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Cisco proclaims winners for first International Advocate Awards

Cisco hosted our first International Advocate Awards on November 4, 2021, the place we celebrated excellence in advocacy and innovation throughout ten classes. This system acknowledges Cisco advocates who’ve gone above and past to share their experience and expertise greatest practices, together with top-performing advocates from our International Gateway buyer neighborhood and our Advertising and marketing Velocity Voice associate neighborhood.

Jay Baer hosted the occasion, and we now know why Jay is thought to be “The World’s Most Inspirational Buyer Expertise and Advertising and marketing Skilled.” Jay underscored why advocacy is extra related than ever at this time, and the way clients and companions can use it as a differentiator to construct their private manufacturers and take their skilled profiles to new heights.

We obtained greater than 165 nominations for ten award classes from clients and companions internationally. I had the privilege of serving on the judging panel, which was a mixture of inside Cisco leaders and exterior business consultants throughout related expertise, advertising and marketing, and advocacy sectors. Selecting our winners was not straightforward. In reality, everybody who submitted both for themselves or on behalf of a colleague, is a winner in our eyes.

Let’s discover out who the award winners are for the Cisco International Advocate Awards 2021:


Buyer Advocate of the Yr

Our first award, for the class Buyer Advocate of the Yr, went to Merin CS with Cicadosoft Applied sciences! This class acknowledges clients in The Gateway advocacy neighborhood who assist different Cisco clients by means of mentorship, lively participation in dialogue threads, and greatest practices sharing. What stood out to our judging panel is that Merin’s friends nominated him, sharing compelling examples of how Merin has mentored them of their careers. Be taught extra about Merin, the place he was a featured visitor in a Gateway weblog.

Competitors was sturdy for this class. We wish to acknowledge and thank all the shopper advocates who superior to our shortlist:

  • Jyrki Halonen with TietoEVRY
  • Christoph Neulinger with Generali
  • Tim Roberts with Miller Environmental
  • Jeremy Shupick with Wyoming Equipment Firm

Companion Advocate of the Yr

The Companion Advocate of the Yr award celebrates contributions from Cisco’s companions within the Advertising and marketing Velocity Voice neighborhood. Congratulations to winner, Dave Hughes with Superb! Dave was an early adopter within the Voice neighborhood, the place he was acknowledged because the neighborhood’s Companion of the Month in April 2021. Be taught extra about Dave, a featured visitor on the “Voicecast” podcast.

Congratulations exit to our shortlisted associate nominees for his or her enthusiasm and assist for our Voice neighborhood:

  • Joanne Thomas with Forfusion
  • Pantaree Khongkan with Internet Brilliant
  • Soontaree Dejboonn with Netone Community Answer Co. Ltd.
  • Lauren Arthur with Ping Community Options

Way forward for Work Visionary

Congratulations to Amit Gumber with HCL Applied sciences Ltd, who was named our Way forward for Work Visionary! This class evaluated nominees on their journeys to rework their workplaces from onsite to distant or hybrid environments. Nominees have been requested to supply quantitative enterprise outcomes, and Amit shared how his firm used Cisco Safety options to safe community entry by means of twin issue authentication, and Cisco Webex options to allow full distant employee collaboration.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Tim Roberts with Miller Environmental
  • Zakarieya Abderoef with Baraka Know-how Group

Digital Transformation Pioneer

Zakarieya Abderoef with Baraka Know-how Group earned the distinct title of Digital Transformation Pioneer! This class centered on deployed options from Cisco’s Networking, Cloud, and Knowledge Heart portfolios. Our judges have been impressed by Zakarieya’s variety of Cisco technical certifications, and his lively participation in finishing product evaluations, a extremely valued advocacy exercise.

Enormous congratulations to our shortlisted nominees on this class:

  • Christoph Neulinger with Generali
  • Daniel Hosking with NEC Australia
  • Inderdeep Singh with KPMG LLP
  • Amit Gumber with HCL Applied sciences Ltd.

