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Passionate Experts, Global Champions for Change

What makes a Cisco Champion? Passion, plus a desire to share their perspectives with the community. There are Cisco Champions all over the world. They represent a variety of segments across the IT industry. And they offer their time to help others learn about Cisco and connect with Cisco in unique ways.

In addition to sharing their insights and expertise, Cisco Champions make a difference by:

  • Supporting their peers in social communities, forums, and networks
  • Sharing their relevant experiences and thoughts on Cisco blogs
  • Providing valuable feedback directly to Cisco
  • And more

Cisco Champions have a unique opportunity to contribute to and enhance the way people use the latest technologies. They also receive:

  • Recognition for their contributions
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Opportunities to directly communicate with Cisco employees

Questions about the Cisco Champions Program? Contact us.

Cisco Champion Group Biography

Aaron Delp
Senior Director of Technical Marketing
Data Center Aaron is the senior director in technical marketing for Citrix Cloud platforms. He also co-hosts the podcast, "The Cloudcast."

Adam Eckerle
Solutions Architect
Data Center Adam is a solutions architect for Network Storage, Inc, an IT solutions and consulting firm. He holds various certifications.

Amy Arnold
Network Engineer
Data Center Amy is a network engineer in the public sector and holds various Cisco certifications. She is active in the networking community.

Andrea Dainese
Data Center Andrea has more than 10 years of experience in complex data centers, working on server, storage, network, and security topics. Read full bio

Anthony Mattke
Senior Engineer/Architect
Corporate Anthony has spent the last 15 years working on networks for Internet service providers and data centers. His early interests were around programming.

Antonio Cheltenham
Systems Administrator
Canada Antonio Cheltenham is the systems administrator for Plasco Energy Group, an innovative technology company located in Canada.

Balazs Szabo
Business Development Leader
Internet of Things Balazs is an entrepreneur and the founder of IoTpedi.com. He has a business background with a solid technical understanding.

Boaz Aviani
Account Executive
Data Center Boaz is an account executive at Azlan, which is part of Tech Data. He currently covers major Cisco partners in Israel.

Brian Carpenter
Senior Systems Engineer
Data Center Brian is a senior systems engineer at EMC2. He is involved in the entire EMC2 portfolio, particularly in core storage products.

Brian Suhr
Senior Solutions Architect
Data Center Brian works at Ahead, specializing in VMware and Cisco UCS. He designs and architects solutions around VMware technologies.

Charles D. Galler Jr.
Network and Unified Communications Engineer
Corporate Charles is a network and unified communications engineer who has worked in the industry for 13 years. He currently works for a reseller in healthcare.

Chris Herbert
Chief Executive Officer - Mi6 Agency
Canada Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6 Agency, which is a business-to-business marketing and business development agency. Read full bio.

Chris Wahl
Technology Blogger
Data Center Chris is an independent blogger. He focuses on creating content on areas such as virtualization and converged infrastructure.

Daniel Dib
Network Consultant
Corporate Daniel Dib is a network consultant with seven years of experience in the industry. He works with network design and implementation. Read full bio.

Dave Henry
Virtualization Practice Lead
Data Center Dave has spent his entire career in IT. He formerly work at EMC and was named a founding member of the EMC Elect program.

David Strebel
Datalink Solutions Architect
Data Center David works in an architecture design capacity for Datalink's engineering team in Minnesota in the enterprise space.

Edward Henry
Senior Network Engineer
Corporate Ed Henry is a senior network engineer and has been working in the technology industry for more than eight years within various industries Read full bio.

Erik Bussink
IT Architect
Data Center Erik is an IT architect working in the IT industry for more than 22 years. He has worked with a value-added reseller in Geneva for the last 12 years.

Eric Paine
Information Technology Manager
Collaboration Eric is an IT manager for a healthcare system in the midwestern United States. Eric enjoys the opportunity to work on new technologies. Read full bio.

Eric Wright
Systems Architect
Data Center Eric is a systems architect with knowledge in virtualization, business continuity, PowerShell scripting, and systems automation.

Erick Bergquist
Senior Engineer
Collaboration Erick is a senior engineer for Cisco partners and has been working on computer networks professionally for more than 15 years. Read full bio.

