Meeting of the Minds

I’ve neglected this blog for a while. The usual excuses will ensue—it’s been busy, I haven’t had a lot of time, yada, yada. It’s exacerbated when occasionally I’ll see something really cool, and I’ll tell myself, “hey, that would make a great blog post!” So yes, I’ve been slacking, and for that I apologize.

The Excel community is pretty awesome and unique. I started out on the MrExcel board and met a lot of great people. I’ve since found many other cool places, all filled with great people, and some I’ve made friends for life with. Over the last couple of months I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting a couple of prominent folk from the Excel community face-to-face. These guys are not only Excel geniuses, but they’ve given countless hours of time for the community, sharing their expertise with the world.

MrExcel Member Meet

I had the chance to meet up with a legend from the MrExcel board, Mark O’Brien, and had dinner. You’d think, two Excel geeks like us, we’d talk about Excel non-stop. I’m not sure it was brought up even once! Can’t say enough about this guy, still one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Here is a pic of us, which the waitress was nice enough to take.

Mark is the kind of guy you want to be neighbors with. Whether it’s playing fantasy football or the latest update with the kids, he’s a super nice guy.

DataScopic Meet

Last year I was introduced to Oz du Soleil through Rob Collie of PowerPivotPro.com. Recently Oz moved out to my neck of the woods and we had the chance to meet up in person in a nice little coffee shop. Oz has his own blog (http://datascopic.net/) and is one of the co-authors of Excel TV. We had the chance to chat about many things regarding Excel. Here is a pic of us:

Oz has been doing a lot of work in the Excel community, and always seems to be pushing the boundaries of Excel.

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