelligence and analytics education and networking.
The next fiscal year budget, recently passed by the Board of Directors, continues to keep our commitments across all the programs, events, and activities that the community has come to count on to further their technical skills and careers.
The EMEA region continues to grow within PASS, and there is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the new EMEA Board of Directors seat designated in September’s election. Applications for three Board seats – one representing the US/Canada, one representing EMEA, and one without regional restrictions – were due by 7 August, with the final candidate slate and voting scheduled for September.
The PASS Board also recently elected a new Executive Committee for 2014/2015, and you can read about their vision for PASS, including putting more emphasis on LATAM in the coming year to build an equally strong community in that region for eventual representation on the PASS Board.
In addition, PASS Summit – the primary fundraiser that helps us fund all our free training and infrastructure support year-round – is traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina, this fall. We encourage any East Coasters who haven’t had a chance to experience a Summit event to join our perennial alumni and make time for the world’s largest gathering of SQL Server and Microsoft data professionals, happening right in their own backyard 15-18 October. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing a more detailed PASS financials overview from the main stage in Charlotte.