Ethan Banks
Packet Pushers Co-Host
Corporate Ethan has managed networks for higher education, government, and high technology for 18 years and co-hosts the Packet Pushers podcast.

Francesco Faenzi
Information Security and IT Governance Expert
Internet of Things Francesco is responsible for all aspects of Lutech's security offering, business development, and delivery.

Hassan Kassih
Solutions Architect
Data Center Hassan is a solutions architect with more than 16 years of hands-on experience implementing IT projects and technologies.

Havard Staub Nyhu
Datalink Solutions Architect
Data Center Havard is a network consultant working for Pundit Networks. He focuses on data center networking and advanced troubleshooting.

Hector Albizo
Information Technology Academy Coordinator
Networking Academy Hector is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is currently an IT Academy coordinator at a high school in Fremont, California.

Isaac Naor
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President
Corporate At Ping Mobile Isaac expands the efficiency of mobile marketing platforms and services for diverse clientele. Read full bio

Ivan Pepelnjak
Chief Technology Advisor
Data Center Ivan is chief technology advisor at NIL Data Comm. He has designed and implemented service provider and enterprise networks since 1990.

Jason Beltrame
Enterprise Engineer
Corporate Jason has been working as a network security professional for 15 years. He is an enterprise engineer for a Fortune 500 company. Read full bio.

Jason Nash
Director, Data Center Practice
Data Center Jason has more than 16 years of industry experience and is currently the data center practice director at Varrow in the southeastern U.S.

Jeff Fry
Senior Network Engineer
Data Center Jeff is a senior network engineer for a large service provider and data center consulting company in the United States.

Jeremiah Dooley
Technology Expert
Data Center Jeramiah brings more than 17 years of technology and design experience to VCE. He is currently part of the VCE office of the CTO.

Jeremy Waldrop
Data Center Network Practice Lead
Data Center Jeremy is a data center networking practice lead for Varrow. He specializes in data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Nexus switching.

Joe Cozzupoli
Solution Architect
Data Center Joe is a solution architect with 15 years of experience in a range of networks in service provider and enterprise-related industries.

John Spade
Vice President of IT at AOC
Corporate John is lead technologist for arena operations at BB&T and has actively deployed Cisco routers since 1995. Read full bio

Jonas Rosland
Technology Expert
Data Center Jonas works at the EMC Office of the CTO. He blogs and hosts podcasts about virtualization, automation, and scale-out architectures.

Jonathan Davis
Senior Network Planning Analyst
Corporate Jonathan Davis is a network engineer, blogger, and student for life, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has worked in IT for over 13 years. Read full bio.

Jonathan Wagstaffe
Managing Director of Project Vision
Corporate Jonathan is co-founder and managing director of Project Vision. He has more than 25 years of experience in growing businesses.

Justin Giardina
Chief Technology Officer of iland Internet Solutions
Corporate Justin Giardina is the CTO of iland Internet Solutions. He has more than 19 years of experience in data center and network operations.

Karen Woodard
IT Instructor
Networking Academy Karen has taught computer networking tied to Cisco certifications for more than 10 years and also has experience in telecommunications.

Kong Yang
Cloud Practice Leader
Corporate Kong is a cloud practice leader at Gravitant, a start-up that enables the IT-as-a-Cloud-Service-Broker concept.

Kweku Folson
Network Engineer
Corporate Kweku has worked in various networking and consulting roles within the service provider and Ghana Club 100 financial services industries. Read full bio.

Lauren Malhoit
Systems Implementation Architect
Data Center Lauren has been in the IT field for more than 10 years and is currently a systems implementation architect in data center technology.

Magnus Pahlsson
Solution Architect
Corporate Magnus is a solution architect working for a Cisco Gold partner. He has more than 15 years of experience working with IT solutions.

Manny Fernandez
Lead Network Architect
Corporate Manny is a lead network architect at a company he previously owned. He has been involved with networking for more than 20 years.

Maria Coffey
Networking Student
Networking Academy Maria is a Networking Academy student. She attends SUNY Adirondack full-time for IT and computer networking and works part-time.

Matt Davis
Systems Architect
Corporate Matt works at a financial services organization and is responsible for the end-to-end infrastructure for critical systems.

