Author: Amy Oplinger

Week of Manish Thaduri

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person who we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana. This week the spotlight lands on Manish Thaduri!

You can connect further using the links at the bottom of this post!

Title and Current Employer

Salesforce Platform Specialist, Kalido



  • Salesforce Certified Administrator May 11, 2015

  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I July 12, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder August 21, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist October 20, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant January 8, 2018


Currently at 110 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Co-Leader of Salesforce Developer Group in Singapore for the past 2 years. Actively speaking and organizing events for the group.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Process Builder – You control the sequence of updates than can be performed on an object, unlike workflow!

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

It is Marketing Cloud product! Currently, this platform isn’t fully matured but everyone is super keen on it. I think Salesforce can do and will do much better there.

5 Fun Facts about me:

  1. Watches a wide range of movies at home but falls asleep every single time! No exception. If you wanna watch movie with him, bring him to the cinema, never at home!
  2. Enjoys shopping as much as gals do. While men would sulk at one corner or secretly complaint about gals walking tirelessly, he seems to follow the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them”
  3. Mumbles in his sleep – in English! While English is not his mother tongue.
  4. So adventurous that he did Sky Diving, Para Gliding. A Karate blackbelt holder but utterly scared of lizard, a crawling lizard. Runs out of the house if he finds one in his room. The house is either his or the lizard’s – they both don’t stay together.
  5. Enrolled in a fitness centre with hundreds of fitness classes available but chooses to do treadmill instead.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Codey, because he loves to code! He builds, he makes, he enjoys. And Codey can give Huge Hugs like no other.

Favorite GIF


Connect with me:

The Trailblazer Community



Blog: sfdcFanBoy

Week of Gemma Emmett

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person who we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana . This week the spotlight lands on Gemma Emmett! Be sure to check out Gemma’s contact information at the bottom of this post.

Title and Current Employer

Solution Architect, Bluewolf


  • Salesforce Certified Administrator December 15, 2008
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator November 25, 2009
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant January 23, 2012
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant May 17, 2013
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder May 16, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Data Architecture & Management Designer September 14, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer September 21, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist October 6, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Application Architect October 20, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I October 20, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle & Deployment Designer November 3, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Integration Architecture Designer November 10, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant November 26, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer December 24, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified System Architect December 24, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Mobile Solutions Architecture Designer March 19, 2018

Currently at 279 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Gemma is the leader of a community called Ladies Be Architects. She runs study groups and supports women who are aiming to become certified architects.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Gemma loves working with process builder

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Being able to make fields appear and disappear based on certain conditions

5 Fun Facts about Gemma:
  1. She loves watching documentaries about royal British history and is particularly interested in the Cousins’ War
  2. Gemma has traced her family tree back to the 17th century
  3. Gemma has a keen interest in criminology
  4. Gemma LOVES Shakespeare and her favourite play is MacBeth
  5. Gemma once had a cigarette with Stephen K. Amos, a British comedian. She had no idea who he was until he arrived on stage!
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Gemma likes Cloudy, because goats are awesome

Favorite GIF
Connect with this #WeekOf featured person:

The Trailblazer Community



Blog: Always A Blezard

New Year, MOAR Ohana

If you are reading this, let me take a moment first of all, to THANK YOU for your support of the #GifSquad over the past year.

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By interacting with us, you soon found out we are so much more than GIF lovers. But, since we love GIFs, here’s a fav:

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In 2016, as a group, we decided to use our collective reach to give back to the Ohana we hold so closely to our hearts. We achieved this in 2 ways.

First, we set up shop and created some Salesforcey t-shirts, with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Thank you to all who purchased shirts. Because of your generosity, we raised close to $600 for the charity!

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The shirts are still available to purchase at any time, but we do have another fun fundraiser on the horizon, so keep watching for updates!

The second way we chose to give back in 2017 was to create a weekly series highlighting Ohana community members. We tagged this our #WeekOf series, and featured over 42 members of the Salesforce community. The goal was to feature some lesser known, or perhaps people who are less active on social media and give them a little introduction to you. Our process was an internal one, meaning most members of the GifSquad participated in nominating people. We are very happy with the global group of people we have featured, like Paarth Jolly, the WORLD’s youngest Developer Group Leader, Bonny Hinners, multi-certified Non-Profit expert, and Technical Architect (and Swifty), Shannon Howe. We hope you learned about some new and awesome Salesforcians in the process! ( Salesforcians a word? I’m sure I’ve seen it before….)

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For 2018, we have decided to switch things up a bit. While the group has a large network, we can’t know everyone in the global community who is up to great things. So, we are turning over our #WeekOf nominations to YOU, Ohana! The nomination form is now live on our site, here.

So, what makes a good #WeekOf Candidate? That’s up to you! Here are some general guidelines, but we have no “rules.” We just want to hear about awesome people doing awesome things!

  • Someone willing to help others in their quest for knowledge or support on Salesforce
  • Active in the community, either online or at their local events
  • Someone who believes in equality and is willing to support or stand up for those affected in the stuggle

Please note, while we will try our best, not all who are nominated will be featured.

So go ahead, we turn this process over to you now and can’t wait to meet those nominated!

Thank you again for all your support of the GifSquad, and we look forward to a fantastic 2018 of giving back to the Salesforce Ohana!

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