10 Salesforce Influencers You Should Be Following in 2023

Jenna Trott

5 min read | MARCH 23, 2023

Salesforce Influencers
There are so many things to love about Salesforce, but perhaps the most valuable aspect is the community of thought leaders and innovative professionals within the ecosystem. These individuals are the driving force behind the latest trends and developments in Salesforce, and they continuously push the boundaries of what’s possible. From employees and Trailblazers, to MVPs and beyond, the Salesforce community is filled with passionate individuals who strive to help others succeed and provide innovative insights into the future of technology. By creating content such as blog posts, videos, and podcasts, Salesforce influencers offer valuable insights and guidance on how to use Salesforce effectively. They also host and participate in community events, such as user groups and conferences, to share their knowledge and connect with others. While there are so many incredible individuals in the world of Salesforce, Access Global Group chooses to highlight 10 influential Salesforce professionals each year who are making a significant impact on the ecosystem with their ideas and contributions. Without further ado, let’s take a look at ten people to keep your eye on in 2023 (in no particular order!).

Check Out AGG’s 2022’s List of Salesforce Influencers
Disclaimer: this is by no means an exhaustive list!

Megan Tuano

LinkedIn | YouTube

When it comes to Salesforce, Megan wears many different hats! In addition to working as an Associate Consultant for Slalom, Megan also shares her knowledge as an Expert Writer for Salesforce Ben. Megan is the founder of the Salesforce Professionals Discord Server, which is dedicated to professionals helping professionals grow, learn, and progress throughout their Salesforce journey; as well as the founder of her Salesforce-focused YouTube channel. Whatever Megan does, she helps guide Trailblazers as they break into the Salesforce ecosystem and advance their careers.

See Megan Tuano’s #1 Thing You Need To Know About Starting Salesforce in 2023

Tiffany (Lackey) Spencer

LinkedIn | Twitter

As a 7x certified Salesforce Professional, Salesforce MVP, and digital transformation pro with over 12 years of experience, Tiffany is passionate about learning all things Salesforce and sharing that wealth of knowledge with others! Tiffany is the founder and CEO of Tech Forward Solutions, a Salesforce Implementation Partner and Tech Forward, a nonprofit organization that exposes marginalized communities to cloud and SAAS (software-as-a-service) based technologies and careers paths to help participants become more marketable, obtain higher-paying jobs and career opportunities. Tiffany is also very active in the community and gives back in a number of ways including, mentoring high school and college students and mentoring with The Greatest Investment (TGI) Girls Empowerment Program. Tiffany is also the Board Chair of Black Orlando Tech, a non-profit organization committed to accelerating minority economic advancement through tech careers and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Jordan Nelson

LinkedIn | Website

A self-taught Salesforce guru, Jordan now helps others learn and advance their careers within the Salesforce ecosystem. In addition to working as a Senior Salesforce Consultant at Simple Salesforce, Jordan is also an author at Apex Hours and an Expert Author for Salesforce Ben. Jordan is a certified Salesforce expert and has amassed more than 260 badges and four superbadges and has ​​helped build three Salesforce orgs for three different $3B+ tech unicorns. Passionate about helping others succeed with Salesforce, Jordan often shares free guides on his website here!

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Johann Furmann

LinkedIn | Website

Ever since discovering Salesforce, Johann has been passionate about it, leading them to procure over 400 Salesforce badges, 12 Superbadges, 19 certifications, and recognition as a new Salesforce MVP for 2023! In addition to being a featured writer at Salesforce Ben, Johann has founded Gilib Consulting, where they support companies with Salesforce implementations and Admin’s Helper, which offers simple but powerful applications to supercharge your Salesforce system. Self-described as a Developer by curiosity, Architect by trade and Admin by heart, Johann helps others understand the complexities of Salesforce through their blog which offers a number of tips and tricks to excel with Salesforce.

