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#ChewNChat Video: Chili and #MSIgniteTheTour in Washington DC

Dux here with another ChewNChat!

For this episode, we have a special guest with us, Suraya Ali! Suraya is the granddaughter of Ben Ali himself, the founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl. And she’s here to help share the rich history of Ben’s Chili Bowl with me.

Ben’s Chili Bowl was founded in 1958 and since then it has become a landmark restaurant in Washington DC and an icon of American Culture. During the 1968 riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Ben’s chili bowl was not only left standing, it also stayed open to feed and provide shelter to those working to restore the neighborhood after the devastation.


Because of its historical significance, Ben’s Chili Bowl has drawn a fair share of celebrities and presidents through its doors, such as Chris Tucker and Barack Obama. Not to mention they serve a mean bowl of chili!

So, when you’re in Washington DC what better place to go than Ben’s Chili Bowl for a hearty bowl of chili? Oh! I can think of one place. Microsoft Ignite the Tour is happening in DC this February 6th – 7th! Make sure to stop by to get the latest news and developer tools in cloud technology from industry leaders. I’ll be there delivering two sessions: “Accelerate Federal IT Modernization with Microsoft Teams” and “Build your Brand & Elevate Your Career in 5 Steps.” Hope to see you there!

Watch the full episode here!

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Dux Raymond Sy
Dux Raymond Sy
As Chief Brand Officer, Dux is responsible for AvePoint’s brand image, experience, and promise. Since joining the company in 2013, Dux has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, and Vice President, Customer Strategy & Solutions. With over 20 years of business, marketing, and technology experience, Dux has driven organizational transformations worldwide with his ability to simplify complex ideas and deliver relevant solutions. He is recognized by Microsoft as regional Director (RD) and Most Valuable Professional (MPVP), as well as the author of LinkedIn Learning course How to Build Your Personal Brand, book SharePoint for Project Management, and numerous whitepapers and articles. Prior to AvePoint, Dux had leadership roles at Innovative-e, Inc and Quantum X. He holds a BS in Telecommunications Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University and a BS in Electronics Engineering from De La Salle University. Currently, Dux lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two kids.


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