MeAndSanta

My Daily Grind

Interesting fact... I am a former 7th grade Texas history teacher. After my one and only year of teaching, I have been involved in sales, recruiting and IT for over 16 years and I am very active in my local community. I serve on my HOA Board of Directors and I serve as a Municipal District Director for MUD 165. I am responsible for community matters pertaining to local utility taxes, security, recreation, drainage, sanitation and trash. I also volunteer regularly for Fort Bend ISD. I serve on the PTO for both my son's schools.  This year, I was selected to the Class of 2018 FBISD Board Leadership Academy, which is a program designed to provide greater insight into how the school district operates. The program's main purpose is to help regular Fort Bend residents become strong advocates for the children within the district.

My IT Journey

I am a product of the local user group in Houston, H-SPUG. Back in 2008, I joined the group in the hopes of meeting new people and developing life-long relationships. I ended up coming in at the time the current president was looking for a replacement, and that’s where it all began for me.

I have served as the President of the Houston SharePoint User Group (H-SPUG) for several years and I have been the Event Chair of SharePoint Saturday Houston for over 2 years. I now serve as the Chairman of the Board for both H-SPUG and SharePoint Saturday Houston and I work with local IT professionals and business sponsors to bring people together and to promote Office 365, SharePoint and Azure technologies.

I am currently the Team Lead and Project Manager of SharePoint Engineering at United Airlines. I have led several projects at United which included the successful migration of the SharePoint 2010 Enterprise farm from their Houston Datacenter to the new datacenter in Chicago. Most recently, my team completed the deployment of SharePoint 2016 to the company. I partner with United business customers to help them realize the power of SharePoint and Office 365 in the Enterprise and I work with them to develop real and meaningful solutions to solve their business needs.

I have been a leader and SharePoint evangelist in the local Houston user group for over 10 years. I am a frequent speaker at SharePoint Saturday events throughout the United States and Canada and was also a 2017 Microsoft Ignite speaker.

I am also very proud to announce that I will be speaking at the 2019 SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas next May.