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(May 5, 2007)

James Bender Blog:
Company: Quick Solutions
Bio: For the past four years, James Bender has been a Project Engineer on the Solutions Team at Quick Solutions in Columbus, OH. In total, he has been in the computer industry for over 12 years, with the last six being focused on architecture and design of mid-to-Enterprise scale systems. In addition to his architecture duties, he is often called upon to help teach and mentor others (both QSI employees and clients) in new techniques and technologies including Team Foundation Server, WCF, SOA and Service Factory.

Patrick Steele Blog:
Company: SRT Solutions
Bio: Patrick Steele is an independent consultant in southeastern Michigan working in the automotive sector. He has a broad range of .NET experience including ASP.NET, WinForms, COM+ and COM interop. He’s Vice President of the Michigan Great Lakes Area .NET Users group (GANG – and has been recognized by Microsoft as a .NET MVP. Contact Patrick through his blog at or

Brian Sherwin Blog:
Company: SureWin Solutions, LLC
Bio: Brian Sherwin is the Principal Member of SureWin Solutions, LLC, a consulting and training company focused on bringing companies back to making decisions on value, not a particular technology. Brian has been training developers in VB and C# since .NET was released into public beta in 2002. When he’s not engaged with a client, he likes to play with his 5 kids, read, and watch Jack Bauer in “IDKFA” mode (cheat code in Doom).

Martin L. Shoemaker Blog:
Company: Inkon Software
Bio: Martin L. Shoemaker is a Microsoft MVP: Visual Development with C#. He teaches UML analysis and design, as well as .NET programming. He is also a contract .NET developer specializing in Table PC applications. He is the author of Tablet UML (, a UML tool for Tablet PCs. His latest Tablet PC project is the Inkon Logbook (

Keith Elder Blog:
Company: Quicken Loans
Bio: Keith Elder is a Sr. Software Engineer for Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender based in Livonia, MI. At Quicken Loans he is the lead developer and architect for a custom built in-house Smart Client CRM application. He is an experienced educator who has logged thousands of hours in front of the classroom teaching students of varying ages from the 6th grade to the college level. He has also trained countless developers from various business sectors ranging from the top auto manufactures to Fortune 500 companies as well as Universities. His technical expertise combined with his outgoing common sense friendly southern attitude allows him to explain technical information so even your grandmother can understand it. He is also the leader of the internal Quicken Loans .Net User Group where upwards of 100 team members get together monthly. He now resides in Hattiesburg, Ms with his wife and three dogs where he continues to unthaw after residing in Michigan for eight years.

Steve Mushkat Blog:
Company: EDS
Bio: Steve Mushkat has working with SharePoint since the 2001 product, and has worked on projects for both global and local clients. He is MOSS certified, has a MCSD.Net certification, and graduated from EDS’s Top Gun program (an alliance program with Microsoft for the top 1% of EDS’s technical community).

Darrell Hawley Blog:
Company: SRT Solutions
Bio: Darrell Hawley is a C# and VB.NET developer working with both web and windows applications. Currently, he is working in the automotive sector with a team of engineers and software developers solving complex engineering problems using the .NET Framework. During a four year stay at a Farmington Hills, MI advertising company, he streamlined business processes and acted as the company SQL Server administrator. He has also worked with Visual Basic 6, Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript and ASP. He is actively involved in the Ann Arbor .NET Developers Group, Day of .NET in Ann Arbor, and CodeMash.

Brian Prince Blog:
Company: Quick Solutions
Bio: Brian is the Practice Manager of the Application Development consulting practice at Quick Solutions, Inc. He has achieved over 13 years Information Technology management and consulting experience including e-commerce, extranets, and business technology. Brian is a member of the Microsoft BizTalk Virtual Technology Specialist team, and works with the CSD product groups to assist them in the marketplace. He is also a recipient of the Microsoft MVP Visual Studio Solution Architect award. Further, he is a co-president of the Central Ohio .NET Developers Group, and co-founder/boardmember of CodeMash. He speaks at various regional and national technology events, including TechEd. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Physics from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He is also an avid gamer.

Nino Benvenuti Blog:
Company: Avanade
Bio: Nino Benvenuti is a Microsoft Device Application Development MVP who is focused on creating .NET-based mobility solutions. Throughout his career he has created a variety of desktop, server, and device solutions using a range of technologies for a diverse set of clients. Nino is active in the Cincinnati .NET community as well as in the Pocket PC, Smartphone and .NET CF newsgroups. Find his blog and other items at

Josh Holmes Blog:
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Bio: Josh Holmes is a Architect Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation. Over the past ten years, he has worked with a diverse client set, ranging from large Fortune 500 firms to smaller-sized companies. Specializing in mobility solutions, Josh has developed server, web, desktop, handheld and Pocket PC applications. Josh is an accomplished trainer with a deep and varied knowledge base. He has developed software technology courses in the areas of .NET, ASP.NET, XML SPY, XML, VB.NET, C#, Compact Framework and Advanced Compact Framework. Utilizing his unique combination of theoretical knowledge and hands on experience, Josh combines the abstract with real life, practical day-to-day applications. A frequent speaker and lead panelist at national and international software development conferences focusing on emerging technologies, software design and development, Josh also serves as an officer for several non-profit technology organizations including Volunteer IT, Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group and the Ann Arbor Computing Society.