Matt Oswalt
Data Center Network Engineer
Data Center Matt is a data center network engineer, blogger, and podcast host based out of Ohio. He has worked in IT for five years.

Michael Stump
Cloud Architect
Data Center Michael is a virtualization engineer turned cloud architect who presently builds large federal clouds.

Mike Munoz
Managing Consutant
Data Center Mike manages a team of consultants specializing in data center, core infrastructure, wireless, and security technologies.

Mike Whaley
Networking Engineering Specialist
Collaboration Michael is a network engineer. He has spent the last 12 years supporting the network infrastructure for an investment firm.

Mohan Rao
Chief Executive Officer - Storytruck
Corporate Mohan is an entrepreneur and founder of StoryTruck. He has a strong technical background and product management experience. Read full bio.

Nathan Goh
Technical Lead
Data Center Nathan is the technical lead for VMware's Strategic OEM Partners (APJ). He has more than 12 years' experience in the IT industry.

Nick Anderson
Data Center Nick is a consultant specializing in EUC, virtualization, and data center compute and storage technologies in Missouri.

Nihal Kashinath
Internet of Things Nihal is the founder of IoT Bangalore (IoTBLR), India's first open community focused on the Internet of Things.

Oscar Castillo
Network Engineer
Corporate Oscar has worked in network support for a leading financial company. He has over nine years of experience in technology and networking. Read full bio.

Patrick Gargano
Professor and Cisco Instructor
Networking Academy Patrick currently teaches CCNA and CCNP courses at La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, Canada. He has been teaching networking since 2000.

Peter J. Welcher
Networking Consultant
Data Center Pete currently works for and is part-owner of Cisco Gold Partner Chesapeake NetCraftsmen. He has been in networking since 1993.

Peter Revill
Networking Engineer
Data Center Peter has 12 years of networking experience and a passion for technology, especially data center technology and IP telephony.

Prakash Pranay
Vice President of Product Marketing
Internet of Things Prakash is a vice president of product marketing at Tridium, part of Honeywell, responsible for machine-to-machine and Internet of Things products.

Rich Vanover
Product Strategy Specialist
Data Center Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio.

Richard Grotegut
IT Instructor
Networking Academy Richard has taught in the computers, networks, and emerging technologies department at Ohlone College for 20 years.

Rob Coote
System Analyst
Corporate Rob is a systems analyst for a school district in Canada and an IT generalist with a strong focus on networking and virtualization. Read full bio.

Rob Rademakers
Network Infrastructure Consultant
Data Center Rob has been a Cisco certified network infrastructure consultant for Open Line Consultancy in the Netherlands since 2007.

Rob Steele
Senior Solutions Architect
Corporate Rob Steele is a senior solutions architect with Roundtower Technologies, specializing in enterprise data center architecture.

Robert Novak
Senior System Engineer
Corporate Robert Novak is a senior system engineer in business intelligence platforms for the original Mickey Mouse operation. Read full bio.

Rowell Dionicio
IT Manager
Corporate Rowell is an IT manager for a technology services firm in California. He has been in the industry for seven years in the small- and medium- sized business (SMB) space.

Sam O'Daniel
IT Manager
Corporate Sam is an IT manager at SendGrid where his primary focus is simplification of processes, systems, and infrastructure. Read full bio.

Scott Empson
IT and Engineering Instructor
Networking Academy Scott teaches Cisco routing, switching, network design, and leadership courses at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Scott MacDonald
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Internet of Things Scott is a co-founder of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the industrial Internet.

Scott McDermott
Corporate Scott is a technologist with more than 20 years of experience in IT. His background includes Windows and UNIX system administration. Read full bio.

Shaun Guthrie
Director, Information Technology
Data Center Shaun is the director of information technology at Focus Corporation. He is responsible for the enterprises's IT strategy.Read full bio.

Shiv Kumar
Network Engineer
Data Center Shiv has 3.5 years of experience in data center network technologies. He currently works at TCS as a network engineer.

Sian Liu
Technology Expert
Data Center Sian has always loved technology. He became a Cisco Channel Partner in 2006 and is obsessed with Cisco technologies now.

Srini Kilambi
Unified Communications Solution Architect
Collaboration Srini is a unified communications solution architect team lead with more than 10 years of implementation, consulting, and pre-sales experience.

