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Tjay Belt

Tjay Belt is an outdoorsman who enjoys riding dirtbikes, waterskiing/boating, playing racquetball and spending time with his family. When he can't be out playing, Tjay loves to tinker with databases. Tjay has been an IT professional for over a decade. Currently serving as a Senior Database Engineer with Cybersource in the Infrastructure Engineering group, TJay has progressed through several roles in his database career including developer, data guy, database developer, database analystand DBA. Prior to Cybersource, he worked at several software companies, working at internal customer sites in the United States and abroad. He has always gravitated to the database side of each job and excelled. TJay studied Computer Science at Brigham Young University and is a member and active volunteer of PASS.

Glenn Alan Berry

Glenn works as a Database Architect at Avalara in Denver, Colorado. He is a SQL Server MVP, and he has a whole collection of Microsoft certifications, including MCITP, MCDBA, MCSE, MCSD, MCAD, and MCTS, which proves that he likes to take tests. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at University College – University of Denver, where has been teaching since 2000. He recently completed the Master Teacher Program at University College.

Brendon Birdoes

Brendon is a Microsoft Certified Professional with over nine years experience delivering web, smart client and service oriented applications. With a range of experience in the Microsoft technology stack, Brendon focuses on integration and service oriented technologies such as Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric, WCF and WF 4.0. One of his more notable projects recently was leading the BizTalk development effort for the ESB Toolkit 2.0 for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009. He is an active speaker in the Microsoft community, delivering sessions for regional Microsoft events, desert code camp and user groups. Brendon is currently the Phoenix Regional Practice Director for Connected Systems at Neudesic.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2008 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years. Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

Donald Farmer

Donald Farmer is the QlikView Product Advocate, working with customers and partners to establish QlikView as the leading solution for Business Discovery. Donald has over twenty years experience in analytics and data management. In that time he has worked as a consultant, in startups and as a leader of Microsoft’s BI product teams. He is a speaker at countless international events on business intelligence, data integration and data management, blogger, and author of several books.

Jeffrey Garbus

Jeff Garbus has over twenty years of expertise in architecture, tuning and administration of Microsoft SQL Server databases at hundreds of client sites. He has authored 17 books, developed advanced training workshops, and has published dozens of articles on the subject. Mr. Garbus is the CEO of Soaring Eagle Consulting, an organization that specializes in assisting businesses maximize database performance. His latest book Microsoft Transact-SQL, The Definitive Guide, is available now, use the Coupon Code “GARBUS” when ordering for a 35% discount.

Rick Garibay

With nearly 12 years experience delivering solutions on the Microsoft platform in various industry sectors, Rick is a developer, architect, speaker and author on distributed .NET technologies and is a Solutions Architect at Neudesic. Rick focuses on helping his clients streamline business processes while enhancing the productivity of it's developers by combining modern, iterative software engineering methodologies with the capabilities of the Microsoft Platform to help close the value gap. Rick specializes in cloud technologies such as Microsoft .NET, Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Azure to deliver business value and drive revenue while reducing operational costs. Rick is an active speaker, writer and passionate community advocate in the national .NET community. Rick is the President and Co-Founder of the Phoenix Connected Systems User Group. Recent presentations include the 2009 Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference in Redmond, WA, and his numerous articles on .NET technology can be found in-print and online in publications such as CODE Magazine, DevX and his personal blog at http://rickgaribay.net. Rick is a proud Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) an has been awarded the MVP designation for Connected Systems for three years in a row.

Ben Hoelting

Ben Hoelting: Senior Software Developer, Intelligent Software Solutions, Inc. and C# MVP. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BS in Computer Information Systems and a Minor in Computer Science. Ben joined the IT industry in 1996 as an intern and has worked with .NET since its inception back in 2002. Worked for Colorado Technology Consultants, Inc. from 2005 – 2010. He left the consulting world to go do some work for the Department of Defense. Currently he works for Intelligent Software Solutions, Inc. in Colorado Springs. His most recent projects include a Silverlight line of business application that uses the ADO.NET Entity Framework to access the backend data store. He also is working on an office automation solution that extends PowerPoint. Ben is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) for Web and Windows .NET 4.0. His blog is at http://www.benhblog.com and his twitter stream is at http://twitter.com/benhnet. Finally, Ben is very involved in the local .NET community and is the leader of the South Colorado .NET User Group.

