The Most Valuable Members

By James at July 09, 2008 12:25
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG

The Inland Empire .NET User's Group held their first annual Most Valuable Member Awards. Members gain points by giving back to the community, with the top contributor being named Most Valuable Member. The recognition and prizes they receive are significant, and it wouldn't be possible without the help of the sponsors.

Here is what the MVM, Runner Up, and Second Runner Up receive

MVM Runner Up Second Runner Up
Red Gate SQL Toolbelt Red Gate SQL Comparison Bundle Red Gate SQL Compare
JetBrains R# and dotTrace JetBrains R# JetBrains dotTrace
InnerWorkings ENTIRE catalog for 1 year InnerWorkings Drill InnerWorkings Drill
O'Reilly Safari Subscription 5 O'Reilly Books 3 O'Reilly Books
telerik complete controls Sitefinity license telerik tool of choice
MSDN Team Suite Premium Subscription TechNet Plus Subscription  

The Most Valuable Members for 2007/2008 are:

Most Valuable Member 2007/2008. 42 entries and total points of 19,400 - Volkan Uzun

Volkan has been coming to the meetings for several years, working in several levels of the group, most recently developing and teaching a 12 week Beginner's ASP.NET course affiliated with the IEDOTNET, writing several blog postings per month, and recently received two Microsoft Certifications. He must stay up nights, thinking of new ways to give back to the development community.

MVM Runner Up. 21 entries and total points of 17,840 - Michael Roth

Mike has a ton of great ideas, and will someday make his fortune on the interwebs. He is diligent about submitting his points early, and loves to donate a previously won raffle prize to someone else.

MVM Second Runner Up. 23 entries and total points of 16,110 - Paul Chu

Paul makes the trek from San Gabriel every meeting. He is always here early to help setup, stays late to help tear down, actively participates in discussions during the meetings, and offers to help where ever he can.

In addition, the follow members all participated:

Robby Thompson 13040 points

Matt Penner 10080 points

Sean Dorsett 7280 points

Steve O'Brien 3680 points

Henry Vander Leest 2320 points

Daniel Andrade 1970 points

George Ande 500 points

Mark Raborn 480 points

Alvin Xu 100 points

Ed Marquez 40 points

Chris Hall 20 points

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James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

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