The SolidWorks User Group Network Turns 10

In the fall of 1999, several SolidWorks user group leaders were contacted by Carol Faiola, a Marketing representative at SolidWorks Corporation.  I was one of the lucky ones along with Mark Peters, Michelle Pillers, and Scott Bemis that were asked to travel to Concord for a discussion about SolidWorks User Groups. 

Over the course of the day-long meeting, we kicked around a lot of ideas and put a plan in place to create a national body that would help broaden the reach of SolidWorks User Groups.

The SolidWorks National User Group (SNUG) was born that day and became an official body on March 7th, 2000.  10 years later SNUG is now known as SWUGN (SolidWorks User Group Network), but the mission remains the same – bringing SolidWorks users together to learn from each other.

Over the course of our week long celebration, we'll look back over the last ten years of the SWUGN Committee and the SolidWorks User Group Network.  Some pretty amazing things have happened since that day in 1999, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.


Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle