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"I am excited to be a Smartsheet Overachiever - this is the coolest recognition I could imagine!"
Tomasz Kowalski has 15 years in IT project management experience. After discovering Smartsheet in 2015, he became a power user once he joined Delivery Hero as a program manager, the multinational online food-delivery service based in Berlin, Germany. With Tomasz as an advocate, the company has seen usage grow from 200 users to 4,000. In his spare time, he is an LGBT community activist and loves tea and craft chocolate.
"By using Smartsheet along with other software applications, I'm able to bring the very best to partners and clients."
Karrie Davis is the Practice Area Operations Manager at Hogan Lovells US LLP, an American-British law firm with headquarters in London and Washington, D.C. She has used Smartsheet to manage not only attorneys but entire practice groups, creating automations and workflows to help with tracking and overall efficiency. She has also utilized dashboards during remote work to help communicate on a broader scale, integrating with other software and creating dynamic workflows.
"I was able to lead Smartsheet adoption at the firm over the past year with 195% growth rate - innovation in action!"
Pam Ferguson has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton for almost 10 years, supporting external clients and internal operations while using technology to streamline and optimize processes. Under Pam's guidance, the firm has gone from 70 licensed users to over 190 users, and from a few hundred collaborators to over 1300 in a year. After implementing several solutions, her team has saved over $359K per year. Pam has also founded a Smartsheet Coffee Hour to showcase and share uses cases, stood up an internal Yammer site, and rallied to add Control Center to their toolbox. She looks forward to continuing to grow Booz Allen Hamilton's user base.
"I have been the Smartsheet guru for my team and I'm excited to be an Overachiever!"
As the Senior Program Owner of Property Management for Target, the eighth largest retailer in the United States, Jaynee thrives on new challenges, especially around process improvement. Over the years, she has developed dozens of dashboards, data meshes, and reports for her team. She has even used Smartsheet to streamline reporting processes and created multiple templates that are used across several teams.
"I'm excited to be a Smartsheet Overachiever because it's provides me with a strong sense of empowerment as a user."
Taylor Brundage is the Integration Manager at Savills Inc., one of the largest commercial real estate brokerage firms in the world. Her day-to-day roles involve the coordination of key experts, processes, and materials. She has used Smartsheet consistently to create solutions across a vast number of functional vertical spanning from internal support to client portfolio management and service delivery. She is always excited to see what new feature is going to be released and enjoys exploring the tool even now.
"Whenever I see a work issue, I try to solve it with Smartsheet."
Dietmar Schmitz was first introduced to Smartsheet in 2017 and quickly saw the potential of the platform. Now, as the Senior Quality Manager & Business Excellence Expert at Siemens Energy in Germany, Dietmar uses the tool to implement release plans and scrum boards for 60 serviced dashboards. His team also provides a help desk and change request application for internal customers. When he's not working, he's spending time with his wife and daughter, cooking, taking photos, or driving his Jeep with friends.
"My role has morphed into our 'Official Unofficial Smartsheet Guru.'"
Over the last 30+ years, Melanie Corbin has supported the healthcare industry, spending the last 20 years in IT project and program management roles. Over the last two years, Melanie has grown Smartsheet usage at MedPOINT by 1,000% — from basic spreadsheets and minimal project plans to integrated solutions using sheets, reports, dashboards, automation, and premium apps. When Melanie isn't working in Smartsheet, she's taking advantage of the southern California sun: cycling, making and teaching mixed media art, and of course, visiting Disneyland!
"I have earned the 'Queen of Smartsheet' title from my colleagues."
Sara Stafford is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist and a Senior Program Manager at Stanford Health Care. With over 20 years of industry experience, ten of those as a Registered Nurse, she has seen a number of problems that could have been alleviated by breaking down technical barriers. Smartsheet has allowed her to automate many manual tasks, giving her the ability to optimize the implementation and tracking of operational changes. After using the platform to streamline her organization's contingent workforce management process, the result was a cost savings of $200,000. She enjoys creating complex, cross-sheet formulas that change the visibility of dashboards and reports in real time.
"Smartsheet is now the core driver of many complex business processes."
With over 20 years in operations and business solutions across various industries, Giacomo Crucinio is currently Head of Professional Services at Pricer, helping customers around the world innovate, digitalize stores, and get the best out of their solutions. Since first starting with Smartsheet's simple automation function in sheets, he now uses it as the key collaboration tool for customer implementations across the organization.
"I was introduced to Smartsheet when I was working on my first project in January of 2016... and I like to say it was love at first sight!"
