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Week of Michael Drzewiecki

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 Michael Drzewiecki! Be sure to check out Michael’s contact information at the bottom of this post.

Title and Current Employer

Salesforce Architect – FedEx Services

 

Certifications
  •  Salesforce Certified Administrator (October 4, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (October 7, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I (December 23, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator (December 26, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (December 27, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant (January 3, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant (January 7, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer (January 12, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Data Architecture & Management Designer (March 1, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Application Architect (March 1, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle & Deployment Designer (March 7, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Integration Architecture Designer (March 9, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer (March 10, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified System Architect (March 10, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Field Service Lightning Consultant (June 8, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I (November 5, 2016)
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Currently at 206 badges and counting!

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Process builder – love to automate processes

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Classic… lets retire it already!

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

Platform Developer II; 2018: 300 Badges; CTA Certification

5 Fun Facts about Michael
  1. 14 certs in 159 days
  2. My wife (@pam_drzewiecki) ordered me online, using a Blackberry
  3. I’m artistic
  4. Bicyclist in my former life/career, I courted Pam on a tandem
  5. My thumbs don’t match
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Astro was my 1st, but Appy… because cat.

Favorite GIF

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Week of Rupesh Bhatia

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 Rupesh Bhatia! Be sure to check out Rupesh’s contact information at the bottom of this post.

Title and Current Employer

Lead Salesforce Architect for Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI)

 

Certifications
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator (April 16, 2013)
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (August 29, 2013)
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant (February 5, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator (June 18, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (April 5, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist (September 19, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Social Specialist (September 26, 2016)
 Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I November 5, 2016
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Currently at 65!

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Best Configuration feature – Process Builder it takes away unnecessary coding. Best Platform feature – ability to integrate so easily in any technology landscape. Salesforce just enables every customer to start their journey from the winning line.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Reports & Dashboards – Many limitations for enterprise level customers and especially when used in LEX and Salesforce Mobile app

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

Well 2017 has been quite busy as am leading a large global implementation right now. Missed out on all major community events, both IndiaDreamin and Dreamforce, but would like to catch up on my certs and community events in 2018 for sure. Apart from that I aim to conduct an India-wide tour across DUG’s on importance of Developer2Consultant (D2C) path in one’s Salesforce career.

5 Fun Facts about Rupesh

This one’s hard to state, I’ll give it my best shot!

  1. I accidentally swallowed a coin during childhood which got stuck in my throat, am still alive!!
  2. I was probably the first person in my community to hold a Engineering degree in Computers/IT
  3. I was working part time with my dad in his barber shop during my College days
  4. Traveled daily 4-5 hours from home to college to pursue my engineering degree (4 Years).
  5. Am a straight forward person and believe in keeping things simple. In fact on a couple of occasions, I’ve walked up to my managers and told them I am not liking the job am hired for. Believe me, its a rare thing to do in Indian IT services but it has worked for me to date.
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Am always a Codey at heart. Though my current role doesn’t allow me to code much, I am always up to grab a chance and get into apex!!

Favorite GIF

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Week of James Goerke

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 James Goerke! Be sure to check out James’s contact information at the bottom of this post.

Title and Current Employer

Manager, Global Support – Vlocity Inc.

Are you a User Group Leader?

Yes! Raleigh User Group

Certifications
  •  Salesforce Certified Administrator (October 22, 2008)
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator (January 26, 2009)
  • Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer (May 1, 2009)
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant (September 16, 2013)
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (December 17, 2014)
Favorite Salesforce Feature

Process Builder – No Apex – well, almost…

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

NONE! I love it all!

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

Deep Dive into Einstein!

5 Fun Facts about James
  1. I’m a distance runner, albeit a slow one. This year I’ll tackle my 10th marathon.
  2. In High School, I was a national chess champion
  3. I’m a retired Army Captain
  4. I have over 100 (And counting) Blood Platelet Donations with the Red Cross.
  5. I’m a huge Disney fan.
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Codey the Bear – My 2 year old son is really into bears right now so I’m hoping to get him a Codey Bear toy at DF17 this year.

Favorite GIF

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Week of Kerry Townsend

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

 

Title and Company

Associate Manager at Accenture

Trailhead

Currently at 52!

Certifications
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator (December 29, 2010)
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (May 18, 2011)
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant (August 27, 2012)
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator (February 6, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultant (February 15, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (October 6, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist (October 27, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Consultant (February 19, 2017)
Are You a User Group Leader?

London Marketing Cloud User Group

Favorite Salesforce Feature

I love that you can login anywhere, when I first started working with Salesforce it was the only cloud CRM.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Some of the email things. I wish that emails sent via workflow were logged like an email sent like a user. Rolling out Salesforce for Outlook can also be easy or bumpy all dependant on user’s machine. I wish this was as easy as some of the stuff on the platform.

