Monthly Archives: February 2013

Congratulations to the 2012 Q4 INETA Community Champions

The INETA Community Achievement Award recognizes those who have contributed significantly to their local user group or developer community over the past 12 months. Congratulations to the following individuals who have won the INETA Community Achievement Award for the 4th quarter of 2012. You can nominate someone for this award at http://inetachamps.com/.

 

  • Kent Fehribach
  • Jim Wooley
  • Stuart Leitch
  • Chander Dhall
  • Sujata Devraj
  • Slava Kokaev
  • Paras Wadehra

 

Kent Fehribach
For the past year, Kent Fehribach has served as the President of the successful Great Lakes Area .NET User Group. During this term, the group averaged about 80 people per meeting and featured many outstanding technical speakers. In a unique move, Kent expanded the reach of the user group this year by encouraging out-of-town speakers to deliver presentations at local companies. The user group also conducted a successful food watch during Kent’s term as president. This is Kent’s 4th year on the user group board.

Jim Wooley
Jim Wooley is a frequent speaker, member of the INETA Speaker Bureau, MVP, and author of “LINQ in Action”. He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since it’s announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing the Atlanta Code Camp, leading the Microsoft MS Pros and Atlanta VB Study Group and serving as INETA Membership Manager for the Georgia region. Jim has actively helped to guide Microsoft through Software Design Reviews with product teams and is an active Microsoft Data Programmer Insider and Visual Basic Insider. In addition to speaking at numerous user groups and code camps in 7 states, Jim has presented at product launch events, MSDN conferences, and TechEd.

Stuart Leitch
Stuart has been on the Charlottesville .NET User Group committee for many years and has served as its President for the last year. Stuart oversaw the re-imaging and re-branding of the group (now the Charlottesville Microsoft Developer Group) and has been instrumental in the formation of the Charlottesville beCraft group, dedicated to software craftsmanship. Stuart is also a regular participant in the Charlottesville Agile community, beCamp (an annual barCamp event) and MADExpo, a regional multi-day technical conference. Stuart is an exceptional technologist, wonderful speaker, and tireless advocate for the technology community. He is always eager to volunteer and puts forth nothing but truly understands the value of community. He is unquestionably deserving of being named an INETA Community Champion.

Chander Dhall
Chander is the organizer of the Dallas Day of .NET in Dallas, Code in Houston, and the JavaScript Saturday in Long Beach, CA. He is the former leader of the .NET User Group in Dallas and has taken over the LA .NET User Group since moving to the west coast this year.

Sujata Devraj  
Sujata Devraj is a software architect/technical lead currently working in the public safety software arena. With over a decade of experience in various environments/languages such as C, C++ (MFC/COM), VB 6.0, C#, ASP/ASP.NET/AJAX, mobile applications, XML, SQL etc. currently heavily focused on .NET 3.5 framework technologies such as WPF(XAML), Silverlight, WCF, LINQ, and BizTalk Server 2006. Sujata is the current chairman of the .NET Users Group in Huntsville, AL and the group’s liaison to INETA. She is actively involved in finding ways to get the user community more engaged and connected, by organizing events such as the first ever .NET code camp. As a testament to these efforts the membership of the user group has grown several fold in the last few years, and a bridge established with neighboring community leaders and groups.

Slava Kokaev
Principal BI Developer/Architect, Mentor and NE Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group Leader specializing in Business Intelligence Systems, Custom BI Web Applications and BI Integration

Paras Wadehra
Paras is a seasoned developer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He is also an experienced public speaker and a vocal developer advocate.
He is also a Nokia Developer Ambassador, and an organizer of the Silicon Valley Windows Phone User Group.

Congratulations to the 2012 INETA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

INETA recognizes Russ Fustino as the 2012 winner of the INETA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the software development community over many years. You can nominate someone for this award at http://inetachamps.com/.

Russ FustinoRuss Fustino has published over 70 Windows Phone applications and is a member of the Microsoft Extended Influencer Team Program as a Windows 8 Key Influencer. He has a deep expertise in publishing apps to the store and marketplace. Windows 8, Phone 8, Azure Mobile Services, XAML and C# are his areas of expertise. Russ also is an expert in social media tools and video productions using tools such as Sony Vegas Pro and Expression Encoder.

Russ heads up Developer Evangelism at ComponentOne as a Senior Developer Evangelist. He is a highly experienced Windows Phone and Windows 8 software developer with a passion for conveying relevant, current, and future software development technologies and tools through live seminars, teaching, and internet video productions. Russ has a new innovative blog and interview video series with influentials, about current technology, ComponentOne products and developer community called ‘Russ Cam’! Check it out at http://gvtv.gcpowertools.com. He has enlightened, entertained and educated over 200,000 developers nationwide as a former Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. Russ heads up two INETA user groups in the Tampa Florida area: Windows Phone 7 (www.wp7ug.com) and the Internet Media User Group (www.internetmug.com) . Follow @RussCamTV on Twitter.