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Hall of Fame

As the premiere technical support community for Cisco customers and IT professionals, we recognize the importance of user participation. The Cisco Community Hall of Fame showcases an elite group of long-time contributors. Awardees have a badge placed next to their user name on the communities to announce their achievements.

Chris Deren (2017)

Technical Lead CCIE-Collaboration #17137. I have been working with Cisco Collaboration technologies since 2002. I started my career on CallManager 3.3 and limited applications that came with it back then to see the technology evolve to broad range of Collab applications, messaging, presence, SIP trunking, contact center, etc. My other area of focus is contact center ranging from small UCCX deployments to large enterprise UCCE accounts. My daily job includes the full project life cycle from pre-sales, architecture and design, to implementation and support. I started to regularly participate on Netpro in April 2005, and I have to admit I got kind of addicted to the forum. I find it most useful in finding design, implementation and support tricks and shortcuts that greatly help me in my daily activities. My advice to anyone interested in Networking technologies is to read, research, study and enjoy these technologies as the material is infinite.

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Edison Ortiz (2010)

Routing and Switching, CCIE # 17943 Cisco Advanced Services One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119

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Giuseppe Larosa (2010)

Electronic Engineer in 1993 Since 1997 consultant in the networking for Telecom Italia Group and later for other service providers. On July the 1st 2010 I have joined Cypress Consult as an Associate. My new role is senior network consultant for a service provider customer. I' m expected to provide technical support and knowledge transfer to customer's stuff. My Specialties are: In November 2012 I have joined Juniper and Cisco partner b! Spa part of CEIT group (owner Sandro Bordato) ITIL Service Management Foundation v.3 since Nov 2008 Cisco CCIE Service Provider #14802 since June 23 2005 Cisco CCNP since Juanary 2002 Cisco CCNA since July 2000 Cisco CCNA Voice Enterprise Ed. since October 2009 Juniper JNCIS-M since December 2010 Juniper JNCIP-SP since November 16th 2012

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Jaime Valencia (2011)

I've been involved in voice since I joined Cisco at the AVVID team back in 2006 and after that I've been with the PDI UC team to the day. I'm a Network Consulting Engineer with the PDI UC HelpDesk and we dedicate to assist UC specialized partners. Most of my free time at work I'm either studying, reviewing product reference material or replying at CSC. In my free time I go to the gym to workout to stay fit after being sitting in my chair all day, I'm into Metal (pretty much any kind of metal, but Prog and Trash are my favorites) so I also attend a lot of gigs here in MX City and enjoy watching movies (I have a large collection of DVDs and BDs). I'm a Steelers fan and I usually wear my Polamalu Jersey whenever they play. CCNA-CCDA-CCVP-VCP4 now updated to VCP5, I'll start updating all my lab to ESXi 5 the next couple of months. UPDATE: 7/11/12 Now I'm also a Cisco Unity Support Specialist and also have passed the Cisco Unified Communications Architecture and Design exam. My goal is to get the CCIE-V and I'm already re-building my lab to practice. 02/21/13 I'm now also a Cisco Unified Presence Specialist 10/11/13 Cisco Unified Communications on Unified Computing Systems Specialist Biography from communities: Former member of TAC AVVID team. Now with the PDI team and pursuing the CCIE V I'm being part of the Drive to 9 initiative

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Joe Clarke (2010)

As a Cisco Customer Experience engineer, Joe has contributed to development and adoption of many of Cisco's network management and automation products and technologies. He helps to support, enhance, and promote the embedded automation and programmability features, such as the Embedded Event Manager, Tcl, Python, NETCONF/RESTCONF, and YANG. Joe evangelizes these programmability and automation skills in order to build the next generation of network engineer. Joe is a top-rated speaker at Cisco's annual user conference, CiscoLive!, as well as a certified as a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert, Certified Java Programmer, VMware Certified Professional, and certified Cisco network programmability engineer. Joe provides network consulting and design support for the CiscoLive! and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) conference network infrastructure deployments. He has authored numerous technical documents on Cisco network management, automation, and programmability products and technologies as well as a chapter co-author in the Springer publication, “Network-Embedded Management and Applications: Understanding Programmable Networking Infrastructure”; and he served as one of the technical editors for the Cisco Press books, “Tcl Scripting for Cisco IOS” and “Programming and Automating Cisco Networks: A guide to network programmability and automation in the data center, campus, and WAN.” Joe is co-author of over 20 Cisco patents. He is an alumnus of the University of Miami and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Outside of Cisco, Joe is a member of the FreeBSD project, and the co-chair of the Ops Area Working Group at the IETF. Joe is a certified commercial pilot for single-engine airplanes with an instrument rating. Biography from communities: As a Global TAC engineer, he has contributed to network management products and technologies by finding and fixing bugs, as well as implementing maintenance and troubleshooting components in Cisco Prime, Cisco’s flagship network management suite. Joe helps to support and enhance the embedded automation and programmability technologies, such as the Embedded Event Manager, Tcl, NETCONF/RESTCONF, and ONE Platform Kit (onePK). Joe is a top-rated speaker at Cisco’s annual user conference, CiscoLive!, as well as a certified as a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert, Certified Java Programmer, and VMware Certified Professional. Joe provides network consulting and design support for the CiscoLive! and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) conference network infrastructure deployments. He has authored numerous technical documents on Cisco network management, automation, and programmability products and technologies as well as a chapter co-author in the Springer publication, “Network-Embedded Management and Applications: Understanding Programmable Networking Infrastructure”; and he served as one of the technical editors for the Cisco Press book, “Tcl Scripting for Cisco IOS.” Joe is co-author of over 20 Cisco patents. He is an alumnus of the University of Miami and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Outside of Cisco, Joe is a member of the FreeBSD project. He is a committer in the project focusing mainly on the GNOME Desktop. He also maintains the FreeBSD ports Tinderbox application, which facilitates the automated packaging a testing of FreeBSD third-party ports. Joe is a certified private pilot for single-engine airplanes with an instrument rating.

