Aaron has over fifteen years of web development experience. He has been a regular contributor to WordPress for the last eight years, and even co-lead the WordPress 3.6 release. He’s committed to writing quality code that is both fast and scalable, and has a knack for translating ideas and goals into functional sites. Aaron has worked with clients ranging from small local businesses to Google, Yahoo, Disney, and Harvard. 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, attending or hosting beer tastings, and reading sci-fi/fantasy books.
Adam Culp (@AdamCulp) author of “Refactoring 101” and consultant at Zend Technologies is passionate about developing with PHP and contributes to many open source projects. He organizes the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, refactor efficiently, and incorporate unit and functional testing into their projects. He is a Zend Certified PHP 5.3 Engineer, and holds a seat on the Zend Framework Certification Advisory Board. When he is not coding or contributing to various developer communities, he can be found hiking around the United States National Parks, teaching judo, or long(ultra) distance running.
Adam Soucie is a WordPress-focused developer at Orlando creative agency Highforge. He is a member of the WordPress Orlando organizing committee where he helps wrangle both monthly Meetups and WordCamp Orlando. You can find more of Adam’s musings on WordPress at adamsoucie.com.
I started out as a volunteer in the WordPress.org forums, and now work for Copyblogger Media in customer support for all products. I like to learn and I like to help people. Often changing my hair color, I make quilts and entertain my three grandkids in my spare time.
Becky is an independent front-end developer specializing in custom WordPress themes and project management. She is Chicago native and is very active in the WordPress community there, including helping with WordCamp Chicago and running one of its most active meetups. http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-WordPress-Meetup/ Becky loves training and teaching WordPress as well as gardening, movies and biking. She is especially fond of bars with couches and good whiskey.
Chase Livingston is from Greenville, SC and is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and loves everything customer-support related. He’s heavily involved with Support Ops and is a guest on their weekly hangout. When he’s not making customers happy you can probably find him with his wife, their adorable dog Abbey, or maybe even behind a sound board.
Core team at Easy Digital Downloads. Also a student at UF. I specialize in WordPress eCommerce. My code runs over a million online stores.
Chris Lema is the CTO and Chief Strategist at Crowd Favorite. He’s also a daily blogger, a public speaker, and product strategist. He helps companies leverage WordPress, and helps WordPress companies find leverage.
For twenty years Chris has developed and managed high performing engineers to build software products – particularly SaaS products in a variety of B2B vertical markets. He’s also spent the last ten years coaching startups on product development & marketing strategies.
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.
Cory is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time web entrepreneur. In January 2008, he founded iThemes in his home, fulfilling a lifelong dream of running his own company. Now iThemes has grown to over 20+ team members, hundreds of products and thousands of customers worldwide.
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.
Hi my name is Darcy. In 2011, after a decade in corporate America, I followed my entrepreneur spirit and started my own company, Propel Marketing & Design, Inc. (in Boynton Beach, Florida), with the simple vision to help small businesses and entrepreneurs propel their companies forward. As a result, I have had the opportunity to work on many different aspects of projects, from strategy, managing and planning, to creative execution.
David is a full-time freelancer developer living in South Florida. He’s a WordPress developer and specializes in BuddyPress sites/applications along with stand-alone PHP work. Also a speaker, meetup organizer, conference organizer, and father of three.
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. This past year I joined Range as a “Code Ranger” where I’ve been doing theme and plugin development.
Free time is spent with my family, playing games, reading, or working on yet another side project.
A ten-plus year veteran of the IT industry (please don’t hold it against him!) and Linux expert by trade, Doug has been using WordPress since its 1.0 days and has been surreptitiously converting internal websites and coworkers alike over to it for almost as long.
Hristo is a WordPress enthusiast who’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO and developed his own WordPress SEO plugin. 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.
“Ibis is an out-of-the-box thinker with more than two decades of software development experience, with an emphasis in eCommerce and web development. Her work experience includes extensive work in web development, user interface, eCommerce user experience and conversion optimization, product configurators, web optimization, web integrations, payment integrations, mobile websites, internationalization, and database design and optimization. As a Miami native and someone that has worked for many of South Florida’s major technology companies, Ibis is passionate about putting Miami on the map in terms of technology, and seeing her city becoming a major tech hub.
As the Miami Chapter Leader for the nationwide non-profit, Girl Develop It, Ibis volunteers her time to inspire women to see the greatness within them and mentor them as they start a career or transition into a career in computer science. She is most determined to make a difference in the lives of women in Miami, lead a movement to grow the numbers of local women in IT, and play an active role in increasing the Miami software development workforce. “
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 16 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.
Independent developer. Loves WordPress, web development, technology, business, and marketing.
Also: husband, Texan, Aggie, and dachshund owner.
