Stepping out and stepping up
Changes are coming
For as long as I can remember Ive been involved in one way or another with the PASS Summit.. This simply means I have a short memory because I think I first started with the summit in 2006 or maybe it was 2005. Either way its been a long run at making the premiere event for SQL Professionals a success. During the last PASS Board meeting I let it be known to the other directors that I would like to move on to other things within PASS. I have spent a huge amount of energy over the last few years attempting to remake the processes around the summit education program. Ive worked with a great set of volunteers over the years and together we have had some great success in making the processes better and more “translucent” as my favorite volunteer would say. However, I think its time for a new challenge and Id like to put the same effort into one of the other PASS portfolios. This will also give someone else with a renewed energy and vision a chance to make their mark on the Summit program. This is where I’d like to start the handoff, unfortunately there isnt exactly a line at my door of people wanting to take it from me. So, if you ever wanted to give up your life free time for the good of the SQL community feel free to drop me a line!
At the same board meeting, I stepped up and decided to put my name on the ballot for the PASS executive board. There are lots of rules and regulations in the bylaws about who can run and when, I wont bore you with all the details but, the end result is out of those eligible to run: Myself, Tom LaRock, Rick Heiges and Douglas McDowell are running for the 2 vice president seats while Bill Graziano is running unopposed for President. I admittedly didnt start that week thinking I was going to run for the executive board of PASS but, as it turns out it fits nicely with what I want to do for PASS going forward so I decided give it a shot and run. Hopefully enough of the board will see that I have the right kind of energy to do good in one of the positions.
I appreciate the challenges and opportunity that have been given to me over the years in this community and hope this is merely the next logical step in my service to our community.