NEW YORK, July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- It was the desire for a new challenge that had Colin Nanka, senior director of enablement at Salesforce.com, set his sights on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009. When he learned that he could help improve childrens' education in the villages surrounding the mountain with his climb by partnering with the Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF), this new adventure became a slam dunk for Nanka.
Today, Nanka has been named to the Board at KEF. At Salesforce.com, the global leader in CRM and enterprise cloud computing, Nanka is a proven sales leader with 20 years of sales expertise in the small, medium and the commercial business marketplace in hardware and technology sales.
"Colin is a great addition to the KEF board," said Todd Grossman, founder of KEF. "He has been a long-time supporter and friend of the organization and as an adventurer who is committed to raising money for foundations like KEF around the world, he lives our mission every day."
With a passion for coaching, Nanka is currently responsible for sales leader and account executive development for the commercial sales business unit. He spent his first nine years at Xerox Corporation in Canada and the last 11 years at Salesforce.com in Toronto and New York. Nanka earned his business degree at the University of Alberta and ongoing studies at both the University of Toronto and Cornell University.
Nanka raised nearly $5,000 when climbing Kilimanjaro in 2009, but he also created a documentary (http://thesocialcommunity.com/?p=240) that featured a school being helped directly by the funds he had just raised.
"I am honored to be named to the KEF board," said Nanka. "When I was in Africa, I saw first hand the massive impact that KEF was able to make on schools and whole communities and I look forward to being an even bigger part of that effort."
Nanka spends his spare time competing in adventure races around the world. He completed his fifth multi-day stage race (160 miles over seven days) in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 2015. In November of 2016 he will complete in a similar event in Antarctica. He has a passion for philanthropy and raises money annually with his adventures to support foundations that give kids opportunity to learn and grow, including the support of KEF while climbing Kilimanjaro in 2009.
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, founded in 2006 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our mission is to improve the educational and learning environment in African communities by supporting local projects ranging from the provision of educational materials to the building of necessary facilities and amenities. KEF's volunteers and donors share in and impart not only the Foundation's passion for children and education, but also in KEF's core values of collaboration, sustainability and empowerment.
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