A Week in Sunny Florida

I spent the better part of last week driving around the southern end of Florida and attending SOLIDWORKS user group meetings.  The weather was perfect, the roads were beautiful, and the user group meetings were terrific as always.

Roberto Ansourian

My first trip to the South Florida SOLIDWORKS User Group was also the first time I’ve met group leader Roberto Ansourian.  Stephen Petrock from  ModernTech did an excellent Tips and Tricks with a “Jeopardy Theme”, and I got to throw out a few more Tips and some new stuff in SOLIDWORKS 2014.  Overall a very nice meeting.





John Fox and Casey Gorman

On Wednesday I headed up the road to Melbourne to help Casey Gorman and John Fox celebrate the groups’ 10th anniversary.  Casey and John told the group how they met more than ten years ago while both were interested in starting a group.  Fate (and a local reseller) brought them together and the rest is history.  Congratulations to both of you, and I look forward to the next 10 years.




Paul Chagnon

The last stop was back were I started the week in Tampa Bay.  Paul Chagnon may not look happy in the picture, but I assure you he was giddy as the attendees starting flowing in.  Several of us got into a spirited discussion about Rapid Prototyping before the meeting started, and then were blown away by presentations from Tim Paris (ModernTech) and Carl Scheible (The Solid Experts).  That made three great meetings in a row!!





Thanks to all of the group leaders and officers for making my trip special.  Special thanks Roberto and Paul for changing their schedules to accommodate my trip.  I’m looking forward to another round of meetings in Florida later this year.





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