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It’s that time of year…..Exceptional DBA Awards 2012 — June 25, 2012

It’s that time of year…..Exceptional DBA Awards 2012

Being a 2011 finalist I felt I should try and rally all those who truly are exceptional to get their nominations in and quick sharp as the closing date is getting close.

I was lucky enough to be nominated for this award last year and wasn’t going to follow it through as I felt I didn’t really stand a chance but when I sat and thought about it, if someone is willing to think of you as being exceptional at what you do, enough so to nominate you then why not, what’s the worst that can happen!!??!!

The level of talent out the is phenomenal and the 4 guys I was up against last year are up there with the best in the world. Don’t let that put you off though, I feel that this award is very much focused towards those in the USA and not many actually make it through to the finals from the UK (Kevan Riley Blog / Twitter and myself I think are the only two!) so I think we need to give a bigger push this year and try and get more than one finalist from the UK 🙂

If you haven’t been nominated by one of your peers then nominate yourself, there’s no rule saying you can’t and in fact Redgate encourage it.

Get entered, the questions answered and cross your fingers!

Good luck!!!!

Being an Exceptional DBA Award 2011 Finalist — July 25, 2011

Being an Exceptional DBA Award 2011 Finalist

On Wednesday 13th July at 16:06 (GMT) I got what could only be described as the biggest shock of my 31 years on this planet – an email from the Exceptional DBA Awards 2011 saying that I’d made it as one of the final five! To say it’s an honour is an understatement, especially as this award is open worldwide and looking at some of the previous finalists I knew the level of competition is always very high.

Being nominated by one of my peers was unexpected and to be honest I wasn’t going to go through the process to complete the application but I’m so glad I did. More importantly (to me), is the fact that in order to be a finalist you need to be chosen by the expert judging panel who are all highly respected members of the SQL community, and to actually get through their vetting is a phenomenal achievement which I thank them for greatly.

So, what’s next? Judging by the high calibre of the 4 other finalists, winning the award will be virtually impossible. Being (as far as I’m aware) the only UK based finalist may make things that little bit tougher for me but I’d love to be the first UK winner of the award and ultimately make the trip to Seattle in October. It’s a long way to travel for what my wife would call a Geek Conference, to be honest though, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and SQLPass is always something I’ve wanted to attend but due to client commitments I’ve never been able to make the jump over the “pond”.

Following the words of 2008’s winner Dan McClain “It brings another level of ‘wow’ to my resume, like having a special certification”, and that is exactly what being a finalist has done for me – even if I don’t win, it’s still an outstanding achievement and something I’m very proud and will be for a very long time.
So, what do you have to do in order to make me the first UK based winner of the Exceptional DBA Awards? Simply click this link and “Vote for Chris>>” – it’s that simple. No registration or forms to fill out and remember, every vote counts!! If I win and make it to SQLPass, I’d appreciate everyone to give me a shout and have a few beers. For those of you UK based, I’ll no doubt see you at the next SQL UG in Manchester and/or Leeds.

Good luck to Jeff, Colin, Scott and Tim and hopefully see everyone in October.

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