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Jim Davis, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer at SAS: welcome to the SAS blogosphere. Jim is a great communicator and has a tremendous rapport with SAS customers; I'm sure that his blog will prove that out.

I remember first meeting Jim way back shortly after he joined SAS. This was about 14 years ago. He and I were both in a company-sponsored class about public speaking, titled something like "Power Speaking: Positive Thinking, Influence Others, Dominate, Succeed!" (The instructor was a tall man with lots of "presence" and a voice like a radio announcer. Just what you might expect...)

The class included lots of getting on your feet and speaking, and I recall that Jim did pretty well on that part. If you've seen Jim speak at SAS Global Forum and elsewhere, you know what I'm talking about.

If I remember correctly, Annette Harris, now VP of SAS Technical Support, was also in the class. Round out the roster with me, and we have a veritable Who's Who at SAS with the "power speaking" graduates...

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Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.

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