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Michelle and Sam Join the Team

We're pleased to have Michelle and Sam join the Excel Rescue team as Excel developers.  We've been growing quickly having them on board has helped us make sure we keep on top of the tasks that are coming in.  We thought we'd take a few minutes and do a short Q&A to introduce them.

Michelle

Where are you from?

I am from Toronto and surrounding area in Ontario Canada.

How did you first get started with Excel?

I spent 35 years in Supply Chain in various Purchasing, Production Planning and Inventory Management roles for various apparel manufacturers.  Additionally I spent several years as a Pricing Analyst, then and Pricing Manager and was a heavy Excel user in all of these roles.  As they say "necessity is the mother of invention" and I found myself building macro's to automate the many manual (or non existent) processes that I encountered along the way.  In a lot of cases, the processes no longer met the needs of the business and were just "what we have always done".

How long have your been an Excel developer?

Although I have been developing Excel macros for many years on a part time basis in my Supply Chain journey, I have been a full time Excel Developer now for over 2 years.

What’s your favorite thing about Excel?

My favorite thing about Excel is that I can write a macro, click a button to invoke it, then go get a coffee and think about what I can do with the rest of my day that used to be spent doing repetitive manual work!

Sam

Where are you from?

I'm from Shreveport, Louisiana, USA and am currently living in Southern Germany, next to the Black Forest.

How did you first get started with Excel? 

When I started playing Fantasy Football in 2007, I built projection models with the program. Once I realized what it was capable of, I kept building my knowledge and applying it to more aspects of my personal and professional life.

What’s your favorite Excel “trick” that you’d like to share?  

Even if you have no experience with VBA, you can still make your own macros quickly and easily with the Record Macro feature. You turn it on, then go through the steps you want to automate, and Excel does the VBA coding for you. After that, you can make your own keyboard or taskbar shortcut and use it whenever you need.

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