Archive for tag: Professional Development

2014 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server

1 April, 2014 (10:02) | Professional Development, SQL | By: Mark V

So… This happened: Dear Mark Vaillancourt, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SQL Server technical communities during the past year. I am […]

New Role: Business Intelligence Enterprise Consultant

27 March, 2014 (15:40) | Professional Development | By: Mark V

I am delighted to announce that I have taken on a new role at Digineer, the consulting firm I work for and adore. As the Business Intelligence Enterprise Consultant, I take on responsibilities that align well with my strengths and overall desires. At a high level, my duties are laid out below: 1. I still […]

Upcoming Presentations Spring 2014

18 March, 2014 (10:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, SQLSaturday | By: Mark V

It has been a while since I posted a list of upcoming presentations. In fact, some have come and gone without a blog post. Recent Past: SQL Saturday #241 Cleveland, OH – February 8, 2014 MDX Trek: First Contact DANGER: The Art and Science of Presenting West Michigan SQL Server User Group – February 27, […]

“Winning” The Power BI Demo Contest

7 February, 2014 (15:29) | Power BI, Professional Development | By: Mark V

First things first. According to the official rules, I did not win. My video did not even make it to the Top 15 Semi-Finalists. Not even close. The number of votes I got was laughable compared to others. But it was never about the votes for me. I never really had any illusions of winning […]

Upcoming Presentations: SQL Saturday #241 Cleveland

27 January, 2014 (10:17) | MDX, PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, SQLSaturday | By: Mark V

        It is with great joy that I announce that I will be presenting at SQL Saturday in Cleveland on February 8th. I have driven through Cleveland before, but never stopped for long. So, this will be my first real visit. Although, if it helps, I used to love to play as […]

PASS Summit 2013 Recap of Madness and Mayhem

23 October, 2013 (10:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, Regional Mentor, SQL, Summit | By: Mark V

Greetings! Another PASS Summit has come and gone. This was my third Summit and I have to say that I am truly hooked on this spectacular event. I had the privilege to be a bit more involved this year than in years past. I love when I can give some of my time and energy […]

Upcoming Presentations and More

9 October, 2013 (11:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, SQLSaturday | By: Mark V

Wow. I have the tremendous joy to have 4 presentations coming up in the next few weeks. I love when that happens. October 12 – SQL Saturday #238 Minnesota I will be giving two sessions at the SQL Saturday here in sunny Minnesota. 1. MDX Trek: First Contact 2. DANGER: The Art and Science of […]

A Milestone: Presenting at PASS Summit

15 August, 2013 (11:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development | By: Mark V

I have been presenting for several years. I can’t properly explain how much I love it. Since before I even attended my first PASS Summit, it has been a career goal that I would one day present at the premier SQL Server focused training event on the planet. When I got the email a while […]

SQL Saturday #239 East Iowa Recap

29 July, 2013 (11:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, SQLSaturday | By: Mark V

I just returned home from a fantastic SQL Saturday in Iowa City. Ed Leighton-Dick (Blog|Twitter) and his team did an excellent job. Many thanks to them and to all of the folks that worked so hard to make this event what it was. I had the joy of presenting twice. In first time-slot of the […]

SQLFriends Lunch #6 – Minneapolis UPDATED

12 June, 2013 (11:00) | Professional Development, SQLFriends | By: Mark V

SQLFriends is a chance for members of #sqlfamily to gather together, have some lunch, and talk about various topics with a “host” that has been making a difference in the SQL Community. Past SQLFriends hosts include the following fine people: Brent Ozar (blog | Twitter) Ted Krueger (blog | Twitter) Jason Strate (blog | Twitter) […]