Stephen Thomas started his career with both a Chemical Engineering degree and a Technical Entrepreneurial Certificate from the University of Iowa in 1998. He worked in the paper industry for one year. At the same time, he ran an online collectable business and began to realize his passion was technology. After selling his business in 2000, he went to work for a Big-5 consulting firm, which led him to become an industry expert in Microsoft BizTalk. As an independent consultant specializing in BizTalk Server and other Microsoft Server Integration technologies including Windows Azure and WCF, Stephen has been working with BizTalk since February 28, 2001. For the past eight years, he has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in BizTalk Server. Stephen has worked on over 16 different BizTalk projects all over the world, with many clients being in the Fortune 500. He has a valid India Work Visa though 2014 and loves to travel. Stephen runs the BizTalk community site http://www.BizTalkGurus.com. This site offers a community forum, over 50 of his BizTalk samples, custom made how-to videos, and his blog. He has presented at several Microsoft TechEd events, multiple Service Oriented Architecture Conferences, and various user groups.