So, we all LOVE Salesforce, right? But what happens when the one you love ALSO loves Salesforce? Is there a balance between when you do and don’t talk shop? Do you get matching outfits to profess your love for each other and the Ohana?
I wanted to find out how some Salesforce power couples felt, so…I asked them! Here, in their own words, are the stories of love in the clouds.
1. What did you find first: Salesforce or each other? We found each other first. We actually met long ago then life took us different directions. When we reconnected after many years, Stacey had already been on her Salesforce journey for 7 years. While on vacation together, Yancy asked her what is Salesforce and she logged him in to Trailhead. The rest is history.
2. Tell us your meet-cute story: We originally met in April 2003 when Yancy was brought to a club to meet one of Stacey’s friends. We hit it off instead and although life has led us down different paths, and we had several years apart, I think we’ve always known we’d end up back together someday. It was social media and cats that helped make the reconnection years later and we haven’t looked back since.
3. Be honest: how many of your non-work conversations have Salesforce as the main topic? It’s ridiculous. So much of our life revolves around Salesforce, so of course the topics seeps into almost every conversation. With us both leading Community Group & Salesforce Saturday meetups, plus Military Trailblazer and MVP activities, we spend a lot of time “off the clock” working in and for the Ohana. We’ve both gained so much through our Salesforce careers and believe in it so much that most of what we discuss tends to be towards helping others to connect and find their place in the ecosystem.
4. What do your friends and family think of Salesforce and your relationship to it and each other? They think it is weird. Working from home in the same house together and speaking so much Salesforce freaks them out. We try to encourage others to join us. We show them how much fun we are having and tell them how easy it is to learn on Trailhead. We’ve actually been asked twice just this week if Salesforce is a pyramid scheme because it seems too good to be true.
5. Anything else you want to add about being part of a Salesforce power couple? Feels funny to be thought of as a power couple. Yancy says we are more of a Super woman and loud sidekick couple. Really, we are just thrilled to be part of the ecosystem in any way. We’re just two people who love Salesforce and each other. We’ve both seen Salesforce transform companies, empower nonprofits, and the way it has helped us individually and as a family. How can we not be advocates for this career and this community!
LIGHTNING vs CLASSIC: The Waterworths
1. What did you find first: Salesforce or each other? We met long before Salesforce existed, so each other. I only learned about SF after I tagged along to his first DF, and it was 3 years after that I started looking into it.
2. Tell us your meet-cute story: Our high school held grads in November, even though we finished in June. I was also a grade ahead of many of my friends/people I started kindergarten with, so I went to see the ceremony. In spite of going to the same high school, and having many mutual friends, I had heard of my hubby (one friend had had a crush on him in their last year) but didn’t actually know him. He saw me with one of our mutual friends, and indicated to her that he wants to dance with me at the post-ceremony event. Well, being a Friday night, we couldn’t get into the Disco, but went to the piano bar at the same hotel. By the time he showed up, there were no seats left, so I offered him my seat, if I could sit in his lap. Didn’t actually introduce ourselves for another 1.5 hours, and he thought I was an “older woman”. Turns out he beats me by 11 days. We’ve been together ever since (38 years and counting).
3. Be honest: how many of your non-work conversations have Salesforce as the main topic? Since I’m still job hunting, and attend community events, probably 40% (his radio hobby probably takes up 50%)
4. What do your friends and family think of Salesforce and your relationship to it and each other? Most of them don’t get it, but think it’s cool that we are both involved in it. #1 comment..why doesn’t his company hire you? (they don’t hire my role, and that would be a little too much right now, lol)
5. Anything else you want to add about being part of a Salesforce power couple? I’m Lightning, he’s Classic which leads to some interesting conversations. I’m also the socially, & community involved one; his involvement is much more focused on just his company and clients. Thinking one day we’ll work together consulting.. but we’ll see how that pans out.
Are you also part of a Salesforce couple? I’ve got some other faves I love: Ashley and Miranda, Althea and her VetForce hubby…comment below if you’re in one or know of one! We’d love to meet ya.