Your Seattle Survival Guide: where to go, who to see

How great is Seattle? You’ve got some of the best coffee in the world, breathtaking views from the Washington State ferries, Safeco Field, Mount Rainier National Park, Capitol Cider and, of course, Pike Place.

But once you’ve savored a rich cup of Joe at La Marzocco and nearly gotten knocked out by a 20-pound halibut sailing through the air at the fish market, you may be wondering what to do next.

Come say hi to us.

We’re ready and waiting to get to know you better at PASS Summit. We’re in booth 212 and we have some of the coolest giveaways at pretty much any tradeshow ever – imagine going home with an Oculus Virtual Reality System, a drone, a smart watch or even a smart speaker. And we also have some of the most innovative solutions for SQL Server out there right now. But the real reason to come say hi, is that we’ve got some of the best people you’re gonna meet in Seattle.

We’re different – different good.

See, we’re not here to push products down your throat. We’re not here to talk at you like some of the other experts might. We’re here to listen. Because there’s truly nothing we’re more passionate about than hearing your challenges and working together to solve them.

We’re back to being Quest®, and we’re taking you to the future.

Great Scott, have we gone back to our roots! We’re getting out there in the community and delivering powerful toolsets that include all the functionality SQL Server pros like you are asking for. So come discover exciting new ways to work with databases, earn a bunch of raffle tickets and, best of all, meet some new friends.

Who are we?

Well, this is us:

Megan Cynaumon

Megan lives in Orange County, CA, and has worked in marketing at Quest for six years. She’s the marketing manager for Quest’s Information Management business, promoting products like Toad®, Spotlight®, and SharePlex®. She loves reading new books with her book club, working out, soaking up sunshine at the beach and watching an amazing sunset.

What she’s most excited for at PASS: Meeting new and potential customers

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “It means your future hasn't been written yet; no one's has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.”

Laurie Geers

Laurie manages the advertising and social media for our Information Management business unit. If you see an ad or a social media post about one of our awesome products, like Toad, SharePlex, Foglight® or Spotlight, chances are it’s from her. A lover of all things marketing, PASS Summit will be Laurie’s first conference with Quest. In her free time she enjoys traveling to new places (she tries to see at least two new countries each year), visiting Disneyland, hiking and wine tasting.

Why she’s excited about PASS Summit: It’s her first conference since working for Quest. So she’s looking forward to interacting with customers and hearing how Quest products make their lives easier. She’s also looking forward to meeting coworkers whom she’s only interacted with via email or calls.

Favorite quote from the “Back to the Future” trilogy: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

Jason Hall

Jason is a systems consultant specializing in database performance monitoring and high availability. In Jason’s 13 years at Quest, he has helped numerous customers maintain mission-critical SQL Server environments, with optimal performance and uptime. Jason is a huge baseball fan (let’s go, Mets!) and has visited all 30 major league baseball stadiums in his travels.

Why he’s excited about PASS Summit: The chance to reconnect with the hundreds of customers and friends he’s had to good fortune of interacting with. PASS Summit is like a huge family reunion of sorts, offering a great chance to get together, swap stories and have a good time.

Favorite quote from the “Back to the Future” trilogy: “1.21 Gigawatts!!!!”

Robert Pound

Robert Pound is a product technologist for Quest in the Information Management group. Robert delivers web content for the database management products, so chances are if you are trying to figure out how to get the most out of Toad or if you’re looking for more info on a certain feature, you may be watching a video or reading a blog that he created. He has been with Quest since 2013 and has a range of different roles around database management and data protection.

Robert has two happy, healthy kids that keep him busy. In his fleeting spare time, he likes to mess around with Unity3D to build out games. He is a Steven King fan and likes camping/hiking and is a recent motorcycle enthusiast (CB350F).

Why he’s excited about PASS Summit: What he likes about PASS is that he always learns something new. Whether it’s new information on SQL Server, industry news or how customers have been empowered through Quest tools, there is invariably something new that he takes away from PASS Summit. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with the Quest family.

Claudia Coleman

Claudia is a senior product marketing manager at Quest, managing the database performance monitoring product portfolio. She is a familiar face at PASS Summit and a behind-the-scenes product marketing maniac. She’s passionate about Foglight, Spotlight and LiteSpeed® and just loves hanging out with DBAs. Claudia lives up in the clouds in California’s Enchanted Forrest (yes, really!) and loves hiking, gardening and creating magical fairy gardens.

Why she’s excited about PASS Summit: It’s her favorite event of the year and she can’t wait to connect with customers, colleagues, the PASS staff and the entire SQL Server community. She also loves Seattle in the fall. It’s going to be another great event!

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”:  "Heavy. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?”

Gary Jerep

Gary has more than 16 years at Quest, specializing in the database management solutions within the Information Management business segment. Prior to joining Quest, Gary spent more than 10 years in large IT mainframe shops doing mostly systems analysis, design and employing operations research methods to optimize operational process flows. Outside of work, Gary enjoys family time, is active in his church community, and enjoys hiking, biking, tennis and woodworking.

Why he’s excited about PASS Summit: He’s looking forward to hearing what our customers are doing (always his favorite part).

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”:  “I'm your density. I mean... your destiny.”

Steve Yraceburn

Steve is the national account manager for our database performance monitoring solutions, Foglight and Spotlight, as well as our SQL Server backup/restore solution, LiteSpeed for SQL Server. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and twin seven-year-old boys, staying active by surfing and running, and he also enjoys trying different beers.

