Winthrop Development Consultants … One year on

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOne year ago on 17th October 2014, I left Microsoft after thirteen and a half years and restarted the consulting business that I had before joining Microsoft.

Winthrop Dexterity Consultants was formed in September 1999 and when I joined Microsoft in December 2001, my wife Jennifer continued to run the business for almost five years before the Omni products were acquired by Rockton Software. The business as a Microsoft partner was put on hold at that time. When I found out I was leaving Microsoft, I restarted the business as Winthrop Development Consultants.

Now, as I sit in my hotel room in Reno, Nevada before I start flying home tomorrow, it is one year on and I can reflect on what has been an amazing year. Below is a summary of the achievements for the year:

  • November 2014: Attended and presented at reIMAGINE 2014 conference in Fargo, ND, USA.
  • March 2015: Successfully negotiated an exclusive license with Microsoft for the three tools I developed while at Microsoft.
  • March 2015: Attended Pre Game 2015 partner conference day in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • March 2015: Attended and presented at Convergence 2015 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • April 2015: Released the product Visual Studio Integration Toolkit to replace Menus for Visual Studio Tools.
  • June 2015: Negotiated a mutually beneficial partnership with Mekorma to exclusively distribute and support Winthrop Development Consultants products worldwide.


  • August 2015: Released the product GP Power Tools to replace the Support Debugging Tool.
  • September 2015: Released new product Batch Posting Service Toolkit based on Service Based Architecture.
  • September 2015: Sat the Installation and Configuration exam offered by the Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro).


  • September 2015: Attended and presented at reIMAGINE 2015 conference in Fargo, ND, USA.
  • October 2015: Awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) status.


  • October 2015: Obtained Dynamics Professional credentials after passing the exam.
  • October 2015: Attended Pre Summit 2015 in Reno, NV, USA.
  • October 2015: Attended and presented at GPUG Summit 2015 conference in Reno, NV, USA.
  • October 2015: Awarded GPUG All Star status by the Dynamics GP User Group yesterday.


Wow, what a ride. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the journey.

A special thanks must go to many people (in no particular order):

  • To my conference co-presenters Mariano Gomez and Beat Bucher.
  • To the Dynamics Communities team, especially Kim Peterson and Joe Carroll.
  • To Pam Misialek from Microsoft who worked hard to make the License with Microsoft a reality.
  • To the Mekorma team, including Craig Klapman, Ora Goldman, Jay Manley, Angel Blum, Mike McDowell, Steve Linz, Michael Hildebrandt, Boun Phommarth, Daniel Lee and Peter Vien.
  • To all the Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs who nominated me for MVP status.
  • To Chad Sogge from Microsoft who approved the MVP award.
  • To everyone who voted for the GPUG All Star awards.
  • To my other “Conference Buddies” who I only get to see in person once or twice a year.
  • To the subscribers and readers of my blog.

Finally, I have to thank my family for supporting me while I work too hard and letting me spend an entire month away from home.

Stay tuned for blog articles on my time in Arcata, California and Reno, Nevada.


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