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Each year Connect Worldwide recognizes an outstanding volunteer and an individual or group within HPE that goes above and beyond to support Connect with their time and talents. The Connect board of directors reviews the nominations and selects the winners. Due to the number of outstanding Connect volunteers who help support and grow the Connect global community, it has increasingly difficult to choose just one winner from each category. We extend a special thank you to this year's winners and all of our engaged volunteers.

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Steve  Davidek is the IT Manager for the City of Sparks in Nevada. Starting his career in 1984, Steve has over 36 years of experience in the IT industry working with HPE Servers, Storage, and Networking.  At the City of Sparks, he manages 20+ HP Proliant Servers – blade and rack, 5 3Par arrays, implements Aruba Networking, manages virtual servers and desktops, and maintains HP PCs and notebooks for nearly 500 users.  As a volunteer for the HPE User Groups, Steve has served at the local level as a chapter president, and has also led advocacy efforts for the past 18 years across the globe. Steve served as a member of the Connect Board of Directors for 2 years as President and as past-president. Steve currently supports the HPE User Community as the official emcee for Connect’s Tech Forums at the HPE Discover events.


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Iain Liston-Brown passed Radio Amateurs Examination at the age of 14. He was the Chair of Governors at a local Secondary (High) School with approximately 1300 students from Grades 7 through 13. Iain is a Liasion Officer and Committee Volunteer for BITUG, the British Isles NonStop User Group, a "not for profit" independent user group organization. He organizes community events and specializes in Customer Management, Business Requirements Definitions, Financial Business Cases, NonStop Architecture & Solutions, Team Leadership and Manufacturing & Finance. Iain achieved the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 "Advanced" certificate in 2010.

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