70 Influencers to Connect with at Dreamforce #DF18

Salesforce has evolved from being a cloud SFA tool in 1999 to THE Enterprise CRM platform in 2010, to become the premier development environment that enterprises use to build their mission-critical sales, marketing, customer service business systems, workflows, and processes.

Attending Dreamforce is a must for anyone in the SaaS business ecosystem, even if you are a CRM vendor like myself.  

Why you may ask?  Because it’s the largest gathering of editors, analysts, bloggers, influencers, developers, Independent Software Vendors and resellers in the world.

It’s a fishbowl of business development for anyone involved in cloud business software.

To get ready, read our #DF18 sister post How to be a Nimble Networker at #DF18 and follow our Dreamforce 2018 Twitter list which you can import into your free trial of Nimble and immediately engage at scale with our Nimble/Salesforce integration along with 100+ other in-app integrations.

BTW, let me introduce myself. My name is Jon Ferrara. I helped pioneer CRM and contact management with GoldMine CRM, a company I co-founded before many of today’s CRMs existed. I am currently the CEO and founder of NimbleThe simple smart CRM that works for you everywhere you work. Built for Office 365 and G Suite.

I respect and admire what Marc Benioff and his team have built at Salesforce and consider Dreamforce to be the premier enterprise software event of the year.

That’s why I created a list of people to network with at Dreamforce to help anyone attending to identify the most influential cross-section of key contacts to connect with. It’s a mix of Sales and CRM people including key Salesforce team members and its constituencies.

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In alphabetical order, 70 influencers I’ll be following at Dreamforce 2018:

To Dreamforce 2018! Everybody have a great time!

Vala Afshar
Chief Digital Evangelist
Salesforce
@ValaAfshar Chief Digital Evangelist @Salesforce | Blog: @HuffPost @ZDNet | Show: @DisrupTVShow | Book: bit.ly/tposbe

 

Ryan Aytay
SVP Alliances & Strategy
Salesforce
@ryanaytayHead of Global Business Development @Salesforce. Former @Salesforce M&A, Ventures, and Deloitte Consultant

 

John Barrows
Owner
JBarrows Sales Training
@JohnMBarrow Sales Trainer to the world’s fastest growing companies. Published Author in Inc., Huffington Post, Forbes & Fortune.

 

Marc Benioff
CEO
Salesforce
@Benioff ceo@salesforce.com

 

Eric Berridge
CEO
Bluewolf
@ericberridge CEO, @bluewolf an @IBM company, first @salesforce Global Strategic partner, TED speaker, + Author of Customer Obsessed: httpbit.ly/2kLfF8i  #ArtistsForHire

Trish Bertuzzi
Chief Executive Officer
The Bridge Group, Inc.
@bridgegroupincSales Development & Inside Sales Thinker, Writer, Builder. Passionate about all things related to phone, web and social prospecting

 

Adam Blitzer
Co-founder of Pardot
EVP & GM of Sales Cloud at Salesforce
@AdamBlitzerCo-founder of Pardot; EVP & GM of Sales Cloud at Salesforce

 

Keith Block
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Salesforce
@KeithBlockCo-CEO @Salesforce. Boston sports fan, love history, fan of Eddie, Joe, Bruce, and the dropkicks

Karly Bolton
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Salesforce
@karlybolton PR @salesforce. San Francisco enthusiast hailing from the greatest city on earth.

 

Ryan Bonnici
CMO
G2Crowd
@ryanbonniciRyan is a widely recognized thought leader, published by @Entrepreneur @HarvardBiz & other sites // Ex- @HubSpot @Salesforce @ExactTarget @Microsoft @Qantas

 

Tiffani Bova
Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow
Salesforce
@Tiffani_BovaGrowth & Innovation Evangelist @Salesforce | Book: Growth IQ | Podcast: What’s Next! | Thinking About & Sharing Bold Ideas | #Sales #CX #GrowthIQ

Heidi Bullock
CMO
Engagio
@HeidiBullockMarketer, Tech Enthusiast. CMO @engagio, former GVP global marketing @marketo

 

Tim Clarke
Sr. Director Product Marketing
Salesforce
@TimxClarke Sr. Director Product Marketing @Salesforce responsible for @SalesforceCPQ. Created #SalesMachine & @Quotable. @Arsenal & @SoulCycle fan

