Category Archives: Champs

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.

Congratulations Q1 2012 INETA Community Champions

The purpose of the INETA Community Champion Award program is to recognize individuals with the highest levels of contributions. Those exceptional leaders and volunteers who devote innumerable hours towards hosting user group meetings, organizing Code Camps and special events, mentoring and supporting their members, publishing newsletters, updating web sites, and the list goes on and on. The Community Champion program provides INETA with an opportunity to showcase the efforts of our user group communities as a whole as well as provide individual recognition. Recognition that we hope will open doors to networking opportunities, potential sponsors, future employers or partnerships.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q1 2012 INETA Community Champion Award!

  • Matt Ruma
  • Joe Waldin
  • Sam Abraham
  • Chad England
Community Champions

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve! For additional information and to view past winners, please go to the Community Champions site.

INETA Community Champion Excellence Award Winner 2011

Twice a year the INETA Community Champions Selection Committee has one of the hardest decisions to make. They have to sift through the pile of nominations and select one person to receive this prestigious award. This time it was no different and, with so many outstanding nominations, they could only select one. It is our distinct pleasure to thank Scott Spradlin for everything he has done and announce him as the recipient of the 2011 INETA Community Champions Excellence Award.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this process along with all the nominees for doing such a great job in their community and making our job so difficult. We would also like to thank all those who nominated someone from their community. Keep those nominations coming as the least we can do is say “Thank You” after all the great work that these individuals have done.

 

Excellence Winner Scott Spradlin Scott Spradlin is an architect/developer in St. Louis. He has been programming professionally for over 30 years and developing solutions with the .NET framework since the early beta releases. Scott is on the leadership teams of the St. Louis .NET User Group and the St. Louis Day of .NET Regional Conference. He has served on the INETA NorAm Board of Directors and is currently a Microsoft MVP. Scott is an advocate for the developer community at large and actively works with local user groups and mentors young WP7 developers at area universities.

INETA 10 – Community Champions

The INETA Community Champions program was started in 2005. The purpose of the program is to recognize the efforts of user group leaders across North America. The contributions of these hard-working volunteers enable their members to expand their technical skills and establish long lasting professional relationships. The passion of these leaders places the good of their communities before themselves. The Community Champions program is a small reward those people who do so much for their communities. There are two levels to the program. The first is the Community Champions award. This award is based on contributions within the developer community. Participants earn points based on tasks typically associated with running user groups such as publishing a newsletter, managing email lists, giving presentations, mentoring speakers, updating web sites, organizing meetings and code camps plus a lot more. These awards are bestowed quarterly. The second award is the Community Excellence Award. This award is given to those who have had a significant and prolonged impact on the developer community. This is a lifetime award and it is presented semiannually. The recipients of this award are nominated by those in the user group community.

Since the inception of the program, 106 community members have been presented with the Champions Award. The Community Excellence Awards winners to date include Bill Evjan, Dave Nodered, Julie Lerman, David McCarter, Bill Jones Jr., Chris Pels, and Kevin Hazzard.

Like everything INETA does, the Community Champions program is by the community, for the community. Take a look at the Champs website and add your tasks. Who knows — you might be a community champion as well.

 


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INETA 10 – David McCarter

In 2008, I was proud to win the INETA Community Excellence Award. In 1994 I became one of the cofounders of the user group that I currently run in San Diego, the San Diego .NET Developers Group (formerly the San Diego Visual Basic User Group). This April we will turn 18 years old and have helped hundreds to thousands of local southern California developers.

Winning this award meant a lot to me because, like most user group leaders, we work very hard keeping our groups running and attracting members and speakers, most of the time with no recognition. It also meant a lot because this award was nominated and voted on by my peers.

I believe that we do help the local community. I don’t volunteer at soup kitchens, pet shelters etc., in turn we provide training, job placement, networking (an very important part of finding a great job) and more that helps developers better their career, family and more. Ineta has always been a part of helping us in this endeavor.

