The dates for the PAUG 2017 Database Designer International Conference has been set:
April 29 (Saturday, 12 PM) – May 1 (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.

Jack D. Leach

Jack D. Leach

Jack D. Leach is the founder and CEO of Dymeng Services, a NYC based software development company working with Line of Business and B2B SaaS solutions primarily using Microsoft technologies. Jack routinely works with Microsoft Access, SQL Server and ASP.NET MVC delivering software solutions, utilizing both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services as typical infrastructures.

Jack began programming more than fifteen years ago when he found MS Access as a tool that he could leverage for the manufacturing company he was managing at the time. Since then, he has been fully immersed and ever expanding his skills in database and software development and continues to participate in the forums and communities in which he grew. Passionate about both business management and software development, he left the manufacturing industry four years ago to establish his own software development company.

 A five-year consecutive awardee of the Access MVP award, Jack has also written numerous technical articles and whitepapers, and has written as a technical contributor for the Wrox Professional Access 2013 Programming book with fellow Access MVPs.  He also harbors a deep love of aviation and obtained his pilot license in 2011.

Jack D. Leach, MS Access MVP 2012-2016
Dymeng Services, Inc.
48 Rockville Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314

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 2012-2016
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 2012-2015
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
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 events held across the US. When he’s not working, he’s writing posts for his blog at To learn more about Juan, please visit his firm’s site,

Juan Soto MS Access MVP 2011-2016
5759 W Henderson Suite 312, Chicago, IL 60634

Thomas Möller

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 Möller MS Access MVP 2007-2017

Saturday April 29, 2017

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
Jack D. Leach: Web Service work from VBA. Part One
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM 30 Minute Break
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Armen Stein: Great Database Design
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM 30 Minute Break
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
To be determined
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/ Jack D. Leach, Armen Stein, Juan Soto, Luke Chung & Alison Balter.

Sunday April 30, 2017

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Juan Soto: Closing sales over the phone
10:15 PM to 10:45 PM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Thomas Möller: Error handling for serious developers
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Jack D. Leach: Web Service work from VBA. Part Two
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM 30 Minute Break
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Alison Balter: Developing Custom Querying and Reporting Engines
3:45 PM to 4:15 PM 30 Minute Break
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Luke Chung: Making your apps 64bit compatible
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 1, 2017

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: Developing Data Driven Applications
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM 30 Minute Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Jack D. Leach: Database Performance using a remote backend.
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM Checkout / Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall
1:15 PM to 3:00 PM Smith Creek Meeting Hall
Open Show and Tell
Raffle and End of Conference