Aaron Weiss has been helping businesses with SEO, web development, and internet marketing since 2008, and has been using WordPress since 2009. When not improving websites, he’s teaching his dog Zappa new tricks with the goal of acquiring world domination. When not doing that, he devours film history books and discovers hidden gems on Netflix.
Adam Juda is the founder of TapRun, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the pricing and monetization of software systems. Prior to founding his company and authoring The Software Pricing Handbook, he worked for Fortune 500 and government organizations as a software engineer and technical project manager. Adam holds a master’s degree in software engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.
Andi Graham runs Big Sea, a digital agency that is well respected for designing complex, custom WordPress solutions for organizations around the globe. She’s been working on WordPress since 2004, speaks at WordCamps and other digital conferences around the country, contributes to publications and loves craft beer.
I am a designer and a developer. I spend my time creating new and exciting things with WordPress and am a Core Contributor. Since I was 8 years old I have been obsessed with design and programming. I worked in advertising from the age of 15 to 22 and since then I have shifted my focus to the world wide web and am working at WP Engine to make WordPress more awesome!
Becky is a Florida native and has been front-ending for a wide variety of businesses, from one-man massage therapists to billion-dollar enterprises. She’s passionate about UX, 4-space tabbing, and sweet CSS transitions, and likes to share her knowledge through Girl Develop It and local meetups. When she’s not clacking away at her keyboard, she’s running with her dog, going to brunch, or enjoying the local craft beer scene.
Owner of Web Devils, a WordPress Development business. I strive for simplicity and efficiency for solving business problems on the web. People say that I am excellent at taking technical jargon, and breaking it down in easy to understand concepts. WordPress is my platform of choice, I’ve been a dedicated WordPress user and developer since 2009.
Carl Smith is an irreverent ditcher of the nine-to-five and mortal enemy of the overworked lifestyle. Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl’s role is that of an advisor, to nGen and other companies, on how to create self-sustaining teams that perform at the highest levels. Carl has made a name for himself by creating a new framework for how we get things done, and by enabling us to realign our creative communities. When he’s not conducting business experiments with companies around the world, he’s busy sculpting a new face for the world of work… and play. For more, keep up with Carl at devianthippie.com or on Twitter as @carlsmith.
Chris is currently the Director of Technology at Effin Amazing, an analytics and growth consultancy. He is a 16-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing either Genesis Framework or underscores and is very active in the WordPress Orlando community. Chris has held development and Internet marketing positions in some of Orlando’s top technology companies.
Chris is a Senior Web Engineer for 10up and has been working on WordPress since 2008. Before joining 10up Chris built one of the largest security plugins in the WordPress community as well as numerous other plugins and solutions. When not coding Chris loves to teach and has presented at numerous WordCamps and other conferences as well as taught computer security for St. Edward’s University and other University courses ranging from computers to aviation.
Chrissie Scelsi is the principal of Scelsi Entertainment and New Media Law with offices in Orlando and Port Charlotte, Florida, where she focuses her practice on entertainment, intellectual property, internet, technology, and business law. Ms. Scelsi has served as in house counsel for an international game based-simulations company, where she was responsible for advising on software licensing matters, trademarks, copyright, and corporate issues. Ms. Scelsi began her practice in 2009, working with a punk music festival, and in years since has worked with clients ranging from software companies and independent filmmakers to professional daredevils and reality television participants. She has served as an editor of the book Computer Games and Virtual Worlds: A New Frontier in Intellectual Property Law, which was published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, is a chapter contributor to The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Video Game Development, and is the author of the PunkLawyer Blog. Ms. Scelsi has been named as one of the top eight Central Florida attorneys with Twitterati status by the Orlando Business Journal based on number of followers for her @punklawyer handle. Ms. Scelsi received her B.B.A. in marketing from Loyola University New Orleans, a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, and a LL.M. in entertainment and media law from Southwestern School of Law.
Cliff is a Senior UX Engineer at Pardot, a Salesforce company, where he’s also the resident WordPress nerd. He’s the co-founder multiple profitable side projects, such as Evermore and TuneDig. He co-organizes amUX, a morning meetup focused for local UXers. He’s an accomplished speaker who’s given talks around the world. Cliff lives with his wife, April, in Atlanta, where he can be found at a concert, cycling around the city, or playing guitar.