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Jon Marshall (2010)

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Joseph W. Doherty (2021)

In '79, with an Associates degree in Business Data Processing, started out at as programmer at the Franklin Research Center, next to the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA), of which it was a related organization. At the time when much of the (then) computer world was still using punched cards, the Franklin Research Center had a DECSystem20, which then, had a very advanced time sharing, on-line, system, upon which we did text based processing, and even photo-composition. My immediate manager, Isaac Lichtenfeld, really awaken me to how much more you could do, programming wise, then you learn in a class room setting. Perhaps my first touch of networking, at this time, was writing my own TRS-80 Z80 assembler TTY program, with almost no OS support for hardware, except for obtaining keyboard input. (NB: those that have had fun trying to make a RS232 connection, try programming the UART and sending and receiving with it.) After a couple of years, I moved on to another programmer position with Standard Rate and Data Services (SRDS), a subsidiary of MacMillian publishing. This to acquire state-of-the-art experience with IBM computer systems. (NB: state-of-the-art, compared to DEC - not.) While at SRDS, I learned the ins and outs of the IDMS database system. Also got to work with a consultant by the name of Michael Broos, who also expanded my programming horizons even further. I was also trained in IBM's on-line system, CICS, and further trained in systems programming. During this time I also acquired ICCP's CDP and CCP certificates, the latter in both business and systems programming. After another couple of years at SRDS, I moved along to a "body shop" organization, Reohr Company. There, my manager, John Louchheim, often found his group's people "interesting" assignments. For example, while working at a center city bank, I was asked to support (i.e. make changes) to a 10,000 line commercial loan program written in IBM 360/370 assembler. The "fun" in this was the program didn't have even one comment, no symbolic variables, no documentation of any sort, "used" on-line terminals that haven't existed for a decade and used a file system which also no longer existed for about a decade. Or, for another example, I was, alone, assigned to convert a single job, "home grown", IBM 360/370 assembler, database system, to multi job and multi on-line user system, which I successfully did. Or, as my next touch of networking, I assisted my manager in putting into the University of Pennsylvania, possibly the first IBM PC LAN system, even if it was only two PCs. While still working at Reohr, SRDS really, really wanted me back, so they contracted with Reohr to get me, which they did. Hitting a pause in my work (I finished the work I was assigned sooner then expected), they told me to "work" on a "random" deadlock issue they kept bumping into. They further told me, no one had be able to solve it, in two years, and they didn't expect me to solve it either, but it was a project I could work on until they provided my next "real" assignment. Well, note mention of database project above, it took me two days to figure out what the cause of the deadlock issue was, and then it took me two weeks to convince them I knew both the cause and the cure. After three years at Reohr, I went independent as a programmer/analyst, often subcontracting for someone I worked with before. For example, Michael Broos, who at the time was consulting at Dun & Bradstreet, got me there a couple of times, while later John Louchheim also brought me in on a few projects he was involved with. One of John Louchheim's projects was a PC client/server system he was building for Sunoco. On that project, besides programming, I was also the system manager for our servers and also DBA for our SQL databases. Once again touching networking, we also had an IBM Comm Server which was "interesting". In any case, I was at Sunoco for 15 years as a contractor. Also during this time I obtained my BS in computer software. (If you've noticed, most of my experience, and training, is in software. But, in-house software development has pretty much gone away during the last couple of decades.) My involvement with networking became much more intense, as I was brought on at SAP (America) as a network engineer/consultant. During my 10 years at SAP, part time, much of my networking focus was getting the most out of SAP's (expensive) WAN links. This I accomplished by pushing QoS and adopting (then) new technologies like Cisco's (then) OER. After leaving SAP, I joined Comcast as a network engineer, where I worked for seven years. BTW, I was also "awarded" VIP for years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2013, but Comcast wouldn't allow me to accept (to avoid any possible perceived conflict of interest, as Comcast was [and I believe still is] a very big Cisco customer). Before joining Comcast, since certificates seem to be more in vogue than when I obtained my CDP and CCPs, I obtained: the Brocade Certificates: Network Professional, Network Engineer and Network Designer; Brocade Accredited Specialist in: Internetworking, Data Center and FcoE. I "retired" a few years ago, although I'm again working, full time, as (wait for it) a school bus driver.

