Life has been a little interesting for me personally for the last couple of weeks and by interesting I mean not necessarily in a good way. Things are much better now, but let's just say that rushing down the hospital hall with your wife on her way to emergency surgery is something I do not want to have to experience again... EVER! She is doing well now and is on the mend, but it was a very scary experience.
Almost lost is all of that was my being named an Oracle ACE! I am very honored to be added to this incredible Oracle community. I have met and gotten to know many from the ACE community over the last couple of years and already feel very welcomed. Thank you to Michelle Malcher, Oracle ACE and fellow IOUG Board of Directors member, for nominating me for the ACE award. Thank you also to George Trujillo. George is a former IOUG Board member and Oracle ACE. He encouraged me to get started on the Enterprise Best Practices SIG when it was in its early stages. I was looking for a way to get involved and George helped make it happen for me.
Oracle has recognized the importance of Users Groups and has an entire group dedicated to supporting us. I have found that I have become a better technologist and have quicker answers to problems since joining and becoming involved with the IOUG. I am looking forward to many more years in the Oracle community and look forward to continuing to contribute as a member of the ACE community.