Application for: Steve VandenBush
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Who? (Tell us about you. Your name, where you work, etc. Anything relevant to the Application.)
Steve VandenBush, Geekhive, Technical Lead, Sitecore Development Lead, and Junior Janitor at Geekhive?
Why Me? (Here is your chance to explain why people need to vote for you. What contributions have you made to help the community.)
Why Me? To answer your question with another question: why not me, is it my beautiful face? Joking aside, being on the production team, the front lines of billable for a consulting company, your primary focus is developing and engineering things. Between code commits, there is the tech lead role of making sure to lead your complementary developers down the right path, which usually involves teaching them the right and wrong way to do things. While also being Drupal and Kentico certified (and yes some active development) I bring a very pragmatic insight to Sitecore, which usually involves me putting together PoCs, code sampling things out, and eventually blogging/sharing my findings and code snippets to the rest of the community in the hopes of saving anyone from pulling out their hair. Billable and personal time permitting, I try to help out on Slack, SSE, and Twitter, answering questions that I have run into and some I haven’t (only after trying to confirm on my own time how to resolve someones questions). While I may not be as active on some channels as some of the top-tier MVPs, I do try to give back to the community when I feel I have something to give, especially when the community has gotten me out of binds more than I can count. Anyways, thank you for even reading this far!