Aaron Jorbin (http://aaron.jorb.in) works on AddThis, is a WordPress core contributor, and the author of a number of open source topics. He has spoken at events across the country on a number of topics related to open source technology. When he’s not busy creating and fixing bugs, Aaron serves as a simulation director at an educational simulation conference for over 1500 college students. His favorite toasts involve open source software, whisky, and the upper peninsula of Michigan.
Aaron is the President of Sylvan Social Technology, which helps startups to specify and execute their technical business plans. Previously, he has raised millions of dollars for his own tech companies: One Technology was a decision support software company he ran for eight years, which closed sales with Fortune 500s; TrustWorks was a social networking startup he ran for three years. Aaron holds a Global Executive MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland, and presently operates his consultancy from New York City.
Alex Miranda is the Editor-in-Chief of the social media press release distribution company PR Underground. He is also an SEO manager at Marknet Group Inc, a web design and online business strategy firm located in Brewster, NY. A master of WordPress SEO, Alex is the assistant organizer of The Hudson Valley WordPress Meetup group. He has spoken at numerous events. In 2010, Alex was the featured SEO speaker at WordCamp NYC.
As a code monkey with delusions of artistry, Alex subscribes to the “done is better than perfect” philosophy, but spends too much worrying about the details. Alex is a very outspoken supporter of WordPress and User Experience on the web. Alex tries to avoid speaking about himself in the third person.
Zemanta has been a long time partner and supporter of WordPress.
Andrew has been coding HTML (and later CSS) since the early days of the web, seeing web design evolve from using frames and tables for layout to the dynamic web that we see today. He has been a WordPress enthusiast since starting his first WordPress blog way back in 2004 after downloading version 1.0.2 “Art Blakely.” Since then, Andrew has become involved in the New York WordPress community, both online and offline. He volunteered at WordCamp NYC in 2009 and 2010, as well as almost every meetup since then. He is also an organizer for WordCamp NYC 2012 and a founding member of the Tadpole Collective, which provides expert WordPress hosting and support.
Andrew is a veteran Web developer specializing and digital communication strategist. Since founding Andigo New Media in 1996, he and the Andigo team have helped clients build website and build digital marketing plans that include social media, search engine optimization, email marketing and content marketing components. Their engagement model combines information architecture, usability/user experience, and common sense.
Andrew graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Bucknell University. He engages in a range of community volunteer work and is an avid fly fisherman and cyclist. He also loves collecting meaningless trivia. (Did you know the Lone Ranger made his mask from the cloth of his brother’s vest after his brother was killed by “”the bad guys?””)
WordPress theme & plugin developer, coworker @sizeablespaces, founder of Sizeable Interactive. Growing JFDI padwan. Lover of animals/art/music/film/pb&j.
Austin lives and breathes life around words and people. He is a blogger, and genetically inclined connector, using his powers for good inside the WordPress community. He executes WP Engine’s digital strategy, writing guest posts about WordPress, and tweeting entirely too much at @austingunter.
A former London native, Ben packed his bags and headed for San Francisco in 2006 having helped build the BBC News Website and BBC’s developer platform. After a stint at MySpace to launch their platform, Ben has been part of several successful startups including an exit to Google and another to Constant Contact. Ben’s current venture, WP Engine, is the premium managed WordPress hosting platform for demanding sites that require cutting-edge technology providing speed and scale under extreme traffic loads. Brands such as Foursquare, SoundCloud, HTC and 1000’s of others rely on WP Engine to provide this massively scalable and security-orientated hosting solution for their WordPress needs.
Wunderkind Web Programmer turned WordPress nut. Command-line junkie and all-around nerd supremo.
Results oriented Technology Consultant. Specializing in Project Management Business Systems Analysis, and Business Process Reengineering. Became interested in WordPress as a tool for rapid application development for small and medium sized businesses; and non profit organizations. Currently using WordPress for a growing non profit – the National Minority Business Council in NYC; as well as some medium sized international firms. Utilizing WordPress as part of a Web 2.0 approach – by combining WordPress with social media, videos and internet advertising – to give small and medium sized firms the tools necessary to compete more effectively with much larger firms. The speed, flexibility, and ease of use of WordPress make it an effective tool to support such a guerrilla marketing strategy. The goal of the presentation is to explore how we can effectively utilize WordPress.com to maximize personal and business success.
Brad Williams is the co-founder of WebDevStudios.com, a co-host on WP Late Night, and the co-author of Professional WordPress and Professional WordPress Plugin Development. Brad has been developing websites for over 15 years, including the last 5 where he has focused on open-source technologies like WordPress.
