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:
- @TaraKizer on Twitter
- Her wildly prolific participation in the SQLTeam forums and her blog there as well
- Her performance tuning chapter in the Tribal SQL book
- Her 9 years as a Microsoft MVP
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.