Vanessa Grant

LinkedIn | Twitter

A professional problem solver, Vanessa is a seasoned Salesforce expert with over a decade of experience helping to make people’s jobs easier by cleaning up messes, creating scalable, optimized systems and implementing processes to prevent future messes. With an impressive collection of nearly 160 badges, 3 superbadges, and 9 certifications, Vanessa truly enjoys furthering her Salesforce education while inspiring and mentoring others. When she’s not sharing her expertise in business analysis, design, and devops as an Expert Author for Salesforce Ben, she can be found coaching aspiring Trailblazers and speaking at high-profile events like Salesforce’s Annual Dreamforce conference.

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Rakesh Gupta

LinkedIn | Website

Rakesh is proof that anything is possible! Coming from a small village where people had to walk several miles to find a good school, Rakesh is now a 9x Salesforce MVP and an evangelist with experience as a Developer, Consultant, and Solution Architect. Best known as an automation champion in the Salesforce ecosystem, Rakesh has penned over 200+ articles on Salesforce Flow exhibiting how professionals can leverage it to minimize code usage. Rakesh is also a principal team member of the biweekly online webinar, Automation Hour. In addition to publishing a number of books on Salesforce subject matter, Rakesh shares valuable insights and trainings on his website, Automation Champion.

Jocelyn Fennewald

LinkedIn | Twitter

Jocelyn’s Salesforce journey began back in 2011 and since then, she’s amassed over a hundred Salesforce badges, two Salesforce certifications and been awarded the coveted Salesforce MVP title. In addition to co-founding OpMentors, an organization that serves to help companies optimize and implement cloud-based business applications (such as Salesforce and FinancialForce), Jocelyn is also the Co-Leader of Chicago WIT User Group to support women in tech. Jocelyn has become a key mentor for the Salesforce community and is highly regarded amongst Salesforce professionals.

See Jocelyn Fennewald’s #1 Thing You Need To Know About Starting Salesforce in 2023

Asterisk Loftis

LinkedIn | Portfolio

A lifelong learner, Asterisk has spent the last six years specializing in designing for the Salesforce ecosystem and has a deep knowledge of building and deploying human-centered experiences on the Salesforce Platform. Asterisk has worked closely with the Salesforce Design group to evangelize UX on the platform. He has become the face of SalesforceUX Design and is the first Salesforce Designer inducted as a Salesforce MVP! When he’s not blazing trails, Asterisk can be found giving back to the community and sharing his knowledge at community-led events like Dreamin’ In Color, a conference for Black Salesforce professionals to discuss how to succeed & thrive in the Salesforce ecosystem.

Skye Tyler

LinkedIn | Twitter

In addition to being a brand new 2023 Salesforce MVP, Skye is a fierce advocate of leveraging cutting-edge technology to aid nonprofit organizations in achieving their goals. Her expertise in Salesforce has enabled her to assist numerous nonprofits in meeting their objectives for nearly a decade now! With a blend of sharp communication skills and analytical thinking, she collaborates with clients to unearth underlying issues and devise polished and effective solutions. In addition to working as a Solutions Architect with Exponent Partners, Skye volunteers with Merivis to mentor veterans and military spouses seeking careers in Salesforce.

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Stephen Church

LinkedIn | Profile

Exceedingly knowledgeable and boundlessly creative, Stephen is a 4x Salesforce Certified Administrator that loves requirements elicitation, designing data and security models, creating graceful UIs with Lightning App Builder and documenting everything. Outside of working as a Salesforce Administrator for ZenBusiness, Stephen can be found posting invaluable tips and advice for Salesforce Admins that are learning Flow or sharing knowledge at Salesforce community led events.
Where would we be without the knowledge, experience, and expertise of Salesforce thought leaders and mentors? Their guidance and mentorship have proven to be invaluable to many aspiring salesforce professionals who are just starting their careers and for those looking to push the boundaries of what they thought to be possible within the ecosystem. From providing valuable insights on industry trends to offering guidance on best practices and strategies, these individuals have made a significant impact on the salesforce community. We are deeply grateful for their contributions, and as we look to the future, we hope their contributions continue to foster a vibrant and inclusive salesforce ecosystem that encourages innovation, collaboration, and growth.

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