Jason is co-author of Building Web Apps with WordPress and Lead Developer of Paid Memberships Pro, the 100% open source membership plugin for WordPress. He has been pushing WordPress to its limits for many years and is an advocate for using WordPress as an application framework to build web sites and apps that go above and beyond the typical blog of CMS site. Jason works out of his home in Reading, Pennsylvania where he lives with his business partner and wife Kimberly Coleman and their two small children.
Jason Nickerson is a long time Open Source developer. He is the co-founder of Monev Software, a development company focused on Joomla and WordPress. Jason is also the CEO of JoomlaXTC, one of the leading Joomla Template and Extension clubs. His love for coding and online endeavors started way back in the early 80’s with dial up modems and bulletin board systems. Jason has mastered some of the top CMS platforms, from PHP-Nuke in the early 2000’s to WordPress and Joomla over the past 8 years.
The organizer for the Tampa Bay Joomla User Group and a contributor to several other open source groups, Jason is a major promoter of Open Source Content Management Systems
Jason has built hundreds of websites using Open Source CMS’s, including developing the Green Party Presidential Campaign site in 2008. He now spends his time preaching the gospel of Open Source and creating new resources for web developers.
Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Juicy Results, the Internet marketing agency for the Fortune Five Million. In the last decade Jeremy has helped craft and implement online marketing strategies for countless companies, ranging in size from the smallest of businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Today, he works closely with sales teams to generate ready-to-buy leads using an array of Internet marketing strategies.
He writes and speaks regularly on how businesses can best take advantage of the web on the Juicy Results blog and created The Bootstrapper’s Guide to SEO.
Jesse Petersen is a theme and plugin developer and the founder of Petersen Media Group, an exclusive Genesis framework agency in Tampa, FL. He is the face of the Genesis framework at the e-learning site, Treehouse, with two courses released and one in production. Since 2010 when Genesis was released, Jesse has been on the StudioPress Recommended Developer List. Jesse is a veteran WordCamp speaker of several business topics and is launching a Genesis theme shop called Genesis The.me. He and his wife have been the foster parents of 22 (and counting) children since 2012 and live a very crazy life as a result.
John James Jacoby
Project lead for BuddyPress and bbPress. WordPress contributor, BackPress supporter. Cranky driver. Puppy whisperer. Naps required. Currently the Director of Web Engineering at 10up.
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.
Joseph has been designing and developing websites for over eight years, specializing in UX and UI for both front-end and back-end users. Working with major brands and companies such as Alamo, Dell, DHL, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Intuit, Kabaam and Norwegian Cruise Line – he has developed many different websites ranging from Landing Pages, to Microsites and Single Page Web Apps. Twitter: @joedajigalo
Josh is the owner of and a developer for CalderaWP where he sells WordPress plugins. He is also the community manager and contributing developer for Pods, a free WordPress development framework.
He is also a WordPress core contributor and has written for Torque, Smashing Magazine, Tuts+,and WPBeginner.
Justin Sainton is the founder of Zao, an agency based near Portland, Oregon. As a core contributor to WordPress and lead developer for the WP eCommerce project, Justin believes passionately in the philosophy of open source software. Working exclusively with WordPress and an array of other open-source technologies, Justin and Zao have provided creative and effective solutions for a wide variety of companies and associations ranging from Amazon to PayPal to Pitney Bowes. When not building the Zao empire or spending time with his beautiful wife and three incredible kids, Justin can be found enjoying the best espresso in Portland.
Karim is the CEO of Crowd Favorite, a VeloMedia Group company, which delivers enterprise-level professional services to clients like Disney, National Geographic, Lexus and DirecTV. With offices across the US and Europe, it’s uniquely positioned to deliver large-scale client projects. We focus on both WordPress and WordPress integration projects.
Lisa Melegari was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida before moving to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where she majored in Digital Media and Interactive Entertainment. Her studies landed her in a career in web content development and social media management at We Do Web Content, Inc. based in Plantation, Florida. During college, Lisa became friends with fellow Internet enthusiast, David Laietta, who would go on to introduce her to the wonderful world of WordPress. Lisa is now a co-organizer of the WordPress Orlando meetup group and the Happiness Coordinator for WordCamp Orlando for three years running. Her passion is for web content development and promotion with a side of SEO and in past years she has spoken at WordCamp Orlando and Tampa. She currently lives in Deltona, Florida, helping her father take care of their combined 10 cats (only 4 are technically all hers). When she’s not content-ing or WordPress-ing, she’s cooking, playing video games with David, getting sushi with friends, or meeting with the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed fraternity as an advisor of the UCF chapter.
Marc Benzakein has been working online since the mid 90s, starting as a Network Administrator for a small, independent ISP in Southern California and has been involved in almost all aspects of technology. In 2009, he started developing in WordPress, first for his own purposes and then for clients. In early 2013, he got involved with ServerPress, LLC, makers of DesktopServer, a local development tool created for WordPress designers and developers.
Marc lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Jessica and two children, Eli (8) and Brenna (4).
