2016 Conference

PAUG 2016 Database Designer Conference at Silver Falls
(Saturday, 12 PM) – May 2 (Monday, 3 PM)

Julian Kirkness

Julian has been an Access user since version 1 and has spent many years developing and marketing Human Resources and CRM applications built in Access and Access Web Apps.

His first business started in 1996 with an HR application built entirely in Access 95. This business grew considerably over the years as did the product – moving to a SQL Server back end and ultimately to a fully Web based solution. Selling the business in 2010, Julian had a period of inactivity (due to non-compete clauses) and about 3 years ago started looking for technology to build new applications and a new business.

He decided to use Access again – in the form of Access Web Apps (AWAs) this time – because of the uniquely rapid development process, combined with the robustness of SQL Azure and Sharepoint. The ability to market the apps through the Sharepoint App Store was also critical.

He quickly became the first person to publish apps built with the technology on the App Store and so far has 5 apps available. For further information see http://software.kirknessassociates.com.

In 2014 he set up the Access Web Apps LinkedIn Group and is a regular contributor to this and other Access groups and forums on the subject of Web Apps. He is keen on photography, boating in it’s various forms and golf when time allows. He lives and works from a farmhouse surrounded by Orchards in rural Kent, UK.

Julian Kirkness – Access MVP 2014, 2015
Kirkness Associates Software
Stone Stile Farmhouse. Selling, Faversham, Kent, UK ME13 9SD

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 2015
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, and Teach Yourself T-SQL in One Hour a Day. She also authored Access Developer video series for SAMS, Que, and Experts Exchange. In addition, Alison has published numerous articles for Experts Exchange.

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 30 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 US Marines.

On a personal note, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, and teenage children Alexis and Brendan. They all love to travel, ski, and hike. Living right on Venice Beach, Alison’s favorite pastime is walking on the beach to her yoga studio where she practices yoga daily.

Alison J. Balter MS Access MVP 2012 2013 2014 2015
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 (11 years in a row!), 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 2006-2016
J Street Technology
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 2015
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 a senior software engineer at www.comc.com.

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 8th conference.

Kevin Bell
Access Lic Plate
Senior Software Engineer
6727 185th AVE NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Tim Getsch

Tim Getsch

Tim Getsch is the founder and CEO of comc.com. COMC is making it safe & easy for people to buy & sell collectible online by pioneering online consignment. COMC sells more individual sports cards than any website other than eBay. Microsoft Access + SQL Server have been at the heart of COMC.com’s innovation engine, and they helped COMC grow from their first employee to more than 50 employees across the US & Canada in just 7 years. Prior to starting COMC, Tim was a Program Manager on the Microsoft Access team for 6 years, and Tim has presented at dozens of Access conferences and user group meetings over the past 13 years.

Tim Getsch
MS Access Program Manager 2003-2007
6727 185th AVE NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Tim Getsch

Thomas Möller

Thomas graduated from the German savings bank academy. In 1997 he started working with Microsoft Access. In 2000 Thomas started working as software and database developer for a large bank in Southern Germany.

Since 2007 Thomas was awarded by Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional. He is a regular speaker at the German Access developers conference and the lead of the access users groups in Stuttgart / Germany.

In his spare time Thomas likes to develop add-ins to enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Access.

Thomas M̦ller MS Access MVP 2007 Р2016

Saturday April 30, 2016

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
Julian Kirkness: Building Solutions with Access Web Apps
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM 30 Minute Break
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Juan Soto: SSMS for Access Developers – A deep dive into using SQL Server Management Studio from an Access developer perspective.
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM 30 Minute Break
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Thomas M̦ller: Access-Object-Explorer РThe next generation. George Hepworth: Demo of a good fit for AWAs.
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 Accesss Access as Seen by Those Who Use It: Panel Discussion w/ Julian Kirkness, Armen Stein, Juan Soto, Luke Chung & Alison Balter.

Sunday May 1, 2016

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: You can get the job, but can you do the job?
10:15 PM to 10:45 PM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Tim Getsch: Ways to improve your Access to SQL Server performance.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Kevin Bell: Templates and Libraries and Add-in… oh my!
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM 30 Minute Break
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Alison Balter: Introduction to Power BI
3:45 PM to 4:15 PM 30 Minute Break
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Luke Chung: New Data Analysis tools in Excel 2016
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 & Julian Kirkness

Monday May 2, 2016

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: Interfacing Access and QuickBooks – Using the QuickBooks API, you can send Access and SQL data to QuickBooks, allowing Access let Access do what it does best.
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Julian Kirkness: Managing and Publishing AWA Solutions Internally and to the App Store
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
Juan Soto: Access Kung-Fu – Learn to be an Access Kung-Fu master and dominate the IDE and immediate window – tips and tricks.
2:00 PM to 2:15 PM 15 Minute Break
2:15 PM to 3:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Juan Soto: 7 Great things you can do to improve customer service.
Raffle and End of Conference

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