What has Troyer Done for you?

Once long ago, on a Saturday Afternoon, a little bit before dinner time some vEXPERTs were plotting.

vEXPERT1: We get in through the underground heating system here… up through to the main audience chamber here… and John’s Wookie Costume is here. Having grabbed the Wookie, we inform John that its is in our custody and forthwith issue our demands. Any questions?
vEXPERT4: What exactly are the demands?
vEXPERT2 We’re giving John two days to Deliver the entire Public vEXPERT and Free licenses for all VMware products and if he doesn’t agree immediately we burn it.
vEXPERT3: Cut its head off?
vEXPERT1: Cut all its bits off, send ’em back every hour on the hour… show him we’re not to be trifled with.
vEXPERT3: Also, we’re demanding a ten foot mahogany statue of the Emperor Paul Maritz with burning a Microsoft Flag.
vEXPERT5: What? They’ll never agree to that, Reg
vEXPERT3: That’s just a bargaining counter. And of course, we point out that John bears full responsibility when we chop it up, and… that we shall not submit to blackmail.
all vEXPERTS (Applause) No blackmail!
vEXPERT3: John’s bled us white, the *********. He’s taken All our free time, not just from us, from our Techies and from our Techies’ Techies’.
vEXPERT5: And from our Techies’, Techies’, Techies.
vEXPERT5: And from our Techies, Techies, Techies’, Techies .And from our Techies’, Techies’, Techies’, Techies’, Techies’.
vEXPERT3 All right, vEXPERT5. Don’t labour the point. And what have John ever given us in return?
vEXPERT2: The vEXPERT program.
vEXPERT3: Oh yeah, yeah he gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
Masked vEXPERT: And the Blogger Lounge!
vEXPERT: Oh yes… The Bloggers Lounge, vEXPERT1, you remember what VMworld used to be like.
vEXPERT3: All right, I’ll grant you that the vEXPERT program and the Bloggers Lounge are two things that John has done…
vEXPERT6: And the Community…
vEXPERT3: (sharply) Well yes obviously the Community… the Community goes without saying. But apart from the vEXPERT program, the Bloggers Lounge and the Community…
Another Masked vEXPERT: Access to Beta Programs…
Other Masked vEXPERTs: Licenses… Emgbargo’d Breifings… Opportunities for Betterment…
vEXPERT3: Yes… all right, fair enough…
vEXPERT Near Front: And the Party…
All vEXPERTs: Oh yes! True!
vEXPERT1: Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if Jonh left, Reg.
Masked vEXPERT at Back: Our Private Forum section!
vEXPERT5: And it’s safe to walk in talk in the Forums at night now.
vEXPERT1: Yes, John certainly know how to keep order… (general nodding)… let’s face it, he’s the only ones who could in a place like that.
  (more general murmurs of agreement)
vEXPERT3: All right… all right… but apart the Bloggers Lounge and Licenses and Embargo’d Breifings and Access to Beta Programs and Opportunities for Betterment and
the Community and the vEXPERT Program and our Private Forum Section  and The ability for Free Speech… what has the John done for us?
vEXPERT2: Brought US ALL Together!
Apologies for the vastly Talented Monty Python team for my pathetic attempt at a spoonerism.

The Importance of People Like John Troyer

 Many companies employ people to run their social media, but very few employ technically competent, truly community focused individuals. I had been following John Troyer for a while on Twitter and then had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife (@dailykat) at the VMworld 2010 Tweet Up. It was great to finally put a face to a name and since then I’ve continued to be impressed with John’s ability to be professional and have fun in his role.

John continues to amaze me in his ability, not to only represent his company, but also to know the many individuals he is connected to and embrace them for their contribution to the community also. I am never certain if John is up late or early, as he seems to be permanently on Twitter and the community forums, responding to discussions around the world. His role is not an easy one, I’m sure, but he deals with issues with integrity and also takes the time to listen to the community. And whilst he represents his company he is a huge ambassador for SoMe in the universal sense of the word.

John is a huge asset to VMware (as I’ve blogged about before) and he should be proud of the work he conducts at VMware and continues as a shining light in the virtualization industry of what SoMe and community is all about.

Happy Birthday John, and continue raising the bar in the virtual world!