Stephen Rodriguez
Senior Solutions Engineer
Corporate Steve has more than 15 years of telecommunications and data communications experience. He spent five years in the Cisco TAC; three of them as a lead for the wireless team.

Steve Halliday
Data Center Steve is the president of High Tech Aid, providing consulting services about automatic identification and data capture technologies. Read full bio.

Sven Kutzer
Senior Systems Engineer
Corporate Sven is a senior systems engineer at ProComp Professional Computer GmbH in Germany. He specializes in Cisco technology. Read full bio.

Teren Bryson
Director of IT
Corporate Teren has been working in computer networks for over 20 years and is currently pursuing his CCIE in Route-Switch. Read full bio

Tommy Trogden
Specialist SE Manager
Data Center Tommy is a specialist systems engineering manager at EMC. He is primarily focused on applications and virtualization solutions.

Trevor Roberts
Senior Corporate Architect
Data Center Trevor is a senior corporate architect for VCE. He helps customers achieve success with virtualization and cloud solutions.

William J Caban-Babilonia
Technology Expert
Data Center William is a technology expert who trains Cisco and non-Cisco partners, and healthcare and finance institutions in technology.

William Maguire
Senior Network Engineer
Corporate Bill is a Senior Network Engineer who loves working with Cisco products and solutions and has a passion for wireless networking. Read full bio

Yessica Cartajena
Electronics Engineer
Internet of Things Yessica is an electronics engineer who has been working in the technology industry for more than 12 years in different positions. Read full bio.

What is the Cisco Champions Program?

The purpose of the Cisco Champions Program is to create and nurture a network of people who are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco.

The Cisco Champions program encompasses different areas of interest and geographical areas within the company, providing a variety of opportunities for Champions to participate in the program.

Who is eligible to be a Cisco Champion?

This program is open to individual Cisco enthusiasts who are 18 years of age or older. An ideal Cisco Champion:

  • Is active on social media
  • Expresses positive sentiment about Cisco
  • Has expertise in the IT industry
  • Chooses to actively participate in conversations relevant to Cisco and the IT industry

Cisco reserves the final right to select Cisco Champion status for an individual.

How are Cisco Champion members selected?

Members can be selected in two ways:

  • Cisco identifies potential candidates that meet the criteria outlined above
  • Candidates can nominate themselves or their peers for consideration in the program

What are the benefits of being a Cisco Champion?

Benefits of the Cisco Champions program include, but are not limited to:

  • Exclusive meeting and event opportunities
  • Special access to certain technology groups and executives
  • Invitations to provide feedback to Cisco on various topics
  • Access to a private online community initiated by and for Cisco Champions
  • Sneak peeks
  • A digital Cisco Champion badge that can be used in email signatures, websites, and social networks during the membership years. See guidelines here.

How do Cisco Champions share their membership status?

Cisco Champions are welcome to share their membership status in the following ways:

  • Feature their electronic Cisco Champion badges in any email signature, personal website, and social website profile
  • Include the hashtag #CiscoChampion in any tweet
  • Talk about Cisco Champions and their membership in the program offline
  • Wear and use official Cisco Champion logo wear and accessories if and when they become available

What are the requirements for maintaining Cisco Champions membership?

Cisco Champion members are encouraged to stay engaged in the program through activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Interacting with and supporting fellow Cisco users in their own social networks and on Cisco social networks
  • Contributing Cisco or industry expertise through blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts, or other online social channels
  • Engaging and attending exclusive Cisco Champion events, calls, sessions, and more
  • As the program evolves, engagement opportunities will evolve as well

Cisco reserves the right to remove Cisco Champion status for an individual. Reasons may be but are not limited to:

  • Not staying active in the program
  • Identifying oneself a Cisco representative
  • Attacking or negatively inflaming online conversations or otherwise making disparaging comments
  • Accepting a job with a Cisco competitor
  • Any other reason in Cisco's sole discretion

What interest areas and geographical locations does the Cisco Champions Program cover?

The Cisco Champions Program encompasses many interests and locations. This is our current list. More interest areas will be posted soon.

If you are interested in being a Cisco Champion contact the Cisco Champion in your region or interest area.

Questions? Contact us.