I’ve been awarded my first MVP award

You’ve got mail!

This afternoon during a typical afternoon working on fixing a client’s database design, I received an email that I never expected to receive:

For the non-German readers, this is an email from Microsoft saying that I have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award. The award is a recognition of work in the community which is based on other people in the community nominating people for the award. Read up on the MVP award on the dedicated website.

Standing on the shoulders of giants

I have been part of the SQL Server community for a few years now, starting back in 2013 with my first session at SQL Sat 196 in Exeter. This continued to multiple SQLSaturday events and other tech events around Europe and also at the PASS Summit in 2016. In the mean time, I setup a SQL Server user group in my quiet corner of Germany and also a cool little event called SQLGrillen

However, all of this would never have come to pass without the cajoling and wrangling of a few very important people.

  • André Kamman (b | t) – friend, mentor and now business partner
  • Mladen Prajdić (t) – friend, mentor and creator of the excellent SSMS Toolspack
  • Marco Blasio (t) – friend, mentor and crazy Italian in Ireland 🙂

These three were instrumental in getting me to begin engaging in the community, especially as a speaker at events. Without their pressure support, I would never have taken those first steps. Thanks gents!

  • Jonathan Allen (t) – friend, mentor, former minion colleague
  • Annette Allen (t) – friend, mentor, inspiration for community work

Jonathan and Annette are in fact, as the organizers of SQLSat Exeter, the original enablers of getting me hooked on community stuff. It is fully their fault that I began speaking by giving me a platform to start my speaking career.

  • Karla Landrum (t) – friend, mentor and fantastic all-round gal.

Karla was/is just amazing. She is best known as the face of PASS at SQLSaturdays around the world until she stepped down last year. She helped me so much in the background, tirelessly listening to my questions. She provided me with invaluable insights and inspiration in everything to do with the community.

One common theme here is that I count each of these people as friends first. For me at least, this is why I do what I do. I get to spend time with friends, talking about things I am passionate about and try to get others excited about it too. What’s not to love?!

However, being awarded anything is nice and I don’t deny it is a good feeling to receive “official” recognition for what I have done.

Now the real work begins

I now hope to use the access to extra information and resources to help even more people who want to be successful with SQL Server. With the speed that the tools and tech coming out of Redmond, there will be plenty of things for me to keep up with.

So for now, I’ll say thanks for the award and well wishes and I hope to see you at an event somewhere soon!

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