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

To attend as many SF and community events as I can. So far I have managed London’s Calling, Amsterdam WT, London WT, TrailheaDX, Dream Ole, MidWest Dreamin’, WITness Success, Surf Force and I will be going to Dreamforce.

5 Fun Facts about Kerry
  1. I like the more extreme sports, most recently Kite Surfing and Surfing. I have also done some parachute jumps and wing walking.
  2. I volunteer for MacMillan Cancer Care as a CancerVoice.
  3. In 2014 I spent 3 months traveling in South America, although sadly still can’t speak Spanish.
  4. I used to be so anxious about speaking in public, I would not speak in a group of friends. When I was pushed to present I would visibly shake. I have forced myself to overcome that and now give talks when ever I can.
  5. I would love to own Alpacas.
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Codey, although my coding is a work in progress.

Favorite GIF

 

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Week of Jessica Graham-Morris

Every week the GIF Squad features a person who we feel contributes to the Salesforce community #Ohana . This week’s spotlight lands on Jessica Graham-Morris! Be sure to check out Jessica’s contact information at the bottom of this post.

 

Title and Company

Customer Success at Taskfeed, a Salesforce ISV Partner 🙂

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Currently at 44!

Certifications
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator (February 1, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (May 16, 2017)
Are you a User Group Leader?

Nope, but my husband (@matmorris) is a co-leader of the London Salesforce Admin’s User Group!

Favorite Salesforce Feature

I’m a big fan of custom list views in Lightning, the Charts feature is very cool!

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

I have a love/hate relationship with Process Builder, which I secretly love but love to hate… ;-P

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

Get another certification before Dreamforce – suggestions welcome!

5 Fun Facts about Jessica
  1. I was a professional chef until 2014 (I can make a mean lasagna)
  2. I love word puzzles and those brain training apps. Addictive!
  3. I have never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones
  4. I keep all my Salesforce study prep in multiple handwritten notebooks with some very cute diagrams- we’re stationery enthusiasts in our household 🙂
  5. We took our daughter to a Salesforce hackathon in 2014 when she was only 6 weeks old (and we won!).
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Astro, of course. Who doesn’t love Unicorn Astro?!

Favorite GIF

 

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Week of Cyril Louis

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 Cyril Louis! Be sure to check out Cyril’s contact information at the bottom of this post.

Title and Current Employer

Consulting Director, WIDE Agency Switzerland

Are you a User Group Leader?

Yes! The Geneva Switzerland User Group

Certifications
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator (May 21, 2012)
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (January 10, 2014)
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant (January 14, 2014)
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Social Specialist (October 12, 2015)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (July 6, 2016)
  • Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Email Specialist (July 12, 2016 )
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator (August 11, 2016)
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Currently at 41! Need to find time to reach the Ranger Level

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Process Builder to automate on the next level (forget about triggers!)

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Stay-in-Touch Request on Contact, because in several years of Consulting, I’ve never seen this features used by any customer… never…

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017
  1. Pass new certifications on Marketing Cloud & Pardot
  2. Reach Ranger level (maybe goal for 2018…)
5 Fun Facts about Cyril
  1. I am a huge fan of Snowboard (when Winter is coming)
  2. I am now a huge fan of Wakeboard (during summer)
  3. I always have Swiss Chocolates with me during Salesforce events (to share with my #Ohana)
  4. I never drink coffee… #TeamTea
  5. Since few years, all my sample data for tests and demos are characters from Game of Thrones
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Appy, because she’s too cute! And also because we don’t need to reinvent the wheel if it is available on the AppExchange 😉

Favorite GIF

 

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Week of Gina Marques

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

 

Title and Company

Salesforce Administrator @ Systech International

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Currently at 116!

Certifications
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator (December 19, 2016)
Favorite Salesforce Feature

Login As User – it allows you to troubleshoot user issues easily

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Flow Error Messages – sometimes not descriptive enough to tell you why something is failing

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

Get my Advanced Admin Certification!

5 Fun Facts about Gina
  1. My first career was a hairdresser.
  2. My longest job was for a company that processes human bone for transplant, and that is where I met my husband.
  3. Clicks not Code
  4. I love to cook, Thanksgiving is my holiday.
  5. I have a cat even though I need to get allergy shots to keep him.
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Astro because he was my first

Favorite GIF

 

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Week of Lori Witzel

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

 

Title and Company

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Spanning Cloud Apps

 

Are you a User Group Leader?

I’m the former San Antonio, TX UG Leader

 

Certifications

I wish! Alas, I got the Gandalf result – “YOU SHALL NOT PASS”

 

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Reporting – because it’s a fantastic way for a PMM (me) to learn about our customers right from our own data! (Second fave isn’t really a feature – but I luv our #Ohana.)

 

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

The Export Service – I’ve heard from too many admins that it’s not workable for backup that enables restore (takes too much time, “needle in a haystack” searches for data)… It also gives too many admins a false sense of security that they’re going to be able to respond quickly if significant amounts of data are lost. (I’m proud to work for an AppExchange ISV partner, Spanning, that provides a better way to backup and restore.)

