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Whoops! Unfortunately can't make it to Wales to hear your talk at SQLbits Brent, I hope the rest of your trip to the UK is a bit smoother...
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Kendal, great post with fair, honest, thought-provoking questions. Thanks for keeping it focused on the facts, and not making it a personal attack on anyone involved. We've gotta be able to ask questions and have an open discussion without resorting to personal attacks, and you did as good a job as can be done here. It's a shame others are turning this into something negative when you're just asking fair questions.
The session lineup for the 2014 PASS Summit was announced today and I'm honored to be selected as a presenter. This will be my 6th year at the Summit and 5th as a presenter, and every year it's tougher to be picked as the PASS community - and the number of sessions submitted (over 900 this year!) ...
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Thanks! No, I ended up using a plastic cable loom. There's a single loom that runs from the desk over to that little cabinet, and everything's contained in there. It doesn't even make noise when the desk rises and falls!
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Grant Fritchey volunteered with the PASS Summit Program Committee this year. They read all of the submitted sessions and pick which presenters get to stand onstage in Seattle in November. It's a little wordy, but he talks about how he's happy that the volunteer feedback is making it to the presenters.
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Hmm, that's thought-provoking. I got a couple of sessions on Saturday, and I didn't even think about saying no, but now you've got me thinking.

I'm kinda confused - your post says you didn't ask others to vote for you, but...you did. Here's an example from your Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/jenstirrup/status/453253988075716608

I actually didn't link anyone to the voting this year because I agree with you - it shouldn't be a popularity contest. I wouldn't want my US readers (who probably aren't going to attend) to vote for me, thinking they're going to do me a favor. I want voting to only come from session attendees, and I didn't think Twitter promotion would be a good way to keep that filter small.

I wouldn't have turned it down because if the organizers believe that my session is the best thing to put in a particular time slot, I'd be honored to serve. I know I'm kinda taking someone else's place, but it's not just about the speakers - it's also about the attendees. If I could reach every single attendee in the world and teach them all something, and have them love it, I'd be honored to do it.

I leave it to the organizers to build a good combination of new presenters and seasoned presenters. It's not up to me as a presenter to make that decision - that's what the organizers are for.

I TOTALLY understand where you're coming from, though, and it makes sense. Just wanted to put another view out there.
I was also lucky enough - and hard working enough! - to be elected on the PASS Board of Directors last year, winning the election outright with a convincing majority. I continue to work really hard on that role, and I will blog separately about what I've been doing since a lot of it isn't ...
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  • Brent Ozar Unlimited
    Managing Director, 2011 - present
    I started a consulting company with three of my close friends because we shared a passion for technology, a decade of experience, an oddball sense of humor, and a dedication to helping the community. We each have our own deep specialties – mine are the SQL Server engine, storage (SANs, SSDs, DAS, etc), and virtualization – but we all approach engagements the same way. We use our years of experience to rapidly assess the problem, then leverage our unique communications skills to get everybody onto the same page on what needs to be done to move forward. All we do is solve the toughest problems over and over, living on the edge of troubleshooting and planning. We knock out problems that have been challenging your staff for months, and we have fun while we do it.
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    Evangelist, 2008 - 2010
    I helped improve Quest Software‘s database products, dived deeper into SQL Server internals, and educated the SQL Server community. This is a very hotly contested position in the industry – other similar database positions include Quest’s Kevin Kline, Confio’s Tom LaRock, Red Gate’s Brad McGehee, and SQL Sentry’s Aaron Bertrand. I’d worked with Quest’s marketing team on a few whitepapers and webcasts while I was a DBA, and they must have liked what they’d seen. I was completely surprised when I told them I was looking for a new position, and they offered me a job as an evangelist. I spoke at events around the world including the PASS Summit in Seattle, SQLBits in the UK, PASSCamp in Germany, and many more. My sessions won awards including back-to-back Best of PASS Summit and the Microsoft MVP award. My favorite sessions help bridge gaps: I taught database professionals about things that influence SQL Server reliability and performance, like virtualization, storage, programming, and hardware. I’d always wanted to see my name on Amazon.com, so I wrote a couple of chapters in Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting. I now have enormous respect for repeat authors: this was a much more difficult task than I’d initially expected. As of this writing, I’m proud to say that all of the Amazon reviews have given us five stars. In early 2010, I achieved the elite Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server certification, Microsoft’s highest technical test. Most MCMs work for Microsoft – I’m one of less than a dozen in America who don’t, and even less of us are available for consulting. I came to the realization that as much as I loved my work at Quest, I had an opportunity to go start something amazing.
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    Database Administrator, 2005 - 2008
    I started as the company’s first database administrator, then after I stabilized the dozens of SQL Server instances, I took over more duties. Along the way, I managed the storage area networks and virtualization infrastructure. I conquered the rest of the company’s unmanaged SQL Server instances, instituting standards and preparing them for high availability and disaster recovery. Being in hurricane alley, we did role swaps a couple times a year, failing over our mission-critical databases to our DR datacenter and running everything there for a week. When the company’s virtualization project failed, I stepped in to take a shot at it. I learned the inner workings, turned the project around, and the company went almost exclusively virtual. When the SAN admin quit, I volunteered to take his job duties for no additional salary because I wanted to learn how it worked. I loved seeing what was inside the black box because it made me a better database administrator.
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I’m a SQL Server geek who lives in Chicago, Illinois with my girlfriend Erika, my small dog Ernie, and a whole lot of bad habits.  I like wine, travel, photography, Jeeps, cruises, writing, and sharing everything I’ve learned so far.
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