Today I was honored by the COMMON organization with it’s highest award … the Distinguished Service Award.
Although I did have a slight inkling that something was in the works … due to a flub by Anne Lucas in the mailing list … I really wasn’t prepared for it.
I was presented with the award during the conference opening session …. in front of all my peers, colleagues, and friend.
The award reads … “For many years of tireless efforts to keep the midrange community together. A perfect example of what ‘Community’ is all about!”.
I know that Trevor Perry was in a bit of a panic … and having a field day at the same time. Panic because he was trying to track me down so I would be ready to receive the award at the opening session (I was running a little late) … fiend day because he knew what was going on and knew I was suspicious.
Considering who else has been given the award … I consider myself to be quite lucky and somewhat unworthy.
(NOTE: This post is being written well after the award was presented … I realized I had never actually written one about it before.)
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.