SolidWorks World 2009 Monday: A Special Honor for a Special Guy

February 10, 2009 9 Comments »
SolidWorks World 2009 Monday: A Special Honor for a Special Guy

SolidWorks World 2009

At the end of the day Monday the 2009 SWUGN International User Summit was held.  It is the annual User Group Meeting held at SolidWorks World that is open to SolidWorks User Group Leaders, Members, and any other conference attendee who wants to attend.  This year’s Summit had a special ending this year.  About six months ago I got an e-mail from Devon Sowell who had the idea of honoring SolidWorks User Community Manager Richard Doyle with a special award.  We all immediately jumped on board with the idea and thanks to a few folks at SolidWorks Corp. we got a plan set in motion to present Richard with the award at the end of the meeting.  We were even able to give SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray in on it!  During the meeting SWUGN rep Phil Sluder surprised Richard with a crown for him to wear during the presentation.  All of the SWUGN Committee members then donned Jester hats!  Richard knew something was going on prior to the meeting and I have a feeling that he thought that was it….but no…it was only the beginning.  Here’s a picture of Richard giving the presentation donning his crown and you can see a few of the Jester hats as well.


After Richard finished up his presentation SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray came in and surprised Richard again with his speech honoring Richard’s MANY accomplishments as the SolidWorks User Community Manager.  After Jeff was done, Devon took the microphone and told the crowd a little bit about the award we were to present to him.  Devon then asked me to say a few words about Richard before presenting him with the award.  Richard is the man that made sure I knew what I needed to do when I revived the North Alabama SolidWorks Users Group 4 years ago.  My story was merely an echo of the things Richard has done to help every other User Group worldwide getting started.  Richard also had a hand in convincing me to start this site!  About 2.5 years ago gave me a call and asked me what I thought about Blogging.  I’ll fully admit that at that point…I wasn’t all that familiar with Blogs at all.  After he explained the basics to me I told him to count me in as I would love to “give it a shot”.  At that point I had no idea that it would take me where I am today with this site.  So yes…you all have Richard to thank if you are reading this post.  (Sometimes I wonder if Richard thinks he might have created a monster!)  Before I wrapped it up I honored Richard with his own special Tweet on Twitter that was sent as we were presenting him the award.

Below is the copy of the award presented to Richard along with a gift certificate.  SolidWorks User Groups would be NO WHERE NEAR as successfull as they are today without Richard’s hard work, dedication, and undying enthusiasm.


Stay tuned….much more to come….Live from SolidWorks World 2009!

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  • Ricky-

    Thanks for all your help. Everyone really enjoyed honoring Richard, your twitter joke was fun!

    See you next year.


  • Christa

    You need to bring something extra special back for your wife….since she is home alone with 2 kids on her birthday….and your having fun at Dinsey…So NOT FAIR!!!. You should have taken her with you. P.S. I love her recipes and website!

  • Teri in Hartselle

    I hope you sent your wifey some roses. Today is her Birthday and you are away at her most favorite place in the world. We really enjoy her blog.

    Hope you have a good day. Don't have too much fun.

  • Your wife has some amazing recipes to help busy Mom's like me! She is amazing and I am sure you feel the same. Please tell her Happy Birthday from our family!!
    In Christ, Aimee'

  • JoAnn

    Southern Plate is GREAT!
    I hope you get your wife something really special for her birthday.

  • hers6

    I really love your wifes blog. Hope you remember her birthday while you are at Disney (her alltime favorite place). lol!

  • At that point I had no idea that it would take me where I am today with this site. I want to know where are you today know?

  • golfman_story

    Great post, really help me alot. Thanks.

  • About 2.5 years ago gave me a call and asked me what I thought about Blogging. I’ll fully admit that at that point which is quite true in sense.