 

Peter Coffee
VP for Strategic Research
Salesforce
@petercoffee – I work with app developers and CIOs to build a global community of innovation, service and success

 

Robert DeSisto
Chief Value Officer
Salesforce
@RobDesisto Chief Value Officer, Salesforce

 

Larry Dignan
Global Editor in Chief
ZDNet
@ldignan Global Editor in Chief, ZDNet, a CBS Interactive property

 

Brent Downey
Salesforce Consultant
ShellBlack.com
@brentdowney@salesforce MVP, http://AdminHero.com blogger and Coloradan. Husband. Father. Prone to fits of uncontrollable laughter

 

Chris Duarte
Vice President, Trailhead
Salesforce
@TheChrisDuarte – VP, @trailhead Content at @salesforce. Opinions here are my own

 

Zoli Erdos
Publisher, Editor
Enterprise Irregulars, Cloud Ave
@ZoliErdos | Editor / Publisher, CloudAve & Enterprise Irregulars. Software Industry Commentator. Former life: SAP, Deloitte, IBM

 

Michael Fauscette
Chief Research Officer
G2 Crowd
@mfauscette | chief research officer G2 Crowd, biz software, social tech, digital xformation, professional speaker, blogger, photographer, writer

 

Mike Gerholdt
Director, Admin Evangelism
Salesforce
@MikeGerholdt @Salesforce Admin Evangelist empowering others to learn & make the world a better place | Lead foot Mopar owner

 

Erica Stone Gilbert
Sr. Salesforce & Marketing Automation Administrator, Platform Analyst
Brunswick Boat Group
@resplendentlymeNPO President | L3C Co-Founder | Sr Salesforce/Pardot Admin & SFDC UG Co-Leader | Eloqua/Marketo/Pardot PM | Sushi & Cupcake Foodie | INFJ

 

Nana Gregg
Vice President, Senior Salesforce Administrator
JLL
@nanahg3 Quirky Mom, @Salesforce MVP, Love karaoke, yoga, audiobooks & vlookups. F4 Tornado Survivor 12/26/15!

 

Paul Greenberg
Managing Principal
The 56 Group
@pgreenbeAll things customer-facing; author, consultant, speaker. Loves family, friends, all animals and, of course, the NY Yankees

 

Jeff Grosse
Managing Consultant – Service and Support
Appirio
@CRMFYI Salesforce MVP, Service Cloud egghead for @appirio, as well as Disney freak (churros anyone?) and @Evernote geek

 

Atul Gupta
Founder and Salesforce Consultant
Cloud Vandana Solutions
@atul31gupta #Salesforce MVP | 8X | Founder #CloudVandana Solutions | #SalesforceSaturday | @newdelhisfdcdug| #Simplilearn #Salesforce Course Designer

 

Rakesh Gupta
Senior Software Engineer
AtoZdatabases
@rakeshistomAuthor | 4x Salesforce MVP | Salesforce Architect | #SalesforceCoach | #Blogger@Automationchamp | @SFDC_MumbaiLeader | @Pardot Expert

 

Parker Harris
Co-Founder, EVP Technology
Salesforce
@parkerharris  

 

Richard Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Harris Consulting
@rharris415 CEO of Harris Consulting Group & Head of #Salestraining @SalesHacker Top 25 Inside #Sales Leader 3 yrs in a row, Husband, Father, & Springsteen Fan

 

Dion Hinchcliffe
Vice President and Principal Analyst
Constellation Research
@dhinchcliffe | Thinker, strategist, enterprise architect, keynote speaker, analyst, book author, futurist on IT, #EnSw, #digitalworkplace, #cx, #cio. @Constellationr @ZDNet

 

Megan Heuer
Vice President, Research
SiriusDecisions
@megheuer It’s all about the customer. Always has been. B-to-B therapist @SiriusDecisions. I help b2b deliver & measure results. Recipes @frommegskitchen

 

Jesus Hoyos
Managing Director
Solvis Consulting
@jesus_hoyos | Managing Director, Solvis Consulting. CRM Consultant, Speaker & Influencer. Currently working on CRM and Marketing Automation engagements.

