Who put together the SunReunion 2.0 event
Some members from the SunReunion 2.0 Planning Committee: Martin Hack, Susane Berger, Greg Chabrier, Nancy Hauge Alan Butler, Amy Fay, Gloria George, Benito Aguila, Linda Popky
SunReunion2.0 Team takes a break from planning a great event
Some of the SunReunion2.0 committee posing in their favorite Sun wear (9.16.2019)
Alan has made a 35 year career of asking for forgiveness
rather than permission – across the industry. From the time he left Cork, Ireland at the tender age of 18 to spend 22 years at Sun, he has lived by connecting the cross domain dots to understand partnership at its core, something he's carried to Dell Technologies, Red Hat, and beyond.
The original business plan did NOT call for 4 kids and then marrying into 3 more, and Greg is still trying to figure out how this happened. Greg spends his time keeping track of the last two kids (girls – going into their Senior Year of HS) and enjoying the wineries in Livermore.
Amy put the Sun in Sunrise Club for more years than any of us can remember and she has the stories to prove it. She is the only one who can separate truth from myth for all tales of the infamous Palm Springs Sales meeting and beyond. She is grateful to Sun for her son who is the joy of her life. For Amy – life is an event!
Nancy was startled to realize that her badge number and her age are now the same: 586!
Nancy is grateful to Sun for many things, but probably most grateful for teaching her to drop the F-Bomb. Consulting Adult blog
Seventeen years after leaving Sun, Linda is still trying to figure out what Scott meant by "You chose marketing. Deal with it." When not working on the SunReunion, she has her own strategic marketing company, plays classical and jazz piano, and hangs out with her Siberian Husky.
Amazingly, Benny never worked at Sun but through hearing all the event stories from Amy, he foolishly thought this would be fun. She also tricked him into thinking he would get Sun stock that would be worth a fortune, but then again, didn't we all? To show our gratitude for his time and expertise, we are making Benny an honorary ex-Sun employee.
You will more likely find Susane on a plane or a train than an office or at home. Susane is very fond of companies that start with S, like Sun and Salesforce. She's still loving the journey, while planning the passage to play and to do whatever she wants to do!
After over 30 years in the industry, Deepak has been thankful that he left HP for Sun, especially once he saw their "Take McNealy Out Campaign" didn't have a chance under the Sun of succeeding. In addition to remaining a TAIG member (in common with Vinod), he is delighted to continue working for Sun leadership at SAP today.
After a 13-year career in Finance at Sun where he paid sales people a LOT of comp, Bill spent another dozen years in sales at Sun and Oracle, taking home some of those commission checks for himself. He's since moved on to work for a number of other companies, but what he finds most gratifying are his work with non profits and time with family.
Karin founded SunSoft Press (books) before becoming intrigued with the WWW. She managed the talented software web team for 9 years before semi-retiring to the beautiful Oregon coast where she builds websites for corporate clients and charities and enjoys beach walks.
With 24 years at Sun (1986-2010) focusing on internal comms with WSUN and SunWeb, and the past 4 years at Oracle creating Sales training videos, Howard has come full circle back to his Fun Micro roots . . . driving social media for SunReunion 1
& 2.0 and looking for his #2109 badge. :-)
John has been thinking big thoughts and influencing the world for decades. He is responsible for coining the famous phrase "The Network is the Computer," without which Sun just would not have been Sun.
Gloria always wanted to be a Sun employee, and she got her wish in 1996 as employee #24969. She was a key contributer to multiple sales groups, following the philosophy "Kick butt and have fun." Gloria's missing her old Black Porsche Boxster with THXSUN plates.
Martin joined Sun in the mid 90s after failing to make the German National soccer team (true story). Of course he managed to move to the Bay Area, ending up being Mr. Trusted Solaris for a while and was a co-founder of Java FC (indoor soccer team). Post Sun, Martin co-founded a few security and machine learning startups and continues to invest in companies knowing "that you have no privacy, so get over it."
You, too, can sound like Ed if you go meet a customer! Shahin has fond memories of working with smart people to do the right thing on the E10K (best acquisition since Babe Ruth!), Sun Fire, WWPM, and many more. He's now at OrionX.net with Sun colleagues, where the logo is Sun purple and orange.
Tom is not sure how he managed to get on this team, but as Sun employee #8, he helped put the Network in the Computer. He also managed to find his wife JoAnn at Sun and they've been married since 1986.
Joanne is best known for her career in Sales and Marketing. Now she's equally known as the wife of Clark Masters, the Father of Sun's E10K. She still loves selling and marketing and does so through their consulting firm, Masters and Masters.
Mike started at Sun in 1984 as a temp, became full time the next year, found his wife Lisa at Sun, and got married in 1990. His focus on corporate security included securing Scott's house and dealing with many interesting situations we can't discuss here. Mike is still at Oracle, meaning this adventure is now coming up on 35 years.
In another life, Cindee would be a celebrity chef and author/blogger focusing on food, cooking, and travel adventures. Instead, she channels that creativity into her role at OrionX, a technology marketing company (and into planning her next travel destination!).
Roy has spent thirty years in high technology with specialties in technology background in software, storage and security areas. As a venture capitalist, Roy particularly enjoys working with companies and helping them grow.
Like most, Markus had a fantastic time working at Sun, from 1999 to 2010. It's never been confirmed whether it was coincidence or not that he almost exclusively worked for and with other alumni ever since. He might be the only person to ever put an RFID tag on Scott's badge.
Susan was a starving student at Cal when she "borrowed" a Sun Microsystems mug from a fellow resident doing an internship at Sun. She finally joined Sun in 2000 in Market Development. Boomerang back in 2008 to join the Solaris product team. Now she's in product marketing for the hottest tech of the day, you guessed it, Containers!