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Chris McNulty, MBA Author 

Chris McNulty is a Sr. Product Manager for SharePoint and Office 365 at Microsoft. Chris’s experience as CTO includes companies as diverse as Dell Software/Quest, and Cryptzone/HiSoftware. He was first recognized as a SharePoint MVP in 2013, and led the SharePoint consulting practice at KMA, a Boston based Microsoft Gold Partner. A frequent speaker at events around the globe, Chris is the author of the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook” among other works. He also blogs athttp://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog Recently, he was recognized at the Ignite Conference as one of the Top 25 Office 365 Influencers in the community today. Chris holds an MBA from Boston College in Investment Management and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services technology with John Hancock, State Street, GMO and Santander.

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Brian Alderman, MVP MCT 

Brian Alderman is a Microsoft MVP, and since 1995, he has held several Microsoft certifications that currently include; MCT, MCSE for SharePoint, MCSA for Office 365, MCITP for SQL Server(R), MCSA and MCSE for Windows Server(R), and also his PMP certification. As a Senior Technical Instructor and Consultant he has 30 years of experience in networking, SQL Server databases, SharePoint technologies, and project management. Brian's publications include Windows 2000 Professional, SQL Server 2000 Administration, SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday's, SPLive, DevIntersection, SharePoint Fest, Microsoft Ignite and several international SharePoint conferences including London, Milan, and Madrid. Brian has a BS and MS in Computer Information Systems where he graduated summa cum laude from Regis University of Colorado Springs and now lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he enjoys playing golf year round and traveling around the world.

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Christian Buckley, MVP 

Christian is a 6-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized collaboration expert, consulting CMO and researcher, and founder of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to CollabTalk, Christian served as a Chief Marketing Officer (Beezy), Chief Evangelist (Axceler and Metalogix), and was part of the Microsoft team that launched SharePoint Online (now part of Office 365). During his career, he has worked with some of the world’s largest technology companies to build and deploy social, collaboration, and supply chain solutions, and sold the software startup he co-founded to Rational Software in 2001. Co-author of books on both SharePoint and software configuration management, Christian is one of the most widely published names within the Microsoft ecosystem, and can be found online at www.buckleyplanet.com  and @buckleyplanet.

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Michelle Caldwell, MVP Microsoft Regional Director 

Michelle is a SharePoint Solutions Architect and Director of Collaboration at Avanade. She is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director and has over 16 years of experience delivering business solutions to diverse organizations. For the past nine years, she has focused on delivering enterprise SharePoint solutions across multiple industries while leading teams that have won outstanding achievements in Web Development. She is a founding member and President of the Columbus, Ohio SharePoint User Group (BuckeyeSPUG) and actively shares her real-world experience through her blog www.shellecaldwell.com and conferences across North America. She also sits on the board of two Columbus, Ohio non-profits in support of her local technology community. 

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Virgil Carroll, MCT 

Virgil grew up as an Alaskan fisherman, so he knows that life, like business, can be smooth sailing one minute and stormy seas the next. His ability to stay calm and clear-headed through the storms of business has been a valuable asset to many companies and individuals throughout the years. After graduating with his Master’s degree, Virgil decided to put his myriad talents to good use and formed High Monkey and is currently its principal human solutions architect. When Virgil speaks technology he does it from a business person’s point of view. You won’t find his talks clouded with “tech geek” speak. Virgil has an expansive breadth of knowledge and speaks objectively about a variety of subjects.
 

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Vlad Catrinescu, MVP 

Vlad is a SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant specializing in SharePoint and SharePoint Online deployments as well as hybrid scenarios. As a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft Certified Trainer and recognized international speaker, Vlad has helped thousands of users and IT Pros across the globe to better understand and to get the most out of SharePoint.

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Liam Cleary, MVP 

Liam began his career as a Trainer of all things computer related. He quickly realized that programming, breaking and hacking was a lot more fun. He spent the next few years working within core infrastructure and security services, until he found SharePoint. He now works as a Solution Architect for Protiviti in Virginia. His core focus is to ensure that SharePoint can either natively or with minimal customization meet the business requirement. He is also an eleven time Microsoft MVP focusing on Architecture but also crosses the boundary into Development. His specialty over the past few years has been security in SharePoint and its surrounding platforms. He can often be found at user groups or conferences speaking, offering advice, spending time in the community, teaching his kids how to code, raspberry PI programming, hacking the planet or building Lego robots.

