This Time You Get to Ask Questions…

Bertrand Sicot was introduced as the new CEO of SolidWorks in front of nearly 5,000 people at SolidWorks World 2010 in San Antonio.  SolidWorks World is a great event, bit it isn't exactly the best place to have a question and answer session with the attendees.

If you live anywhere near Atlanta, Greenville, or Raleigh, you are about to get your chance to meet Bertrand up close and in person.  Bertrand will be attending user group meetings in all three cities May 24th – May 26th.  He will take this opportunity to introduce himself to the SolidWorks User Group community and talk about his vision for the future of the company, the upcoming SolidWorks 2012 Beta program, and also provide another look at some of the new functionality you can expect from SolidWorks 2012.  There will be ample time and opportunity for questions as well.

Atlanta SolidWorks User Group – May 24th, 5:00pm to 8:30pm
The first stop on the "tour" is the Atlanta SolidWorks User Group.  Tom Ellis has been leading this user group for more than 6 years.  Meetings are held every two months at various locations around the Atlanta Metro region.  The turnout will be large, the food will be great, and Tom will be smiling as usual.

Greenville SolidWorks User Group – May 25th, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
The sleepy little town of Greenville, SC is the home of the Greenville SolidWorks User Group.  This group really turns it on when it comes to attendance, averaging over 85 attendees per meeting for the past two years.  The steering committee consists of some well-known names in the SolidWorks Community including Mickey Dorsey, Christine Longwell, and the group leader Marc Monaghan.  The committee meets regularly to make sure the GSWUG members are treated to first-class meetings.

Research Triangle Park SolidWorks User Group – May 26th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The "tour" finishes up in Cary, NC with a visit to the Research Triangle Park SolidWorks User Group.  Mike King and Deb Heller have been at the helm for a long time now, and since 2005 have been meeting just about every month.  I had a chance to meet Deb at a SWUGN Summit last year, but this will be the first time I've seen the user group in action.  We also get a nice bonus – a tour of Mike's companies facility – [TC]2.

I'm excited about this trip for a lot of reasons.  Each group is allowing me to do the technical portion of the evening, and I'm ready to go with my annual "What's REALLY New" presentation.  I always enjoy doing this session, and now I get to do it three nights in a row.

Check out the SWUGN "Find a Group" page, enter your zip code, and find out which meeting is closest to you.  We hope to see you there.

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