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Created in 2001 by Microsoft, the FoxPro Community Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who've made phenomenal contributions to the Visual FoxPro community.


Recipient in 2013: Andy Kramek

Presented by Rainer Becker at German DevCon 2013
Andy is an independent consultant and long-standing FoxPro developer. After many years working in England and Europe Andy moved to Akron, Ohio at the beginning of 2001. He and his wife, Marcia Akins, are joint owners of Tightline Computers Inc and they have, for many years, specialized in the development of customized data-centric software. As well as having been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional every year between 1998 and 2010 he is a Microsoft Certified Professional for Visual FoxPro in both Desktop and Distributed applications and has spoken at User Groups and Conferences all over the world.

In addition to helping write white papers on Visual FoxPro 7.0 for Microsoft, he was co-author of the monthly "Kitbox" column in Fox Talk Magazine, from April 1998 until its demise in 2009; partnered since December 2001 by his wife, Marcia Akins, he has 114 articles in that series to his credit. Andy also wrote a Visual FoxPro blog, more or less every two weeks between March 2005 and October 2009 covering a wide range of VFP and data-related topics

Book credits include "The Revolutionary Guide to Visual FoxPro OOP", Wrox Press, 1996 and, together with Marcia Akins and Rick Schummer, he co-wrote the very successful "1001 Things You Wanted to Know About VFP", Hentzenwerke Publishing, 2000 (which won the Universal Thread Members Choice Award 2001 for Best VFP Book). The same team re-assembled a year later to write “MegaFox: 1002 Things you Wanted to know about Extending VFP”, Hentzenwerke Publishing, 2002.

Although he has worked primarily as a Data Architect and Development DBA since 2009, Andy continues to use Visual FoxPro almost every day. In fact, his most recent project for a major Student Loan Insurance company relied heavily on Visual FoxPro's speed and data handling capabilities to extract and convert data from a legacy schema into a new, fully normalized SQL Server database.

Recipient in 2013: Marcia Akins

Presented by Rainer Becker at German DevCon 2013
Marcia is a long-standing Visual FoxPro developer who, after having been an independent consultant for 15 years, recently joined the staff at MBS. As well as having been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional every year between 1999 and 2009, she is a Microsoft Certified Professional for Visual FoxPro in both Desktop and Distributed applications and has spoken at User Groups and Conferences all over the world.

Marcia was co-author of the monthly "Kitbox" column in Fox Talk and Fox RockX Magazines from December 2001 until March 2009. Book credits include "1001 Things You Wanted to Know About VFP", Hentzenwerke Publishing, 2000 and “MegaFox: 1002 Things you Wanted to know about Extending VFP”, Hentzenwerke Publishing, 2002. She also developed the first PEM Editor (with help from Doug Hennig and Christof Wollenhaupt) for a conference session and later posted it on VFPx where it was taken over by Jim Nelson.

Recipient in 2013: Janis (formerly Jim) Booth

Presented by Doug Hennig at Southwest Fox 2013
Janis Booth is a database software developer currently employed by WebMD.com. In a previous life, known as Jim, she was an independent developer specializing in database software. She has written a number of books on the subject of Visual FoxPro software development with various coauthors and has been technical editor for books on Visual FoxPro programming and database software development. Jan has also written many articles for a number of technical journals for database software development. She has spoken at conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe. Jan has addressed many user groups both in the US and Canada. She has also taught programming in Visual FoxPro in the US and Europe.

Jan was first introduced to Fox developer community through Compuserve where she met some of the most knowledgeable and friendly people she has had the privilege of knowing. One of the many people who stand out in her memory is Tom Rettig, a child television star and later a guru of the highest level in the xBase developer world, Tom always made the people he met feel comfortable and important, she only hopes she was able to project a small piece of what she learned from Tom.

Recipient in 2013: Ted Roche

Presented by Doug Hennig at Southwest Fox 2013

Recipient in 2013: Sergey Berezniker

Presented by Doug Hennig at Southwest Fox 2013
Sergey Berezniker is Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP (2001-2010). Best known for technical support provided on Universal Thread.com and many articles posted on his web site sergey.berezniker.com. He has been active participant in VFP 8 and VFP 9 beta testing. He has extensive experience in designing database applications using Visual FoxPro and MS SQL Server.

