Microsoft Taps Evolve Technologies Chief Exec for Prestigious Award

Microsoft Corp. said yesterday that it had tapped Dave Sobel, the chief executive of Evolve Technologies LLC, a Fairfax, VA-based IT solutions and managed service provider to small businesses (SMB) and non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, for its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for advancing virtualization technology both in the Microsoft user and overall IT communities.

With its MVP award, the software giant has been recognizing technology leaders worldwide for some 20 years who make a point to share real world expertise with the company and the IT community through technical expertise, leadership and voluntary community contributions. 

This year Microsoft awarded 229 new MVPs to go along with the 834 whom it named last year and were re-awarded again this time around. In total, about 4,000 individuals are recognized each year worldwide.

Aside from industry recognition, winners gain early access to products and can provide input to Microsoft about product design, development and support.

Sobel, who also nabbed the award last year, blogs and pens numerous opinion pieces and is quite active speaking in the IT community. He said that he was "honored to be recognized both by Microsoft and the SMB community," adding, "Microsoft's MVPs are a world-renowned community of experts and to be included in this esteemed group and recognized by my peers for my work within the SMB IT community is a great privilege."

Ryan Bolz, Microsoft senior MVP lead, Community and Online Support, said that Sobel's "continued contributions to the IT community through regular blog posts, industry pieces and speaking events, represent exactly what Microsoft seeks to recognize with the MVP Award."

Sobel is no stranger to IT industry recognition, last year landing on MSPMentor's list of the 250 most influential managed service providers for the third straight year, winning Kaseya's Cutting Edge award and Heartland Technology Group's Spirit award. In addition, he's been named to who's who lists at SMB Nation and SMB PC Magazine.

Earlier this month, Evolve moved into its new 1,150 square foot headquarters in downtown Fairfax, which it said is a major upgrade from its previous location. 

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