June 16 by Eric Dreshfield
Eric Dreshfield (@ericdresh) is one of the most respected and influential voices on the subject of the Salesforce platform and a 3x Salesforce MVP. He is proud to represent and write about the MVP program, which recognizes exceptional individuals within the Salesforce community for their ongoing thought leadership, knowledge, and general contributions. Beyond his blogging contributions and dynamic social content, Eric serves as the esteemed leader of the Indiana Salesforce User Group and the Event Chair of Midwest Dreamin,’ all while excelling in his role as Associate Manager at Mead Johnson. While establishing his reputation as ‘Eric Forcefield,’ he encourages all of his readers to pursue their interests and unlock the Awesome inside themselves.
We asked Eric what it means to him to be a Salesforce MVP. The following list are reasons why Eric personally enjoys being a part of the Salesforce MVP program….
The Five C’s of Being a Salesforce MVP:
The MVPs are like family to me. There’s not a thing in the world any of us wouldn’t do for each other to support in times of trouble, to help solve a problem, to help reach a goal, or anything, for that matter, both professional and personal.
MVPs seem to have an “in” with Salesforce product managers and executives, and can ask the hard-hitting questions, knowing that they will give us the full scoop, even if it’s “I have no idea” or “we will have to take a look at that”.
Sure we get priority seating and sometimes special access, at events like the World Tour and Dreamforce, but we also have our own conference just for MVP’s only. The MVP Summit, started 3 years ago, has become an annual event. It’s a couple days of presentations and meetings with the people at Salesforce who really make things happen. It’s a time for MVPs to openly share the good, the bad and the ugly of Salesforce.
MVPs get sneak peeks into many things #SafeHarbor. Why? Because Salesforce wants our opinions. And they don’t just listen to us and acknowledge, they act on things we say, change product roadmaps, add or change upcoming features, and even create marketing presentations around what we tell them. We have confidence in Salesforce.com, and Saleforce.com has confidence in not only the MVPs abilities, but also the MVPs respect for the non-disclosure agreement we are all required to sign before becoming an MVP.
This is the one that ties all the others together. Without a two-way, open and honest line of communication, I don’t think either the MVPs or Salesforce.com would see much value in the program. Catch Eric Dreshfield all over the Salesforce Success Community: • Personal Profile • Southern Indiana User Group • Midwest Dreamin’ • Dreamforce Newbie “Reunion” Breakfast You’ll find Eric in Chicago on July 9 & 10, 2015 at MidWest Dreamin’, and of course you can find him at Dreamforce in San Francisco September 15 – 18, 2015.
Want to be a Salesforce MVP? See what it takes.
According to the official description of the Salesforce MVP Program, “This program recognizes exceptional individuals within the Salesforce community for their leadership, knowledge, and ongoing contributions.” We scanned the profiles of Salesforce MVPs, both past and present, searched high, low, near and far to find out specifically what it takes to become a Salesforce MVP.