Community MVP

Where do I begin? Before I get to the exciting news announced yesterday, let’s rewind about a month when someone I have a ton of respect for first approached me about becoming an MVP. I was immediately humbled that one of my peers wanted to nominate me. Especially, since this individual was an MVP already. That alone was an honor.

What is an MVP you ask?  For my friends and family who have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s acknowledgment from my peers in my professional community who are Salesforce.com users and advocates that I am someone who is active and supportive of members in the community.  Here’s the official (and more detailed) Salesforce MVP definition.

Fast forward to April 10, 2013 when I woke up a little early to get my day started off on the right foot. Literally, I went for a run to kickstart my day. I tend to feel more energetic throughout the day which helps me avoid “hitting the wall” later on. Perhaps, those two cups of coffee might have added an unnecessary boost, but none of these things compare to the rush of energy I got when I received an email at 10:20am EST. This is when an email with the subject “Welcome to the Salesforce MVP Program!” flashed on my screen.

Holy expletive, Batman! is the first thought I had. My excitement could not, would not be contained. Immediately, I dialed the person who first nominated me. A couple of quick calls later, I was still stuck on the first paragraph, “Congratulations!” Words can’t explain how excited I am to be included in the latest crop of MVP’s. This program wouldn’t exist without the community, to whom I am grateful for the opportunity interact with, share with and learn from. Doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or grizzled veteran in the Salesforce ecosystem, do not underestimate the power of the community!

Get involved like I did and now I’m an MVP because of it. I started a new Force.com Developer Group in my area to compliment the general user group. I’m happy to say that our first formal event will be hosting a joint Hackathon on April 27th during the upcoming (global) Mobile Developer Week with the larger user groups from Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. Get on the Answers boards to help and learn from each other. There’s always something to discuss on Twitter where I get much of news from, especially the latest and greatest from this community. These are just a few examples of how I got involved and it’s these type of activities that contributed to being named an MVP. Sharing is Caring! For my own part, I will put my best foot forward (the same way I started my early morning run) to make the community as proud as I feel right now. Absolutely humbled, but proud nonetheless! It’s still sinking in as I write these words. It is my privilege to say thank you, I won’t let you down!!

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About chriszullo

Boston born and bred sports geek with a twist. Unabashed sports nut and technology enthusiast. Living in the cloud literally and figuratively as a SaaS (Software as a Service) advocate that wants to see as much of the world in person as manageable.

13 responses to “Community MVP”

  1. Daniel says :

    Congratulations and welcome to the MVP program! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and the other new MVPs.

  2. Becky Mae Webster says :

    This is fantastic, Chris!! So glad you’re in the program. And you’re totally right – #Ripstart has infiltrated!!!!!!!!

  3. Erica Kuhl says :

    Big congratulations! We are lucky to have you on board – now it’s your turn to find someone to mentor to become as awesome as you!

  4. Brent Downey says :

    It sounds like we has the same experience yesterday morning! I couldn’t get through the entire email until later in the afternoon! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  5. J. Nicole Alford (@salesforceQueen) says :

    Congratulations Chris, look forward to getting to know you!

  6. ericforcefield says :

    Welcome fellow Spring ’13 classmate to the world of MVP-ism! Looking forward to meeting you at Dreamforce…if not sooner!

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