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Cisco names “World Advocate Awards 2023: Americas” winners


Now in its third 12 months, the Cisco World Advocate Awards celebrates Cisco’s buyer advocates who go above and past in demonstrating thought management and supporting Cisco by way of success tales, talking engagements, product evaluations, and a lot extra. What higher venue to thank Cisco’s prime buyer advocates for his or her advocacy and innovation than on the firm’s flagship Cisco Dwell conferences, held world wide? 

Cisco beforehand named buyer advocate winners throughout EMEA at Cisco Dwell in Amsterdam in February of this 12 months. We wrapped our celebration for Cisco clients all through the Americas area simply yesterday, June 7, in a standing-room crowd at Cisco Dwell in Las Vegas. We’ll shut out 2023 by naming prime buyer advocates in APJC at Cisco Dwell in Melbourne, arising in December. 

 

Celebrating excellence in advocacy and innovation

From executives to engineers, our unique advocacy awards attracted a powerful mixture of buyer titles and firms. Cisco senior leaders from gross sales, advertising and marketing, and buyer expertise (CX) rounded out the group, as we awarded 10 winners in 10 classes 

We acquired near 90 nominations for our Americas occasion and relied on the experience of greater than two dozen judges, a mix of Cisco leaders and exterior trade specialists throughout know-how, advertising and marketing, and advocacy sectors. Awards host Bryan Chan highlighted all shortlisted nominees earlier than asserting winners in every class, whereas Cisco advertising and marketing and gross sales executives congratulated winners with customized crystal plaques. Shortlisted nominees additionally acquired a “shock and delight” reward field by way of the mail that included, amongst a number of gadgets, a World Advocate Awards 2023 branded cocktail glass.  

 

Congratulations to our winners!

Let’s discover out who the winners are from the Cisco World Advocate Awards 2023: Americas occasion. 

Americas Buyer Advocate of the Yr

Our award for Americas Buyer Advocate of the Yr went to Jeremy Shupick with Wyoming Equipment Firm. Jeremy, a “mannequin Rockstar, has been in our Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood since 2019 and earned his title of Rockstar based mostly on lively engagement. Our Cisco crew famous Jeremy’s day by day presence in our neighborhood, the place he contributes to dialogue threads, shares finest practices, and joins us in social promotion. Be taught extra about Jeremy right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Pierce Vasale with Atrium Well being 
  • Tim Roberts with St. Anne Institute 

 

 

Americas Govt Advocate of the Yr

Congratulations to Shival Seth of Grand River Hospital, named Americas Govt Advocate of the Yr, a class focused to Cisco’s govt clients. As Chief Expertise Officer, Shival oversees the hospital’s know-how integrations. He put Cisco Webex on the middle of their community not solely to make sure collaboration between staff, however as the muse for the hospital’s digital care choices. Shival steadily presents at conferences on Cisco’s behalf, making him a great candidate for this award. Learn extra concerning the hospital’s work with Cisco right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Steve Ferguson with Technical School System of Georgia 
  • David Smith with U.S. Financial institution 
  • Leah Kraus with North Carolina Central College

Trade Excellence Award

Our Trade Excellence award is open to organizations within the public sector, or within the non-public sector industries of producing, retail, or monetary companies. Congratulations to J.D. Whitlock and the crew at Dayton Kids’s Hospital for their dedication to the best high quality look after youngsterss well being. This hospital put Cisco Safe options on the middle of its zero-trust structure. Be taught extra right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Kenneth R. Keena with Gwinnett County Division of Transportation 
  • Nathan Bullock with Interstates  
  • Nicole Aldertate-Ferrini with the Metropolis of El Paso, Texas  
  • Brad Welsh with the Workplace of Expertise, State of Indiana

Excellence in Storytelling

Bryan Laszlo, on behalf of the crew at Carhartt, took prime honors in our award for Excellence in Storytelling. The crew at Carhartt actively assists Cisco in storytelling by way of written and video tales, in addition to media alternatives. Bryan most just lately introduced a Carhartt use case at Cisco Dwell in Las Vegas. Thanks on your partnership, Bryan!