 

Vanessa Hunt
Marketing & CRM Consultant
Vanessa Hunt Consulting
@Trainer_CRM – Quadrilingual #Marketing & #CRM Consultant. #Speaker #Blogger #Author of Facebook Inspiration amzn.to/2uAPkiy #CMO

 

Judith Hurwitz
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hurwitz & Associates
@jhurwitzauthor, software industry thought leader, consultant, industry analyst on cloud, big data, analytics, machine learning, Cognitive computing + customer benefit

 

Charlie Isaacs
Vice President, CTO for Customer Connection
Salesforce
@CharlieisaacsVP, CTO for Customer Connection at @salesforce – I help Connect Customers and their Products. #Ally #IoT #Diversity#STEAM #Inclusion #SalesforceOhana

 

Michael Krigsman
Industry Analyst
CXOTALK
@mkrigsman | Industry Analyst / keynote speaker; WSJ contributor | Show: @cxotalk | Blog: @zdnet | Referenced in the media 1000+ times and in 50 books

 

Evan Kirstel
Social Media Business Strategist
UCStrategies.com
@evankirstel #B2B #Digital #Influencer Helping clients w #SocialMediaMarketing in #IoT #Cloud#Telecom #IT #mobile, I’m at #ATTbizsummit

 

Phil Komarny
Vice President, Innovation
Salesforce
@PhilKomarnyVP, Innovation http://Salesforce.com  | Past lives… #CDO @UTSystem | #CEO@RobotsnPencils | #CIO @SetonHill – Who Dares Wins

 

Erica Kuhl
Vice President, Community
Salesforce
@ericakuhlVice President, Community at Salesforce | cyclist | runner | ski bum | wife | mom | these words are my own

 

Brent Leary
Partner
CRM Essentials
@BrentLeary A guy trying to make sense of it all

 

Mitch Lieberman
Analyst, Program Director – Conversational Intelligence
Opus Research
@mjayliebsHusband, Dad, Brother, Cycler and Hack Photographer – Conversational Intelligence, Conversational Commerce #IA #ChatBots #AI, #ML #CX #Analyst

 

Jason M. Lemkin
Founder and Trusted Advisor
SaaStr
@jasonlkSaaS enthusiast @SaaStr + $90m @SaaStrFund. CoFounder/CEO EchoSign (@AdobeDocCloud). VP Web Biz @Adobe. Also built implantable nanobatteries that saved lives

 

Jim Lundy
Chief Executive Officer & Lead Analyst
Aragon Research
@JimLundy CEO & Lead Analyst at Aragon. We cover the Digital Workplace: AI, Collaboration, BPM, RPA, Video, Content, Learning/Talent, Sales/Marketing. Sigma Chi alum

 

Charlene Li
Principal Analyst
Altimeter Group
@charleneli | Helping leaders thrive with disruption as a Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet Company. Author, Engaged Leader & Open Leadership, Co-Author Groundswell

 

Mike Merrill
Sr. Account Executive, Strategic Enterprise Retail
Salesforce
@mikedmerrill | Sr. Enterprise Account Exec. for Strategic Retail @Salesforce, TEDx & Keynote Speaker, Identical Twin, Cyclist, Chief Bacon Maker

 

Michael Maoz
Senior Vice President, Innovation Strategy
Salesforce
@mimaoz SVP Innovation Strategy, Salesforce. Former Gartner VP Distinguished Analyst and Fellow

 

Laurie McCabe
Co-Founder
SMB Group
@lauriemccabe – IT analyst; Co-founder, SMB Group. Passionate about helping SMBs and entrepreneurs apply tech solutions to grow their businesses

 

William Moxley
SVP Product Management for Sales Cloud
Salesforce
@wjmoxleySVP Product Management for Sales Cloud @Salesforce.com

 

Nancy Nardin
Founder
Smart Selling Tools, Inc.
@sellingtoolsWe give fast, actionable advice on how to build a #salestech strategy for killer sales growth. On Forbes Top 30 Social Selling thought leader list

 

Jeff Nolan
Chief Marketing Officer
Kahuna
@jeffnolan Bay Area native, urban farmer, gear head… oh yeah, I know a lot about building teams and marketing enterprise technology

 

