Andrew Connell

I'd like to be your president (of your user group if you're in NE Florida)

Next week on Tuesday, October 4 from 6–8p , the Jacksonville Developer User Group ( JAXDUG ) will hold elections for a new group of leaders of the user group. We are holding elections for the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

The current President of the JAXDUG , David Strommer , recently announced his intention to step down from his responsibility to spend more time with his family (not to mention the recent birth of his 2nd child), career, and other interested including returning to school.

I’d like to announce that I will be on hand next Tuesday night and will give a short speech of where I would like to take the JAXDUG , what I think it’s capable of, and most importantly that I want your vote to be President of the JAXDUG .

Florida is quickly becoming quite the hub of talented & passionate developers throughout the state as demonstrated by the great turnout of our numerous Code Camps in South Florida, Tampa, Jacksonville, and most recently in Tallahassee. Specifically to my focus, Jacksonville is a growing area for technical companies and developers. I’d like to see this development leveraged to help our development community grow for not only experienced developers entrenched within our community, but also those new to the industry or new to the community leverage the influence and connections to their benefit. In addition, through our monthly meetings and various annual events, developers and members of the JAXDUG should benefit from the presenters and community the JAXDUG has to offer.

To be clear, the JAXDUG is not simply a Microsoft technology/products focused organization… we are open to anything related to development. With that being said, the next 12–18 months will hold some very important developments with our industry, specifically to Microsoft related products. We will see .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 launch just over a month from now along with SQL Server 2005 and Biztalk 2006. In 2006 we will see significant releases of the Microsoft Office Suite, currently referred to as the “Office 12 System”, and Microsoft Windows Vista, the next version of Windows. These will be significant events within our industry and will likely provide a great opportunity to Microsoft developers. I’d like to have the opportunity to lead the user group through this great period of change and evolution, and thus, I’d like your vote of confidence by casting your vote.

Next Tuesday night I’ll give a short speech where I’ll briefly explain who I am to those who don’t know me and explain my background/credentials. I will then give a brief speech that will give you a better idea of where I’d like to see and help take the JAXDUG .

If you are able to attend, I’d appreciate your attendance… not just to ideally to get your vote, but to come and listen to what all the candidates have to say, their directions, and to make your feelings/decision count by casting your vote. If you are unable to attend, you can submit your vote via email to [email protected] .

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.