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Nathan Bullock with Interstates 
  • David Smith with U.S. Financial institution 

 

 

 

CX Ambassador of the Yr

Our award for CX Ambassador of the Yr went to Laurence Persing with Stifel Nicolaus. Our Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood has an unique channel for Cisco’s Buyer Expertise (CX) companies and choices. Laurence impressed our judges together with his enthusiasm and engagement contained in the Cisco CX channel all year long, which earned him the quantity 4 spot on the CX channel leaderboard and within the prime 20 as a CX channel social influencer.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Bhupendra Niroula with American Airways 
  • Paulo Thame with Prefeitura Santana de Parnaíba

 

 

Hybrid Work Hero

Joshua Baever with T-Cell was named our Hybrid Work Hero. Joshua and his crew relied on Cisco Webex to hold T-Cell’s 50,000 staff linked and productive through the pandemic. They’ve since grown their Cisco Webex deployment in T-Cell’s workplaces from 300 rooms to 2,500 within the span of two years. Learn extra about Joshua’s journey with Cisco right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Javier D’Addino with BVS Expertise Providers 
  • Chris Cavendish with Perception World 
  • Tim Roberts with St. Anne Institute 

 

 

Transformation Trailblazer

Congratulations to Daniel Kelcher with IP Cloth, our Transformation Trailblazer. Daniel joined us in Las Vegas this 12 months as a “Highway to Cisco Dwell” winner, a contest held within the Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood. Working with Cisco options all through his profession, Daniel holds Cisco certifications that embrace CCNA, CCNP, and DevNet Affiliate. Daniel and his crew lower downtime throughout their community from a number of hours to a couple minutes with the assistance of Cisco options: a metamorphosis success story!

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Nate Haleen with Procellis Expertise, Inc.  
  • Mike Newton with Atrium Well being  
  • Jeremy Shupick with Wyoming Equipment Firm  
  • Bhupendra Niroula with American Airways 

Reimagine Purposes Visionary

Brad Welsh with the Workplace of Expertise, State of Indiana was named our Reimagine Purposes Visionary. Cisco’s Utility Efficiency Administration options monitor greater than 125 of the State’s business-critical applications that course of 20 million transactions day by day. Brad famous in his award submission that he and his crew repeatedly share their successes and learnings with Cisco by way of an APM Program web site. Suggestions like that is important—a lot appreciated, Brad! 

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Amit Gumber with HCL America 
  • Nate Haleen with Procellis Expertise, Inc. 

 

 

Innovation Champion

Congratulations to Amit Gumber with HCL America, who was named our Innovation Champion. Amit is a repeat winner within the World Advocate Awards, having received the Way forward for Work Visionary class in 2021. This 12 months, Amit shared that he and his crew have been in a position to obtain single-pane-of-glass automation of their information middle because of a set of Cisco options. They now have a unified automation platform throughout materials, from the information middle to the cloud to the edge. Amit is lively within the Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood, sharing finest practices, becoming a member of dialogue threads, and participating in Cisco know-how roadmap classes.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Daniel Kelcher with IP Cloth
  • Jeremy Shupick with Wyoming Equipment Firm 
  • Tim Roberts with St. Anne Institute 

Cybersecurity Defender of the Yr

Our award for Cybersecurity Defender of the Yr goes to Dr. Christopher Mitchell with the Metropolis of Houston, Texas. Houston is dwelling to the Johnson House Heart and is one of many largest ports within the U.S., making it a chief goal for cyberassaults. Dr. Mitchell and his crew use Cisco Safe options as a chief line of protection, and he shared his use case presentation at Cisco Dwell in Las Vegas this year.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Mark Rodrigue with Room & Board, Inc. 
  • Gary Burgess with Qdoba Restaurant Company 
  • Marcelo Morais with 4xpert TI 
  • Jacob Lorz with Cintas Company

 

Subsequent up: World Advocate Awards 2023: APJC

The World Advocate Awards 2023: Americas occasion is within the books, however our crew is already planning our subsequent celebration of advocacy excellence and innovation at Cisco Dwell in Melbourne this December. We hope to see you there!

 

Congratulations to our Cisco World Advocates Awards: Americas winners, and to all of our shortlisted nominees!

We applaud every of you on your ardour, innovation, and assist for Cisco’s advocacy initiatives.

 

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