Yes, I was named a SQL Server MVP the most recent round of awards. I honestly can’t believe it. It is a great honor to have been recognized for the things I’ve done in the SQL Server community. This isn’t the reason I participate, but it is exciting to have been recognized for my contributions.
I’d love to mention everyone who helped me get to this point, but there are too many to list and I know I’d leave someone out, but there is one person I have to thank specifically because I’d never have gotten involved were it not for Andy Warren (Blog | Twitter). I probably wouldn’t have met all the rest of you without his encouragement.
I met Andy at the first SQLSaturday pre-con (Joe Celko) in 2007. I don’t know what he saw in me back then, but he took me under his wing and encouraged me to get involved by blogging, speaking, and becoming a leader in the local community, then regionally and even nationally through PASS. I really don’t think I’ve done anything exceptionally well, but I have been willing to volunteer and whatever I know about SQL Server I’m willing to share.
SQL Server does have a true community. You can see it on Twitter where we are able to share personal as well as technical problems. The SQL Server community is full of people who want to help and there are a lot more MVP’s out there that have not been officially recognized.