Tech Community Leader Interviews

Interviews with Data Community leaders and professional colleagues in the Azure data and Power BI space. Learn who they are and how they balance their intense investment into community service with career, hobbies, activities and life.

Buck Woody, Microsoft Principal Applied Data Scientist

One of the most recognizable members of the Microsoft data community and one of my heros, Buck Woody has been teaching and presenting at conferences for the past 16 years while holding leadership positions at Microsoft. He is a mentor to many, frequently sharing advice and pearls of wisdom. We chatted at the Live! 360 conference at Universal, Orlando.

Bob Ward, Senior Architect, Microsoft SQL Server

During the Live! 360 conference in Orlando, I had this chat with Bob Ward, SQL Server veteran of 28 years and Senior Architect with Microsoft. Bob is the author of several books, a frequent keynote conference speaker and industry-leading SQL Server expert. He shared his insights about work/life balance and learnings about how to thrive in a remote work environment.

Adam Saxton, Principal Program Manager, Guy In A Cube

Oct 30 2021 – After the weekly Saturday Power BI Livestream, we sat down for this chat. Adam talks about how he got started in the early days of his career on the Microsoft help desk, as a Senior Escalation Engineer, his mentors, and becoming and one of the most recognized Microsoft community leaders in the world. He shares his love for tech, family, video, problem-solving, helping others and giving back.

Leslie Andrews, Lead Data Architect

Oct 31 2021 – PASS Community, mentoring and volunteering

Leslie is a Lead Data Architect for 3Cloud Solutions, user group leader and conference speaker. She will be presenting a session about Azure Data Factory at the PASS Community Summit virtual conference. We caught up with Leslie and her husband, Paul when we visited Albuquerque in the Data Bus.

Andie Letourneau, stitching data & cloth

Oct 17 2021 – 3Cloud Culture, Community, Sewing and Wine

Oz du Soleil, Excel MVP, Mentor & Trainer

Oct 2, 2021 – Interview with Oz du Soleil, Excel MVP and trainer extraordinaire. Oz is one of the most recognizable leaders of the world-wide Excel committee. He hosts the popular “Excel On Fire” YouTube channel and Excel training courses through Linked In Learning.

Will Aguilar, 3Cloud Data & Analytics Consultant

Oct 6 2021 – Will recently joined the 3Cloud Data and Analytics team after completed his MBA program at Washington State University. As a community leader, he has presented to audiences at the Oregon Data Community and volunteered at SQL Saturday. Will talks about his love for extreme fitness challenges and Spartan events.

Jeremy Black, 3Cloud BI Sr. Consultant

Sept 19 2021 – Putting business first above technology, changing the paradigm for analytic business users, life & travel.

Kelly Kaye, Power BI Community Lead at Microsoft

Sept 12 2021 – Kelly is Microsoft’s community lead for the Power BI team, a role she performs with amazing energy and enthusiasm. She manages many aspects of Power BI community which include a variety of events and presentations, conferences, summits, user groups, and the community pages. She coordinates the product team interactions with the MVP Program.

Kellyn Gorman, Microsoft SQL Server; Oracle SME for the Cloud Architecture and Engineering Team at Microsoft

Sept 7 2021 – Kellyn has played a lot of interesting roles in the Microsoft and Oracle communities, and within Microsoft where she works as an Oracle expert on the Cloud Architecture and Engineering Team. She’s a well-known public speaker, mentor and advocate for diversity and Women in Technology. She and her husband Tim spent over two years on the road, sharing their experiences at DancesWithWinnebagos.com.

Chris Finlan, Paginated Reports Group PM

Sep 3 2021 – Chris leads the team who develop and maintain SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Power BI Paginated Reports… on taking shots, working hard, working smart and Playing Games – with bears

Matthew Roche, Microsoft CAT Team, Data Culture Champion

Aug 14 2021 – Front porch interview about building a business data culture, defining community and finding balance – with family, food cats, swords and other forms of heavy metal.

Kirill Perian, 3Cloud Senior BI Consultant

Aug 10 2021 – Passion for data, solving business problems with technology, learning Spanish and playing the Russian accordion

Jessica Aguilar, Oregon Data Community & 3Cloud

July 30 2021 – An unusual drive for success, education, sponsorship, quality and equality.

Chat with Mike Wall, Co-President of Oregon Data Community

July 28 2021 – Community makes us all better by rising together

More content including archived interviews are in these YouTube playlists: Data On The Road | The Data Bus

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