VisualSP Core Team
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Asif is a SharePoint Trainer and Consultant. He is a SharePoint Server MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He is the author of the publications "SharePoint 2013 First Look for Power Users", "Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010", "Real World SharePoint 2010" and "Professional SharePoint Designer 2007"
Over the years, Asif has provided SharePoint consulting and training to many large clients including: Department of Defense, NASA, Hersheys, Toshiba, State Farm, Federal Home Loan Bank, US Army and many more.
Chief Revenue Officer
With over 27 years in commissioned sales, management and executive leadership positions, Mark has become known as a sales turn-around and business growth expert. He has served as a VP of Sales, Director of Sales, COO and held management positions with some of the world’s leading Fortune 500 sales companies. He and his teams have helped build and grow young and mid-size tech companies, including two prominent Microsoft SharePoint ISVs, into formidable businesses, and created fanatical, international partner channels showing accelerated profitable revenue growth. His former teams and clients exemplify his expertise in both tactical and strategic sales, which include rapid-fire transactional sales all the way up to long, complex sales. The teams he has lead have sold products and services into all types of accounts, from small to medium sized businesses all the way up to the Global 1000, including the US Federal and other International government entities. His passion for learning and education is evident in the numerous certifications he has sought, his investment into personal and leadership development and his firm belief in sales fundamentals.
VP of Business Development
Ira Michael “Mike” Blonder calls on over thirty five years of experience marketing, promoting and selling complex solutions of all types to enterprise business customers. He has first hand experience with several very early stage businesses targeted to Fortune 100 customers, one of which successfully grew to a public offering. In the mid 1990s, Mike helped IBM locate key technical and editorial personnel for ibm.com, including the first editor for IBM’s Intranet and IBM’s representative to the World Wide Web Consortium’s committee that established XML. The common thread between all of his early stage efforts is that product and/or service offerings all incorporated computer technology. A natural communicator, Mike writes daily in a blog on SharePoint topics, Talking SharePoint and in a blog on sales and marketing techniques for complex sales, http://www.imbenterprises.com. Mike is keen on opportunities to extend his understanding of how a business case drives implementation of SharePoint.
Partner Account Manager
Ben Perez joined VisualSP after more than 15 years in the software industry. Having filled roles in operations, consulting, product management, and sales; Ben has gained a broad understanding of the challenges faced by software consumers and producers. His real world perspective on addressing these issues makes him a great resource for our customers and partners.
Ricky is the Principal Consultant and President of Spears Technologies, Inc., based in Wilmington, NC. He has worked almost exclusively with Microsoft’s SharePoint technologies since 2006 and has written and taught multiple SharePoint courses in the process. As a consultant, instructor, and author, he has helped hundreds of organizations become more efficient and profitable through his dedication to helping employees make better use of SharePoint every day.
Technical Account Manager
Jeremy's primary responsibility is for maintaining the VisualSP Website and providing outstanding customer care for VisualSP. He is a web developer and technical support specialist with more than 15 years experience and works to provide updates to the VisualSP website and improve our customer's user experience. He also answers customers’ questions about the subscription service, the video packages and other questions users might have.
As Content Director for VisualSP, Alex is responsible for managing communications with our audiences. He has expertise extending across search, web, email, social, syndication, and mobile channels. His work has been published on major business outlets including CMO.com, ClickZ, and TechCrunch. His content marketing activities reach enterprise executives, VisualSP partners, and SharePoint administrators, developers, and power users throughout the SharePoint community.
Marketing Automation Manager
Experienced Marketing Professional with 16+ years of experience. Sam has been essential in his role as a Marketing Automation Manager at VisualSP. Sam has experience in all aspects of internet marketing such as PPC (Pay Per Click), SEO (Search Engine Optimization), CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) and Analytics. Sam works closely with other team members to execute the vision he has put forward of making sure that training & helping your SharePoint user base is a breeze
Imran is a graphic designer for VisualSP. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of graphic design, Imran has been working with VisualSP for the last 5 years. Imran has been instrumental in designing and contributing to the website as well as creating offline marketing collateral. He is responsible for creating original designs for VisualSP's promotional campaigns and maintaining a consistent theme between the web and print designs while pushing the creative boundaries. Imran's expertise in creating 2D vector, raster and 3D designs enable him to turn his vivid imagination into reality.
Adam is a Product Manager at Metalogix in Washington DC. I have been building SharePoint solutions since the beta version of SharePoint 2007 for non-profits, government agencies and corporations across a wide array of industries. Throughout my career, I have created and led training courses on Microsoft Office, SharePoint and custom applications, as well as presented at SharePoint community events across the East Coast. I'm also proud to boast being selected to speak at the SharePoint Technology Conference in 2012 on Creating Buy-In Across your Organization, and European SharePoint Conference in 2015 regarding Content Migration.
