Friday, October 11, 2013

...and They're Off!

Well, it should not come as a great surprise to anyone that I've decided to pursue another stint on the ODTUG Board of Directors. If successful, this will be my third and final term. It's been a fantastic journey thus far.

Here's my campaign Statement

Campaign Statement

In January of 2010, the membership of ODTUG saw fit to place me on the board of directors. It was, and continues to be, a tremendous honor to serve with the other members of the board in charting the future course of the organization. True, it involves considerable sacrifice, but ODTUG is worth it—you’re worth it.

I’ve had the privilege of serving as your president since June of 2012. Since that time, the organization has rolled out a new website, a new logo, an online job board, and increased our influence by purchasing APEXblogs. At the same time, our Kscope conference continues to grow in size and stature. For me, it’s always felt as much like a family reunion as it does a world-class technical conference.

I ask you for the opportunity to continue to fill the seat I’ve occupied these last four years. I have the desire, the dedication, and the experience to best represent you and your interests. If you believe, as I do, that the organization is moving in the right direction and our best years are ahead of us, I would appreciate your support.

My name is Monty Latiolais and I approve this message.

Biographical Statement

Monty Latiolais has more than twenty-five years of experience in information technology and more than a dozen years of experience with Oracle.

He has been a member of ODTUG since 2003 and has volunteered in many areas, including the ODTUG executive conference committee, the ODTUG abstract review committee, the ODTUG Technical Journal Editor’s Choice Awards panel, ODTUG Oracle OpenWorld content chair, and was recognized as the ODTUG 2009 Volunteer of the Year. Monty has been on the ODTUG Board of Directors for four years, with the last year and a half serving as president.

He is currently serving as the senior programmer analyst with SC Global Tubular Solutions, a Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary specializing in OCTG supply chain management. He spends his days working with Application Express, Oracle Forms, and Oracle Reports, writing complex analytics, and counting the days until the next Kscope conference.

Additionally, ODTUG asked the candidates to answer the following questions. If you could describe ODTUG in ten words or less, what would they be?

A community of Oracle professionals sharing their knowledge and experiences.

What is your motivation for joining the board?

I'm a big believer in paying things forward. Early in my career, I benefitted greatly from the technical journal and from participating in the list servs. While the technical journal has gone digital and tweets have in large part replaced list servs, I'd like to believe I'm providing that same benefit to a new generation of ODTUGers.

What attributes do you feel you would provide to this position?

I'm a people person. If you've attended a Kscope conference, it's likely we've met. It's just as likely we're on a first-name basis. It's that interaction with the membership I enjoy most and it's what keeps me coming back time and again.

Do you have a principal goal you would like to achieve as a board member?

What has made ODTUG special through the years is a real sense of community and a sense of belonging. Our challenge is to continue to grow the organization without losing those qualities that attracted us in the first place.

I look forward to once again serving the membership as a Director.

Our journey continues...

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