David McCarter David McCarter
INETA Community Champions Excellence Award Winner
San Diego .NET Developers Group

Congratulations to the Q3 2011 INETA Community Champions

The purpose of the INETA Community Champion Award program is to recognize individuals with the highest levels of contributions. Those exceptional leaders and volunteers who devote innumerable hours towards hosting user group meetings, organizing Code Camps and special events, mentoring and supporting their members, publishing newsletters, updating web sites, and the list goes on and on. The Community Champion program provides INETA with an opportunity to showcase the efforts of our user group communities as a whole as well as provide individual recognition. Recognition that we hope will open doors to networking opportunities, potential sponsors, future employers or partnerships.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q3 2011 INETA Community Champion Award!

  • Sujata Devraj
  • Michael Crump
  • Todd Stone
  • Mike Huguet
Community Champions

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve! For additional information and to view past winners, please go to the Community Champions site.

Congratulations to the Q2 2011 INETA Community Champions

The purpose of the INETA Community Champion Award program is to recognize individuals with the highest levels of contributions. Those exceptional leaders and volunteers who devote innumerable hours towards hosting user group meetings, organizing Code Camps and special events, mentoring and supporting their members, publishing newsletters, updating web sites, and the list goes on and on. The Community Champion program provides INETA with an opportunity to showcase the efforts of our user group communities as a whole as well as provide individual recognition. Recognition that we hope will open doors to networking opportunities, potential sponsors, future employers or partnerships.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q2 2011 INETA Community Champion Award!

  • Teresa Hennig
  • Rob Wilson
  • Michael Blumenthal
  • Slava Kokaev
  • Philip Japikse
Community Champions

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve! For additional information and to view past winners, please go to the Community Champions site.

INETA Community Champion Excellence Award Winner 2010

Twice a year the INETA Community Champions Selection Committee has one of the hardest decisions to make. They have to sift through the pile of nominations and select one person to receive this prestigious award. This time it was no different and, with so many outstanding nominations, they could only select one. It is our distinct pleasure to thank Kevin Hazzard for everything he has done and announce him as the recipient of the 2010 INETA Community Champions Excellence Award.

Kevin Hazzard Kevin Hazzard (LinkedIn profile) is a consultant, entrepreneur and Microsoft MVP (MVP profile) who enjoys speaking at user groups, Code Camps and conferences all over the US. He leads the Code Camp in Richmond, Virginia. Kevin has served multiple terms on Virginia’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science as an advisor to governors and legislatures. He holds patents for peer-to-peer networking technology and served as one of Intel Corporation’s representatives to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) when he worked in the Intel Architecture Labs. Nowadays, Kevin loves writing and speaking about our industry and getting to know as many friends throughout the developer community as he can. For his day job, Kevin is a consultant with CapTech Consulting, a management consulting and software development firm of 250 professionals based in Richmond, and runs The Developer Journey Co., a company dedicated to advancing the craft of software development through mentoring and peer training. Kevin also serves as the president of the advisory board for the IT program at the college where he’s been an instructor for the past eleven years. 

Congratulations Q4 2010 INETA Community Champions

The purpose of the INETA Community Champion Award program is to recognize individuals with the highest levels of contributions. Those exceptional leaders and volunteers who devote innumerable hours towards hosting user group meetings, organizing Code Camps and special events, mentoring and supporting their members, publishing newsletters, updating web sites, and the list goes on and on. The Community Champion program provides INETA with an opportunity to showcase the efforts of our user group communities as a whole as well as provide individual recognition. Recognition that we hope will open doors to networking opportunities, potential sponsors, future employers or partnerships.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q4 2010 INETA Community Champion Award!

  • Andy Dunn
  • Rod Paddock
  • Mike Neel
  • Stephen Bohlen
  • Darrel Norton
  • Julie Yack
  • Shawn Weisfeld
  • Sergey Barskiy
  • Keith Elder
  • Anita Luthra
Community Champions

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve! For additional information and to view past winners, please go to the Community Champions site.