Agnes Molnar has been a Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP since 2008 and works as an independent consultant. With a strong focus on Enterprise Search and Information Management, she has been working with SharePoint technologies since 2001, and has architected dozens of SharePoint and FAST implementations for commercial and government organizations throughout the world.A co-author and contributor to several SharePoint books, Agnes is a regular speaker at technical conferences and symposiums around the globe. On her blog (www.aghy.hu), she regularly writes on the topics of enterprise search and content management best practices.
Geek and SharePoint MVP, Benjamin has been around the globe helping people reach their goals by simplifying SharePoint. As a Certified Trainer for over seven years, he has become very comfortable training and sharing his experiences. He works at Sharegate, a simple Migration Tool for SharePoint, but his focus is in helping making SharePoint accessible to all. But first of all, Benjamin is just a geek, and in love with SharePoint since the beginning of the 2007 version up to now amidst the cool new features in SharePoint 2013. A passionate speaker, his sessions are always very engaging.
Brian Culver is a SharePoint Solutions Architect for Expert Point Solutions in Houston, Texas. Brian is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). He has worked in the Information Technology industry for since 1998 and he has been working with SharePoint since 2005. His deep expertise includes SharePoint, ASP.Net, SQL Server and Project Server. He has been involved in many large SharePoint implementations including Internet and Intranet sites, Partner Portals, Enterprise Content Management and Governance, and much custom application integration and development.
Bruce Herz is a SharePoint consultant, Microsoft Office 365 Partner and Certified Technology Specialist in SharePoint and Microsoft Office Specialist. He has extensive experience in retail, healthcare and commercial real estate industries. His primary focus is on no-code solutions for Microsoft Office 365 as a collaboration tool and integration with Microsoft Office 2010 products. Bruce has authored the courses on building powerful solutions using Access Services and Reporting Services.
Chris Beckett is an Information Systems Architect, Consultant, Developer and Trainer with 23 years of experience leading the development of enterprise business solutions using rapid application development processes, tools and best practices. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Professional Developer and Administrator in SharePoint, and has been a dedicated SharePoint technology specialist since 2003, with expertise in business process automation, enterprise content management, and deployment strategy and governance. Chris is an active blogger, author, and a frequent speaker at user groups and professional conferences.
Christian is a 5-time Microsoft MVP, internationally recognized author and speaker, and a Top 10 SharePoint and Office 365 Influencer. He is Chief Marketing Officer at Beezy, a social collaboration ISV with offices in the US, Spain, and the Netherlands. Prior to Beezy, he was Chief Evangelist for two of the biggest names in SharePoint, Axceler and Metalogix, and was instrumental in the acquisitions of echo Technology (2010) and Axceler (2013). He was also part of the Microsoft team that launched SharePoint Online (now part of Office365), and worked with some of the world's largest technology companies to build and deploy social, collaboration, and supply chain solutions. Co-author of 2 SharePoint books and 3 books on software configuration management, Christian can be found online at www.buckleyplanet.com
Chris McNulty has spent more than ten years working with Microsoft SharePoint as a client, consultant and partner. Chris currently is CTO at Dell Software (formerly Quest) where he helps guide the strategic product direction for our SharePoint solutions. He is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint, a Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and a member of the Microsoft Solutions Advocate and MVTS programs.In 2012, he published the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook: A Practical Field Guide” and “SharePoint 2010 Consultant’s Handbook”, following his introductory “SharePoint 2010 Consultant’s Handbook – Managed Metadata Service”. He also blogs at http://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog and http://www.sharepointforall.com.
Darrin is a founder, director, and the Vice President at Aptillon, Inc. He is a former 8 time Microsoft SharePoint MVP and has been involved in SharePoint since 2001 when the code-named product Tahoe was released as SharePoint Portal Server 2001. Darrin has a diverse background in SharePoint and has covered the product lifecycle from envisioning, design, installation, development, customizations and even administering farms. Darrin has been focusing on custom SharePoint development, line of business application integration, mobile devices and SharePoint, ECM and Business Intelligence. You can commonly find Darrin speaking at user groups and conference.
Darvish "D" Shadravan is a Senior Technical Specialist employed by Microsoft where he focuses on SharePoint and related technologies. He has been with Microsoft since 1997 in various technical roles working directly with enterprise customers. Darvish is the co-author of the MS Press book Using InfoPath 2010 with SharePoint 2010 Step by Step and he is the lead author on the recently published Microsoft Press title SharePoint 2013 Inside Out. Darvish is a frequent speaker at SharePoint conferences worldwide. His ongoing work with the InfoPath and SharePoint products has made him a trusted advisor to the product groups, and he is called upon regularly to present sessions at conferences and help vet content and demos.
