SQLAuthority News – MVP Summit 2009 – Day 1 – Summit Welcome and Keynotes

My regular blog readers must be aware of my tour SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – MVP Global Summit 2009 – Seattle and Redmond. Today was day 1 of MVP Summit and we had started it with big gala event.

In morning few of Indian MVP visited Seattle Space Needle and had too much fun there. The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, but similar to the one in tokyo, Japan, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons.

Space Needle

Our main gala event started with Summit Welcome.
Toby Richards, General Manager of Microsoft’s Community Support Services group will welcome MVPs to the event.

This session was followed up by another excellent Keynote Session.
Rich Kaplan, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Customer & Partner Advocacy group gave excellent Keynote.

Summit Keynote
MVP cheered and enjoyed above two sessions and it followed up with EXCELLENT NETWORKING session of Welcome Reception. This was dream session for me as I was able to meet the people whom I have read, respected and learned from. There were many whom I have considered as my teacher in my journey of learning SQL Server. I felt like little kid with candy today as I was able to meet SQL Gods at one place. I will write in detail about what exactly I discussed with them in meeting later on as today we will go over some photographs only.
Brad Mcgee, Pinal Dave
Vijay, Simon, Steve Jones, Pinal Dave
Arnie Rowland, Pinal Dave
Andy Warren, Greg Linwood, Pinal Dave
Itzik Ben-Gan, Pinal Dave, Michele Cole
Satya, Glenn Berry, Ross Mistry, Pinal Dave
Indian MVPs, Glenn Berry
Louis Davidson, Pinal Dave
Paul Nielsen, Pinal Dave
Robert Cain, Pinal Dave
Pinal Dave, Geoff Hiten, Sean McCown, Mr. Danny
Joe Webb, Pinal Dave
India MVP, howard Lo
Howard Lo, Pinal Dave, Abhishek Kant

If you have taken my photo and you want me to share that on this blog, please send that to me and I will post them appropriately.

Following is my travel itinerary so far:

Feb 27, 2009 – Departing Ahmedabad to Mumbai
Feb 28, 2009 – Departing Mumbai to Seattle Sheraton Hotel
March 1, 2009 – Day 1 at MVP Summit
March 2, 2009 – Day 2 at MVP Summit
March 3, 2009 – Day 3 at MVP Summit
March 4, 2009 – Day 4 at MVP Summit
March 5, 2009 – Departing Seattle to Toronto
March 6, 2009 – Tech User Group Meeting, Markham, Canada
March 7, 2009 – Departing Toronto to Mumbai
March 8, 2009 – Missing Day due to Day Line Crossing
March 9, 2009 – Arriving to Ahmedabad

Reference : Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • Thanks for the picture, Pinal. It was great to finally meet you last night.



  • Ha, didn’t know you’re coming to Toronto Pinal
    I wish there is time to meet you in person (easier if you’re in Mississauga instead of Markham, as airport is in Mississauga as well as Microsoft Canada)

    Let me warn you first, it’s COLD this week
    Today is -27C with windchill


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