After an extended period of looking around and travelling, I decided to start a career in IT in 1996. It quickly turned out my passion was with databases. Even so, it took me until 2002 until I became a dedicated SQL Server professional, leading to the MVP SQL Server award in 2012. Nowadays I work as an independent contractor teaching a lot of SQL Server, both the database engine courses as well as the BI courses. In between those courses I help out my customers with all sorts of SQL related problems.
In 2005 me and some peers founded PASS Nederland, the Dutch PASS chapter. Nowadays my main focus within PASS Nederland is our own SQL Saturday.