Welcome to AmeriTeach, where Education, wine and cheese come to meet! (They had wine and cheese tasting, mixed with the finest in Technology solutions and training!)
The room was packed to the gills while people attended, watched and competed in Are You Certifiable! Chris Rue and Joanne Lin put on a spectacular show while Elise Eckel on the keyboard ran the spinner! While not every person who plays the game gets all the answers right, everyone walks away from the game a winner! Both in prizes they earn just for playing, as well as the education they walk away with and the knowledge for years to come!
Joey Snow does have a way of getting people interested in Win7! While giving his presentation on Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, someone in the crowd even started an install of Win7! (Okay, that was me, and I did an in-place upgrade of Windows Vista! … On my production machine! ;)) Sometimes though, when presenters are naughty like Tjeerd, they have to be put into the naughty room behind bars. Shameful Tjeerd, Shameful!
One of the best parts about this presentation and all presentations for that matter is the community interaction. The gentleman on the left provided some excellent questions and all around insight from his perspective, to be followed by Shannon Bray who went indepth.
Shannon Bray, a Senior Solutions Architect for Qortex is an IT Professional Extraordinaire! He holds his MCT, MCPD, MCTS and more so than that, he also holds a wealth of industry knowledge and experience (@noidentity29 on twitter!) ! During Liberty’s session on Certification, Shannon was able to provide insight into Hiring Managers and Certification. Like many hiring managers, Shannon looks for Certification as proof of not only your knowledge of technology but your investment in yourself, while you may not have the Certification of what they’re hiring for, merely having a certification shows that you raise yourself above the rest and you’re one who is worth investing in. We all appreciate Shannon’s insight directly from the field as I see it from hiring managers quite often. Having skills and having those skills validated is something which stands out on resumes and furthermore allows you to stand out in the industry.
I’d like to thank again the fine folks of AmeriTeach for organizing this great event and the turn out was amazing. The attendance was stellar and everyone had a wonderful time while attending various sessions, drinking wine, eating cheese and winning swag! Thanks AmeriTeach and thank you Denver Colorado for being so hospitable!