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The SplunkTrust Community MVP program

What is the SplunkTrust?

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The SplunkTrust is our way of recognizing the best members of the Splunk Community--those who are not only clueful in the ways of Splunk but also share that knowledge with others.

SplunkTrust members are typically the smartest person in the room, sure….but they’re always the most helpful person in the room. Participation on Splunk Answers, Splunk User Group leadership, speaking at .conf or other industry events, sharing your Splunk journey in blog form, helping others on our User Group chat or in #splunk IRC…all these things are what make a Splunk Community Trustee.

SplunkTrust membership is open to Splunk customers and partners, and is renewed yearly. You can apply yourself, or nominate someone else. You do not have to be a ‘paying’ customer–your community contributions are what matter here. If you are nominated, you must fill out the (short) application to be considered for membership.

How do I become a SplunkTrust member?

  • Membership in the SplunkTrust is selected annually, in the month or so leading up to .conf. Watch blogs.splunk.com and the @splunk and @splunkanswers twitter feeds for info.
  • To be considered for membership, you must submit an application during the application period (which will probably be in the July-August timeframe). You can also nominate any other user at that time, and he or she will be contacted to complete the application process.
  • Starting this year, the trustees themselves will be selecting the members for the subsequent year. There are currently 28 members, we're anticipating the program to be approximately 35 members next year (final number tbd). This means there can be some new blood as well as the potential for turnover.
  • Applications are reviewed based on how helpful to the Splunk Community the applicant has been over the previous year--participation on Answers, in user groups, in our user chat (IRC and Slack), technical how-to blogs, etc are all considered. There's no minimum, per-se--it's based on overall contribution.

Where can I learn more?

See SplunkTrust in Get Started with Splunk Community in Splunk Docs.

Here are blog posts about the program:

To see other blog entries about or by members of the SplunkTrust:

To learn more about the SplunkTrust Virtual .conf session series: Virtual .conf

How do I get involved in the Splunk Community?

If you are interested in greater involvement in the Splunk Community, you can join our user groups Slack channel. To get access, go to http://splk.it/slack. There are a lot of users and Splunk employees helping each other out on there, and you will be right in the middle of things, community-wise. You're also welcome to join us on public IRC, #splunk on EFNET. This invitation is open to any Splunk user—you do not need to be a "paying" customer to join our community (or be selected for the SplunkTrust).

SplunkTrust Roster 2018-2019

We have 30* new members of the SplunkTrust for 2019—50% growth over 2018! These members represent the Splunk experts in our global community who help build and grow world-class Splunk deployments and centers of excellence. In addition, several members from the Phantom community have joined the SplunkTrust this year:

  • Gareth Anderson
  • Becky Burwell
  • Mark Cooke
  • Mary Cordova
  • Damien Dallimore
  • Gregg Daly
  • Josh Diakun
  • Ari Donio
  • Mhike Funderburk
  • Jennifer Gruener
  • Björn Hansen
  • Oliver Hoppe
  • Mayur Jadhav
  • Micah Kemp
  • Greg Kollias
  • Matthias Kowalewski
  • JP Lumsdaine
  • Guilhem Marchand
  • Robert Martin
  • Harshil Marvania
  • Harry McLaren
  • Madison Moss
  • Renjith Nair
  • Chris Owen
  • Nate Plamondon
  • Hirohisa Tanigawa
  • Kamlesh Vaghela
  • Nadine Wondem


The following members of the SplunkTrust 2019 cohort demonstrated their ongoing support of the Splunk Community. These returning members have continued to provide expert guidance to the community, collaboration with product development, and evangelization of the Splunk platform:

  • Ryan Adler
  • Michael Bentley
  • Mika Borner
  • Doug Brown
  • Aleem Cummins
  • Richard Galloway
  • Brandon Ganem
  • Javier Garcia
  • Charlie Huggard
  • Dal Jeanis
  • Nancy Kafer
  • Steve Koelpin
  • Chris Kurtz
  • Rich Mahlerwein
  • Nick Mealy
  • Martin Müller
  • Niket Nilay
  • Cary Petterborg
  • Tony Reinke
  • David Shpritz
  • Michael Simko
  • Kyle Smith
  • Sherman Smith
  • Somesh Soni
  • George Starcher
  • Dawn Taylor
  • Matt Uebel
  • Michael Uschmann
  • Duane Waddle
  • Colby Williams
  • Gregg Woodcock
  • Yutaka Yamada


In addition, we ask existing SplunkTrust members to nominate Splunk employees they feel support the community with as much passion and commitment as they do. The following are the Honorary SplunkTrust members chosen for 2019:

  • Nadine Miller
  • Clara Merriman
  • Dave Paper
  • Mason Morales
  • Matthew Modestino
  • Sarah Moir
  • Ryan O'Connor

SplunkTrust Roster 2017-2018

For the 2017-2018 year, there are 42 members in four areas.

