Congratulations Jason Gaudreau! You are the winner of vDestination’s Free Trip to VMworld 2013! Jason had a great entry and was the lucky one that got pulled out of the hat late last night. This is super exciting and I’m looking forward to meeting Jason and getting to know him better. There will be a special episode of the vExpert Corner with Jason and a couple of the vExpert Judges where we’ll get to know Jason and talk about VMworld 2013 and what to expect. Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks to my awesome sponsors, Veeam, Train Signal and Nutanix.. couldn’t have done it without them. Also a big thanks to the vExpert Judges panel, James Bowling, Shane Williford, Jane Rimmer and Christopher Kusek. Read Jason’s entry below and take a moment to congratulate him when you get a chance.
JASON GAUDREAU – For me, it is much more than just going to VMworld to learn about the latest technology, it is about the unbelievable user community. It is such a passionate group of IT professionals which includes customers, consultants, and vendor professionals. This year I was nominated as a 2013 VMware vExpert, it is a thrill to say the least; I have supported, designed, and advocated virtual environments since 2004 for a Fortune 250 company, but my passion was fueled by the blogs and VMware community created by the vExperts since it started in 2009. It is hard to believe I am now a member of that group.
I have tried to take the desire I have for infrastructure operations, virtualization, and cloud computing and inspire the next generation of IT professionals. I am on the technology advisory board of a local area vocational high school that is one of the few VMware Academies in the country. I talk to the students several times a year about virtualization, industry trends, and to let them know that there are tremendous opportunities for young adults to get into information technology. I also meet with the teachers to keep them up to date on the latest advancements in virtualization. I try to give back just a small portion of what I have gained over my 23 years in the industry.
I have never been to VMworld, I have never had the funding or the opportunity, but it would be an unbelievable experience to be able to mingle with the community of passionate VMware professionals that have inspired me.
Thank you for the consideration,