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A couple of months ago an opportunity unexpectedly made its way into my life that would offer something different for my career.  At first I ignored it, but after a while I started thinking about the possibilities before me.  There were a couple of job openings at this “little” company, which you may have heard of before, Microsoft, that intrigued me.  I began asking myself, “Self, would you ever leave Sparkhound and if you would what would the job have to be like.”  Well, I wasn’t exactly sure, but this opportunity definitely was a possibility.  My wife and I discussed it and decided to just roll the dice and see what happens.  It is a bitter sweet moment, but I am excited to say that two months later the opportunity has become a reality and I have accepted a position with Microsoft.  I will be starting my new role as a .NET Premier Field Engineer (PFE) on October 24th.

I still absolutely love Sparkhound and will be a Sparky for life.  In fact, if things don’t work out with Microsoft, I will be on the phone with Kimmel, Noah, Mike, or Shawn asking to rejoin the team.  I’ve been a Sparky for many years now and I have helped this company grow from 20 to where it is today (not at all just me of course).  I’ve faced many wonderful and challenging days there and have grown with the company.  I’m proud of what the company has become and where it is striving to be.  I have made many lifelong friendships there so my ties won’t be going away.  I will continue to be involved in the technical community with user groups, but may have to take a breather from time to time for travel purposes.  It’s in my blood!

So what is this new job?  Well, the PFE role is part of the Premier Services team at Microsoft and is responsible for having the most advanced knowledge in a product and technology at MS, level 400.  There are only a couple of roles at MS that are expected to have this depth of knowledge and two of them are the actual product team members and the premier field engineers.  When the premier customers get in a jam and are having issues with the mission critical applications in the production setting and can’t figure them out I will help them.  I will be building and giving training workshops to customers, performing code and architectural reviews, as well creating tools, code examples, and best practice documentation.  There will be lot of training and travelling for the first year, but I will be based out of Baton Rouge.

I am looking forward to an awesome adventure with my new employer, Microsoft, and the family is ready to start another chapter in our life.

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:49 PM | Back to top


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Congrats! Welcome to the party :)
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Thanks Chris! I am looking forward to it.
Left by Mike Huguet on Oct 03, 2011 7:22 AM

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Congratulations! Hope they know what a wonderful asset you will be to the team @ Microsoft!
Left by Marquez, Sandra on Oct 04, 2011 1:24 PM

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Many congrats Mike, incredible how much has changed. Will be at Houston TechFest and would love to catch up with you.
Left by Brent Phillips on Oct 04, 2011 10:17 PM

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That is wonderful news, Mike. You are the best man for the job.
Left by Calvin Fabre on Oct 04, 2011 11:34 PM

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Well done! You definitely are spot on for that job. Now, about my enterprise agreement...I kid, I kid!
Left by Jon Dalberg on Oct 05, 2011 8:57 AM

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Mike, I am thrilled and happy for you.
Left by Huey Tran on Oct 21, 2011 9:14 AM

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Mike, I am glad to hear of your new opportunity. Mike, I wish nothing but the best for you and your family. I thank you for the opportunity you gave me some 4 years ago.
Left by Kevin Carlton on Nov 30, 2011 10:29 AM

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Hi,
I'm having an interview with MS on the 29 February (which is kind of special, come to think of it, can only happen once every 4 years, I just realized), for a PFE opening in Belgium, but I'm not sure what to expect from this job. I'm not a developer, I'm a pretty good all-round support engineer and I managed to survive both the dotcom bubble and the financial crisis, but I'm not exactly a specialist in any domain. Does this mean I'll get trained in a particular domain?
Thanks for your help,
Koen
Left by Koen De Beer on Feb 08, 2012 7:43 AM

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