Dux Raymond Sy
With over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Project Management, Dux has earned a reputation as among the leading experts in leveraging technology to enhance project management. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is currently the Chief Technology Officer at AvePoint. As a thought leader in maximizing project team collaboration, he is the author of SharePoint for Project Management published by O’Reilly Media. He is focused on empowering organizations on how to leverage the benefits of SharePoint technologies with quantifiable goals such as: Increasing productivity and efficiency, decreasing collaboration redundancies and streamlining electronic communications.A sought after speaker, Dux has presented in various Microsoft and Project Management Institute (PMI) events worldwide. He regularly blogs on topics related to project management, SharePoint and globalization at http://MeetDux.com.
Eric is a SharePoint Architect with broad expertise in network infrastructure and security, server administration, data center consolidation, project management, and desktop applications. He has nearly 15 years of experience in IT and specializes in implementing, administering, governing, and customizing SharePoint. He is the author of multiple SharePoint training courses, and has worked for, consulted, programmed, and taught technical and end users in businesses ranging from 50 to 130,000 employees.Eric is certified as an MCSE, an MCTS for both Administration and Application Development, an MCP for SQL, and has worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He enjoys looking at the big picture and creating low overhead solutions that accomplish amazing results using primarily power user tools. He is also adept at architecting portable and re-usable solutions requiring custom code and knowing the difference between the two.
Fabian Williams is a SharePoint Architect at Planet Technologies, Inc. in the Federal Information Worker Practice. His work with the SharePoint product line dates back to the 2003 release. Fabian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information System “Magna-Cum-Laude” from Strayer University, Washington D.C. and his Masters in Computer Information Technology studies at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School for Business in Columbia, Maryland. He holds the following Microsoft Certifications: MCSE, MCSD and MCDBA.
Gary is a founder and director, and the Treasurer and Secretary at Aptillon, Inc. Gary is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP who has been planning and implementing SharePoint solutions since early 2007. A developer by trade, Gary spends most of his spare time developing tools that enable IT professionals to be more productive so that they can focus on solving business problems and satisfying their customers’ needs.
Gerry has built skills in business processes and technology as a Programmer, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Business Owner and Board Member. He has a Bachelor of Arts (interestingly enough) in Computer Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. Gerry bought, built, ran, and sold Sector Learning Solutions (2004-2014) which provided Microsoft training and SharePoint consulting. In his new venture, Lightlever Systems, Gerry is focussing deeply on helping businesses work better with a focus on SharePoint consulting, Project Management and Business Analysis.
Ira is a SharePoint Technical Specialist at Microsoft working in the New York Metropolitan District. In this role, he has assisted numerous companies deploy and exploit the full set of features and capabilities of the SharePoint platform. He also presents frequently at SharePoint conferences and conducts training workshops. In addition he has written numerous white papers for Microsoft on BizTalk Server, Customer Care Framework and InfoPath and he has published two books on SharePoint.
Jamie is the organizer of the SharePoint User Group Switzerland. Active in the community through the SUG, Public Speaking, forums, blogging, and a YouTube channel. He specializes in SharePoint providing Analysis, Design, Development, and Training expertise. Recent experience ranges from small pilot projects to major implementations for multinational companies.
My background offers around two decades of experience in providing IT solutions to clients in a wide variety of industries using Microsoft technologies.
A dynamic solutions architect that provides reliable, scalable solutions, major project completion and cross team relationship building. With a passion for technology, Jason has focused his energy on Microsoft’s SharePoint for the past 7 years becoming a recognized expert in the field. He has successfully architected solutions for clients scaling from 10 users to 120,000 users. From farm design to adoption strategy, Jason is highly skilled technically and is able to translate business requirements into achievable solution delivery.
John F. Holliday is president and founder of SharePoint Architects, a SharePoint consultancy focused on enterprise content management and business process automation. John has over 25 years of professional software development experience and has been involved in a wide range of commercial software projects as a consulting software architect and developer for Fortune 100 clients.John is the author of “Professional SharePoint 2007 Records Management Development” (Wrox Press, 2009) and has co-authored several popular SharePoint development books, including “Professional SharePoint 2007 Development” (Wrox Press, 2007). He is the developer of the CAML.NET framework, which enables developers to create SharePoint queries more easily, and the CAML.NET IntelliSense add-in for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010.
