March 2018 Anniversaries

Here are the March 2018 judge anniversaries!

15 years

Michael Lauter from Cologne, Germany
Jose Alejandro Balado Bradarich from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vincent Roscioli from Bristow, Virginia, United States
Stefan Conka from Kladno, Czech Republic
Glen White from Gravesend, England
John Weldin from Fulton, New York, United States

10 years

Jan Jaap Vermeire from Amsterdam, Netherlands
William Gibson from Murphy, North Carolina, United States
Brian Diefendorf from Henderson, North Carolina, United States
Dimah Eroshkin from Pocatello, Idaho, United States
José Correa from Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Mircea Pienar from Timisoara, Romania
Rene Herrera from Talcahuano, Chile
Ethan Rider from Webster, Massachusetts, United States
Maxime Cochin from Olivet, France
Paul Ferret from Poitiers, France
Avri Rahamim from San Jose, California, United States
Sean Catanese from Seattle, Washington, United States

5 years

John Song from Mississauga, Canada
Austin Whitehead from Sedley, Virginia, United States
Lyle Dixon from Madison Heights, Michigan, United States
Jayme Castellanos from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Simon Cliche-Lamoureux from Quebec, Canada
William Blanks from Roswell, Georgia, United States
Alex Underwood from Henrico, Virginia, United States
Gene Marinas from Mississauga, Canada
Kevin Anctil from Quebec, Canada
Kyle Leary from Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Donovan Breest from Zebulon, North Carolina, United States
Travis Guffy from Melbourne, Florida, United States
Daniel Morais from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Benjamin Gomes from Livermore, California, United States
Eric Enslen from Newark, Delaware, United States
Ze’eva Chasan from Burlington, Vermont, United States
Jeff Doty from Mesa, Arizona, United States
Anthony Martinez from Pico Rivera, California, United States
Levi Ritchie from Abilene, Texas, United States
Travis Nonenmacher from Long beach, California, United States
Matthew Valeo from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States
Jonathan Downs from Nelson, New Zealand
Anthony Hullings from Croydon, Pennsylvania, United States
Joaquim Neumann from Bonn, Germany
Matthias Eckstein from Kassel, Germany
Daren Two Feathers from Sunderland, Massachusetts, United States
Ken Briscoe from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States
Sam Abramowitz from Santa Monica, California, United States
Sean Canet from Medford, Oregon, United States
Joe Brooks from San Antonio, Texas, United States
David Kanaan from White Plains, New York, United States
Jasper Johnson-Epstein from Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Milan Majerčík from Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic
Chris Cornwell-Shiel from Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Juan Carlos Avelar from Santa Tecla, El Salvador
Andrea Castelli from Milano, Italy
Tomy Chamberland from Rimouski, Canada
Jan Kotrla from Brno, Czech Republic
Daniel Suydam from Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States
Boris Vukovic from Novi Sad, Serbia
Brad Shires from Albany, New York, United States
Taylor Shuss from Huntington Beach, California, United States
Andrew Hanson from Tucson, Arizona, United States
Jorge Garcia from Sevilla, Spain
Niki Lin from Herent, Belgium
Martin Pelletier from Rimouski, Canada
Kaylee Mullins from Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Kenta Yamamoto from Matsumoto, Japan
Dean Wookey from Johannesburg, South Africa
Ryan Parr from Raymore, Missouri, United States
Matthew Shepard from Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Chihun Kim from Seoul, South Korea
Wojciech Jankowski from Warszawa, Poland
Ottoniel Ortiz from Guatemala, Guatemala
Aaron Speer from West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Samuel Lurie from Weston, Massachusetts, United States
Kelsey Dixon from Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Wojciech Strzyzakowski from Warsaw, Poland
Leonardo Oliveira Graichen from Curitiba, Brazil
Rafael Trigo from Blumenau, Brazil
Hiroki Asada from Kyoto, Japan
Felipe Alves Couto from Niteroi, Brazil
Victor Alem from São Paulo, Brazil
Vitor Siqueira from Santos , Brazil
Felipe Soares from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Breno Cury-Rad Rodrigues da Silva from Teresina, Brazil
Henrique Bejgel from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Nicolau Maldonado from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vinícius Verolli de Almeida from Piratininga, Brazil
Ademar Simão Junior from Contagem, Brazil
Rafael Barcelos from São José, Brazil
Kevin Kwong from Vancouver, Canada
Daniel Hernandez from Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Rodrigo Iñiguez from Guadalajara, Mexico
John Cross from Denver, Colorado, United States
Daniel Kelly from Highland, Indiana, United States
Angela Schabauer from Calgary, Canada
Brian Barkow from Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Emilio Franceschini from Montevideo, Uruguay
Craig Stambaugh from New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Panagiotis Papadopoulos from Athens, Greece
alexandre bonneau from clermont-ferrand, France
Neil Schmidt from Issaquah, Washington, United States
Masashi Fujino from toyohashi-shi, Japan
Austin McNamara from Bellevue, United States
Will Hofweber from Eugene, Oregon, United States
Pablo Ruiz from Oviedo, Spain
Angela Chandler from Culver City, California, United States
Floris Rensink from Hengelo, Netherlands
Nathan Cardinell from Tempe, Arizona, United States
Raúl Díaz from Madrid, Spain
Mihai Bîrsan from Iasi, Romania
Blair Lavallee from Simi Valley, California, United States
Christoffer Bernhardsen from Trondheim, Norway
Gene Joo from Beaverton, Oregon, United States
Jonan Scheffler from Beaverton, Oregon, United States
Lisa Bieker from Hood River, Oregon, United States
Meaghan Gallagher from Portland, Oregon, United States
Joseph D’Asaro from San Pedro, California, United States
Michael Oyler from lisle, Illinois, United States
Anthony Miller from Seattle, Washington, United States
Joe Hughto from Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
loris collatuzzo from mezzane di sotto, Italy
Brad Hamlin from Portland, Oregon, United States
Pim Havelaar from Utrecht, Netherlands
Vern Wells from Marysville, Washington, United States
Andrea Bazzan from Stanghella, Italy
Cody Colt from Yelm, Washington, United States
Guy Franck Ismael Kone from Carignano, Italy
Richard Townley from Yokosuka, Japan
Jerzy Sikorski from Brodnica, Poland
Aras Aziz from Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Chin Yao Han from Keelung, Taiwan
Mariusz Salwa from Tumlin Wykien, Poland
Kainoa Pestana from Portland, Oregon, United States
Marcos Hernandes from Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jordan Ewers from Prospect Heights, Illinois, United States
Vincent Berladyn from Bruxelles, Belgium
Charles Lai from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Michael Brigham from Everett, Washington, United States
Michael Dio from Kenmore, New York, United States
Damien Barbance from Agde, France
Merced Salinas from Weslaco, Texas, United States

Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work!

This month we are featuring 3 judges: Milan Majerčík, Emilien Wild, and Abe Corson. First, we are celebrating Milan’s 5th year as a judge with some words from his RC, Sebastian:

Milan Majerčík is a staple of Czech & Slovak Community. He’s been publicly recognized by fellow judges almost 40 times for his many contributions. Milan has taken part or organised many initiatives, just to name a few: coordination PPTQs in Czechia and Slovakia, assembling travel guide for GP Prague, organisation of local judge meetup in Prague, translation of Player DQ FAQ to Czech, Judge Token project – that’s just amazing, how active he is.

You can also find Milan participating in forum discussions on Judge Apps, making suggestions, asking questions and providing food for thought. While doing so, he serves as a moral compass, speaking up and acting when he sees something going wrong, or raising uncomfortable topics when he feels that’s necessary.

Milan, I’d like to thank you for all this, and kindly ask for more. Keep up the great work!

For this month, we have a pair of Level 3 anniversaries to recognize. Emilien Wild and Abe Corson celebrate their 5th anniversary as Level 3!

First, Regional Coordinator Richard Drijvers gathered some thoughts about Emilien:

“Emilien Wild has achieved many things during his time in the Magic Judge program. Like Jona Bemindt says;

Emilien has always been my prime example of the greatest advantage the Judge Program brings us: the enormous potential for self-improvement. In my many years knowing him, first as a player, and later as a judge, I have seen him taking great strides towards growing, not only within the program, but also outside of it. Seeing him reach his burgundy shirt as the newest height in that road is something we as a community can only applaud.

Most of my experience with Emilien at events has been at GP Side Events, where he has been a solid rock for years now, having been at the start of many of the best practices we use today. It always fills me with a certain ease of mind when I can schedule him at a Side Events Lead position, knowing that he’ll manage to handle whatever we have to throw at him, and that in return we’ll get valuable feedback to improve.

To many more years to come!

I, personally, don’t actually remember when I first met Emilien Wild. Luckily, Niels Viaene does;

I met Emilien first when he was my roommate at the Outpost Open in Brussels. Well, “meeting” is to be taken with a grain of salt. I don’t think Emilien talked to me that weekend, and I saw more of his hat than his face. As time went by I saw Emilien bloom and develop into a L3 judge I respect greatly for his capability to analyze and create processes and his amazing way of communicating any topic in an clear and understandable way.

People that only know Emilien as he is today have plenty of reasons to look up to him, those of us fortunate enough to see the process can all learn from him.

I do know, however, that without Emilien, I would not have been able to do my tasks as a Regional Coordinator as good as I have. He was my first source for information on anything that was going on in the French speaking part of Belgium. Up until we created Area Captains about 2 years ago. I actually believe we were able to have someone as Area Captain in Walloon, because Emilien was able to recruit, train and mentor someone towards this goal, because he sought greater things for himself. I was very happy to see that he found a way to achieve this, both in making new judges and in obtaining the GP HJ certification himself.

I’m certain Emilien will continue to grow, and that he will continue to amaze us all with his insights, philosophy and innovations.”

Next we share some thoughts from Abe’s Regional Coordinator, Nicholas Sabin:

“This month marks the fifth anniversary of Abe Corson’s certification as a Level Three judge. Many of you know Abe as a Grand Prix Head Judge, or from his work on the SCG Tour. If you do, you’ll agree with me when I praise him for his precise, nuanced, and sophisticated understanding of both rules and policy. If you know Abe as a player, you’ll note his deep love of Vintage Magic — he’s a frequent and obvious choice to head judge Vintage Championships each year. What many people don’t know about Abe, and what I’ve gotten to see as his Regional Coordinator and as someone who calls Abe a friend, is his thorough investment in others. Abe writes some of the best reviews a judge can hope to receive. They are deep dives into a judge’s work, and are balanced in their praise and their feedback. As an L2, Abe was instrumental in the growth of the Northern Virginia and Washington DC judge communities, and I know many of that area’s finest judges would identify him as a mentor and a supporter. Abe’s work as a judge makes obvious his love of the game, and he exemplifies the characteristics I encourage in the Mid-Atlantic communities: work ethic, efficiency, and investment in others. This region would not be the same if not for Abe’s involvement, and I’m proud to call him a peer and a friend.

Congratulations on your fifth anniversary at L3, Abe. I look forward to many more anniversaries to come. Best wishes to you for your decade of service as a L3 judge!”

Best wishes to both Emilien and Abe!

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

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