February 11 2020


Ghent, 11/02/2020, Sitecore®, the global leader in experience management software, announced the Sitecore Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) for 2020. The Reference is very grateful to receive three  MVP-titles, which makes us unique in Belgium.
These MVP awards reaffirm the contribution and leadership of our MVPs among the Sitecore community. The Reference was a Sitecore pioneer in Belgium (going back to 2006 when we introduced Sitecore in Belgium). We are the only Belgian agency with three Sitecore MVPs (of the five MVPs which were rewarded in Belgium). Congratulations to Bart Verdonck and Gert Gullentops for the renewal of their Technology MVP titles. We also celebrate Kris Verheire, 5 time Technology MVP winner, who now won his first Ambassador MVP title.


Sitecore MVPs are selected through an extensive evaluation process that considers their deep understanding of the Sitecore platform and their commitment to sharing it with other Sitecore partners and customers via insightful content, such as blog posts, podcasts, videos and webinars, as well as through speaking opportunities and online engagements via social media, chat groups and user forums. These select individuals also engage directly with Sitecore, offering early assessment of new products before they come to market.

Each year the Sitecore MVP Awards celebrate the most active Sitecore professionals from around the world. According to Sitecore: “MVPs have a talent in sharing and implementing Sitecore solutions to advance the future of customer experience and drive digital transformation. They are outstanding leaders who inspire others to realize their full potential by their enthusiasm for the Sitecore platform and their achievements”.

These awards are a great recognition for our MVPs technical experience and commitment in online and offline Sitecore communities. As a Sitecore Platinum Partner we are extremely proud with our 3 MVP awards for 2020. The Technology MVP recognition for Bart & Gert follows a year in which we invested a lot in R&D and technical innovation with our Sitecore delivery team. Bart & Gert speaking at the Sitecore Symposium in Orlando was one of the highlights of the year”, says Philip Achten, Client Service Director at The Reference. 

“It's our pleasure and responsibility to provide our clients with the best service and advice to get the most out of the versatile Sitecore platform. We bring strategic advice and marketing insights to the table, on top of technical excellence. The Belgian Sitecore Summit, following the Symposium, was only one of the events we organized last year. We welcome the Ambassador MVP award for Kris, who's one of the drivers behind these events and the Sitecore User Group Belgium. Being true Sitecore enthusiasts since 2006, these awards stimulate us to keep making the difference. We are super excited to continue this journey with Sitecore", emphasizes Philip Achten, Client Service Director at The Reference.

One of our greatest assets is the highly collaborative Sitecore community, where members share technical knowledge and insights across numerous channels and at events to help each other build greater digital experiences for their organizations and customers,” said Pieter Brinkman, Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Sitecore. “Sitecore MVPs stand out as leaders within the community for their passion and willingness to invest their own time with contributions ranging from educational blogs, videos, podcasts and speaking engagements to community engagement and support on social media and forums. They are an invaluable resource and important part of the Sitecore user experience, for which we are truly grateful.

Sitecore MVPs are always at the top of the list to get access to the latest developments and offerings from Sitecore, and we will rely on them heavily when we introduce the new Software as a Service offering later this year. I am looking forward to working on this together with this incredible group.” added Brinkman.
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