Aaron D. Campbell
Aaron has over sixteen years of web development experience. He has been a regular contributor to WordPress for the last ten years, and currently leads the WordPress core security team. Aaron has worked with clients ranging from small local businesses to Google, Yahoo, Disney, and Harvard, and is currently funded by GoDaddy to work full time on the WordPress project. He’s been called both a coffee snob and a beer snob, but considers both to be compliments. When not buried in code, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, riding his motorcycle, and reading sci-fi/fantasy books.
Aaron is a designer, turned developer, turned an agency starter. He has been working with WordPress since 2008. He has worked on WordPress projects with many Fortune 100 companies and many other businesses. He regularly speaks at Meetups and Wordcamps and currently helps lead the Atlanta WordPress Meetup.
Adam W. Warner
Adam W. Warner discovered the world of WordPress in 2005 and has been working within the community ever since. To feed his entrepreneurial spirit, he founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners. He is a true product evangelist for WordPress in spirit and personality, and that also happens to be his job title at SiteLock. In addition to WordPress, Adam is passionate about his family, robots and of course, life, the universe and everything.
I’m a husband, father of 5, and co-founder of Sideways8 (a digital agency) and 48in48. I’m a digital media strategist at heart, though I have background in design and development as well. I have been working with WordPress since 2005 and started an agency dedicated to custom WordPress design and development in 2010. We have worked on sites for everything from a Sewing Machine Store to a fortune X computer company (guess if you like). I love to speak at WordCamps and Meetups and geek out talking about digital marketing strategy.
As Creative Director at GreenMellen Media, Ali combines the eye of an artist with the strategic mind of an inventor. A gifted problem solver, she is able to convert a daunting mix of wishes, ideas and technical requirements into elegantly simple outcomes by clarifying client goals, stimulating their strategic and tactical thinking and solving development problems at each stage of a project, always with the end-user in mind. The results have been creative solutions for clients ranging from inventive solopreneurs to giants like Stainmaster™ and Chick-fil-A. Schooled in both design and marketing, she adds the analytical skills of an engineer to complicated digital marketing strategies. Like her colleagues, she generously shares her experience and skill at events like WordCamp Atlanta and web design focused Meetups.
From non-profits to agencies to sustainable brands, my clients share the same big picture goal—to make a difference! I help each organization communicate their distinctive qualities and increase brand awareness with cohesive marketing materials, such as logos, websites and print collateral. Design has great power and my passion is using that power for good!
Let’s connect at alisonchandler.net.
I help individuals and business become the best versions of themselves. This may come in the form of a new, or better, web site, or coaching to break through self-imposed limitations. I specialize in helping high-performers reach their goals online. I am heavily involved in Atlanta WordPress community. I am a co-organizer of a local WordPress Meetup and am a current organizer for WordCamp Atlanta.
Ashlea’s gift is the ability to formulate the technical approaches that bring objectives to life. A graduate of O’More College of Design, her inventive balancing of the design and technical aspects of development is what makes GreenMellen projects so successful.
Bret Phillips has been building WordPress websites since 2009. Recently merging his business with Sideways8, he now now focuses on sales, business processes, and helping customers with their website strategy.
Brian is a renaissance man whose passion and enthusiasm as an experienced digital entrepreneur has shined over the last two decades. His love affair with WordPress began in 2005 when he started with version 1.6. With a unique constellation of talents, he successfully multitasks between being a CEO, Internet marketing professional, author, conference speaker, consultant, content creator, mentor, photographer, web designer, and startup founder. His highly praised book, Content Marketing Ideas, is a complete guide to content creation and maintains an influential five-star rating on Amazon. He is in demand as the head of established brands such as Uniseo.com and RedstoneX.com, Editor-in-chief of Citynet Magazine, Senior Editor at The WP Crowd, and President of the Canadian Internet Marketing Association, among other accolades. You may have caught his many appearances on CTV News or local radio shows as a go-to expert. Brian holds two Master’s degrees and has taught at Boston College and McGill University. Visit www.rotsztein.com and connect with him on Instagram and Twitter: @brianrotsztein
Brian S. Reed
A software development consultant hailing from Virginia Beach, VA, Brian’s passion for the web began in 1996 while building his high school’s first website. Since then Brian has served in the U.S. Army, started a family of 6 and has taught himself multiple frontend and backend programming, markup, and domain-specific languages. Brian helps organize his local Meetup group focusing on advanced WordPress Development and has spoken at Wordcamps about OOD.
