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T-SQL Tuesday – Giving back to the SQL Community in 2015

This months TSQL Tuesday #61 is hosted by Wayne Sheffield on Giving Back to the SQL Server Community.  An interesting topic given the season and something that is near and dear.  Here’s his original post http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne/archive/2014/12/t-sql-tuesday-61-giving-back/

 

It seems like I have a knack for doing things backwards differently and my time giving to the SQL Community has largely followed that path!  In 2015 Ill be continuing my “different” trend of community impact through PASS from international/national to local!

As some of you might know, I’ve spent a good portion of the last nine (or is it ten?) years involved with PASS in a number of different roles.  From working on the precursor to our current Virtual Chapters to volunteering with the Program Committee for many years to serving on the nomcom multiple times, running a SQL Saturday and even being a Board Member. I have experience in almost every area of PASS.  I have grown both personally and professionally during the time that I’ve spent in those roles.  The overall communities growth in all these years always inspires me to do more and I don’t see this year being any different.

 

Even though I don’t hold an official role (at this moment in time) with PASS.  I will still be giving back to the SQL Server community in 2015.  I plan on starting a local user group in South Houston.  I admit that I should have started this at least 6 months ago but I’ve put it off.  2015 will be the year the Houston area gets a second user group and if you want to attend or help, let me know!  In addition, I will be helping to host a SQL Saturday in Houston early next summer.  I will also commit now to making actual use of this SQL blog in 2015 instead of it being a landing page for what has to be the worlds largest amount of SPAM (thanks askimet!).  Whenever there is a discussion on PASS and its future, you can be sure that I will be involved in it on some level.  I hope to encourage others to volunteer as I have and foster a new group of leaders in the SQL Server community.

 

Thanks again to everyone who participates  in the SQL Community, you all are really what its all about!

I want to be on the PASS NomCom this year

I’m running for another PASS elected position

 

This is a simple post to say that yes, you read the NomCom ballot correctly and YES, I’ve decided to run for the NomCom this year instead of the PASS Board of Directors.  After last year and only having 3 candidates for the NomCom it was quite refreshing to see 11 for this years NomCom!  I dont intend to spill much digital Ink about why you should vote for me since I spilled so much last year over the Board of Directors election.

 

None of this is to say that I’m uninterested or don’t want to get elected but, I don’t agree with the concept of an extremely active campaign to win a seat on the NomCom.

 

So, feel free to read more about me on the campaign site here or download my application here and most of all get out and vote!

Wrapping up my campaign

Just do it!

According to the published timelinethe 2013 iteration of the PASS Board elections will be over in just a few hours.  As I wrap up this year’s campaign I wanted to send out a huge thank you to the SQL community members who have supported me in my endeavor to have a second term on the Board.  I am humbled to have such a great and supporting group of friends and colleagues.

I hope that my writings have proven helpful by detailing my visions for PASS and that you have already chosen to select my name on the ballot.  However, if you haven’t voted yet, or just haven’t seen enough of my ideas for making PASS a better place, please check out my elections page for plenty more information.

I’m Allen Kinsel, I hope you’ll vote for me and I approve this message

PASS Board Elections Open

The Slateallen

A few weeks ago I wrote that I applied to be on the slate for the PASS Board election.  Today the list of candidates has been officially announced and I am happy to say that a group of hardworking SQLFamily members on the NomCom thought highly enough of my application, interview and references that I was ranked first on the list of candidates.

Today I am launching a single page that consolidates all of the information about my campaign platform and hopefully all of the reasons you’ll want to vote for me!

Why choose me:

Passion & experience

I am passionate about the community and the things that we can accomplish while working together for the greater good.  Over the last 9 years of volunteering with PASS I have gained a level of experience that is unrivaled by any other candidate.  I want to give back more to the community that has helped me succeed both professionally and personally.  I want to see PASS better serve the needs of our existing community while at the same time having the vision to do what is needed to survive long term in a changing community.

