LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – April 28, 2010. The Network Professional Association® (NPA), in conjunction with Interop, Microsoft, GITCA, Cisco Press, and TechTeam announce four individuals as winners of the ninth annual Awards for Professionalism. The international contest for the Awards for Professionalism honors individuals working as network computing professionals. Selection is based on meeting the ideals of the Network Professional Association, the advocate for the network computing professional. Winners will receive a specially designed personalized trophy, a one-year membership in the NPA and a Cisco Press prize pack with multiple books of their choice. Read the story at www.AwardsforProfessionalism.org.

Congratulations to our esteemed winners in the following categories (click the winner's name to read more):

The Best Networking Professional
               Career Achievement Award

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated the highest levels of integrity, professionalism and ethics throughout their career. Joseph F. Sifer is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President with over 20 years of experience in information technology (IT) and telecommunications systems consulting. He is the officer-in-charge of program support for the Army, National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve as well as the officer-in-charge of the Firm’s networking engineering capabilities.

Professional Excellence and Innovation Award:
             Corporate Small Business

Honors the network computing professional who has made the most effective combination of the ideals of professionalism and the innovative use of networking technology and/or products for a particular networking project.. Zachary Schuler founded Cal Net Technology Group in 1995 in order to fill a growing need for quality technology consulting services for the small and middle market. Zack’s leadership, dedication and focus have helped build Cal Net into a thriving company of talented technology consultants and engineers, relied upon by hundreds of businesses and considered by Microsoft as one of their top partners in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Mentor Award

Honors the networking professional who has made the most effective combination of the ideals of professionalism and the accomplished mentor. This year’s winner, ChandraShekar Thota started a unique and first of its kind community website in Hyderabad exclusively for developers working on Microsoft technologies. He encourages techies to become active speakers, mentors and authors. He trained and introduced many new speakers to Community through an innovative concept speaker builder. He initiated the author builder concept there by directed many no-vice to write professional articles and formed a team which is progressing towards publishing many technical e-books, books.

Top of the Mark - Volunteer Award

Honors the networking professional who has made the most effective combination of the ideals of professionalism and is a notable example of the best in giving back through selfless effort. Rahul Nathan volunteers a large amount of time leading groups such as My-TUG (Mysore Technology User Group) and MY-TDG (Mysore Technology Developer Group) which focus on Microsoft Technologies like the Windows Server, Exchange Server, Dot Net and SQL Server. He has also lead the Microsoft SQL Server Chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (SQL PASS) in Mysore and Bangalore IT Pro Users Group.


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