Welcome back to Reconnect. For this week’s edition, we are joined by none other than three-time Windows IoT MVP titleholder Ken Marlin!
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Ken is a Microsoft Champion with more than 30 years of Microsoft experience supporting all products and programs, with specialities in Microsoft OEM Embedded appliances as well as OEM System Builder and Volume programs.
Since 2016, Ken has been working with Arrow Electronics as Microsoft Business Development Manager. There, he has worked directly with key customers as their trusted partner in the design and support of their projects and solutions. More recently, Ken has also been excited to work with the US Navy for a Flight Simulator that will run on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019.
Ken fondly recalls his time in the MVP program from 2014 to 2016. For example, Ken created, managed and ran an event called the Avnet Tech Games, which was a geek Olympics event for college students. The event supported up-and-coming tech enthusiasts for 12 years, during which Ken held his MVP status for the final three years of the event until 2016.
For new members to the MVP family, Ken suggests: “Always try and work closely with your Microsoft teams to provide them feedback on their products and direction of the industry.”
Now, Ken is delighted to be part of the Reconnect program and “stay in touch with peers and understand the IoT industry.” Plus, “their feedback is great,” he adds.
Going forward, Ken looks forward to the next Windows 10 IoT product that will be released in the fall of 2021. “I hope to promote this product to all my customers and be an advocate for moving the IoT channel forward,” he says.