This week VMware announced the vExpert class of 2014. This year 754 outstanding members of the community received the award. I’m honored to have been selected as a vExpert for the sixth year in a row. The vExpert community is a fantastic mix of passionate people from all walks of life within our industry – Customer, Partner, Vendor, Analyst. I’ve made a number of great industry friends via this group over the last six years, and have had some of the best technical conversations and debates with these same people. The value I’ve received simply by being able to collaborate with this group has been the single biggest reward.
After the 2014 announcement was posted I started thinking about that first year the program was around…
Flashback to 2009
That first year about 300 people were selected (see the 2009 announcement here). For giggles I decided to search through my .PST archives for that original email that was sent out by John Troyer in February of 2009.
The highlight of that inaugural year for me was the first official vExpert meeting that took place at VMworld 2009. I walked into the room looking around at all amazing minds in one place, it was a pretty surreal feeling. John Troyer put together a nice agenda for us starting with then VMware CTO Stephen Herrod who did a Q&A session (part of it was recorded and posted here by Eric Siebert). Next up were presentations by Jason Boche and Steve Kaplan (check out the recap Steve did about his presentation here).
It has been great to see the vExpert program grow larger year after year and watch those who have been involved in the program grow in their careers as well. Thanks again to John Troyer and Corey Romero for the continual effort in establishing, growing and maintaining this awesome community.