Brian Van Nieuwenhoven
Brian Van Nieuwenhoven is a resident of New York City. He is a web developer & designer, photographer, writer, social coordinator, and extra-nice guy. He thinks WordPress can help all kinds of people achieve great new things on the web.
I’m a developer at LongTail Video Inc with over 2 years of experience developing for WordPress. I’m the lead developer for the successful JW Player Plugin for WordPress which helps users get the JW Player running seamlessly on their blogs.
Chris Cho, the founder of Philadelphia SEO Inc. uses his experienced marketing skill of being a small business owner and real estate investor, to help his clients acquire bigger client bases that remain loyal. While the majority of web design companies focus on pretty websites, Chris goes beyond that to make websites that actually bring in more clients and repeat customers.
Christopher M Lauzon
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.
I’m a WordPress developer, creating awesome websites and plugins. Working for WooThemes, improving the WooCommerce plugin every single day. Writing code, powered by coffee. Starbucks addict.
Dana Skallman came to WordPress by way of tinkering with the outer-space of the internet and all the possibilities it holds for communicating, archiving information and displaying what’s of interest to people. It wasn’t long before she realized that her zeal for promoting equitable access to technology, without big business-reliance, lies in working with free/libre/open source software. It was a hobby that quickly spiraled into Glocal Web/Tech, a collective that builds web-based organizational infrastructure and provides ongoing support. Dana enjoys applying her techie skills to simplify technologies for individuals and organizations. She provides project work that plugs in various phases of technology uses. She is also a founding member of the Tadpole Collective, which provides expert WordPress hosting and support.
Dr. Ron Suarez
A former psychology professor turned serial software entrepreneur with four startups over 25 years, Ron’s company http://LoudFeed.TV offers digital strategy and technology solutions for social entrepreneurs (with a focus on WordPress and BuddyPress). Ron also did the initial configuration and hosting for NYCGA.net, the official NYC General Assembly social network for OccupyWallStreet, a BuddyPress site with 9,000 registered users that got a million visits in the first 3 weeks.
Eric Andrew Lewis
Eric is a Philly grown, Brooklyn based developer. He’s been working with WordPress for the last few years, currently as a developer for WebDevStudios.
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 and View All Posts Pages plugins.
I work at Automattic and do a mix of traditional engineering and marketing. On WordPress.com I mostly build internal tools we use to experiment with changes, and measure and analyze data from those experiments. Now I’m working on relaunching Code Poet, which will be a new resource for WordPress developers everywhere. I also grew up in NY, and I badly miss the pizza, bagels, and general hatred for the Red Sox.
Frederick Townes is the Senior Technical Advisor to Mashable.com and founder of W3 EDGE a new media oriented software development company. From 2007 to January 2012, he served as the Chief Technical Officer of Mashable, building / maintaining of the network of sites / products and scaling Mashable‘s infrastructure. His passions and experiences are diverse, ranging from founding startups, user interface design and development, blogging and social and social media marketing. Frederick currently splits time between Florence, Italy and Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Boston University, where he focused on computer science and mathematics.
Garth is Co-founder of Event Espresso and has over 10 years experience in business management and internet marketing. He competed in the 2011 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge for Event Espresso, taking home the grand prize of $40,000 for their business plan. He innovates new business forecasting and management techniques specific for the WordPress community. He has spoken at WordCamps Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Detroit on WordPress entrepreneurship and plugin development. He earned both a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from the University of Utah in 2011, and a Bachelor’s in Communications from Brigham Young University in 2006. His strengths are in business management, strategy, entrepreneurship and customer service. He enjoys helping other people and small businesses be successful, spending time with his family, and injuring himself in outdoor recreation.
Gregg works as a designer and project manager at McKinsey & Company in New York City. He started his career as an analyst programmer working in South Africa, England and America before studying Film, Video and Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Since then he has worked on projects for both large and small companies. From National Public Radio to the Discovery Channel, from entertainment companies to Reader’s Digest. Gregg is also mad about movies.
Hal Goodtree is the Editor & Publisher of CaryCitizen.com, a 2011 Knight Foundation New Media Fellowship company. His expertise is on reaching local audiences small and large.
Helen is a User Experience Engineer with 10up, working exclusively with WordPress in all levels of development. From front-end slicing to deep integrations of custom content, Helen creates functionally complex yet usable and integrated admin interfaces. She also spends up to 20% of her time contributing to WordPress Core and other community efforts. When not developing with or for WordPress, Helen is also an accomplished and actively performing pianist.