Bridget Willard started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing and ended up at a WordPress Plugin Development Shop.
Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for WordImpress whose flagship plugin is GiveWP.com — an online donation plugin, co-host of WPblab, and co-organizer of Women Who WP meetup.
She blogs about social media and, of course, WordPress on her site at bridgetwillard.com
Carel is the owner of ClickHOST.com. “We love to educate our customers on how to get the most out of their websites; including how to use mobile websites to generate more leads, more business, and ultimately more profits for their businesses.” They specialize in WordPress friendly hosting and many other web hosting services.
PS: Fun facts about Carel
Born in South Africa, and now a US Citizen.
Speaks 3 languages, English, Afrikaans, and German.
Lived and worked in South Africa, Germany, and now the US.
Heya! I’m Carl.
I’m a PHP developer from Montréal, Canada. I live and breath advanced programming topics (and memes). I share a lot of my passion for those topics on my website where I publish articles on a regular basis.
It’s my way to help you with these hard-to-learn topics. That’s also why I’m excited to speak at WordCamp Atlanta. It’s another way for me to help you.
Besides that, I’ve been a WordPress Montréal organizer since 2010. I also help organize other WordPress events during the year. You can find me on Twitter and GitHub.
Co-Organizer of WordCamp Las Vegas 2014 and 2016.
Co-Organizer & Frequent Speaker of Vegas WP Meetup Group.
Professional actor with BFA in Acting & Minor in Voice from U of Louisville.
Degree in MultiMedia from West Los Angeles College.
Cliff is a UX Lead at Pardot (part of Salesforce), helping build world-class B2B marketing tools. He’s passionate about keeping people at the heart of design.
Cliff lives in Atlanta, where he co-organizes amUX, a morning meetup for the user experience community. He’s also an accomplished speaker who’s given talks around the world. Through an appropriate mixture of data and humor, he takes a unique approach to complex topics, making them both informative and enjoyable.
He’s also been developing with WordPress for many years, contributes back into the community, and participates in WordCamps.
Daniel is the founder of JDS WebDesign, a Digital Marketing Strategy Company that helps small to mid-size companies. JDS WebDesign builds, supports and markets WordPress websites. Daniel has been building websites for 16 + years, and working as a free lance designer for JDS WebDesign since August 2007.
In his spare time, Daniel loves hanging out with his family, playing a round of golf, listening to some jazz, writing blog material, and working on his podcast.
David Laietta is an organizer of WordPress Orlando and WordCamp Orlando. He has been using WordPress for nine years and builds custom themes and plugins for clients. In addition to WordPress, David is passionate about open source software, online freedoms, internet culture, and constantly learning about the world. He looks forward to chatting with you at WordCamp Atlanta or on Twitter @davidlaietta.
In 2010, suffering from burnout, Derek left his perfectly stable job in academia for the untamed wilderness of freelance web design. One problem- he had no idea how to create websites. The solution? Pay his friend $100 and a case of beer to show Derek how to use WordPress. Since then, Derek has worked on over 200 WordPress websites in various capacities. With the help of his wife, Mallie, Derek runs Get the Gigs, a company that provides web design and branding for professional speakers. When not hammering away at the keyboard, Derek enjoys slapping-the-bass, hiking, and yelling about the Atlanta Falcons.
I have been working in tech and open source sales since 2005.
I knew as soon as I started working with Java middleware developers I never wanted to work outside of open source ever again. I first started building in Drupal and WordPress when I needed to build projects for the San Francisco Improv scene. I fell in the love the community of developers and then found my position at Pantheon at the end of 2013.
