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My user groups lessons learned and recommendations (dup from my MSDN blog)
My local .NET user group (CRINETA) has had a bumpy road recently after loosing several key contributers. I stepped down as leader of the group around 10 months ago. Since then, I've tried to stay involved the group through email, but I'm typically unavailable to attend meetings. The information below are some of the lessons learned during my 3 years running the user group. I hope that other user group leaders find this information helpful. Associations There are many International and National organizations ......

Posted On Sunday, October 7, 2007 9:05 PM

My new MSDN blog
I finally got around to creating my blog on MSDN. It can be found at, but it's currently empty. I plan to migrate this blog there once I get some free time. Also, I will be posting there from now on ......

Posted On Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:29 PM

More Event Planning
The INETA/Microsoft Community Launch and Heartland Developer Conference 2005 planning are coming to a close. I have recently been tasked to start planning a way to get the INETA User Group Leader Summit so reach a larger audience. The INETA CA team has started planning a regional event called the “Community Leadership Summit”. I had initially hoped that the planning for the CLS would start in November to allow me time to focus on the HDC, which is next week! Unfortunately, we need to ......

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 1:44 PM

INETA Communtiy Activities Core Team

I recently become a member of the INETA Community Activities core team.   We are currently promoting the code camps, Indigo roadshows, SQL roadshows, and the MS launch event in November.  Morgan Baker is heading up this newly created division of INETA.  I met most of the members of the team while helping with the INETA booth and Birds of a Feather events at TechEd 2005.

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 5:27 PM

Community Update
I realize and apologize that I have not posted to my blog for 3 months. Many people have been getting on me lately to start blogging again. I'm starting to get a good handle on my workload and hope to spend more time on my community commitments including blogging. I also plan to migrate my blog to MSDN sometime in the near future. The current community efforts that I'm working on are: INETA Community Activities Our latest initiative is the INETA Live webcasts. The webcast can be viewed at ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:22 PM

CRINETA Elections
As I stated in an earlier post, I have decided to step down as President of CRINETA due to my new job with Microsoft. Last night during our UG meeting we elected new officers. I will continue be stay involved with CRINETA, but on a limited basis. Below are the results of the election. Jason Brunken - PresidentChris Sutton - Vice PresidentJason Schroeder - Secretary/CommunicationsMike Jackson - WebmasterGreg Sohl - Speaker Liaison I wish everyone good luck with the group, and will check-in with everyone ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 12:55 PM

INETA Community Launch Update
The launch Presentation DVDs have shipped! All community launch trainees should have received an email from the INETA Community Launch Team today with details on how to get the materials if you need them within the next couple of days. The materials used for your Community Launch event are the same materials that will be presented by Microsoft in official launch cities. For more information on official launch cities visit Thanks goes ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 4:41 PM

Joining the blue shirts
Over the last two years I have worked for 5 different companies (including my own business) and assisted multiple clients with .NET throughout NE Iowa. This Monday I accepted an offer of employment from Microsoft!!! In two weeks I will be a Consultant for the US-MCS Central COE Division. This position will allow me to do the same work I have done of the last 4 years, just on a bit larger scale. I could potentially support anywhere between the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. Being that I am located in ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 7:31 PM

HDC 2005 is over. Bring on 2006
After much planning and preparation, I can finally say that the HDC 2005 is over. This year's conference was another huge success. It was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA and hosted 309 developers with a waiting list of 105 people. We had many speakers from our region as well as some nationally known speakers such as Rocky Lhotka, Rob Howard, Andrew Troelsen, and more. I have recieved great feedback from everyone involved in the conference and am looking forward to starting to plan ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:58 AM

CRINETA hosts Don Kiely on SQL Server 2005 - Developer Security
Monday July 11th, Don delivered a great presentation on SQL Server 2005 - Developer Security at the CRINETA user group meeting. At the beginning I gave him a hard time about the fact that he wasn't going to present at the HDC05 in Cedar Rapids this year. During the meeting he discussed schemas, synonyms, impersonation permissions, encryption, etc. After Don's presention, the CRINETA officers treated Don to a night out in Cedar Rapids. We met at the Irish Democrat for drinks and those fabulous cheese ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 3:51 PM

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