At IBM Connect, the IBM Champions program announced a new Champions award in Social Business—a Lifetime Achievement award.
This recognition, currently only awarded in the Social Business area, recognizes IBM Champions who stand above their peers for service to the community. Over multiple years, these IBM Champions consistently excel and positively impact the community. They lead by example, are passionate about sharing knowledge, and provide constructive feedback to IBM. The Lifetime Achievement award provides automatic re-nomination into the IBM Champion program for the duration of the program, plus other benefits.
For this first year of the award, two honorees were selected: Gabriella Davis and Theo Heselmans.
Gabriella is a long-standing member of the community and a prolific promoter of IBM technology. Gabriella is widely regarded as an expert in her field by peers and is known for her deeply technical expertise. She shares her knowledge generously and widely with clients through her many consulting engagements and with colleagues and the community through writing on her blog, speaking engagements at conferences and many user groups, and answering questions in the community.
Theo Heselmans, another long-stand member of the community, currently runs the largest user group event in Europe, Engage, and is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in all things ESS. In addition to all the work he does to run the Engage conference, Theo also supports and sponsors many other user groups and is a founding member of the world wide independent user group alliance.
Both Gabriella and Theo have been IBM Champions since the program started in Enterprise Social Software and are key elements in making the Social Business and Champions communities as vibrant as they are today. Based on the reactions when their names were announced, the community agrees that they were extremely deserving of the award.
Congratulations to Gabriella and Theo!