I am a 15 year veteran of Microsoft. In my current role as an IT Evangelist, my job is to speak to IT Professionals (and anyone else that will listen!) about our cool products and technologies. I have worked with every Operatiing System produced my Microsoft since Windows 95 forward as well as every Server O/S, Office, Sharepoint, Exchange and Proxy/ISA/TMG. I am currently spending a lot of time with the System Center Products including SCVMM, SCCM, SCOM, and DPM. Prior to working as an evangelist, I provided technical support and worked on the betas for the Small Business Server Product.
CA Callahan is the author of Mastering Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Mastering Windows SharePoint Services 3.0as well as being a well known SharePoint trainer and speaker. A former Microsoft SharePoint MVP, and a recognized expert on SharePoint Services and Foundation, she often volunteers to support the SharePoint hands-on labs at TechEd and the SharePoint Conference, speaking at SharePoint Saturdays and user groups around the nation, as well as frequently doing free webcasts for her online user group. You can follow her on twitter @callahan, or join her SharePoint Foundation Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/callahanSPF.
Jennelle Crothers is the Sr. Network Administrator at the Conservation & Liquidation Office, in San Francisco. The Conservation and Liquidation Office oversees, operates and liquidates insurance companies on behalf of the California Insurance Commissioner.
Jennelle supports the Windows domain, VoIP and document imaging systems internal to the Conservation and Liquidation Office as well as reviews and helps manage the IT infrastructures at the insurance estates managed by the company.
Jennelle is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Enterprise Administrator, Enterprise Desktop Adminstrator 7 and Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2007, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Messenging and holds Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications for Virtualization and Vista. She’s a 3rd year Microsoft MVP and graduated in 1996 from Trenton State College in NJ.
When not reading something related to technology, Jennelle raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Follow her on Twitter @jkc137 or visit her blog at www.techbunny.com.
Jessica DeVita established ÜberGeekGirl in 2005 to simplify technology for VIP clients in Los Angeles. With over 12 years of experience, A+ Certification and a natural Midwestern knack for hard work and discretion, she makes technology easier and more productive for businesses and celebs alike. When not simplifying electronic life, Jessica goes hiking with her physicist husband and three wonderful sons (she sneaks in Twitter updates at overlooks). Follow Jessica at twitter.com/ubergeekgirl or learn more at theubergeekgirl.com.
Steve Evans has worked in the IT field for over 12 years, specializing in Microsoft technologies. He has consulted for small businesses on their IT infrastructure needs as well as worked for larger companies as a Systems Engineer. Steve has been a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the past 3 years, and is a Technical Speaker at various industry events.
Jason Helmick has 20-plus years in IT as an enterprise consultant, trainer and author. As the director of PowerShell Technologies at Interface Technical Training, and as a consultant, he focuses on automation with Active Directory and Internet Information Services.
A founding designer of Interface’s HardHat™ program, Jason teaches with a real-world view. His favorite phrase is, “You should be able to do the job on Monday.” He is the co-founder and co-leader of the Arizona PowerShell User Group (AZPOSH) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Chris Henley says “There is nothing like the smell of new Electronics!” He loves technology! He is currently employed by Veeam Software, and is focused on evangelism efforts with his former company Microsoft.
He spends his spare time hanging out with his wife and children. He loves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, and sports. He believes any man (or woman) can do just about anything, he really is Nerdy Like That!
Richard Hicks is a network security specialist and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Forefront protection technologies. He has designed and deployed edge security and remote access solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, military, government, and Fortune 500 companies around the world. With nearly two decades of experience in the information technology field, Richard holds many certifications including MCP, MCSE, MCTS, and MCITP-Enterprise Administrator. In addition, Richard is a contributing author for popular technology web sites TechRepublic.com and ISAserver.org. You can find his blog at http://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/
Ed Horley is a Principal Solutions Architect at Groupware Technology in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ed is actively involved in IPv6 serving as the co-chair of the California IPv6 Task Force http://www.cav6tf.org/ and additionally helping with the North American IPv6 Task Force http://www.nav6tf.org/
Ed is a current Microsoft MVP (first awarded back in 2004) and has spent the last 15 years working in networking as an IT Professional. He is actively involved in the Pacific IT Professionals users group http://www.pacitpros.org/ – the largest IT Pro user group in Northern California. Ed enjoys Umpiring Women’s Lacrosse when he isn’t playing around on IPv6 networks. You can follow Ed on twitter @ehorley or check out his blog at http://www.howfunky.com/
Darren Mar-Elia (aka “GPOGUY”, aka “CGPO”) is President and CTO of SDM Software, Inc. (www.sdmsoftware.com)–a Windows management products company focusing on Group Policy solutions. Prior to SDM, he worked at DesktopStandard, which was acquired by Microsoft, as Sr. Director of Product Engineering. Prior to joining DesktopStandard he was CTO for Quest Software’s Windows Management products. Darren has 20+ years of experience in systems and network administration design and architecture. Before Quest, he worked as director of Windows architecture and planning for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In that capacity he was technical lead for the company’s Windows NT & 2000 design and migration efforts.
Darren maintains a popular Windows Group Policy resource site at www.gpoguy.com
Darren has been a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine since 1997. He has written and contributed to 11 different books on Windows including, most recently the “Windows Group Policy Guide”, published in Summer 2005 by Microsoft Press. Additional titles include, “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration,” “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy” and “The Tips & Tricks Guide to Group Policy,” all published online by Realtimepublishers.com.
Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, popular technology columnist, commentator, keynote speaker, and IT consultant. He first got the chance to play with a computer at a university class in 1973. At that time, he learned two things:
- First, computers are neat. (People still said “neat” back in 1973. Hey, it was back in the 20th Century.)
- Second, many technical people are very nice folks, but they can sure put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things.
Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers and networking easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating system and networking planning, installation, maintenance and repair to crowds from two to two thousand. An independent voice hailed as “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark has the unusual ability to take even the most technical topics, filter out the hype and explain them in plain English. Perhaps that’s why when TechTarget hired him to deliver a webcast on PC tuning, he drew three times as many attendees as any of their previous webcasts, crashing Yahoo’s servers, and why he’s been hired to deliver keynote addresses at hundreds of techie conferences around the world.
Mark is probably best known for his Mastering Windows Server and Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of drying paint.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from the likes of Sherwin-Williams and Behr, he’s decided to stay with his first love… technology.
Mark’s humorous, provocative and yet informative style makes him a favorite of audiences around the world. Mark’s firm, MR&D, is based in Pungo, a town in Virginia’s Tidewater area which is distinguished by having one and only one traffic light.
Stephen Rose is the Sr Community Manager for Windows Commercial OS at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years working as a network infrastructure design and virtualization consultant for many Fortune 500 companies around the globe. Stephen was a two time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and the Senior Tech Correspondent for Fast Company Magazine.
In addition to his many certifications, he has been a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer for almost 20 years now. His current role include managing the IT pro community for the Windows group, overseeing the technical content on the Springboard Series on TechNet, managing the Windows 7 Forums, the Springboard Insider Newsletter, the Windows Team Blog, Talking About Windows and the STEP program (Springboard Technical Experts Panel). You can follow Stephen on his personal feed @stephenlrose
Joey Snow is a Senior Technical Evangelist for the worldwide Developer and Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft focusing the IT Professional audience for Windows Server, IIS and Windows Azure. Based in Redmond, WA, Joey works closely with relevant MS Product Teams to evangelize new technology and products to the IT Pro community at large. He shares his knowledge and expertise online – via TechNet Edge and his blog – and is a frequent speaker at various Microsoft and industry-sponsored events. He has been with Microsoft for over 3 years.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Joey worked for more than 12 years as an IT Professional at a Fortune 500 company, serving in various IT roles ranging from the helpdesk to IT architecture and management.
Outside of work you can find Joey spending time with his wife and two children and actively feeding his sports and music addictions.
Douglas R. Spindler grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. He wrote his fist computer program was when he was 12 years old on a Teletype machine with paper tape and a 300 baud modem connected to the University of California at Berkeley. After writing a program too long for tape he began using punch cards then cassette tapes on an IBM-PC. Doug attended the University of California and received a degree in Molecular-Cellular and Developmental Biology
while still maintaining an interest in computers and technology. While in college Doug became involved in technology user groups and later founded Pacific IT Professionals or Pac IT Pros. The interest in the Pac IT Pros community still continues to grow. Doug’s monthly Pac IT Pros meetings are simulcast live to 9 other IT Pro community groups on the west coast. Microsoft recognized Doug’s work in the IT Pro community and invited him to become a member of Microsoft’s IT Pro Council which lead to him supporting IT Pro communities across the US, South America, Europe and India. Doug is the creator of TechDays, technical training events “where IT Pros learn IT today, and deploy IT tomorrow”. Doug works as a Technology Consultant for the past twenty-five years. He has designed solutions for the US Department of Energy, UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence National Laboratory, GTE, and several financial institutions. Doug also teaches Microsoft technology classes at a Bay Area College, is an author, lecturer and on occasion can be found on the local evening TV news broadcast commenting on technology. Doug has earned several Microsoft certifications which include MCSE 2003, MCITP Server 2008, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. Doug is a four time award winner of Microsoft’s prestigious MVP award and was selected by Windows IT Pro Magazine’s as their first IT Pro Hero. Doug lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his four kids, and 12 Microsoft Servers.
As a Sr. Systems Engineer, Mark works with the Citrix sales team, primarily with Enterprise accounts based in San Francisco’s Bay area. His primary focus is application, desktop, and server virtualization. He has been closely involved with companies implementing Desktop Virtualization for the past 4 years. Before joining Citrix, he was running a datacenter focused on application hosting for a Global Engineering and Construction Management Firm
Harold Wong is a Sr. IT Pro Evangelist with Microsoft who has been focused on Private and Public Cloud technologies. In his current role, he is also a Chief Technical Evangelist focused on Private Cloud with the US Developer and Platform Evangelism organization.
Over that past twelve plus years with Microsoft, Harold has engaged with thousands of IT professionals working in various sized companies to help them better understand the different infrastructure technologies offered by Microsoft. He has been known for his work with the Unified Communications stack (Exchange and Lync) but has also made a name for himself with Private and Public Cloud. Harold has also taken the time to obtain the following certifications: MCITP Enterprise Administrator, MCITP Server Administrator, MCITP Enterprise Messaging Administrator and currently working on his VCP5 certification.
Chris Zwergel is a Principal Solutions Architect at Groupware Technology in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris has been in the consulting industry for the past 18 years on both coasts of the US and has designed and implemented some of the largest Active Directory and Exchange infrastructures globally. He is an Infoblox CIST and has worked with some of the largest customers in the Bay Area to design, deploy, integrate and support their DDI infrastructures.
When Chris is not working he enjoys escaping to a golf course to chase a little white ball around.