Tim Ford

US/Canada and Open

Tim Ford is a proven leader and business owner, in addition to being a skilled technical SQL Server resource. He’s been a volunteer with PASS since his first PASS Summit in 2002. Since then, he’s served as leader of a Special Interest Group (now known as Virtual Chapters), Program Committee Track Lead, Speaker Review Chair, and Pre-Conference Review Chair, as well as the co-creator and host of Quizbowl since 2004.

Tim is the Lead DBA for Spectrum Health Information Systems and, as such, must not only address technical tasks but also set obtainable goals, architect solutions, manage a technical team, and interface with customers and management.

As the Owner and CEO of SQLagentman Consultancy and SQL Cruise Events, he has crafted his own take on the technical and professional development conference. He and his wife, Amy, produce SQL Cruise, a technical summit on cruise ships. SQL Cruise matches MVPs and MCMs as Technical Leads with a class size of 15-20 “cruisers” for a week at sea for SQL Server, BI, PowerShell, and professional development training, as well as networking and free consulting time with the Technical Leads.

Tim has been able to create an independent technical summit, manage budgets, lead teams, inspire others, continuously exceed expectations in his daily job as a DBA Lead, write blog posts and books, raise two amazing sons, and still find time to volunteer and have a healthy balance of work and life.


The Professional Association for SQL Server is in a very good position at the moment – the most organized, successful, and financially stable since I became involved with PASS as a volunteer leader and attendee in 2002. Membership is growing, and the grassroots structure provided by the local chapters and, more importantly, SQLSaturday events has been successful at bringing new awareness about PASS as an organization and value to those who take part in both local and international events produced by PASS. I believe in building on strengths, not developing against weak points. Probably our biggest “strength” in PASS is SQLSaturday.

If elected, I would lobby for oversight of the community portfolio that encompasses the SQLSaturday events. My goals would be to increase attendance and value to those who attend those events, as well as to use SQLSaturday to build more of a connection to the local chapters, increase local chapter involvement, and ultimately build up attendance at international events.

Attending a free, single-day conference is one thing; involving yourself in a local organization is something else. By getting involved in your local chapter, there is a better chance that you’ll network, improve your communication skills, and develop technical skills through learning how others solve similar issues. I built SQL Cruise on a very similar premise: Grow your professional network, improve your “soft skills,” and build on your technical strengths, and you’ll increase your net value.

Career Highlights
  • SQL Server MVP since 2009
  • Lead Database Administrator at Spectrum Health Information Services
  • Founded SQL Cruise as both a technical conference and consulting platform
  • SQL Server Track Chair for IT/Dev Connections 2013
  • Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Western Michigan University (Accounting & Finance)