First Post!

I’m excited to be blogging on MSMVPS now!   I have a blog on a few other sites, but this will be my new blog home for community/technology blogging. Please update your RSS feeds if you subscribe!

A little background:

Career:  I am currently a Lead Developer at a market research company called TNS-NFO.   I lead a lot of .NET development projects ranging on a variety of platforms- ASP.NET, Winforms, .NET Services using MSMQ, SQL Server, XML, and Oracle back ends.  We use C# and VB.NET.  I have been in software development on the Microsoft platform for about 7 years.  

MVP:  I was first awarded an MVP in January of 2004 in the area of Visual Developer – .NET .  I later switched to ASP.NET since that is one of my strengths and I wanted to be more focused.   I work in just about every area of .NET and will probably blog on a variety of topics.

Community:  I am the leader of the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group. We are a charter member of INETA, the international .NET user group association. I started this group and have been leading it for about 3 1/2 years. We have about 120 members, and anywhere from 10-30 people at our meetings.   I am also a INETA liaison for PA, MI, and OH.  If you are in one of these states and would like to know how to start a user group, please contact me.

Geeky stuff: I have been a geek pretty much all my life.  I started running a BBS when I was 13 years old (Goober BBS).  I have always been fascinated by the idea of networking computers together- which is why I first got into computers. When I was about 6 years old, my dad used to dial in to a main frame through an Atari 800 with a 110 baud modem.    Anyway, computing is not only a hobby, but takes up a good portion of my spare time. 

Misc:  I have a wife (of 5 1/2 years) and daughter (1 1/2 years old). We are both pretty active with our church, Victory Baptist.   If you’re ever in Southest MI or Northwest OH look me up!

That’s about it for now.. stay tuned!!

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