Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GPUG Summit 2014 St. Louis - Day 3

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ok, what just happened last night, ugh! Day 2 was quite the day (and the night!). However, the Summit was coming to an end and it was almost time to close the curtains on what I personally reckon to be a very successful event. This meant participating in the last networking huddle event, which had tables organized by roles; visit the Expo one last time to say bye to ISVs who tirelessly worked to bring some of the best products to market; and attend maybe a session or two going throughout the day.

After the networking huddle, it was time for the Ask the All Stars session which, as its now traditional, is preceded by the GPUG All Star nomination and award. I have to say that this year I was fortunate enough to have been nominated, but felt short by one vote... just messing!

GPUG All Stars, Shawn Dorward, Belinda Allen, and Aaron Back
The new All Stars mingled with the previous year crop to take questions from the audience in attendance at the Ferrara theater, MCed by Andy Hafer. Upon conclusion of the Q&A session, it was time to honor the very first recipient of the Richard Whaley Academy Award with the distinction going to Mr. Bob McAdam. Bob has tirelessly worked to provide some of the best end-user Academy classroom training content out there and in doing so, has been recognized by community users as a consummate professional. As you may know, Richard left us all last month after years dealing with personal ailments.

To award was handed to Bob by Richard's daughter Elizabeth "Betsy" Whaley with Rich Beliveau, Academy Director MCing the ceremony.

Bob McAdam receives Richard Whaley Academy Award
Of course, no Summit would be complete without knowing where the next event will take place, so it was announced that Reno-Tahoe, NV will be the destination of the next GPUG Summit 2015 event. The following video shows what awaits next year's Summit attendees.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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