Rebecca Wilhelm uses her project management training and Lean Six Sigma tools to help improve the City of Detroit Law Department's processes and procedures. In the department, Rebecca and team rely on data to drive decisions. Smartsheet serves the single source of truth. Rebecca is mom to a two year old son and a five month old daughter and is thrilled to be a Smartsheet Overachiever to improve her skills and knowledge.
"Smartsheet has allowed us to rapidly build tools to complete projects and work at scale while finding better and truly new ways of working."
Kelly Drake, Senior Systems Analyst (TLA) for business intelligence and data services at Starbucks, spent her college and early career years working in politics, creating a foundation for making data-driven decisions. In her current role, she's used her skills and Smartsheet to install nitro cold brew equipment into over 4,600 stores in 15 months. With the platform, she's been able to work dynamically, adapting to new challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents. She is proud to be the internal Smartsheet trainer/resource within her company and also manages the Microsoft Teams community for Smartsheet collaboration.
"I am so proud to be a Smartsheet Overachiever!"
Deanna Vandermeer has worked for the Mesa County Valley School District in Colorado for 35 years. Over the past several years, her career has evolved as a result of using Smartsheet to drive her work. After a promotion in early 2021, she became the district's Curriculum Financial Analyst & Administrative Liaison. With her new role, she'll continue to use Smartsheet to create out-of-the-box solutions and grow her district's licensed users' own knowledge of the platform. She is a true believer that if you allow people the ability to create their own solutions, you will not only increase their self-confidence, but their enjoyment.
"I have worked within my firm to use Smartsheet in every conceivable way to add value."
As a partner in FGMK, LLC's audit and accounting practice and quality control department, Michael Fernandez has experience with SEC filings for large, multi-national public companies, as well as privately held corporations across multiple industries. Michael serves as the firm's de-facto Smartsheet expert, helping the company expand the use of the application from scheduling, workflow improvements, performance evaluation, client request lists, and many more efficiency initiatives.
"Our company has been completely transformed through our adoption of Smartsheet."
David Tutwiler, Director of Information Technology at South Western Communications, first experimented with Smartsheet by creating a simple sheet for tracking project plans. Now, he's part of a small group that has taken on the task of implementing Smartsheet in every area of business, producing daily technician reports, service tracking, live financial data, and more. David even created a Fiverr account and offered Smartsheet services just to learn different use cases. For David and his team, Smartsheet isn't just a project plan tracker, it is the ecosystem they operate and live in.
"I'm excited to help others learn the power of Smartsheet to make their jobs more efficient."
Jennifer Hilber is a business architect for global operations at Convergint and focuses her day-to-day work on driving work through business optimization to support customers. Once she found Smartsheet, she converted her Excel files to sheets and workspaces. With every new feature that is introduced, she finds herself exploring more ways to build whole solutions that all her team to view data, make informed decisions, update information seamlessly and more. Jennifer leads the Convergint Women Connect steering committee and is committed to inspiring women to achieve their goals.
"My mission is to ensure that everyone in Herotel can experience the unbelievable value that Smartsheet offers."
Michelle Basson is the Program Manager at Hero Telecommunications, covering the Western Regional District of South Africa, and was one of the first employees at the company to become Smartsheet Certified. Since then, she has become the in-house trainer and has hosted local user groups. By implementing numerous Smartsheet-based solutions, her team has been able to work more effectively with more visibility, ensuring alignment across departments. With her Can-Do spirit, Michelle has addressed challenges and improved processes overall.
"I consider this to be by far the best project management suite available."
Pete Stack is not only the Senior Director of Project Management at Optum/United Health Group, he's also the reason that five teams and hundreds of users at his company are now using Smartsheet. He has facilitated over 20 product demos internally and continues to be an ambassador for the tool, noting increased efficiency and effectiveness across the board.
"I have and continue to be a huge advocate for Smartsheet within our organization and with our customers."
As the Director of Program Management at Convergint Technologies, a global service-based systems integrator, Scott Gandolfe leads initiatives to ensure a safer world. After bringing Smartsheet to Convergint five years ago, Scott has focused on growing the user base internally, growing adoption and building a community filled with advocates. At the end of year one, they had 100 licensed users. Three years later, there are at over 400. In his off hours, Scott spends time with his wife and stays active by hiking and kayaking.
"Smartsheet enables me to do everything I need to do without a development team to back me up."
Tana Rucker, MSM, PMP is the Senior Director of Spectrum Mobile Product Delivery where she leads a team of project management professionals who deliver cutting-edge mobile solutions to consumers. She embraces new technologies to enable and scale the business with fit-for-purpose solutions, incorporating Smartsheet Control center, Bridge, and other features to surface the right data and enable data-driven decisions. Since 2016, Tana has grown the user base at Spectrum from three employees to thousands. She is a mom of two children and when not working or adventuring, she's pushing her limits on her Peloton.
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