Aaron Campbell is the owner and lead developer at Blue Dog Web Services, a WordPress focused web development company. He has over ten years of programming experience, and for the last several years he’s been focused on WordPress. This focus has included building sites on WordPress, writing and releasing plugins, contributing to WordPress core, and generally becoming involved in the WordPress Community as a whole.
Beneath the colorfully tattooed skin and lanky frame beats the heart of a competitor, a guy whose eclectic background as code geek, athlete and punk-scene lifer has coalesced into a fiercely creative, independent and energetic methodology. He knows the languages. He’s a digital alchemist; Norcross has thought of the things the clients haven’t, because – all together now – that’s his job.
Andrew Ryno is a WordPress and PHP developer from Phoenix, AZ. For the last 5 years he has been working with WordPress by building dozens of custom themes, plugins, and websites. He also contributes to the WordPress open source project whenever he can find the time.
April Holle is the Principal and Project Liaison for Made Better Studio, where she helps businesses and non-profit organizations share their great work using WordPress. With more than 10 years of experience connecting people through technology, April helps others share their passions by creating for the web. April returns again this year to lead the WordPress 101 class on Friday.
Chris, a precision programmer at iThemes, managed to cure users’ template woes by creating iThemes Builder and providing users with an easy way create unlimited layouts without editing theme files. Chris has ten years of professional web development experience, three of which are strictly related to WordPress. When Chris is not programming themes, creating product management systems or stream lining the workflow at iThemes, he takes pleasure in watching various types of Japanese anime and participating in friendly foosball competitions. In short, Chris keeps his life filled with tasks that strengthen his knowledge and personal coding abilities, while still finding the time to enjoy occasional, stress relieving leisure activities.
Christopher Lauzon is the Head of Customer Happiness at WP Engine, focusing on providing excellent service and world class support to the WP Engine Community. Before WP Engine Chris specialized in eCommerce Consultation, helping and assisting 1000s of businesses with their web development projects.
Cody Helgeson is Co-Founder of Falling Up Media, a Phoenix based digital agency, focusing on web strategy, development, and marketing. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, faith, and family. His formal education includes schooling in architecture, and a bachelors degree in internet marketing, but his digital experience is rooted within WordPress. And, oh yeah, and he got married on the Today show in 2007.
Dallin Harris is the founder of Skyhook Internet Marketing, a Phoenix area interactive marketing agency that is heavily WordPress-oriented. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, design & marketing
Daniel Bachhuber wrangles code for Automattic’s WordPress.com VIP from the beautiful city of Portlandia. He spends his weekdays helping code poets push their code towards perfection and his weekends in search of fresh snow.
Eric is a web developer, writer, and outdoorsman from the Pacific Northwest. He builds WordPress themes and plugins under the name Jumping Duck Media. Eric is also a community moderator for the WordPress Stack Exchange and a contributor to WordPress core. When not hacking WP apart, Eric is either publishing code to GitHub, publishing books for friends, out recklessly losing himself in the woods.
Erick Hitter is a Boston-based web developer with Oomph, Inc. specializing in complex WordPress implementations for high-traffic sites, including several on the WordPress.com VIP platform. He is also responsible for the company’s BuddyPress projects and is a core contributor to WordPress. Erick has created a number of plugins available from the official repository, including WP Print Friendly and View All Posts Pages, as well as the WordPress.com VIP External Permalinks plugin.
Greg Loumeau is a multimedia artist, educator and owner of Dreamco Media, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. He teaches the Adobe Creative Suite of products and WordPress at his downtown studio and at Pima Community College. His company provides audio and video recording services, graphic and web design, animation and game design. For more information, please visit www.dreamco.com
Greg Taylor, Founded Marketing Press, with the simple goal of solving business challenges through WordPress. Greg is committed to leveraging WordPress to help enhance a company’s and brand’s presence while creating communities. Greg has been a speaker at PodCampAZ, WordCamp LA & WordCamp Las Vegas.
Helen Hou-Sandi is a Web Design Engineer with 10up LLC, doing both front- and back-end development for all types of clients. She is a WordPress Core Contributor and can be found in a special place on the 3.3 credits screen. She also maintains a special interest in WordPress usage in higher education and previously taught web development and content courses for musicians, including a section utilizing WordPress. In addition to her life as a WordPress developer, Helen is also an actively performing collaborative pianist.
