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LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

  • 1.  LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 9 days ago
    That's one of those three-word headlines that shake the world!

    Just learned from @Windi Epperson at the GP Tech Conference in Fargo, that the wonderful @Leslie Vail​​ is retiring. Windi posted a photo of the PowerPoint slide announcing it. The slide had a URL that turned out to be an online scrapbook of pictures of Leslie and all the GP people she encountered over the years. I am fortunate to have known her and to have learned from her.


    Sincerely,

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    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

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  • 2.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 9 days ago
    Best wishes Leslie!  We'll miss you!

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    Jim Lines
    Sr. Business Systems Analyst, Engineering & Technology
    McCain, Inc.
    Irvine CA
    Celebrating 20 Years of GP Fun!
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  • 3.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 9 days ago
    @Leslie Vail, you will be missed by many!  Enjoy retirement!   ​

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    Kelly Hobart
    Business Data Analyst
    Mount Pleasant Waterworks
    Mount Pleasant SC
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  • 4.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    So, retiring at 29? Must be nice.

    Seriously, enjoy retirement and find many fun things to do!

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    David Morinello
    Senior Dynamics GP Systems Architect
    Ascend Learning, LLC
    Leawood KS
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  • 5.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    Edited by Joni Finnell 8 days ago
    Best of life @Leslie Vail! Enjoy retirement and life to its fullest!

    Thanks @Steve Erbach for letting us know.

    Love the pics!

    ​​

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    Joni Finnell
    GP Projects/Troubleshooter
    Consumer Support Services, Inc.
    Newark OH
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  • 6.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    Congrats @Leslie Vail.  Wishing you the best.  Enjoyed getting to meet and spend time with you at the "Pope's table" in Anaheim.  Your contributions to the GPUG world have helped countless users like me be better at what we do.  Thank you.  Enjoy your retirement.  "Sparkly" Steve - thanks for letting us know.  Look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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    Kathy Kim
    Director of Finance
    Donor Network of Arizona
    Phoenix AZ
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  • 7.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    Edited by Nancy Edwards 7 days ago
    I have never met Leslie in person, but she has helped us in so many ways and we will miss her very much!

    Thank you Leslie for sharing your brilliance and love of learning, and know that your help reaches far beyond what you will ever know!

    Have a wonderful retirement!!



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    Nancy Edwards
    Director of Operations
    H&W Computer Systems, Inc
    Boise ID
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  • 8.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    I am so happy that you are sharing this with the GP community.  Leslie has contributed so much of her personal time and is a very good friend.  The photos in the book were contributed from many of her peers and some date back to 2001.

    If you want to order your own photo book make sure to pay attention to the discount offers available.  It was my honor to create this book for @Leslie Vail. Enjoy the trip down memory lane.  💕​

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    Sheila Jefferson-Ross
    Senior Consultant
    Sheila Jefferson-Ross Co.
    Rocklin CA
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  • 9.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 7 days ago
    @Sheila Jefferson-Ross,

    That's a very nice scrapbook! I ordered one to be delivered before our next Chapter meeting. I want everyone to know about @Leslie Vail.

    Sincerely,​​​

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    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

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  • 10.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    @Leslie Vail you are an amazing woman and GPUG All * Star! You have done so much for this community and so many of us!
    Thank you for everything! Enjoy your next adventures!​​

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    Aleiha Hanson
    Royal Basket Trucks, Inc - IT Manager
    GPUG Milwaukee WI Chapter Leader
    ahanson@royal-basket.com
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  • 11.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 7 days ago

    I'm way more selfish:  LESLIE, DON'T LEAVE US!  WE NEED YOU!  (For at least 10 more years). 






  • 12.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 8 days ago
    CONGRATS @Leslie Vail!!!

    I'm so happy for you and wish you amazing adventures!!! Please keep us in the loop as you embark on your next journey...  You will be missed!

    Hugs to you!

    Thanks @Steve Erbach for keeping us in the know.

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    John Stulak
    President/Senior Consultant
    EthoTech, Inc.
    Woodstock GA
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  • 13.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 7 days ago
    Congrats @Leslie Vail, your spunk will be missed....​

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    Michael Gummel
    Prod Engineer
    Paradigm Technology Consulting
    Allentown NJ
    mgummel@ptcllc.com
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  • 14.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    Posted 7 days ago
    From time to time I think about the forces that keep everything moving in our universe, Leslie is just such a force. Thanks for all you have done. I have heard her demystify GP to large groups at GPUG SUMMITS, other times she has changed the course of development where I work. And at all times straight forward and reasonable. She wears a cape because that is what superheroes do. Thanks.

