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Senior Developers with Decades of Experience
We have turned to sharing what we've learned. For years and years, we've built custom software and databases, architected solutions, led teams across a variety of platforms and industries, and we just love Salesforce and Force.com.
While we still find time to build solutions and keep our hands dirty in the cloud, (take a peek at Outformations, Inc.) we now also focus on helping other developers learn how to best leverage the Salesforce.com Platform as a Service (PaaS) for custom application development. We've also spent years working with, presenting to and cultivating developer community, so it's pretty clear to us that we really like working with developers.
Senior Consultants and Curriculum Developers
Our team has grown to include consultants, support experts, advanced administrators, curriculum developers and end user instructors from the trenches of enterprises, SMBs and nonprofits.
If you're interested in exploring joining the team, send us a brief message to tell us a bit about who you are, and how you think you might fit.
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Team Lead, Mentor, Author & Instructor
Don is a Salesforce.com MVP and holds the Salesforce Developer and Platform Developer II (formerly Advanced Developer) certifications. He is also a Certified Technical Instructor, authorized to deliver all of the official Salesforce.com developer classes in both public and private workshops. In addition to managing a team of certified instructors, he also leads the development of custom technical curriculum for Forcementor (a division of Outformations, Inc.), and designs content for delivery with a developer's technical perspective. He regularly assists the internal Salesforce Training Delivery, Curriculum Development and Certification teams as a technical Subject Matter Expert. He is also a Certified Agile Scrum Master, and experienced in Agile development practices.
A native New Yorker and graduate of Cornell University first introduced to computers in 1975, Don has been building custom business applications since 1984, for clients of all sizes in a wide range of industries. His background as team lead and mentor shapes his approach in the classroom with students of all skill levels, from novice through senior architect. His experience in design, implementation and delivery of mission critical, database-centric business systems, along with his decades of experience focusing on metadata driven application development frameworks, led him into the world of Force.com in 2009.
Don is currently a principal of Outformations, Inc., a co-organizer of the Bay Area Force.com DUG, a Pluralsite.com author and former Director, Vice President and President of the Bay Area Association of Database Developers (BAADD) for which he founded and previously led the San Francisco .NET Developers User Group from August 2002 until 2011.
Lightning Component Educational Content:
Creating Lightning Components - Video Course
Creating Lightning Components - BLOG Post Series
Cloudlife Podcast - Dreamforce14 on Lightning Components
DF13 Get Started on the Certified Force.com Developer Credential
DF12 They Call It 'Enterprise' for a Reason
DF12 Hands-on Training: Introduction to the REST API
Visualforce In Practice (download link)
Profile Page & Article List
Pluralsight.com Hard Core Developer Training:
Force.com Platform - The Big Picture
Pluralsight Video Snippet
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Senior Certified Instructor and Author
Peter Gruhl brings a wealth of experience to his technical instruction, gleaned from over three decades of software development. He brings a practical and personal approach to learning, as well as his wide experience with Mainframes, Minis, PC, Client/Server, and now Cloud Computing.
Whether Health Care, Manufacturing, Finance, CRM, Sales, or Research and Development, Peter has been there in the trenches since he was first recruited out of college to work for Ross Perot’s EDS. He brings a practical approach to learning by applying his decades of experience in Software Development to support the learning process.
Peter is a Salesforce.com Certified Advanced Developer and Certified Technical Instructor authorized to deliver official Salesforce.com developer curriculum DEV401, DEV501, DEV502 and ADM231, (formerly DEV531) in both public and private classes for Salesforce.com and other partners.
Peter has regularly presented for various user community groups and Meetups, including BayNET and the Bay Area Association of Database Developers.
Visualforce In Practice (download link)
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Instructor and ConsultantDaniel Goldston graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991 with degree in Business Administration. He started his technology career in 2000 as a project manager for internet start-up financialprinter.com.
