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Cisco Community Designated VIP Class of 2023

Hilda Arteaga
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Congratulations on your well-deserved success, welcome to Cisco’s VIP Class of 2023!



We're thrilled to announce the 2023 Cisco Designated VIP Class of Cisco Community. This year we have 60 VIPs -yes, we keep breaking record- with 11 new awardees. And for the second year in a row, we have 3 ladies in the same class. Thanks, VIPs, for helping for building this community, for your contributions, and for helping tons around the world, we wish you even more success in future.  

The  Cisco Designated VIP  program recognizes the top external individual contributors in Cisco's online communities, including Cisco Community, and Cisco Learning (CLN).

Cisco Designated VIPs are recognized by their peers for their expertise, tireless contributions, and their abundant participation that is vital to community success. With this program, Cisco formally recognizes the positive, valuable influence that our top individual members exert on the communities overall. 

Along with the 2023 class, we extend our warmest congratulations to these technology industry leaders!

Special acknowledgment goes to Jonathan Schulenberg, Leo Laohoo, Richard Burts, and Scott Fella for being a Cisco Designated VIP for 13th time (since the inception of the program). Additionally, Jon Marshall and Reza Sharifi are VIPs for the 12th time. THANK YOU, you’re an inspiration!

For over a decade this program continues rocking and recognizing those who share their time and knowledge to help thousands around the globe. Thank you to all the 2022 Cisco Designated VIPs for all their contributions this past year. Regardless of the VIP status, we appreciate all your contributions. Since you are the soul of the community, we are in your debt. This community continues to thrive thanks to your knowledge sharing. 

-  Cisco Community Team


Cisco Community VIPs

This distinction is only given to a select group of Cisco customers, partners and guest community members, based on many factors in the  program. We are deeply grateful of the extensive community involvement of these highly respected technology experts. You can view their profiles and “follow” their posts to grow your knowledge.

Network Access Control
Network Access
Control, Wireless
Network Security, Network Access Control
Network Access Control
Contact Center
Collaboration, Telepresence
and Video Infrastructure
Networking, Chinese
Wireless, Switching, Chinese
Network Access Control
Wireless, Spanish
Contact Center
Routing, Switching, Network Management
Unified Communications,
Contact Center, Networking
Networking, Wireless
Switching, Security, Japanese
Networking Management, Routing, Switching
Giuseppe Larosa Support Forums Hall of Fame
Routing, Switching
Hare Ram Balaji Bandi
Networking, Routing, Security
Haydn Andrews
Spanish, Routing, IP Telephony
Routing, Switching
Webex, IP Telephony
Routing, Switching
Routing & Switching, Security, Spanish
Network Security, Networking
Email Security, Web Security
Leo Laohoo Support Forums Hall of Fame
Switching, Routing, Wireless

Routing & Switching, Spanish

Networking, Wireless, Switching
Network Security, Portuguese
IP Telephony, Unified Communications
Network Security
Marvin Rhoads Support Forums Hall of Fame
Network Security, VPN

Mohamed Arshad

Network Security, IP Telephony & Phones
Collaboration, IP Telephony
Routing, Switching
Collaboration, Security,
Reza Sharifi Support Forums Hall of Fame
Richard Burts Support Forums Hall of Fame
Routing, Switching
Network Security, VPN
Unified Communications, IP Telephony
Scott Fella Support Forums Hall of FameWireless
ACI, Data Center
VPN, Network Security
Tomy Tim Arquinigo N
Networking, Data Center, Portuguese
Tony Smith
Collaboration, Webex Calling



Other references

VIP Class of 2022 Announcement

Cisco Learning Network VIPs  [Read More]

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VIP Advocate VIP Advocate
VIP Advocate

Thank you for the recognition, and thank you to the other VIPs for sharing your knowledge with your peers and partners in the Cisco community. Everyone's sharing and contributions help make the community a valuable resource of knowledge.

Thanks for all your contributions and for taking some time to share your comments, you’re right. You’re the soul of this community. We are happy to see you as a VIP again @bill.king1 

Gabriela Godoi do Prado
Community Manager
Community Manager

Wow, it is fantastic to see 3 Brazilians this year! I can´t measure how valuable your contributions in the local language are @Flavio Miranda@Marcelo Morais, and @tomy.tim. Thank you so much for all your contributions during 2022. This award is very deserved! 

Congratulations to all VIPs. The community is stronger because of you!


Portuguese Community Manager


Tyler Langston
Community Manager
Community Manager

Congratulations to the groundbreaking 60 awardees! Looking forward to getting to know you all over the course of the year.

Brooke Hammer
Community Manager
Community Manager

Congratulations ALL! Your contributions are truly valued and I cant wait to see what you all bring in 2023! Looking forward to communicating with you all.


English Community Manager

Congrats all VIPs and new members welcome



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Vaijanath Sonvane
VIP Advocate VIP Advocate
VIP Advocate

Congratulations to all VIP class members!


Please rate helpful posts and if applicable mark "Accept as a Solution".
Thanks, Vaijanath S.

VIP Engager VIP Engager
VIP Engager

Congratulations to all and Thank you, looking forward to contributing more in 2023.

-hope this helps-

Kasun Bandara
VIP Advisor VIP Advisor
VIP Advisor

Congratulations for all VIPs. lets give more to the community !

Please rate this and mark as solution/answer, if this resolved your issue
Good luck

Marcelo Morais
VIP Advisor VIP Advisor
VIP Advisor

Congrats all VIPs and new members welcome !!!

VIP Advisor VIP Advisor
VIP Advisor

Congrats to all classmates!

Karsten Iwen
VIP Mentor VIP Mentor
VIP Mentor

Congratulations to all VIPs, but especially a warm welcome to the new ones!

Arshad Safrulla
VIP Advocate VIP Advocate
VIP Advocate

Congratulations all. 

VIP Advisor VIP Advisor
VIP Advisor

@Hilda Arteaga Thank you. Just curious we shall get invite to Cisco Live? As in Europe the date is set (Cisco Live) is Feb 06. Therefore I feel there is not much time for people like me who want to go for Cisco live as we shall find the hotel booking difficult (as short notice rooms will be expensive) and so the Flights.

please do not forget to rate.
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