Yesterday, August 7, 2013, was the last day to submit applications for the PASS Board of Directors election.  I have the honor of serving on the Nomination Committee this year, and while there is very little I can disclose, I do want to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to those that submitted an application for a Board of Directors position.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the application, I know it can be daunting.

Thank you for taking the time to think through what you want to see happen as a Board member.  Whether you are elected or not, I hope that you will still endeavor to make those things happen.

Thank you for talking to your friends and colleagues and asking them to be references for you (and thank you to those that agreed to do so).

And thank you, in advance, for committing additional time to meet with the NomCom to share your story and your goals.

When you run for any office, or any board, in any arena, you take a risk.  You become vulnerable, and you put your own name out there for discussion.  That takes courage, and I applaud all of you for stepping forward and taking a risk so that you may serve the SQL Server community as a member of the PASS Board.  I wish all of you the best, and I am confident that three very qualified individuals will fill the Board positions this year.  Good luck!