Cybersecurity Defender of the Yr

Our subsequent award, Cybersecurity Defender of the Yr, had the best variety of shortlisted nominees and competitors was sturdy to pick out the shopper advocate who deployed the perfect methods and ways in cyberdefense. Congratulations to Wouter Hindriks with Avit Group! As one of many earliest adopters of The Gateway program, Wouter was nominated by his friends and is among the neighborhood’s most engaged advocates in security-related discussions. Wouter not too long ago recorded a video the place he shared his data of Cisco’s Safety portfolio to assist clients in The Gateway neighborhood higher perceive these merchandise’ capabilities.

Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees on this extremely aggressive class:

  • Blair Anderson with Shawnee Heights Unified Faculty District 450
  • Enric Cuixeres with Lend d’Or
  • Roberto Alunda with Mediapro
  • Joel Marquez with Tamimi Markets
  • Bahruz Ibrahimov with AzEduNet
  • Ryan Deppe with Cianbro Company

On a regular basis Hero of the Yr

Our On a regular basis Hero of the Yr award utilized to organizations within the public sector industries of training, healthcare, or authorities. We rejoice Peter McKenzie with Chisholm Institute, who was named our On a regular basis Hero! Peter’s function with Chisolm Institute and the Cisco Networking Academy helps remodel the lives of learners, educators, and communities by means of expertise, training, and profession alternatives.



Companion Advocate Contributor of the Yr

Our subsequent award went to a different Cisco associate whose lively engagement within the Advertising and marketing Velocity Voice neighborhood earned her recognition as Companion Advocate Contributor of the Yr. Congratulations to Wendy Romero with Clever Networks For Crucial Enterprise! Wendy has been acknowledged as Companion of the Month twice within the Voice neighborhood, and is within the High Ten leaderboard based mostly on her engagement and advocacy actions.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Agata Walker with Nowcomm
  • Jorge Alanis with Evox
  • Kimberly Moss with Natilik
  • Ashley Woodcroft with Kytec

Business Excellence

Our Business Excellence award utilized to organizations within the public sector, or within the non-public sector industries of producing, retail, or monetary companies. This class was notably interested by demonstration of enterprise continuity success and return to work methods and implementation. Congratulations to Don Cheney with Washington Belief Financial institution! Don’s story is featured on, and the video was shared in a digital occasion for Cisco’s gross sales group, along with a Cisco Investor Day occasion.

Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees on this class:

  • Klemens Fliri with Hirschmann Automotive
  • Patrick Misciagna with Woolworth’s Australia
  • David de Groote with République et Canton du Jura
  • Oscar Rico with Canutillo Impartial Faculty District

Excellence in Storytelling

Joint winners—Andrea West with Taleka, and Peter Papaioannou with Citrus Options—share high honors in our award for Excellence in Storytelling. Cisco companions Taleka and Citrus Options labored with Cisco to develop the modern “HowRU” resolution that advantages the shopper, Wollongong Hospital. Be taught extra about this inspiring collaboration.

Congratulations to all our shortlisted nominees:

  • Merin CS with Cicadosoft Applied sciences
  • Eldar Gizzatov with Basking
  • JanJaap Boogaard with Colliers Worldwide
  • Sam Amirfar with The Brooklyn Hospital Heart
  • Somsak Chonpathomphikullert with MFEC Public Co., Ltd.

CX Ambassador of the Yr

Our closing award went to John Pell with ServiceNow, for the class CX Ambassador of the Yr! The Gateway has an unique channel for Cisco’s Buyer Expertise (CX) companies and choices. Together with being a extremely engaged advocate on this channel, John’s firm labored with the CX group to improve its Contact Heart platform.

Congratulations additionally exit to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Gabriele Piccini with Savino Del Bene
  • Patrick Misciagna with Woolworth’s Australia
  • Wayne Bonett with Westpac Banking Corp
  • Mark Vendl with Sidley Austin LLC


Congratulations to our winners, and to all of our shortlisted nominees!

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

Did you miss our International Advocate Awards 2021 celebration? Watch the replay.


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