A new honor – Microsoft Regional Director

msrd-logo-192px-alphaI was standing in the Expo Hall at SPTechCon Austin, it was the 3rd day of the conference and I had just given my first session that morning on SharePoint UI Customization options. As I was conversing with my sales team at our booth, I felt my phone do the all too familiar “hey look at me!” buzz. After checking out what was up, I immediately left the Expo Hall and ran up to my hotel room to make sure my wife was the first to hear me say the words, “Microsoft just accepted me into their Regional Director program!”


I first came to Northern California my freshman year at UC Davis. My company PixelMill was started not long after, further entrenching me into the area. 20+ years later, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I have enjoyed immersing myself in my community and I’ve dedicated a great deal of time out in the local and regional technology communities as well. I enjoy teaching, training, evangelizing, and blogging about Office 365/SharePoint and general technology so much, Microsoft has even honored me as an Office Services and Services MVP since January 2016. One of our key philosophies here at PixelMill is to find a balance in life. The old adage “do what you love and love what you do” comes to mind. This world has become very ingrained in my life. As many of you may even know, it’s even how I met my wife.

What am I saying? I’m saying thank you. Becoming a Regional Director is not something you get to apply for. You don’t audition for a panel or take a test and hope you score high enough to get in. So thank you to those who felt I was worthy of this position. Thank you to those that helped me get to where I am, there as so many of you. Thank you. I am incredibly humbled, honored, and excited to start my activities as a Microsoft RD, and to continue to serve as a SharePoint MVP. In just a couple short weeks, I begin the on-boarding process. To say that I am excited would be a vast understatement. To say that I’m nervous would be a worthy opponent to that. But, ultimately what I am is grateful.

I was standing in the Expo Hall at SPTechCon Austin. I felt my phone do the all too familiar “hey look at me!” Buzz. Who knew it was going to this life changing.

Interested in finding out more about the RD program? Check out http://rd.microsoft.com/

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