Our SQL Cruise Alaska 2012 Cruisers
Want to know who you’ll be spending your week with? Here are our Cruisers for the Alaska 2012 SQL Cruise…
Data Warehouse Specialist / Architect / Developer Consultant
Oregon Health and Science University, DBA
I’m a DBA for Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. I’ve worked there for one year and previously I was a developer and part time DBA. For fun I like to paddle outrigger canoes and attend races up and down the west coast. I’m always excited to learn anything new with SQL Server and look forward to cruising with other SQL Server folks.
Coyote Logistics, Chief Technical Officer
New Belgium Brewing Company, “Database Guy”
Started with computers at age 9 (assembly on the C64), then diverted in college to Electrical Engineering (B.S. and M.S. – thesis: Pattern Recognition Using a Pulse-Coupled Neural Network) at the University of Wyoming where I met my wife, Julie. Now living in Ft. Collins, CO with Julie and my 2 adopted daughters, Akasha (7) and Inara (2). Right after getting my degrees in Electrical Engineering, I went right back to computers as a general computer/network consultant focusing mainly on Novell, then worked for a small plastics information company where I was introduced to SQL (and PERL), which are my mainstay even today! For fun, I travel and snowboard mostly, but also have a fun movie-room that has grown up over about 20 years -so movie nights every month or 2.
Brent Ozar, PLF
Where i am from: Louisville,KY – 12 years now, NYC – 5 years, Bangalore India – before…(ok goes all the way back to Garden of Eden but that will suffice for now
GE Healthcare, Database Administrator
I started playing with computers in 1978, while in college (it wasn’t me that took the mainframe down, but I was there when it happened!). I’ve played with TRS-80, Commodore, Apple //c and IIGS computers. I’ve even played the original Pong, when it was brand new. (All those slide decks you see of ancient computer stuff… I’ve had most of them!) Joined the Navy for a while, and worked in the nuclear power program. (Do you remember the Navy ad “Join the Navy, see the world”? Well, they sent me to where I was already living…) When I left the Navy, I started working in IT, and have been in it for over 20 years now. I started working with SQL 6.5 way back in the last millennium… 1998. I was a developer, and using those new-fangled database things (actually, the company was shifting off of a mainframe to a pc based system). As I learned more and more, I ended up moving into SQL Server (read the whole story at http://blog.waynesheffield.
I currently work for one of GE Healthcare’s divisions in Richmond, VA. I’ve previously worked for some other small companies (US Army through consulting deals, a cable TV company, major pharmaceutical software seller). I tweet (@DBAWayne), write (see my articles on SQL Server Central – and look for an upcoming SQL Server 2012 book from Apress that I’m co-authoring), blog now and then, and really get a kick out of seeing someone learn something (preferably about SQL Server!). And I’ve been going around the SQL Saturday circuit and local user groups doing a few presentations.
Senior Manager, Database Administration at Allrecipes.com
Like most of the folks I care about, follow, or generally associate with, I am many things to many people. To my daughters, I am a mother and a provider. To my husband, I am a lover, a friend, and a peer. To my team at work, I am a manager and subject matter expert on where the data lives and how to expedite its retrieval. To the world around me, I am sometimes an example, sometimes an inspiration, but in my eyes, I am a just part of it. Oh, I’m also a mountaineer, geek, an architect/engineer, a darn good cook, movie fanatic, part-time couch potato as well as an occasional writer. Oh, and most recently, I am a marathoner, and I am not just talking about marriage.
As you may be able to tell, I am enjoying what I do and absolutely love the SQL community. Honestly, I actually do learn something new every day and I hope that I can contribute something back to help others the way others have helped me.
CEO & High Muckity Muck of WaterOx Consulting. / Sr. SQL Server DBA – Technical lead with CSC’s DOL CBP project
I worked my way ‘backwards” into a SQL DBA career. I started in retail management, then data entry at AMD. After helping to develop a paperless inventory system I was hired by a company to represent Crystal Info and started working with large high profile clients setting up enterprise report and BI solutions. After far too much travel I joined up with a small company designing insurance ERP solutions from the ground up focusing on reporting and assisting the DBA. From there I joined the largest publisher of unabridged audio books and quickly became the Sr. DBA. After manually reverse engineering an entire conversion/migration project I moved to Amtrak for a 6 month stint as the only application SQL DBA. In November last year I went independent (now incorporated!) and joined CSC’s Dept. of Labor CBP project heading up a team of 10 (15 soon) Sr. Level DBA’s.
Operating Support Analyst, FedEx SmartPost
My SQL background is currently restricted to SQL programming, having only recently started learning SQL Server. However, due to the shifts in our company’s business/IT strategy I am actively working to expand that knowledge to broader horizons. I believe SQL Cruise will do that for me. I am looking forward to the cruise and training as well as networking opportunities. My experience mostly lies in Financial Analysis/VBA programming/Process streamlining. I’ll be attending SQL Cruise with my wife, who is not a computer geek but is an internal auditor For fun I play soccer, work on cars and train my dogs.
Senior DBA for Turner Industries
I’ve been a database guy for a looooonnnnng time. I was using beta copies of dBase when Jeb Long was issuing them from JPL.
Learned to hack early floppy disk copy protection. Made me popular with the fellows, not so much the ladies.
Found my way to SQL Server via Sybase, actually, due to some gnarly contractual issues. Been doing it ever since, mostly. I’ve also had to do my share of integration, test and debug along the way because I was the guy that could generally get an answer. So some of my skills are, well, unorthodox would be a kind description.
I am a real Southerner, reared (but would not say it that way back home) in Beaufort SC. So I have found myself looking to return to my roots, geographically at least, and from San Francisco CA, I managed to get as far back east as Baton Rouge.