Microsoft Taps Second KUA Programmer For MVP Award

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 25, 8:00 a.m. — Conventional wisdom tells us that lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Don’t tell that to programmer Mark Coffman who today became the second employee of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) in two months to be named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

What makes this announcement unique is that only 21 individuals worldwide were honored in the MVP category of Windows digital media. Even more amazing is that two of these individuals work for the same employer.

“It’s really quite remarkable to have two MVPs in the same company,” said Jef Gray, KUA’s vice president of information technology. “These awards further solidify our efforts to bring high-tech jobs to Osceola County.”

Coffman joins Internet programmer/analyst Rob Morris who was named a Microsoft MVP in December, his third consecutive year with the designation.

Microsoft began issuing the MVP awards more than ten years ago to honor individual users across 87 countries for their outstanding contributions to the Microsoft community. MVPs are recognized, credible, and accessible individuals with expertise in one or more Microsoft products who actively participate in online and offline communities to share their knowledge and expertise with other Microsoft customers. (Read more at

“In essence, Mark and Rob are technical community leaders,” said Gray. “They expand their own knowledge by sharing their passion and experience with others.”

To recognize the contributions they make, MVPs have the opportunity to meet with Microsoft executives and participate in technical content development. In addition, MVPs receive early access to technology, which keeps them on the cutting edge.

Coffman began his career at KUA in 2003.

Founded in 1901, KUA ( is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
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