A Thank You Note from Martin Giffy D’Souza

martingifffydsouza.jpgGuest Blogger: Martin Giffy D’Souza

2012 and Beyond

I was first introduced to ODTUG about four and half years ago, when my manager back then recommended that I go to a conference in New Orleans called Kaleidoscope (Kscope). I didn’t know it at the time, but saying “yes” was truly a life changing experience. During the conference I felt like a kid at Disney World, full of excitement. Not only did I get to meet some of the world’s best Oracle developers but I also had a great time at all of the events that the conference had to offer.

Since New Orleans I’ve attended, and presented, at all the Kscope conferences: in Monterey, Washington D.C., and this year in Long Beach. During that time I’ve continued to grow a successful blog, spoken at other conferences, co-authored and authored several APEX books, became an Oracle ACE, co-founded my own consulting company (ClariFit), and, most importantly, met a lot of amazing people. I honestly don’t think I would have had all these opportunities had it not been for the support and exposure I’ve received from ODTUG and its members.

All this being said, I’m ecstatic to be in a position to give back to the organization that has opened so many doors for me. Thanks to your support (especially those in the APEX community); I will be sitting on the ODTUG Board of Directors starting in January. As a new member of the Board, I look forward to continuing the excellent work that the current Board is doing to help grow the community and ensure that ODTUG is the premier Oracle user group to be a part of.

Personally, I hope to bring some fresh new ideas to the table and be a strong representative for Oracle developers in the community. More specifically, I’m going to help represent the APEX developers within the ODTUG community.

I look forward to the challenges and adventures in the new year and am honored to have received the opportunity to represent you for the next two years.

- Martin

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