Bert Ertman is a passionate Java evangelist ever since he first ran into a Java development project while doing his internship in 1995 at the renowned Freudenthal Institute - a department of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He started using the very first publicly available JDK to create interactive applications for use in classrooms. Bert is well-known within the Dutch Java community, not only for his role as a lead of NLJUG, the Netherlands Java User Group (3500+ members), but also because he is still doing lots of talks and workshops advocating new technologies.
Currently Bert is Technology Manager for the Competence Center Java of Info Support BV in Netherlands and Belgium. He is responsible for stimulating innovation, knowledge sharing, coaching, technology choices and presales activities. He has authored dozens of articles on Java technology, and a series of Java versus .NET installments for the Dutch Java Magazine and joined the editorial board of the magazine as well. Bert also keeps a blog. As JUG leader, Bert helped the NLJUG in scaling-up their events (J-Spring / J-Fall) from 150 attendees up to over 1,200 attendees at the most recent events. NLJUG developer events now feature "A-list" international speakers including JavaOne rock stars, Java Champions, and well-known members of the international Java community.
In 2008, Bert was honored by being awarded the coveted title of Java Champion by an international panel of Java leaders and luminaries.