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Stacy Deere-Strole, MVP Author 

Stacy Deere-Strole is the Owner of Focal Point Solutions LLC, a Cincinnati, OH based company that provides SharePoint Solutions for the Enterprise in the mid-to-large market. Previously, Stacy led a rapidly growing SharePoint practice where she engaged in a wide range of consulting projects across various industries. With nearly 18 years of experience in the IT Industry, Stacy has mainly focused on Collaboration Solutions such as IBM’s Lotus Notes\Domino and Microsoft’s Messaging and Collaboration Solutions including deployments and SharePoint upgrades. Stacy is actively sharing her real world expertise through authoring in the blog http://www.spmindmelt.focalpointsolutions.cohttp://www.sharepointeurope.com/bloghttp://infogovcon.com/ and speaking at various SharePoint Saturday's, Information Governance Conference, SPTechCon and User Group events. She also co-authored two books called SharePoint 2013 and 2010 Using Managed Metadata.
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Stephanie Donahue, MVP 

Stephanie is a partner and consultant at PAITgroup, with a focus on helping organizations leverage their investment in SharePoint to create and maximize ROI. As a MCITP she has been setting a strategic path from discovery to successful implementations using an innovative approach and consistent methodology. Stephanie is an active blogger and event speaker with over 7 years of experience in SharePoint projects from basic deployments to information architecture, content management, and business process automation. You can follow Stephanie at @stephkdonahue on Twitter or read her blog at http://stephkdonahue.com

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Matthias Einig, MVP

Matt is Microsoft MVP and the CEO and founder of Rencore, the company behind the SharePoint Code Analysis Framework (SPCAF) and SPTransformator.
Matthias is speaking regularly at international SharePoint and ALM conferences and community events and organizes SharePoint Saturday Stockholm and SharePoint Saturday Munich.
 

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Kim Frehe 

Kim Frehe is a SharePoint Solutions Specialist who has been solving complex business problems in innovative ways since 2001. She is very passionate about SharePoint and prides herself on building solutions with the end users’ perspective in mind. Her specialties include workflows, content types, out-of-the-box web parts and making SharePoint as user-friendly as possible to help users be more productive, efficient and get the most of SharePoint.

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Treb Gatte, MVP 

Treb Gatte is the Managing Partner at Tumble Road, where using his techniques, he’s helped well-known companies like Wells Fargo, Starbucks and Tory Burch achieve project management success. He is an internationally recognized Project Management expert and a Microsoft MVP. He’s used his Project and SharePoint expertise to author two books on the software. Treb is also a CIO Magazine contributor where he writes the Effective Enterprise blog.

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Sarah Haase, Information Architect 

Sarah Haase is an enterprise collaboration strategist, corporate librarian and internationally-recognized speaker that helps large enterprises reclaim overgrown and ineffective collaboration implementations. Using her rich experience in knowledge management, technical writing, information architecture, business process automation and enterprise content management, Sarah devises and implements governance and user adoption strategies that drive compliance, engagement and documented benefits/ROI for SharePoint and Office 365. She is a contributing author for Ruven Gotz’s book Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture, founder of the Twin Cities’ SharePoint executive discussion group and a community activist/board member for the immensely popular SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities. You can find Sarah online at http://blog.splibrarian.com and @sarahhaase

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Susan Hanley, MVP MBA Author 

Sue Hanley is a consultant and Office Servers and Services MVP specializing in the "people side" of collaboration and knowledge management solutions. She is the co-author of three popular SharePoint books that focus on business challenges - Essential SharePoint 2007, Essential SharePoint 2010, and Essential SharePoint 2013. She also writes the Essential SharePoint blog for NetworkWorld at http://www.networkworld.com/blog/essential-sharepoint. Her areas of expertise include knowledge management, strategy, information architecture, user adoption, governance, and business value metrics. Immediately prior to establishing her own consulting practice, Sue led the Portals, Collaboration, and Content Management practice for Dell Professional Services.
 