As a Community and Agency Success Manager I have had the privilege of presenting at MidCamp (Drupal), Twin Cities DrupalCamp, DrupalCamp Colorado, WordCamp Milwaukee, WordCamp Baltimore as well as leading BOFs at several other events.
Outside of tech I love producing and performing improv theater. I also love comic books and karaoke!!!
Frank has been working with WordPress since 2009 and is the lead developer of Quiz And Survey Master, the highest rated quiz and survey plugin in the WordPress.org repository. He is an organizer of the Gainesville WordPress Meetup and the lead organizer of this year’s WordCamp Jacksonville.
He loves to blog about marketing, business, and user research. Above all else, he enjoys spending time with daughter.
Gene Hammett helps leaders go from status quo to exceptional to accelerate their business growth. Specifically, he works with business leaders to ramp up sales and marketing performance through his approach to being “the” choice, not just a choice.
Gene has been a business leader for 20+ years. He started and ran multiple million dollar companies. He succeeded, failed, reinvented himself, and succeeded again. He can pass along to you the key lessons he’s learned in the process so you can have a business that is both successful and fulfilling.
On his podcast, Leaders in the Trenches, Gene has interviewed 250+ world thought leaders and best-selling New York Times authors. Gene is honored to have shared the platform with the legendary Jack Canfield and has been featured in Forbes, NBC, Success Magazine, and Huffington Post. Gene is also a regular contributor for Entrepreneur.com.
I love writing about small business. Those brave woman and men who make the leap from day-job to entrepreneurship are my personal heros. It takes a strong belief in your own ability and a mix of healthy anxiety to make that decision and I love that!
A cheerleader for small business owners and buying local, Isaac “loves the heart and soul that local businesses put into their products and services.” He’s especially interested in writing articles and sharing advice about productivity and efficiently building a business. “It’s hard to run a business and balance family and friends,” he says. “I have young kids and a wife at home, so I know how important family time is. I love sharing tips and tricks that help small businesses grow and give them more time to spend with the people who support their dream at home.”
When he’s not at work, you can usually find Isaac and his kids riding their bikes at the local skatepark or sampling local coffee offerings.
Isaac is a native of Northern California who transplanted to Phoenix ten years ago to work for GoDaddy.
Jason Lengstorf is a developer, designer, author, and friendly bear. He’s worked in nearly every role in an agency — and when he first started his company, he was every role in the agency — and uses his 10+ years of experience to approach problems from a truly full-stack perspective, from marketing and sales all the way through architecture and DevOps.
In the course of his career, Jason has written several books and dozens of tutorials about development, built and sold a successful web agency, and built award-winning projects for companies like PlayStation, Intel, and Precision Nutrition.
After selling his agency, Jason spent two years traveling the world and working remotely as a contractor.
Jason recently joined IBM Design as a senior front-end developer to help redefine how IBM approaches front-end development, contribute to better development processes, improve tooling, and mentor IBM’s new hires.
He lives in Austin, TX, spends most of his disposable income on food and travel, and can often be spotted foraging for berries in the forest.
Jenny Munn is an SEO Strategy Consultant and owner of The Munn Group. The Munn Group is a boutique SEO agency, where we’re focused on SEO content campaigns that drive more traffic and conversions. Jenny is passionate about her field, and is a frequent speaker on SEO and website marketing. Jenny has taught SEO at EdNet, WordCamp Atlanta, Digital Atlanta, Solo PR Summit, Business Marketing Association, Atlanta Tech Village, SuperNova South, PRSA, and various digital marketing organizations. Find out more at http://munngroupconsulting.com/.
Jill Anderson is a web designer/developer who partners with creative professionals on their websites, and their client’s sites. She is passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences.
Josh is a WordPress developer and educator. He is the founder and lead developer for Caldera Labs, makers of awesome WordPress tools including Caldera Forms — a drag and drop, responsive WordPress form builder.
Judi Knight is the founder and chief at New Tricks Web Design. Not your typical web designer, Judi brings an unusual wealth of experience to her work, with a background as a Ph.D. Psychologist, CEO of a software company, and real estate developer. Judi has led the Atlanta WordPress Users Group with over 2,800 members, and was an organizer of WordCamp Atlanta, for four years. She is a blogger, national speaker, and publishes, Just a Digital Minute, a popular weekly newsletter on websites and social media.