Practitioner Track

These members are experts within their organizations that manage and grow world-class deployments and centers of excellence.

  • Cary Petterborg
  • Chris Kurtz
  • Clara Merriman
  • Colby Williams
  • Dal Jeanis, Bank of America through TekSystems
  • Dawn Taylor
  • Doug Brown
  • Jacob Wilkins
  • Mason Morales
  • Michael Uschmann
  • Rich Mahlerwein
  • Sherman Smith
  • Tony Reinke


Architect Track

These members specialize in configuration, customization, and optimization, and are often consultants or in-house experts that design and implement solutions based on Splunk’s products and services.

  • Brandon Ganem
  • Duane Waddle
  • George Starcher
  • Martin Müller
  • Matt Uebel
  • Michael Bentley
  • Michael Simko
  • Mika Borner
  • Niket Nilay
  • Richard Galloway
  • Ryan Adler
  • Somesh Soni


Developer Track

This track includes platform and app developers, and other specialists in customizing Splunk’s products and services with code and integrations.

  • Bernie Macias
  • Kyle Smith
  • Nancy Kafer
  • Nick Mealy
  • Ryan O’Connor
  • Ryan Thibodeaux


Advocate Track

This track includes sales engineers, business development professionals, and others that focus on identifying the right solution for each business; as well as members that just love evangelizing the glory of Splunk to the masses.

  • Aleem Cummins
  • Cam Johnson
  • Charlie Huggard
  • Dave Shpritz
  • Gregg Woodcock
  • Javier Garcia-Nieva
  • Rami Gherbal, Help AG Middle East
  • Steve Koelpin
  • Yutaka Yamada, KDDI


Honorary Members

This track includes Splunkers and ex-Splunkers nominated by the Trust members. Honorary members join the selection committee after a year of service.

  • Rachel Perkins
  • Matthew Modestino
  • Eric Grant


SplunkTrust Roster 2016-2017

These are the members of the SplunkTrust, aka Pin-bearing Fez-wearers for the 2016-2017 year:

  • Aleem Cummins
  • Bernardo “Bernie” Macias
  • Charlie “teddybfez” Huggard
  • Chris “xoff” Kurtz
  • David “Automine” Shpritz
  • Doug “trustedsubject” Brown
  • Duane “Duckfez” Waddle
  • George Starcher
  • Javier Garcia Nieva
  • Kate Lawrence-Gupta
  • Kyle “alacercogitatus” Smith
  • Mark Runals
  • Martin “martin_m” Mueller
  • Mason Morales
  • Matt “muebel” Uebel
  • Michael “JKat54” Bentley
  • Michael “MuS” Uschmann
  • Mika “my2ndhead” Borner
  • Mike “mlanghor” Langhorst
  • Nick “sideview” Mealy
  • Rich “richfez” Mahlerwein
  • Ryan “artie73” Thibodeaux
  • Sherman Smith
  • Somesh “somesoni2” Soni
  • Steve “skoelpin” Koelpin
  • Sundaresh “sundareshr” Ramanathan
  • Tony “treinke” Reinke
  • Nadine “vraptor” Miller (honorary)
  • Rich Galloway (honorary)

SplunkTrust Roster 2015-2016

Previous year's membership:

  • Aleem Cummins
  • Bernardo Macias
  • Camille Balli
  • Charlie Huggard
  • Chris Kurtz
  • David Shpritz
  • Duane Waddle
  • George Starcher
  • Gregg Woodcock
  • Jacob Wilkins
  • Kate Lawrence-Gupta
  • Kyle Smith
  • Martin Müller
  • Mark Runals
  • Mason Morales
  • Michael Uschmann
  • Mike Langhorst
  • Nick Mealy
  • Rich Mahlerwein
  • Somesh Soni
  • Sherman Smith
  • Tony Reinke
  • Brian Osborne (Honorary)
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