VOTE! No Really, Go Vote. Please. (And One Personal Endorsement)

Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man’s choice, and is highly prized. –Ambrose Bierce

If you’ve been a member of PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) since June 1, 2011, you’re eligible to vote for the PASS Board of Directors this December. Don’t take this lightly! Remember in 7th grade when you voted for that witch Sarah [last name redacted] for Student Council President because she gave you a glitter sticker and a scented pencil? And you ended up with the WORST HOMECOMING DANCE EVER? Yeah, um, neither do I.

Seriously, fellow PASSonians, this is kind of a big deal. If you care about your local user group, SQL Saturday, Virtual Chapters, PASS Summit, or any other awesome thing that PASS does for us, you have your Board of Directors to (partially) thank for it. (Never forget the local volunteers… Never forget.) Last year, the voter turnout was abysmal. Truly. This isn’t some bond issue, referendum-only mid-term election! These are our leaders! Let’s take an hour out of our lives to read up on the candidates, log in to the PASS website, and choose the men and women who will steer this big old ship we call Community for a while.

We’re lucky. Really and truly lucky to have such an amazing slate of candidates. I know most of them personally, and all of them by reputation, and I’ll tell you what, I’d be happy with any combination of these wonderful people as our leaders.

  • Adam Jorgensen (B|T)
  • Rob Farley (B|T)
  • Denise McInerney (B|T)
  • Geoff Hiten (B|T)
  • Kendal Van Dyke (B|T)
  • Sri Sridharan (B|T)

But, I want to shamelessly promote one candidate right now. Geoff Hiten. He’ll be getting my vote this year. Why? Well, let me tell you why.

1) Geoff gives a damn. Really, truly, honestly gives a damn. When he says that he wants to make PASS work for its members, he means it. He and I have had quite a few conversations about this topic, and every single time we talk I walk away more convinced that his motivations are sincere. He loves this community, and he wants to protect it.

2) He knows his stuff. He’s a fairly rare combination of up to speed, technically brilliant, socially aware, and community-involved. He can reconfigure your cluster for you while discussing the presentation you’re working on while simultaneously staying in the loop on the latest in Big Data. And, when you call him for help, he’s there and committed.

3) Geoff quietly promotes other community members. I know; he’s done it for me. So subtly, in fact, that sometimes I haven’t even noticed until afterwards. (Thank you, Geoff)

4) Geoff will tell you what he thinks. Bluntly. He’s not a politician, and getting it right is much more important to him than being perceived as nice. Friends, this is an asset. He cares about getting it right. On the flip side, if you think Geoff is wrong or has missed the mark, you can tell him. He’ll listen. He’ll internalize what he’s heard from you and use it to make things better.

5) And the biggest reason why I’m voting for Geoff for the PASS BoD? Because when he finds out that I wrote this blog post, he’s going to KILL ME. Seriously. He knows where I work. He might show up. He’s going to hate that I did this, and that’s why I love this guy. He’s a great friend, amazing colleague, and I’m proud to say: Vote for Geoff!

Vote on, my friends…