Judi’s Motto is “It’s Never too Late” …to start a new business, to have a great website, or to leverage new technologies to grow your company. Keep in touch @judiknight
As a Digital Marketing Strategist, Karen works with business owners to develop and implement a Marketing Plan which attracts their ideal clients with the right content across their digital footprint including:
• their WP website
• social media
• email marketing
Karen collaborates with WP developers, graphic designers, social media consultants, content writers, and other specialists whose clients struggle to make the necessary decisions because they aren’t clear enough about who they serve and what value they offer.
Karen also contributes to world peace by volunteering with AFS, an international exchange student organization. Ask her how you can get involved too! www.afsusa.org.
Krystal works hand-in-hand with emagine’s Sales and Marketing teams to identify qualified clients in the company’s core sectors, establish connections and maintain relationships with prospective clients. Krystal served in the U.S. Navy for more than 8 years, traveling the World on aircraft carriers. Upon entering civilian life, she received her Business Marketing degree from Bridgewater State University. Outside of the office, Krystal enjoys catching up on her latest business podcast or book and getting some sun with her 6-pound Chihuahua, Jessie. Catch Krystal on Twitter @emagineKrystal
Lauren has been building WordPress websites for almost a decade and is currently part of the OnTheGoSystems WPML Customer Support team. She enjoys creating WordPress websites and has worn many hats in the world of web development including Project Manager, Customer Service Representative, Account Strategist, and Web Designer.
Originally from New England, she now lives in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Lauren enjoys sharing her knowledge along with tips and tricks that she has learned either through furthering her education or personal experience.
Lauren is the organizer of WordPress Meetup Myrtle Beach, a co-organizer of WordCamp Wilmington, a WordCamp Speaker and a lover of all things WordPress.
Leah Halbina partners with emagine’s clients to explore digital opportunities such as web design, SEO, PPC, social media, and content management solutions in WordPress. After graduating from NYU with her Master’s, Leah hit the agency scene working with top pharmaceutical companies on their digital strategies. Her high-energy personality allows her to continuously learn new skills and concepts to adapt to the ever-changing world of digital marketing. In her spare time, you can find Leah at Orange Theory Fitness, trying out a new restaurant, or Instagramming her 1 ½ year old Cavapoo, Stella Wayne Rose and 1-year old Cockapoo, Carter James.
As long-time entrepreneur, having hung my shingle in 1998, I’ve long been a digital marketing and web design coach and sounding board. In 2016 I decided to take my coaching skills in a new direction, and certified as a personal trainer and fitness and wellness coach. I’m currently combining my two passions, digital marketing and fitness, with a focus on design, development and marketing freelancers intent on making self-care and wellness a primary focus in running a successful business.
I’m a content guy. I help Immigration and other attorneys build authority through emerging media (podcasts & videos) and live events (webinars & in-person). I’m a podcaster with two shows and working on five more. Organizer of Podcast Atlanta and Host of PMx (TEDx style talks for podcasters).
Mark Tilly is the CEO of Target Info, the developer of the top ranked MyCurator Content Curation WordPress plugin first introduced in 2012. Mark has almost 40 years of software development experience. He founded iMany (now Revitas) with a partner in 1988 to build client server software for Pharmaceutical firms and grew it to over $40 million in sales and an IPO. He has been working with WordPress for 6 years building, marketing and supporting the AI based MyCurator plugin utilizing Amazon cloud services.
Micah is the Technical Director at Narwhal Digital, an agency in Atlanta. He’s written and publicly released over a dozen WordPress plugins, is a stealth core contributor and specializes in enterprise WordPress development. He has a passion for learning best practices and sharing his knowledge with the greater WordPress community.
As a founder and partner of GreenMellen Media, Mickey is regarded as the token “tech guy” and his insights are greatly valued on the GreenMellen team. With over 12 years of WordPress experience and a passion for helping others, you will often find Mickey leading a North Atlanta-based MeetUp, All Things WordPress.
