Thank you Nestor Portillo for Your Years of Leadership and Service to the MVP Award Program

After seven years as a valuable leader in the MVP community, Community Engagement Director Nestor Portillo is moving on to a new role at Microsoft. Nestor’s passion for and expertise in community and social media will be put to good use as he takes on a new global leadership role within Microsoft’s support organization, where he will focus on delivering great value to Microsoft customers in community forums, micro-blogs and other next-generation social channels.

“Nestor leaves a strong seven-year legacy in our organization, having played a critical role in shaping the Most Valuable Professional Award in recent years,” explained Toby Richards, General Manager of Microsoft’s Community and Online Support.

Starting as a community lead in Latin America, Nestor’s contributions to the community grew to leading the MVP Award in recent years. He helped to strengthen how Microsoft identifies, awards and engages with top community leaders, and he clocked tens of thousands of air miles in the process as he developed strong personal relationships with MVPs around the world.

Nestor wished to share his sincere gratitude for all Microsoft’s MVPs, past and present, and the MVP program’s staff with these words… “During my years working for the MVP award program I’ve had the privilege to contribute in its evolution to become the industry best practice; this has only been possible because its key components: the MVPs, our vibrant communities and the passion of the people running it are deeply committed to helping users. I cannot foresee anything less than success in the coming years because the passion involved.”

Continuing and growing upon Nestor’s great work will be Mike Hickman and Lourdes Orive.  Mike and Lourdes share Nestor’s and the whole MVP program’s passion for our MVPs and each bring rich histories and experiences within the MVP and community spaces.  Mike will manage all community engagement and Lourdes will drive the program and operations side of the MVP experience.  Mike and Lourdes are not new to our MVPs, but will reach out to more of our MVPs in the coming months and look forward to connecting personally with many MVPs at the upcoming Global MVP Summit in late February and early March.

Please join us in expressing our great thanks to Nestor for his exceptional leadership and personal commitment to the MVP community over the years and welcome Mike Hickman and Lourdes Orive.

Comments (33)
  1. Jorge Serrano (MVP) says:

    Thank you very much Nestor.

    You are the best! 😉

    Muchas gracias por todos estos años en el programa,… seguiremos en contacto Néstor.

    Good luck Mike and Lourdes!

  2. Victor Lopez says:

    Congratulations, my friend

  3. Alun Jones says:

    Wow. The programme will definitely not be the same without Nestor. Good luck to you in whatever you do!

  4. Alfred Myers says:

    Good luck Nestor!

  5. Raffaele Rialdi says:

    Congratulations Nestor, and welcome to Mike and Lourdes!!!

  6. Sean O'Driscoll says:

    Congrats Nestor and best of luck in the new gig!  


  7. Rodrigo Kono says:

    Thank you Nestor!

    The brazilians MVPs wish success in this new journey! Thank you.. thank you.

  8. Marin says:

    Thanks Nestor and congrats to all on new positions.

  9. Eduardo Petizme says:


    Thanks for all in last 5 years and sucess in new role.

    See ya.

  10. Miguel Almeyda says:

    Good luck !!! Nestor…

  11. Hal Hostetler says:

    Let me add my voice to the army of those who know and love you, thanks for all your tireless work in the MVP arena and very best of luck in your new role. Congratulations! I do hope you'll be at the Summit.

  12. Jose Luis Manners says:

    Nestor congrats on the new position.

  13. Hello Nestor,

    Your participation in the MVP program served as an example of professionalism, dedication and humility for all the MVPs.

    I MVPs and some older had the honor of receiving the MVP Award from you and even today I remember his words talking about the program by telephone. This marked my life very much and will never forget.

    I wish much success in his new challenge.

    Luciano Lima

    MVP Enterprise Security – Brazil

  14. Steve Banks says:

    Thanks Nestor for all you've done for us through the years. All the best in your new role!

  15. Kenji Yamamoto (was MVP in the past) says:

    Good luck, Nestor.

    Please visit and enjoy Asian countries and enjoy communicating with local communities face to face.

    Enjoy super-crowded trains in Japan.  🙂

  16. Kenji Yamamoto (was once an MVP in the past) says:

    Good luck, Nestor.

    Please visit and enjoy Asian countries and enjoy communicating with local communities face to face.

    Enjoy super-crowded trains in Japan.  🙂

  17. Alexandro Prado says:

    Thanks Nestor! And Congratulations!

  18. Nilda says:

    Gracias por ser como eres, sigue así y en todos los caminos encontrarás lo que buscas, mucha suerte!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Doug Steele, MVP says:

    Congratulatons, Nestor. Hope you'll make it up to Mississauga again in your new role (and that you'll be able to host another event there! :))

  20. Julian Peris says:

    Congrats, Nestor, life keeps moving!!!

  21. Vincenzo Di Russo [MVP] says:

    Good luck, Nestor!

  22. I wish you all the best. Thank you Nestor!

  23. Jack Cook says:

    Good luck in your next adventure Nestor. We will miss you! I'm sure we will see you during Summit!

  24. says:

    Congratulations Nestor, Mike, and Lourdes on the new positions and the continued support of the MVP program.

    I'm amazed how smooth the MVP summit runs every year.  It is a huge effort and much appreciated.   See you all next month.

  25. Curt Spanburgh says:

    Gracias Nestor para toda su trabajo para nosotros.

  26. Roberto Pozo says:

    Muchas Gracia Nestor por todo tu aporte al MVP Program… Exitos en tu nueva etapa 🙂

  27. says:

    Thank you Nestor! I wish you all the best. We had very good time at Japan Open Day last year. I hope to see you again.

  28. JR K Yoshikawa says:

    Hello Nestor.

    Thank you & Good Luck.

  29. Rob Brown - SpiritX says:

    Many thanks Nestor for all your efforts on behalf of the MVP program!

    Best wishes for all of your future endeavors……………

    Rob Brown – SpiritX – MVP Windows Consumer – Expert

  30. Shyh Hua Hung says:

    Congrats, Mike and Lourdes.

  31. RonV says:

    Congratulations Nestor, I know you will do well.

    Welcome to Mike and Lourdes, yo have some big shoes to fill. 🙂

  32. Alez Curquejo (alezito) says:

    Congratulations my friend !

    Felicidades hermano !

    Un fuerte brazo !!!

  33. says:

    Thanks Nestor, and good luck in your new "gig".

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