A Whole Lotta News - Kadrian Born, MVP Summit, INETA Elections and more!
So many things have taken place over the last few weeks. It's incredible just how much can be crammed in such a short amount of time. My 4th baby and 2nd son, Kadrian Walker, was born five weeks early on Feb 28th at 11:47pm. One thing led to another and he ended up being in NICU for almost two weeks. Sadly, this caused me to have to postpone my March 6th Introduction to Windows Presentation Foundation and XAML presentation for the NorthWest Arkansas .NET Users Group. I should be able to get it coordinated with them and have it rescheduled for their May 1st meeting.
The show must go on. The first annual Tulsa Code Camp just happened to fall during this time on Saturday March 10th. We had 175 register and about 100 attendees. Not too bad for our first one and only getting registration open about three weeks before the event. We will get it opened earlier and do more marketing in 2008.
I was just about to decide I was going to be unable to attend the MVP Summit the following week, since the baby was still in NICU. But, during the visiting hours on the Saturday of Tulsa Code Camp, we learned that he would be coming home that Monday afternoon on the 12th. My wife and I decided I would go ahead and attend the MVP Summit, since it could be a once in a life time chance and considering Bill Gate's himself was giving the keynote. I took the 6:00 am flight out arriving in Seattle at 11:00 am. It was an amazing 4 days and 3 nights. I met a lot of people and attended a lot of great training sessions. On my last night at the event, I went with Dallas MVP Cory Smith and Omar Villarreal to take Caleb Jenkins to the airport. We just happened to get back to the hotel at the exact time that Mark Miller had just tried to go to McDonalds, but found it was closed. We decided to drop our stuff off in the rooms and then meet back in the lobby to grab a bite to eat. Right before leaving, none other than Rick Strahl from Hawaii walks up!
It was amazing all the people that attended the event! Here's just some of the ones I was able to catch up with throughout the event (in no particular order): Shaun Walker, many other DotNetNuke Core Team members, John Mitchell, Nina Meiers (all the way from Australia!), many INETA leaders - Chris Pels, Chris Wallace, Bill Wolff, Nancy Mesquita, Jason Beres, Matt Ranlett, Brendon Schwartz and Michael Wiley, CodeBetter.com guys - Scott Bellware, Raymond Lewallen, Sam Gentile, Jeffrey Palermo, Jeremy Miller, as well as many other community leaders - Rafeal Munoz, Ed Hickey, Scott Hanselman, Scott Allen from OdeToCode, Pat Wright, Denny Boynton - Microsoft Architect Evangelist, Joe Healy - Florida's Microsoft DE, Josh Holmes - Microsoft Architect Evangelist, Richard Campbell, Ambrose Little, Paul Ballard, Keith Nicholson, Jean-Paul Boodhoo, Tim Gifford, Javier Lozano, Nick Parker, David Silverlight, Chris Menegay, David McKinstry, Bill Vaughn, I saw Kevin McNeish several times, but am very disappointed that I didn't ever get the chance to stop and chat. There were so many people there it was crazy! I'll be publishing Photo's soon.
After getting back home at 11:55pm on Thursday, March 15th, I got to hold my youngest baby for the first time out of the hospital.
Friday, March 16th, I received confirmation from Chris Pels, that I won the election for a two year term as the Vice-President of the Speakers Bureau for INETA. I am very excited to be a part of such an exciting organization and have the opportunity to contribute to the community in a much larger capacity. During my research just now, I happened to come across a blog post of someone whose footsteps I appear to be following: Scott Bellware's post Becoming an INETA Speaker from June 2, 2004. This is exactly what I submitted as my vision and goals for my term, give or take a little. I just happened to find this tonight. I will definitely be doing more research before I prepare my "Regional Speaker Mentorship" plan to present to the board at the appropriate time.