From there, Daniel managed the customer service department for VSI Fax, automated fax distribution software. When VSI Fax was purchased by Esker Software, Daniel was promoted to business development role working with Esker’s OEM partners. It was at that point that Daniel discovered his love of working with clients to ensure they have the knowledge to configure and use software to its maximum capabilities. While at Esker, Daniel worked with the CRM team to migrate from Siebel to Salesforce.com. He was also on the team developing Esker’s Fax On-Demand AppExchange product.
In 2006 Daniel joined Astadia (formally MW Advisors) as a salesforce.com implementation consultant. In 2007, he became a Certified Salesforce Instructor and started Astadia’s Education and Adoption practice. Through his tenor as the Practice Lead, Daniel worked closely with salesforce.com education to run Astadia’s salesforce.com Authorized Training Center.
In early 2013, Daniel left Astadia to found DL Gold Consulting. DL Gold specializes in End User Training and User Adoption programs. In addition, as a salesforce Certified Instructor, Daniel continues to deliver the official ADM201 and ADM211 salesforce.com courses through his affiliation with Forcementor. In addition Daniel is also a salesforce.com Certified Advanced Administrator, and a Sales Cloud and Service Cloud Consultant.
In 2014, DL Gold expanded to provide end user and administrative training for ServiceMax. ServiceMax is an application built on the Salesforce platform specializing in managing field service organizations. Daniel is a certified ServiceMax Consultant and Instructor.
Salesforce Architect, Developer and Instructor
As an independent Salesforce architect and CTO, Mike has designed and developed hundreds of leading edge Salesforce solutions over the past decade and has been a Salesforce Certified Instructor since 2014. Originally self-taught on Apex and Visualforce, Mike is now focusing on mastering the Lightning Component Framework.
When Mike isn’t advising visionary Salesforce customers or mentoring Salesforce development teams, he takes his extensive professional experience to the classroom, teaching DEV601 (Building Lightning Components and Applications) and DEV450 (Programmatic Development Using Apex and Visualforce) to hundreds of Salesforce developers around North America.
As a recognized thought leader in Salesforce development technologies, Mike is a regular presenter at Dreamforce and Salesforce developer events around the Midwest, he produces original content on his blog at Topalovich.com, and was a co-author of the book Visualforce in Practice.
Mike lives in the Wicker Park neighborhood of greatest city in the world, Chicago, with his son Mikan and daughter Erinn. On weekends you can find them biking The 606, watching live music at a street festival, or exploring new restaurants.
Hands-On Training: Get Started With Responsive Apps In The Lightning Framework
Visualforce In Practice (download link)
Certified Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Fred's career in the computer industry spans over 35 years. He grew up in greater Detroit, then studied Math and Sciences at Michigan State University, and Computer Science at Wayne State University. Fred has expertise in Unix, Linux, Mac OS, and Windows, and holds an A+ Certification in PC hardware/software.
Fred taught VAX/VMS at Digital Equipment Corporation in New England, and subsequently was a programmer, systems programmer, and systems analyst at numerous aerospace companies in Southern California. Notably he spent 8 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Later he taught Unix for Silicon Graphics, Hewlett-Packard, and other companies. After working at a “dot-com” that went bust, he lived in France for 7 years, and had a stint as a tour guide in Paris.
Fred is currently Salesforce Certified Developer and Certified Technical Instructor, and is happy to share his enthusiasm for Salesforce with his students.
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CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPERVicki is a salesforce Certified Instructor, Administrator, Advanced Administrator and Sales Cloud Consultant. In addition to delivering salesforce training to public and private customers, she regularly delivers pre-conference Dreamforce training and Salesforce Certification Road Shows. She served as lead instructor for the Salesforce Merrill Lynch initiative to conduct training for 1800 Merrill Lynch financial advisors, culminating in an end-user training contract for 25,000 subscribers.
Vicki has held a variety of positions in IT and related areas, beginning her career as a Systems Engineer, developer, project manager, and system administrator. Moving to management, she focused on analytics to drive productivity, sales and adoption. Throughout her career, Vicki has implemented and delivered executive level, end user and technical training as companies and their employees transitioned to new technologies and applications. She provides training and consulting services to companies specializing in the insurance, healthcare, and services industries.
