# Friday, July 2, 2010

Today, I received a message from Microsoft awarding me a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Visual C#.

I have been aware of this award ever since my friend Nino earned one years ago. I never quite understood the selection criteria but I knew that it was recognition of a willingness to share knowledge with others in the community. Since sharing knowledge is something in which I a lot of take pride, I am happy to be recognized for this.

A Microsoft employee once told me that he wouldn't nominate anyone who sought to become an MVP, so I never tried to reveal any aspirations, working in the community because I enjoyed doing so. I even joked about it, posting an e-mail on this blog from Mike Woelmer, who nominated me as an NVP (Not Very Professional). But the truth is that I did want this award and that I am excited and proud and grateful to receive it.

I want to publicly thank Jennifer Marsman and Alan Stevens who nominated me. I was told that some other folks said nice things on my behalf as part of this process. I don't know who they all were, so I won't list them here, but know that this was much appreciated.

I am aware of some tangible benefits - software, admission to the MVP summit, access to the product team - and I know there are a few other benefits that I haven't sorted through yet. But, for me the most important benefit is recognition by my peers.

And for that I am grateful.

Friday, July 2, 2010 1:31:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congratulations Dave!
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:03:38 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congratulations Dave, it is well earned.
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:51:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
To tell you the truth, not very surprised. Congrats!
Friday, July 2, 2010 1:09:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats Dave!
Matt Ruma
Friday, July 2, 2010 1:53:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dave,

Congratulations! On a side note. I won my VIP status. Not quite as prestigious as an MVP but the discounts at Phantom Fireworks come in handy this time of year.

Greg
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:22:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
excellent news!
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