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About Me

Hello friends, welcome to my blog! Great to see you here and I hope you've enjoyed what you've read so far. As an introduction:

I am a self-taught, San Francisco-based Salesforce Engineer who has worked on the Salesforce platform since 2014. I currently hold 10 Salesforce Certifications, am a Dreamforce speaker and have worked on 15 Salesforce implementations.

When I started working on Salesforce, I was naively fascinated by the flexibility of the platform and how easy it was to work with. Then I started hitting limits and unexpected roadblocks. Naturally, I turned to the blogs for help. I began reading everything I could and also started doing Trailhead.

Fast-forward a few years and I've been lucky enough to have worked on several Salesforce projects of varying sizes. Now I'd like to give back by sharing some of the experience I've picked up along the way.

The goal of this blog is to provide digestible introductions to some of the more intimidating aspects of Salesforce. I used to think that Flow, SOQL and Lightning Components were way too complicated. There was no way I could learn those things!

Well, I did. And I know you can too!

Those are just a few topics I'll be covering. Take a look around. Read a few articles or even watch a video. If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to reach out via my social links or by leaving a comment.

Thank you for stopping by!


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