Bill, the Vice President of Marketing, opened the day with a few remarks about how to keep up with PASS. Then a tribute to Kevin Kline.
Kevin has been a part of PASS for 10 years, and it was great to see people recognizing his efforts. Wayne Snyder came up to say good bye to Kevin, the past President of PASS, after 10 years. An emotional moment, and Wayne broke up a little. I can relate to that and I'm not sure I'd be any better.
An award to Kevin for his service to PASS and he received a well deserved, standing ovation.
Our new directors, Thomas LaRock, Brian Moran, and Jerimaih Peschka, were noted on the stage. Our new executive committee is:
- President Rushabh Mehta
- Vice President of Finance Bill Graziano
- Vice President of Marketing Rick Heiges
- Past President Wayne Snyder
The European conference is scheduled for April in Neuss, Germany. It will be the 21-23rd, April, 2010.
The North American Summit is back in Seattle next year, November 8-11, 2010. If you're coming back to the Summit, the lowest price is available now, so if you can book it now, you'll save around $1000. http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/na2010.
The headquarters staff was recognized as well. They are a great group of people up in Vancouver that keep PASS running all year around. I certainly rely on them for a few things, and I think they're great. The most visible is Blythe Morrow (@blythemorrow) on Twitter, so if you have something to suggest or know, send them an email, or tweet Blythe.
The way you change things at the Summit is with feedback. PASS is here for you as a user, so if there is something you want them to do, let them know. If there's something you liked, or disliked, about the Summit, fill out the surveys.
If you want to get the Summit on the East Coast, TELL PASS.
The speakers are also chosen partially based on the reviews that you give them. So if you enjoyed a session, be sure to let them know. If you didn't enjoy a session, give constructive criticisms.