I am pleased to introduce you to our Canadian FY10 SMB PAL (Partner Area Lead) – John Krikke!

The SMB PAL (previously SBSC PAL) program is a Microsoft Corporate initiative designed to connect our important partner communities into Microsoft.  PALs across the world act as a conduit for feedback from the trenches, and work with local teams to identify gaps and improve resources.

John has been an active member of our SBSC Community for several years, recently having merged his business Krikke Computer Services into Onward Computer Systems, who  recently achieved Gold Certified Partner status.  John has already worked with us closely in the SBSC Advisory Panel, to-partner presentations, and more.  He is also involved in the community with HTG Peer Groups and IAMCP. Krikke Computer Services was a 3 person company so he has experience as both a smaller partner and now as part of a larger organization.

John’s role and responsibilities as a PAL in FY10 will include:

· Participation in local SBSC/SMB Community and engagement with partners

· Quarterly conference calls with Microsoft Corporate and attendance at WPC09

· Representation in local user groups and associations

· Writing contribution to local SBSC Community Blog

· Membership in local SBSC Advisory Panel

· Second face of local SBSC Community

I would also like to extend my gratitude for the immense value that Elizabeth Vanderveldt (Conamex) and Brad Kowerchuk (Bralin Technologies) brought as the SBSC PALs in FY09. Without their pulse on the community, many of the positive investments you see today would simply not have been possible.

Please join me in welcoming John in for FY10, and congratulating Elizabeth and Brad on a great FY09!

Cheers,

Wes Cooper

Breadth Channel Development