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Dennis Bottjer | MVP

On Sunday April 1, 2007 I received the following letter from Microsoft.  Needless to say I was so glad they weren't kidding. Wink


Dear Dennis Bottjer,


Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007

Microsoft(r) MVP Award!


The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide.

As a recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft.  Microsoft salutes all MVPs for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people's lives and the industry's success everyday.  To learn more about the MVP Program, visit:


Your extraordinary efforts in Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated.

Receiving the Microsoft(r) MVP Award means so much to me.  It is a HUGE honor to be recognized and be in the company of some of my Geek Idols.   I would like to thank several people for their role in helping me receive this award. 

First, I would like to thank Joe Healy ( for nominating.  I remember setting a goal with Joe about two years ago at a pub club to achieve MVP and now I've made it.  Joe is larger than life and sometimes he pushed me so much that he fustrated the hell out of me!  But 9 times out of 10  he was giving me the proverbial (sometimes literal) slap or kick I needed.   Joe thanks for all your coaching and support.   Next, I would like to thank Russ Fustino who like Joe has been a good friend to JaxDug and too me personally.  Russ has always been encouraging and just a good friend.

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work very closely with Jeff Barnes who is the Architecture Avangelist for Florida while starting our Jacksonville, ArchSIG.  Jeff has made the long drive to Jacksonville many times to support our group.

Colin Cole with Microsoft's Financial Services Group has patiently answered my many questions in meetings.

[Dave] is the former president of JaxDug, the co-founder of, a great friend, and mentor.  Dave was one of the first friends I made when moving to Jacksonville and has been one of the biggest influences on my professional life.

[RoyAshbrook] is a fellow blogger, a great friend, and my sounding board.  He always talks sense into me and makes me prove my ideas.

Scott Roycraft is a fellow blogger and an amazing developer.  I have learned much from him.

John Arcidiacono a ideal co-worker and friend is always willing to share his knowledge and help out.

Craig Davis - Exploding Jello My Friend...

Vinay Ahuja - You have been my right-hand-man.  I can always count on you for advise.  Couldn't have done last years code camp without you.

Shawn Weisfeld - We're partners in crime!  We represent North Florida! Orlando and Jacksonville. 

Andrew Connell,  Doc Holliday - Thanks for a great share point SIG and all your great presentations.

Rob Howard - Thanks for giving me a community server license to run

David Silverlight - Community-Credit Rules! I love my missile launcher.

All my code camp buds, family friends, and anyone else I might have missed. 


Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 5:44 AM ASP.NET , Community | Back to top

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