Category Archives: SQL Saturday

Speaking at SQL Saturday Victoria

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Victoria on Saturday, March 16, 2019. I will be presenting my What is Power BI session.

This is another kind of homecoming for me.  When I was a kid, my sister & I lived with my grandparents for a while down in the Willamette Valley and we used to go to Victoria every summer.  I have very fond memories of Butchart Gardens and walking around The Land of the Little People.  I was super bummed when I found out that the latter no longer existed.  But if you have time, I would highly recommend Butchart Gardens and yes, they are open in Winter.

If you’re in the area, stop by and say, “hello”.  I’d love to see you and chat a while.

Speaking at SQL Saturday Nashville

I am excited and honored to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Nashville on January 12, 2019.

I’ve been to Nashville before, in fact I was just there last June for Music City Tech, and am super excited to be going back.

I will be presenting my Profiling Your Data session.  If you’re in area and haven’t registered yet, there are still seats available, you can register here.

Feel free to stop by and say, “Hi”, I’d love to see you.

Speaking at SQL Saturday Oregon

I am so excited and honored that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Oregon on November 3, 2018.

I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session at 10:15 am.  I am so excited to be presenting to a kind of “home town” crowd.  I lived in the Willamette Valley for a while when I was a kid and even graduated from High School out there. 

If you’re in the Portland area on November 3, 2018, stop by and say hello, I’d love to see you!

Things To Know About SQL Saturday Charlotte #806

Did you know that SQL Saturday Charlotte is just a few weeks away on October 20, 2018?  This will be the seventh year for SQL Saturday Charlotte.  Here are a few things we think you should know.

What’s New

Venue

After being at the same venue for the last six years, we decided to switch to a new venue this year.  We will be at the Central Piedmont Community College – Harris Campus, located at 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208.  This is on the opposite side of town from our previous venue and very close to the airport.

Pre-Cons

We have not one, not two, but THREE pre-cons to choose from this year!  Whether you are in the DBA or BI realm, there’s something for you!  Check them out, but register soon as seats are limited.

Devin Knight & Mitchell Pearson

Kevin Kline

Kevin Feasal

Technology Workshops for Kids

We are offering two workshops for kids.  A morning session for kids aged 7-10 and an afternoon session for kids aged 11-13.

Morning Session – Kids aged 7-10

Afternoon Session – Kids aged 11-13

Organizing Crew

We have had some excellent volunteers in the past.  So excellent in fact, that we decided to add them to our organizing team.  Please welcome Brad Llewelyn (B | T) who is acting as our PM.  He’s doing a great job, considering it’s akin to herding cats.

Recommended/Discounted Hotel

We have worked hard so you can save some green by finding hotel that is close to the venue and the airport.  Use this link to get a discounted rate of $119 per night.

What’s The Same

Organizing Crew

For the last seven years, our core organizing crew has been made up of the (mostly) same great #SQLFamily members.  Because of this we are able to provide a  great experience for attendees, speakers and sponsors.

Our Commitment

We work hard to select the sessions that will provide the best range and depth of learning for our attendees at the same time helping first time speakers get their start.

We hope to see you this year at SQL Saturday Charlotte on October 20, 2018.  If you haven’t registered yet, do so soon, our new venue is smaller and we will have a registration cap this year.

I’m Speaking At SQL Saturday Baton Rouge!

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge (#749) on August 11, 2018. I will be presenting two sessions, Data Types Do Matter and What is Power BI?

One of the reasons that I’m so excited to speak in Baton Rouge, is because I met William Assaf (B | T) a couple of years ago when he came to speak for us at SQL Saturday Charlotte. He’s super nice and while chatting I discovered that he was the event organizer for SQL Saturday Baton Rouge. It was before I started speaking and I was just picking his brain a bit on organizing a SQL Saturday. He had some really great ideas that I thought sounded interesting. This is the tenth year for SQL Saturday Baton Rouge. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

The second reason I’m so excited about speaking in Baton Rouge is the food! I’ve only ever driven through Louisiana, never had the opportunity to stop and enjoy it. This time I will have plenty of opportunities to do just that, but most importantly eat. My list of foods to try include étouffée, boudin and jambalaya to name just a few. Then I’ll top it off with some beignets. I may need to swim a few extra laps before I go (and after I return)!

