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Get to Know Monarch: Dustin Morris

Meet Dustin Morris, one of our standout Senior Implementation Consultants! Beyond crafting seamless Salesforce and platform environments, Dustin extends his talents to woodworking, earning him the title of a true carpenter. When not immersed in the world of technology or crafting his own furniture, you’ll find him conquering pavements with an impressive nine marathons and counting under his belt.

But that’s not all—Dustin is a man of the stage, a trained actor whose communication skills shine in his everyday work. A genuine jack of all trades, he brings a unique blend of technical expertise, craftsmanship, and thespianism to our team.

Here it is best from Dustin’s manager, Anthony Alexander:
“Dustin has been a highly valued team member from day one. Not only does he have strong technical skills and a deep understanding of the Salesforce ecosystem, but he is also an extremely strong communicator. We’re lucky to have him on the team!”

Curious to learn more about Dustin? Dive into his employee spotlight and discover the unique facets that make him an asset to our team!

Tell us about your role at Monarch.

I am a Senior Implementation Consultant. I help set our clients up with new SaaS software, such as Salesforce and Workiva. I was on the Core10 team for about eight months before moving over to Monarch. Since then, I have been on the Monarch team for six months.

Why did you choose to work at the company?

I was looking to expand into a new vertical for Salesforce, and Core10 happened to come up in my job search results. What really stood out to me about the company was its clear emphasis on employee well-being and how much it values professional development for its staff. I felt like this was a company that would value my experience as a Salesforce administrator but also offer me opportunities for professional growth.

What did you do before joining the team?

I was a Salesforce Consultant for an organization that specifically worked with land trusts and non-profit organizations.

Where did you go to school?

I attended a small liberal arts school in Baltimore, MD, called Goucher College.

What did you study?

I was a Theatre major.

What got you interested in a career in Salesforce?

I have always been delighted when I build something that works. When all the pieces fall into place, and someone can interact with what I’ve built and have a seamless experience – sort of like a Rube Goldberg machine. Building a Salesforce environment for a client that meets all their needs is a pretty similar feeling. It’s creating a functional tool, and when a client can interact with that tool, they are able to have an enjoyable experience and not worry about how something was done.

What is your favorite project you have worked on?

I worked on a project for a financial tech company that makes sure all their client’s funds are insured with FDIC, and that they are getting the highest yielding interest rate with banks. It was a pretty complex system and offered a lot of fun challenges for me to problem-solve and explore with my team.

Tell us about your life outside of Monarch… Family life? Pets? Hobbies?

I’m an active runner. I’ve run a total of nine marathons, and I’m currently training for the 2024 Chicago marathon. I’m also a carpenter (there’s that interest in building things again). I’ve built things from plant stands to stools to bookcases. I’m always tinkering with something.

How do you give back to the community?

I work with a group of friends that collects lightly used running shoes for Soles4Soles. The collected shoes are donated to folks who would not otherwise have access to footwear around the world.

What is something other people find most surprising to learn about you?

I used to work short-term gigs as a background actor in Baltimore, and I can be seen in season 2 of House of Cards. I’m a very out-of-focus background actor, so no one would be able to spot me.

Where do you live and what is your favorite part(s) about the place you call home?

I live in Baltimore, MD. It has an amazing arts and culture scene, and I love being so close to the water. One of my favorite things to do here is to run around the harbor. I never get bored of looking out over the water.

Why did you choose to stay there?

I grew up in Maryland, and while I have lived outside of the state, what drew me back here was my family. My three siblings and my dad and stepmother still live here, and it was hard to be away from them. Also, Baltimore is the greatest city in America (it’s true, it says it on our benches), so why would I want to live anywhere else?

Anything else you’d like to share?

My favorite go-to comfort movie is the 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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