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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota

Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla


I’ve gotten a lot of interest from people who want to know more about the TechMasters idea and some really great questions. To address these I’d like to schedule a couple times to meet over coffee to answer these. Because my office is in the South metro, I tend to think of places near me, so how does Bruegger’s off of France sound (Bruegger's Bagel Bakery · (952) 926-2696 · 7101 France Ave S, Minneapolis)? If I get a lot of feedback maybe we can pick someplace further north as well.

We will plan on 2 meetings – one on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am, and another on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at the same location. This will be an informal gather (at some level) and I’ll be there to answer questions about what is TM and to take a pulse on where and when we should have our first “official” meeting.

So if you have questions, want to participate in the process of picking the place and time, join me for some coffee (and a bagel if you want) on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. If you haven’t already, I have created a Facebook group for this organization to help us keep in touch. To join add me as a friend and/or click  the link I’m still pretty new at Facebook but it looks like a good place to start.


Mike Benkovich

Microsoft Corporation | MSDN Events | web: | cell: 612-868-7105


Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:34 AM | Back to top

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