Stan  Hustad

Stan Hustad is a Business Performance Coach to many business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. He is also a recognized thought leader in the field of personal marketing and developed the personal performance marketing programs as a way of life in order to build your business and further your influence. He shares these marketing ideas with people all over the world as a speaker, broadcaster and personal coach. Stan challenges men and women to be full of life and to live with power, passion, and direction. He encourages you to be the person that thousands want to know and do business with!

Eric Johnson

Eric is the co-founder of Consortio Services, and the primary Database Technologies Consultant.

His background in Information Technology (IT) is diverse, ranging from operating systems and hardware to specialized applications and development. He has even done his fair share of work on networks. Since IT is really just a way to support business processes, he has also acquired his MBA. All in all, he has 10 years of experience with IT, a great amount of which has been working with Microsoft SQL Server. Eric has managed and designed databases of all shapes and sizes.

He has delivered numerous SQL Server training classes and webcasts as well as presentations at national technology conferences. Most recently, he presented at TechMentor on SQL Server 2005 Replication, Reporting Services, and Integration Services. In addition, he is active in the local SQL Server Community, serving as the President of the Colorado Springs SQL Server Users Group.

Josh Jones

Josh Jones is co-owner and Database\Operating Systems Consultant with Consortio Services in Colorado Springs, CO. There he provides training, administration, analysis, and design support for customers utilizing SQL Server 2000 and 2005.

In his 8 years as an IT professional, he has worked in multiple areas of Information Technology including Windows desktop support, Windows 2000 and 2003 server infrastructure design and support (AD, DNS, MS Exchange), telephony switch support, and network support.

Josh has presented at various PASS sponsored events about SQL Server topics such as 64-bit SQL Server Implementation, Reporting Services Administration, and Performance Tuning. He's also a regular speaker for the SQL Server Worldwise Users Group Virtual Conference (www.vconferenceonline.com) on SQL Server topics.

Josh has been published in Redmond Magazine, Redmond Developer News, and Visual Studio magazine. He is the co-author of a data modeling book ("Developers Guide to Data Modeling for SQL Server") with Eric Johnson, now available from Addison-Wesley.

Adam Jorgensen

Adam Jorgensen is the President of Pragmatic Works Consulting, a Director for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS), SQL Server MVP, and a well-known speaker, author, and executive mentor. His focus is on helping companies realize their full potential by using their data in ways they may not have previously imagined. Adam has contributed to five previous books on SQL Server, analytics, and SharePoint.

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline is a renowned database expert and software industry veteran. A long-time Microsoft SQL Server MVP and noted leader in the IT industry, Kevin is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at industry trade shows worldwide. He tweets at #kekline and blogs at http://KevinEKline.com.

Brian Knight

Brian Knight, SQL Server MVP, MCITP, MCSE, MCDBA, is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works. He is also the co-founder of SQLServerCentral.com and JumpstartTV.com. He runs the local SQL Server users group in Jacksonville (JSSUG). Brian is a contributing columnist at several technical magazines and does regular webcasts at Jumpstart TV. He is the author of 10 SQL Server books. Brian has spoken at conferences like PASS, SQL Connections and TechEd and many Code Camps. His blog can be found at http://www.pragmaticworks.com.

Devin  Knight

Devin (MCTS, MCITP) is a Senior BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin helps run his local users’ group (JSSUG) as a Vice President.

