Author: Amy Oplinger

Week of Tara Aldridge

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana. Check out who is in the spotlight this week and be sure to connect further using the links at the bottom of this post!

Title and Current Employer

Head of Sales Practice, NewVoiceMedia

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator July 22, 2015

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Currently at 85 badges and counting!

Salesforce Community Group Leader?

Not a Leader, just an attendee. My favourite event so far has been Surf force on the west coast of Ireland and I am looking forward to NewVoiceMedia hosting the Hampshire User Group on 4th July

Favorite Salesforce Feature

For me its a classic – Quick Actions.

To give users the ability to do whatever they need to do from the top of the page whilst still being able to see all the information about their customer was and is a game changer.

I think for experienced Salesforce users its so natural we forget what a big deal it is, but when I am working with people who are new to Salesforce they are amazed by the ease of use and power of the quick actions.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

As a declarative admin, for me, the biggest opportunity for improvement is with Process Builder. It’s something that I use a lot and is incredibly powerful but troubleshooting can be difficult.

Fun Facts about me:

  1. I am teaching myself to cook and when im in the kitchen I am usually listening to podcasts such as the Salesforce Admins Podcast or audio books like Mythos about the classic Greek myths.
  2. Since starting work at NewVoiceMedia 4 years ago I have visited customers in over 20 countries and on 3 continents. Not bad for someone who had never been on a plane before.
  3. I am a big fan of car karaoke and when driving to and from visits to my customers. My playlist currently includes some classic motown, 80’s rock and some modern pop
  4. I collect maps of everywhere I visit, towns and cities around the UK or further afield. I have a map for pretty much every place I havs stayed in.
  5. I have a pet rescue duck who lives amongst the chickens at home.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Astro. Trailhead is the most amazing learning platform for me personally and for my team. Astro sums up everything about the Salesforce Ohana – adventerous and eager to learn

Favorite GIF

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Connect with me:

The Trailblazer Community

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Week of Chris Gardner

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana. Check out who is in the spotlight this week and be sure to connect further using the links at the bottom of this post!

Title and Current Employer

Solution Architect, Simplus

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultant June 14, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator June 28, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder July 15, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator August 2, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant August 9, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant October 11, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I December 14, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant March 22, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist May 18, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist June 8, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Data Architecture & Management Designer July 28, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant August 11, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer August 24, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Application Architect August 24, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle & Deployment Designer October 4, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer November 30, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Social Specialist December 28, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Integration Architecture Designer January 29, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified System Architect January 29, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II February 7, 201
  • Salesforce Certified Field Service Lightning Consultant February 22, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified CPQ Specialist March 22, 2018

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Currently at 224 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Yes. A Utah Pardot User Group leader, a small group with a need.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Lightning Components FTW!!!

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Dynamically display fields based on criteria.

Fun Facts about me:

  1. Classic game lover. I have recently beat Super Mario Bros. 3 again. Still such a good game.
  2. Avid car fan. I have built several cars in my spare time.
  3. Aspiring artist. In a previous life I was a graphic designer, and painting is a hobby that stuck around.
  4. I was a certified journeyman welder out of high school.
  5. I learned to drive a stick at age 12 from my grandpa.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

As a developer, I have to pick Codey.

Favorite GIF

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Connect with me:

The Trailblazer Community

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Week of Jessie Mead

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana. Check out who is in the spotlight this week and be sure to connect further using the links at the bottom of this post!

Title and Current Employer

Salesforce Architect, TBK Bank

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator October 14, 2014
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator October 7, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder May 17, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I June 29, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant January 24, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant May 16, 2018

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Currently at 105 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Not yet!!

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Service Cloud and Communities

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Salesforce used to be focused on improving business processes and being THE solution for customers, and lately it seems that Salesforce has been focusing on gaining more clients before providing current customers with the solutions they need. In summary, Salesforce needs to work on being less salesy and more supportive for pre-developers!

Fun Facts about me:

  1. Jessie was born in Japan! It’s not easy being a child of 2 military parents, but she has lived an extraordinary life and experienced many different cultures.
  2. Jessie is an amazing artist that can work with a variety of mediums. From painting to photography to fashion, she has a natural talent to use colors to form vibrant paintings, outfits, and photographic moments.
  3. Natural knack for bringing people together and making lasting memories with celebrations and unique social situations.
  4. Jessie is very athletic and keeps an active lifestyle. Whether she’s traveling across country in her RV or running along the streets of Deep Ellum, she keeps up with her health for mountain biking, surfing, skiing, and just plain ‘ol competitive sports in general. Her natural need to succeed is strong!
  5. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Absol-fruitly it does in Jessie’s opinion. #TeamPineapplePizza

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Codey because he’s the inspirational bear who wants everyone to succeed.

