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"I am running for the ODTUG Board of Directors"

No, not it's not about myself, but that's what my dear friend Martin Giffy D'Souza told me during last Oracle Open World. And I support his nomination whole hearted! 
I know Martin since about 4 years since we met at one of the KScope conferences. Since then we'll meet each other twice a year, but are in touch more frequently by email, twitter and other social networks. Martin is passionate about his job and, knows really a lot about APEX and is always willing to share his thoughts, ideas and vision with others. And I think nobody is better suited for the ODTUG Board as Martin is!
If you wonder what Martin looks like...see the picture below, taken during the OOW Appreciation Event. He is the guy with the blue circle around his head ;-)


If you are an ODTUG member, you can vote here

You can read Martin's official campaign and bio below...

Campaign Statement
I have attended ODTUG Kaleidoscope for several consecutive years and have been a presenter for the last three. The conference has allowed me to develop strong relationships with many others in the community, and the importance of these relationships has proven invaluable. I continually strive to give back to the community, using my personal time to answer questions through email, blogs, the Oracle forums, and by writing technical books. I would like to continue this spirit of giving back by joining the ODTUG Board of Directors.
As a new board member I will bring a fresh perspective and out-of-the-box ideas to help promote ODTUG and deliver our message to the world. I am fortunate enough to have a successful blog with several thousand unique monthly visitors. It is through this platform, along with other opportunities such as my consulting firm blog, social networking, and the multiple annual conferences that I attend from which I intend to help share the ODTUG mission and values.
The Board plays a pivotal leadership role as both a driving force and a face of the ODTUG community. I feel that my professional experience as a leader and mentor will help the Board guide and develop ODTUG for the future. The Board has responsibility to its most important group - the members. I will help ensure that the Board serves as both a voice and an ear for the entire ODTUG community; developers, DBAs, and technical experts of all things Oracle.
Many thanks for your consideration.

Biographical Statement
Martin Giffy D’Souza is an Oracle ACE and award winning presenter and speaker. Most recently Martin was honored with the ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2011 Presenter of the Year award. Martin also serves as a Co-founder & CTO at ClariFit Inc., a consulting firm specializing in Oracle solutions. Martin’s career has seen him hold a range of positions within award winning companies and his experience in the technology industry has been focused on developing database-centric web applications using the Oracle technology stack. Martin is the author of the highly recognized blog www.TalkApex.com, and he has co-authored several APEX books including Expert Oracle Application Express, a collaboration of some of the most renowned APEX developers in the industry. He has presented at numerous international conferences such as ODTUG, APEXposed, and COUG. Martin holds a Computer Engineering degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
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