I answered the call to start Providence VMUG from Rob Bergin (then Liberty Mutual, now Cisco) who was involved with Boston VMUG at the time. Back then VMUG was just getting started. In the Northeast we had Chris Harney and the VTUG for a few years but VMUG was a new thing.
My boss, Andy Fuss at CharterCare Health, was supportive and helped run the first meeting. We had Presidio sponsor and went to Trinity Brewhouse for a great social hour after the meeting. It was a memorable first meeting. Since 2012 we've held fifteen meetings and several vBeers meetups.
Last year we successfully completed a service project working with the non-profit Tech Collective where we trained fifteen people over the course of six weeks. We had volunteers from Providence VMUG and VMware proctor and help attendees, donating over 50 volunteer hours of their time.
It has been a wonderful and fantastic journey and now it's time to move on. As I focus more on devops tools, process and people I've moved away from VMware technologies. I'm working closer with developers, managing systems as code and adopting software development practices and using a variety of technology and tools.
Today I'm stepping down as VMUG Leader for the Providence VMware User Group to let people more connected with VMware lead the group on to new topics. I'm not far if you need advice, a speaker or just want to chat. The great VMUG community has my sincere thanks for everything and I'll always be a part of that.