How to build the SQL community

I’ve been running SQLBits for 5 years and have always had a desire to make the SQL community better. I’ve often thought about running for the board but have never stood up

Just over a year ago I was at a meeting with some SQL leaders about growing PASS globally. At that meeting a friend of offered to help the board from an international perspective. I thought he was mad.

James runs his own business, has been managing the sponsors for SQLBits and has 3 kids to look after, no way would he have the time for PASS as well.

How wrong could I be.

Since that point James has jumped into the role with the board with both feet. There was some controversy when the board gave him a board position at the start of the year you can read James response here http://www.sqlpass.org/Community/PASSBlog/entryid/404/PASS-Board-Appointments-Response-to-Feedback.aspx whether you agree with the action James has made a big difference in structuring PASS for global growth. http://www.sqlpass.org/Community/GlobalGrowth.aspx and http://www.sqlpass.org/Community/GlobalGrowth/Resources.aspx

The SQL community is very strong in many countries like UK and USA but in many other countries the community needs developing and that what James is passionate about.

So why should you vote for James?

If you’ve read James application then I would suggest you do http://www.sqlpass.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=2m4BjucrP8Y%3d&tabid=6746&mid=13061

James is passionate about the community

He’s been working with SQLBits for a number of years now. He’s not in this for, he’s in it to make build a truly world wide SQL organisation.

James listens well

In his role as coordinator of sponsors he has shown how he listens to people.

Anyone that has been to SQLBits will testify to the fact that by no means is it overly commercial yet sponsors love the event. This is because James has listened to the commercial requirements of the sponsors and balanced that with core requirements of the conference i.e. the delegates. This is what I feel makes SQLBits unique.

James is honest and selfless

As mentioned in the application, about 12 months ago James and I were planning on going into business together. I was offered a position at a client which I was going to dismiss but I didn’t because of James. Even though it had a serious impact on James business plans he provided me with impartial advice and helped me make the decision. Something for which I will always be grateful to James for.

He’s a nice guy

Just look at how he celebrated becoming an MVP http://consultingblogs.emc.com/jamesrowlandjones/archive/2008/10/07/and-then-there-were-three-sql-mvps-conchango.aspx

Just avoid him if he takes you to a wine bar as he’ll start buying stinky cheese.

If you want to read more about James then read here http://www.sqlpass.org/Elections/Candidates/JamesRowlandJones.aspx

Don’t forget to vote today.

Published 12 October 2012 00:04 by simonsabin
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12 October 2012 10:19 by SimonS Blog on SQL Server Stuff

# How to build the SQL community

I’ve been running SQLBits for 5 years and have always had a desire to make the SQL community better.