I’m the (Kevin) Bacon of the Salesforce Community – Introducing Marisa Hambleton

This is the fourth post in my blog series in which I will feature people I know from the community: Salesforce employees, MVPs, User Group Leaders, Partners, and honestly, anyone who I’m connected with who is willing to share with me the answers to five simple questions. I hoping that this blog series will help everyone out in the community get better connected to others who are either like them, can help them, are nothing like them, can’t help them, or are simply people they haven’t met yet! After all, a stranger is simply a friend you don’t know yet.

For me, one of the greatest strengths of the Salesforce Ecosystem is its people and the connections that are shared.

So, if you are brave enough, even if you’ve never met me in person, fill out this form and I’ll feature you in an upcoming post. (In case I have confused anyone, the questions on the form about our relationship refers to you, the reader, and me, the author, Eric Dreshfield, and not the featured person in this post.)  Just beware, by completing the form, you are giving me permission to use that information in a future post, as well as allowing me to interject some of my own thoughts into your responses!

And now…I Introduce Marisa Hambleton, leader of the Phoenix User Group.


What’s your job title? I am the Managing Partner of MH2 LLC, a.k.a self-employed. (EFD – So how’s your relationship with your boss?)

What does that mean you do?  It means that I wear many hats – chief cloud evangelist; business adviser & analyst; Salesforce admin; click developer; project queen; agilista; co-owner; facilities manager; maintenance crew; bookkeeper; accountant; cleaning crew; chef; landscaper;  taxi….What I really do on the job is to help businesses optimize, implement and connect to/from Salesforce. I have a background in IT and  project management, and focus on solutions that leverage all facets of technology within a business. I work with a small amazing team, and we have all sorts of fun addressing challenges with Salesforce! (EFD – So with all that, how do you find time to run a user group?)

How long have you been involved with Salesforce.com (as a customer and/or an employee)? You had me at multi-tenant…I am a Salesforce user and enthusiast since 2009, Initially staring as an Admin, I dove in head first and have been in the cloud ever since! I am a technology aficionado who enjoys various geekery and an agilista approach to software and solutions project management. (EFD – Agilista…nice word!  Combines the process of being agile with that of being a woman.  I think the #GirlyGeeks might need to know about that word!)

Bacon or sausage? Can’t I have both?  Don’t make me decide.

What’s more important: Who you know, or what you know?  Who you know. I value people first. At this point in my professional journey, am confident in what I know, realize there is always room for improvement, and am a pretty good researcher. I don’t know it all, and that’s okay. I am grateful to be part of this awesome Salesforce community, I love learning new things, reading and I have Google.  (EFD – I agree!  It’s who you know that matters, because if you don’t personally know something, someone you know, or someone they know will!)

How did our relationship start, and when? Shout out to Carol Enevoldsen, the Tucson User Group leader for making the introduction. I’ve really enjoyed helping you and Pat Solum with the User Group Leader Mentoring! I’m not a newbie, but I am totally looking forward to the Newbie breakfast. (EFD – Yeah…Thanks Carol! Although I must admit, I don’t recall that introduction…but some days I don’t even remember what I had for breakfast when it’s lunch time.)

And now the bonus question – What’s one fact about you that few people know, that will surprise me and my blog readers? I love heavy metal music. When Metallica performed at Dreamforce 2011, I knew it was a sign that I needed to be there. Haven’t missed a year since! (EFD – Metallica was my first Dreamforce too…funny how some people remember it by the bag or year, and others by the band.)

You can find Marisa on Twitter.

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