A few years ago I volunteered to work for the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. It was an effort to help revive a group that was in the doldrums, and It’s also where I first got to know Ryan Adams. Later that year I met Ryan in person at SQL Rally in Dallas where we talked about an idea he had – to create a full day event of virtual sessions on SQL Server performance. Today, that event is known as the Performance Palooza. It was held for the 4th time in July earlier this year and has built a fantastic following, with nearly 2,800 attendees tuning in to the 8 sessions presented.
The Palooza is an event that personifies Ryan’s commitment to PASS and it’s values. The delivery of education on SQL Server related topics to so much of PASS’ membership, along with the people connections made around the world via these events, is the type of thing that has helped PASS grow and prosper. It’s volunteers like Ryan that make this happen, yet this is just one of Ryan many roles with PASS. He’s a user’s group board member, SQL Saturday organizer, a regional mentor, frequent speaker, and more.
This is why I’m voting for Ryan and encourage you to do so also. Ryan is running for the PASS Board of Directors and elections are upon us. Ryan does as much for PASS as anyone I know, and his straightforward manner, relentless involvement, and common sense approach will make him a great director. You can read more about Ryan on his candidate page. I have no doubt that Ryan will be a great addition to the board.