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Doug Hemminger, MVP 

With over 15 years of experience developing innovative software solutions, Doug has proven himself as a leader who can solve difficult problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes. Although primarily a developer focused on SharePoint, Doug is adept at seeing the bigger picture, recognizing how a particular software solution meets an organization's larger goals. Doug graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. In addition to holding several Microsoft SharePoint Technical Certifications, Doug also serves on the Board of Directors of two small educational not-for-profit organizations. Doug not only works to continuously expand his development and technical SharePoint knowledge, but he also actively participates, both as a learner and an educator, in the SharePoint and broader technical community. He is the leader of a Chicago area SharePoint Developers User Group and the Co-coordinator for SharePoint Saturday Chicago. He also speaks at user groups, SharePoint Saturday events, and conferences around the country.

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Jason Himmelstein, MVP Author 

Jason Himmelstein is a Microsoft Office Servers & Services MVP & an ITPro Solutions Architect with more than 20 years of experience working with Microsoft and related technologies. With a passion for technology, Jason has spent the past several years dedicated to SharePoint & Office 365 becoming a recognized expert in the field. Jason has successfully architected solutions for up to 120,000 users and maintains an active speaking schedule, addressing conferences around the world. In May 2015 he joined Rackspace where is the Technical Strategy Director. He leads a team of amazing Rackers and helps customers through the innovative use of technology.

Jason is the author of the O’Reilly book “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint”. He also is one of the organizers of multiple Users Groups and SharePoint Saturdays, co-host of the BIFocal.show podcast, and has served as the SharePoint/Office 365 Track Chair for several national conferences. Outside of this crazy working world he is a happily married father of 2 boys, a die-hard Texas Longhorns and San Antonio Spurs fan.

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Sean McDonough, MVP 

Sean is the Chief Technology Officer for Bitstream Foundry, a Cincinnati-based provider of SharePoint solutions, services, and consulting. Microsoft certified MCP, MCTS, and MCPD, Sean has over two decades of experience developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems. Unable to take anything except the deep dive into any role, Sean has acquired a diverse and expansive skill set as consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist through the years. Some might label his passion for all things tech related as borderline 'obsession', but it is equal only to his desire to share those discoveries and experiences with others as author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. Sean is also a Microsoft MVP in both the Office Development and the Office Servers and Services categories. He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or on Twitter (@spmcdonough)
 

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Benjamin Niaulin, MVP MCT 

Benjamin Niaulin is an Office 365 MVP, recognized as one of the Top 25 SharePoint influencers in 2014. Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2008 has allowed him to become proficient in simplifying complex technologies, making him an expert in SharePoint & Office 365 vulgarization. He's even gone as far as co-authoring a book on Responsive Design for SharePoint. Thanks to his expertise and passion in the field, he can easily talk to you for hours and still find something new to say! This has allowed him to speak at over 200 conferences around the world. Benjamin works for Sharegate, a SharePoint & Office 365 Migration & Management tool, based in Montreal. Every day he follows the latest trends with the team of SharePoint Geeks in order to craft the best possible tool for Sharegate's customers.

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Gokan Ozcifci, Microsoft Regional Director, MVP, MCT 

Gokan is an independent SharePoint and Office365 consultant for Neoxy where he assists customers with building innovative, intelligent and responsive cloud driven solutions. With the Mobile first, Cloud first ideology, his is to empower every person and organization to do more with the Microsoft cloud and the ecosystem is perfectly aligned to accelerate this. Creativity, automation and perspectives is what he loves the most when using the Microsoft cloud, so every customer can be more agile, responsive and competitive. Gokan is a frequent –and funny conference speaker. He presented at numerous national and international conferences - and is actively involved in the European as American conferences: Microsoft Techdays, Microsoft Experiences, European SharePoint Conferences, SharePoint Days and SharePoint Fest are a few major ones.
 
A proud author of books that reached the half million of downloads and founder of several communities, Gokan is a real community warrior. Due to his active contributions in these domains, he has been honoured with Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Additionally, he is an active Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a Microsoft Regional Lead for all MCTs in Belgium.

