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In the Interests of Transparency


I read Stuart

Ainsworth’s blog post this morning, and I thank Stuart for posting

something. However, there’s an implication in there that I know more than I’ve

posted and am withholding information. So, in the interest of transparency:

I give PASS, the organization, and the PASS Board of Directors Nominating

Committee, full permission to release anything about my application to run for

the board of directors, with the exception of my home address, phone numbers,

social security number, and birthdate.

I'm sure most comments aren't flattering, or maybe not even nice. I'll stand on who I am.

Also, a clarification: since my interview on August 6th, I have received one

email as the sum total of my communication from PASS, excepting the Connector

newsletter. That email was this morning, as shown below:

I am including the full text of that letter, which is all I know about the

reason I was rejected. I can speculate on exact reasons, but this is all I know.

The full text is:


Dear Steve,

Thank you for your application to the PASS Board of Directors. After

interviews with the candidates, the nominating committee spent an extensive

amount of time deliberating before a slate consisting of 5 candidates was

proposed to the board. After discussions, a majority board voted to accept the

slate. I regret to inform you that your name was not among the 5 candidates

proposed by the nomination committee for the 2010 Elections to the PASS Board of


The nominating committee considered two important factors in their

decision for placing candidates on the slate – volunteer efforts with PASS and

the ability to be an effective leader and team player in a predominantly

volunteer based organization.

PASS is a volunteer organization.  Volunteers who do much of the work for

the community do so because they feel valued and appreciated. An effective board

member must be able to work with volunteers from all levels of expertise and

commitment.  It is the board members responsibility to lead and encourage

volunteers. While the NomCom continues to be impressed by your passion and

support for the SQL Server Community, questions were raised during the interview

regarding your ability to effectively work with volunteers in an executive

capacity. The limited work you had on PASS committees was a factor in the

NomCom’s decision. This can be easily addressed with your continued

participation in PASS committees.  Therefore we ask that you continue to

volunteer with PASS, at the international level, so that you gain valuable

experience in working with all levels of volunteers.  I look forward to your

interest on serving on the Board of Directors for the next election cycle.

On behalf of the PASS Board and the nominations committee, I thank you

for your service to the organization. We truly appreciate your volunteer spirit,

and look forward to your continued involvement with the PASS organization.

If you have any questions or need further feedback, please don’t hesitate

to contact me directly at


Wayne Snyder

Distinguished Architect


Steve Jones: I have removed Wayne’s contact information

SQL Server MVP

Microsoft Certified  IT Professional - Database Administrator

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist - SQL Server

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Business Intelligence Specialist


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