Jake Goldman is the owner of 10up LLC, a web agency focused on awesome WordPress implementations. At 10up, Jake works on exciting and wide ranging WordPress projects, like TechCrunch, 9to5 Mac, Hip2Save (the official deal blog of NBC’s Today Show), and Trulia. Jake is a writer and expert reviewer for Smashing Magazine, teaches WordPress at Boston University, and has authored over a dozen highly rated WordPress plug-ins. Jake founded the WordPress Providence meet up, and has spoken at WordCamps around the country, including Boston, New York, Mid-Altantic, Chicago, and Miami.
As WP Engine’s “other Jason”, Cosper is a WordPress specialist and support wunderkind. He’s been tirelessly debugging his xorg.conf file since installing Slackware in 1996 and has been working with WordPress since 2004. In his spare time, Cosper enjoys spending time with his wife and very tiny dog, sampling assorted beers, being NSFW on Twitter, eating burgers and cursing more than a grown ass man should.
Jay is the founder of PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com, one of the most widely read real estate blogs on the interwebs. A self-professed “Man with a blogging problem, Jay writes about local real estate and current events and often explores state, regional and national issues related to real estate, the economy, marketing and whatnot. Known to go wildly off-topic, his “random musings” are usually more appreciated than his real estate ramblings. He is passionate about real estate, social media, WordPress, blogging, craft beer and the Denver Broncos and University of Texas football teams. Along with his lovely wife Francy, Jay co-owns Thompson’s Realty, which serves the the entire Phoenix metro area. Follow him @PhxREguy or wherever your social media site of day might be.
Joseph Manna is the Community Manager for Infusionsoft. He leads the company’s social media efforts through corporate blogging, internal social media training and addresses inquiries for their users across the web. Much of his work can be found by visiting the company’s B2B-focused Infusionsoft Blog. Before Infusionsoft, he managed multiple online communities and frequently blogged for AOL. After he presses Publish in WordPress, he goes on thrilling driving experiences in his Camaro throughout Arizona.
Joey Novak is the founder of Novak Solutions, LLC. Which specializes in integrations between Infusionsoft and other systems (frequently WordPress). Whether it’s a business process or a rocket motor Joey’s real passion is putting together things that work. You will frequently find him studying something to discover its weaknesses, strengths, successes, and failures.
John Gough is the Creative Director of Skyhook Internet Marketing. The lead interface designer at Skyhook since it’s creation in 2009, John provides creative vision for Skyhook interactive work, and stays busy keeping coders honest and studying user behavior.
John lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and two young children. He works with the Boy Scouts in his spare time, and one day aspires to play the piano at Nordstrom.
Jonathan began developing for the web while ignoring his lecture classes studying economics at ASU. After starting a media conversion business in 2007 and making plenty of mistakes along the way, he rolled his SMS marketing platform into his current venture, Vuurr. Vuurr creates metric driven digital campaigns centered around ROI, and WordPress is one of the key platforms used in campaigns for clients every day.
Josh is a tenacious problem solver with a penchant for helping others. As the “Chief Creative” of Full Speed Marketing Josh uses his technical skills, and creative problem solving to help clients with everything from ranking higher in the search engines, to better organizing their resources and cutting costs in their business. For fun, Josh travels around the country speaking about internet marketing and creative problem solving to anyone who will listen. Occasionally, he can be seen crashing model airplanes, or embarrassing himself in front of a pair of turntables.
Lisa Sabin Wilson
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the author of the best-selling WordPress For Dummies and owner of E.Webscapes, a blog and web site design and development company specializing in premium WordPress themes, made to order to your specifications. She has designed and developed over 1,000 personal and professional WordPress web sites. Lisa is also the founder of Allure Themes, a premium theme company catering primarily to women and the web sites that run them. Lisa is the For Dummies brand (Wiley Pub) franchise author on all things WordPress; having worked with WordPress since 2003, she has extensive experience and knowledge on the platform and shares it in her several WordPress-related books. She is also a regular public speaker on topics such as: WordPress, blogging, design and social media. Follow Lisa on Twitter here: @LisaSabinWilson
I’m a self and school taught Software Engineer at Gap Intelligence and was an 8 year Marine Corps Veteran currently working full time on finishing my degree in Computer Science at National University with a graduation date of May 2012. I use and love everything WordPress with a focus more on backend development and optimization. I also run an Advanced WordPress group on Facebook that meets once a month in San Diego.
