Congratulations, your nomination has been accepted to the Microsoft Regional Director program! I am pleased to welcome you to this worldwide community of technology thought leaders and thank you for being a part of this community. As you know, competition for admission to this program is intense and renewal is not extended to everyone year to year. Your selection is a tribute to your deep technical and business knowledge, community leadership, and ability to connect with Microsoft customers, partners, and our product group professionals.
What a strange feeling that it has been already 2 years. When I was approached to become a Microsoft Regional Director I didn’t know what it meant, or what kind of a deal it was – but one thing for sure, I knew that I was very proud and humbled just by being nominated and being taken in consideration to become one. I could read from multiple blogs that the RD program was quite similar to the MVP-program but with more business/community leadership and cross-platform expertise but none of them without being an active member of your community and contributing to it in a meaningful way.
The fun fact is that I got a lot of questions when I became a Microsoft Regional Director and what I did or where I applied for… But what surprised me a lot was that how people, customers or consultants were afraid of seeing an MVP + RD coming for work or even for a conference. I’ve had questions/little remarks from MVPs “Oh you are RD now, you know everything right? What’s the announcement of Jeff during his keynote at SPC19” or “You are RD but don’t feel special”…
So, by this blog post, I clearly want to state, and hopefully for the last time that I do not work for Microsoft nor that I’m the Maradona of the SharePoint Experience. I’m still the Gokan that you’ve known from the beginning till now. Sometimes funny, sometimes angry (because I didn’t get my caramel macchiato) and sometimes messy (can’t watch soccer, the beautiful lady serving my drink and work – hope that my wife doesn’t read this blogpost). 🙂
I do really appreciate the opportunity that the Microsoft advocacy team gives me, but I also want to acknowledge that I wouldn’t have even been nor an MVP, nor an RD without the best community in technology. So, thank you SharePoint Saturdays, aOS community, SharePoint Fests, my Microsoft peers in Belgium, Turkey and France. And, last but not least, thank you, friends & family!
I’m humbled, excited and proud to be a Microsoft Regional Director for at least the two coming years!
Oh and by the way, I just signed for an international company as an evangelist and partner manager which will be announced at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas – so, stay tuned! 🙂