He is also highly involved in social media and knows the ins and outs of everything from Facebook to Google+ and has spoken at many events around the country. You can also find Mickey coaching his daughter’s soccer team, playing softball or enjoying ice cream with his two girls and wife, Kelly.
I own and operate WebCoUSA Enterprises which is an Award Winning Marketing and Web Design Agency located in Johnson City, TN. I started my company 12 years ago in the oldest town in Tennessee which is Jonesborough. It is a very small town and known for the world famous Story Telling Festival. People come all over the world to listen to stories, some true and some just plain ole’ entertaining. Anyhow, the very first website I sold was at a local Flea Market of all places. We have now grown from that one website to over 200 clients in 33 States. I love waking up in the morning knowing that I have a career that I chose and at the same time I get to help people with their businesses.
Mike “Demo” Demopoulos is a longtime lover of Open Source Software.
He currently works at BoldGrid (a WordPress Page Builder) as an Evangelist. He has spoken at numerous open source events around the world. He has been interviewed by multiple publications and podcasts and as contributed to many as well. Mike also volunteers with the Joomla Project as the treasurer of Open Source Matters (the not for profit organization for Joomla!) as well as serving on the Joomla World Conference and Capital teams. He also co-organizes JoomlaDay Minnesota. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife Kayla and dog B’Elanna.
Naomi C. Bush
Naomi’s been working with WordPress as a professional developer since 2005, and you can currently find her over at https://gravityplus.pro where she specializes in quickly delivering custom business applications at a fraction of the cost, using WordPress.
She contributes back to the WordPress project through the core code, the codex documentation, free plugins, organizing the WordPress Gwinnett developer meetup, organizing WordCamp Atlanta, and speaking at WordCamps.
Nathan is the creator of >ADVANCE Coaching. He works with WordPress web developers individually and in groups to help them become more successful in their freelance businesses.
He is also the Host at iThemes Training where he teaches WordPress and freelance business development topics via live webinar.
Nathan has been a freelance web developer since 1995, and is based in Birmingham, Alabama where he is the co-lead organizer of the Birmingham WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Birmingham.
You can learn more about Nathan at nathaningram.com.
Rob Riggs is a talented entrepreneur and speaker who is passionate for bringing valuable content that will educate and entertain your audience, while expanding the conversation of how technology can be leveraged across industries to improve ROI, streamline and automate backoffice processes, and scale for the future.
Rob leads the Your Design Online web development team. He and his team are responsible for transforming a concept into an effective digital experience.
Having a background in development, Rob has provided benefit to Fortune 500 firms as well as small businesses, and he understands how technology is best utilized by both types of organizations.
Rob’s client list includes work with:
Hitachi, LabCorp, Just For Men, Aaron’s Rents, Masonite, Dragon*Con, AVG, Georgia State Parks, SAGE, RIM (Blackberry) and Crunk Energy Drink.
Rob has spoken before a variety of groups, including small business owners and entrepreneurs, realtors and investors, attorneys, creative agencies, and non-profit organizations.
A few of Rob’s favorite topics are:
– Leveraging technology to streamline back office processes
– Generating new business from existing audiences
– Building on past success to open new markets
– Navigating compliance in heavily regulated industries
– Getting the most out of open source technology (WordPress, Magento)
Sandy Edwards has been working in the online marketing space for over 5 years. She started at a niche firm that utilized WordPress to create sites quickly utilizing several options frameworks. Today, she owns CESquared a WordPress focused Agency that engages in SEO, Project Management and Development. She loves to give back by teaching kids about coding, WordPress, and other technical skills. Sandy is very active in the Orlando WordPress community and is excited to see what changes are coming to the tech space!
Scott Fisk is a Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Samford University in Birmingham AL. He teaches graphic and UX design classes. Scott served in Iraq as an Army Reserve photojournalist and communications specialist, often embedding as a photographer.
