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The Cisco Designated VIP Program

Who are the Cisco Designated VIPs on the Cisco Learning Network?

Below is a list of our VIPs for 2014:



Elvin Arias2014, 2013
Jay Johnson2014
Erick Borgard2014, 2013
Travis Newshott2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Alain Cadet2014, 2013
Brian Schoonover2014, 2013, 2012
DelVonte Deary2014, 2013
Riikka Sihvonen2014
Daniel Dib2014
Paul Stewart2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Jared Hainline2014, 2013, 2012, 2011Chandan Singh Takuli2014



VIPs from previous years:

Keith Barker2012, 2011
Scott Morris2013, 2012, 2011
Anthony Sequeira2012



What is the Cisco Designated VIP Program?

The Cisco Designated VIP program recognizes the top contributors among Cisco online communities, including the Cisco Learning Network and the Cisco Support Community.



Cisco Designated VIPs are recognized by their peers for their obvious expertise and tireless contributions. VIPs are generous, credible, and accessible to their peers and their significant participation is vital to community success. With this program, Cisco formally recognizes the positive contributions that our top individual members make to Cisco online communities. Each Cisco online community may have slightly different criteria for members to qualify for VIP status. But wherever you see an online community member identified as a “Cisco Designated VIP,” you can trust their experience and the quality of their contributions.



Who is eligible to become a Cisco Designated VIP?

Registered  members of the Cisco Support Community or the Cisco Learning Network are  eligible for selection. You must also be at least 18 years of age to  participate and cannot be contracted or employed by a Cisco competitor. Because  this program is intended to recognize Cisco customers and partners, Cisco  employees are not eligible to be Cisco Designated VIPs.  In addition, Cisco reserves the right to award  or remove VIP status.


How long does the Cisco Designated VIP award last?

Once selected, benefits last for one year.  Members must qualify each year to retain their designated VIP status and benefits.


What are the benefits of becoming a Cisco Designated VIP?

Cisco Designated VIPs receive numerous benefits. Designated VIPs are invited to join private online group spaces in their communities where they can work with Cisco and their designated VIP peers. They may also be invited to advise the communities on community direction, features, and other strategic issues.  In addition, Cisco Subject Matter Experts will meet privately with VIPs to discuss different technologies and other topics of interest. Access to Cisco executives and recognition at major Cisco events such as CiscoLive are also offered. These periodic meetings are designed only for Designated VIPs. New for 2013, each VIP has the option of receiving a Cisco certification written exam voucher of their choice. As the program evolves, VIPs can expect additional benefits as Cisco is committed to working with the VIPs to identify and deliver reasonable rewards to the VIPs. Designated VIPs will also have a "badge" placed next to their username in the online communities to announce their achievement.


Details for the Cisco Learning Network

How can I become a Cisco Designated VIP on the Cisco Learning Network? 

You receive “points” on the Cisco Learning Network by carrying out the following activities:

  • Post a discussion or a question, or reply to a discussion: 1 point
  • Go to your profile and create a Status Update to let the community know what you're up to: 1 point
  • Take a shot at answering a question: 1 point
  • Have the author of a question mark yours as "helpful": 2 points
  • Have the author of a question mark yours as "correct": 4 points


    Cisco Management reserves the right to award additional points on an ad-hoc basis for significant contributions, such as Study Group Leadership, Cisco certification exam design and development contributions, product marketing focus-group participation, and other related support activities.


    Prior to August 2nd, 2013, as you earned points on the Cisco Learning Network, you progressed through the following rankings or levels:


    Expert401 or more


    Post August 2nd, 2013 the levels changed to the following:


    Master10,000 or more


    Once you acquire 750 points, you are eligible to be considered for inclusion in the Cisco Designated VIP Program, following a review from Cisco management and assuming that you also meet the following criteria:

    • Minimum 750 points
    • Active Cisco Certification at the Professional level or higher
    • Active contributor on the Cisco Learning Network within the last three months
    • Accept the Terms & Conditions and Non-Disclosure Agreement
    • Demonstrated maturity, professionalism, experience and ability to contribute to the design and strategic direction of the Cisco Learning Network
    • Reviewed and approved by Cisco Learning Network management


    What are the opportunities for influence by Cisco Designated VIPs on the Cisco Learning Network and what are the responsibilities?

    Cisco Designated VIPs on the Cisco Learning Network will have the opportunity to play a strong leadership role on the site. They will be expected to:

    • Guide conversations, create study content, identify problems and communicate them to staff where necessary, provide assistance and mentoring, and so on. 
    • Develop two new pieces of content per quarter to support their fellow community members; content can include any of  the following: blog posts, guest editorials, podcasts, videos or  articles (white papers).
    • Consistently receive ratings by the community of an average of 4.3 or higher for material posted in Documents to the Cisco Learning Network.


    Cisco Designated VIPs on the Cisco Learning Network will also have the ongoing opportunity to contribute input on strategic issues facing the Cisco Learning Network business team.


    What if I have additional questions or comments about the Cisco Designated VIP Program?

    If you have any questions or comments regarding the Cisco Designated VIP program on the Cisco Learning Network, please email