Recipient in 2013: Mike Feltman

Presented by Toni Feltman at Southwest Fox 2013
Fox Software

  • Tech support lead, Technical marketing, Fox Forum Sysop, Fox Central development
  • Presented FoxBase & FoxPro at numerous user groups and trade shows and converted many dBase and Clipper users to Fox – most notably Jeff Winchell
President & Founder of F1 Technologies (FKA Neon Software)
  • Trained hundreds of developers throughout North America – including Rick Schummer :)
  • Developer FoxExpress 2.x, Award Winning Framework RAD/Tool for FoxPro 2.x
  • Developer Visual FoxExpress, Framework for Visual FoxPro
  • Wrote Articles for FoxPro Advisor, Database Advisor & Fox Talk
  • Publisher of Visual FoxPro Companion Products & Services Guide
  • Speaker at numerous conferences across North America & Europe including: Atout Fox (France), Conference to the Max (Netherlands), dDay, Dev TeachOffsite link to http://devteach.com, Essential Fox, Fox Teach, German FoxPro Developers Conference, Great Lakes Great Database Workshop, Southern California FoxPro Developers Conference, Southwest Fox, Virginia Beach/Potomac FoxPro Developers Conference, Visual FoxPro DevCon Praha (Czech Republic)
  • Technical Editor - "Building Visual FoxPro Applications with Visual FoxExpress"
  • Contributor to DBCX & ProjectHookX
  • Prolific contributor to the FoxPro Wiki
Recipient in 2012: Igor Vit

Presented by Rainer Becker at German DevCon 2012
Igor Vit is known within FoxPro community as "the one who organizes FoxPro DevCon in Prague". To make this definition more accurate, some adjustments have to be made.

FoxPro DevCon was taking place in Prague starting in 1999 and the last conference that included FoxPro topics took place in 2011 as part of a bigger conference. Also, it was a team work of many enthusiastic people in DAQUAS company that made this event so unique.

On top of his engagements with FoxPro DevCon, Prague, Igor Vit has been a long term FoxPro advocate within local community who still teaches FoxPro, and have organized numerous smaller events on various FoxPro related topics.
One of the activities that have made FoxPro so popular in Czech Republic and Slovakia was localizing software and documentation of FoxPro that Igor Vit was head of starting back in 1989 with the Czech release of Fox BASE.

Recipient in 2012: Craig Boyd

Presented by Rick Schummer at Southwest Fox 2012
Craig Boyd is the CEO of Sweet Potato Software, Inc. (SPS) and a Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP. Probably best known for his posts on the SPS Weblog, Craig has years of experience developing applications for US and International clients. Specializing in helping other software companies meet challenging deadlines, solve complex problems, and upgrade project interfaces, Craig has built a a solid reputation for getting jobs done on time and within budget.

Recipient in 2012: Cathy Knight

Presented by Tamar Granor at Southwest Fox 2012
Cathy Knight (formerly known as Cathy Pountney) has been developing software for three decades and is proud to have earned the Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP Award eight years in a row. She is equally proud to have had the opportunity to work as a subcontractor onsite in Redmond with the Microsoft Fox Team in 2001. Cathy enjoys writing articles for various Fox magazines as well as writing books. She authored "The Visual FoxPro Report Writer: Pushing it to the Limit and Beyond" and co-authored "Making the Most of Sedna and SP2", "Visual FoxPro Best Practices for the Next Ten Years", and "Inside FoxPro 2.5 for DOS". Cathy participates in her local FoxPro user group (Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group) and speaks at other user groups when time permits. She has spoken at numerous conferences including Great Lakes Great Database Workshop, Essential Fox, Devcon, Dev TeachOffsite link to http://devteach.com, DevCon Germany, and Southwest Fox. Her passion for writing reports in Visual FoxPro combined with her ability to make the VFP Report Writer do things it wasn't meant to do has caused the FoxPro Community to lovingly dub her "The Reporting Queen".

Recipient in 2011: Toni Feltman

Presented by Rick Schummer at Southwest Fox 2011
Toni Feltman was a Senior Support Tech and Sysop of Fox Forum on CompuServe back in the Fox Software days. She is also a well-known speaker and author, co-creator of Visual FoxExpress, co-creator of DBCX, and creator of ProjectHookX.

Recipient in 2011: Steven Black

Presented by Doug Hennig at Southwest Fox 2011
Steven Black is the creator and host of one of the most important VFP sites, the FoxWiki. He's a well-known author and speaker. Steve is one of the world's leading experts on localization; his famous INTL Toolkit has helped many VFP developers adapt their applications to other languages and cultures.