Shawn Hooper is the Director of IT at Actionable.co, where he enjoys combining code and data to build intelligent tools for teams and leaders. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Shawn has been building web applications since the late 90s, with a focus on WordPress since 2011. As a freelance developer, he has built sites for clients in the public and private sectors in both Canada and United States. He loves making use of great APIs, promoting web accessibility and secure coding practices.
Shelly Peacock has been in sales and graphic design since 2001, moving focus to include Social Media Management in 2007. She built her first WordPress site in 2009- as a way to make her designs “do stuff”, and as a portfolio for her successful art business. Learning WordPress from the ground up, she finally settled in with her boutique agency- the SpinBird Group, a WordPress consulting and design business. She likes short walks on the beach, cabanas, and shooting opossums off her back deck with her shotgun. Mantra: Life is short- GET #FIERCE WITH IT.
Steve Heuser has a small design shop in Greenville, WI called Brook Web Works. He has about 50 clients with about 70 websites. He’s been building websites since 1996 using different tools like Fusion and Dreamweaver. About 4 years ago, he started using WordPress and hasn’t looked back. Steve’s been going to WordCamps for the last 4 years. He’s also been working full time as a web designer for 9 years.
Steve’s been leading the Appleton WordPress MeetUp for the last 2 years.
In his free time, he loves to fly fish.
Su Berland Schaer
Su Berland Schaer is the owner and head designer of Nimble Design Team in Atlanta, GA. She started her professional life working for her dad at his large “commercial art” firm in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early 1980’s.
Su studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin for two years, and then graduated with a BA after four years of study from the Visual Communications department of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. She’s worked extensively with area synagogues and Jewish organizations, as well as many non-profits and small businesses.
Su is currently a member of AIGA-Atlanta and is a fomer president of The Freelance Forum in Atlanta. She’s active in Atlanta-area WordPress meetups and conferences.
I’m the owner and lead developer at Pressware. We build custom solutions for customers on WordPress and focus on small businesses, teams, and individuals. We’ve dabbled in creating plugins specifically geared towards bloggers and aim to further than in the future.
I blog daily on my personal website and monthly on Envato’s Tuts+ Network.
I’ve been involved in WordPress since 2005.
Travis is a WordPress & Genesis developer, core contributor. blogger and speaker, and he is an advisor at the WP Developers’ Club (https://wpdevelopersclub.com). Travis works as a Sr. Software Architect at The Weather Company, an IBM Company. You can find him online at WP Smith (http://wpsmith.net), his personal blog (http://travislsmith.com), LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/travislsmith), and Twitter (@wp_smith).
Troy Dean is the co-founder of WP Elevation, the world’s largest business community for WordPress consultants and freelancers. He is also the co-founder of RockStar Empires, an online education platform that helps entrepreneurs use the Internet to scale their businesses. He is a proud university dropout, and freaking loves the Internet.
Troy is also a voice-over artist, singer and guitar player. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, who runs a psychology podcast on WordPress, and his dog Lucy, who is more of a Drupal kinda gal.
Troy’s keynote topic for WordCamp Atlanta will be Seven Figures from Scratch: How I used the Internet (and WordPress) to build a seven-figure a year business with no money in the bank. He’ll be touching on freelancing, client services, digital products, online courses and building communities.
Back in 2007 Troy built his own CMS as part of a website assignment for a client. Even he admits it was pretty clunky. Then a friend of a friend turned him on to WordPress. He resisted at first, but after he tried it, WordPress became his tool of choice.
To help his clients manage and edit the WP sites he built, he created a 100-page tutorial with careful instructions and screen shots. A friend, impressed with the effort, suggested turning it into video tutorials, and that’s what Troy did. Then he built a site so people could sign up for the continually-updated videos. Eventually, that turned into WP Elevation.
Today, The World’s Largest Business Community for WordPress Consultants is an amazing repository of genuinely smart and useful knowledge. And Troy is very happy if other people use his resources on WP Elevation to build their own success.
Troy’s immense value to the WordPress community has made him a sought-after speaker around the world. Based on his own experiences, he has developed all kinds of ideas, tips and insights, which he loves to share. Among his list of guidelines to struggling entrepreneurs, one item that recurs over and over is this simple mantra: “Don’t Quit.”