Amy Oplinger
Owner
SaaSy Solutions, LLC
@SalesforceAmy @Salesforce MVP | Freelance Consultant | @Dreamforce #Speaker | @GifSquad_c | #OhanaChai | #CLE Women In Tech Leader | @SFIndiaDreamin Core Team

 

Sameer Patel
@sameerpatel CEO @Kahuna, the consumer engagement platform used by iconic marketplaces – classifieds, consumer services, ride sharing. Formerly GM @SAP/SuccessFactors

 

Daniel Peter
Salesforce Advisor, Developer and Architect
Independent Consultant
@danieljpeter – @salesforce MVP | Bay Area #SalesforceDeveloper Group Leader | /salesforce.com MacGyver | @Dreamforce | TrailheaDX

 

Natalie Petouhoff
Vice President, Customer Service Innovation
Salesforce
@drnatalie = 1 of 250 Top Most Influential Women, voted Top Social Media, #Custserv & CRM Professionals; VP, Service Cloud Salesforce

 

Denis Pombriant
Managing Principal
Beagle Research Group
@DenisPombriantSoftware industry analyst, author, and award winning blogger. The Age of Sustainability

 

Jon Reed
Co-Founder
Diginomica
@jonerp Diginomica co-founder + Enterprise Irregular who blogs/videocasts on the enterprise, w/ dash of bootstrappin’ + media hacks. OK, I rant sometimes.

 

Michael T. Rose
Director, Solutions Engineering
Salesforce
@MikeTRose SE manager @salesforce, tech writer & editor, podcast co-host @the_aftershow, husband of @heidihoover (rabbi of @bshert_brooklyn) & dad. @TUAW 2006-2015

 

Sean Leo Ryan
Director of Strategic Services, Salesforce Success Cloud
Salesforce
@seanleoryanCustomer experience, cloud platforms, business model innovation, digital disruption, and seeking awesome

 

Tim Sanders
Keynote Speaker and CEO
Deeper Media, Inc.
@sanderssaysNew York Times bestselling author of Love Is the Killer App. Divi Project advisor. Advocate of collaboration

 

Meredith Schmidt
EVP Salesforce Essentials & Small and Medium Business
Salesforce
@MeredSchmidtEVP Salesforce Essentials & Small and Medium Business, @Salesforce. Love to cook, travel, and spend time with my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Baxter

 

Robert Stutz
CEO Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer
Salesforce
@rlstutz | CEO Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer, Salesforce.com. Life is all about the relationships we build & keep over time

 

Rich Simmonds
Rule Breaker and Change Maker
Disruptive Dynamics
@RichSimmondsZA Father | Professional Keynote Speaker & Facilitator | Disruptor, RuleBreaker & ChangeMaker | Top 20 Global Online Influencer | Bitcoin Opportunities | Author

 

John Taschek
Senior Vice President, Strategy
Salesforce
@jtaschekCommunications, market, competitive, influence, strategy @salesforce since 2003. Aspire to be a seething mass of enlightenment

 

Michael Tchong
Founder
Ubercool Innovation
@ubercool Inspirational speaker, analyst, professor, entrepreneur and author, specializing in innovation and trends

 

Bob Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
CustomerThink, Corp
@Bob_Thompson | CustomerThink founder and global evangelist for customer-centric business. Buzzwords (CRM, CEM and Social Business) optional

 

Leslie Tom
Senior Vice President, AppExchange Marketing
Salesforce
@lesliejtomSVP, AppExchange Marketing & Programs. Trusted advisor and advocate for our partners and AppExchange for 13 amazing years at Salesforce

 

Alex Toussaint
VP Products Einstein Analytics
Salesforce
@alextoussaint VP Products Einstein Analytics @Salesforce

 

Brian Vellmure
Managing Partner, Ignite
Salesforce
@BrianVellmure | I help bold leaders design a better future

 

Gabe Villamizar
Global Sales Evangelist
Lucid Chart
@gabevillamizarGlobal Sales Evangelist at @Lucidchart. Check it http://Lucidchart.com/sales

 

Ray Wang
CEO
Constellation Research
@rwang0 @ConstellationR CEO, CoHost @DisrupTVShow, @PCI_Initiative, BestSelling @HarvardBiz Author, Keynoter, Futurist, Provocateur, EDM DJ #Foodie #SVLife

 

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