Dan, hailing from Minneapolis, MN, has been a WordPress developer since 2009, focusing on front-end responsive code and clean admin interfaces. Prior to joining Alley Interactive, he worked on a large multi-site e-commerce WordPress install as an in-house developer at Blue Earth Interactive, and freelanced for four years prior to being at Blue Earth. Dan frequently travels and speaks at WordCamps, talking about work / life balance, live coding for 2+ hours, and the intersection between design and development. Previous talks have included ‘S2members and Monetizing a WordPress / BuddyPress install’ (WordCamp Minneapolis 2013) and ‘Why Custom Post Types are Awesome’ (WordCamp Boston 2013). Dan is a regular at Minneapolis meetups, and when he’s not in front of a screen he spends his time with his Siberian Huskies.
Dave has been a freelance WordPress developer for the better part of a decade. A civil engineer during the day, he works with individuals and companies to build websites and web applications using WordPress. He’s a hummus-loving, efficiency-driven, cider-swigging, vegan, husband of one and father of two.
I’m a full-time freelancer developer living in South Florida (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area). I am a WordPress developer and specialize in BuddyPress sites/applications. I also do stand-alone PHP work. I’m also a speaker, meetup organizer, conference organizer (been involved with WordCamp Miami for the past 7 years), and father of three.
David Parsons, a recent Computer Science graduate over at The University of Central Florida, has been working with WordPress for over seven years now. He is currently working at BrandCo (http://brandco.com/) as a Web Developer. His passion for the web originally started by making a simple website with WordPress back in high school. Over the years he has branched out his skill set with responsive design, web apps, SEO, theme and plugin development.
I started as a typical ‘little bit of everything’ web guy. WordPress was an open and accepting path full of tutorials and an amazing community which I grew to love and depend on. Eventually I transitioned into full time development and built my resume up working as a subcontracted developer for small agencies and companies. I’m currently working for Range as a “Code Ranger” where I’ve been doing theme and plugin development.
I have been working with WordPress for around 7 years. I started off developing websites; however, around 2 years ago I became more active in creating and monetizing plugins. My main plugin, Quiz Master Next, has over 7,000 active installs and almost 100 5-Star reviews. I also organize the Gainesville WordPress Meetup.
Helen is a lead developer of WordPress and the Director of Platform Experience at 10up, where she contributes to the WordPress open source software project full-time. Having been a professional musician in a previous life, Helen believes in the value of the intersection of technique and artistry in all aspects of life, including software.
Hristo has been working for SiteGround as a WordPress expert for more than seven years now. He’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes. In addition to that he’s author of many online tutorials and guides about WordPress. He’s been fortunate to have his passion for all things WordPress and his job overlap at SiteGround, where he develops and implements various in-house performance boost solutions to help make WordPress websites faster and more secure.
My name is James Tryon. I’m Creative Director of WP Valet, founder of Easily Amused, Inc, and a father of 2. I’m also one of the co-organizers of WordCamp Orlando and the WordPress Orlando meetup group. I’ve been in the creative industry for more than 17 years and have an eye for design and usability. I also possess the know-how to plan, design, and code it all if needed. An avid collector of random awesomeness and thrift-store artifacts, I’m always finding something interesting to spark my creativity. When I’m not working, I am more than likely building something, playing with toys, or hanging with my friends and family.
Jared Easley is a genuine entrepreneur. He has been called the Zig Ziglar of the podcasting world. In the past couple of years he’s started a podcast, written a book and co-founded Podcast Movement which is the World’s Largest International Podcasting only Conference. Jared is a noticer, motivator, friend and power content creator. He has found the way to do all of this and still keep his family first.
Husband. Adoptive Dad x1. Foster dad x26. Preferred Genesis framework developer. Founder: GenesisThe.me :: Genesis Lead @ thewpvalet.com :: ISTJ :: you should follow him on Twitter @jpetersen because reasons.
Lead Developer at The CRUSH Agency, a Tampa full service Marketing Agency, http://www.thecrushagency.com . My specialty is custom WordPress development; both themes and plugins. 90% of the time I use the Genesis Framework and love it. I am also A Google Certified partner in AdWords. I prefer development over SEO and SEM any day of the week. If i’m not busy on client work I’m teaching myself how to be a better developer.
