Hello Dear Reader! The PASS Board of Director elections are upon us again. We have 3 spots open and 4 great candidates. A lot has been written about this election already. Andy Warren has sounded off, Brent Ozar as well. There are blogs by the candidates and many others.
While we are all waiting to get into the website to vote, here's who I'm voting for and why.
1. JRJ aka James Rowland Jones.
James is energetic, incredibly knowledgeable, and a pleasure to hang around. James has done a lot of work expanding and evangelizing for SQL Server on the international front. He helps head up SQLBits and I love the idea of a FREE & PAID conference combined. I'm hoping that we can adopt some model of that in the U.S.
James is a flat out leader in this field of IT/SQL Server/Microsoft Consulting.
2. Wendy Pastrick.
STOP SCREAMING INTERNET. Before people go "OF COURSE, SHE WORKS FOR PRAGMATIC" stop. If that is all you think of what I write, stop reading.
Being in IT as long as I have the way someone's mind works is incredibly important to me. I work with Wendy, I've interviewed her. I also encouraged her NOT to run for the board. That's right Dear Reader not to run.
She has a wonderful enthusiasm. She is thoughtful, and she truly believes that she can make a difference and told me so when I encouraged her not to run. I like the work that Wendy has done for the community. The first part of victory is wanting something. She does. I may never run for the board but, in the conversations she and I have shared I have no doubt PASS is a better organization with her there.
3. Grant Fritchey.
I know Grant, I like him quite a bit. Met him at SQL Rally in 2011 when he did his first pre-con. I've seen him at conferences, presenting, and talked about everything from SQL, presenting advice, to cleaning shot gun's vs. sharpening swords to intimidate boys coming to date a teenage daughter.
It's safe to say I like him. But why do I think he would be good on the PASS Board? Grant is an optimistic, enthusiastic, realist and when we talk I can't help but think he's somebody I would want to work with or work for. He is passionate at the right times, and he clearly explains what is on his mind and the way his decisions work. The most important thing to me is how someone's mind works.
He's a DBA, but he has taught pre-con's on Azure, he has looked at Big Data, he doesn't shy away from learning and tackling new things. Plus the man produces a damn fine book on Performance Tuning. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do on the board.
WRAP IT UP
Alright Dear Reader. I don't expect to convince you, this is just who I'm supporting and a short reason why. The thing you do not see in this post is the hours, meals, and conversations I've had over time. All of that adds up. I'm lucky to know these 3 people. PASS would be lucky to have them.
A long time ago before I got involved I thought the Speakers ran PASS. It never occurred to me that the public face of PASS was not who ran the show. I've been very happy the last couple of years with the additions to the board. I'm excited to see these Speakers stepping up to help.
If you have a ballot to vote please do. Good Luck to all of the Candidates! As always Dear Reader, Thanks for stopping by.