PASS Board Meeting in Dallas

[cross-posted from Mark Ginnebaugh's blog at]

I spent last Thursday and Friday in Dallas, participating in my first PASS Board Meeting.  PASS, the Professional Association for SQL Server, is an important part of the  SQL Server and  Microsoft Business Intelligence community, with over 60,000 members and 200 chapters worldwide.

I was excited to have a seat at the table, getting the inside story on some of the modest controversies of recent PASS history – transparency, the election process, the location of future PASS Summits, and how we deliver value to the community, to name a few.

Having been involved in other boards, I can tell you that PASS has an outstanding, and yes, passionate board. There were bound to be differing opinions, and I wasn’t disappointed.  On some issues, we are simply in uncharted territory, left to our own opinions about where to invest, and what initiatives to pursue.

It’s clear that this board is well-stocked with serious, capable, and committed individuals  My 20 years of experience with technology user groups, including the three PASS Chapters in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, leave me feeling prepared to step in and provide some meaningful input to this prominent organization.

My specific responsibilities on the board will be announced later this week, and I will then be able to provide a few more thoughts on my objectives for PASS in the coming year.