Bill Casnovsky – Central Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group (CTSUG) – Austin, TX
“I have learned that it is a lot fun and a privilege to lead a user group. I love to watch people leave the meeting satisfied and pumped. The occasional comment ‘that was a great meeting!’ gives me much joy.”
Who is Bill Casnovsky and what does he do? “I am the Owner/Principal of CAZ DEZIGN. I do Product & Mechanical design on a variety of products including wired/wireless dispatch equipment for the trucking industry , User Control units for Super Maxi Racing Yachts and Test Equipment used on vessels (ships) conducting off-shore Seismic exploration. “
Not only is Bill the owner of CAZDEZIGN, but he is also the leader of the Central Texas User Group. He took over for Richard Doyle and at first, he was a little intimidated; “My mind was telling me ‘every engineer in the audience is smarter than you are. Do not screw up!’” His nervousness must have gone away, because he’s now in his tenth year!
When asked what the best meeting he’s ever had was, Bill responded: “I recall an especially good meeting when a group of young High School Students demonstrated their robotic project to the group. This was followed by a student of mine (I used to teach SOLIDWORKS at the Community College) talking about the launch of his new product. The interest of the audience coupled with the energy of passionate designer/presenters was bouncing off the walls. The tool used: SOLIDWORKS “
What was the worst meeting Bill has ever had? “I do not think any of the meetings were ever bad. It was touch-n-go a couple of times when a presenter cancelled 1 hour before the meeting and when a live presentation over the Web suffered equipment failure. I vowed from then on to always host presenters live & present in the room. “
Although the CTSUG is very large with over 100 members with an average of 30+ attending each meeting, Bill wants it to grow. So, why should people join a user group? “You get to meet, learn, and share ideas with people who are excited and skilled in SOLIDWORKS. You get to take a peek at how others use the software. And, you get to see the resulting product. This experience is only available at User Group meetings.”
If that wasn’t reason enough to join, Bill adds: “A User Group Meeting is the only venue you can attend, get free food, and receive a door prize absent of any pressure to purchase something.”
Since 1996, SOLIDWORKS User Groups have been a valuable resource for SOLIDWORKS users all over the world. The SWUGN Committee and DS SOLIDWORKS provide ample support, but the real stars are the SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders. Every week or so we’ll spotlight one of our group leaders and the local user group chapter that they are responsible for leading.