The dates for the PAUG 2018 Database Designer International Conference is set:
April 28 (Saturday, 12 PM) – April 30 (Monday, 3 PM).

Meeting room Lodge Lodge Rooms Falls

We will be returning to the Conference Center at Silver Falls. The peaceful, natural setting of Silver Falls State Park lends itself to a climate that fosters learning and creativity. The Portland Access User’s Group, a non-profit club dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of MS Access, will be your host.

Contact our Conference coordinator, if you have questions or suggestions about the conference.

Past PAUG conferences.

George Young

George Young

George Young first encountered Microsoft Access when using the thirty-plus floppy disk versions of Office to teach Statistics and MIS in the early 1990’s. It was love at first sight. George has worked as a software developer for the past twenty-five years, including twelve at Microsoft (in just about every group other than Office). He is the founder and president of Dawson Butte Software, working primarily on .NET applications (often with Access somewhere in the mix). George still has a commercial site or two that is driven by an Access database sitting in the server file system.

George is the president of the Denver Area Access Users Group and has spoken on Access and .NET at a variety of physical and virtual gatherings, including Access Day, Denver Dev Day, SharePoint Saturday, and the Access Web Apps, SQL Server with Access, and Access Latino America user groups at One of his Access with Azure projects was featured in a presentation at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference.

George Young
Dawson Butte Software
Greater Denver Area

Luke Chung

Luke Chung

Luke Chung is the Founder and President of FMS, Inc., the world’s leading provider of Microsoft Access related commercial products with 12 tools to help Microsoft Access developers, users, and system administrators. Luke has designed all FMS products and a leading developer in several including Total Access Emailer (email automation)}, Total Access Statistics (numerical analysis), Total Access Analyzer (database documentation and optimization) and Total Access Detective (difference detector). In its 31st year of business, FMS is located in Virginia near Washington DC with has tens of thousands of customers in over 100 countries. FMS also offers custom software development solutions using Access, SQL Server and .NET for Windows and the web, including Microsoft Azure. FMS also has a product, Sentinel Visualizer, the provide data analytics and visualization for the law enforcement community.

Luke Chung MS Access MVP 2012-2017/18
8150 Leesburg Pike Ste 1150
Vienna, VA 22182
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Microsoft Partner

Alison Balter

Alison Balter

Alison Balter is a leading author of fifteen Microsoft Access books and SQL Server books, as well as a developer video training series on Access 2013, and a user video training series on Access 2013, all for SAMS Publishing. She also authored an Access Developer video series for Experts Exchange where she 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 develops applications using Access and SQL Server. She specializes in 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, the US Marines, the US Navy, University of Southern California, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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 2012-2015
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 (12 years in a row!), and the UK Access User Group in London. Armen is co-author of Access 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference and a Kauai guide. His other interests include travel, photography, backgammon, movies, and driving his 1969 Ford Bronco in the sun.

Armen Stein MS Access MVP 2006-2017/18
J Street Technology
Bellevue, WA 98004

Juan Soto

Juan Soto

Juan is the President and founder of IT Impact, Inc. and a leading professional in the industry, he founded the company in 1994 and it currently has 16 employees with 7 Access developers. The firm focuses on Access with SQL Server solutions in the cloud, allowing clients to use Access on their local PC anywhere they have an Internet connection.

Juan has been named an Access MVP by Microsoft six years in a row and is a frequent author on the official Microsoft Access blog.

He is also the founder of with chapters on three continents, where he covers subjects such as SQL Server with Access as well as providing tools and resources for Access Expert Developer’s on the web. In addition to presenting online, Juan frequently travels throughout the world in Europe, the USA and the Caribbean.

Juan Soto MS Access MVP 2011-2017/18
5759 W Henderson Suite 312
Chicago, IL 60634
Microsoft Partner

Anders Ebro

Anders Ebro

Originally an engineer with a degree in Applied Physics and hundreds of hours spent in a hi-tech clean room, Anders started working with Access in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. Anders has made applications ranging from Requirement ManagementTools, document management and tools to calculate financial depreciations. Anders has been an Access MVP since 2014.

On his blog, you can find several code samples for treeviews, change tracking (similar to words track changes), and error/crash reporting.

Anders Ebro MS Access MVP 2014-2017/18

Saturday April 28, 2018

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 Alison Balter: Automating Word, Excel, and Outlook
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM 30 Minute Break
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM George Young: Performance and deployment benefits of putting your Access/SQL application in an Azure VM (rather than client machines)
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM 30 Minute Break
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Anders Ebro: Dealing smartly with 200gb worth of images in an access application
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner in Big Leaf Dining Hall
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Panel Discussion: The Future of Accesss Access as Seen by Those Who Use It

Sunday April 29, 2018

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM Shane Groff: Update from the Access Team
10:15 PM to 10:45 PM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Armen Stein: Start Your Project Right
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Juan Soto: Data Connectors – A new world opens up to Access –AND– Accelerate and Enhance Your Access Projects
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM 30 Minute Break
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM Luke Chung: Data analytics; query tips and VBA code
3:45 PM to 4:15 PM 30 Minute Break
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM Alison Balter: Advanced Form and Report Techniques
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner in Big Leaf Dining Hall
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Panel Discussion: Running Your Development Business

Monday April 30, 2018

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM George Young: A custom Visual Studio template that automatically scaffolds out from a SQL DB an MVC app that looks/acts like and AWA one does/did.
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Luke Chung: Tips for object design and coding
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM Checkout / Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:15 PM to 3:00 PM Open Show and Tell
Raffle and End of Conference