By Chris Thompson
It’s time once again for the Salesforce Trailblazer Community to shine a light on its outstanding leaders, product gurus, and tech innovators.
The latest batch of Salesforce MVPs has just been announced, and given the turbulence of the past year, the class of 2021 are an extra special bunch.
Salesforce MVPs are nominated by the Ohana, and many have made a major impact in both the Salesforce community and in their own communities throughout the global pandemic. The 34 freshman MVPs join a crew of more than 200 professionals who’ve been recognized for their passion, dedication, and their desire to help people succeed through the power of the Salesforce platform.
Let’s meet the newest Salesforce MVPs.
Andre van Kampen
Andre is a six-time certified Senior Salesforce Consultant (try saying that fast) from the Netherlands, currently working at YoungBlood. Active in the Salesforce community, Andre is the organizer of community conference YeurDreamin’, as well as EMEA CGL Office Hours and the Amsterdam User Group.
Hailing from Uruguay, Angelica is a Co-Founder at Salesforce custom development firm Modelit, and a Salesforce Architect with over a decade of tech experience. Angelica also founded the virtual Montevideo Salesforce Administrators Group, and has presented at Dreamforce!
Co-founder and Head of Development at resource management app creators Resource Hero, Bill has worked in the Salesforce world for more than 14 years. Bill also volunteers in the Salesforce Military community, hosting weekly Office Hours and offering advice and support to veterans on Salesforce questions, both technical and career-related.
Cassie is Senior Director of Data Solutions at OneGoal, five-time certified Salesforce pro and a leader in her local Salesforce community. Passionate about helping others kick-start their Salesforce careers, Cassie co-leads the Chicago Nonprofit User Group and has presented at more than 10 Salesforce and Dreamin’ events. She’s also been a Platform Champion since 2019.
Charise Van Liew
As Principal Associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts and co-lead of DC Nonprofit Salesforce Community Group for more than eight years, Charise’s dedication to supporting underrepresented tech professionals is unmistakable. She’s also a Trailblazer mentor, co-leader of the DEI Open Source Community Project, and a Nonprofit Dreamin’ community event organizer.
Senior Solution Architect at consulting firm Attain, Chris is an eight-time certified Application Architect specializing in nonprofits and education. He’s also part of the Open Source Commons Community Council that provides support and feedback for new open source projects.
A fifteen-year veteran of Salesforce, David is Chairman and Chief Evangelist at Salesforce Gold Partner OpFocus. David is a participant in Salesforce’s Platform Champion and Trailblazer Mentorship Programs and leads other community events like SaaS RevOps Roundtables and Dashboard Dōjōs. He also teaches Salesforce administration and reporting classes.
The first-ever Italian Salesforce MVP, Enrico is an 18x certified Salesforce MVP and a Solution and Technical Architect at WebResults. He’s also the organizer of the Milan and Cagliari Salesforce Developer user groups, the creator of the ORGanizer for Salesforce browser extension, and a guest author for our blog!
Eric is a Senior Consultant at PolSource, based in Dublin and boasting over a decade of experience with Salesforce. Eric is a five-time certified Trailhead Ranger—you might’ve heard him sharing his Salesforce know-how on the Salesforce Admins Podcast!
Based in Egypt, Farah is a Salesforce Developer at Mantrac Group, one of the largest Salesforce customers in the Middle East. Ten-time certified, Farah shares her knowledge and experience in Salesforce as the Leader of the Cairo Salesforce Community Group.
Gaspar is a seven-time certified Senior Salesforce Consultant and a Co-Founder of RefugeeForce, a social enterprise that helps asylum seekers upskill and develop careers in the Salesforce ecosystem. He’s also spoken at DreamTX 2020 and is a winner of the coveted Golden Hoodie!
Genna is a Senior Salesforce Marketing Cloud Engineer at digital agency DEG, and Social Admin and Co-founder at HowToSFMC.com, a resource developed by and for Salesforce Marketing Cloud users. Genna has previously been honored as part of the first class of Salesforce Marketing Champions.
Gordon is a Director and Salesforce Solution Architect at nonprofit Common Sense Media. He’s also the co-lead of the San Francisco Nonprofit User Group and is passionate about empowering nonprofits to achieve more by focusing on strategy. Gordon has been working with Salesforce since 2007, and in that time, has racked up four certifications and achieved Trailhead Ranger status!
Grissell is a Solution Architect at Xertica with more than 13 years of IT experience. Her passion for developing her skills and helping others to do the same led her to her position as a Director of Women Who Code MTY and Leader of the Salesforce Administrators community in Monterrey.
Jigar is a Director at Technology at Eternus Solutions and a Salesforce Enterprise Architect with experience on over 100 Salesforce implementations over the past 12 years. Boasting five Salesforce certifications, Jigar shares his expertise on his website Learn SFDC With Jigar and as a speaker at worldwide tech events and conferences.
Joey is a Founder and Principal Consultant at Cloud Jedi Solutions. Rated as the #1 Developer on the AppExchange, Joey has achieved a whopping 15 certifications in his career, and helps others grow their own Salesforce knowledge as a Trailblazer Community Group Leader and the organizer of PHDreamin’. He has been a featured guest on the Salesforce Developer Podcast and the SalesforceWay Podcast.
