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Amy Lewis Wins 2013 PASSion Award

CHARLOTTE, NC – October 16, 2013 – The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) today presented its most prestigious award to volunteer Amy Lewis during the PASSion Awards ceremony at PASS Summit 2013.

The PASSion Award is presented annually to a volunteer who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the PASS organization by inspiring the community to collaborate, learn, and grow through knowledge sharing and peer-based learning. PASSion award recipients are nominated by their fellow PASS members and selected by the Board of Directors.

Amy (LinkedIn | Twitter) has been a PASS volunteer for more than 5 years, working the past 2 years as co-manager of PASS Programs to deliver world-class speaker and session lineups for PASS Summit and the PASS Business Analytics Conference. As former leader of the PASS Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter (VC), she enlisted partners from the UK and New Zealand to involve speakers from around the world, added sessions in a variety of time zones, and brought global context to session topics. Amy is active in the Women in Technology VC, leads the Arizona PASS Chapter, and has spearheaded the Phoenix SQLSaturday the past 2 years. At Summit, she has helped attendees navigate the conference as a Summit Ambassador, served as a mentor to first-time attendees, and led Birds of a Feather tables. Amy was elected in September to serve on the PASS Board of Directors for the 2014/2015 term.

In nominating her for the PASSion Award, fellow volunteers shared the following:

  • “Amy exemplifies what I believe is important to many Women in Technology, which is excellence in professional work, strong community ties and work ethic, and focus on both family at home and SQL Family – this in addition to growing the presence and education of women across the workplace landscape.”
  • “Amy has run the PASS Virtual BI chapter now for a number of years and has grown it into the premier VC, with the most consistent scheduling, speakers, communication, and attendance growth.”
  • “No matter the task or amount of work required of Amy, she tackles it with a remarkable attitude and passion that is inspiring and infectious.”

In addition, PASS named Ryan Adams as 2013 PASSion Award Honorable Mention. Ryan (Blog| Twitter) is a PASS South Central Regional Mentor, leads the Performance VC, is Director of Programs for the North Texas SQL Server User Group, and served on the 2013 PASS Nomination Committee.

For more information about PASS and the PASSion Awards, see

About PASS
PASS is an independent, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to empowering data professionals who leverage Microsoft technologies to connect, share, and learn. With a growing membership of more than 100K, PASS enables networking, knowledge sharing, and peer-based learning through local and virtual chapters, online events, local and regional events, and international conferences such as PASS Summit. For more information, visit the PASS Web site at

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Kathy Blomstrom