I was honored to wake up this morning with an email from John Troyer (@jtroyer) and the VMware Team.

Dear Michael Letschin,

 We’re pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and to offer other opportunities for greater interaction throughout the year as we continue to grow knowledge and success in the community of IT professionals. Welcome to the vExpert 2011 Program!

I have been working in IT for a long time and to this day it is still really weird to get any email or comment referring to me as an “expert.”  I am definitely honored and hope to continue to live up to the bar that has been set by previous vExperts.  Great to join the group and looking forward to what comes from it.