Vision & goals

Having previous PASS Board experience will allow me to hit the ground running on day 1 to carry out my vision for PASS’s future. The combined experience and vision I have for PASS allows me to prioritize my goals as director where I think they will impact PASS’s membership the most. My key goals while serving on the Board will be:

  • Prioritizing and investing more dollars in PASS IT to bring our member used systems current.  An example of this is expanding the functionality of MyPASS to include enhanced sections for Chapter leaders, Speakers, volunteers & members.
  • An additional IT investment will need to be made to bring PASS’s membership roster current.  Bringing the roster current will allow PASS to have better knowledge of our worldwide membership and provide them better benefits.
  • It’s time to transition from the current board structure of portfolios to a committee based approach.  This will allow the board to maintain a more strategic role and grow more leaders as well as help keep projects moving better during election transitions.

I have the community perspective, experience, vision and PASSion that PASS leadership needs

Why am I running for election again?

 

I have decided to apply for the SQLPASS Board of Directors this year.  Before I get to some of the specifics on why I’m running for election again, I’d like to tell you a bit about my journey with PASS

History

In 2004 when I attended my first PASS Summit, I still remember being convinced by two of my new friends, Tom LaRock (B|T) and Pat Wright (B|T) to get up at 7AM and learn about helping PASS.  Prior to walking into that room, I had no idea what PASS was beyond the summit or why I’d ever want to volunteer for PASS.  It only took Wayne Snyder (B|T) 5 minutes to convince me that PASS needed my help.  Wayne, if you’ve not had the benefit of meeting him or seeing him speak, is a very charismatic leader and he could convince most anyone to volunteer with PASS from his sheer passion.  It would not be exaggerating to say this was a life changing experience.  Following that first interaction, I have volunteered prolifically:

  • SIG’s (precursor to Virtual chapters) 2005-2009
  • Summit Program Committee Member 2007-2011
  • Summit Program Committee Leader 2009-2011
  • Nominations committee 2009
  • Board of Directors  2010-2011
  • Chapter tools project 2012

As a volunteer I have had the opportunity to work with many teams to help implement my visions for PASS. For example the program committee brought in such current Summit favorites as half day sessions and lightning talks.  More recently, I realized we were underserving our chapters and their members and created a strategy for enhancing the chapter leader portal that correlates the data used on all members’ MyPASS page as well as the events page.  I like to think my volunteer time has been good for the organization but, I know my volunteerism has been good for me professionally.  The time I have spent on the board helped me grow my career into a new leadership role recently and I hope that growth will in turn allow me to support doing more on the board.

Why?

Passion

I want to reinvest in the community that has helped me succeed professionally by further enabling our next generation of leaders to grow and succeed.  I want PASS to have grander goals than just having a Summit, BA conference & SQL Rallys or being the SQL Saturday/Chapter steward.  Sure, PASS is and should be all of those things but I see PASS in a larger context, PASS should be an enabler.  PASS can and should provide vision and solutions to our community on a larger scale than it has attempted to in the past.
To sum all that up in a word: “Passion”.  I am passionate about PASS and its ability to help the sqlfamily achieve their professional goals.
I have the community perspective, experience, vision and PASSion that PASS leadership needs.

Future Goals

In the year since I left the Board, I’ve had the opportunity to clearly see how far PASS has come as an organization, as well as how far we still have to go!  Having previous PASS Board experience will allow me to hit the ground running on day 1 to carry out my vision for PASS’s future.  The combined experience and vision I have for PASS allows me to prioritize my goals as director where I think they will impact PASS’s membership the most.  My key goals while serving on the Board will be:

  • Prioritizing  and investing more dollars in PASS IT to bring our member used systems current.

An example of this is expanding the functionality of MyPASS to include enhanced sections for Chapter leaders, Speakers, volunteers & members.

  • An additional IT investment will need to be made to bring PASS’s membership roster current.

Bringing the roster current will allow PASS to have better knowledge of our worldwide membership and provide them better benefits.

  • It’s time to transition from the current board structure of portfolios to a committee based approach.

This will allow the board to maintain a more strategic role and grow more leaders as well as help keep projects moving better during election transitions.

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