In addition to her professional career, Vicki is a Training Coordinator for the IRS TCE program, a joint venture between the IRS and the AARP Foundation providing free tax preparation services to AARP members and low-income clients. She developed and coordinates a program in Northern Virginia that provides both train-the-trainer and end-user instruction for about 250 tax preparation counselors annually and has achieved a counselor certification rate of over 95%. She is a certified IRS Advanced Tax Preparer.
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Jeff is a Certified Salesforce.com System Administrator, Advanced System Administrator, Sales Cloud Consultant, Service Cloud Consultant and Platform App Builder. He has been a Registered Salesforce Consulting Partner since 2011.
He started using Salesforce as a user and self-taught system administrator. He took on a role as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, and found to his dismay that the company sales and support processes were being managed by paper files. Thus began his Salesforce.com baptism by fire.
Jeff has deep and wide business experience in Sales, Operations, Contact Centers, IT, and Marketing, at both startups and Fortune 500 companies. He works with all Editions of Salesforce: Group, Professional, and Enterprise.
Jeff specializes in being able to rapidly understand client and user needs, and associate those needs with Salesforce.com. He has worked with clients in almost every imaginable industry, and he has done over 150 salesforce implementation/cleanup/rescue projects. Jeff has trained hundreds of users and system administrators.
Jeff is a military veteran and holds a BSEE from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Oregon. He lives in Loveland, OH.
CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORGreg is one of fewer than 20 individuals in the world holding all 7 Salesforce.com certifications including Certified Advanced Developer and Certified Technical Architect. He specializes in Enterprise Architecture and Force.com technology. After beginning programming at the age of 12, he earned his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University (Computer Information Systems), and built ERP applications for J.D. Edwards (now Oracle via PeopleSoft). He then moved into a technical lead role at Deloitte Consulting where he designed numerous custom applications in consumer products, automotive and retail.
Greg joined a start-up joint venture in the cable industry in 2006 and moved into program management and system architecture. Discovering a new passion in management and entrepreneurship, he completed his Master’s degree at Colorado University (Organizational Management & Entrepreneurship) before starting his first company in 2009, focused on interactive television.
Greg founded CloudPremise in 2012 to provide enterprise architecture and Salesforce.com consulting to a customer base of mostly Fortune 100 and large NGOs. He is currently working on Path To Scale, a Salesforce.com ISV partner providing marketing and revenue performance analytics on the Force.com platform. He is an active teacher and blogger on Force.com technologies. You can find his blog at enterpriseforcearchitect.com and posts on developer.salesforceforce.com.
Greg is a native of Denver, Colorado where he lives with his wife, twin boy and girl and yellow lab Kenobi. In his free time he can be found exercising or exploring the outdoors in his Jeep.
CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORChuck comes from the trenches of enterprise Salesforce development. A developer and consultant on the platform for the last decade, he holds 22 Salesforce certifications. Entrepreneurial by nature, he took his most recent startup -- Valence — an ISV with a native integration product on the AppExchange—through the inaugural batch of the Salesforce Incubator.
First and foremost a technology architect, Chuck focuses on communication: between technical and business teams, disparate technology stacks and systems, different layers of an enterprise architecture. He is constantly innovating and pushing the Salesforce platform to do novel, clever things in real-world projects.
Having two professors as parents, Chuck comes to education naturally and even worked as an adjunct professor teaching graduate students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Chuck sees education as service to his community, a way to give back and serve others. He is a regular speaker at Dreamforce and other Salesforce-centric conferences, as well as at a variety of other technology conferences and events. Chuck is also group leader for the Salesforce Hawaii User Group.
When not on the road at conferences and teaching, Chuck can be found at home in Honolulu where he runs his ISV business and serves on the selection and mentor committee for the Honolulu-based Blue Startups accelerator.