One new SQL MCA and four SQL MCMs

** Cross posted on The Master Blog **

We have more four more SQL Server Microsoft Certified Masters and one Microsoft Certified Architect to announce!

First of all, please meet our new SQL Server Microsoft Certified Architect, John Hicks (using some of his self-deprecating words, not mine J):

· John Hicks, Architect, Microsoft. After several years of failure trying to work as a professional musician, John has had some limited success working on large database software projects. He lives in Renton, WA with his very patient wife, Anne, and three kids — all of whom hope to grow up to support their father in his dotage. You can follow John’s blog at


And we also have a new batch of MCMs to announce (in alphabetical order):

· Joe Belson, West Region Principal Consultant, Microsoft. Joe is a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services. He works with some of Microsoft's largest customers on some of the largest mission critical database systems around the world. His experience focuses around VLDB, SQL Development, DBA, performance, and systems management automation. Mr. Belson's 18 years of RDBMS experience includes RBase, DBase, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server 4.2 thru SQL Server 2008. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Robin of 20 years and his two wonderful teenagers. They have a home in the US / Pacific Northwest. He also enjoys sport motorcycling, scuba diving, and volunteer work during his spare time.


· Jimmy May, SQL Server Senior Performance Consultant, member of the world famous Microsoft Assessment Consulting, & Engineering (A.C.E.) . Jimmy is the Visionary-in-Chief of SQL Server Pros & was formerly the Senior Database Architect for one of the world’s largest, SQL Server high-throughput OLTP DBs. He is a founder & on the executive committees of both the Indiana Windows User Group ( & Indianapolis Professional Association for SQL Server ( He is a recipient of the MS IT Gold Star award, and is collaborating with the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQL CAT) on a series of SQL best practices papers, the first of which was just published: Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server. He is a member of the Microsoft Oracle Center of Excellence. Jimmy lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his lovely new bride, Phyllis, & Fannie May the Wonder Dog. Jimmy blogs at and tweets at  


· Tony Rivera, Technical Support Advisor, Dell, Inc. Tony is a support advisor specializing in complex software issues. He is an avid gamer, technology hobbyist, and full-time native Texan. Tony currently resides in the Austin area with his wife and a quartet of cats.


· Arvind Shyamsundar, Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft. Arvind is a Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft Corporation India, focused on the SQL Server Relational Engine. His specialty areas are performance troubleshooting and tuning, replication and clustering. He is a lead for the SQL Server Risk Assessment Program (SQLRAP) in Asia, and has great interest and passion around using the SQLRAP to make sure customers SQL Server environments are working to their full potential. He also developed and maintains tools for internal SQLRAP usage. From time to time he uses his prior experience as a developer to also deliver deep dive debugging sessions for ISVs. Arvind blogs at


Big congratulations to our new SQL MCA and MCMs! Well done, and welcome to the community.