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Leo Laohoo (2015)

Been working with Cisco gear since 2000. 4 years experience with Nortel DPN and Passport. 4 years experience with UNISYS DCP 50 (I know, WTF is that!). Currently, working with Cisco R&S and wireless ... and tinkering with Asterisk. Asterisk is now working and I've got Lenny enabled. Fun times ahead!

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Marvin Rhoads (2017)

CCNP Security (CCIE Sec. written June 2017, one lab attempt so far!), Fire Jumper, Cisco Support Community Hall of Fame and VIP x6. Passionate about solving problems in network security and helping others learn to do the same.

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paolo bevilacqua (2010)

I'm a former Technical Marketing Engineer for the 7200 router and voice for Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA. Before that I had positions as Systems Engineer and Testing Engineer with Cisco Systems. I'm now consulting for international customers on Cisco and integration designs involving Data and Unified Communications. If you need a reputable, experienced, CCIE Senior Network Engineer, do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation: info at ciscoscripts dot com. I also wrote many enhancements for Cisco UC. These can be acquired at http://ciscoscripts.com

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Peter Paluch (2019)

CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure Exam Program Manager at Cisco. Joined Cisco in 2016 as a TAC Customer Support Engineer in the Data Center Switching (DCSW) team, moved into DCSW High Touch Technical Support team after a year, and in 2019, made the fateful step to become THE person to blame for all things related to the CCIE Ent Infra exam :) Before joining Cisco, I worked as a university teacher and Networking Academy instructor & instructor trainer. During that time, I also got my hands dirty with a handful of fixes to various Wireshark dissectors, EIGRP RFC 7868, Cisco Press CCIE Routing & Switching v5.0 Official Certification Guide, Volume 1, and have become hopelessly involved with Cisco Community :) NOTE 1: All my posts before October 2016 are from my pre-Cisco era. NOTE 2: All my posts exclusively represent my personal views only, not Cisco's or anyone else's.

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Rajkumar Kaliyappan

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Reza Sharifi (2020)

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Richard Burts (2010)

I have worked with Cisco equipment for 20 years. I've designed and supported small to large networks, as well as taught many Cisco courses. (I'm CCSI #94069 and originally certified in 1994). My background is primarily Route and Switch and my interests include security and VPN technology. Originally, I started reading and posting to network forums as one mechanism to help me ramp up for my CCIE certification (#4615 which I earned in 1999). Now I use the forums to help keep me sharp in various technical areas as well as to help others. I like contributing, and I find I can answer a bunch of the questions quickly. For the 'harder' questions, I personally get a great deal of satisfaction from digging into topics that I haven't refreshed on for awhile. I really enjoy working for Chesapeake Netcraftsmen, they are a great group of fun and smart people (including 10 CCIEs). We have consulting and training expertise in high-end routing and design, switching, VoIP, QoS, MPLS, network management, security, IP multicast, course and lab development, and other areas. Expertise: CCIE 4615 Rout/Switch CCSI 94069

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ROB HUFFMAN (2010)

I've been working in the Telecom industry for many years most of which have been spent quite happily at my current position at Mount Royal University located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We made the move to Cisco Unified Communications a few years back and that is when I discovered the Cisco Support Community - formerly "NetPro" forums. I've learned a great deal from all the fantastic members here and made some nice friends along the way. It's been a real pleasure to see the Community grow in such an awesome way and I'm looking forward to see where this all goes in the future. Keep up the great work everyone! Thanks to all!

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Scott Fella (2015)

I have been in the field for over 18 years working with wireless technologies mainly on Cisco products with a few years experience in Aruba and Meraki technology. Worked as a consulting engineer for various companies and 10 years at CDW. Currently working at Microsoft focusing on the retail stores. I enjoy helping other learn and grow and the forum helps me keep up with my skills in the wireless arena.

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