Art Kagel is a consultant working in the areas of database design and administration with a concentration on server performance. He has been working with Informix products since the first SQL release in 1983. He is one of the most recognized and respected individuals in the Informix user community. After over fourteen years filling various roles for Bloomberg Corporation Mr. Kagel returned to consulting in 2007 mainly supporting organizations using Informix database, but also accepting other projects in database management, database architecture, and data based applications design and development. Mr. Kagel is a recipient of the International Informix Users Group's (IIUG) Directors' Award and was named an IBM Champion for Information Management by IBM Corporation eleven times through 2019. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the IIUG and on the Rutgers University Big Data Advisory Board.