Focus on People: Yash Arora – Solidifying Salesforce Experience through Certification

Yash is a Sales Operations Manager who has optimized crucial organizational processes using Salesforce. In his pursuit to be a certified Salesforce Admin, he learned that his Salesforce experience is already an edge, and studying for the exam unraveled further Salesforce knowledge that strengthens his current expertise. In this article, he also shared stories of his industry tenure, study habits for the certification, and his future career goals. I am… Read More

Focus on People: Yash Arora – Solidifying Salesforce Experience through Certification

Focus on People: Cary Walkin – Making the Impossible Possible

​As an accountant, Cary primarily uses Excel. After taking a new role as a Financial Systems Manager, he was introduced to Salesforce to do the job more efficiently. This pushed him to take Salesforce certifications, making him an in-house expert of the platform. He also shared here his preparations for the exam, the challenges while learning the platform, and how he leveraged his certifications to establish stronger process alignments across… Read More

Focus on People: Cary Walkin – Making the Impossible Possible

Focus on People: Mark van Voornveld – Taking the Big Shift: From Microsoft to Salesforce

Mark van Voornveld is an IT professional with a 30-year career built around Microsoft Azure Stack and Dynamics. While relatively new for him, he chose to transition to Salesforce, seeing it as a fresh path to take and a good addition to his expertise. Here, he shared his professional journey, reasons for this transition, and his adjustments to a new CRM and the essential, non-technical skills that make an IT… Read More

Focus on People: Mark van Voornveld – Taking the Big Shift: From Microsoft to Salesforce

Focus on People: Damian Galbally – Maximizing Sales with Salesforce

Damian Galbally became curious about the potential of Salesforce when he was met with some limitations while using it. In this interview, he talked about the challenges he had experienced and how these challenges had shaped the way he helps SMEs maximize Salesforce as a consultant for small businesses today. My name is Damian Galbally, and I am a consultant. My first contact with Salesforce was with a former company I… Read More

Focus on People: Damian Galbally – Maximizing Sales with Salesforce

Focus on People: Jim Vineyard – From Zero to Hero

Jim Vineyard knew nothing about CRM before he explored Salesforce, as part of an account he took on for Customer Service. ​Working with his son in the same company, doing the same job, he navigated through Salesforce and learned a whole new world of custom CRM, and Customer Service functionalities, never before possible for him, in the last decade of his career. I began with Salesforce as a result of the… Read More

Focus on People: Jim Vineyard – From Zero to Hero

Focus on People: Donna Hudson – Never Too Late for Salesforce

Donna chanced upon Salesforce only AFTER RETIRING from her career in higher education. In this interview, she talked about the steps she took to keep up with this all-new, fast-paced tech career as Salesforce Business Analyst. She tells us about her all-women ‘Ohana’ and the benefits of doing non-profit work, to become a better Salesforce professional. I’m not your typical early starter for Salesforce. I’ve been in the work world… Read More

Focus on People: Donna Hudson – Never Too Late for Salesforce

Focus on People: Mark Hilmer – Secret to Exams is Being ‘Fast and Curious’

Mark Hilmer built a consulting business out of the Salesforce knowledge he gained through the past 6 years. He specializes in helping medium-sized businesses to improve their customer service.​Combined with hands on experience, he shares in this interview his strategic approach to preparing for the certifications. He thinks through which certification he needs to get, determines the right timing for his actual exam schedule and tells us his secret for… Read More

Focus on People: Mark Hilmer – Secret to Exams is Being ‘Fast and Curious’

Focus on People: Adam Schoolsky – From Employee to Consultant

Adam was a Salesforce user, then worked on Salesforce projects internally in his company and even worked for Salesforce itself. He quit Salesforce to fix motorcycles (which he loved) because he just couldn’t stand the pressure. ​Coming back to Salesforce after a few years, in a different environment – as a consultant outside of organizations, doing contract work and shifting gradually to the more advanced Developer side, he found a better,… Read More

Focus on People: Adam Schoolsky – From Employee to Consultant

Focus on People: Frederique Mermoz Mounier – Stay at Home Mom turned Salesforce Professional

Frédérique Mounier quit working for 4 years to be a stay-at-home-mom. When she decided to go back to work, she discovered Salesforce through a program directed specifically towards women wanting to get back into the workforce.​Amidst a busy schedule (to keep up her thriving family life), she gained 4 certifications in her first 7 months of working on Salesforce. Read the story of how she achieved this superhuman (or should… Read More

Focus on People: Frederique Mermoz Mounier – Stay at Home Mom turned Salesforce Professional

Focus on People: Olivier Baelde – Advancing in Salesforce

“it’s a platform where you have to really keep current with what is new, what are the new things coming, and what features you can use in a particular project,” said Olivier in this interview for our Focus on Force community. Olivier Baelde is an experienced learner and user of Salesforce platform. He shares his thoughts about the platform and gives useful advice on how to keep moving forward in the Salesforce… Read More

Focus on People: Olivier Baelde – Advancing in Salesforce

Focus on People: Richard Hone – Midlife Career Change Towards Salesforce

In today’s interview, we have Richard Hone, a Salesforce learner who is working with a Nonprofit Success Pack partner.  From an electrical engineer with more than 20 years experience, he is now a successful Salesforce developer. He shared that exploring Salesforce for Nonprofit is one of the biggest decisions he made midlife. He went into detail as to how he prepared for his certification: going through the study guides, practice… Read More

Focus on People: Richard Hone – Midlife Career Change Towards Salesforce

Focus on People: Dominick DeFazio – From Sales to Lead Dev

Dominick was in sales when he started his Salesforce journey. As a user, he was frustrated with how the org was set up for the functions that he would use everyday. Determined to improve their team’s processes, he tried to learn Salesforce configuration and went straight to pursuing a PD1 Certification.​Read about his insights and tips to help others achieve a rapid on-the-job learning of Salesforce that enabled him to… Read More

Focus on People: Dominick DeFazio – From Sales to Lead Dev

Focus on People: Nat Sullivan – From Start by Accident to Start with Confidence

Nat had never heard of Salesforce when she was offered an internal position by her company to be the Salesforce Trainer for North America. Coming from an end-user non-technical background, it felt like she was pushed into deep waters, and forced to swim.  Read how her Salesforce journey has led her to the most challenging, yet the most rewarding experiences of her life. In this interview, she tells us about the… Read More

Focus on People: Nat Sullivan – From Start by Accident to Start with Confidence

Focus on People: Julian Virguez – From Java To Salesforce Developer

Read how the Salesforce platform has helped a Java developer to learn and improve his programing skills on a whole new level.  Julian worked as a Salesforce developer in a consulting company. He has been working with Salesforce for more than 5 years and he has so many useful things to share with our community. Keep reading and find out more about Julian’s Salesforce experience and learning process.What is your role… Read More

Focus on People: Julian Virguez – From Java To Salesforce Developer