Recipient in 2011: Drew Speedie

Presented by Tamar Granor at Southwest Fox 2011
Drew Speedie spoke at just about every VFP conference and user group, was the first editor of FoxPro Advisor's Tips column, wrote numerous articles in Advisor, was Technical Editor of the first Hacker's Guide to Visual FoxPro, and coined the famous "LISA G" mnemonic (Load, Init, Show, Activate, and Got Focus) for the order of events when forms instantiate. Sadly, we lost Drew and his son Brent in 2005.

Recipient in 2010: Christof Wollenhaupt

Presented by Rainer Becker at German DevCon 2010
Christof Wollenhaupt specializes in FoxPro and .NET development and consulting. Having worked with FoxPro for more than 18 years he now has made every thinkable error in FoxPro personally. Customers around the world rely on his experience to learn from these mistakes. Christof is an international speaker at user group meetings and conferences and the organiser of the Hamburger Stammtisch für Datenbankentwickler, a monthly meeting for Microsoft database developers. Despite spending his time writing way over a hundred articles for various magazines, he was awarded the Microsoft MVP award every year since 1997. Christof authored the Guineu product family, a development environment that moves FoxPro forward to other platforms. For more information please visit http://www.foxpert.com and http://www.guineu.net.

Recipient in 2010: Jürgen "wOOdy" Wondzinski
Presented by Rainer Becker at German DevCon 2010

Jürgen Wondzinski, besser wohl bekannt unter "wOOdy", ist einer der bekanntesten Personen der FoxPro Szene im In- und Ausland. Seit 1983 mit der Programmierung beschäftigt, wechselte er 1988 von Basic zu FoxBase über, seit 1991 ist er mit FoxPro zugange. Man kennt ihn als Sprecher von allen deutschen FoxPro-Konferenzen genauso wie als "Zugpferd" aller Microsoft FoxPro Roadshows 94, 96 und 97 sowie der TechTalks 2001. Durchgehend seit 1996 bis 2009 bekam er von Microsoft die jährliche Auszeichnung zum MVP (Most Valuable Professional) für die hervorragenden Kenntnisse und Hilfsbereitschaft. Als Mitbegründer der ProLib Software GmbH und der ProLib Tools GmbH wurden er und seine Kollegen oft für FoxPro-Programmierung und Coaching angefordert. Neben Visual Basic.NET beschäftigt er sich nun auch seit 2010 mit dem Entwicklungssystem SERVOY, das er als eine hervorragende Alternative für zukünftige Projekte ansieht. Des Weiteren ist er bei der IHK als Prüfer für den Ausbildungszweig "Fachinformatiker für Anwendungsentwicklung" tätig. Sie erreichen ihn unter juergen@wondzinski.de.

