Maurice Prather, Microsoft Certified Master 2010 and 2007
Maurice worked with SharePoint even before the product was named. After having helped develop and test three versions of SharePoint at Microsoft, Maurice entered the conference-speaking circuit and started working with clients as a consultant. Maurice has been honored with five Microsoft MVP awards and has obtained three Microsoft Certified Master certifications for SharePoint.
In addition to SharePoint consulting, Maurice also teaches administrator and developer courses with Critical Path Training. Maurice is a regular speaker at major national and international conferences and has written many training courses, including the PowerPivot, PerformancePoint, and Search Customization segments of the SharePoint Masters Program.
As a systems architect, developer and trainer, Maurice has helped companies of all sizes reach their objectives while ensuring their platforms are stable, secure and manageable. Maurice is currently based in Seattle, Washington.
Darrin Bishop, MCTS – SharePoint 2010
Darrin Bishop is a founder and director, and the Vice President at Aptillon, Inc. and is currently based in Springfield, Illinois.
He is a former eight-time Microsoft SharePoint MVP and has been involved in SharePoint since 2001 when the code-named product Tahoe was released as SharePoint Portal Server 2001.
Darrin has a diverse background in SharePoint and has covered the product lifecycle from envisioning, design, installation, development, customizations and even administering farms.
Darrin has been focusing on custom SharePoint development, line of business application integration, mobile devices and SharePoint, ECM and Business Intelligence. Darrin regularly speaks to SharePoint user groups and at SharePoint conferences.
Gary Lapointe, SharePoint MVP since 2008
Gary Lapointe is a founder and director at Aptillon, Inc. and is currently based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gary is an eight-time Microsoft SharePoint MVP who has been planning and implementing SharePoint solutions since early 2007. Gary’s community efforts with SharePoint have included the creation of his widely used SharePoint On-Premises PowerShell cmdlets and SharePoint Online PowerShell cmdlets as well as being a frequent conference presenter and blog poster.
Lately Gary has been doing a lot of custom SharePoint development, including both full-trust on-premises solutions and SharePoint add-ins available in the Microsoft SharePoint store.
A good developer doesn’t limit himself to just writing code, so Gary also does a lot of infrastructure work, as it relates to SharePoint, and has recently been doing a significant number of SharePoint health checks (using custom tools he developed) to help Aptillon’s clients gain control of their SharePoint investment.