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Announcing our 2016 PowerShell Heroes

Apr 3, 2016

The nominations are in, and the votes are tallied!

PowerShell Heroes is our way of recognizing the people who are making significant contributions to the PowerShell community, but who haven't received any other formal recognition (such as Microsoft's MVP Award). In many cases, these are the rising stars we hope to see receive an MVP someday, but in all cases they're out there, working hard to make a difference. They were nominated by their peers, and selected by the 2015 PowerShell Hero honorees.

We’ve got nine PowerShell Heroes this year, so without further ado:

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  • Nicolas Prigent - Nicolas posts some great, practical PowerShell tips and scripts on his blog and over on the simple talk community. He's also posted several popular scripts to Microsoft's TechNet Gallery, with almost 100 percent 5-star reviews!
  • Matt McNabb - Matt's very active over on Spiceworks, helping people out with all things PowerShell. He's also got a blog with several years worth of PS content: PowerShell Escape
  • Flynn Bundy - Flynn's got an extremely active blog that's chock full of PowerShell awesomeness.  You can also find a lot of his work on GitHub.
  • Martin Pugh - Martin has just become our first two-time PowerShell Hero! He was one of the original group back in 2014, and his nominations this year are even stronger than before. He's now moderator of the PowerShell forum over on Spiceworks, and in addition to his excellent blog, he's now got a pretty active presence on GitHub as well. (All PowerShell, naturally!)
  • Øyvind Kallstad - Øyvind can frequently be found answering PowerShell questions over on Stack Overflow. Like many of the Heroes this year, he's also got a very active blog, and he's also presenting at the upcoming PowerShell Conference EU 2016.
  • Stijn Callebaut - Stijn has a special responsibility this year: he's proving that despite all appearances from this list so far, you don't have to blog to get recognized. 😉 Rather, his contributions are mainly in the form of code on GitHub, and presentations at conferences such as ITPROceed 2015, System Center Universe Europe 2015, and a webinar on OMS and Azure Automation coming up in the next 24 hours.
  • Curtis Smith - Curtis earned the praise of those who nominated him mainly by posting here on the forums, often lending his expertise on PowerShell, Active Directory, and a heap of related technologies to anyone who needs it.
  • Warren Frame - You might be more familiar with Warren under the names "ramblingcookiemonster" or "@psCookieMonster". (Personally, I had no idea that he had any other name until I saw his badge at the PowerShell Summit; I always assumed his birth certificate actually said "Cookie Monster"!) Warren's active all over: GitHub, Blog, Twitter, /r/powershell, TechNet. He also presented a TechSession webinar about version control / Git here on, which I'm told had the highest attendance of any of the TechSessions.
  • Simon Wåhlin - Simon's a busy guy in Sweden! He's a leader of the Sweden PowerShell User Group, has a great PowerShell blog, and has presented at multiple conferences, such as the PowerShell Summit Europe in 2015, and Swetugg in 2016.

Congratulations to our 2016 PowerShell Heroes!!

Announcing our 2014 PowerShell Heroes

In 2013, we opened nominations for the first-ever PowerShell Heroes recognitions. The idea was to offer a kudos to folks who have been working hard in the PowerShell community, but who haven't received other formal recognition (like Microsoft's MVP Award).

We got a lot of nominations for Jon Walz, host of the PowerScripting Podcast, who fortunately got a much-belated MVP Award from Microsoft in late 2013. Congrats, Jon! But that still leaves plenty of folks who haven't been recognized. And so based in your nominations, the board of, Inc. gave serious consideration and is proud to recognize the following people for their outstanding contributions to the PowerShell community. Board consideration came down not only to the number of nominations a person received, but also your stories about how they've helped you grow and improve your PowerShell skills. The Board spent time researching each nomination's narrative and each nominee's work, trying to hunt down the very top of our community's unrecognized contributors.

The 2014 PowerShell Heroes

  • Teresa Wilson, the "Scripting Wife." Teresa Wilson puts an incredible amount of organizational effort into the community, including acting as Treasurer or, organizing the PowerScripting Podcast schedule, volunteering at the PowerShell Summit, and more. She's participated in The Scripting Games and blogged about her learning process. She helps local user groups form up and keep in touch, and helps run at least two by keeping their schedules published. @ScriptingWife on Twitter.
  • Dave Wyatt has become a major contributor to the forums here on, typically beating our own Board "to the punch" when it comes to quickly answering questions. He's taken on curation of Secrets of PowerShell Remoting, expanding that free book's content and keeping it updated in a timely fashion. He's working on a free ebook on PowerShell error handling, too, and has posted numerous lengthy and detailed blog posts about some of PowerShell's trickiest areas.
  • Mark Schill created and runs the Atlanta PowerShell user group, and runs, a site where user groups and their members can keep track of meeting schedules, group contact information, and more. He's organized several PowerShell Saturday events, and co-authored Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible. He's been a guest columnist for the Hey Scripting Guy! column on TechNet, and has helped as a judge with The Scripting Games. @PowerSchill on Twitter.
  • Francois-Xavier Cat has released multiple community guides and tools related to PowerShell, including LazyWinAdmin and AD Group Change Monitor. He's also released several how-to's on PowerShell GUI authoring which have proven invaluable to the community. @LazyWinAdm on Twitter. Note that Francois-Xavier was concurrently awarded his first MVP on January 1st, 2014; because the PowerShell Hero decision had already been made we're continuing to recognize him for his work in 2013 and before.
  • Martin Pugh posts extensively about PowerShell in the Spiceworks forums, providing hundreds of the best answers and most helpful posts (as designated by the question asker). He contributes to the Spiceworks PowerShell script library, and many of his scripts and forum responses are repurposed into educational blog posts. @Martin9700 on Twitter.

You'll notice that not all of these folks' contributions have been here on; that was never a criterion. That said, some of them may not realize they've been recognized in this fashion, so if you're acquainted with them, please let them know, and offer them your thanks for their hard work.

Understand that this is just a recognition; there are no benefits, it doesn't "expire," and you unfortunately won't get a plaque in the mail. We definitely want to work up some tangible recognition, but we first have to get some budget behind that, so it's still pending. And if anyone would like to volunteer to create a graphical "badge" these folks can use on their websites, please let us know!

In late 2014, we'll open nominations again. This time, our 2014 Heroes will be involved in making the final selections.

Congratulations to our 2014 PowerShell Heroes!!

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