Jake Goldman is the owner of 10up LLC (10up.com), a distributed web agency focused on awesome WordPress implementations with 12 full time employees. At 10up, Jake works on exciting and wide ranging WordPress projects, like TechCrunch, NBC Universal Sports, 9to5 Mac, Hip2Save (the official deal blog of NBC’s Today Show), VentureBeat, 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.
I am CEO of Stranger Studios, a small web development firm out of Reading, PA. We’ve been building websites full time since 2006 and have slowly moved our business to nearly 100% WordPress development. We are building a business around our 100% open source membership plugin: Paid Memberships Pro.
I’m a designer/developer at the creative studio Trasaterra with my wife, designer Ewa Orzech, in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We specialize in visual branding. One of our primary focuses is designing and creating branded user interfaces for our clients.
I’m a web developer for CBS Local. I have been working with WordPress for the last 6 years, specializing in media sites. In addition coding, I enjoy snowskiing, spending time with friends/family and rooting for my favorite sports teams.
Jeremy Clarke is a PHP, HTML, CSS and WordPress hacker from Montreal. He loves his job working on the nonprofit citizen media site Global Voices, where he manages dozens of WordPress sites, blogs, plugins, themes and a couple of bitchy Linux servers. He has a communications degree from Concordia University, but is mostly a self-taught web developer.
Professor at Johnson & Wales University, Director of Web Interface and Development at Astonish and author of Web Designers Guide to WordPress http://wdgwp.com/onamazon
Jodie Barr is the founder of OrderStorm Inc. OrderStorm brings a robust, PCI compliant, SaaS shopping cart to the millions of small and medium sized business websites running on WordPress. Prior to founding OrderStorm, Jodie ran 7 online web stores from 2002 – 2010 selling motorcycle parts and farm and ranch supplies. Jodie holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing from Colorado State University.
John is a PHP and Ruby developer working in New York. He’s also an avid blogger, and co-developer of WPSearch.
First introduced to WordPress in 2005, John has been an avid WordPress user, theme creator, and plugin author ever since. Among his various plugins is the popular breadcrumb plugin, Breadcrumb NavXT. When not working on his own projects, John helps support the small, 130 user, WordPress community at Weblogs.us. He also helps organize and frequently presents at MSP WordPress User Group meetings.
John James Jacoby
Lead developer of BuddyPress and bbPress. Master of Alliteration at Automattic. Lover of naps, grilled cheese, and puppies. Dr. Fred Edison for President.
John Keegan created the hosted blogging service BlogHarbor in 2003 and launched the managed WordPress managed hosting service PressHarbor in 2007. He currently serves as Director of Technology for NBC News.
Jonathan Goodman is President of Halyard Consulting, an Internet marketing company, that exclusively uses WordPress to build out client sites. Jonathan holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MS from the College of New Rochelle, and a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. He is also an active attendee of the WordPress NYC Meetup Group.
Josh is a WordPress developer from Minnesota who loves making themes. He is the author of the popular Meteor Slides plugin and recently joined the WordPress Theme Review Team.
When not building themes and plugins in his garage, Josh can be found doodling with his kids at the kitchen table, digging in the garden, or pedaling his bike around town.
Justin Beckwith is a Program Manager, web developer, and geek dad working on the WebMatrix team. Before joining Microsoft, he worked at Carnegie Mellon University focusing on the architecture and design of educational technologies. Justin has spoken at various user groups and technical education conferences over the years, mostly about programming and education.
Kathryn Presner of Zoonini Web Services – http://www.zoonini.com – takes a holistic approach to web design and development, building unique sites that work well, look great, and are easily found in search-engine results by the target market. She is passionate about helping people avoid common website pitfalls and enjoys speaking to entrepreneurs on the topic. A moderator in the WordPress support forums, Kathryn has given talks on WordPress at events including Girl Geek Dinners, Podcamp and WordCamps in Toronto and Montreal.
Kenny Katzgrau is a startup cofounder and former engineer on Yahoo’s Ad Exchange. He’s the author of WPSearch, one of the highest-rated search replacements for WordPress, and ‘Sparks’, the CodeIgniter framework’s package manager. He has an unhealthy obsession with LAMP performance, efficiency, and has spoken about it at several Meetups and conferences. He also lends a technical hand to several hyperlocal blogs in the area, including TheLoop in Westchester, NY.