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    Steve Linz
    SQA & Support/Development Liaison
    Mekorma
    WatertownWI
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  • 15.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 7 days ago
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    @Leslie Vail has been an inspiration to a lot of people and we will miss you! Your knowledge and expertise and the willingness to share with all of us is very much appreciated. As you can see in the picture @Steve Erbach and I were honored to also be Medics at GPUG Summit with you.
    ​​

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    Steve Burney
    Senior Systems Architect
    Nissan Trading Corporation, Americas
    Lebanon, TN United States
    steve.burney@us.nitco.co

    Chairman, Nashville (TN) GPUG Chapter
    GPUG Ruby Award 2018
    GPUG All Star 2017
    Twitter @SteveBurney

    GP2016 R2
    MRCU14
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  • 16.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 7 days ago
    Have a wonderful retirement @Leslie Vail.​

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    Bert Green
    GP Developer/GP Administrator
    Berger Transfer & Storage, Inc.
    Saint Paul MN
    GP2015/MR CU11
    GPUG All Star 2017
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  • 17.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 7 days ago
    Congratulations on your retirement Leslie!  This milestone is well-deserved.  Best of luck on all of your future adventures!

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    Brian Lambertz
    Business Analyst
    Connexus Energy
    Ramsey MN
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  • 18.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 7 days ago
    Leslie,

    It has been a privilege and great benefit to both learn from you and know you.  Your positive impact on the community cannot be measured.  I wish you all the best in your retirement.

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    David Ahalt
    GP Administrator
    Stark Aerospace
    Columbus MS
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  • 19.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 6 days ago
    So good to see you in Fargo and have one last cocktail party!  You will absolutely be missed.
    Tanya

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    Tanya Henderson
    Senior Consultant
    S2 Technology
    Park City UT
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  • 20.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 6 days ago
    Thank you @Steve Erbachfor posting this here on GPUG.

    ​​I learned it too from my Twitter feed that had retired (officially on Jan. 1st already), but was attending #GPTechConf for the last time... I was so sad that I hadn't been able to make the trip to Fargo this year, but I'll hope that she'll make another trip to Orlando next month.

    I've ​​fond memories with Leslie, some of them going back in Fargo in 2011 when I was able to attend GP Tech days for the 1st time. It was in the freezing cold March time and she knows what I'm talking about :-)

    I'm going to miss her like everyone else in the community and I hope she'll still enjoy some nice time in her retirement years. Reminds me of another fellow MVP @Frank Hamelly, who silently just moved away from the community into retirement without making much noise after many years of great help in the community. ​ ​

    One of my greatest memory is the moment Leslie heard @Bob McAdam announce her name as a winner of All*Star ​in 2017 in Nashville. Though I knew she was going to be called, she was completely dived into her laptop has she had some troubles with her Win10 and I was trying to help her get it fixed before the first session... Watch this video around 0:40 when she suddenly hears her name called out!


    It was captured by @David Musgrave 's camera who knew too that she was being called soon, so he made it as discrete as possible :-)

    Well-deserved retirement Leslie! I hope to meet you again soon and have good times together.​
    B@​



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    Beat Bucher
    Business Analyst, Dynamics GP SME
    Montreal QC/Canada
    @GP_Beat http://www.gp-geek.com
    Montreal QC GPUG Chapter Leader
    MBS MVP (2015-2018)
    All-Star 2013
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  • 21.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 5 days ago
    Edited by Steve Erbach 5 days ago
    @Beat Bucher,

    Excellent post for an excellent lady. @Leslie Vail always treated me with consideration, humor, and respect. I asked if I could take pictures of her at my first Summit (St. Louis 2014)​​:


    (I'm not the greatest photographer!)

    I took a Report Writer course from Leslie that year. She was the first of three terrific GP experts to help me understand RW. (The others? @David Musgrave and @Mark Wiley ... I needed a lot of help!)​​

    Leslie also allowed me to wear her trademark cape and hat at Summit in Tampa 2016:


    Leslie even allowed me to wear them during the "GPUG Idol" competition that year (in which I was crushed by
    @Shawn Dorward, MVP).

