Unsolicited video reference and testimonial from Femi Ajisafe, Systems Engineering Manager at Cisco Systems.
References from Customers and Former Customers
"Doug's ability to convey product knowledge, technology roadmaps, and correlation of services is the best I've come across in the industry. It's one thing to know the technology, but it adds a world of difference and value when you take the time to understand the business goals of your clients. Doug's information and recommendations were always inline with what we felt was appropriate to add business value; not just tech for the sake of tech (which many account managers easily fall into the trap of doing). His easy-going demeanor, sharp technical acumen, and seemingly unlimited pool of the right resources make it a pleasure to call him a trusted partner."
- Guhan Raghu - CIO, Solis Mammography
"Every organization I have worked at has had to rely on Cisco Systems as a key vendor. Somehow though, we (CFO’s) never actually understand what Cisco really does for us - all we know is that it is critical! Doug did not even support my institution directly but has probably made more of a positive impact on our business than just about anyone else… He is a trusted friend, so I reached out to him to try and gain a better understanding of “why” Cisco was such a critical part of our business. It was then that I realized that this guy is not your typical sales guy! He went through our entire system (on his own time!) and came back to me with a “book” of things we could do to improve multiple areas of our business. I was so blown away by his presentation because now I actually understood what Cisco was all about! This guy gets it! He knows the trends, understands the business relevance and has shown me how our IT department can be leveraged as a profit center! Doug is a rare combination for the technology industry… His vision and technical skills are outstanding, but what sets him above is that he can also articulate and communicate complex concepts so that non-IT guys like me can actually understand what it is that we are spending millions of dollars on! Watch out Cisco, if I get a chance I’m bringing this guy in as my next CIO!
- Andrew Swoger - President and CEO - Keesler Federal Credit Union - Role at time of Recommendation - CFO - Texans Credit Union
"I have worked with Doug off and on over the last 6 yrs, first at GameStop while he was our UC representative and then at Cash America as our Account Manager for Cisco. Doug's technical knowledge is quite impressive for his role. He is able to ascertain needs and help drive you to the right solution and do it with intelligence and confidence. His audience can be support group or C-level executives and he treats them with respect and presents to their needs.
He is attentive and responsive providing the highest level of customer service you can expect. He is cool under pressure and operates well when asked to go beyond his area of responsibility. Unfortunately you cannot pick your account managers from companies but if I knew a way, he would be mine."
- Scott Sams - AVP, Global Network Operations - GM Financial
"I have partnered with Doug for a few years and I can say that Doug has been going beyond the call of duty to deliver the best service possible to us. Doug has been honest, dependable and available all kinds of time to us. I can depend on Doug to support us for all hardware, software, and professional services needs."
- Mack Khorrami - Director of Infrastructure - Fossil
References from Coworkers and Partners
"Doug possesses a unique blend of characteristics that make him an incredible asset to his customers, the team he runs as well the companies he has worked within. His customer-first mentality inspires his team to take a holistic understanding of their customers' problems, goals, and business to provide relevant solutions and deliver positive outcomes. His passion for early in-career development has had a direct impact on shaping the future of many employees and mentees he has supported. His diverse background gives him a wide array of experiences to help his customers and his team think differently and think big! Lastly, I love his genuine and authentic leadership style, it attracts great talent around him and inspires leaders around him. Any company or leader would be incredibly fortunate to have Doug leading their organization."
- Jaclyn Lanasa - Director of Sales - Cisco Systems
"Doug is a pleasure to work with both personally and as a tech business executive. He is highly communicative, hard working and can be simultaneously very strategic and tactical to drive a team to achieve previously unknown heights. I had the pleasure of working with Doug for a year and would highly recommend him to any business working to achieve extraordinary results."
- A.J. Costantini - Sr. Director, Commercial Sales - Americas - AppDynamics (a Cisco Systems company)
"Doug did a tremendous job opening new accounts for us in the South. We gave him a set of accounts that did very little collaboration business with Cisco and he developed a very detailed plan and did a very good job in executing the plan. Doug does a great job relating our collaboration features and capabilities to solving the customer's business problems so he really differentiates us in the market. I believe Doug is an outstanding sales professional and would be a valuable member of any team."
- Matt Pease - Operations Director - Cisco Systems (Retired)
"Doug has great command of the solutions he represents, and is especially talented in communicating this into a business environment. He is equally effective working with customers and partners, creating trust based upon his depth of knowledge, work ethic and high energy. Doug is an absolute asset to have on the team, directly or indirectly."
- Mike Leary - Area Sales Director - Dimension Data