Welcome Three New Regional Mentors - US NE, US SW, and Canada!

We are happy to announce that three new Regional Mentors are joining the PASS team.
 
Steve Hughes will be filling the open slot for U.S. - Northeast, providing Melissa Demcsak some badly needed help. Steve is a Principal Consultant at Magenic, focused on Business Intelligence architecture.  He recently helped put on SQLSaturday #99 - Minnesota 2011 and convinced Magenic to send nine SQL Server professionals to this year's PASS Summit.
 
Phil Robinson is our new Regional Mentor for U.S. - Southwest, where he will be working with Tjay Belt. Phil is an independent database developer and BI consultant and is President of the San Diego SQL Server User Group. He has been an organizer of two SQLSaturdays (#55 and #95).

Phil is replacing Andrew Karcher, who is stepping down after a long tenure as a Regional Mentor. Thanks, Andrew for your service, and welcome Phil!
 
Things are changing in Canada, too! Another longtime Regional Mentor, Scott Stauffer, is ready to hand his responsibilities to an able replacement. We appreciate Scott's efforts and know he will enjoy his return to private life.
 
Colin Stasiuk is filling Scott's position as Regional Mentor for Western Canada. Colin has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5. He is co-author of SQL Server 2008 Policy Based Management, an active blogger, and founded the PASS Chapter in Edmonton.
 
Please join us in welcoming Steve, Phil, and Colin to the Regional Mentors team.
- Mark Ginnebaugh
Director, Global Chapters

 

Announcing Mentors for New PASS Nordic Region

We are excited to announce the formation of the PASS Nordic Region, formalizing our support for the tremendous Nordic SQL Server Community. To help us provide this support, we have appointed two leaders of that community who will serve as PASS Regional Mentors. The countries represented in PASS Nordic are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
 
It is also a pleasure to announce that Johan Åhlén and Raoul Illyés  have accepted our invitations to become PASS Nordic's first Regional Mentors. Johan is a Microsoft MVP and Chairman of the Swedish SQL Server User Group.
 
Raoul is a leading voice in the Nordic SQL Server community and a founding partner of the PASS SQLRally Nordic event. He is based in Denmark and recently joined the PASS Board of Directors as a non-voting member in support of our international outreach efforts.
 
Our efforts to work more closely with the Nordic Region are in alignment with PASS's global initiative. Supporting this initiative, the PASS Board recently appointed three International Board Members: Rob Farley (Australia), James Rowland-Jones (UK), and Raoul Illyés (Denmark), also mentioned above as a new Regional Mentor. 
 
Furthering our efforts to support the international SQL Server community, PASS SQLRally Nordic will be held in Aronsborg, Sweden, November 8-9.
 
PASS Regional Mentors have extensive experience with the local and regional SQL Server Community and provide help and guidance to leaders of our local chapters worldwide. The Regional Mentors work closely with the PASS Community Team.
 
Please join me in welcoming Johan and Raoul as PASS Nordic Regional Mentors, and check out more information about PASS Regions and Chapters here.
-- Mark

Mark Ginnebaugh
PASS Director, Global Chapters
 

PASS Board Meeting in Dallas

[cross-posted from Mark Ginnebaugh's blog at markginnebaugh.com]

I spent last Thursday and Friday in Dallas, participating in my first PASS Board Meeting.  PASS, the Professional Association for SQL Server, is an important part of the  SQL Server and  Microsoft Business Intelligence community, with over 60,000 members and 200 chapters worldwide.

I was excited to have a seat at the table, getting the inside story on some of the modest controversies of recent PASS history – transparency, the election process, the location of future PASS Summits, and how we deliver value to the community, to name a few.

Having been involved in other boards, I can tell you that PASS has an outstanding, and yes, passionate board. There were bound to be differing opinions, and I wasn’t disappointed.  On some issues, we are simply in uncharted territory, left to our own opinions about where to invest, and what initiatives to pursue.

It’s clear that this board is well-stocked with serious, capable, and committed individuals  My 20 years of experience with technology user groups, including the three PASS Chapters in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, leave me feeling prepared to step in and provide some meaningful input to this prominent organization.

My specific responsibilities on the board will be announced later this week, and I will then be able to provide a few more thoughts on my objectives for PASS in the coming year.