The PASS Board, hard at work - from left to right, Randy Dyess, Christoph Stotz, Joe Webb, Rushabh Mehta, Wayne Snyder, and Neil Buchwalter.
It's been my honor to serve on the board of directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (www.sqlpass.org
) since its inception in 1999. Back then, I was a mid-level technology manager at Deloitte focusing on database administration for SQL Server databases. Try to explain that one to your grandma. Trust me, you'll only get a blank stare.
Me and John Stoiber, PASS Executive Director
Over the years, I rose through the ranks of PASS starting with VP of Marketing, to Executive VP of Finance, and for the last three years, President of the organization. The organization is now at its largest ever, with tens of thousands of members and an annual conference of about 2500 total attendees.
We spent well over 24 hours of the week hard at work on our next round of strategic goals and measuring our performance on past operations. It was hard work, but very rewarding. For example, we formulated our strategy for partnering on two international events in 2007 (one in Canada, one in Denmark), location for our 2008 event (2007 was planned long ago), and major work around an all new IT infrastructure and website.
Whew! Am I tired!