# Monday, November 10, 2008

A lot of RDs arrived in Barcelona yesterday to start TechED Europe 2008. We went out for some tapas and sangria last night and the bill came to 779 euros. What happens when you get 15 RDs trying to split the bill with their credit card? Chaos.



posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 10:05:26 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Friday, July 21, 2006

RDs Unplugged!


So many people ask me what happens “behind closed doors” at our “RD Only” meetings. People sometimes seem jealous that we have the RD meetings and want to sneak in. They have visions of Bill Gates telling us state secrets or Program Managers giving us builds of the next next next version.


Well let me tell you that that never happens. But the meeting are a lot of fun. I think they are “RD Only” to protect the innocent. RDs tend to let loose and do things like get a guitar or harmonica and sing a song.


I will give you a glimpse into the secret world of the RD meetings. Thanks to Chad Hower for posting this blog entry of the RDs singing at the RD meeting at TechEd up in Boston last month. Download the videos, you will not be disappointed!


I also declared my love for Clemens Vasters by laying on the ground in front of traffic on the street in front of Fenway Park. See the photo here!



posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 12:00:14 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 1, 2004

When you think of the Microsoft Regional Directors what usually comes to mind are really amazing speakers at conferences like DevDays, Tech*ED (last year we had two RDs place #1 at two Tech*Eds) and the North Africa Developers Conference. You think of great authors and things like .NET Rocks.


RDs are truly great. But even if you collect together 150 amazing colleagues from around the world and put them all in a room together, there would be nothing without the proper organization. Leadership is key. General George Washington was less of a man (and General) without Martha (just ask the solders who she brought socks to).


For the past three years I have had the pleasure or working with the best PM at Microsoft, Eileen Crain. As of today Eileen is no longer the PM of the Regional Director Program or as I like to refer to it, the “RD Mom”. She has went on to bigger and better things at Microsoft.


Eileen has worked behind the scenes to make sure that the RDs got speaking engagements, in front of large customers, or any other kind of exposure. She also would always offer to take us out to dinner when we were in town! (Or drive me home when I drank too much. ). Whether it was planning a new marketing initiative or RD party at Tech*ED, she did it very thoroughly.


The RD program has been around for over 10 years and in years past you only heard of RDs at DevDays. Eileen has worked real hard to make us knows-and it worked. In the last few years the visibility of the RDs has grown and it is all due to Eileen.


Also Eileen has been someone who I would turn to for business advice and even personal advice. She would even pick up the phone at 2am when I was complaining about “the girl” or when a group of RDs would call (in a drunken stupor) from Cairo, Casablanca or Kuala Lumpur.


Eileen I will miss you and I wish you the best.


PS-people usually have to think really hard to figure out my titles most of the time, but this title was one of those “you had to be there ones” in Dallas at Tech*ED in 2003, a bunch of RDs (led by me!) got on stage and did “Killing me Softly” Karaoke and dedicated it Eileen.

posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 12:52:06 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [12] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Well we win one. After a few years of Microsoft hiring away RDs (Chris Selles, etc), today we stole one from them. Rob Howard was made an RD today. As of 6/1/04 Rob is no longer a Microsoft employee and we snagged him as an RD!  Rob is fulfilling a career goal and has started his own company, Telligent Systems based in Dallas, Texas.

Welcome Rob. This doesn't suck.

posted on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 5:16:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] Trackback