2019 : Community Influencer of the Year

Way back in 2016, I began an annual ritual where I embarrass someone in our SQL Server family by declaring them my "Community Influencer of the Year." This does not come with any fancy trophies, huge cash prizes, or even a T-shirt; it's just my little way of saying thank you for standing out as a significant contributor to the community.

So far I have honored these fine folks:

This year, I want to recognize Jess Pomfret (@jpomfret). She was on my radar last year, but has really stepped it up since then. She has delivered sessions at DataGrillen, multiple SQLSaturday events in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, and her local user group. She has spoken on an array of topics, ranging from data compression and Desired State Configuration (DSC) to dbatools – even co-crafting an excellent dbatools video with Bert Wagner.

I know Jess is embarking on a new opportunity this year with a fellow colleague – I’d like to congratulate her on that move, thank her for all of her fantastic contributions over the past year, and hope we keep seeing her great work, both online and in person. Thank you Jess!

Honorable mention

There are so many people who make tireless contributions to our community — it's really not fair; I could easily put a dozen people in this list. But there is one other person I'd like to call out for their selflessness:

Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him.