Kendal Van Dyke

Kendal Van Dyke has been working with SQL Server since 1999 in various roles, including developer, DBA, manager, and consultant. Since 2007, he has been a speaker at local Chapters, SQLSaturdays, and the annual PASS Summit. In 2011, he started MagicPASS, a PASS Chapter serving the Orlando\Kissimmee and Lakeland, FL, regional area and continues to serve as Chapter President. He's also been a member of the planning teams for the 2011 PASS SQLRally and 2011 and 2012 Orlando SQLSaturdays. He currently represents the PASS community as a Director at Large responsible for the SQLSaturday portfolio. Kendal is passionate about growing the SQL Server community and helping others advance their careers by sharing with and learning from one another.

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I believe that the heart of PASS and the key to our sustainability is the grassroots participation of our members. By continuing to establish and support new and existing local communities through Chapters and SQLSaturdays, PASS solidifies its relevance with data professionals through opportunities to connect with peers, advance their careers, and share their excitement and passion for working with SQL Server. Additionally, by offering a multitude of opportunities to speak, volunteer, and lead chapters and events, we are naturally developing the next generation of leaders who will inherit PASS.

I have been honored to serve as a Director and steward of the SQLSaturday portfolio this year, and if elected, I’d like to continue working on its success and growth. In fiscal year 2012, we held 61 SQLSaturdays with 12,000+ combined attendance, 1,675 sessions delivered by 1,320 speakers, and over 12,000 new PASS members. My goal is to continue that momentum by holding 80 SQLSaturdays in fiscal year 2013 and 100 SQLSaturdays in fiscal year 2014.

I believe it is vitally important to the health of PASS that our members know what their leaders are engaged in on their behalf. As a Board member, I will strive to build upon the culture of transparency that has been established by my predecessors through regular blogging about Board, HQ, and PASS activities and encouraging my counterparts to do the same.

I am passionate about helping guide and grow the PASS community and am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to do so if elected a member of the Board.

Career Highlights
  • 1999 - BS in Computer Science, Florida State University
  • 2007 - Speaker at SQLSaturday #1
  • 2009, 2010, 2011 - Presented at PASS Summit
  • 2011 - Established MagicPASS, South Orlando's PASS user group
  • 2011 - Recognized as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP
  • 2012 - Director at Large for PASS with responsibility for the SQLSaturday portfolio