While the leaders of Buffalo .NET may be unkown at this time, many have cited David Hockenberry as one of the main reasons for having a successful developer user group in Buffalo, NY and some still speak highly of his efforts. "Legendary" is often the term used.
David Hockenberry is still an active participant in the group and sponsors many of the functions needed to maintain the group.
"My main goal with the WNY DNUG is to create a community of .NET developers that can learn and network together in the WNY region."
David is a Senior Programmer at AIX Group in Buffalo, NY. He is a graduate of Binghamton University with a degree in Computer Science. David has been working professionally with .NET since 2003 when he was a junior in college.
Outside of work David is married to his beautiful wife Katie and is an assistant varsity wrestling coach at his graduating high school. On the weekends you may find him riding his ATVs, working on a Dirt Modified racecar that he sponsors, or watching his beloved Buffalo Bills.
Erik Harman, Patrick Lupiani Blair Graham, and Larry Fura
Collectively Erik and Larry run WNY BOT and Blair and Larry run SQL Pass. Pat has contributed to both groups and often speaks at many groups in the region.
Erik is also responsible for establishing the User Groups of New York organization with Pat, with assistance from other group leaders such as Larry and Blair.
Erik and Pat are currently employed at Buffalo Computer Graphics in Bladsdell, NY. Erik graduated with an MBA from Canesius. Pat is currently studying the Masters in Game Design program at RIT in Rochester, NY.