2015 Conference

PAUG 2015 Database Designer Conference at Silver Falls
May 16 (Saturday, 12 PM) – May 18 (Monday, 5 PM)
Helen Feddema

Helen Feddema

Helen Feddema grew up in New York City. She was ready for computers when she was 12, but computers were not ready for her yet, so she got a B.S. in Philosophy from Columbia and an M.T.S. in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, while working at various office jobs. It was at HDS that she got her first computer, an Osborne, and soon computers were her primary interest. She started with word processing and spreadsheets, went on to learn dBASE, and did dBASE development for six years, part of this time as a corporate developer. After being laid off in a flurry of corporate downsizing, she started doing independent consulting and development, using dBASE, ObjectVision, WordPerfect and Paradox.

Always looking for something new and better, Helen beta tested Access 1.0, and soon recognized that this was the database she had been looking for ever since Windows 3.0 was introduced and she saw the gap waiting to be filled by a great Windows database. Since then she has worked as a developer of Microsoft Office applications, concentrating on Access, Word and Outlook.

Helen co-authored Inside Microsoft Access 1.0, (New Riders, 1992), and wrote two books for Pinnacle’s “The Pros Talk Access” series, Power Forms and Power Reports (1994). She also co-authored Access How-Tos for the Waite Group Press (1995), and contributed to The Microsoft Outlook Handbook (Osborne-McGraw-Hill), Que’s Special Edition: Using Microsoft Outlook 97 (1997), Office Annoyances (O’Reilly, 1997), and Outlook Annoyances (O’Reilly, 1998). She also contributed chapters to Que’s Special Edition: Using Microsoft Project 98 (1997) and Sams’ Teach Yourself Project (1998). Helen co-authored MCSD: Access 95 Study Guide (Sybex, 1998), and contributed chapters on Outlook programming to Special Edition: Using Microsoft Outlook 2000 (Que, 1999), and wrote DAO Object Model: The Definitive Reference for O’Reilly (2000), and Access 2002 Inside-Out for Microsoft Press, which was judged #1 in the Desktop and Office Applications book category at the Waterside 2004 conference. Her latest printed books are Expert One-on-One Microsoft Access Application Development (Wiley/Wrox, 2004) and Access™ 2007 VBA Bible For Data-Centric Microsoft Applications (Wiley, 2007).

Helen’s last few books have been published as ebooks by Office Watch – Working with Word was published in 2009 (3rd edition, 2014); Working with Excel in 2011, and Working with Outlook in 2012, and The Real Startup Guide to Access 2013 in 2013.

Helen has been a regular contributor to Pinnacle’s Smart Access and Office Developer journals, Woody’s Underground Office newsletter, PC Magazine’s Undocumented Office and the MS Office and VBA Journal (now OfficePro). She is the editor of the Woody’s Access Watch (now Access Watch) ezine, and writes its Access Archon column.

She lives in the mid-Hudson valley area of New York state, with varying numbers of cats and computers, making a living by developing Microsoft Office applications for a variety of clients, mostly via the Internet.

Helen maintains a Web page (www.helenfeddema.com) with a large selection of code samples concentrating on connecting Access, Outlook, Word and Excel (including several Access add-ins), and all her Access Archon articles.

Helen Feddema
YIC Development Services
Greater New York City Area

Luke Chung

Luke Chung

Luke Chung, President, founded FMS in 1986 to provide custom database solutions. He has directed the company’s product development and consulting services efforts as the database industry evolved. He is the primary author and designer of many FMS commercial products for Microsoft Access including Total Access Analyzer, Total Access Emailer, Total Access Statistics and Total Visual SourceBook. Luke has also personally provided consulting services to a wide range of commercial and government clients. A recognized database expert, Luke has created FMS’ Microsoft Access Developer and VBA Programming Help Center, Microsoft Access to SQL Server Upsizing Center, and the Microsoft Access Query Help Center with many free whitepapers and tips for the Access developer community.

Luke is a popular speaker at conferences in the US, Europe and Australia, and has published many articles in industry journals. He is a past president of the Washington, DC chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, and serves on the Fairfax County Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee. Luke is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Masters in Physical Oceanography.

Luke Chung MS Access MVP 2012 2013 2014
8150 Leesburg Pike Ste 1150, Vienna, VA 22182

Alison Balter

Alison Balter

Alison Balter is a leading author of Microsoft Access books and SQL Server books, including Access 2013 Absolute Beginners Guide, Alison Balter’s Mastering Access 2007 Development, Teach Yourself SQL Server 2005 Express in 24 Hours, a developer video training series on Access 2013, and a user video training series on Access 2013, all for SAMS Publishing. She is currently in the process of writing a new book on the TSQL language. She also authored an Access Developer video series for Experts Exchange where she also has published numerous articles.

Alison is a highly experienced developer and independent trainer. She loves to take highly technical material and explain it in a way that everyone can understand. Alison specializes in developing applications using Access and SQL Server. She thoroughly enjoys teaching others how to develop Windows and Web applications. During her 28 years in the computer industry, she has trained and consulted many people in corporations and government agencies, including Southern California Edison, Shell Oil, Cisco, University of Southern California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the US Navy, and the Marines. On a personal note, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, and children Alexis and Brendan. They all love to travel, ski (snow and water), and hike. Alison also likes walking, yoga, and weight lifting.

Alison J. Balter MS Access MVP 2012 2013 2014
InfoTech Services Group, Inc.
36 Sunset Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

Armen Stein

Armen Stein

Armen Stein is the founder and president of J Street Technology, a Microsoft Partner located near Seattle.  J Street is a team of developers with expertise in custom Access desktop and ASP.NET web applications.  Armen is a Microsoft Certified Professional and an Access MVP, and has spoken at many user groups and conferences, including Microsoft TechEd, Office DevCon in Australia, the PAUG Conference, and the UK Access User Group in London.  Armen is co-author of Access 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference (Wrox).  His other interests include travel, photography, backgammon, movies, and driving his 1969 Ford Bronco in the sun.

