February 2018 Anniversaries

Here are the February 2018 judge anniversaries!

15 years

Simon Le Guiffant from Chartres de Bretagne, France
Diego Sotomayor from Lima, Peru
Chris McGuire from Ottawa, Canada

10 years

Vincent Johnston from Ottawa, Canada
Sebastian Hausmann from Nuernberg, Germany
Antonio Galluccio from Taurianova, Italy
Maarten Wybaillie from Petegem-aan-de-Leie, Belgium
Masaru Koide from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bart Boudewijn from Einighausen, Netherlands
Rodrigo Gimenez from So Paulo, Brazil

5 years

Joseph Giallo from Chapel Hill, United States
Leonid Serdtsev from Moscow, Russia
Erik Peters from Bellevue, Nebraska, United States
James Young from Sydney, Australia
Mario Zúñiga Gil from Granada, Spain
Joe Mann from lakeville, Minnesota, United States
Joshua Brown from Bexley, Australia
William Israel from Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
Carlos Oliveros Guntín from Madrid, Spain
Guillaume Matignon from Bordeaux, France
Nadia Bukach from Richmond, Virginia, United States
Brian Braun-Duin from Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Ashford Smith from Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
Emma Handy from Arden, North Carolina, United States
Christopher Yarbrough from Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Lindsey Carroll from Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
Terrance Armstrong from Walnut, California, United States
Nathan Andrews from Somersworth, New Hampshire, United States
Jack Janeski from Denton, Texas, United States
Brandon Barstow from La Habra, California, United States
Thomas Holzinger from Salzburg, Austria
J Adam Anderson-Riley from St Columb, United Kingdom
Max Maloney from Portland, Oregon, United States
Chris Aston from Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Raoul Trifan from Timisoara, Romania
Daniel De Swarte from Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Jared Holder from St Peter, Florida, Barbados
Jason Hargreaves from Northglenn, Colorado, United States
Nobuyoshi Yoshida from Okayama-shi, Japan
Tsutomu Date from Aichi-ken Kariya-shi, Japan
Serio Antezana from Cochabamba, Bolivia
Chenle Yu from shenzhen, China
Preston Phillips from Riverton, Wyoming, United States
Jesse Gamboa from Denver, Colorado, United States
Shinya Sato from Tokyo, Japan
Pablo Petracov from La Tablada, Argentina
Daniele Torre from Rome, Italy
James Arriola from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Ronald Hicks from Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Jeremy Reid from Grand Falls-Windsor, Canada
Sami Säisä from Turku, Finland
José Luis Gómez from Santander, Spain
Ashley Coatl from Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Andrew Kurtzman from College Station, Texas, United States
Julien de Graat from München, Germany
Keith Hagan from Gainesville, Florida, United States
Danny Strunk from Whitley city, Kentucky, United States
Mark Katerberg from St Louis, Missouri, United States
Alex Pagnani from Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
Cesar Cabrera Ruiz from Mexico df, Mexico
Gustavo Ortega from Leon, Mexico
Hans Hauser from Rainbow, California, United States
Stefan Pekic from Belgrade, Serbia
Chris Sullenberger from San Jose, California, United States
Kévin Massy from Grenoble, France
Ray Dill from Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Nickolas Tyers from Port Coquitlam, Canada
Bryan Frye from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Jeremy Richard from Amherstburg, Canada
Ryuuhei Kuroda from Osaka, Japan
Jay DeLazier from Richmond, Virginia, United States
Brittany Smith from Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Justin Rix from Fort White, Florida, United States
Verónica Dorrego Benito from Madrid, Spain
Marius Cholewa from Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Joseph Wilkerson from Santaquin, Utah, United States
Jeremy Ortiz from Stratford, Connecticut, United States
David Poon from Gibsons, BC, Canada
Valdas Kalvis from Vilnius, Lithuania
David Esquinas Sanchez from Madrid, Spain
Bryan Hickey from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Timothy Johnson from Laguna Hills, California, United States
Erica Peterson from Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
Micah Manary from Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
Edward Vitro from Bellevue, Washington, United States
Jeremy White from Victoria, Canada
Jochem van’t Hull from Nijmegen, Netherlands
Giorgio Maldarizzi from Collegno, Italy
Salvatore Prota from Lecco, Italy
Nate Statum from Machesney Park, Illinois, United States
Joseph Solberg from Rancho Cucamonga, United States
James Cromwell from St. Catharines, Canada

Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work!