Patrick LeBlanc

Patrick LeBlanc, SQL Server MVP, is currently a Business Intelligence Architect for Pragmatic Works. He has worked as a SQL Server DBA for the past 9 years. His experience includes working in the Educational, Advertising, Mortgage, Medical and Financial Industries. He is also the founder of TSQLScripts.com, SQLLunch.com and the President of the Baton Rouge Area SQL Server User Group. Patrick is a regular speaker at various SQL Server community events, including SQL Saturday’s, User Groups and the SQL Lunch.

Ted Malone

Ted is currently a Principal Software Engineer at EMC in the Ionix Business Unit. He is the Product Owner for "EMC Ionix Infrastructure Intelligence," which applies Business Intelligence concepts to IT operational data to provide deep insight into IT Operations. Prior to EMC, he was a consultant and trainer and worked with many Fortune 1000 clients to deliver dynamic, data-driven solutions using Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft suite of development products.

Ted has worked with SQL Server since version 1.0 (Yes, there really was a 1.0 version) on OS/2. He has also been involved with the Visual Studio Team System suite of products since the beginning, and has focused heavily on Agile Database development methods using MSF and "Data Dude" (Team System for Database Professionals).

Matt Masson

Matt Masson has been working in the BI industry for the past ten years, and is now a developer on the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) team. He maintains the SSIS team blog on MSDN (http://blogs.msdn.com/mattm/), and can frequently be seen trolling the Integration Services support forums.

Ben Miller

Ben has been a member of the SQL Server Community for over 14 years now. He is currently a Director of Database Admin at MaritzCX in Lehi Utah. He is a SQL Server MVP and has spent time in the field using SQL Server since 1997. He has worked at various companies throughout the US as well as at Microsoft for 7 years. He is passionate about SQL Server and automation and integration. Ben is also a SQL Server MCM (Microsoft Certified Master). He can be found on the internet as DBAduck (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Blog).

Bill Pearson

Bill created Island Technologies Inc. in 1997, and has developed a large and diverse customer base over the years since. Bill's background as a CPA, Internal Auditor and Management Accountant enable him to provide value to clients as a liaison between Accounting / Finance and Information Services. Bill has implemented enterprise business intelligence systems over the years for many Fortune 500 companies, and focuses his practice upon the integrated Microsoft business intelligence solution. Bill is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.

Jason Strate

Jason Strate, Digineer Inc, is a SQL Server consultant with over fifteen years of experience. He is a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server since July, 2009. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions. Along with project work, Jason blogs at jasonstrate.com and has contributed in several books, including Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012.


Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton is a software developer and technical trainer in Eastern Iowa. He is organizing a .NET user group in Iowa City and he co-founded the Iowa Code Camp in 2008. Chris is a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and holds the MCPD:Enterprise certification. He has been consulting and speaking on web related topics since the beginning of 2005, has 10 years of professional software development experience and loves developing for the web. He also enjoys hiking and biking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

Craig Utley

Craig Utley is a Mentor with Solid Quality Mentors and a former Program Manager with the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) where he focused on Business Intelligence.

Craig has been involved in the Microsoft BI space since the betas of SQL Server 7.0, when he helped write Microsoft's first data warehousing course. Since then he has consulted at a variety of businesses worldwide on their BI solutions as an independent consultant, a ProClarity consultant, and a member of SQLCAT. Thanks to his time on SQLCAT, Craig has seen some of the largest Microsoft data warehouses in the world and has worked directly with the Analysis Services development team. Craig is also a former MVP in C#, which he had to give up when he joined Microsoft in May 2006.

Craig is a current member of the INETA Speaker's Bureau and maintains an interest in the .NET space. He is the author of over 35 articles and 3 books, the most recent of which is about PerformancePoint Server 2007.

Stephen Wynkoop

Stephen has a passion for community building, including online and offline venues. For nearly one and a half decades, Stephen's work has included online and offline events, helping build revenue streams for communities, creating tools to help events, communities and people learn and grow from each other's experiences.  Virtual events - both online and hybrid - are a key component of this.

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