Signing off

Dear Brent Ozar Unlimited readers: thanks for following me for three great years. I’m off on a new adventure, but I hope to see you at a user group, a SQL Saturday, or a conference in the future!

I’m leaving with a lot of great memories – and here are a few of my favorites from the last three years.

My first company retreat was also my first SQL Cruise!

Coffee at Victrola before leaving port

Coffee at Victrola before leaving port

Lunch in Ketchikan with Jeremiah and Kendra and other cruisers

Lunch in Ketchikan with Jeremiah and Kendra and other cruisers

I got to co-present my first full-day pre-con at PASS Summit with Brent, Jeremiah, and Kendra in 2013.

This was the only time I've ever been told I wasn't talking loudly enough.

This was the only time I’ve ever been told I wasn’t talking loudly enough.

Body boarding at the company retreats in Mexico is always a blast.

We could do this all day. And we did.

We could do this all day. And we did.

We had awesome training weeks in Chicago in 2013 and 2014.

Teaching in Chicago. Talking with my hands, as usual.

Teaching in Chicago. Talking with my hands, as usual.

We ate at Little Goat on May the 4th. Or, Doug usually dresses up for nights out. You can decide.

Little Goat! We love Stephanie Izard.

Little Goat! We love Stephanie Izard.

And I’ll always fondly remember our mascot from Mexico: donk!



Kendra says: Jes has been amazing and fun to work with. But you can tell that from the pictures! We wish her all the best and are proud to have her as an alumnus.

Doug says: Thanks to you, Jes, I’ve learned a whole new repertoire of workplace-appropriate donkey jokes. (Not appropriate for other workplaces. Just this one.) We’re gonna miss you!

Jeremiah says: It’s been a blast working with Jes – for once I wasn’t the loudest person in the room! I’ll miss your energy and your love of log shipping.

Brent says: I can’t believe it’s been three years already since we first talked to Jes about the job – and in a coffee shop, of course. I’m so happy we got to be part of her journey, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

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  • It was amazing working with you a few months ago. You were a great help and will be greatly missed but, I’m sure we will bump into one another in the future!

    Also, I ended up going to baraboo as you recommended. AMAZING!

    Take care and good luck on your future endeavors.


  • Waaa!!! You can’t leave!!

    I’m glad I had the chance to meet you at SQL Saturday Minneapolis last year. And you can borrow my clipboard any time.

    All the best.

  • Another DBA will be able to work at BrentOzar, but NO ONE will ever replace Jes anywhere, anytime!

    I’ll still gleefully harass you from the #SQLFamily “cheap seats” m’lady!


  • Best of luck, Jes.

  • We never met but I have enjoyed all the posts , vids etc from both you and the team.
    Best wishes on your new endeavour.
    You will be missed not only by your fellow Ozarian work Colleagues but the community attached to the website.

  • Hi, Jes–
    I will never forget “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on the violin during a webcast. AWESOME! HUMAN!

  • Okay. Fine. Good luck Jes. 🙁

    Note to Brent: replacement must be a quirky, smart, ball of energy with a Wisconsin accent!

  • As with many Ozar followers, I never met you personally, but I am truly saddened to hear about you leaving. I can only imagine that leaving the Ozar group to follow another path must probably take a lot of strength and courage. I know I would likely be to scared or lazy to do it. But that only reinforces my perception that you are extremely confident, capable and skilled.
    So I truly don’t think you have anything to worry about.
    Good luck out there!!
    I’ll be looking for your presence on the web.(hopefully!!)

  • Jes,

    I’m sad there won’t be anymore Jes videos from Brent Ozar, but I can’t wait to see what you do next! Hope to see you at a SQL event around Madison again!

  • Jes,

    I wish you all the best from Central Illinois in whatever you do and wherever you go. It was great meeting you for the first time in Chicago for SQL in the City several years ago and to listen to your session on indexes at Summit last year.



  • I enjoyed your presentations, especially the one about encryption for SQL Server. I also thought it was very creative of you to play the violin during another presentation while waiting for Kendra to arrive one day.

    Good luck with all of your future endeavors!

  • I just found your vids this week and now you are leaving; you are amazing

  • Jes, I will miss your enegetic and enthusiastic presentations! Best of luck in your future endeavours!

  • Jes,
    It was a pleasure talking to you at SQL Saturday and That Conference. Good luck!

  • Tracy Oliver
    March 1, 2015 5:48 pm


    I also have not met you personally but I have watched your Tuesday webinars and attended your SQL Saturday presentations. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for SQL Server. Wishing you all the best in your new endeavors.


  • Thanks for all the great videos!

  • Good Luck Jes ! Thanks for sharing your knowledge to SQL Community via Brent Ozar’s Training Session and Chicago SQL User group … !!

  • Good luck and all the best Jes! Gonna miss you and your blogposts… Hope to see you on a PASS summit!