Jonathan has been building WordPress websites and plugins for eight years, taking the plunge into full-time freelancing shortly thereafter. He works with his wife Stephanie at Flightless, and spends much of his time with the distributed team at Modern Tribe. When he’s not coding, Jonathan is busy homeschooling his two children and enjoying the beautiful weather of Northeast Florida.
http://xplus3.net/ • http://flightless.us/
Josh Eaton is the Lead Services Developer and Lead Facial Hair Cultivator at Reaktiv. He ships beautiful code facilitated by Sriracha, an intense calling to be your WordPress hero, and coffee.
Josh is the owner of and a developer for CalderaWP, makers of innovative WordPress plugins. He is also a weekly contributor to Torque Magazine, and the community manager and contributing developer for the Pods Framework.
From 1998 through 2007 Keith did programming work and server program hosting for banking software companies. Coding in those days meant using RPG or maybe even BAT files. Over time coding for these jobs moved into Java Scripting and HTML. Over the last seven years Keith worked within the field of SEO. Keith has experience providing technical, on page, as well as off page SEO consultation for both small businesses as well as enterprise. Through this time Keith published multiple sites on the WordPress system. Understanding how the publishing of posts, pages, home pages, widgets, plug ins, and the security of the websites can all help to increase the quality and the audience of WordPress sites. Today Keith works with Cox Target Media / Valpak as the Manager of the SEO Strategy Team. At Valpak Keith helps to optimize the primary site as well as the Blog Section and the B2B sections of the website which are currently published using WordPress.
http://keith-fraley.com | @FraleyKeith
Lenny Gale gave up his CPA job and road-warrior lifestyle in 2012. His favorite foods are grapefruit, egg whites and scotch. He speaks, writes and lives at lennygale.com.
Mason James is a native Floridian who got his start volunteering for WordPress support in various forums in 2008 and landing a job as the Sales & Support Lead at WPMU Dev for 3 years. In 2012, he started WP Valet where he now leads a team of 18 awesome individuals who provide development, support, and peace of mind to WordPress site owners around the world.
Micah is a consultant and web developer from Atlanta, GA who is committed to continuously improving his understanding of WordPress and sharing his insights with the greater WordPress community. He has worked on WordPress projects for large Fortune 500 brands and is a Co-Organizer of the Atlanta WordPress Coder’s Guild and an Assistant Organizer of the WordPress Gwinnett Meetup groups.
Michele is the lead WordPress Specialist at WP Security Lock cleaning hacked websites and teaching the masses how to stay secure in the WordPress world. When at WordCamps you can find her talking and tweeting the awesomeness of InMotion Hosting while typically playing with one of their cool USB slap bracelets. Michele is also the lead organizer of the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup and teaches beginners and Intermediate WordPress for John A Logan College.
Michelle is an independent graphic designer, recently relocated to Minneapolis from Chicago. She was formally schooled in design including print, branding, packaging, etc., with additional education in Psychology and Sociology, all tying together in a love of How To Solve Problems. Lately she has been specializing in WordPress websites, infographics, and high-end presentations for her clients. She loves the WordPress community and speaks/volunteers/organizes at WordCamps and events around the country.
I specialize in building easy-to-use web sites that help small businesses, professional firms, and nonprofit organizations look great on the web. I am a regular instructor at iThemes Training where I teach WordPress, Web Design, and Freelance Business Development via live webinar. I also coach web developers individually and in groups to help them be more successful in their freelance business.
Rachel Carden is a web designer and developer for the University of Alabama who has a passion for community, problem solving, and watching the site count go up on her WordPress multisite network. When she’s not using WordPress to help build the world of higher ed web, she’s working to encourage collaboration and professional development as a WordCamp speaker/volunteer and organizer of a monthly web professionals meetup. A lover of all things Disney, Rachel is also a fitness junkie who loves to tweet, travel and binge-watch old TV shows on Netflix.
Raymmar is the Director of Products for Clear Idea Labs in Sarasota Florida. He brings a unique perspective to the world of software design and development, by blending 10+ years of sales and marketing experience, with his background in art and design.
4 years ago he set out as a sales and marketing consultant and started a simple WordPress website. Since then he has built a larger online audience than most of the media companies in his local market, contributes to the Huffington Post and Elite Daily, and authored one of the most popular articles of all time on Medium.com.
