Awarded Microsoft Servers and Services MVP for 2018!

I am so happy to announce that I’ve been awarded Microsoft MVP in Office Servers and Services (essentially Office 365). It feels amazing to receive this recognition and be included among some best and brightest out there.

Many people ask how do you get to become an MVP, well for me it was a long time in the making. I have put in 100’s of hours in attending SharePoint Saturday’s, Conferences, and User Groups outside regular work hours. I’ve stayed up late nights tweeting, blogging my findings, and sharing examples/projects within github all while working with Office 365 and SharePoint. I put myself out there and present content for online webinars, sharing at local user groups and presenting at SharePoint Saturdays and Conferences around the country. I also have been running the New Jersey Office 365 & SharePoint User Group as it mutate over the past ten years, from Princeton @ Infragistics now to Iselin @ Microsoft. Finding speakers and sponsors to bring content to our area and facilitate networking. Most of the time laying out my own money for website, pizza & refreshments. I have successfully run 9 SharePoint Saturdays in NYC which are the largest in the country (Approx 500 people), 2 SharePoint Saturday New Jerseys (~125ppl), 1 Azure Bootcamp, 2 Office 365 Bootcamps, and I’ve assisted which helping out in some degree on many other events.

How do you get MVP? I can’t say 100% because it’s different for everyone. While I’m glad to be recognized these are the activities that I do regardless. The main reasons is that I doing it. I like sharing things that I find with people. I like free events that people can come and learn, connect with experts and their peers. These experiences you can’t get from a video or reading a article.

Microsoft thank you for this award! I hope that I can continue to serve my community and be thanked for doing so!

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