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News and Updates

Hi folks!  Although it has been pretty quiet on the outside of the PASS Professional Development Virtual Chapter for a while, it has been busy on the inside, and here's a little peak at what is going on.

The only constant in life is change.
The big news is that we have gone through a little bit of a staff change.  Jorge Segarra (blogTwitter) has decided to step down from the Chapter Leader position in order to have time for so many of the other things that are demanding his attention right now.  I would like to extend a big Thank You! to Jorge for his hard work to get this virtual chapter started and the great talks that he lined up from the start.  Thank you, Jorge, and I hope you will consider coming back as a special guest speaker from time to time.

I will be stepping up to take the reins for the chapter, and I hope that I am able to keep things going along the great path that Jorge started us.  For those who do not know me, my name is Mark Caldwell and I am known online as AjarnMark.  Based just outside of Seattle, I am the Software Engineering Manager for a company in the flooring and interior design business that consists of a few different brands up and down the West Coast.  In addition to managing a small team of developers, I am also an active web application and database developer and the DBA for the company.  A recent father of two, I don't blog as frequently as I would like to, but when I do, you can find my writings here for #PASSProfDev, or my primary blog at SQLTeam.com.

Coming Next
Next on our agenda is the PASS Community Summit in Seattle on November 8th through the 12th.  The Virtual Chapters will have information tables at the Welcome Reception on Monday night, so stop by to say HI, or just to pick up some VC SWAG.  Also in the works for the months following the Summit are talks by Joe Webb (BlogTwitter) and Douglas McDowell (again thanks to Jorge for initiating these before he left).  We are actively working to line up speakers with a goal of at least one presentation per month, and possibly more depending on speaker availability.  And remember to keep an eye on the chapter blog where Kathi Kellenberger is doing a fantastic series of interviews.  Oh, and one more thing, join the conversation with our Twitter tag: #PASSProfDev.

Thanks for your patience and participation as we all learn and grow this together.

An Interview with Microsoft Employee Cindy Gross

 

Cindy Gross is a SQL Server Dedicated Support Engineer with Microsoft. She recently shared the story of her amazing career with Kathi Kellenberger.

http://twitter.com/cindygross
http://www.linkedin.com/in/cindygross

 

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An Interview with New Chapter Founder, Nigel Sammy

Nigel Peter Sammy (http://www.nigelpsammy.com/) is the President and Founder of the Trinidad and Tobago SQL Server User Group (TTSSUG) and is also a member of PASS SQL Azure Virtual Chapter Leadership Committee. He is a Database Administrator, Database Developer and Team Leader with Teleios Systems Limited. Nigel has been intrigued by databases and database systems since 2001 and has worked with SQL Server since 2004. 

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July Meeting (Updated)

Our July Meeting will be next Tuesday, July 13, at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT.  Andy Leonard will be speaking on the topic of Managing Teams.

UPDATE:  Here's the link to the LiveMeeting.

Brent Ozar Talks about the MCM Process

 Brent Ozar recently achieved MCM status. He spent some time chatting about the experience with Kathi Kellenberger.

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An Interview with Denise McInerney

Denise McInerney has been a PASS volunteer and leader since 2004.

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Link for 6/16 Meeting with @PeschkaJ

Our next meeting is on June 16th with PASS Director Jeremiah Peschka.  Click here to connect to the Live Meeting.

Follow us on Twitter

Join the conversation on Twitter by following and using the hashtag #PASSProfDev.

Next Meeting June 16, 2010

The next meeting for the Professional Development Virtual Chapter will be on June 16th at 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM Pacific.  Our featured speaker will be a member of the PASS Board of Directors, Jeremiah Peschka (@PeschkaJ).  Jeremiah will be speaking on Taking Control of Your Career.  Join us!

Interview with Steve Jones

I recently had the opportunity to ask Steve Jones, editor and founder of SQLServerCentral and SQL Server MVP, a few questions about Professional Development and life in general.

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