PASSMN Rocks 2012!

Minnesota SQL Server Users Group

As many of you may know, I am the Chair for the Minnesota SQL Server User Group aka PASSMN.  I work with a great group of individuals who have worked hard to get our upcoming speaker schedule and sponsorships worked out.  I am very excited to discuss the upcoming schedule and invite anyone in our area during this time to join us.  So here goes…

Locked In

Tuesday, March 20 – Thomas LaRock

Tom LaRock (@SQLRockStar) is a SQL Server MVP and he is currently a Senior Database Administor for Confio Software.  Check out his blog at for more information about him and his community contributions.

Topic: TBD

Sponsor: Confio Software

Tuesday, April 17 – Ted Kummert, Mark Souza, and Itzik Ben Gan

Ted Kummert is the corporate vice president of the Business Platform Division at Microsoft which includes SQL Server and SQL Azure.  It is a privilege to have Ted available to speak at our user group and share more about SQL Server.  He was one of the keynote speakers at the PASS Summit in 2011 as well.

Mark Souza joins us this night as well.  Mark is the General Manager for SQL Server at Microsoft.  He is responsible for customer and partner interaction for many products including SQL Server.

Topic: SQL Server 2012

Itzik Ben-Gan is a Mentor and Co-Founder of SolidQ and has been a SQL Server MVP since 1999.  He is the foremost author and speaker on T-SQL related topics.  He is a regular presenter at PASS events including an annual favorite at the PASS Summit.  Check out Itzik’s website to learn more about him:

Topic: Apply T-SQL Magic

Sponsor: TechFuse Conference

Tuesday, May 15 – Lara Rubbelke

Lara Rubbelke (@SQLGal) is one of our own.  It wasn’t that long ago that she was helping form this very user group. Now she regularly presents on Big Data for Microsoft including during one of the key notes an the 2011 PASS Summit.  Read more from Lara at her blog:

Sponsor: Emergent Networks

Topic: Big Data Architectures

Tentatively Scheduled

Tuesday, June 19 – Jes Borland

Jes Borland (@grrl_geek) joins us from our neighbor state of Wisconsin.  She is an active member of the Wisconsin SQL Server User Group and MADPASS.  She has presented at the 24 hours of PASS and the PASS Summit.  Check out her blog:

Tuesday, July 24 – Kalen Delaney

Kalen Delaney may join us in July as she will be teaching a class at Benchmark Learning during that time.  Kalen is the author of Inside SQL Server and one of the original founders of PASS.  She has been a SQL Server MVP since 1993.  You can find out more about Kalen and her upcoming classes at

Local Presenter Spotlight

Besides the individuals above, we are also looking forward to hearing from our user community in our monthly, local presenter time slot.  If you are looking for an opportunity to share a new tip or something you have learned about SQL Server – development or administration – please let our program director know.  We want our user group to actively involve users from our own community.  We also would love to grow our speaker ranks from within the community.  We all started our speaking somewhere, let PASSMN be the place to help you learn to present or practice presenting.

If you are interested in presenting at our user group or sponsoring our user group, drop us a line at


One thought on “PASSMN Rocks 2012!”

  1. The 20th will be a great day for SQL learning. First Thomas LaRock at PASSMN and then go home and start 24 hours of PASS. However I don’t know if I’ll make it to 2am.

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