As a Senior Search Consultant for SurfRay Inc., Josh assists organizations to build SharePoint search solutions based on SurfRay’s powerful Ontolica® platform. He specializes in user experience enhancement including requirement planning and user interface creation. In addition to his extensive background in SharePoint search, Josh is co-author of Pro SharePoint 2010 Search, a book giving expert advice on planning, deploying and customizing search in SharePoint 2010. In an effort to expand knowledge of Microsoft Enterprise search platforms, he is a regular author of blogs, hosts the online series Around the Point, and presents at conference across the globe.
Marc is the Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting LLC, located in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA, USA. Sympraxis focuses on enabling collaboration throughout the enterprise using the SharePoint application platform. Marc is a three-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for SharePoint Server (2011, 2012, 2013). Marc has over 30 years of experience in technology professional services and software development. Over a wide-ranging career in consulting as well as line manager positions, Marc has proven himself as a problem solver and leader who can solve difficult technology problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes.Marc is the developer of the jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services (SPServices) andThe SPXSLT Codeplex Project. Marc has a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. Lately, aside from client work, Marc has been:
Maurice is a founder, director, and the President at Aptillon, Inc. Maurice is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Master for SharePoint as well as a Microsoft Certified Master for both SharePoint 2010 and 2007. Maurice is also a former 5 time Microsoft SharePoint MVP. He has worked with the SharePoint platform for over 12 years. Maurice is a regular speaker at major national and international conferences and has written many training courses, including the PowerPivot, PerformancePoint, and Search Customization segments of the SharePoint Masters program. As a systems architect, developer and trainer, Maurice has helped companies of all sizes reach their objectives while ensuring their platforms are stable, secure and manageable.
Melissa is a Microsoft Office End-User Training Specialist and Consultant. She holds both Microsoft Office Master and Microsoft Certified Trainer designations. Melissa is also certified Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) facilitator, aiding Microsoft in introducing its newest technology to its largest customers. As the Contributing Editor for Business Management Daily’s Office Technology Today newsletter and a frequent webinar speaker, Melissa is a subject-matter expert on all Microsoft Office end-user topics, including SharePoint.A much sought-after speaker for organizations dedicated to the success and support of administrative professions, she has been a frequent conference presenter for the American Society of Administrative Professionals, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Society for Design Administration and several regional hospital associations. The reason for her success is her passion around building end-user confidence with their software tools. She’s less a “techie” and more a coach, cheerleader and supporter for those who wish to gain technical expertise to excel and advance in their work. She is passionate about SharePoint and considers herself an evangelist for this powerful platform.
Michael Noel is an internationally recognized technology expert, bestselling author, and well known public speaker on a broad range of IT topics. He has authored several major industry books that have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Significant titles include SharePoint 2013 Unleashed, Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed, Windows Server 2012 Unleashed, SharePoint 2010 Unleashed, Exchange Server 2010 Unleashed and many more. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael’s writings and extensive public speaking experience across six continents leverage his real-world expertise helping organizations realize business value from Information Technology infrastructure.
Mike is a senior level consultant with more than 15 years in information management, with a deep background in information science and content management. He works with clients to develop content strategies, taxonomies, and information architecture in SharePoint intranets, extranets, portals and other enterprise content management systems. Mike is the Principal at Term Store Management, LLC. He has experience with all types of vertical businesses/industries, such as legal, retail, pharma, energy and information technology. He has developed content strategies and taxonomies for Microsoft, Del Monte, NASA-JSC, Expedia, UW Medicine, Sterling Savings Bank, First Mutual Bank, KCLS, Nike, Philip Morris, VISA, Washington Mutual and many others. Mike also teaches graduate courses in knowledge management, information management and taxonomy development at the University of Washington Information School.
Naomi Moneypenny is Chief Technology Officer at Synxi (a ManyWorlds brand) where she leads the development team for the adaptive recommendations and machine learning engine for SharePoint and other social business systems such as Yammer. Prior to ManyWorlds, Naomi served as a senior business and IT strategist at the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. Before moving into the energy industry, Naomi was senior production editor at recognized blue chip business publisher, Euromoney PLC. There, while redesigning processes, she implemented one of Europe’s first Intranets, for which she won the U.K. Director’s Award.Naomi’s formal education includes a graduate degree in Astrophysics from the University of London, as well as executive programs in strategy and M and A from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She holds over 30 patents in the area of adaptive systems and is a frequent speaker at international events on enterprise social and collaboration, predictive analytics and business growth from innovative technology.
