imageOne of the best parts of my job is being part of the team that plans the U.S. partner experience at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference each year. There’s so much energy and passion around making sure that U.S. attendees feel welcome and know where to connect with the U.S. team while at WPC. I’m pleased to welcome our new U.S. WPC lead, Jason Leonardelli, who started his new gig last week with the start of the New Year. He hit the ground running to start enlisting participation in our virtual planning team from across the Microsoft U.S. subsidiary. That virtual team will be responsible for helping shape and execute the events and activities for U.S. partners this July in Houston.

Speaking of Houston, I’m looking forward to joining Jason on a trip to the WPC 2013 host city next month, where we’ll meet up with Kati Quigley and her WPC Experience Team from the Worldwide Partner Group. It will be fun to tour the main Conference spaces—the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Toyota Center—and also spend time in other venues like hotels and restaurants to get a feel for the city and ideas for WPC 2013 events and activities for U.S. partners. We’ll snap photos, take notes, and maybe capture some video to share with you here in our U.S. WPC blog series and through our @wpcus Twitter feed.

If you are not familiar with the Worldwide Partner Conference, check out the event website at http://aka.ms/WPC2013. You’ll find information from the WPC Experience Team and links to videos from last year’s WPC in Toronto.

Special Pre-Registration Price through January 30. imageNow that I’ve got you thinking about WPC 2013, did you know you can pre-register? Through January 30, you’ll pay just $1,695 for your all-access pass, saving $300. It’s a terrific deal for the exceptional value you can get from attending the Conference to establish contacts, build relationships, get insight to the Microsoft product roadmap and strategy, and understand your opportunities for revenue and profitability. Details and instructions are at http://aka.ms/wpc13reg.

Group Registration Discount. When four or more attendees from the same company purchase a WPC 2013 all-access pass, Microsoft will provide a $200 refund off the fourth (4th) through the tenth (10th) registrants' registration fee. Details and terms and conditions at http://aka.ms/wpc13reg.

I hope you will take advantage of our pre-registration offer this month and start making your plans to join us in July. Over the coming weeks, you’ll have a chance to meet Jason, our new U.S. WPC lead, and hear from him about what’s in store for U.S. partners at WPC 2013.

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