8 years ago Jill and I moved from Austin, TX to New England as newlyweds to start our new life together. I had just accepted a new job with Raytheon to work on a technology that was completely foreign to me. I had spent the previous 10 years of my career focused on relatively known commodities, but when I jumped into SharePoint it was a total unknown to me. Little did we know then the amazing road that was ahead of us. Every year has been another milestone:
2007: married & moved to Massachusetts
2008: Max was born
2009: bought our home and moved to New Hampshire
2010: Sam was born
2011: Left Raytheon for Sentri
2012: Sentri acquired KMA
2013: Polycom acquired Sentri and I left Polycom for Atrion
2014: Awarded SharePoint MVP
This week I accepted an offer to be the Office 365 Advisory Services Manager for Rackspace , a position that is moving us back home to Texas. I am thrilled to take on a new challenge that is focused completely on Office 365 and couldn’t be happier to be joining the amazing team at Rackspace and get to partner with the ever amazing Jennifer Mason Roth on our Office 365 offering.
For our family this change is semi-sweet as we truly love our life in New Hampshire, our friends, and the family that we have built over the past 8 years. We have built & strengthened bonds here that will last our lifetime and we will be back regularly to visit. I cannot imagine a morning during baseball season that Sam won’t be waking up and asking “Did the Red Sox win last night?” before he even says good morning to us. He has told me that he is excited that we are moving to where the Texas Longhorns play though. Max is excited to learn to play “Deep in the Heart of Texas” now in addition to “Yankee Doodle”.
I will miss the amazing people that I have been lucky enough to work with for the past 2 years at Atrion . The team there continues to be strong & growing. I know that they are going to keep doing amazing things for our customers. The opportunities that I have had during my time at Atrion have allowed me to grow both personally & professionally. I look forward to continuing the relationships that I have developed over the past 2 years.
I will also miss the New England family of SharePoint communities that have embraced me so thoroughly over these past 5 years. I am excited that part of my world at Rackspace includes getting to continue my dedication to the community and I will be back for SPSBoston, helping to run the 5th annual SPSNH, and speaking at SPTechCon during the rest of the year and hopefully for many years to come.
The next few months are going to be crazy as I dive head first into my new world at Rackspace and we relocate the family to Texas. I will be at Ignite working the Office 365 Developer booth for Microsoft during my first official week at Rackspace. Be sure to stop by and visit me to hear about all of the great stuff that Microsoft is doing to enable Devs in the Office 365 world.
With my vacation coming to a close I opted to spend one last morning with the boys and let Jill sleep in this morning. The day started like any other, Sam (age 3) came into my room and immediately started talking while Max (age 5) was hunkered down in his bed surrounded his books. We went downstairs to start the day and have breakfast, for which they had requested my special chocolate chip pancakes.
We finished our breakfast and had some fun play time before the pathetic plea for movies kicked in. I’m a sucker and had some web surfing to do so I caved quickly. When Jill came down stairs she found the 3 of us in the middle of the Lorax.
I popped onto Twitter to see what was doing in the world and saw Marc Anderson‘s tweet stating that he had been renewed for his MVP (and deservedly so). I had been informed that I was under consideration this cycle, but had not put much stock in my chances of being awarded. I was about to tell Jill about Marc and that it looked like I had not gotten it this year when my Outlook dinged and a message titled “Congratulations 2014 Microsoft MVP!” popped up.
I was speechless. Jill & I have been married almost 7 years and I can count on one hand the number of times that she has seen that happen.
I am humbled and honored to have been presented with this award. There are too many people for me to name here to whom I owe a debt of thanks & appreciation, so I will simply say thank you to the SharePoint Community as a whole. I have to give the credit for this award to the people who have given them most, and that is my amazingly supportive wife and kids without-whom I would not be able to do any of the community work that I do.
I look forward to another great year of blogging, speaking, geeking, and community building. See you all in March at #SPC14 in Las Vegas if not before!
The inaugural #SPSRI is now in the books! When I joined the team putting this event on I had a few goals:
1.) select speakers who would elevate the event & give the attendees an amazing learning experience
2.) follow through on Chris’s goal of running the event on a minimal budget & get just enough sponsors to make the budget doable
3.) provide attendees & speakers with an fun, interactive, lively event that would be worth staying all day
4.) cross the 100 attendee barrier
5.) make the SharePint something that people wouldn’t have to leave the venue to participate in
I am happy to say that most of these goals were met & exceeded. We had a terrfiic panel of speakers (including several first timers), ended up with over 110 people in attendance with more than 70% staying until the closing raffle, and our SharePint was at the restaurant bar directly next to the venue which allowed us to retain the majority of the folks still around at the end of the raffle.
The one goal that was not quite met was the budget goal. Due to some spending choices we made we ended up needing less money than we originally planned. As a result were able to do far more than we expected for both attendees and speakers, including making some pretty awesome shirts with the logo you see above as well as help to seed next year’s event.
Thanks to everyone who put in time to make this event the success that it was.
…oh, and the deck from my session “PowerShell for the Anxious ITPro” can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/jasonhimmelstein/powershell-for-the-anxious-itpro
We are now less than a week from closing the Call for Speakers, Wednesday August 7th at 6pm Eastern Time, and we are still looking for speakers to submit.
Many people have watched the message that I posted about the video we are asking speakers to submit and I have gotten some feedback that this requires some clarification:
The video is NOT a requirement. We are asking speakers to do it and think that it will make things a ton more fun, but it is absolutely not required.
Personally, I think that is a quick easy thing to do that any speaker should be able to do in no more than 3 takes using their smart phone or the camera feature in Windows 8 (that’s how I did my video, with a bit of overlay thanks to Camtasia).
If the video is keeping you from submitting to speak, just submit the form. You can get the forms on our SPSEvents site.