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PASS Board Elections 2013

It’s election time again for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). We have a week to discover what we can about the candidates and vote. I do not believe one week is enough time for this. That’s one reason why I’m sharing who I will be voting for and why. I encourage everyone to do as much research as you can and vote for the candidates you believe will represent the things you believe will help PASS move forward and best serve the SQL Server Community.

Allen Kinsel

Allen has served on the Board. Before that, he led the PASS Summit Selection Committee for some years. Allen has a good sense of the inner workings of the PASS Board. He brings extensive experience with the SQL Server Community, as well. I think both are important, and that’s why I’m voting for Allen.

Tim Ford

I’ve known Tim for a while and he’s good people. Tim cares about the SQL Server Community and demonstrates his caring by volunteering many hours to community events.

Both Allen and Tim have experienced disappointments in and with PASS and the SQL Server Community. Allen was on the Board and was not re-elected. Tim ran previously for the Board and, if memory serves, was eliminated by the Nomination Committee.

Returning to the fray after experiencing disappointment says something (to me) about character and gumption.

The other US candidates – Amy Lewis and Ami Levin – bring strong talents to the candidate pool. I had to pick some folks which meant not picking others.

The Other Seat

There are three seats available and I’ve only mentioned two candidates. One seat is going to someone from the US, another to someone from EMEA, the third seat is up for grabs for anyone. I’ve decided who I will vote for in the US and up-for-grabs seats. I haven’t yet made up my mind about the EMEA candidate, but I see strength in all: Neil Hambly, Jen Stirrup, and Richard Douglas.


Published Monday, September 23, 2013 2:00 PM by andyleonard

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Allen Kinsel said:

Thanks for your support Andy!

September 25, 2013 3:08 PM

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