Grant Fritchey works as a development database administrator for FM Global, an industry-leading engineering and insurance company. In his previous time as a database administrator and developer, he has worked at three failed dot-coms, a major consulting company, and a global bank. He has developed large-scale applications in languages such as VB, C#, and Java and has lived with SQL Server from the hoary days of 6.0, right through to 2008. His nickname at work is "The Scary DBA." He even has an official name plate, and he displays it proudly. Grant volunteers for the Professional Association of SQL Server Users (PASS) and has written and published articles on various topics relating to SQL Server at Simple-Talk, SQL Server Central, SQL Server Performance, the PASS web site, SQL Standard, and the SQL Server Worldwide Users Group. He is the author of the book emDissecting SQL Server Execution Plans/em. He is one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group (SNESSUG). Outside work, Grant kayaks, learns and teaches self-defense, brews his own beer, chops wood to heat his house, raises his kids, and helps lead a pack of Cub Scouts.
Phil Factor (real name withheld to protect the guilty), aka Database Mole, has 30 years of experience with database-intensive applications. Despite having once been shouted at by a furious Bill Gates at an exhibition in the early 1980s, he has remained resolutely anonymous throughout his career.
K. Brian Kelley
Brian is a SQL Server author, columnist, and Microsoft MVP focusing primarily on SQL Server and Windows security. In addition to being a database administrator, he has served as an infrastructure and security architect encompassing solutions with Citrix, virtualization, and Active Directory. Brian is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and has been the head of a financial organization’s computer incident response team. Brian is active in the IT community having spoken at DevConnections, SQL Saturdays, code camps, and user groups. He is also the President of the Midlands PASS Chapter, a Professional Association for SQL Server Chapter located in Columbia, SC.
Mickey is a Microsoft Certified Professional in Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012. She is currently a Business Intelligence developer based out of Orange County, California. She has spent her career in Microsoft and SQL Server realms and is a self-described Microsoft Junkie who also appreciates Red Gate products as they are the only gluten-free database tools she truly appreciates. In addition to her most recent work as a BI developer, she has been an application developer, a technology instructor (Visual Basic, Access, Excel), a High School teacher (math), and an artist (glass, jewelry).
Providing high quality, usable, actionable information and insight has been Mickey's primary focus over the last couple of years, using skills and techniques honed through years of seeking to understand a client's wants and digging in to see what they really need. In her current position, she has also led standards development for her team's database work and routinely provides feedback to her peers in code reviews and periodic emails to the team with useful tips.
Mickey can be found online at www.mickeystuewe.com where she writes about SQL tips.
Ike Ellis is a SQL Server Consultant based in San Diego. He does everything related to SQL and data. He can help with report authoring, data warehouse/mart design, auditing, best practice guidance, ETL authoring, and performance tuning. He's worked extensively with the tabular data model, MDX, DAX, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Analysis Services, Excel, and PowerPivot/PowerView.
I have been in the IT industry for over 14 years as a corporate database developer and architect. The majority of my experience has been with Microsoft SQL Server in every version that has been released since 4.21a. Currently I am a Senior Data Architect for Compass Technology Management, supporting the Christian Broadcasting Network and NorthStar Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
I have a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a minor in mathematics. I have been a volunteer with the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) for over five years. In October 2004 I was awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for SQL Server by Microsoft, an honor I am proud to have been given. In my 'free' time you can often find my writing for my blog http://spaces.msn.com/drsql or on the Microsoft SQL Server newsgroups and forums.