Join us Thursday, March 13th, 2014 for a great evening of learning and connecting with other developers. Free food and socializing starts at 6:00 PM, the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, followed by a drawing for free stuff. Everybody likes free food and free stuff, right?
Where: Vaco Training Room, 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027
2014 Career Panel
We have had a great success with our career panel last year. This year, we have again assembled a panel of managers, community leaders, senior developers, and recruiters to discuss the current Nashville job market, state of .NET technology as well as answer some of your questions. We hope you’ll join us for a lively discussion that will help shaping and improving your career.
If you have any questions that you want the panel to answer, please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg describes himself as a “consumate geek who likes to live on the bleeding edge”. This is a philosophy designed to remind him to keep on top of the latest technology to ensure he stays at the top of the technology ladder. He is the creator of the Core As Application methodology, which he uses to help train new teams proper quality development techniques (Contract First Development, Domain Driven Design, Behavior Driven Development, etc). Greg is an accomplished speaker and writer and former Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (1997 – 2013). Greg is currently working on a course for Pluralsight called Developing Quality Using Behavior Driven Development. He also blogs on WordPress and has the tweet symbol @gbworld.
Greg currently works for UST Global, where his official title is Senior Architect. Greg prefers his unofficial title of New Client Specialist, as he spends most of his time setting up distributed teams for clients in an onshore/offshore or onshore/near shore model. In this role, he routinely interviews candidates, both onshore and in other countries (primarily Mexico and India). His role focuses on setting up the team infrastructure and leading it to a point where it is self-sustaining, working him self out of a job to free up time to start with another client. While Greg plays in both the Waterfall and Agile world, his primary modus operandi is setting up self-sustaining Agile teams.
When he is not on the road setting up teams for new client, Greg spends his time at home in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Tiffany, and four daughters: Rebecca, Emily, Annabelle and Miranda.
Jay Glynn started writing software more than 25 years ago, writing applications for the PICK operating system using PICK basic. Since then, he has created software using Paradox PAL and Object PAL, Delphi, VBA, Visual Basic, C, Java, and of course C#. He currently works for Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) as a Software Engineer. Jay has also worked on several titles for Wrox, most recently Professional C# 5.0 and .NET 4.5.1.
Scott Gordon (Vaco) is a nationally renowned speaker on the mechanics of unlocking the power of putting your money where your mouth is. He brings his 15+ years of experience in “buying and selling people” for some of the nation’s most successful technology consulting and placement firms, mixes in unbridled enthusiasm and a healthy dose of sarcasm to deliver some real “ah-ha” moments.
Scott has managed and produced in a Top 5 office of an IT staffing and Consulting division of a global Fortune 500 strategic staffing company (100+ offices). While assisting and training recruiters around the United States, Scott was chosen as one of twelve recruiters globally to develop policies and procedures for recruitment and retention in an information technology market. Scott was also recognized as one of the Top Fifteen individual producers worldwide for the same global Fortune 500 staffing firm.
Shawn Lee is a certified Scrum Master and a promoter of Lean and Agile software development. He worked as a software developer for 22 years before moving into management at HCA/Parallon.
Chris McPherson is the Vice President of Software Development for ForceX, Inc. He is a member of the ForceX, Inc. leadership team and drives the strategy for the software development team. Mr. McPherson is a Nashville native with over 20 years of experience as a software engineer and technology community leader. A founding partner of Firefly Logic, Mr. McPherson has worked in most every business vertical represented in middle Tennessee, from healthcare to entertainment. He has been successful by emphasizing quality and communication as the primary tools to navigate the complex software development process. A long-time supporter of the technology community, Mr. McPherson has curated the Geek Social, a local monthly gathering of the most talented people in the Nashville area for over a decade. He participates in several local technology user groups and serves on the Marketing Council for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
David is a father, geek, musician, and software developer living near Chattanooga, TN. He has spent the last several years building high-performance, scalable web applications, and currently works at LeanKit as a Developer Advocate. David served as president of the Nashville .NET User Group for 2012 and 2013. David is passionate about software craftsmanship, user experience, music, and bacon. You can find David on Twitter as @reverentgeek.
Andrew West is a Sr. Technical Recruiter with TEKsystems and has been with the Nashville TEKsystems office for nearly 3 years. TEKsystems is the largest IT Services company in the country and been Named to FORTUNE ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ two years in a row. With over 100 locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia TEKsystems provides IT staffing solutions, IT services, and IT talent management for our customers. Every year TEKsystems deploys over 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites.
Over the last 2 years Andrew has worked with the local .NET Development Community in Nashville successfully helping IT professionals with career advancements. Andrew partners with individuals in helping them realize what is truly important to them as a professional. Being able to assist his network of professionals throughout the hiring process starting from understanding the current market, finding the right company, the interview, and getting the job is ultimately Andrew’s goal.