In two short weeks, thousands of Microsoft partners from around the world will be gathered together with Microsoft in Washington D.C. for Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. Since WPC is my favorite conference of the year, I am filled with anticipation once again, looking forward to the opportunity to not only connect with the many people and partners from around the world that I have had the privilege to get to know and work with over the years, but also for the opportunity to meet many new people and partners that I have not yet to date. I absolutely love hearing all of the amazing stories of success that partners share, and I look forward to putting together this year’s “The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference” once again, filled with several of those amazing people. Will you be one of them?
For those of you not familiar with The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference, let me introduce you to it. As I mentioned, one of my favorite parts of Worldwide Partner Conference is getting to see partners from around the world in person that I have the pleasure to work with online throughout the year, as well as the opportunity to meet so many new partners that I may never have met in person or online before. Because I enjoy this so much, I started building a collection of photos of partners and media/press I had the opportunity to meet or see while at Worldwide Partner Conference and then shared a handful of them online one year in a post called Connecting with others – A HUGE value of #WPC10 (Look who I found). As it turned out, the post was very popular and many partners pinged me about it to say “Thanks” for putting faces with some names, for sharing pictures with them, for meeting and talking while at WPC, and asking how could they be a part of that in the future. As such, I expanded the approach in 2011 to proactively offer up the opportunity to be a part of the picture post, and the “Fantastic People of WPC” tradition began.
Over the years, there are some familiar faces that can be seen across the collections, and each year there are several new names and faces that become part of the tradition:
As I mentioned, I am going to be putting “The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2014” collection together again this year, and as always, I am offering up an open invitation to anyone at WPC who would like to be a part of this year’s collection, and participation is completely optional on your behalf. If you would like to be a part of “The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2014” collection, there are many, many ways to participate:
As I mentioned, I love hearing about successes partners are having and their upcoming plans for future success, so I thought I would share one example from a past “Fantastic People of WPC” post. One of the people in my The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013. Thank you for joining us! post was Gaston Zelerteins (@gzelerteins) of Perception Group S.A. (@perceptiongrp), whom I had the opportunity to meet at a partner event one evening at WPC. He shared with me about his partner organization, what they were doing, and his plans for future growth (and he had some big plans for the upcoming year). Recently, I received an email from Gaston where he shared a milestone he achieved, his first post up on the Digital WPC site, which is the first of many to come:
“Cannot believe that my first post is now online… and it was my first in my future life as writer Have a look at: Your corporate strategy will be (em)powered by the cloud
Thank you very much! It was not possible without your support! See you soon in DC!”
Congratulations, Gaston, on your post and the success you’re having over at Perception Group S.A., and I’m looking forward to seeing you again this year at WPC!
So to all of you heading off to WPC 2014 in Washington D.C., feel free to introduce yourself to me or just come up and say “Hi” at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014, and let’s grab a pic together to share with other partners around the world. If you’ve been in the Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference posts before, let’s continue the tradition and grab another picture this year too. After all, we’re all part of the big Microsoft Partner Network family, and I’d love to help build and maintain connections with and between as many of you as I can.
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I'm sure glad the two of you guys met. Gaston is really kicking butt in Argentina!