My favorite TLA of the month is MVE!

Huh what, MVE, don’t you mean MVP?

Ha, that’s what everyone familiar with Microsoft’s MVP program may think but no, I really mean MVE.

Please allow me to elaborate a little.

It all started the 11th of January when I received an email titled “You have been nominated for an MVE Award”, sent by Experts Exchange.

The first lines of the email read: “Congratulations! You have been selected as a candidate for the inaugural Experts Exchange Most Valuable Expert of the Year Award.”

This was surely a surprise for me, to be honest I hadn’t even heard that such an award existed.  And wow, Most Valuable Expert of the Year, darn, didn’t see that one coming!

About a week later, an explanation on what those awards actually are was published on EE’s Company blog. Here’s a small excerpt:

The Most Valuable Experts are very much the heroes of Experts Exchange who quietly achieve greatness. They strive to solve people’s technology problems, improve others appreciation of technology and make a real difference among those whom ask for help. They do so with a professionalism and commitment that makes them stand out in the community.

Then on the 3rd of February, I received another email, titled “You are a 2012 MVE Award Winner”.

First lines: “Congratulations! You are amongst an elite group chosen to represent Experts Exchange in 2012 as a Most Valuable Expert.”

Wow, so I even managed to win that award!  With the huge number of active experts at EE, over 50.000, I was really curious to find out how many of my peers had gotten it as well.

Some more days went by and finally all winners were announced in EE’s Company blog.  So it seems there are 12 experts worldwide who can be proud to call themselves winner of the Most Valuable Experts Awards 2012!

A couple of the names were new to me, especially the experts in non-SQL Server territory, while others, such as Kevin Cross, were very familiar.

Congrats to all winners, and a huge thank you to anyone involved in the election process!  I’ll do my best to keep it up! Smile

And remember: have fun!



What are the Most Valuable Expert Awards 2012?

Meet the 2012 Most Valuable Experts


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  1. Jason Thomas’s avatar

    Congrats Valentino!!! Well deserved and not at all surprising :)


    1. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

      Thank you Jason! :)


  2. Kevin Cross’s avatar

    Congratulations, Valentino! Thank you for the shout out, too. :)


    1. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

      Hey Kevin,

      Thank you, and you’re welcome!

      Cya @EE,


  3. Mark Wills’s avatar

    Mate, congratulations. Well deserved.

    The MVE award is destined to become a great thing, for great people :)


    1. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

      Thanks Mark, and I sure hope so :)

      BTW: can you send some warm air/sunshine in our direction? Spring seems to have some trouble getting started, we’re back down to freezing point :/

      Cya @EE,


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