Speaking at SQL Saturday Atlanta (#733)

I am so honored and humbled to have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Atlanta (#733) on May 19, 2018.  I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session.  This will be my second time speaking for this event in as many years.  I was so thrilled to be selected last year, but to be selected again is truly amazing.  For those that aren’t familiar with SQL Saturday Atlanta, it’s a HUGE event with speakers from all over the world.  The organizers do a great job of selecting a mix of speakers, from first timers to MVPs that have been around since almost the beginning of the MVP program.

If you’re in the Atlanta area on May 19, 2018, check it out, you won’t be disappointed.  They also have some great pre-cons on Friday, May 18, 2018, from Tim Radney (B|T), Jonathon Stewart (B|T), Joey D’Antoni (B|T) and Robert Cain (B|T).

See you in Atlanta!

SQL Saturday Iceland–What an Adventure!

Two Saturdays ago, I was in Reykjavik, Iceland, speaking at my very first international SQL Saturday.  WOW!  Is all I can say.  While this SQL Saturday is one of the smaller events I’ve spoken at, it definitely made an impression and will most likely go down as one of my all time favorites.  Why?  There are so many reasons…

First, it’s in Iceland.  I mean really, is there any place more beautiful?!  Even in Winter it’s beautiful.  Best part about Iceland – no trees to obstruct your view!  I know some of you might think I’m crazy, but coming from the desert of Arizona where you can see for miles in every direction, it makes a huge difference.  I moved to North Carolina 11 years ago and there are lots of trees, I mean LOTS of trees EVERYWHERE.  You can’t see anything, it almost makes me feel claustrophobic at times.  So for me, no trees is a huge plus!  I got to take in some of the major tourist sites via the Golden Circle and saw some truly amazing things.  There is so much history in Iceland it’s hard to comprehend at times.  From the Vikings to the Summit between super powers that brought about the start of end of the Cold War to being the first country to have an openly gay female Prime Minister.  So much history.

Second, the people of Iceland.  Everyone one I met from the time my plane landed until my plane departed five days later, everyone was so nice!  This goes doubly for the organizers of SQL Saturday Iceland.  Asgeir Gunnarsson and his team did an incredible job of making me feel welcome and offered assistance with anything I needed.  I couldn’t have asked for better hosts for my first international SQL Saturday.

Third, the speakers.  OMG, the speakers at this event were so awesome.  It was a huge melting pot of international speakers, there were folks from the UK, Ireland, Belguim, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, the list just goes on and on.  Every single one of them were so friendly.  Being a fairly new speaker and being surrounded by such tremendous speakers was an experience I will never forget.

Fourth, the event itself.  I mentioned that this was one of the smaller events I’ve spoken at.  This meant that it was very personal, you could talk with attendees, organizers and sponsors and not feel overwhelmed.  You felt like you were talking with neighbors not strangers.  They also had two of the best raffle prizes of any event I’ve ever been to.  The first was an oversized “typical” Icelandic chocolate Easter Egg.  Holy cow, I’ve never seen so much chocolate.  I would have had to purchase another suitcase just to get this thing home if I had won!  Then there was the case of beer (2 actually).  Not sure if we could get away with that in the US, but it sure made an impression on me.

Fifth, my session.  I had a good mix of attendees in my Data Types Do Matter session.  Lots of interested faces, but not too many questions until I started bribing them with Girl Scout Cookies.  Let me tell you, nothing breaks the ice like a Thin Mint or Caramel Delite!

Lastly, it’s in Iceland!  Yes, I know I said this already, but it was so beautiful.  So beautiful in fact, I’ll leave you with a few of my photos so you can see for yourself.

Enjoy!