The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:
Readers may be aware that Jay Verkler, former President and CEO of FamilySearch has ventured forth to a new job. Unfortunately that means he isn't able to be our keynote speaker at the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies/Alabama Genealogical Society Conference. Jay is a cool guy and always friendly. We wish him well in his new ventures. However we are so lucky to have another cool and friendly guy to step in as the keynote speaker on Thursday, 30 August in Birmingham. Chris van der Kuyl is that guy! As CEO of brightsolid, he is bringing findmypast.com to the U.S. You may know about the popular findmypast.co.uk which is a solid and important site for UK research. His FGS keynote topic and bio:
The Family History community: A global powerhouse for collaboration
When someone starts to record facts about their own family they become part of a global community of family historians and with the rise in the importance of technology, online collaboration has become a fact of life for anyone serious about family history. Chris will discuss and explore the opportunities for the global family history community to become the greatest collaborative online force in the world today.
Chris van der Kuyl, Chief Executive Officer, brightsolid Group
Responsible for the overall corporate performance of brightsolid Group. The CEO manages the executive team, which consists of seven members and reports to the Group board. Chris joined brightsolid Group as CEO in 2007. Widely recognized as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, he is a regular contributor to the 21st century business and enterprise agenda through a variety of conference keynote speaking engagements and media coverage. Chris is a member of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Programme at the World Economic Forum; of the Smith Group advising the Scottish Executive on educational matters; and, as one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the Scottish Scientific Advisory Committee advising the Scottish government on all areas of science and technology. Chris also chairs the Creative Board of the Education Wing at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and is a Director of Dundee Science Centre. He studied Computer Science at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh.
To learn more about the conference and register please visit http://fgs.org/2012conference. If you register no later than July 1, 2012, you save $50.00 off the full four-day conference fee.
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