Kaoru has been a Salesforce Administrator for five years and is currently Section Manager at electric power company Chuo Electric Power Co, where she uses Salesforce to visualize management information. She also manages three Salesforce Communities and is a former Einstein Champion.
Kapil is the Founder of Salesforce Bolt and a four-time certified Full Stack Developer. A prolific knowledge-sharer, Kapil vlogs about Salesforce and shares useful advice, tips, tutorials, and training videos to help others make the most of the platform.
Kathleen is Chief Strategy Officer at Olivet Nazarene University, a Higher Ed User Group leader, a Higher Ed Office Hours moderator, and the founder of Higher Education Advisory Council and Higher Ed Summit. Kathleen is dedicated to evangelizing and leveraging Salesforce as the platform for innovation in higher education.
Krithika is a Senior Salesforce Consultant at Slalom, based in Washington. She has earned 11 Salesforce certifications to date. In her spare time, she acts as a Curriculum Lead for RAD Women and a Leader of the Seattle Salesforce Saturday User Group, helping others to upskill in tech.
Lara is a four-time certified Marketing Champion and Pardot power user with almost a decade of experience in marketing automation. Currently Marketing Automation Manager at Safeguard Global, she’s also Co-Leader of the Austin Pardot User Group and has written for the Pardot blog.
Meera is an 18x (!!) Salesforce certified Enterprise Solutions Architect at UST Global. A Trivandrum Developer User Group Co-Lead and SAIMA (Salesforce Architects In The Making) Co-Organizer, Meera also blogs about her experiences with Salesforce, mentors Trailhead users, and spoke at DreamTX2020 representing India’s Trailblazer Community. She’s also presented at countless local and global community events and user groups.
Melissa Hill Dees
Melissa is a Founding Partner at HandsOn Connect Cloud Solutions. Five-time certified Melissa is dedicated to using Salesforce to help community leaders and nonprofits work more efficiently through automation. A past Dreamforce speaking, Melissa is also the co-founder of Nonprofit Dreamin’, a new Salesforce Trailblazer Community-led event.
Michelle is a 9x Salesforce certified Salesforce Administrator and Application Architect. A Trailblazer Community Group co-leader, Lightning Champion, and a Trailhead Ranger, Michelle has previously spoken at Dreamforce, Midwest Dreamin’, Florida Dreamin’, and North East Dreamin’.
Nadina is a Systems Capability and Salesforce Architect at Tradeshift with 13 certifications under her belt. A Platform Champion and RAD Coach, she’s also Leader of the Austin, TX Developers Trailblazer Community Group. Nadina shares her experience in Salesforce and the world of retch on her blog, Freshly Squeezed.
A Salesforce Practice Head at Digital Cues, Neetu is a Salesforce Evangelist who has been developing apps on the platform for a decade. Neetu supports women looking to upskill in Salesforce through her work as Salesforce WIT Leader, Jaipur. She’s also the organizer of several events such as JDF18, JCC19, and WIT Summit and is a regular speaker at tech conferences.
Chief Lightning Officer at Proton 7 Group, Pat is an experienced Developer, Consultant, and the creator of Lightning Component, Proton Text. A Lightning Champion and a Trailblazing Partner, Pat has presented at Dreamforce twice, co-founded Superbadge Sunday, and volunteers as a coach for RAD Women Code.
Rebecca is an IT Innovation Officer at Cornell University, where she leads the Student Experience Initiative. Rebecca can regularly be found facilitating and speaking at workshops, sharing her experiences using Salesforce to scale service, design user experiences, and enable data-driven decision making.
Robert is a Principal Salesforce Architect at Copado, a leading Salesforce DevOps firm. A regular blogger, speaker, and teacher on all things coding, Robert has authored courses on Pluralsight.
Shibu is a Marketing Champion and Director at UST in Malaysia, where he leads the APAC practice. He’s earned 17 certifications so far and is passionate about all things Marketing Cloud. Shibu leads the Marketing Cloud Trailblazer Community Group in Cyberjaya, and blogs on Marketing Cloud-related topics.
Shruti is a 14x certified Senior Salesforce Developer currently working at Dazeworks Inc. She’s also Leader of the Kerala Women in Tech user group, an IoT specialist, Einstein Champion, and Dreamforce 2019 speaker who regularly blogs about Salesforce topics.
Thierry is a seven-time certified Application Architect with ten years’ experience in Salesforce. He is currently a Technical Expert at Business & Decision. A Lightning Champion, Thierry is also the Leader of the Toulouse Salesforce User Group.
Toni V. Martin
Toni is Managing Director and Senior Salesforce Business Analyst at Systems to Success. A certified Administrator, Service Cloud Consultant, and Sales Cloud Consultant, Toni is an organizer of the Salesforce Business Analyst Virtual Summit and the Salesforce Business Analysts User Group. An accomplished speaker, she has previously appeared at Dreamforce and Southeast Dreamin’.
Vinay is COO and Architect at Dazeworks and has been awarded Salesforce MVP status five times. An 8x certified Salesforce pro, Vinay is the founder of IndiaDreamin’, NextGenTrailblazers, and leader of the Salesforce Noida Developer Group. He’s also appeared at many tech conferences, including TrailheadX India and Dreamforce.
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