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Mark Rackley, MVP 

​Mark is Partner and CTO at PAIT Group with more than 20 years of experience designing and developing software solutions. Mark's daily responsibilities include forging the direction of solution architecture and development projects for clients while providing the best solutions for clients' unique problems. As a globally recognized SharePoint geek, Mark is an active blogger, presenter, author (and bacon aficionado) who is eager to lend his real-world knowledge of SharePoint to all who need it. In addition to speaking at various SharePoint conferences, Mark is the organizer of SharePointalooza in Branson, Missouri and can be found speaking at as many Saturday events as his professional and family life will allow. Mark engages his audiences with humor, real-world stories from the trenches, and practical solutions.

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Asif Rehmani, MVP Author 

Asif has been training, consulting and mentoring on primarily Microsoft SharePoint technologies since 2002. He has been awarded SharePoint Server MVP for 9 consecutive years - since 2007. Asif provides online and in-person SharePoint training publicly and in private workshops. In addition to mentoring, Asif also is the CEO of VisualSP (http://www.visualsp.com) which provides a context sensitive help system for SharePoint end users.   Asif has authored several books over the years. He is the author of "SharePoint 2013 - First Look for Power Users". He is also the co-author of the books "Professional SharePoint Designer 2007", "Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010" and "Real World SharePoint 2010" by Wrox publications . Asif has been a speaker at conferences since 2006 on numerous SharePoint topics. His speaking engagements has taken him to several places around the world such as USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and more at which he has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft's TechEd, Ignite, SharePoint Conference, SPTechCon, SharePoint Connections, SharePoint Fest, Evolutions, Best Practices Conference, SharePoint Saturdays, SharePoint Roadshows and more.   For a more detailed bio, please visit http://www.visualsp.com/about You can reach Asif at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 

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Knut Relbe-Moe, MCT MVP P-TSP (WS603, BI104, OFF205)

Knut was awarded the Microsoft® Office Server and Services MVP Award for 2017, 2016, and 2015. Knut is a Microsoft® Office Server & Services MVP, Nintex vTE, conference speaker, and blogger. He is the founder and CTO at Knowledge People, and he works as Product Evangelist and Partner Manager for Valo, a company that delivers a key ready Intranet in a box solution to SharePoint. Knut is MCSE SharePoint, MCSA Office 365, and MCT. He delivers both engaging keynotes and highly technical sessions (level 400) on many different subjects in the Office 365 space. His job as an architect is to engage people and companies in evaluating and adopting new technologies as well as running key projects as a consultant. His core competence is to explain complex scenarios and make it understandable by combining technical insight and business value. As a SharePoint enthusiast he is the organizer, program manager, and marketing guy for the SharePoint Saturday in Oslo.

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Eric Riz, MVP Author 

Eric is the Founder and CEO of Empty Cubicle Inc, a revolutionary HR platform designed to better connect employers with candidates through verified data. Eric is a passionate entrepreneur with an acute focus on strategy and execution. Prior to founding Empty Cubicle in 2014, he held executive roles with Concatenate Inc. and eMark Consulting Ltd., guiding the latter to a successful merger in 2011. As a thought leader, Eric is a sought after speaker, author, and consultant and has delivered keynote speeches and sessions on various business and technology topics around the world. Eric is a regular contributor to many industry journals and newsletters, and sits on the Microsoft Solution Advisory Board. In 2013, Eric received the prestigious Microsoft SharePoint MVP award and holds the accreditation in good standing.

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Tom Robbins, MCT

​Tom Robbins is an industry leading SharePoint Consultant, trainer, and thought leader. Tom has 25+ years working with the Microsoft Enterprise products both as an engineer, technical trainer, and manager. With his unique ability to combine technical knowledge and his experience with counseling and motivational speaking, he is able to create a training environment that makes him a sought after SharePoint Consultant and Trainer. Tom holds the MCTS, MCITP, and MCSE Microsoft Certifications. He has been flying planes since he was 16 years old.