Why he’s excited about PASS Summit: Connecting with customers to understand their database goals and challenges and discussing how we can add value.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “What are you looking at, Butthead?”

Martin Wild

Martin is a pre-sales systems consultant for Quest Information Management in the EMEA region, working in the UK. He has been with Quest since 2004, focusing on the database performance monitoring database tools and replication solutions.

He presents at SQL Server events such as SQL Bits and SQL Saturdays. In his spare time, he likes cycling or walking.

Why he’s excited about PASS Summit: Meeting up with his US colleagues and getting the chance to talk to our customers about their current challenges and goals.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sLnnjHjDgE

Corinne Mayans

Corinne Mayans is the director of user experience for Quest’s Information Management business unit. Corinne and her team are responsible for the research and design of Quest products like Spotlight, Toad Edge™, and SharePlex. You can often find her on ToadWorld.com and SpotlightEssentials.com, making improvements and looking for clues about how to make our products even better. In her free time, Corinne enjoys spending time with her family, teaching her daughters how to code and cheering on the Kansas City Royals.

Why she’s excited about PASS Summit: She’s always seeking feedback for herself and her team so they can prioritize efforts that make customers’ lives easier. She’s also excited to have the opportunity to hear about what problems customers are trying to solve and brainstorm ways to help. Ask her how you can get involved in our design research panels where you can advise on new products and receive great incentives.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future“: “I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.”

Darren Mallette

Darren lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and has been a sales engineer specializing in Quest's database and virtualization products for more than 17 years. He enjoys racing karts, playing basketball and lifting weights. Before Quest, Darren worked as an Oracle DBA/developer for seven years.

Why he’s excited about PASS Summit: Seeing how Foglight Performance Investigator is received along with the other vendor parties!

Favorite “Back to the Future” scene: When the Delorean DMC-12 hits 88 mph – science fiction at its finest!

Social: @DarrenM898

Email: Darren.Mallette@Quest.com

Ashley Stanchfield

Ashley is a field marketing manager for all four business units at Quest, though Information Management is her favorite. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and two black labs and sampling the new breweries popping up in Austin, Texas!

What she’s most excited for at PASS: It’s her first time going to PASS and Seattle! She’s looking forward to meeting new and old customers and learning how we can better support them.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?”

Lior Asta

Lior translates Spotlight Cloud and Foglight ideas into actual use cases, dashboards and user interactions to provide the most attractive Spotlight Cloud UX, helping to build a great new product.

Lior enjoys brewing beer, traveling and exploring both new and old music.

What Lior is most excited for at PASS: Meeting Spotlight and Foglight customers and listening to their needs and ideas as well as hearing about the way they see our products.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.”

Richard Rowe

Richard is a user experience designer on the Spotlight team. He works on the design of our products like Spotlight Cloud (which will be released soon!) and Spotlight Extensions for SQL Server Management Studio. Richard helps ensure the features we include for performance monitoring add value and are easy to use and understand. He and his team draw on the expertise and experience of our domain experts and on research and user testing. Outside of work, he likes to play a sport that isn’t well known -- underwater hockey! You read that correctly. This sport is played in swimming pools all around the world.

What he’s most excited for at PASS: Talking to PASS attendees and learning more about what they look for in their database monitoring tools. Oh, and John's magic show, of course. He’s definitely looking forward to that.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious $h*%."

Sarah Marks

Sarah provides inside sales support for our national database performance monitoring team, specifically in reference to Foglight for Cross-Platform Databases, Spotlight on SQL Server, and LiteSpeed. This will be Sarah’s third tradeshow with the company and she is very excited to meet the attendees! In her free time, Sarah is always up for random adventures, loves joking around with her best girlfriends, her monthly book clubs, gallery hop nights, puppies, happy hours on patios and all things Harry Potter!

What she’s most excited for at PASS: Meeting our current customers at the booth, attendees, and future customers.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “Your future hasn’t been written yet; no one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.” – Doc Brown

Anat Dror

Anat is a SQL Server and DB2 domain expert with more than 20 years of experience in a long list of IT-related roles. She has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. In her current role with Quest, she brings database performance management solutions to life. In her free time, she likes to read books, hike, cook and spend time with her family.

What she’s most excited for at PASS: She’s attended a few times before, including as a presenter, and always enjoys meeting other DBAs, exchanging ideas and learning something new.

Susan Wong

Susan has been a solutions architect for SharePlex since 1999 as well as for other database products like Foglight, Spotlight, Toad and LiveReorg. When she’s not helping businesses understand how they can use SharePlex to minimize database downtime, improve database performance and meet database project plans, Susan can be found on the tennis court, slicing shots and dicing her opponents. Whether it be traveling to present what SharePlex can do, or exploring obscure and not-so-obscure parts of the world, the travel bug is always present. What better way could there be to realize all the wonders life has to offer – bungee jumping in New Zealand, rock climbing in the Dolomites, skiing in Chile, hiking in Iceland, surfing in Costa Rica, scuba diving in the Bahamas or just jumping off rocks at Lake Powell.

What she’s most excited for at PASS: Besides having dinner at Purple and picking up Anthony’s fish and chips at the airport on the way home, she’s excited to show how SharePlex can help replicate to a SQL Server target on-premises, in the cloud or to Oracle. Having talked about this at previous PASS shows, she’s happy to announce its release.

Favorite quote from “Back to the Future”: “If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious $hi#.”

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