Mark Miller Blog:
Company: Developer Express
Bio: Mark Miller is a C# MVP with strong expertise in decoupled design, plug-in architectures, and great UI. Mark is Chief Architect of the IDE Tools division at Developer Express, and is the visionary force behind productivity tools like CodeRush and Refactor!, as well as the DXCore extensibility layer for Visual Studio. Mark is a popular speaker at conferences around the world and has been writing software for over two decades.

Dustin Campbell Blog:
Company: Developer Express
Bio: Dustin Campbell is a lead developer for the IDE tools division at Developer Express Inc. His responsibilities at Developer Express include much of the low-level plumbing of the award-winning CodeRush and Refactor! products. A regular speaker in the Ohio/Michigan area, Dustin is an expert in many advanced areas of .NET and tends to get “under the hood” in any area that he is learning. In addition, he specializes in design patterns, refactoring and object-oriented design.

Jeff Blankenburg Blog:
Company: Quick Solutions, Inc.
Bio: Jeff Blankenburg is a Project Engineer on the Solutions team at Quick Solutions, Inc. He has been designing and developing web applications for 8 years. Jeff has successfully implemented his technology expertise in numerous industries including retail, education, and healthcare. Jeff has exceptional proficiency in user-interface design, Web Standards, and web application development. He is a contributor to the O’Reilly title Windows Developer Power Tools on the subject of code validation services. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Aydin Akcasu Blog:
Company: A Vision, Inc.
Bio: Aydin Akcasu is the founder of A Vision, Inc
( He has over 20 years of experience, and provides innovative solutions using technologies such as Java, JavaScript, ASP, Visual Basic, VB.Net, C#.Net, ASP.Net, Flash, XML, XSL. He has given presentations and classes in the past to local groups (as well as in India) in topics such as ‘Help, I need to learn Javascript’, ‘Cover you ASP’, ‘VB- What is it good for?‘, ‘FLASH-in-the-Pants?’, ‘C#, ASP.Net on a Budget’, ‘Introduction to ‘C#.Net’, ‘AJAX – A What’, ‘Google Maps API-Wheres’ Waldo?’ He is also a part time instructor at Washtenaw Community College ( (C#.Net, Advanced C#.Net).

Chris Woodruff Blog:
Company: NuSoft Solutions
Bio: Chris Woodruff is a member of the Emerging Technologies Practice group at NuSoft Solutions. His work involves integrating new technologies, assisting development teams with architecture designs, and helping with development standards. Chris is the VP of the West Michigan .NET User Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. In his spare time, Chris coaches his sons sporting teams and homebrews.

Justin Kohnen Blog:
Company: Triune Group
Bio: Justin Kohnen, Vice President for Communication of the Dayton .NET Developers' Group, graduated from University of Dayton in 2003 with a BS in Computer Science. He is currently working for Triune Group as a Senior Software Engineer, developing in ASP.NET 2.0, and is actively testing to become a Microsoft Certified Professional Web Developer.

Dan Hibbitts Blog:
Company: Target Your Hand
Bio: Dan Hibbitts is the principal consultant at Target Your Hand which provides solutions for Smart Phones, Personal Digital Assistants, Web and Database Management systems. Dan has over 20 years of software development experience and has been an advocate for mobile technology for over 10 years.

Joe Wirtley Blog:
Company: Independent Consultant
Bio: Joe Wirtley is an independent consultant and has been a professional software developer since 1987. Joe is an experienced software architect, skilled in all phases of design and development and has lead projects for clients including Chef’s Catalog, TouchStone Catalog, Toyota, General Motors, MCI and SBC. He has worked in a variety of languages, with extensive experience in .NET and Delphi. He has published several technical articles and contributed to the O’Reilly book Windows Developer Power Tools. He has been a frequent user group presenter in southwest Ohio and recently spoke at CodeMash. You can read his blog at

Mike Hacker Blog:
Bio: Mike Hacker is the Director of the Microsoft practice in Michigan for Sogeti. Mike has over 20 years of software development experience covering both windows and web applications. Mike graduated from Western Michigan University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems. Most recently Mike has been focusing on architecture and custom development for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal 2007 along with doing demos and presentations around Visual Studio Team Suite and Team Foundation Server.