When I started volunteering for PASS nine years ago I was focused on contributing and helping where I could. I met a few people, volunteered some more, met a few more people, and somehow before I knew it I was serving on the PASS Board.  I learned a lot, tried to help people where I could, had a lot of fun and without thinking about it much at all, had built a network

Once I had decided to run for the board again I decided to ask my network, the people I’ve worked with, for their help in my campaign.  I asked for help reviewing my application, for help preparing for the NomCom interview, and I asked, awkwardly and reluctantly, for their public endorsements.  I am lucky enough to have had many of them answer my call for help and I am humbled by what many of them have said publicly about my efforts and PASSion for PASS.  It would be impossible for me to say that I’m not thrilled in getting these pillars of our communities support for my campaign but the reality is I am equally as happy to know that each of them have recognized the work and effort I’ve put forth for PASS over the years.

Here are a few hand selected quotes from my supporters writings 🙂

Karen Lopez:

“Allen Kinsel should be your very first vote for the PASS Board. His passion for the community and chapters is perfect. In fact, he continued his volunteering and continued to work on Board-level projects during his brief time off the Board”

Andy Warren

“We were colleagues for a year during his first term on the Board and I found him to be hard working, thoughtful, and always willing to listen to other points of view – exactly the qualities a Board member needs!”

Andy Leonard

“Allen has a good sense of the inner workings of the PASS Board. He brings extensive experience with the SQL Server Community, as well.  I think both are important, and that’s why I’m voting for Allen.”

Tom Larock

“Allen Kinsel’s dedication and passion for the members of the PASS Community is second to none.”

Grant Fritchey

“I absolutely believe that Allen has the best interests of this organization at heart. He wants to make a difference for the better. More than that, I’ve seen him working as a volunteer within the organization where he does make a difference, does make things better. He brings passion to the job.”

Allen White

“as head of the Chapter program has helped countless user group chapters come into being and thrive. I think this success warrants a return to the board.”


Rob Farley

“There are few people who can influence PASS like Allen Kinsel. The impact that he while had on the board before was nothing short of remarkable. I’ll be voting for Allen because I know he will serve the community wholeheartedly, throwing his all behind making the SQL community stronger.”

Jeremiah Peschka

“Allen is hard working, thoughtful, and dedicated to making PASS a great organization for the members”

Brian Kelley

“Allen knows how to do the job, can do the job, has the experience for the job, and the passion for the job. I can’t say that about any other candidate, as good as they are. That’s a key reason Allen stands out to me”

Wayne Snyder

“There are a couple of things I look for in a Board Member for PASS. Long Term Committment to the community and to PASS, whatever you promise – you must deliver, demonstrated ability to work with and motivate other community leaders, and PASSion. Allen has shown all of these traits during his long experience with our organization and our volunteers and will make an excellent Board Member.”

Aaron Bertrand

“I’ve known Allen for several years and I’ve always admired and respected the passion and dedication he has for the community.”

Patrick LeBlanc

“The thing that stands out the most is his passion and commitment to PASS and the SQL Server community as a whole”

Tim Mitchell

“He is a shoot-straight Texan who is not afraid to speak up even if what he has to say is unpopular”

Jack Corbett

“More was accomplished for local groups in Allen’s time leading that portfolio than in any other time period during my involvement with PASS. Allen’s passion for the PASS mission to Connect, Share, and Learn drives him to cut through the red-tape and get things done”