Sander Stad

Location: The Netherlands (UTC+2)
Expertise: SQL Server, PowerShell, DevOps (I try my best), Automation
Contact: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog

I’m a SQL Server DBA from The Netherlands.

After college I started working at a school group where I started as an application engineer. Maintaining the application but also the database. I got more and more interested in databases and even got to a point that I helped the developers of the software improve their software.

I then started to work for a secondment firm working for various companies in automotive, healthcare and financial industries.

Fast forward to 2014 I worked at a pension fund company. At that moment I was thinking of doing more in the data community but had no idea how to do that.
In that year Redgate organized a contest to describe your worst day as a DBA. You could win a cruise, called the SQL Cruise in that day, which was a small scale conference with some of the best speakers around.
I had my share of unfortunate events in the past and I wrote my story. A few months go by and I suddenly see an e-mail from Redgate that my story was chosen and that I won the contest.

I cannot emphasize this enough, but SQL Cruise (now Tech Outbound) has changed my live in many ways. It was at this event that I learned that

  • everybody has something to say
  • everybody is a genius in their own way
  • everybody is creative
  • you don’t have to think your ideas or not worth posting

Several people, including the speakers, convinced me to start speaking and so I did.

My first session was an online session. I was nervous, sometimes I had to think about some things to say, but overall the session was good and the demos worked. In the end Aaron Nelson, the user group leader, told me the number of people that joined my session, over 300!

I thought, if I inspired one person with my talk it was already good, but apparently my talk was something that people were interested in.

Fast forward to today.
I’m a regular speaker at smaller and bigger events. I’ve presented at PASS Summit, SQL Bits and various other events like SQL Saturday.
I’m a major contributor to the dbatools project and I’m a maintainer of several open-source projects.
Because of all those contributions I became a Microsoft MVP in 2019, to be exact a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP.

I’m a believer that anybody has something interesting to say. That’s why I wanted to become a speaking mentor to help people get started. It’s that first hurdle that you will have to take, but believe me, it’s worth it.
I never had that mentor that helped me get started, but I had the community that nudged me in the right direction.

I’m here for you if you need help.

You can reach me through my LinkedIn or through Twitter and I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Simon Binder

  • Location: Linköping, Sweden (UTC+1)
  • Expertise: Windows, EMS, System Center, Powershell, User Adoption and presentation skills
  • Contact: Twitter | E-MailLinkedInPersonal Blog

I work as a Principal Solution Architect in Sweden focusing on Digital Workplace solutions. I’m sharing my time between evenly between design & strategy work around Workplace, pre-sale as well as evangelism – where the last part has take me all around Europe (so far) speaking at conferences and user groups.

My first “real” talk (having held a number of talks at internal conferences prior to it) were at Techdays Sweden in 2016. It included song, dance, a penguin – and one of the most awarded speakers in the Tech-world at the front row. But it went well, I learned a lot and I learnt that the only way to be better at speaking – is to speak, and getting feedback and listen to feedback.

I have had a lot of help from colleagues, friends, coaches, attendees and my family over the years – and now its time to give back. I’m passionate about speaking. I’m passionate about helping other be better speakers – while keeping your personal touch and feel. I’m passionate about seeing people succeed.

I work mostly with Microsoft technologies, but happy to help out with any topic. In that way, I learn a bit myself. I love to listen, and what I hope to get from every talk I attend is: Getting 100 % focus on the speaker and the topic, feel the passion and joy from the speaker, and leave the room exhausted – but also filled with new knowledge and inspiration. That’s also what I try to give in all my talks – and I hope to be able to help you achieve in yours.

Bjoern Peters

Mentoring - Bjoern Peters - SQLPASS_DE - Speaker - SQL Server and Azure
  • Location: Germany | DE (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Relational databases (primarily SQL Server), Azure SQL Database, Azure Data platform
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedInBlog

 

My name is Bjoern Peters and I love SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases and to speak about it 😉

I’m in MSSQL databases since version 6.5 (which was in 2000), since 2011 I’m a member of SQL PASS and held my first talk about SQL Server in 2015. Here in Germany, I’m active as volunteer and speaker at several data platform events like SQL Saturday or SQLGrillen.

Since October 2016 I’m also the organizer of the Azure Meetup Hamburg, where we talk about all topics of Azure on a monthly base.

Before my first public session, I was really afraid but right after it… I’ll never stop it anymore it is so much fun to share knowledge with the audience! And now I want to help others to step ahead and make their own experience.

Looking forward to helping you prepare your presentation and speak for a session at any event you would like to.

Edwin M Sarmiento

  • Location: Canada (UTC -5)
  • Expertise: SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery, PowerShell, Microsoft data platform
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

What would someone fresh out of university with 17 (not one, not seven, but 17) failed courses and no chance of employment do? Hire himself.

When you have to sell yourself to get contract work, you learn a thing or two about delivering presentations. You have to learn how to be a great storyteller and engage your audience. But that’s not easy when you’re an introvert.

Speaking in front of a crowd is also not easy for an introvert. But the only way to be really good at public speaking is to get yourself out there and – speak.


I have been speaking at conferences and events since 2002. I’m a Microsoft MVP award recipient since 2006 and a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server. I specialize in high availability and disaster recovery solutions. I also spend time automating boring, repetitive tasks using PowerShell.

When I’m not working with databases, I’m on my other keyboard – a music workstation –  playing jazz piano or creating EDM tracks. To overcome my fear of public speaking, I have learned the art of telling engaging stories.

 

Andrew Pruski

  • Location: Ireland (UTC +0)
  • Expertise: SQL Server and Docker.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

I’m a SQL Server DBA originally from Swansea, Wales but am now based in Dublin, Ireland.

After three years of blogging at dbafromthecold.com I finally gave my first technical presentation at SQL Saturday Iceland 2017.

Since then I have spoken at various events across Europe about running SQL Server in containers and have become a Microsoft Data Platform MVP.

Being completely terrified of public speaking, I know how hard it is to give your first presentation and am happy to offer any advice or support.

You can reach me via LinkedIn or Twitter

Tracy Boggiano

Tracy Boggiano
  • Location: Raleigh, NC (UTC – 5) (EST)
  • Expertise: All DBA topics
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Email

22 years ago I got myfirst job in IT right out of high school as a computer operator and started attending college to become a computer programmer.  I hated my database class mainly because I finished the work in 10 minutes and had to sit there bored for the 50 minutes. My instructor didn’t understand I was already using these concepts at work.

I started barely blogging in 2012,  something that wasn’t really encouraged by my current job.  Four years ago I took an awesome job that believed that be involved in the community was a good thing.

Then in 2015, I signed up for my first SQL Saturday. The presentation had a total of five attendees (one being a coworker). I managed to cover 30 slides of HADR material in 30 minutes but wait the presentation was supposed to last an hour. Oops.

Now I’ve done so many presentations it’s hard to keep count. Presented at 18 SQL Saturdays last year, PASS Summit, and a few online presentations. I’m a complete SQL Saturday addict and enjoy going to each and every one of them and don’t mind if there are only five people, it was probably for the best on that first presentation.

You can reach me either on Twitter,  LinkedIn, or Email.