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PASS Update #37 (Elections and Re-Election)

We’ve got 6 days left before the call for nominations for the 2010 PASS election closes and I want to make a last push to try to encourage more of you to participate. Jeremiah and Joe  both have some great points about the benefits and I probably can’t top them, so I’ll just ask you to do one thing as a member of the SQL community:

Email the links above to someone that you think would be a good Board member, tell them why you think so. No sales pitch, no coaxing, just tell them that you believe in them.

What about me, will I run for re-election?

I’ve put a lot of time and effort into PASS, sometimes in places that mattered, sometimes in places that didn’t. Learned some good lessons, learned – again – that culture change is hard, seen PASS grow in some respects, not in others. It has at times been very frustrating.

As I’ve considered the decision, I’ve tried to be measured, taking time to discuss it with many trusted friends. Took a while to sort through it, and that was worth doing.

There’s still stuff I want to do and change, so I’m going to run again. I’ll be changing my approach a little, focusing hard on transparency, strategy, governance, and I’ve got to manage my time investment better. Maybe not 2 hours a week, but not 5-10 either. If I’m re-elected I’ll hand over the reins of oPASS and SQLSaturday Orlando to Jack Corbett, still helping out by not owning them.

I’ll write more in the next few weeks about some lessons learned and the goals I’ll going to set.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 15 July 2010

Good luck.  I think it is a good move on your part to push for re-election.  Longer tenure can help to get things to run more smoothly in the organization.

Posted by Andy Warren on 16 July 2010

Jason, there IS something to be said for having some experience, definitely takes some time to figure out how it all fits together.. I think also something to be said for term limits!

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