Conference Extraordinaire

Conference Extraordinaire

This month we are featuring 3 judges: Cesar Cabrera, Justin Rix, and Naoaki Umesaki. First off, Carlos has gathered a few words about Cesar’s 5 year anniversary:

Cesar is a well known judge in the Mexico, who has been involved with projects in his community. Being L1 hasn’t stopped him from actively participating in the community and improving it, and I that’s something worthy of recognition, even if he’s at the moment looking into becoming a L2 (which I hope he does!).

Here’s what a few leaders of his community had to say about Cesar:

L3 Héctor Fuentes
Cesar is always a friendly judge, who works hard at every event he attends and is always trying to improve the day for other judges. This is not even his best quality, as I believe his best quality in the judge program is how much support he brought to the Mexican judge community, by helping out with creating a common fund whose goal was to make a better use of the assets we had. Thanks to Cesar’s efforts with the fund, we were able to help many judges reach far away events or conferences that otherwise they couldn’t have experienced.

L2 Enrique Manuel Guzmán Mosqueda
Ever since Cesar became a judge, I’ve witnessed how much he’s grown, increasingly participating in the program: judging in your local store, being staffed for GPs, involving himself in conferences as a presenter, or just like now that you’re looking into becoming a L2. I think the qualities that always remind everyone about Cesar is how much support he always provides and his excellent teamwork.

L2 Omar González
Cesar, there are few judges with which I’be built a relationship like I’ve done with you. I have followed your evolution as a judge and helped you during it, therefore I believe I can openly speak about how much of a change you have experienced from your start in the program.
You’ve always demonstrated a great enthusiasm, but nowadays you know how to focus that energy: be it presenting a seminar at a conference or head judging side events at a GP (like you recently did in Santa Clara and Indianapolis).

You’ve become a solid judge, able to fill in as needed in any event, and you’re always providing ideas and insight, and acting with confidence.
Now that you’re looking to become L2, I have to say, I have no doubts that you’ll get there and become an excellent L2 peer.

Cosplay Judge!

Cosplay Judge!

Next, new RC Nicolette has written about Justin’s 5 year anniversary:

Justin Rix is a staple of the Southeast Community, as has been for almost as long as he’s been a judge. He’s been publicly recognized 10+ by his peers through the Exemplar Program, for everything from organizing Southeast branded clothing, actively cleaning up at events, feedback, and even organizing a Charity Event.

Lately, in addition to attending events and presenting at conferences, he’s taken up a love of Cosplay. He has attended conventions dressed as characters such as Kiran Nalaar and Sorin among others.

I can’t wait to see what the next five years have in store for Justin!

Pillar of Japan

Pillar of Japan

For this month, we have one Level 3 anniversary to recognize. Naoaki Umesaki is celebrating his 10-year anniversary as a L3 judge. Fellow Japanese Level 3 judge Yoshitoki Sakai offered these thoughts:

“Hello Umesaki-san! Congratulations for your 10th anniversary as an L3!

I myself have been a judge for almost 5 years and a player for almost 20 years in the MTG world. Since I started travelling to play competitive events such as GP, PT, Nationals etc., you were always there and I remember seeing multiple situations when you were mentoring others very proactively.

After many years, you are still actively educating many people, exactly the same as I remember, despite the years that have gone past, and I was afraid that the next judge to be educated by you proactively would be me. And just as I expected, my turn was coming….

In our judge days together, we discussed rulings, policy and everything else, each and every single day. And during our discussions, all kinds of questions after questions keeps popping up, again and again… So our discussions never finish. One time that I remembers so vividly, was in front of the 7-11 at Takadanobaba, when we discussed many things about MTG until 5am, even though we had start work from 8am that day. Lots of memories with you that I remember.

I am certain that I would not have fallen in love with judging if it was not for you. Not only have you educated me as a judge, you also taught me how fun judging can be.

And now we often work together outside of the MTG world. Recently, both of us faced the big turning points in our lives. And this means we have less conversations about MTG. I have no idea if the moments that I enjoyed so much in judging with you would come back to us or not, but I am very looking forward to that again.

Once again, big congratulations for your 10th anniversary. Let’s celebrate your 15th anniversary together again!”

Best wishes to you for your decade of service as a L3 judge!

Happy anniversary to all of you!  We look forward to many more years of judging from you all.

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2 Responses to February 2018 Anniversaries

  1. Elias Fajardo says:

    Just a question:
    Anniversaries are taken into account from the most recent promotion (the last time you leveled up) or from the very start of judging (becoming L1)?

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