Application for: Zachary Kniebel

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Who? (Tell us about you. Your name, where you work, etc. Anything relevant to the Application.)

I’m Zachary Kniebel, and I’m a Solution Architect and Sitecore evangelist, based out of Philadelphia. I’ve been working with Sitecore since 2012 and am currently working for EPAM Systems, a Sitecore Platinum Partner.

Why Me? (Here is your chance to explain why people need to vote for you. What contributions have you made to help the community.)

I love working with Sitecore, but more than that I love helping others to do the same.

I am active on Sitecore Slack (@zachary_kniebel), and since the start of the Sitecore Stack Exchange (SSE) beta, I have been one of the most active participants, dedicating as many hours as I can spare to help build the SSE community. As of this application’s submission, I have posted 47 questions and 126 answers on SSE, and am #5 in the world for all-time reputation. For those who are familiar with my answers, I am known for writing very detailed and in-depth, blog-post-length answers to ensure that current and future members find, understand and can apply the answer they are looking for. I have also dedicated over 20 hours to editing and creating tag wikis and working with the mods to try to make SSE the best it possibly can be.

I am also one of the most active members of the Philadelphia Sitecore User Group community, and have spoken at and helped to organize almost every event in the last two years. My goal has been to organize a PSUG Meetup at least once every 1-2 months, and, for the most part, the PSUG community has been meeting at that pace since the start of my involvement.

Most recently (just this past week), I have released SitecoreUML, an open-source accelerator for Sitecore architects to use while creating Sitecore template architectures. Beyond just the development of the tool, I have spent over 15 hours in three days on documentation, so that users will be able to pick it up with ease, and so that the tool will be able to make a noticeable difference in the Sitecore community.

Beyond those things, I do my best to make sure that people know that they can reach out to me anytime over Sitecore Slack, and that they shouldn’t hesitate to do so. I’m always willing to put in the time to help someone out, and community members whom I know personally or have helped frequently recommend others to me for proactive and reactive assistance.

Whether or not I am selected as a Core Community Friend, I will continue to do everything in my power to help make our community as strong as it can possibly be. I believe in the Sitecore community, and am so proud to be a part of it.

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