Category Archives: Thank You

I’m EMC Elect 2015, and I’m not worthy.

I’m part of the EMC Elect for 2015, and I’m not worthy.  I’m extremely honored.  I’m very thankful. I’m surrounded by Partners, Customers, Independents, and EMCers who leave me in awe on a daily basis.  I feel like I owe my presence with them a huge debt, and I’m very driven to prove those who chose me right – by doing something with it again in 2015!

EMC Elect 2015

I’m inspired by Tomonori Ishitsuka, a partner out of Japan and the reach he’s had in his community.  OK, I admit it’s also partially because I took Japanese language courses in college and I’m excited to practice my horrible skills with him in 140 characters or less.

I’m amazed by Varrow, who got *5* people onto EMC Elect as a Partner.  Their focus on and engagement with community is apparent given their expansive presence on the varying groups such as EMC Elect, Cisco Champions, vExperts, and Pernix Pros (to name a few).


I’m humbled by EMC Peers like Matt Cowger, Rick Scherer, Jase McCarty, and Fred Nix who are amazing monks and warriors, and frankly gave me my jump-start in the community to help get me where I am today.

And I’m energized by my fellow Texans Tommy Trogden, Eric Hagstrom, Damian Karlson, and James Bowling – whose proximity to my non-virtual community makes me wonder on a daily basis if I’m going to be found not worthy.  But, that’s OK because it gives me the drive that I need to do more – which is what I appreciate about all of my peers.

I’m proud to be called EMC Elect for the 3rd year in a row. I’m thankful to be part of this community. And I’ll ensure I do everything I can to engage in our community and give back.  It’s already the end of February, so I better get to work!

EMC Elect 2013, Chad’s World 16, and VMAX 10K Press Release–Oh My!

I’ve spent most of 2012 with my head spinning in the world of EMC, Cisco UCS, and heavy virtualization.  After a whirlwind year that included the honor of speaking engagements at both EMCWorld 2012 and VMworld 2012, I was looking forward to an even better year in 2013!

If the last 24 hours are any sort of indicator, the year has started off on the right foot.

First of all, I am humbled to be considered in the presence of my peers as I was chosen to be a member of EMC Elect 2013 “on behalf of the community of EMC users who have benefitted from your technical expertise and passion for knowledge-sharing in 2012”.  Quite a compliment coming from Matthew Brender and the rest of the selection panel!  I hope I can live up to the honor they’ve paid me this year!


Early yesterday, EMC put out a press release regarding the VMAX 10K v2 which included a nice quote from me.  We filmed a video segment as well during the beta test from my office – I haven’t seen that in the wild just yet but I look forward to it!

Finally, to cap the evening, Chad’s World Episode 16 was released – which included my second appearance on Chad’s World.  I can’t easily put into words my immense respect and admiration for Chad and his entire organization, but I try as often as possible!

What an exciting day, and hopefully a taste of what’s to come for 2013.  I’m going to put my nose down, blog up all the things sitting in my blog drafts, and share more of the knowledge and excitement that keeps me fired up to come to work every day.  If I do it right, hopefully I can earn a spot in EMC Elect for ‘14 as well as a 3rd spot on Chad’s World – I’m thinking Avamar + DataDomain + DRaaS in the Cloud?