C1 sponsored both kick off parties at the MVP Summit last week on Feb 17. The “First Time MVP” party was hosted by INETA president and MVP, Joseph Guadagno. It was held at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, WA with a great turn out. Joseph also took this opportunity to present me with the INETA Lifetime achievement Award. I was joined by three former INETA Lifetime Achievement award winners as well including Dave Noderer, David McCarter and Kevin Hazzard. They said to me “Welcome to the club!” …. and what a club it is, now with a total of 9 recipients. I interviewed both David McCarter and Kevin Hazzard on what the award meant to them. So, stay tuned for those on an upcoming episode of RussCam. “It was unlike any other award”, says David. I also interviewed David Noderer last week ,when we were at the South Florida code camp as well. I gave some advice to the First Time MVP’s… I said, “Winning the award was a lot of hard work, but I had fun doing it and that was how it all worked”. In other words, it‘s all about a work-life balance. Also, I said to them to enjoy the week, there is not any other conference like the MVP Summit. The PM’s are all on top of their game as the attendees are the cream of the crop and they know it. Several folks came over to the ComponentOne booth and inquired about our products. All MVPS get our controls for free. If you are an MVP, send an email request to get your ComponentOne tools. Thanks go out to MVP Kevin Wolf for taking my photos, as I received the award as well as everyone else who helped make this a very special night! The Party with Palermo, held at Red Robin in Bellevue, WA, had a line up of seasoned vets with yet another “I survived Party with Palermo” name tag. Jeffery Palermo has been running these events for years and I have attended many. He said, “Folks just want to get together on the first night there at the MVP Summit, and I started running these events in response.” ComponentOne Influencer, Michael Washington, manned the C1 booth and educated and networked with many MVP’s on our products. He did an awesome job! I chatted with many old friends including Carl Franklin, Caleb Jenkins, Stan Schultes, Mark Dunn, Jim Duffy, Shaun Weisfeld, Scott Dorman, Shervin Shakibi, and David Giard to name a few. There were several hundred MVP’s represented between the both parties. What a night! Here are a few photos below and I have posted a complete set on Facebook.