AvePoint Community Champions are trusted advisors and respected influencers within the Microsoft technical community. They have a passion for the latest technology innovations and are always giving back to the broader community. As we share the same goal, we have teamed up with these champions to take this goodness to the next level. Hoping to join our Community Champion program? Please reach out to Megan Hoel at megan.hoel@avepoint.com for more information.

Meet Our Community Champions

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Thomas Maier

Office 365 Productivity Trainer, Head of Office 365 Akademie
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Office 365 User Adoption
  • Learning
  • How to Work Productively with Office 365

Bio:

Thomas Maier is the MCT and MVP for Office 365, focusing on user adoption and how new apps and features can help users be more productive.

Thomas Maier heads the Office 365 Akademie. The Office 365 Academy specializes in providing the best eLearning for Office 365. Use Case is based and adapted to the respective Office 365 Tenant.

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Matt Wade

VP of Client Engagement at H3 Solutions, Inc.
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Azure AI and Bot Services
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Office 365 and the Periodic Table of Office 365

Bio:

Matt is an engineer-turned-IT nerd and Microsoft MVP. His career began in the nuclear power design field and ended up in SharePoint adoption, pretty much by mistake. He’s best known for his SharePoint and Office 365 infographics—especially the Periodic Table of Office 365—and advocating AI and chatbots to automate business workloads.

Microsoft MVP
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Adam Levithan

Principal of Product Management at Withum Digital
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Migration to Office 365
  • Adoption of your Intranet
  • Classic vs. Modern
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Loryan Strant

Consultant
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Governance
  • Teams
  • ALL of Office 365

Bio:

Loryan Strant has been in IT for over 20 years working across web design, network infrastructure, servers, IP telephony, with the majority spent designing productivity and communications solutions. He has lived & breathed Office 365 for almost a decade; writing blogs, speaking at conferences, consulting to organisations, and has co-authored two books. Loryan is passionate about enabling people and organisations using technology, enabling them to become more productive.

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Eric Overfield

President, PixelMill
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Digital Workspaces
  • Office 365 Communication and Collaboration
  • Microsoft Teams and SharePoint

Bio:

Eric Overfield is a Microsoft Regional Director, a dual Microsoft MVP, and a leading expert in Office 365, SharePoint, and Azure development and User Interface design. Mr. Overfield, President and co-founder of PixelMill, has over 20 years experience with web design best practices and techniques, and over 14 years experience with SharePoint. Besides his in-depth knowledge of SharePoint’s capabilities, his expertise includes general SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure technology, design, and architecture along with custom solutions, TypeScript, JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. He is a co-author of Pro SharePoint 2013 Branding and Responsive Web Development (Apress 2013) and Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint (EUSP Press 2013). An engaged speaker and organizer of SharePoint events as well as an active blogger (ericoverfield.com), he discusses all things Microsoft and technology @ericoverfield.

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Stephanie Donahue

Owner/President, PAIT Group
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask her about:

  • Office 365 Deployment Planning
  • Information Architecture
  • Diversity & Tech

Bio:

With almost 20 years of experience in the IT Sector, Stephanie is a leader, an innovator, and skilled problem solver. She has a passion for technology and innovation that led her to co-found the PAIT Group. Stephanie believes that technology can minimize risk and maximize business growth and potential. Stephanie is a recognized member of the SharePoint community where she speaks, writes, and organizes SharePoint events both locally and nationally. Stephanie's community engagement helps keep her fingers on the pulse of technology to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to emerging technologies. She leverages her knowledge and relationships with vendors, peers, and thought leaders into innovative business solutions for each of PAIT's clients. As president and managing partner of PAIT Group, Stephanie leverages her experience and develops relationships to build a dynamic environment for her clients that ensure the right solutions are developed to address their unique business critical projects and issues

Microsoft MVP
Simon Denton

Simon Denton

Business Architect, Mott MacDonald
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Why Yammer, Teams and SharePoint are better together
  • Using Flow with SharePoint to enhance content management and build solutions like expense approvals
  • The ‘softer side’ of IT and how to progress as an ‘IT Pro’ and adapt your department or team to deal with the shift from traditional IT
Microsoft MVP
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Patrick Guimonet

OSS MVP, MS RD, Founder and owner Abalon
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask her about:

  • How to make sense of the Office 365 toolset
  • How to get business value from Office 365 toolset
  • How to drive sustainable adoption for business value using Microsoft 365

Bio:

Patrick has a 20+ years’ experience as Enterprise Solutions Architect. He has a successful track record of technical expertise for Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle RDBMS. He is a former Microsoft employee in France. He now works for his own company Abalon created in 2011.

He was speakers (and organizer) of many SharePoint and Office 365 events like SharePoint Saturdays Paris, Monaco, Dubai, Netherlands, Barcelona, Helsinki, ..., European SharePoint Conference, European Collaboration Summit, MS TechDays Paris, Modern Workplace Conference Paris...

He leads aOS Community which has run more than 25 events worldwide (from Canada to India and Malaysia).

Microsoft MVP
Melissa Hubbard

Melissa Hubbard

Project Manager at Withum Digital
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask her about:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Governance and User Adoption
  • Microsoft Flow

Bio:

Melissa is a Microsoft MVP in the Business Applications category and an Office 365 consultant. She is the author of an end user guide called "Mastering Microsoft Teams". Melissa is a member of the PowerAppsUG and FlowUG Board of Advisors and is the co-organizer of the DC Flow User Group.

Microsoft MVP
Andy Talbot

Andy Talbot

Independent Microsoft 365 Consultant & Microsoft MVP (Office Apps & Services)
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

Office 365:

  • Teams (+ Skype for Business)
  • SharePoint Online (+ on-prem)
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Yammer
  • Exchange Online

Modern Desktop:

  • Windows 10 ‘as a service’
  • Office 365 ProPlus ‘as a service’

Operational & Data Governance:

  • Discover
  • Manage
  • Protect
  • Report

Bio:

Andy Talbot is an Independent Microsoft 365 Consultant & Microsoft MVP (Office Apps & Services), who likes to live life on the bleeding edge of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Andy is very active in the Microsoft 365 community - you can find a number of his public activities listed on his Microsoft MVP Profile - https://www.mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5003058 and also via his tweets @SharePointAndy (https://twitter.com/SharePointAndy).

Andy specialises in the strategic, functional & technical aspects of the Modern Workplace (+ Teamwork) & Modern Desktop space (powered by Microsoft 365).

In Andy’s own words “Cut me open and I bleed blue! Why? I have a deep passion for Microsoft 365, which is regularly nourished by my Microsoft & community friends. Today’s Microsoft is not your grandfather’s Microsoft, and I’m proud to be part of one of the world’s BEST communities! I love sharing my knowledge and experience and I equally also love hearing your stories too". You’ll regularly find Andy at many of AvePoint’s UK in-person and global online events.

Microsoft MVP
Paul Swider

Paul Swider

Co-Founder and CTO of RealActivity
AvePoint Community Champion

Ask him about:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Blockchain
  • Data Science
  • Software Architecture and Design

Bio:

Paul J. Swider is a known international speaker, author and the co-founder and CTO of RealActivity an organization focused on streamlining healthcare operations and research using a proprietary blockchain based technology. Paul has over 25 years of proven computer science and healthcare technology experience. Paul studied computer science at Champlain College in Vermont and has his BIS degree in Business Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University. Paul is an accomplished author of several books, speaks internationally and still finds time to teach a programming class to aspiring developers when he can. Paul is currently based out of the Boston area and occasionally gets to chase the tides and winds as an avid boater and sailor at home in Puerto Rico.