The candidates for the PASS Board of Directors are a great group of people, and I consider each one of them friends. Each one of them, if elected, will do a great job bringing their talent and experience to the task of leading this organization that has helped all of us become better at everything surrounding SQL Server. There are two candidates, specifically, that I believe are best suited to the demands (and there are incredible demands) and responsibilities of the board of directors.
Allen Kinsel has proven that he understands the requirements and commitments of the PASS director. He opened up the process of how the selection process worked as Program chair and as head of the Chapter program has helped countless user group chapters come into being and thrive. I think this success warrants a return to the board.
As founder of SQL Cruise Tim Ford has built an organization that provides both great SQL Server training and fun times with family, both personal family and #SQLFamily. During these trips attendees spend time learning SQL Server, getting to know each other and the instructors, and building the relationships that make what we do so rewarding. He's also taken the helm of the SQL track at SQLConnections. His volunteer experience with PASS goes back over 10 years and so brings a track record of service along with his leadership and dedication.
As I mentioned before, the other candidates are friends as well, and each one of them will do well for PASS, but I felt it important to single out both Allen and Tim, and I hope you'll carefully consider your choices and cast your vote when the polls open.