    But this is my favorite picture of Leslie and me (from Tampa 2016):


    Leslie has a million-watt smile!

    My friend, @Steve Burney, already posted the pic of the two of us and Leslie in our GPUG Medic coats at Phoenix last year.​ That pose with Steve and me caused Leslie to quip (paraphrasing): "I couldn't even get my husbands to kneel!"

    A couple years ago I thought it might help me get answers to some tough GP questions if I offered a more tangible recognition to the folks who answered my GPUG Forum posts. I created the LESLIE Badge. I've awarded variants of the badge to a number of people in the past couple of years (including @Amber Bell, @David Musgrave,
    @Kristen Hosman, @Derek Krebs, and @Barbara Gavron) ... but I reserved the best one for Leslie herself: the Rainbow LESLIE badge:


    I will miss Leslie very much.

    Sincerely,​​​​​​

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    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

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  • 22.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 5 days ago
    Thank you @Leslie Vail for all that you have done for the GP community! Even though I'm not actively supporting GP in my current role, I will always keep my copy of "Confessions of an MS Dynamics GP Consultant" - just in case...

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    David Flowers
    System Admin -GP and Salesforce Support
    RMG Enterprise Solutions
    Addison TX
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  • 23.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 5 days ago
    About 20 years ago I was working as a receptionist at "Great Plains" partner. I had some accounting experience and had taken the job at the GP partner to possibly join their programming team (that is what I was going to school to learn). This was during the crazy "dot com" days and they merged with another company and used some of the "dot com" investment money to fly Leslie to sunny San Diego to teach a group of us about GP. That foundation of training is something I think about every time I work with a new client. @Leslie Vail made learning fun and made it seem accessible (if that makes any sense). She has an amazing gift for making complicated processes digestible.

    I was able to attend her last session at #GPTechConf this year in Fargo. I can attest that to the last minute of that class she was sharing so many amazing tips and tricks and just couldn't stop giving her gifts of knowledge and experience.

    Leslie's legacy is one of sharing knowledge. She knows that education makes us all stronger. I am sure she has many new adventures ahead. I am just so thankful I had a chance to see her sparkle in person at so many pivotal moments in my life. Seriously, she changed the course of my career and life and I couldn't be more thankful.
    ​​

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    Amber Bell
    Training Dynamo LLC
    Email: amber@trainingdynamo.com
    Website: www.trainingdynamo.com
    Twitter: @trainingdynamo
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  • 24.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 2 days ago
    @Amber Bell,

    >> Leslie's legacy is one of sharing knowledge. She knows that education makes us all stronger. I am sure she has many new adventures ahead. I am just so thankful I had a chance to see her sparkle in person at so many pivotal moments in my life. Seriously, she changed the course of my career and life and I couldn't be more thankful. <<​

    Hear! Hear!

    Sincerely,

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    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

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  • 25.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 2 days ago
    Edited by Joni Finnell 2 days ago
    I third that! @Leslie Vail was kind enough to let me call her and she walked me through revamping our account structure. After she explained the complex steps she then took the extra time to ask me if there was anything else that she could help with.​ That was the first year that I nominated someone for GPUG All-Star. I was actually shocked that she wasn't one already because she was so deserving. Congratulations Leslie and thank you for all of the vast knowledge that you so willingly shared. Truly a special lady!


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    Joni Finnell
    GP Projects/Troubleshooter
    Consumer Support Services, Inc.
    Newark OH
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  • 26.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 5 days ago
    Leslie,

    I "Ditto" everything that has been said about you!  I've known you since the Great Plains University days and have always had the greatest respect for you and what you've given to our GP Community!  You have earned the word, "Retirement", and I wish you a wonderful one!

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    Jeannette Coty Bachellor
    Senior HRP Consultant
    Coty Consulting
    Minneapolis MN
    jcoty@cotyconsulting.com
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  • 27.  RE: LESLIE VAIL RETIRING

    Posted 2 days ago
    You will be greatly missed Leslie.  Thanks so much for all the years of contributions to help users!  Best wishes.

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    Kevin Powell, CPA, CGMA
    Corporate Controller
    IMC Companies, LLC
    Memphis TN
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