The 2015 SWUGN Awards

Please congratulate the 2015 SWUGN Award winners!

William, Nicole, and Jeff

It’s always an honor to jump up onstage each year at SOLIDWORKS World to talk a little bit about SOLIDWORKS User Groups, and especially to hand out the annual SWUGN Awards.  Please help me congratulate this years winners.

User Group of the Year – New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group
William Radigan and the members of the New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group had a great 2015.  Overall attendance was way up, the group attracted some very unique guests and speakers, and they reached out to the extended SOLIDWORKS Community to provide a forum for students and student teams to share and learn.  Congratulations to the entire group!

User Group Leader of the Year – Nicole Walden, Chattanooga SOLIDWORKS User Group
Since coming on the scene more than eleven years ago, Nicole has been responsible for three different SOLIDWORKS User groups in three different states.  All three groups are still going strong. For the past few years, Nicole has taken on the added responsibility of driving the SWUGLe event, a post SOLIDWORKS World gathering of group leaders and officers from around the world.

Michelle Pillers SWUGN Community Award – Jeff Holliday, Mid-Atlantic Region Independent SOLIDWORKS User Group
In spite of a late year health scare, Jeff was back at work, back to his user group, and back answering questions for SOLIDWORKS users via the forums in just a few weeks.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Jeff is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  I was very happy to present him with this award.

Congratulations to all of our SWUGN Award winners, and thank you to all of the user group leaders and officers that help make SWUGN the best user community in the CAD industry.

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