Kevin Cristiano has been working with WordPress since 2006. He has deployed, managed and developed more web sites than he can remember. With a background in running both Linux and Windows Servers, he has spent More hours than he’d like to admit tweaking websites. He is a founding member of Tadpole Collective.
Kevin Miller is a developer living and working in Corvallis, OR, and running P51 Labs. With over 10 years of experience programming in dozens of languages, the web is his true passion. Kevin’s focus has always been on how to use the web in new and interesting ways, to really push the boundaries. His current passion is working on Piklist.
Kimanzi T. Constable
Kimanzi T. Constable is the author of two books. He is a life coach, and speaker: speaking at events all over the United States. His mission is to help people not settle in life but use all that’s available to them to pursue their dreams.
Krista is an independent web consultant and affiliate marketer who assists startups, small businesses and individuals by using WordPress to create custom solutions that enhance their professional image. When not working on projects she is usually infecting someone with her love of WP.
Building and extending frameworks in many computer (and natural) languages for over 20 years, 10up’s Luke Gedeon is a language geek. In addition to working on TechCrunch and several other high traffic sites, he is also an organizer of the Providence RI WordPress Meetup.
I’m a historian, educational technologist, and all-around mensch. By day I push faculty, staff, and students on our campus and others to think critically and creatively about the integration of technology into their work. WordPress is a key tool in my work.
Mary Beth Coudal, a journalist and a performer, has five WordPress blogs. As a stand up comic, she’s performed at Caroline’s and Stand Up New York. As a writer, she’s been published at Salon.com, the New York Times, Self, and others. She’s the staff writer for a faith-based women’s group. She enjoys the social aspect of social media.
Marko Heijnen is a WordPress and mobile developer and founder of WP Rockstars. He has been working with WordPress since 2006. Since 2009 he started contributing to core. He now works on innovative projects, services and plugins.
Mason makes people happy with their WordPress experience. If you’re having problems with WordPress and it’s making you feel down, Mason will make things better for you. He currently runs one of the largest commercial WordPress support teams on the planet, at WPMU DEV. As a private consultant, he project manages custom development from inception to completion, including everything from small business and corporate websites, to thriving BuddyPress communities, to custom web apps, and large-scale Multisite networks.
As a communications officer, consultant, and educator, Matthew is dedicated to improving organizational and community development through his expertise in web & multimedia production. He has provided web content solutions for a number of corporations, non-profit groups, and educational institutions including The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Princeton University. At TCNJ, Matthew specializes in web communications and administers WordPress Multisite. He is also an instructor at the College and offers courses on the history of diversity in New York City and the United States.
Max Cutler is a student developer from Philadelphia. He is a WordPress core contributor working on the XML-RPC API component, and has consulted on numerous projects integrating WordPress with external systems and other CMSs. He is also a core developer on the official WordPress for Windows Phone mobile app.
Meeky Hwang is a member of NorthPoint Solutions, which has been at the forefront of delivering some of the highest traffic content-managed sites. She has been involved in development of WordPress implementation for clients such as Time Inc., Hearst and Shaw Media, and to support large spikes in traffic coming from show events like the Autoshows.
Mel Choyce is a web designer, geek, and craft beer enthusiast living in Western Massachusetts. She works for CommunicateHealth, a communication firm specializing in user-centered design. Mel also co-coordinates both the Western MA WordPress Meetups, and Valley Summit, the Pioneer Valley’s annual conference for web professionals.
Melissa is a top-notch problem solver, dedicated to helping clients with their web technology challenges. After 15+ years experience in applications development, content management, and marketing/communications projects, in 2010 Melissa launched Panoptic Online Marketing, a full-service Internet marketing agency providing integrated solutions for small businesses seeking to leverage their online presence through SEO, SEM, paid search advertising, email, social media and SMS (text message) marketing. She is also a founding member of the Tadpole Collective, which provides expert WordPress hosting and support.
I’m a Self and School taught Software Engineer working at Gap Intelligence with a Bachelors in Computer Science from National University and served as a Marine for 8 years. WordPress is not my day job but it is my passion, most of my focus is on backend server development and optimization. I also run a large Advanced WordPress Facebook and Meetup.com Group that gets together once a month both in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Michael C. Clark
Michael C. Clark is the Creative Director for MC3 Studios in New York City. He has over 15 years experience as a technical consultant and corporate trainer. He loves WordPress and selling WordPress to non-believers. Michael holds a BA in Communications from William Paterson University. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Nicole and daughters Shelby and London and son David.
