imageWhat an amazing week we just wrapped up in Washington D.C. for Worldwide Partner Conference 2014! And as always, one of the biggest highlights of the entire event is the ability to see and connect with you, our Microsoft partners from around the world, whether I knew you before or if this was my first time meeting you. In addition to getting to meet you, hearing the incredible stories you all share with me about yourselves, your companies, your successes and your plans for the future are inspiring and exciting at the same time.

Continuing on the tradition that began several years ago as just an experiment I thought about trying out (Connecting with others – A HUGE value of #WPC10 (Look who I found), I am very happy to bring you the collection of pictures from the Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. For those not familiar with The Fantastic People of WPC concept, it is quite simple. Since building connections is such a huge value of WPC and for me, being fortunate enough to get to spend time with all of the partners from around the world, I offer to capture pictures with partners at WPC that I meet and share them here on my blog to thank them for being there and to help build virtual connections. This is a virtual introduction of these partners to you and you to them and my “Thank you” to them and all of you for not only being at WPC, but also for being one of our highly valued Microsoft Partners.

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With Dux Raymond Sy (
@MeetDux)of AvePoint and Liza Sisler (@LizaSisler) of Perficient

With Mary Jo Foley
(@MaryJoFoley) of ZDNet
(I had to use last year’s pic since ours from this year didn’t turn out, Mary Jo)
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With Lisa Sherman and Joel Zaidspier of ChannelPro SMB
(@ChannelProSMB)
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With Andy
(@AndyVabulas) and Randy Vabulas from I.B.I.S. Inc.
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With Joy Belinda Beland
(@laITgirl) & Pete Robbins (@StrataIT) of Strata Information Technology
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With Carol Walasek
(@walawalatex) and Kevin McMillen (@RyanTechKevin) (Remember the guy who introduced Neon Trees?)  from RyanTech
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With Juan Rodriguez (@IDTCorp) from Integrated Digital Technology  (Remember him from Satya’s keynote?), Steve Jones from AP Logic, David Kang from 6th St. Consulting, David Gersten
(@dsgersten) from Bond Consulting Services
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With Melanie Gass a.k.a “The Microsoft Princess”
(@MSFTPrincess) from CenterPoint Solution, Jeff Hilton (@KnowledgeCircl) from Alliance For Channel Success, Eric Rabinowitz and Erik Frantzen from Nurture Marketing (@nurtureb2b), LLC, Debra Pfundstein (@DebPfundstein) from ConQuest Cloud Connections
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With Bryan Ramona from SecurElement Infrastructure Solutions, Justin Pirie
(@JustinPirie) of ForgeRock, Anders Trolle-Schultz from Saas –it Consulting
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With Tiffany Wallace (Ingargiola)
(@TiffanyWI) & Mark Villareal of New Horizons / 5PE
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With Betsy Baker from CSG Services
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With Joseph Martino
(@Advisor__Joe), Bob Lewis (@bob_lewis), & Sara Hurst (@Hurstism) from Concur
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With Steve Hall (
@dccomputerco) of District Computers, LLC
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With Christian Buckley
(@BuckleyPlanet) from Metalogix
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With Dave Seibert from IT Innovators
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With John Nicolau from ZLan Partners
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With Peter Ells from Genisys Global
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With Bill Hole
(@USLicensing) from US Licensing Group & Sam Agrawal from Acumor (and that’s Ben Rohling in the background)
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With the Varvid crew
(@Varvid). Next year I need a pic with one of the minions too!
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With Ed Luck of Skyline Technologies, Inc.
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With Manish Bhardia of Adaptek
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With Justin Coffey
(@rlnjcoffey) from Red Level Networks
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With Matt Scherocman (
@Scherocman) from Interlink Cloud Advisors
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With Bill Hersh
(@whersh011), Mariah Kireta, Leianni Firestone, and Beth Davis (@BethADavis) of D&H, Bill Hole (@USLicensing) from US Licensing Group
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With Ed Snider (@EdSnider), Art Lucia and Scott Luck from InfernoRed Technology
(@InfernoRedTech)         
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With Jeff Hilton
(@KnowledgeCircl) & Ken Thoreson (@KenThoreson) from Alliance For Channel Success
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With John Krikke
(@johnkrikke) from
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With Dux Raymond Sy (
@MeetDux)of AvePoint
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With Nancy Williams from eFolder
(@efolder)
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With Angelina Huang
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With Pete Zarras
(@PZarras) and Steffo Mitakides from Cloud Strategies LLC
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With Michael Lande from Maureen Data Systems
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With Brenda Shamon & Doug Mosow
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With Jonathan Friebert (
@Friebs), Matthew Rothman (@rothmantechtips) from KnowWho
WPC14_FP (39)
With Willie Cash from Tech Data
WPC14_FP (34)
With Kyle Wilson
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With Matthew Rothman
(@rothmantechtips) from KnowWho
WPC14_FP (26)
With John McLaughlin
WPC14_FP (35)
With Debra Pfundstein
(@DebPfundstein) from ConQuest Cloud Connections, Melanie Gass a.k.a “The Microsoft Princess” (@MSFTPrincess) from CenterPoint Solution, Matthew Rothman (@rothmantechtips) from KnowWho, Erika Pecora mailto:E@ErikaPecora) from Gross Mendelsohn Technology Solutions Group, Ryan Risley (@RyanRisley) from Brittenford Systems, Inc., and Jon Rivers (@jon_rivers) from Data Masons

Thank you again to all of you, our Microsoft Partners, for everything you do each and every day to transform the world through enabling others to achieve and exceed their goals through the adoption and use of Microsoft technologies! I am looking forward to seeing you all again at Worldwide Partner Conference 2015 in Orlando next year and meeting even more of you, our Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference. Until then, let’s get out there and continue helping our customers everywhere understand, acquire, deploy, and consume the benefits of technology to ensure they all have the very best year they have ever had, translating into the same for each and every one of you!

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