Category: Week Of

Week of Tom Hoffman

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

Practice Lead, Spark.Orange

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator October 30, 2015
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant April 28, 2016
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder March 2, 2018

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Currently at 67 badges and counting!

Salesforce Community Group Leader?

Yes! I cofounded the Pittsburgh NonProfit User Group when I was the Director of a foundation at UPMC in Pittsburgh. I’m really proud of that group as we come up on our 3rd anniversary; we’ve had 30 events over the last 3 years, helped a lot of nonprofit admins along the way while also finding cool projects for PGH GiveCamp & helping about 10 people transition to full-time Salesforce careers.

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Right now I really love using Quick Actions w/ the Related Records Lightning Component. Creating conditional tabs & components with fields from the record is a really cool way to tailor user experiences without having to maintain several record types, page layouts, profiles, etc.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

The Salesforce Talent Gap is getting worse instead of better. I wrote about it in detail here (https://theaccidentaladmins.com/the-salesforce-talent-gap) but in short; SF is growing rapidly in their push to $20B in revenue and in that growth there is a need for Salesforce to lead in developing the talent needed to support that customer volume. The lack of talent is great for us in the short term for projects, salaries, etc; but without taking steps to today to grow talent, I worry it could be an anchor on momentum for the industry in the near future.

Fun Facts about me:

  1. I’m 34 & have had the following jobs (usually more than one at a time): Landscaping, carnie, state park ticket taker, grocery bagger, hotel event staff, dorm info desk attendant, fundraising campaign caller, housing demolition crew, Dover Downs track concessions supervisor, Jake’s burger flipper, newspaper layout & pagination , CTP (computer to press) Operator, Substance Abuse Counselor (in-prison), Community Corrections counselor (probation), UW Campaign Associate, Clinical Supervisor, Therapeutic Support Staff, non-profit Program Manager, non-profit Director, State Rep Campaign Manager, SF Consultant, and now SF Practice Lead.
  2. I listen to a lot of music while working & theme my days. The last four days I’ve done the Salsa Nation Spotify list, Miles & Coltrane, 90’s Rap , and Americana (J.Roddy/Shakey Graves/Marcus King).
  3. My son is 3 & 1/2 and has been to 90+ Pittsburgh Pirates games. He also insists on playing baseball in our foyer, refers to the Pirates first basement, Josh Bell, as ‘Mr. DingDong’, and cries if the one of the Pierogies in the mascot race at games does not give him a high five.
  4. I’m a speed reader. I recently read a 7 book series in 10 days.
  5. I’ve made it a personal goal to stay in the top 15 in the Answer community for at least a year. 4 months to go!

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

I’m a big fan of Codey, I like to think the creators were being punny with the name (Kodiak bear + Coding = Codey right?) plus my son Mathias likes him the most.

Favorite GIF

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The Trailblazer Community

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Week of Surbhi Narula

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

Sr. Software Engineer, Tavant Technologies

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Salesforce Community Group Leader?

Yes, Noida Women in Tech

 

Fun Facts about me:

  1. Loves Fast Food!
  2. Fond of Dancing
  3. Enjoys Public Speaking
  4. Big supporter of #WIT
  5. Loves to Travel

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Codey!

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Week of Chris Emmett

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

Implementation Consultant, makepositive

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator August 1, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder October 24, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant November 26, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant December 23, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant December 24, 2017
  • Salesforce Certified Data Architecture & Management Designer April 15, 2018
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I June 25, 2018

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Currently at 282 badges and counting!

Salesforce Community Group Leader?

No

Favorite Salesforce Feature

Flow and Process Builder – the level of automation you can achieve with just a few clicks is unlike any system I’ve seen before.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Given the future of the manufacturing industry and its commitment to IOT, Salesforce has a huge opportunity to provide a platform for capturing tremendous amounts of data and making smart AI driven decisions.

Fun Facts about me:

  1. Between 2013 and 2015, I photographed weddings during the summer
  2. I have saved every cinema ticket stub from my childhood starting with Mrs Doubtfire.
  3. Aside from my passion for Salesforce (and all the swag), I’m an unashamed Apple fan.
  4. In my 13 year career I’ve been a call centre agent, a desktop support engineer, a developer, a project implementation engineer, a project manager and salesforce consultant
  5. I love creative projects including but not limited to glueing/painting models, photoshopping, building Salesforce Lightning apps, blogging and photography.

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

My very first piece of Salesforce swag was an Astro plush toy so s/he will always have a place in my heart.

Favorite GIF

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Week of Zarina Varley Scott

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

IT Coordinator, Imperial Capital Limited

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Certifications

  • Salesforce Certified Administrator May 1, 2018

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Currently at 103 badges and counting!

Salesforce Community Group Leader?

Toronto Women in Tech Community Group Leader

Favorite Salesforce Feature

The options to customize and build functional products for my users.

Salesforce’s Biggest Opportunity for Improvement

Consistency across the various help features – eg, on the AppExchange it’s call Ohana, but it’s the Trailblazer Community etc.

Fun Facts about me:

  1. I moved to Canada in 2011, and live in a small town in the Kawartha Lakes area, about 90 mins drive NE of Toronto,
  2. I’m from Sydney, Australia
  3. I play the trumpet, and have been doing so for nearly 25 years
  4. I love superheros and comic books and regularly attend comic cons
  5. I’m an avid aviation enthusiast, and love planes

Most Identifies With This Salesforce Mascot:

Appy – she aims to help admins with extended features, plus she’s a fellow WIT

Favorite GIF

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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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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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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

Trailhead

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

N/A

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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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

Trailhead

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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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!

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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

Trailhead

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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