If you don’t know Gareth you should make it a point to get to know him. He originally hails from South Africa but now resides in the United States with his family.
Gareth is a frequent presenter in the SQL community. He’s given presentations on various topics such as Parallel Data Warehouse, Extended events, column store indexes and others at SQL Saturday’s as well the PASS Summit. Last year he did a whirl wind tour in South Africa, speaking at two different SQL Saturday events during his trip. He is also a PASS Regional Mentor (+4 years), the co-leader of the MagicPASS Chapter and a member of the PASS 2016 Summit Program Committee. In addition to all that, he was also a PASS 2015 Summit volunteer serving as a site ambassador for the event.
Gareth is an individual that always has a smile on his face when you see and usually is accompanied by some sort goodie, quite possibly biltong. I suggest you to try some, not sure where to find it though, you may have to ask him.
Having seen several of his presentations, Gareth is just as sharp technically as he is witty and friendly. He reflects what an MVP should strive to be and is very deserving of this nomination.
As I have done previously, I challenge you to nominate someone in your circle that is worthy. Even if it isn’t for the MVP award, nominate them for something, anything. Even if you just simply email them telling them Thank You, I assure you it’ll make a difference to them.
If you do want to nominate someone for the Microsoft MVP award, you will need to know their email address and can submit the nomination here.