Meet Our Next Consultant: Tara Kizer


Would you buy a used database from this cartoon?

Tara Kizer is starting a new job today, and I’m proud to say that it’s with Brent Ozar Unlimited.

You might know Tara from:

She has two decades of experience working with SQL Server. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Two decades. I don’t know if this is true, but I heard that when Santa migrated his naughty and nice lists into a database, Tara did the design.

Brent: Welcome to the team! It’s great to have you here. Twenty years with SQL Server – wow, that’s awesome. It sounds like you’ve found your calling. What is it that calls to you about databases?

Tara: It was a natural fit. When I was a student worker in college doing paperwork, a friend got me in touch with a manager in the IT department. The manager was in charge of the database team, and they were looking for a new student worker. He hired me with zero experience. He liked my attitude and how I presented myself. After I graduated from college, they hired me full time, and the rest is history.

Brent: You’ve been giving back to the community for quite a while too. How’d you get started, and what keeps you going?

Tara: I had some free time at a new job and was eager to learn more about SQL Server. I decided I would start answering questions on the Internet and would seek out questions that I didn’t yet know the answer to. It grew into a passion and later extended into a blog.

Brent: When you’re not working with SQL Server, what are you up to?

Tara: When I’m not working, I am spending time with my family or hiking. Sometimes if I’m lucky, the family comes hiking with me. I also like to camp and run. I love the outdoors.

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  • congratulations Tracy and Brent Ozar to get a awesome employee , keep you all the good work you guys do.

  • Hooray! This is a great fit for the Brent Ozar Unlimited team!

  • Congrats Tracy and congrats to Brent and team! Looking forward to your contributions.

  • Welcome to the team! I want to see the blog but the link is broken?

  • The link to the blog does not work.

  • I remember this blog post many years ago 🙂
    Congratulations Tara! And of course to you to Brent.

    • I didn’t remember that one! I wonder what happened to Jon, haven’t seen him on SQLTeam in forever.

      Thank you!

      • Wow, Hats off to you Brent…I only came here because I was lurking on and somehow managed to go onto your twitter page. I then saw a cartoon figure and the name Tara stood out. Tara I thought…she was that gal on sqlteam that helped me a ton when I first started out back when I was..well I don’t know 21.

        I just want to say Brent, you got yourself some awesome help…without Tara I would probably not be where I am today..she saved my ( Y ) quite a few times when it came to sql server. I read the post and decided to read the comments (to congratulate both of you of course)..and can’t believe Peter Larsson is here. Sorry folks it’s like a reunion for me, so happy to hear from both of you. Peter – even I remember that post – holy toledo seems like decades ago…

        Sorry Tara, I haven’t been on much, been busy..I’m 37 now with three little girls (7 year old, a 16 month old, and a 5 month old) and married for over 10 years now. Life has been very busy but I’m still working for the same company! It’s been like 16 years here…supervising a small team (but my options are always open ;-). You can find me sometimes on stackoverflow or meta.stackoverflow as JonH (

        I’m so happy for you on this opportunity, Brent always posts great stuff…good luck to you in your new career and wish you and the entire folks a great 2016 (I miss all of you). It looks like Brent has the dream company I once posted about. God Bless!

  • Gender parity on your team! Way to go!

    Congrats, Tara, we were getting seriously tired of Brent getting all the screen time. 🙂

  • Congratulations Tara and Brent

  • Congratulations Tara!!

  • Congratulations Tara! I’m still bummed paths changed and I didn’t get a chance to really work with you before.

  • Congratulations TARA….!!!!

  • This morning, when I come a cross update through mail. I just shouted loudly, hey everyone look who joined a great team. Tara Kizer. Our all time favorite.

  • Congratulations Tara!!

  • wow,great news…I have been following Tara’s posts on sqlteam for about 6 years now.This will give more strength to your team.Congrats to the team BrentOzar.