[EN] PASS Outstanding Volunteer Award 2014

I had no chance to attend for PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle. But I had great opportunity to watch several sessions for last on last two days with PASS TV {TWITTER HASH #PASStv}. And on the Keynote time I was really surprised and naturally happy. Denise McInerney with Thomas LaRock annouced PASSion Award Nomination for…


But before nomination I want to introduce you what is this award, which goes for those fantastic peoples in past years:

2013 | Amy Lewis {TWITTER|BLOG}
2012 | Jen Stirrup {TWITTER|BLOG}
2011 | Lori Edwards {TWITTER|BLOG}
2010 | Wendy Pastrick {TWITTER|BLOG
2009 | Charley Hanania {TWITTER} & Allen Kinsel {TWITTER|BLOG}
2008 | Kathi Kellenberger {TWITTER|BLOG}
2007 | Denise McInerney {TWITTER}
2006 | Pat Wright {TWITTER|BLOG}

Special Awards
2013 | Ryan Adams {TWITTER|BLOG}
PASSion Award Honorable Mention
2012 | Amy Lewis & Jesús Gil Velasco {TWITTER|BLOG} PASSion Award Honorable Mentions
2009 | Charley Hanania International PASSion Award winner
2009 | Allen Kinsel North American PASSion Award winner
2009 | Kevin Kline {TWITTER|BLOG} Lifetime Achievement PASSion Award Winner

The annual PASSion Award is the highest accolade given to a PASS volunteer. Presented “for exemplary service and commitment to the PASS organization by inspiring the community of data professionals to connect, share and learn,” the award recognizes not only the numerous contributions of the individual, but also the drive and spirit they have shown in growing and supporting the PASS community.

Denise McInerney with Thomas LaRock annouced PASSion Award Nomination for my very good friend Andrey Korshikov {TWITTER|BLOG}. And Andrey is fourth person wrom this fantastic group which I know personally. And I’m very, very proud of it. Why Andrey? Let’s look for press release:


SEATTLE, WA – Nov. 6, 2014 – PASS presented its most prestigious award today to Russian volunteer Andrey Korshikov during the PASSion Award ceremony at PASS Summit 2014.

The PASSion Award is presented annually to a volunteer who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the PASS organization by inspiring the community to collaborate, learn, and grow through knowledge sharing and peer-based learning. PASSion Award recipients are nominated by their fellow PASS members and selected by the Board of Directors.

A PASS volunteer for over 3 years, Andrey (LinkedIn | @AndreyKorshikov) is a PASS Regional Mentor for Central and Eastern Europe and founder and leader of the PASS Global Russian Virtual Chapter and the Krasnodar SQL & BI User Group.

Named PASS Outstanding Volunteer for March, Andrey has organized four PASS SQLSaturdays in Krasnodar and Moscow, three Russian editions of the 24 Hours of PASS virtual event, and two PASS SQLRally Russia events. A SQL Server MVP and BI developer, Andrey regularly speaks at industry conferences and community events, including Microsoft TechEd, and has presented at nine SQLSaturdays – from his home town of Krasnodar in the south of Russia to Moscow, Kiev, Bulgaria, and all the way to Tampa, FL.

In nominating him for the PASSion Award, fellow volunteers shared the following:

· “Andrey Korshikov is a pillar in the SQL Community in Russia and abroad. He not only dedicates his time to being a Chapter Leader and Regional Mentor, but has also found time to organize 4 SQLSaturday events himself, with very little support – he is an expert now!”

· “This year, Andrey organized a highly successful 24 Hours of PASS: Russian Edition that doubled attendance from the previous year. There is no doubt that Andrey is an integral part of PASS worldwide. We are honored to have him in our community.”

· “Organizing and leading a variety of PASS Russian-language events, Andrey has had a huge impact on the Russian speaking community and has really helped PASS grow throughout the region."


Is REALLY amazing. I’m very proud to be part of his activity and events like SQL Saturday in Moscow and SQL Saturday in Krasnodar (both as speaker) and Data Platform Day (in Ask The Experts zone). And I hope that our collaboration is just started.