I’m humbled and excited to be recognized by Microsoft as an MVP for Office Apps and Services. It’s been about 11 years since I left Microsoft back in March 2008, and started my journey to connect to IT communities in every country in the world.
10 years later, and over 100 speaking engagements, and 100 communities later…
Here are a few of the highlights…
It started with Jordan… my first community visit after Microsoft
SharePoint in London and on the battlefields of Gettysburg
Many Many Share-Point I Mean SharePints later
To 3x in Lima Peru
You wouldn’t believe the LadyGaga SharePoint Outing in Sweden
SharePoint Bermuda…. Speaker shorts required
SharePoint Saturday Jamaica! They said it wasn’t possible!
Sharing the Point in Vietnam in 2011
SharePoint Singapore x4 including User Group, SPS, and TechEd South East Asia x3 (man I miss that event)
SharePoint Amsterdam x3
SharePoint in Czech
SharePoint Sweden (SEF!) x 3 + ESPC
Trinidad and Dominican Republic
SharePoint in Morocco
SharePoint in Slovenia (Thrive) x8
Getting interviewed in Berlin by Michael Greth… about 8 years ago. 5+ trips to Germany for the community.
Including a European SharePoint Conference where we saw the 20 year anniversary of the Wall topple!
SharePoint in Iceland!
More than a few SharePoint Limos. (Many photos not included to protect the innocent )
They said it wasn’t possible to do a SharePoint event in Georgia
SharePoint Bangladesh… Thanks MJ!
and of course one of my favorites… Chile x2 and Costa Rica x4 with Ricardo and Crew
The Latin American SharePoint Community is still very strong
Guyana, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador
And many trips down with Share The Point Under to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Signapore… Thanks Debbie!
75 signed up in Yeravan Armenia…. but 125 showed up!!
We made it happen in Bolivia
and in Venezuela
SharePoint in Antarctica
The bottom of the world
So many fun crazy times at SPC
SharePoint in Full Robes in UAE Dubai
SharePoint has definitely made the rounds in the middle east
Central Asia Tour in Uzbekistan
And in Kurdish Iraq!
SharePoint Saturday Algeria
On the Top of Africa – Kilimonjaro
To the Bottom of the world – Yes that is Dan Holme… I took this shot
Many Late nights
Hanging out with fun people who make big impressions…
Who are these young pups?
To the ends…
Ukraine and Russia… it’s more fun with friends…
The Russian Speaking community is fantastic!
Across deserts and mountains
SPS Cuba (previously forbidden places)
Building relationships in the Persian community and then not getting allowed to see them was tough, but I’m happy to say Persian language packs in SharePoint 2010 on have a small contribution in part to my relationship with an MVP who’s business is in Dubai that I met 10 years ago. Thanks Neo!
Thanks much to the whole community, with special mention to those who left a whole in my heart…
I miss you! Dave, John, Abir, and Patrick
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Thanks to the community… it’s been a lot of fun these past 10 years!
Thanks to those that believed in me and made it enjoyable. I really love our community… I hope you can see that. The recognition has always been just a bonus, but it does mean a lot. It’s been a lot easier to find people when they’ve been recognized by Microsoft. Community does change lives.
Congratulations, Joel! You’ve always been an MVP, regardless of the title, the award, or the designation!