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The Wiffle-Waffle, or Why I’m Running for the PASS Board of Directors

I’ll announce it here first, along with some reasons why I’m waffling from an earlier post:

I’m going to run for the PASS Board of Directors in 2010.

I am finalizing my application and getting reference letters before I send it to the Nominating Committee.


I’ve always admired my wife for her passion with horses. If she could quit her job tomorrow and train horses (and their riders) full-time she would. She dreams about getting there, and spends as much time as she can with the big beasts. I support that effort, sometimes with a shovel, and hope she gets there some day.

However I haven’t felt any great passion in the past. When I was 35, my wife and I talked about retiring for 6 months when we each reached 40. When I sold SQLServerCentral, she asked me if I wanted to still try retirement. I declined since I didn’t have anything I really wanted to do. No great passion drove me. I enjoy hobbies, and I enjoy life, but nothing seemed to really move me enough to want to do it full-time.

I was wrong.

Without realizing it, something had crept up on me. Recently my wife and I were discussing whether I should run for the PASS board, and she was asking my reasons for doing so. What would I gain? Does it help my brand? What can I do? Why bother? As I tried to give her answers, I let my mind randomly wander across the last decade and my involvement with PASS. The things I’ve enjoyed at the Summit. The numerous times I’ve been ready to throw my hands in the air and completely divorce myself from PASS. The way that I’ve tried to influence and push PASS in ways that would benefit the community. When I finished talking to her, she told me this.

“It’s a no brainer. Run”

She told me that I had displayed a passion that she hadn’t seen before either. A real drive to make a difference that shone through in my words. She had concerns over the time commitment, but she did think we could manage that this was important.

I slept on our conversation and then made the decision to move forward the next day.

If my application is approved, it will be posted on the PASS site, but if not, I’ll post it here so you can judge for yourself if I am someone that is a good candidate for the PASS board of directors.

I am both excited, and a little nervous, about the this process moving forward. I look forward to meeting a few of you on the campaign, err, SQL Saturday trail.

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Posted by Grant Fritchey on 16 July 2010

You've got my support. Good luck. I honestly wish I could run against you, just because it would be fun.

Posted by Arnie Rowland on 16 July 2010

Glad to hear it Steve. And you're right -we all need to understand our passion -for life is boring withit it.

You have my support.

Posted by Andy Warren on 16 July 2010


Posted by Patrick LeBlanc on 16 July 2010

Nice.  Good Luck.

Posted by Glenn Berry on 16 July 2010

Good luck, Steve!  Of course, if you are elected, you will be quite a bit busier than normal during PASS. You also have my support.

Posted by Andy Leonard on 16 July 2010

Congrats Steve!

  I look forward to your campaign and support your candidacy.


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 16 July 2010

Good luck and I think it is a good move.

Posted by Roy Ernest on 16 July 2010

Ah...The good man has decided to run... I am glad. You have my support for sure. Anyways, i am planning to do some volunteer work next year. So you have one volunteer.. :-)

Posted by Kevin Mckenna on 16 July 2010

best of luck Steve :)

Posted by John Sansom on 16 July 2010

Fantastic news Steve, I really think you could bring some great things to the table for PASS. You can count on my vote that’s for sure. Now go for it!

Posted by AllenMWhite on 16 July 2010

I'm so glad you made that decision, Steve.  I think you'd be fantastic for PASS, and you've definitely got my vote!

Posted by Gethyn Ellis on 16 July 2010

Steve, I think you will make a great board member, good luck, I hope you get in.

Posted by Robert L Davis on 16 July 2010

Ironically, I recently had a talk with my manager about passion. I have it, and I am sometimes frustrated when others don't. I can't think of a better reason to run for the board than the ones you stated: passion and a desire to make the organization work better for the members!!

I feel sorry for your opponent. He or she will have to try to top that.

Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 17 July 2010

Steve, you deserve to be on board, so good luck!

Posted by Steve Jones on 17 July 2010

Thanks for all the notes. Now I just need to get that application in and cross my fingers.

Posted by Jack Corbett on 17 July 2010

Glad yo decided to run.  It ought to be interesting.

Posted by Robert Pearl on 19 July 2010

Hey, must of missed this one last week...Best of Luck!  You have my full support, without a doubt!  Since you've been supportive of me, and so many others, that too is a no-brainer.  All in favor, say "Aye", Steve for PASS President!


Posted by malathi.mahadevan on 19 July 2010

Steve, Support you whole heartedly, go for it!!

Posted by Jorge Segarra on 19 July 2010

Steve, in my (and many others as well) eyes you're the quintissential community leader. Having you on the board will not only benefit PASS but everyone involved with the organization. Best of luck to you and all of the other folks throwing their hat in the ring.

Posted by Steve Jones on 19 July 2010

Thanks for the kind words. Sending in nomination application today, along with a few letters of recommendation. We'll see what happens.

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