SASPUG turns 20!

Posted on March 16th, 2016. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Last night we celebrated the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power User Group’s (SASPUG) 20th anniversary and, from what I’ve heard, a good time was had by all.

The evening started with a buffet dinner, prepared by the culinary arts department of Renton Technical College. The food, in my humble opinion, was delicious! Kudos to the whole crew who set up, served and cleaned up.

I got the talking started with thank you’s to those who helped me out, the leaders who came before me, the dignitaries who were in attendance and to the group members for their continued attendance. I also heartily thanked all of the sponsors for the evening: AMD, DriveWorks, Hawk Ridge, Lenovo, MCAD, Puget Systems, Renton Technical College, SolidWorks, The Rapid Group.

Next up was Richard Doyle who spoke a bit about SASPUG and then presented me this absolutely awesome plaque:


Thank you, Richard!

Eric Beatty, SASPUG’s founder, took the mic next. He talked about SASPUG’s roots and growth and his amazement that it is still around, 20 years later. He spoke glowingly of Michelle Pillars, who we lost in 2010, and how instrumental she was in taking SASPUG to the next level.

SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi made the trek from Waltham to celebrate with us and to talk about some of SolidWorks’ new offerings, including Xdesign and Apps for Kids. It was an honor to have him join us.

Adam Smith, of Product Creation Studio, presented a year-by-year what’s new overview of SolidWorks, 1995-2016. It’s amazing how many features that we now take for granted, didn’t exist 10 or more years ago.

Our last presenter of the evening was Ignatius Kevin Berni, Senior Manager, User Experience Design for SolidWorks. He shared a look at the user interface for SolidWorks 2016 and give some insight into how the software is researched, designed, and tested with users.

The evening wrapped up with the raffling of some absolutely awesome giveaways.

Our AMD FirePro W7100 winner:


Our Lenovo Yoga 3 Tablet winners:

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We also raffled off 3 $100 gift cards, an Apple TV, 3Dconnexion devices, and $25 gift cards. For anyone who was attending a SASPUG meeting for the first time, they’re going to be really disappointed at future meetings…

Some pics from last night:

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Thank you to my fellow user group leaders who made the trek to celebrate with us: Chris Scarlett, Cory Derico, Phil Sluder and Jose Saldana.

Thank you to Gian Paolo, Adam and Kevin for their presentations.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued support.

Thank you to the Seattle area SolidWorks user community who allow me to continue to lead the group. It’s been a privilege these past 4 years.


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