Raymond has worked in IT since 1999 and has worked with every version of SharePoint since its release as SharePoint Team Services. He has spent the last several years consulting on all things SharePoint and recently joined the team at SharePoint911. He helped start and coordinated the Minnesota SharePoint User Group for 7 years and has spoken at a number of other user groups and SharePoint Saturday events. Raymond wrote a Wrox Blox on Building Dashboards with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 using SharePoint Designer 2007 and contributed two chapters on Business Connectivity Services to SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One. He also blogs under the alias IWKID on Information Worker technologies including SharePoint and Office development.When he’s not playing with SharePoint, he’s likely hiking with his family and enjoying the outdoors.
Robert has worked with search technology for over a decade and has implemented hundreds of site and enterprise search solutions including solutions for The Holy See, The London Stock Exchange, Lloyds of London, Microsoft Xbox, Metlife and many more. Robert has worked for several search vendors and implemented a range of enterprise and site class search products. Currently, Robert is Technical Lead for Surfray Inc. where he helps customers and partners implement and improve SharePoint search with the Ontolica line of products. Robert is co-author of Pro SharePoint 2010 Search from APress and Working with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint from Microsoft Press.
Russell Wright has worked with SharePoint since the STS 1.0 days and has been focused exclusively on SharePoint since 2007. Since then, he has trained over 1500 students on all aspects of SharePoint infrastructure and business use. At Texas Instruments, he and his systems team introduced SharePoint in the Procurement and Logistics area, where it quickly became viral throughout TI. Russell excels at business process re-engineering and enjoys “SharePoint-tizing” business processes. Russell has over 25 years of experience at companies like Texas Instruments, Raytheon and Frito-Lay. His real strength lies in the broad based IT technical knowledge and the ability to solve real business problems. Check out Russell’s blog here. Russell holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (where he specialized in biomedical engineering).
Sarah is an enterprise collaboration strategist, corporate librarian and internationally-recognized speaker with 18+ years’ experience designing, implementing, governing and supporting enterprise collaboration and content management systems. With rich experience in knowledge management, technical writing, information architecture, business process automation and enterprise content management, she is able to devise and implement governance and user adoption strategies that drive compliance, engagement and documented benefits/ROI.
Sue Hanley is an independent consultant and Office 365 MVP specializing in the "people side" of collaboration and knowledge management solutions.
Her areas of expertise include strategy, information architecture, user adoption, governance and business value metrics. Immediately prior to establishing her own consulting practice, Sue led the Portals, Collaboration, and Content Management practice for Dell Professional Services.
Scott Shearer is an Office 365 evangelist and developer with Haystax Technology in Reston, VA. Scott has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry implementing Microsoft products and technologies. He has held positions ranging from systems administrator to developer to trainer. Scott has held the MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and MCT certifications.
Currently, he is an Office 365 consultant providing innovative and cost effective solutions leveraging out of the box functionality. Scott is also known for mentoring and training SharePoint site administrators and frequently conducts SharePoint overview sessions for end users. He is a frequent speaker at SharePoint Saturday conferences as well as SPTechCon, SharePoint Fest and other events around the US..
Steve has spent almost 20 years in the IT industry in various areas working for a range of small boutique consulting firms to large, global consulting and software firms. Steve has worked for Microsoft since 1998 and is currently a Director in Microsoft Services leading a global team of Cloud Architects helping enterprises make the transition to the Cloud through Windows Azure and Modern Business Apps. Steve started his career in the area of Lotus Notes and Domino, most of his IT career has been spent using Microsoft technology in a range of positions. The technologies have ranged from Natural Language and Search to .NET, Office and SharePoint development to Windows Azure and Cloud Computing. The positions have predominantly been technical and have ranged from development to evangelism to architecture.
Wendy has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 17 years. A Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1998, Wendy has been an independent technical trainer, author, and consultant for the last 10 years. Since 2005, she has specialized in Microsoft’s SharePoint and SQL Server products. Wendy has consulted on large enterprise projects for many networks including Lucent Technologies, Carolinas Medical Center, Cabarrus County, Mecklenburg County Schools, and the NYS Gaming Board and Seneca Gaming Commission in Western, NY among others.Technical Certifications for Wendy include (Microsoft) MCP, MCDST, MCSA, MCSE, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCT; (Novell) CNE, CNI; (Cisco) CUSE, CCNA; (CompTIA) A+, Net+, Server+Technical Editor.
Yaroslav has been involved in SharePoint solution architecture and implementation since 2003. As a Microsoft MVP since 2009, Yaroslav keeps in close touch with SharePoint product team. Yaroslav frequently presents at local and worldwide tech events as well as online; you can always find a fresh bit of SharePoint information on his blog: sharemuch.com. To learn everything Yaroslav knows about SharePoint, check out his books.