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Ryan Schouten, MCT 

​Ryan Schouten has been developing on SharePoint since December of 2006 and has worked with every version of SharePoint since version 2(2003). Since that time Ryan has developed a love and understanding of SharePoint that helps him to be comfortable in SharePoint no matter what area he is working in. This knowledge allows Ryan to discuss complex development and admin concepts in a manner that is easy to understand. Ryan has been working with ZAACT based out of Salt Lake City for over 5 years and loves getting out and connecting with the community.

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Scott Shearer, MCT 

Scott Shearer is a SharePoint and Office evangelist and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with Haystax Technology in McLean, VA. Scott has over 20 years' experience in the IT industry implementing Microsoft products and technologies. He has held positions ranging from systems administrator to developer to trainer. Scott is a Microsoft Office 2016 Specialist Master and has held the MCSE, MCSD and MCDBA certifications and provides innovative and cost effective solutions leveraging out of the box SharePoint and Office functionality. He is also known for mentoring and training site collection administrators and end users and is a frequent speaker at SharePoint events around the US. ​

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Paul Stork, MVP MCM MCT MBA Author 

I am Owner/Principal Architect at Don't Pa..Panic Consulting. I've been working in the information technology industry for over 30 years, and have played key roles in several enterprise SharePoint architectural design review, Intranet deployment, application development, and migration projects. I've been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the last 9 consecutive years and earned my Microsoft Certified SharePoint Masters (MCSM) certification in 2013. My core skills include architecting and customizing SharePoint environments both on-premises and in the cloud. I have significant experience leading SharePoint migration teams, troubleshooting infrastructure issues, and evaluating SharePoint environments for adherence to “Best Practices” and industry standards. I've authored several books and am a frequent contributor to the Microsoft forums. I also enjoy speaking at a number of conferences and community events each year.

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Liz Sundet, MVP MBA PMP 

Liz is involved with multiple areas of the business with her primary work as a consultant for SharePoint. Her work includes developing strategies to aid in collaboration and content management, facilitating groups in developing business architecture and taxonomies, or working with end users on identifying needs, areas of improvement, user adoption and training. Liz uses tools and techniques from project management, business analysis, scrum/agile, change management, and lean/six sigma. As a trainer and speaker she hopes to inspire others to learn something they can apply to their own work immediately.

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Dux Raymond Sy, MVP PMP Microsoft Regional Director 

With over 20 years of business & technology management experience, Dux is the CTO of AvePoint Public Sector who has successfully facilitated the development and implementation of various business transformation technology solutions for commercial, educational and public sector organizations worldwide. A sought after trusted advisor, Dux is the author of “SharePoint for Project Management”. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP who has authored various whitepapers, articles and delivered interactive presentations to over 10,000 people in major industry events worldwide. Learn more about Dux at http://meetdux.com and connect with him on http://twitter.com/meetdux

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Julie Turner, MVP 

Julie has been building software on primarily the Microsoft platform for over 20 years. With a degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in microprocessor system design from Worcester Polytechnic Institute she came at software initially from a very low level but quickly realized a love and aptitude for developing rich user experiences and solutions. She worked her way up through internal IT ranks reaching a Director of IT position before realizing more impact could be made in consulting and really focused in on the SharePoint platform in 2007. Since then her focus has been on the SharePoint platform, Office 365, Azure, and client side development. She's the co-author of the Widget Wrangler JavaScript library and continues to try and help innovate SharePoint and Office 365 solutions for her clients. She is a 2017 recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Office Servers and Services.

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John White, MVP 

John P White is the Chief Technical Officer at UnlimitedViz Inc., the makers of tyGraph. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Guelph and has been a Microsoft SharePoint MVP since 2010. He has spent 25 years in the Information Technology space, and possesses a skill set that spans both architecture and development. He has been instrumental in delivering projects and applications that have been recognized with both local and global awards from Microsoft and IBM. John has accumulated a plethora of legacy technologies like Novell, Lotus Notes and Java. This experience has proven invaluable when architecting systems alongside legacy applications. Over the past decade, he has been focused on the Microsoft SharePoint and Business Intelligence platforms and is a frequent speaker on these topics. He blogs as actively as possible athttp://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com. John lives outside of Guelph, Ontario, is the father of 3 boys, is an avid scuba diver, and a budding photographer, both under and above the water. Samples of his work can be found at http://www.flickr.com/wpages.​ ​

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