Recipient in 2010: Lisa Slater Nicholls
Presented by Doug Hennig at Southwest Fox 2010
  • Wizop and archivist on Compuserve's Fox Forum for years
  • Lead author of 7 FoxPro books, including one of few database books ever to be listed on the NY Times computer bestsellers list
  • Columnist for DataBased Advisor
  • Editor of Fox Talk for two years
  • Author of a ridiculous number of Fox articles for other magazines and journals, including PC Magazine
  • Speaker at many DevCons and regional conferences, starting at the 2nd Fox Software DevCon in Toledo
  • Editor of two Pros Talk Fox book series
  • Author and on-screen talent for a FoxPro-RAD advanced videotape series
  • Fox developer teams' coach and mentor for 10 years
  • Developer of several application frameworks for Visual FoxPro, including the version shipping in the box from VFP6 onwards
  • Writer of arguably the first FoxPro blog, starting in 1997
  • Holder of bug records for numerous Fox betas, starting in FoxPro 2.0 and including FoxPro for Unix and Mac
  • One of first Microsoft MVPs selected world-wide and cross-product, and the first for Fox
  • Developer of the VFP Coverage Profiler application shipping in-the-box from VFP 6 onwards
  • Vendor/contracted developer for MSFT Fox team starting in VFP 3 (Taz), culminating in responsibility for the architecture, program management, and Xbase development of the VFP 9 Reporting System
Recipient in 2010: Rick Schummer
Presented by Doug Hennig at Southwest Fox 2010
  • Co-author of six VFP books
  • Authored many articles in Advisor, Fox Talk , CoDe, and Fox RockX
  • Founding member and secretary of DAFUG
  • Regular presenter at user groups
  • Regular presenter at conferences in North America, Europe, and Australia
  • Co-organizer of Southwest Fox
  • Co-administrator of VFPX
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP since 2002
Recipient in 2007: Rainer Becker
Recipient in 2007: Tamar Granor
  • Spoken at every DevCon since 1993
  • Spoken at dozens of other conferences and user groups all over North America and Europe on a wide variety of topics
  • Co-author of most popular VFP book ever, "The Hacker's Guide to Visual FoxPro" from Hentzenwerke Publishing
  • Co-author of the "Bible" for Office automation, "Microsoft Office Automation with VFP"
  • Co-author of "What's New in VFP" series
  • Author of several other books including "Taming Visual FoxPro's SQL"
  • Long-time Technical Editor of FoxPro Advisor
  • 159 articles in Advisor
  • Long-time co-author of Advisor Answers column (357 answers)
  • Fifteen-time MVP award winner and one of first ever MVPs
  • One of the earliest members of CompuServe Fox Forum
Recipient in 2006: Doug Hennig
Doug Hennig received this award from Ken Levy at the conclusion of the Keynote presentation at Southwest Fox 2006 on 19 October 2006.
  • Author of the award-winning Stonefield Database Toolkit (SDT)
  • Author of the award-winning Stonefield Query
  • Author of the Member Data Editor, Anchor Editor, New Property/Method Dialog, and Cursor Adapter and Data Environment builders that come with VFP
  • Author of the My and Upsizing Wizard tools in Sedna
  • Co-author of the "What's New in Visual FoxPro" series and "The Hacker's Guide to Visual FoxPro 7.0"
  • Technical editor of "The Hacker's Guide to Visual FoxPro 6.0" and "The Fundamentals"
  • Wrote over 100 articles in over 10 years with Fox Talk
  • Spoke at every Microsoft FoxPro Developers Conference (DevCon) since 1997 and at user groups and developer conferences all over the world since 1994
  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1996
  • One of the administrators of the VFPX community initiative ( http://www.codeplex.com/Wiki/View/aspx?ProjectName=VFPX ), and project manager of several VFPX projects
Recipient in 2002: Rick Strahl.
  • Rick's been authoring top-notch articles since 1994, generating at least 50 articles in FPA, Foxtalk, and CODE.
  • Over 30 Whitepapers on his website at http://west-wind.com, many of them seminal.
  • Creator of the Web Connection framework, which made FoxPro an instant player for applications on the Web and is used by thousands of VFP developers. A Google search on WC.DLL returns 114,000 hits, despite the fact that this catches only a fraction of the sites that use Web Connection because they use script maps.
  • Creator of wwStore, an extensible e-commerce framework for VFP.
  • Creator of wwThreads, this community's most widely implemented message board.
  • Creator of wwHelp, which has revolutionized how many of us document our applications.
  • Creator of Fox Central, our community locus.
  • Creator of many other Internet and XML tools.
  • Profound impact on the current state of VFP through years of interaction with the Fox team.
  • His name is associated among the first citations connecting VFP with the following technologies: Internet, XML, SOAP, COM, ISAPI, IIS, Help, MTS, MSMQ, e-commerce and online payments, Adobe Acrobat, and .NET
  • He's among the first (and so far only) respected authors who are publicly exposing and demonstrating, in a constructive manner, what's NOT right with .NET and VS.NET.
Recipient in 2001: Whil Hentzen.
  • Author, editor, and/or publisher of many VFP books through his company, Hentzenwerke
  • Speaker at VFP conferences world wide
  • Creator of The Ultimate FoxPro Reference TUFPR (two-fer)
  • Editor Pros Talk Visual FoxPro series
  • Editor of Fox Talk for many years
  • Early adopter of GenScrn X
  • Contributor to VFP certification exams
  • Tireless FoxPro promoter
  • Articles for forming and managing FoxPro user groups
  • Editorial columns for Information System Consultant (ISC)
  • Former, future marathon runner, competitive while a big contributor
  • Master of the "bonus sessions" at FoxPro conferences
  • VFP 7.0 Only session at Whil Fest 2001 to promote upgrades
  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Visual FoxPro

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