Raymmar’s work now revolves around helping businesses tell a better story with their sales pitch, design a better online sales experience, and build long term brand loyalty. Learn more at Raymmar and his work at Raymmar.com
Rich is the WordPress developer for the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Originally from Manchester, England he moved to Canada in April 2013 and regards doing so as the best decision he’s ever made. WordPress’ing professionally since 2008, he’s serious about semantic, forward-thinking code and, of course, bacon.
For over 15 years, Robert has worked on web projects with clients from non-profit, government, higher education, small business, start-up, and enterprise organizations. As Project Manager and then Client Services Director at Happy Cog, Robert helped assemble and lead projects for Thomson-Reuters, American College of Physicians, Zappos, MICA, Georgetown University, VisitPhilly, and many others. As an independent Project Manager, Robert has worked on large scale website redesign, development, and accessibility projects for Time Inc., ESPN, Real Simple, O’Reilly Media, American Airlines, JetBlue, and a host of other fine establishments. Robert is passionate about web standards and accessibility, WordPress as a platform, and people using technology to better their lives.
Shawn is the Chief Technology Officer at Actionable Books. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, he is a lifelong computer geek. He wrote his first database application at the age of 12, and ran a bulletin board system while in high school. He has been a web developer since 1995, and a WordPress developer since 2011. He has experience building applications for clients in government, non-profit and the private sector in both Canada and the United States.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Stephanie. Her toes were cold. Like many little girls, Stephanie loved to dance, she loved to draw, and she loved to try out every typeface available on the computer when designing birthday cards for her family. Several years passed, and the little girl grew up. Now Stephanie loves to dance, she loves to draw, and she maintains a library of countless typefaces so she can always have just the right one for birthday cards, logos, and websites. After discovering a place where her toes are sometimes warm, Stephanie moved her family and her business to North Florida, where she attempts to balance web design, homeschooling, and exploring the world of flavors she can invent in her kitchen.
Steve is from England, but met a lady from New Jersey in Thailand, lived with her in Japan and Australia, got married in north Georgia and now loves living in Florida. Steve is the CEO of OSTraining. He wrote the best-selling Drupal and Joomla books and is working on a WordPress edition.
I am a seasoned web developer working with WP Engine as part of the Labs team where I focus my development efforts towards the WordPress open source project. When I’m not swearing at bugs or celebrating a successful product launch, I enjoy spicy food, Toyota sports cars, trip-hop, and beer snobbery. Rumor has it I also plays a pretty mean game of foosball. Originally from Arlington, TX, I made the move to the San Francisco Bay Area by way of Dallas, Houston, Flint, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Salem, and Boston. I’m accompanied by my loving wife, Tiffani, our twin sugar gliders, Eliza and Jane, and Rory, the green spotted puffer fish.
Syed Balkhi (@syedbalkhi) is an award winning young entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, Fox Business, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications. In 2009, he created WPBeginner which is now one of the largest free WordPress resource site on the web. In 2011, he created a site called List25, an extremely popular site that within 3 months of launch was receiving 5 million page views per month. List25 has over 1.7 million subscribers and 300 Million video views on Youtube. In 2013, he launched OptinMonster, the best lead generation software that helps businesses grow their email list. To date, it has been viewed by billions of people and has helped businesses collect millions of emails. Aside from these, Syed is also the founder ofThemeLab, Soliloquy, and Envira Gallery.
Taylor Bare, CEO of TaylorMade Web Presence, has been building with web code since learning HTML in the late ’90s and until he tried WordPress in 2009 and has been designing with it exclusively since then.
In partnership with his wife, Elayna Fernandez, The Positive MOM, he enjoys creating the online presence for entrepreneurs in a way that makes their personality shine, allowing them to get paid while living their passions and helping others through their gifts.
Currently Chief Documentarian for Easy Digital Downloads, Topher has been the CTO of a WordPress based startup, freelanced, and worked in a cubicle farm. He’s been a WordPress developer for 5 years now, and a general web developer for 20 years.
Zach is a Senior Developer at Reaktiv Studios, WordPress core contributor, and Netflix binge watcher. He’s passionate about front and back-end development and is always learning something new.