NetCraftsmen in 2012 Cisco Designated VIP Program

Chesapeake NetCraftsmen is pleased to announce that our consultants Rick Burts, William Bell, and David Hailey have all been recognized in the Class of 2012 as top external individual contributors in Cisco's online communities. (All three are also members of the Cisco Designated VIP Program inaugural class.)

The Cisco Designated VIP program recognizes the top external individual contributors in Cisco's online communities, including the Cisco Learning Network (CLN) and the Cisco Support Community (CSC), and the Cisco Developers Network (CDN). Cisco Designated VIPs are recognized by their peers for their expertise and tireless contributions. Cisco Designated VIPs are generous, credible, and accessible to their peers and their abundant participation is vital to community success.  With the Cisco Designated VIP program, Cisco formally recognizes the positive, valuable influence our top individual members exert on the communities overall.

Cisco support community managers select the Cisco Designated VIPs each year.  The panel reviews community contributions from the previous 12 months in December.  The nominees are then evaluated on technical knowledge, community influence, leadership, and the quantity and quality of the contributions. The awards are given out in January. Rick, William, and David as designated VIPs will all have a "badge" placed next to their username on the communities to recognize their achievement.  The badge will indicate their VIP status and display the technology areas in which they won the award.

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