Greetings from the woods of Vermont. For those who don't know me, this is Scott Genzer (@sgenzer) - longtime RapidMiner user/fanboy and the new RapidMiner Community Manager. I would like to write a blog note to just say hello and share a bit about me, my interests, and our vision for the Community moving forward.
A very quick bio of Scott (more on LinkedIn profile): B.S. Engineering (electrical), Columbia University '93, M.A. Mathematics Education, Columbia University '98. Served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a math teacher in Gabon (Central Africa) then worked in education in various locations (U.S., Poland, Zambia, Jamaica) for 15+ years. In 2013 I taught myself RapidMiner (version 5 back then!) and started Genzer Consulting, a data science consultancy where I worked with a variety of schools and companies - using RapidMiner as my main software platform. And now here I am, a very happy new official member of the RapidMiner family!
My interests, like my experiences, are quite varied but always have been a proud math / science / computer geek since I was a kid when I played with a RadioShack TRS-80 computer. I truly enjoy puzzles and solving complicated problems, no matter what the context (I am a terrible programmer and hence love working with the code-optional environment of RapidMiner!). I also love living in Vermont with walks in the woods, making maple syrup, and working in my woodshop during the long winters.
As for the Community, my vision is to pick up from the outstanding work that @Thomas_Ott did and move it forward. Tom and I both believe that this is a true community where everyone shares and gains from the knowledge and experience of others. Hence my top priority is to ensure that all 250,000+ users are welcome and we keep this friendly forum running as the user base expands at its current fast clip. Other priorities include making community resources (processes, datasets, advice, buildingblocks, knowledgebase articles, etc...) accessible in a fast and simple manner, and creating monthly data science contests for fun, skillbuilding, and of course money + prizes.
That's about it from here. Again THANK YOU @Thomas_Ott for all you have done for the Community. You left big shoes to fill and I am eager to carry the torch from here.