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Team Spotlight – Anthony Slusher, Solutions Architect

Lynette Rambo | August 12, 2015 

Ask anybody who works for ListEngage what’s special about our company, and you’ll probably hear words like professionalism, teamwork, camaraderie and family. Yes, definitely family. So, when one member of the family suffers, we all suffer, and when one celebrates, we all join in.  The purpose of this blog post is to celebrate one of our own – one whom we almost lost to a motorcycle accident just a few short weeks ago.

So, it is with great joy and gratitude that I introduce you to Anthony Slusher, one of ListEngage’s Solutions Architects. Anthony has been part of ListEngage since April 1st of last year. Prior to that, he worked on ExactTarget projects with one of the largest children’s cancer research hospitals in the country.

Strategically Engineering Real Solutions

As a Solutions Architect, Anthony meets with the clients to whom he is assigned to discover their business needs and project goals, both from a marketing and technology perspective. He then translates what they are looking to accomplish into practical applications within the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Like all of our Solutions Architects, he strategically engineers real solutions to meet real needs.

Solutions Architects at ListEngage have well-rounded knowledge and understanding of the Marketing Cloud and are able to navigate through the many technical challenges that are typically brought to the table. They often have to dig deep into both their technical and creative expertise to conceptualize and implement some challenging out-of-the-box solutions. They also work as part of a larger team, and ListEngage employees excel at collaboration. And such is Anthony Slusher – a talented, hardworking team player with a big heart whose number one goal is the success and happiness of each client.

It’s All About the Client

Summed up in his own words, “The success of the project is important. But, I’m even more concerned with my clients’ happiness and that they know they matter to me and their success is important to me.”

And, what do his clients have to say? Margaret Strickland, for one, works for one of the largest providers of insurance, annuities and employee benefits in the world. And, she says, “Anthony is a fantastic partner – offering our team great solutions from initial idea through full project execution. In addition, Anthony is a pleasure to work with, acting as another member of our team that is invested in positive project results.”

Getting Personal

Most people who work with Anthony don’t get to know much about his personal life, because he is rather quiet about it. So, here’s a tidbit I uncovered that I would like to share. At one time, Anthony traveled as a missionary with an organization that focuses on meeting the needs of orphans, children, the poor, and the homeless in various countries around the world.  He has helped others in Australia, Uganda, South Africa and even rebuilt an orphanage in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. There is a lot more to get to know, but not enough space to share it.  You’ll just have to get to know Anthony.

A True Walking Miracle

Now, getting back to the infamous motorcycle. On the evening of July 11th, Anthony and a friend went for a ride on his new motorcycle. About 30 minutes into the ride while going through a green light at an intersection, they encountered a pickup truck in the opposite turn lane traveling the other direction. The truck suddenly turned in front of them as if he hadn’t seen the motorcycle. Anthony literally had a second to brake hard and down the bike to avoid crashing into the side of the vehicle. This most likely saved his friend’s life, but nearly claimed his own. Thrown from the bike, he landed headfirst and, even though wearing a helmet, sustained critical injuries and multiple fractures to his face, skull and jaw. He stopped breathing, but was resuscitated and hooked up to a ventilator. Waking up in shock the next day, the doctors weren’t sure he would survive. Imagine their own shock when they released him from the hospital just 6 days later. He has been focused on recovering from both the accident and the necessary surgery and, we are happy to report, after just 4 weeks, is now returning to work.

When asked why he’s so anxious to come back to work after such a traumatic experience, Anthony replied, “I’ve connected with some great clients and feel like I’m able to make a difference on the projects.  It’s important to me to get back to taking care of my clients and helping them succeed.  And, we have the best team at ListEngage with the kindest, smartest, best people in the industry. There’s just this unexplainable feeling – a family-feel to the way ListEngage operates.” There, again, with the family. But, I have to agree.

Welcome back, Anthony!

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Lynette Rambo

Lynette Rambo | Marketing Consultant

Lynette Rambo is a Certified Email Marketing Specialist and a Marketing Consultant for the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. She has over 20 years of marketing, communications, design, and public relations experience for both small businesses and larger corporations. As a Marketing Consultant for ListEngage, Lynette consults clients on email marketing best practices, strategic planning, content creation, campaign management, and provides training and demos on the Marketing Cloud. She also works with the Salesforce CRM and connecting Sales and Marketing initiatives. You can contact Lynette at lrambo@listengage.com.