News just hit me today that I made vExpert for 2012. For those that may not know vmware designates a limited amount of worldwide people that fit one of the below criteria:
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can now also apply via the Evangelist path.
The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.
VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.
The vExpert status is a cool thing but a responsibility to not just to be an expert, be right, have integrity, and to evangelize but to also uphold integrity and “professional reputation” (brand). Thanks to John Troyer and Alex Maier for the appointment!
Link to the list of appointees; http://goo.gl/UD3jk