 

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017
  1. Exceed 600 Salesforce Selfie Community Survey Responders so we can max out our donation to Project Night Night – and find more ways to give back.
  2. Get Admin certified, daggnabit.

 

5 Fun Facts about Lori
  1. I played a very crazy woman in Rick Linklater’s first movie, “Slacker.”
  2. I have a graduate degree in art history / cultural studies, and have presented papers at local, regional, and international medieval conferences (OMG!)
  3. I’ve completed a marathon (very slowly) and have completed a decathlon (except for the pole vault – I couldn’t get up over even a very low bar, so they marked me at zero for that.)
  4. I competed in a powerlifting meet (OMGOMG!)
  5. I write poetry and take a lot of photos of rusty things, and you can see my “other world” HERE.

 

Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Appy – not only because she knows all things about the AppExchange, where my company’s app lives…but because she’s a connector, and I love connecting people to each other, and to good resources.

 

Favorite GIF

 

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Week of Jessica Murphy

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

 

Title and Company

Orange County Literacy Council – Admineveloper

Trailhead

Currently at 119!

Are you a User Group Leader?

Yes! Women Who Dev User Group – Virtual

Certifications
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (March 6, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator (March 10, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I (June 2, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (June 26, 2017)
  • Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator (July 28, 2017)
Favorite Salesforce Feature

Lightning Components – You can customize a page, rearrange it and add useful features and functionality easily.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Knowledge – It’s difficult to work with.

Salesforce Goal(s) for 2017

To complete the RAD program (shout out to Group C!) and to get 1 more certification.

5 Fun Facts about Jessica
  1. I am a former Sign Language Interpreter & Instructor
  2. I am a classically trained soprano – but I grew up singing gospel.
  3. I have a master’s degree in adult training and education.
  4. I am a co-founder of Saasie Tech Socials and a co-leader of Phoenix SalesforceSaturday.
  5. I am a fan of sci-fi and fantasy (I love going to comicon). I truly believe Hermione is my patronus (and yes, I took 2 college classes at the same time – without the benefit of a time turner although that would have been helpful).
Most Identifies With Which Salesforce Mascot

Codey the Bear – I call him/her my spirit animal because s/he sings and loves code 🙂

Favorite GIF

 

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#OhanaStrong

Hurricane Harvey

Click to view USA Today article on Hurricane Harvey

So How bad is it?

The short answer is “very”. Prior to Harvey, only 2 other Category 4 hurricanes had made landfall in Texas’s Coastal Bend region. The most recent happened in 1961. The one before that, August of 1886. Harvey is literally like nothing the majority of Houstonians have ever experienced before. According to the National Weather Service  “Tropical Storm Harvey has broken the all-time Texas rainfall record from a tropical storm or hurricane.” Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Postel was quoted as saying “This could easily be one of the worst flooding disasters in U.S. history.” It’s estimated that Hurricane Harvey has dumped more than 11 trillion gallons of water on Houston alone. According to USA Today affiliate Weather 10, more than ten additional inches of rain could hit Houston by the time Harvey’s done.

It’s very bad.

So How Can I help?

Now. In any way you can. Publicly. Anonymously. Through a charity. Directly. NOW.

The need is great, urgent, and overwhelming. The good news being that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of places for you to contribute. Being both helpful and cautionary, The New York Times published a great article on “Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)“.  Unfortunately, reading up before offering monetary contributions has become a MUST. Please, donate wisely.

When on a rescue boat, there isn’t anything better than brother’s hand.

In addition to the big players, (charities like United Way, the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, etc.) countless GoFundMe pages have been setup for individuals and families impacted by Harvey. One we’d like to draw your attention to specifically, is the GoFundMe page setup to help the family of the Salesforce Community’s very own, Megan Schultz.

Harvey left Megan, her wife Mary, and their 5 year old twin sons (and their dog), with nothing. They were high water rescued from their home. Besides the clothes they were wearing, a phone is all they have left. Any proceeds received that exceed the family’s needs will be donated to a disaster relief fund intended to help other #SalesforceOhana members in the Houston area.

 

Ohana Resources

Megan and Mary aren’t the only members of the Ohana whose lives have been impacted by Harvey. Doing what they do best, the fine folks at Salesforce are jumping in and lending a hand. Using Quip, they’ve created a centralized one-stop-Ohana-help-shop for:

  • Community Lead Recovery Efforts
  • Requests from the Ohana
  • Community Support
  • Distribution and Inventory Listing for Houston Developer & User Group Relief

Click here to visit the Hurricane Harvey – Community Ohana Relief Efforts Page

The fact that they’ve used Quip, means that if YOU know of Community Lead Recovery Efforts, if YOU have requests, and if YOU can offer support YOU can let people know by making additions to the page.

 

GIF Squad Giving

At this time, all proceeds from the sale of The GIF Squad’s #GifSquadForGood line of shirts will be donated to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Click here to visit our store!