MVP Summit Team Dinner

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

A photo of all the attending SharePoint MVP’s together at the team dinner.


Standing:  Shane Young, Jason Medero, Joel OlesonHeather Solomon(Front), Todd Klindt(Back), Spencer Harbar(Front), Luis Du Soldier G, Andrew Connell(Back), Arpan Shah(Front), Michael Gerth(Back), Woody Windischman(Front), Cornelius van Dyk, Todd Baginski, Eli Robillard, John Holliday, Lawrence Liu, Daniel Wessels(Back), Mike Fitzmaurice(Front), Stacy Draper(Back), Renaud Comte(Front),Bob Fox(Back), Dustin Miller, Steve SmithMike Ammerlaan(Back), Brad Smith(Back), Nick Swan(Front), Carlos Segura SanzDaniel Larson, Adam Buenz, Robert Bogue
Sitting:  Loke Kit Kai, Zhongli Wang(王忠力), Matthew McDermott, Gary BusheyPierre Vivier-MerleXi Chen, Ocean Ju(鞠海洋)
For a version of this picture with two more SharePoint MVP’s (Ivan Wilson and Gayan) “added” in, see this page.



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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