Get Connected with Lightning Champions

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It’s been a month since we announced the Lightning Champions program, and we have been blown away by the response! You all rock and you are a daily inspiration.

In case you haven’t caught up with us in the last month, Lightning Champions is a peer-to-peer program that encourages those who have already made the move to Lightning help those who haven’t yet started the trip. And, for those of you who are still in the planning or prioritizing stages and may think it’s more than just a quick hop to get to Lightning, we want you to learn from others who know what the road looks like. They can help you navigate any speed bumps, and together, we can help each other enjoy the ride. If you want to learn more about the program, check out the Lightning Champions web page here.

And now…a new month, with a new announcement! We’re excited to share that…

The Lightning Champions program is expanding!

Going forward there will be two types of Lightning Champions. App Dev and Activation Champions. To date, all certified champions have been through the Activation program, which is designed to help deliver peer-to-peer support on making the move to Lightning. But, we recognize that activating and making the move to Lightning is a point-in-time process. There will be a date in the not-too-distant future in which all of the Ohana will be on Lightning, and activation will become a thing of the past. Sure, we are not there yet, but hey – it’s good to look towards the future, right? That’s where App Dev Champions come in. In addition to helping everyone make their sales and service processes rock on Salesforce Lightning, there are also Trailblazers out there who are particularly passionate about building apps on the Lightning Platform. We want to give them a platform to share their expertise, too!

With that in mind, we want to make sure everyone is empowered to get their questions answered and connections made when it comes to Lightning. A few folks from the community have asked about how to get in touch with Lightning Champions in order to get help and deeper insight on transitioning to Lightning. Fortunately, we live in a world of social media!

We encourage you to reach out to Champions via their Twitter and Linkedin profiles, as well as connect with them on the Trailblazer Community in the Lightning Now Group. All of those are included below. If you are looking for someone to help you make the journey, reach out to these amazing Trailblazers to learn their stories and make valuable leaps and bounds towards moving to Lightning.

New Lightning Champions

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Carlos Siqueira

Salesforce Consultant

Swayam Chouksey

Salesforce Engineer, Twitter

Collin Zimmerman

Project Manager, KELL Partners

Tara Aldridge

Head of Sales Practice, NewVoiceMedia

Steve Harris

Applications Manager, Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co.

Melanie Zilles

Salesforce Business Analyst, NTT Data Service

Daniel Gorton

Certified Salesforce Professional, Data Strategist, Project Manager, MSW

Charles Stevenson

Salesforce Manager, PARTNERIZE

Chris Halvachs

Digital Marketer, Superior Bulk Logistics, Inc.

Charly Prinsloo

Senior Salesforce Technical Architect, Deloitte Consulting LLP.


Stuart Edeal

Business Systems Analyst, TPT, TWIN CITIES PBS


Michael White

Sr Salesforce Analyst, Varex Imaging

Alo Sen

Salesforce Architect, Health and Human Services Commission, Austin, Texas


John Lay

VP of IT, Camping World, Inc.


Tejas Kapasi

Consultant, Incapsulate LLC.


Sarah Capps

Educational Technology Specialist, Academic Impressions

Elizabeth Pembridge

Salesforce Administrator, SWBC


Barb Dietz

Salesforce Administrator, NTT DATA Services


Nikhil Chowdhury

Lightning Expert, Cognizant Technologies


Rich Englhard

Founder and CEO, Englhard Consulting


Mitch Ebin

Salesforce Consultant, Madison Ave Consulting


Antonio Lobo

Senior Salesforce Specialist, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation


Martin Humpolec

Senior Salesforce Consultant


Eric Kenney

Applications Manager, University of Utah College of Nursing


George Guhr

Director of Sales, Salesforce Trailhead Ranger


Shane Hayes

Solution Architect at Silverline, Trailblazer, Salesforce Developer Group Leader


Sandi Zellner

2018 #AwesomeAdmin Trailblazer Award, NYC Community Group Leader


Chidi Ozurigbo

Director Solution Technical Architect, Vizient Inc.


Desirae Slaugh

Salesforce Business Analyst, OmniMax International, Inc.


Umair Ilyas

Senior Business Analyst, Silverline, New York City User Group Leader


Cesar Montalvan

Senior Salesforce CONSULTANT, Kadence Collective


Jean Velonis

5X Certified Salesforce Admineloper, Salesforce MVP, WITness Success, Salesforce Women In Tech Leader


Matthew Poe

CRM Product Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), NYC Salesforce Developer User Group Co-Leader


Magulan Duraipandian

Senior Consultant, DXC


Sadahiro Suzuki

NTT TechnoCross Corporation – Salesforce Evangelist


Nana Eto

Salesforce 3x Certified, Salesforce MVP ’18


Gillian Reynolds

Solution Architect, Silverline


Jeff Berger

Salesforce Administrator, ScriptPro


Michelle Lavalette

Business Analyst, Soliant Consulting


Nimit Shah

Salesforce Technical Architect, Incapsulate


Aleisha Harris

Salesforce Business Analyst


Kyla Longe

Salesforce MVP, WITness Success Conference Chair


Andy Saito

Call Centre Supervisor at Region of Peel


Vishal Gupta

Salesforce & Lightning Enthusiast


Scott Luikart

Salesforce Administrator, Concierge Auctions


Rachel Rogers

Director, IT – Sales, Channels, CPQ, & CEP


Jennifer Lee

Salesforce Business Consultant, John Hancock


Nana Gregg

VP Sr. Salesforce Administrator, JLL


Geoff Alvarez

Sales & Marketing Systems Administrator at Capitol Services


David Franklin

Founder & CEO, Cloud Co-Op

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