Favorite GIF

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Week of Sonika Tomar

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana. Check out who is in the spotlight this week and be sure to connect further using the links at the bottom of this post!

Title and Current Employer

Salesforce Consultant, Girikon

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator January 27, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I February 24, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant September 23, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant June 2, 2017

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Currently at 257 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Leading Salesforce, Gurgaon(India) WIT User Group

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Einstein

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

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Fun Facts about me:

  1. Curious to learn new things
  2. Loves to play badminton
  3. Avid Card Player
  4. Loves to motivate WIT.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

N/A

Favorite GIF

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Connect with me:

The Trailblazer Community

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Week of Mark Tossell

Every week the GIF Squad tries to feature a person we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana. Check out who is in the spotlight this week and be sure to connect further using the links at the bottom of this post!

Title and Current Employer

CIO, Visioneer360

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator November 26, 2016

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Currently at 257 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Mark recently co-founded the Bella Vista User Group in Sydney, Australia.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Einstein Analytics

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Error codes that make sense.

Fun Facts about me:

  1. Was a Baptist Pastor for 20 years!
  2. Massive F1 fan!
  3. Hates peanut butter.
  4. Has visited 43 of the 50 States although he is an aussie.
  5. Does Trailhead for fun!

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Einstein — because it’s Einstein!

Favorite GIF

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Connect with me:

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Week of Nitin Gupta

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 Nitin Gupta!

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

Title and Current Employer

Associate Consultant, Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator May 11, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist March 31, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist April 17, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant October 16, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder March 21, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant March 30, 2018

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Currently at 61 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Nitin is not a leader yet, but yes he has played a vital role in organizing many of Salesforce events and Salesforce Saturdays.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Journey Builder from Salesforce Marketing Cloud, it helps the marketer to complete customer journey and reach its goal.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

n/a

Fun Facts about me:

  1. whole neighborhood use to see how Nitin’s mom use to drag him to his tuition, and now everyone is proud of him.
  2. He starts with beer and ends till bar is open
  3. He proposed his first girlfriend 13 times after that it’s been 8 years and now he is going to marry her.
  4. His college mate called him ‘Hulk’ as he took his friend to the hospital in his arms for 500 meters approx, due to traffic.
  5. when it comes to protection, trust and keeping secrets, Nitin is the best bro and friend you can depend on.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Einstein, Because he can predict and helps in getting the desired results.

Favorite GIF

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Connect with me:

The Trailblazer Community

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Week of Faith Kindle

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 Faith Kindle!

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

Title and Current Employer

Senior Consultant, GearsCRM

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator August 3, 2015
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist August 17, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator March 13, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant June 9, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant June 27, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant July 7, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Field Service Lightning Consultant August 22, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant September 1, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder September 29, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer October 19, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Integration Architecture Designer November 9, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Data Architecture & Management Designer December 4, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle & Deployment Designer December 21, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer January 3, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I April 24, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified Application Architect April 24, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified System Architect April 24, 2018

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Currently at 134 badges and counting!

Salesforce User Group Leader?

Faith is co-organizer of the RI Developer group, who teams closely with the RI (Providence) User group for events. The small but growing local Ohanas join forces to learn from MVPs, enjoy TrailheaDX celebrations, and share Astro-nomical love.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Faith’s overall favorite is automation: helping identify gaps and pain points in clients’ business processes and knowing exactly how Salesforce can come to the rescue. She loves hearing people complain and having an answer how “Salesforce can solve that!”

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Sometimes Salesforce sells ahead of what it can do well. Safe harbor and all, and development did usually catch up, but that can be very frustrating to a client at first.

5 Fun Facts about me:

  1. Has an Australian Cattle Dog “fur baby” who shepherds her around the house constantly.
  2. Mom of one very lovely little baby girl!
  3. Works from home for the best company in the world, GearsCRM. Absolutely LOVES her career and place of business! Grateful to Benioff and Salesforce every day.
  4. Aiming for her CTA. Hopefully in 2018 or 2019!
  5. Relaxes by: gardening, chillin with her amazing husband, playing with her baby, watching sci-fi, knitting, &/or plugging along Trailhead at her BadgeADay pace.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Codey the bear, because he tends bonzai trees AND knows how to code.

Favorite GIF

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Connect with me:

The Trailblazer Community

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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

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Certifications

  • 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

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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

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Connect with me:

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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

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Certifications
  • 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
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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

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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 i.am.angel 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! (Wait..is 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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