We continue our interviews with NETwork speakers. Our next speaker is Lee Brandt, the USA. Lee is Microsoft MVP in Visual C#, one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference and regional mentor for .NET User Groups in Kansas and Missouri.
Hi, Lee! Please tell NETwork attendees when and how did your career start?
Was it IT at first place?
My FIRST job was not IT. I worked in a lumber yard cleaning up scrap wood. I have also worked a lot of construction jobs, was in the Army as a truck driver and worked as a mechanic for a few years before getting into programming.
Tell about your user group activities and mentoring
I run the local .Net User Group in Kansas City. I also run a conference in Kansas City called Kansas City Developer Conference (or KCDC). I regularly speak at start-up incubators and help start-ups understand how they might leverage software (or not) to help their business.
What events have you attended as a speaker?
I regularly speak at conferences all over the US:
- Desert Code Camp — Phoenix, AZ
- Heartland Developer Conference — Omaha, NE
- St. Louis Days of Dot Net — St. Louis, MO
- Nebraska Code Camp — Lincoln, NE
- Twin Cities Code Camp — Minneapolis, MN
- Iowa Code Camp — Des Moines, IA
- CodeStock — Knoxville, TN
- DevLink — Chattanooga, TN
And last year, I spoke for the first time outside the US in Toronto, CA at SCREENS.
Have you ever visited Ukraine before? What are your expectations?
Never been to Ukraine before. I am expecting a lot of really smart developers and maybe a few cocktails.