For the past 24 hours I have been wrestling with the decision of whether or not to post this article. Yesterday I received formal notification I had been inducted into the elite group of Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals for my contributions to the Dynamics GP community this past 12 months.
For the uninitiated, the Microsoft MVP Award recognizes the exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others, or so the email reads…
This is the kind of news one typically wants to shout from the rooftops, and within a select group of friends, family and coworkers, I did just that.
The reason for my hesitation to post this article is two-fold. In life when accolades arrive, it is best to act as if you have been there before and behave in a dignified manner. Secondly, I am acutely aware of my own imperfection and am still doing the math on whether or not I feel worthy of such an honor.
Last year, around this time, I didn’t know such an honor existed. What I did know was one of the greatest proponents of Dynamics GP Manufacturing and a bright light in Microsoft Dynamics GP Constellation of stars, Richard Whaley, fell from the sky, or was promoted (depends on your belief system).
Richard and I were not close friends, but we met numerous times, over the years, at various events, and excitedly discussed Dynamics GP and Manufacturing. My immediate reaction, to Richard’s passing, knowing what I did, was there were going to be one huge pair of shoes to fill.
It would be too grand a statement to say my contributions to the Dynamics GP Community this past year have been a tribute to Richard, as they were much more proof of Richard’s ability to challenge and inspire people. I am both honored and humbled to be recognized as an MVP, and will work hard to be deserving of the award.