Minnesota-bred Michael Gyura is a co-founder of Poka Yoke Design, a multi-media design agency, and Worship Times, an organization that helps ministries with online tools (utilizing the amazing WordPress Multisite). He currently resides in Princeton, NJ with his wife and two sons.
Mike is Director of Developer at WebDevStudios, and he’s been coding for the web since the days of the Mosaic web browser and HTML 1.0. His 18 years in web application development range from academic experience at Georgetown, Stanford, and Penn, to dot com experience at Ask Jeeves and E*Trade. Prior to joining WebDevStudios he was the Director of the Web Applications Team at Penn’s School of Medicine. Mike is the author of several free WordPress plugins, he’s spoken at WordCamps in Philadelphia and Nashville, as well as the Wharton Web Conference, and has written for PHP Architect magazine.
My name is Mitch Canter, and I help people tell stories online. I do WordPress development, web design, and whatever else it takes to make sure you can tell your story online effectively.
Mo wrangles code and VIPs at WordPress.com / Automattic. Mo enjoys ice cream and other sugary things.
A former tech consultant and owner of a consulting practice, Neil manages the technical side of nRelate while also bringing the business to the next level. With monthly impressions of well over 400 Million and three plugins released, Neil is constantly working to ensure that nRelate continues to push the technological envelope and deliver high quality results-driven software.
Peter Hamilton is a former CBS executive, and for 25+ years a senior consultant to Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC, Smithsonian, NBC, Weather Channel and other industry leaders.
Reess Kennedy is a developer working at the intersection of television programming and the Web. He builds, alongside a team of designers and developers, video-centric websites for media companies and often turns to WordPress as the backbone for these projects. In addition to managing and working with the team at Dijad, he currently serves as the Director of Digital Media for CABLEready Corporation, the leading U.S. television distribution company and as a Partner for sister company CableU.tv, a subscription based website that publishes insights and trends for television industry professionals. He is an avid runner and really enjoys writing the English language and meeting and speaking with real live people as well as writing code and talking to machines.
Rindy Portfolio is a front-end web developer and writer specializing in the creation and maintenance of WordPress sites. He has been using WordPress since 2005 and is a regular at the WordPress NYC MeetUp. By day he works in the tech department of a market research firm, and by night he runs the boutique web development firm Crosscut Software. He is also a founding member of the Tadpole Collective, which provides expert WordPress hosting and support.
Ro is responsible for partner development and platform relationships at Disqus.
Prior to Disqus, Ro held various roles with Disney, Tribune Interactive, TechnoServe, ABC News Digital, Marakon Associates and Live365. Ro lives in New York but roots Philly.
By day, I’m a graphic designer for a New York City based investing startup, Betterment. I’m tasked with creating a brand that is clean, simple, and beautiful (everything your average financial institution is not!). By night, I write for my own site, curate all things geek, and design cool stuff. I’m inspired by awesome typography, gorgeous illustrations, and kick ass tattoos.
Scott C. Taylor
Scott is the lead PHP developer at eMusic. He lives in New York City, plays lead guitar in Goodbye Picasso, and loves gourmet Mexican food
For the past 5 years as a passionate blogger, Shauna Graham helps open the world to other small startups, products, and bloggers by putting their ideas on the web using WordPress. Currently, she revamps, upgrades, and produces persons, places, things, and ideas digitally as well as advise, using creative UX strategies with her boutique new media team.
I’m a WordPress documentation specialist, writer and blogger. I run Words for WP, where we specialize in producing content, documentation and screencasts for WordPress businesses. You can find my regular blog posts on Smashing Magazine.
Sonja Leix is a front-end web designer and developer at GreenDiablo.com and a UX designer at CBS Local. She has a strong background in design and has been working with WordPress for over 3 years. Sonja spoke at the WordPress NYC Meetup about Responsive Design.
Steve Bruner is the CEO of SlipFire LLC, a New York City based WordPress development studio, and a partner in Piklist, a powerful web application builder. His first taste of HTML was over 14 years ago when he built his first “website” and used Mosaic to create in-store kiosks. Years later, he discovered and embraced open-source technologies, and has been a strong proponent of WordPress ever since. When he’s not working with clients, Steve runs the WordPress NYC Meetup.
I’m a designer and my passion is communities, users and creating designs with a human touch. I love creating interfaces that engage and encourage users. I use WordPress and BuddyPress as my tools. You can say hi to me on Twitter at @karmatosed.
Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2007. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, eats sushi, chases her 5 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.