30 Years in a One Week Span

I spent last week in the Southeastern US visiting three SOLIDWORKS User Groups, all celebrating their 10th anniversaries.  It was a great trip, good people, and good food!

My first stop was Atlanta where Tom Ellis has been holding down the fort for 6 – 7 years now (neither of us could remember if it was 6 or 7).


It was also nice to see former Western Ontario SOLIDWORKS User Group leader Malay Dasai, and, look who made a surprise appearance:

Former Cincinnati group leader Jeff Arthur.

Next up was the WNC-Asheville SOLIDWORKS User Group, currently headed up by Phil Behm.  The group’s founder, Wes Cobb, was also on hand, and it was nice to see him after all these years.  It was a good crowd, a good meeting, and I got some Carolina BBQ.

Richard, Phil Behm, and Wes Cobb

Finally I landed (okay, drove) into Columbia, South Carolina for my first visit to the Palmetto SOLIDWORKS User GroupTony Cantrell is the founder and current group leader, and served on the SWUGN Committee as the Southeastern US representative for four years.


All in all it was a really great trip.  Congratulations to Tom, Phil, and Tony, as well as to the support structure each group leader has in place.  It’s a team effort sometimes, and these groups have the right team.

PS – as a former avid golfer, the chance to see Augusta National as I drove back to Atlanta for my flight home was too good to pass up.  I’m a little disappointed that this was the best I could do.

Augusta National Main Entrance




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