Armen Stein MS Access MVP 2006-2014
J Street Technology
2630 116th Ave NE Ste 200, Bellevue, WA 98004

Juan Soto

Juan Soto

Juan Soto is a Senior Project Manager at IT Impact Inc., where he specializes in Access with SQL Server databases. He’s a frequent speaker at Access user groups nationwide and the only Access developer to speak at SQLSaturdays.com events held across the US. When he’s not working, he’s writing posts for his blog at AccessExperts.net/blog. To learn more about Juan, please visit his firm’s site, AccessExperts.net.


Juan Soto MS Access MVP 2011 2012 2013 2014
5759 W Henderson Suite 312, Chicago, IL 60634

Kevin Bell

Kevin Bell

Like many Access Developers, Kevin’s career with Access started by accident. While working in Melbourne Australia for an illumination engineering firm, he started modernizing the company’s testing reports using Microsoft Excel. Excel offered a rich presentation layer, but it wasn’t very efficient at managing large amounts of data. Databases at the time lacked graphical capabilities and Microsoft’s newly released Visual Basic lacked database support. Then Access 1.0 arrived, combining the best elements of all three, and Kevin was hooked.

After spending 15 years as a partner in a consulting practice in Colorado that specialized in building Access apps with SQL Server backends, Kevin joined Microsoft as a test engineer in 2008. While working for Microsoft Kevin helped ship Access 2010 and Access 2013, including architecting the 2013 web app upgrade feature. Kevin left Microsoft after 6 years and is now exploring new opportunities.

While with Microsoft Kevin has been fortunate to be able to present Access topics all over the world…Denver, Las Vegas, Irvine, Dublin and London but his favorite event is without doubt Portland Database Designers Conference. This will be Kevin’s 7th conference.

Kevin Bell
Access Lic Plate

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker is CEO of Evergreen Marketing Systems, a business consulting firm, located in Vancouver, Washington. The company works with clients who are seeking improved results from Internet marketing efforts as part of their overall marketing program. Scott started working with websites in the mid 1990’s and became active professionally with search engine optimization in 1998. Since then he has worked with hundreds of client websites and spent thousands of hours researching search engine marketing techniques. Scott has extensive experience working with organic rankings on the Google search engine listings – helping his clients’ websites consistently rank on page one in the Google rankings. His SEO website, www.vancouverwaseo.org holds number one rankings for several key search terms in the highly competitive SEO niche.

Scott Walker, CEO
Vancouver WA SEO.org
Phone 503-828-6268
Web www.vancouverwaseo.org
Email scott@vancouverwaseo.org
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottwalkerpdx
Facebook facebook.com/VancouverWaSEOorg
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Dion McCormick

Dion McCormick

Dion McCormick is founder and CEO of Giant Killer Robot, LLC, an agile based software development and training company focused on the Alpha Anywhere development system. His company is dedicated to helping companies deploy better web and mobile solutions faster and at less cost. He is also focused on helping other companies adopt the Alpha Anywhere development system to create innovative and powerful business solutions.

Dion has assisted in the deployment of solutions for multiple fortune 500 companies. Dion has a proven technical business consultant and manager with a proven track record of delivering results. Combining both a strong technical understanding with strong communication skills to develop, deploy and support solutions for clients. With experience managing successful deployments for Fortune 50 companies such as, Chrysler Corp, Boeing, and General Motors. Dion leverages his industry and technology expertise to drive successful solutions for customers. Dion’s superior communication skills are utilized during his training work to make training effective and interesting for developer’s, technical managers and C level executives.

Dion lives in Austin Texas with his beautiful wife and two wonderful daughters.

Dion McCormick
Giant Killer Robot, LLC
Web http://www.giantkillerrobot.com
Solutions Engineer
Alpha Software
Web http://alphasoftware.com

Saturday May 16, 2015

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Sign in
Informal Networking / Coffee and snacks will be available. 
Hike (10:00 AM) South Falls Loop.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Helen Feddema: Access and Outlook Automation
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM 30 Minute Break
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Alison Balter: TSQL Basics
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM 30 Minute Break
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Access Show and Tell
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner in Big Leaf Dining Hall
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
The Future of Access as Seen by Those Who Use It: Panel Discussion w/ Keven Bell, Armen Stein, Juan Soto, Luke Chung & Helen Feddema.

Sunday May 17, 2015

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Armen Stein: Gathering Requirements (a non-technical talk about how to make sure you understand what’s actually needed before building a system).
10:15 PM to 10:45 PM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Juan Soto: Creating Dashboards using SQL Server & Access.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Scott Walker: How to get found on the Web; Google Has Changed the Rules Again…
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM 30 Minute Break
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Dion McCormick: Unlocking the full potential of Access on Web/Mobile with Alpha Anywhere.
3:45 PM to 4:15 PM 30 Minute Break
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Luke Chung: Automating and integrating Power Point and Excel with Access.
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner in Big Leaf Dining Hall
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Running Your Development Business: Panel Discussion w/ Armen Stein, Juan Soto, Alison Balter, Luke Chung, Andy Tabisz & Helen Feddema.

Monday May 18, 2015

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Alison Balter: Step by Step Process for Converting a Desktop Database to a Client/Server Application.
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Helen Feddema: Access and Word Automation.
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM Checkout / Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:15 PM to 2:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Kevin Bell: Blowing Northwind to the Cloud.
2:00 PM to 2:15 PM 15 Minute Break
2:15 PM to 3:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Juan Soto: 7 Ways to improve Customer Service.
Raffle and End of Conference

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