Ready to Become a Salesforce Lightning Champion?


So many #AwesomeAdmins are already champions of Lightning. By staying active in the community, and sharing your own learnings, you are helping others make the move to Lightning Experience. We are always inspired by how you help each other, so we’ve decided to kick off the Salesforce Lightning Champions Program!

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.

We chose Texas Dreamin’ to kick off this program because it’s home to a quintessential Salesforce community. Texans are some of the most movin’ and shakin’ trailblazers around. We get it, that’s who you are. And we love you for it, so here we are!

Wow, did that just rhyme? Maybe Willie Nelson will help us write us a song about it. You reading this Willie?

If you would like to become a Lightning Champion it’s as simple as 1-2-3!

1. Learn

The first phase is to complete the Lightning Champion trailmix on Trailhead. This trailmix is designed to enable you to talk about the benefits of Lightning and identify features by their actual feature name. It will also walk you through the process for developing a rollout strategy with tips and best practices. It will also show you how to customize Lightning Experience, build custom apps using the Lightning App Builder, how to navigate workspaces, and also showcases some of our favorite content.

2. Do

After completing your trailmix, it’s time to get verified! There is a peer verification process that involves presenting the Lightning Champion presentation in order to showcase your knowledge of Lightning and rolling it out. You can sign up for the certification once you’ve completed the survey within the trailmix.

3. Show

Once you become a Lightning Champion, it’s time to take the show on the road. We want you to share your knowledge with the community. Your participation can include but is not limited to – presenting at Salesforce sponsored events, presenting at community events, writing about your experience and sharing that on a blog or on your favorite social media channel, or acting as a Lightning consultant at the Lightning Now Tour.


It wouldn’t be a Trailblazer program without some sweet swag. Which is why we are doing a limited edition run of the Salesforce Trailblazer hoodie with the Lightning Logo on the back. Get yourself verified and start sharing your story, and you can get one too.

Not surprisingly, we have had some amazing interest from local Texas community members already and here are the ones who have certified themselves as champions. So if you are looking for someone to help you make the journey, reach out to these amazing trailblazers to see how you can learn their story.

Rachel Rogers | Director, IT – Sales, Channels, CPQ, & CEP

A 5 time Salesforce MVP and Salesforce Certified Administrator with over 10 years’ experience across 6 Salesforce System Implementations spanning multiple clouds, languages, currencies and industries.

Focused on delivering quality solutions to business leaders; empowering them to manage their teams to innovative new heights. Hands-on experience leading all stages of system development efforts, including requirements definition, design, architecture, testing, support and training. Optimizing system performance by leveraging Click vs Code Methodology limiting technical debt.

Nana Gregg | VP Sr. Salesforce Administrator, JLL

Administering Salesforce for over 11 years. Proud Admin-eloper, 3x MVP. Light development, heavy on reporting and automation. Experience with FinancialForce PSA & Accounting Apps as well as numerous other AppExchange solutions. Mid-size, multi-company, multi-currency Org that was struck by Salesforce Lightning in Oct 2017. Love speaking at events, collaborating with my Ohana, Yoga, Meditation, & Karaoke!

David Franklin | Founder & CEO, Cloud Co-Op

Founded the Austin Salesforce User Group, Government Sector, Texas Public Sector, and Mexico City User Groups, AppExchange Customer Advisory Board Member and Austin Technology Council Technology partner.

Positioned as the national hub for veterans entering the workforce, David is currently focused on helping clients migrate to Lightning and grow their adoption of the Salesforce service offerings. Through project-based apprenticeships, our team bridges the gap between education and employment while
mentoring and coaching veterans into the workforce within the Vets2Cloud apprenticeship program. We are partners with Vetforce, Merivis, and the Jewish Vocational Services.


Geoff Alvarez | Sales & Marketing Systems Administrator at Capitol Services

A solo and accidental Salesforce Admin, since 2013, Geoff is a Salesforce Certified Administrator, Certified Pardot Specialist, and now a Lightning Champion with experience as a Business Analyst, Sales Manager, and UAT. Working in the past for a start-up, as well as larger companies in different roles gives him the perspective of just how many ways Lightning and the Salesforce ecosystem can be used to the betterment of his company.

A graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Philosophy, Geoff loves applying logic to all the various Salesforce & Pardot tools to automate many departmental functions in processes. He enjoys helping internal users understand and learn just how Salesforce Lightning can help them in their daily activities. Geoff likes participating in the Austin User Group and is a native Austinite & Texan. You can find him jamming out to Depeche Mode or just about any kind of music with a driving beat while plugging away at Lightning’s Process Builder and Pardot’s Engagement Studio programs.

Scott Luikart | Salesforce Administrator, Concierge Auctions

Salesforce has been a passion for quite a few years but recently learning of the new Lightning platform has been game-changing. Scott has worked at companies like IBM,, LegalZoom and now Concierge Auctions. During his time as Principal Admin for he planned and executed on migrating a 1000+ user org to Lightning in a phased rollout. In the first days at Concierge Auctions his team made it a priority to move to Lightning so that they could use these great new features. They are going with a all-at-once plan since they are a 90 user group. In all of this change the agent experience is paramount to him when considering what they do next and how to execute on it.

View Scott’s Trailhead Profile

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