Account Strategist – As I-ology’s Account Strategist, Michael is responsible for providing client counsel in interactive strategies, ongoing marketing support, business analysis and customer satisfaction. He provides strategic direction on business recommendations, cost, and initiative updates. Michael has more than 5 years experience as a project manager specifically in the Marketing industry. Areas of digital include website, email, social, SEO and video. Michael has his undergraduate degree in Marketing/MIS and Masters of Business Administration from Lewis University.
Ptah Dunbar is a core contributor of WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress and founder of WP Dev Agency, a WordPress development consultancy. Since 2006, Ptah has been involved in the WordPress eco-system creating themes, plugins, providing WordPress training, pioneering new development best practices and speaking at several WordCamps across the States. He is best known for his work contributing in WordPress 3.0 as well as authoring WP Framework, a rapid theme development framework.
Web Application and Security administrator at DreamHost.com, a shared and virtual hosting provider for approximately over one million websites and hundreds of thousands of customers. DreamHost provides the unique environment which requires providing increased security for an extremely broad range of websites and customers, all without being intrusive to their hosting experience.
Ryan Imel is the editor of WPCandy, a WordPress news and community blog. He lives and works in the midwest, and recently launched a printed WordPress magazine called The WPCandy Quarterly. He has been living off of WordPress — either as a freelance developer or entreprenuer — since 2007.
You can find him blogging at WPCandy.com or on Twitter @ryanimel.
Sara Cannon has a passion for art, design, and typography. She designs and develops websites out of Birmingham, AL, is a WordPress core contributor working with the UI group, organizes WordCamp Birmingham, loves open source, her dogs, and a good beer. You can find her tee-heeing on twitter @saracannon or writing on her blog sara-cannon.com.
“Life is short, art is long, typography is everything, code is poetry.”
Scott has a six-sigma black belt in pay-per-click (PPC) management (not really, but he is a six-sigma black belt). After dabbling in supply chain, trading options, and hardware engineering, he ventured out in 2006 to be a PPC consultant and start his own business, Circlestone Media. Through his work with Circlestone, he became the go-to guru on all things PPC and even shared his expertise with the community through classes on Google AdWords. Scott brings a wicked sense of humor and wealth of PPC knowledge to the Vuurr team. He’s unstumpable, but just in case there’s ever a question, don’t worry — he’s got Google on speed dial.
Sean Herron is a designer, developer, and policy analyst who embraces the use of technology to create and enable collaborative projects. As a Technology Strategist on NASA’s Open Government team, Sean works to facilitate open source and open data projects throughout the agency and promotes the use of open solutions to common problems. He is responsible for a number of high-level WordPress sites within NASA, including open.nasa.gov, data.nasa.gov, and code.nasa.gov. Prior to his current position, Sean worked on public outreach for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs and consulted for a number of non-profit organizations.
The company Sethmatics, clearly founded by Seth Carstens, is a WordPress shop in the heart of Arizona. Seth devoted 2011 to getting plugged into the WordPress community using meetup. With a work ethic that would make your head spin, he’s also involved in multiple entrepreneurship ventures including a new WordPress SaaS called MobilePresssPro.com devoted to making efficient and effective mobile websites using WordPress.
Shailesh Ghimire is the Director of Digital Strategy at E.B. Lane, a full service marketing agency in Phoenix, AZ. He has a diverse business background ranging from providing marketing services to an engineering company to developing and selling a lead generation blog in the financial services industry. His agency client experience includes working to develop digital strategy for clients in hospitality, food services, health care, and financial services industries among others. He has a proven track record of delivering a strong return on marketing dollars spent and providing strategic guidance on digital marketing.
Actual writer. Inspirator. StorytellersAZer. Opens bananas like a monkey. (almost)barefooter. Name on shirt. Knows the words to Baby Got Back.
Ward Andrews creates innovative experiences. His agency, Drawbackwards creates brand, app and website experiences (UI/UX) for startups to the Fortune 100. His Shaq Twitter experiment had an “enormous impact on modern sports culture” according to Sports Illustrated. Ward’s Design.org blog is read by hundreds of thousands each month and ranks as the #1 design blog in Google. On twitter as @wardandrews.