Bytes by MSDN: Richard Campbell and Mike Benkovich
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Richard Campbell is one of the co-founders of Strangeloop Networks and today serves as product evangelist, introducing the company's unique story to advisors, investors, patent attorneys, beta-customer candidates, potential employees, etc. Richard has more than 30 years of high-tech experience and is both a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). He has consulted with a number of leading North American organizations; Barnes&Noble.com, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Services, Reuters, Subaru/Isuzu, and the U.S. Air Force. Richard is co-host of the ".NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers" podcast, host of the "RunAs Radio, the Internet Audio Talks for IT Professionals" podcast, has been co-authoring of the "Advisor Answers" column on SQL Server for more than ten years, and is author of the courseware for AppDev's national SQL Server 7.0 training seminars and video series.
Energy, laughter, and a contagious passion for coding - Mike brings it all to the podium. His career has taken him from minion to business owner, and he's been programming since the late '70s, when a friend brought a Commodore CPM home for the summer. He wrote his first software in Basic (including a math game that was shown at the University of Wisconsin in 1982) and later completed a degree in aerospace engineering. In 1994 he started a consulting firm with his brother, focusing on the effective use of relational technologies for scalable, high-performance, and mission critical applications. Mike has worked in a variety of roles including architect, project manager, developer, and technical writer. The coolest part of his job? Running into people who are still using (and liking) his software applications. Mike is a published author with WROX Press and APress Books, writing primarily about getting the most from your SQL Server database. Since appearing in Microsoft's DevCast in 1994, Mike has presented technical information at seminars, conferences, and corporate boardrooms across America. This music buff also plays piano, guitar, and saxophone - but not at his MSDN Events.