Volunteers are the lifeblood of PASS. To recognize and celebrate their dedication to helping fellow SQL Server and BI professionals connect, share, and learn, we shine a spotlight on one hard-working volunteer every month. Know a volunteer we should profile? Contact us today!


September 2013: John Morehouse
 

As a PASS Outstanding Volunteer for August, John Morehouse – aka @SqlRUs – talks about finding great training in small communities like Omaha, how SQLSaturday helps, and a lesson he learned as a volunteer firefighter: “We’re always rookies.”

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, what path did you take to your current position, and what excites you most in today’s world of data?
My real life with SQL Server started in mid-2006. I was working as a “jack of all trades” (as many of us probably did) for a consulting firm in Omaha, NE, and realized that I needed to pick a discipline and focus specifically on that. ... Read more


July 2013: Meredith Ryan


2012 Exceptional DBA and WIT VC chair Meredith Ryan is excited to see more PASS women in leadership roles, shares what she’d look for in an exceptional teammate, declares her love for her tablet and knitting, and says, “Get thee to a SQLSaturday!”

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, what path did you take to your current position, and what excites you most in today’s world of data?
I started out like most SQL Server folks I know – doing something completely different. I started out in IT back in 1998 at a Help Desk and worked my way into SQL Server by 2006 or so. I've told my “how I got here” story a few times... Read more


June 2013: Nabeel Derhem
 

On the heels of SQLSaturday Riyadh – the first SQLSaturday in the Middle East – co-organizer Nabeel Derhem talks about the state of women in technology in Saudi Arabia, why SQL Server pros shouldn’t ignore the cloud, and what community means to him.

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, what path did you take to your current position, and what excites you most in today’s world of data?
I've been working with SQL Server since version 7.0. I started as an application developer and a technical instructor, and then specialized in government projects. I've always loved working with databases, ... Read more
 

May 2013: Jorge Segarra
 

From accidental DBA to SQL Server MVP, author, teacher, and community leader, Jorge Segarra – you may know him better as “SQLChicken” – has a passion for learning, #sqlfamily, and great food.

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, what path did you take to your current position, and what excites you most in the world of data today?
I’m currently a Senior DBA consultant with Pragmatic Works. My path to SQL Server has been an interesting one, to say the least. Ironically enough, I hated my database class in college. ... Read more
 

March 2013: Denis Reznik
 

SQL Server MVP and Ukrainian PASS Chapter Leader Denis Reznik talks about widening the technology stack, thrifty SQLSaturdays, the challenges and opportunities in growing a small community, and the value of catching a #sqlbeer after chapter meetings.

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, what path did you take to your current position, and what excites you most in the world of data today?
I was introduced to SQL Server at university, and all my jobs after that directed me further along this career path. I began working closely with the database at my first job as a .NET developer... Read more
 

February 2013: Davide Mauri

Italy’s Davide Mauri is a performance hound with a passion for fast queries, Agile development, airplanes, and life-long learning. What is his one piece of advice for 2013?

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, what path did you take to your current position, and what excites you in the data world?
I started working with SQL Server in the ‘90s with SQL Server 6.5. I was a full-time developer at that time, with a passion for performance. Optimizing data access was a challenge that I took very seriously. ... Read more
 

January 2013: Mark Broadbent
 

What’s clustering expert and new member of the PASS UK Regional Mentor team Mark Broadbent most excited about in the world of data, user groups, SQLSaturdays, and gadgets? His answers might surprise you.

Tell us about your life with SQL Server – what are you doing now, and what path did you take to your current position?
Database technology and, in particular, SQL Server have played a very big part of my life. In 1992, I had my first real introduction to relational database systems. Back then, I was exposed to dBASE and Oracle, and in 1994 implemented the former as a high-speed, low-cost staging area for reporting. ... Read more
 

Check out our 2012 community spotlights