Mark Jaquith has been working with and contributing to WordPress since 2004. He is one of the lead developers of the WordPress core and offers freelance WordPress consulting services through Covered Web Services with a focus on scaling, security, and custom functionality. Mark likes patches that have more red than green, and his favorite WordPress features are the ones that you’re not even aware of. He eagerly looks forward to shooting down your feature suggestions with, “No, but it would make a great plugin!”
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. She is also the head geek at Can’t Speak Geek. 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.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen built his first website in 1997 and has used the web to further communication between people ever since. He’s a staff author at lynda.com where he has published 50+ courses on WordPress and front-end development and also teaches web design and development at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
In his spare time he co-organizes the Vancouver WordPress Meetup Group, contributes to WordPress core, and wears out his shoes on a ballroom dance floor.
Nakeesha Charles, originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, is a 21st-century American writer. Her fascination with reading since her youth was the foundation for her love of writing. She was a writer for school publications, print and digital, in high school and college. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Journalism in 2004. She has resided in the South Florida area since 2005.
Nakeesha has written how to articles, operation manuals, insurance policies, poems, songs, essays, blog post, features, biographies, reviews, recipes, short stories, white papers and more. She has self published on the web via cNakeesha.com since 2009.
The talk she will give for WordCamp Miami entitled “Writing for the Web” will focus on web post, email and marketing content writing.
Dr Nancy Richmond is a professor and leading speaker in social media, personal branding and marketing. Her passion is to empower and train leaders in effectively leveraging social media for their careers and business. She teaches classes for the “Social Media Certificate” and “Social Media Minor” for the College of Business at Florida International University.
Dr. Richmond offers keynote speeches, training sessions, presentations and consulting. She has helped thousands of individuals and companies in the areas of social media and leadership development. Dr. Nancy Richmond has worked with leading universities including MIT, Harvard University, Florida International University and Northeastern University. She has served as a speaker and consultant for Campbell Soup Company, NBC 6/Telemundo, National Career Development Association and National Association of Colleges and Employers. Nancy has been called on for her expertise in social media by corporations, business owners, non-profit organizations, human resource professionals, marketing experts, sales teams and educators.
Dr. Richmond has a passion for technology and social media with over 22,000+ followers on Twitter, 3,000+ connections on LinkedIn and 3,500+ followers on Instagram. Nancy’s most recent project #LeadersGetSocial explores how leaders can use social media to succeed in their careers and organizations.
WordPress developer/contributor working on cool WordPress plugins.
I can be found on Twitter @TechVoltz.
Pascal Depuhl was born in Tampa, FL and is the Chief Visual Content Creator at Photography by Depuhl based in Miami. He produces mind changing photography and cinematography for his clients. You can watch him give a TEDx talk about the art of changing minds. Pascal writes a blog about his adventures as a photographer, filmmaker and marketer. He also teaches photographers how to transition from still photography into shooting video. You can see his work at www.depuhl.com.
A co-organizer of WordPress Lancaster / WordCamp Lancaster, Rami also attends and speaks at a variety of WordCamps, other tech conferences, and meetups. In his remaining time, Rami practices and writes music for a variety of small electronic music labels. He’s pretty great at Legos, and likes to take his time assembling even the smallest Lego creation.
I was born and raised in San Francisco. I traveled down to Los Angeles for college, and never really left. Even though I left college in marketing and did 6 years as a lead SEO and Internet Marketing guy, I was always a passionate developer. I became a full time developer and have a lot of experience as both a full time consultant, working at an agency, and working at a corporate type office. I currently work at Disney Corporate in Burbank, California doing WordPress and other development.
Ryan Fugate is a BuddyPress enthusiast and mobile WordPress fanatic. Previously working in social media marketing using WordPress as a secret weapon where Ryan built sites for many major brands. His current status: BuddyPress trac and forums, creating fun plugins, WordPress as a mobile framework and coffee. When he’s not breaking WordPress he rides his Vespa around Los Angeles and frequently indulges in churro consumption at Disneyland.
Sarrah Vesselov hails from Tampa, FL. She is the Creative Director for NRS and freelances in the areas of web design, PPC Marketing, SEO, and media project management. She teaches classes in WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, and internet marketing at several Tampa colleges. Sarrah has served as Mentoring Lead for SIGGRAPH, Production coordinator for Evolve CG, and is currently the Director for the Women Who Code Tampa chapter. She holds a B.F.A in Computer Animation, a M.B.A in Marketing and has just completed a Front End Engineering program.
Shanta R. Nathwani is a Web Design and Information Architecture Consultant as well as an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few. She is from Toronto, Ontario, but now lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Shawn is a partner at Fivesense Technologies in Ottawa, Canada. A lifelong computer geek, Shawn 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. This is the 6th city in which he has attended a WordCamp, and his 3rd as a speaker. Outside of the office, Shawn can be found on the ski hills, at a campground, or occasionally packing a dance floor as a DJ.
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.
I’m 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 love in Florida. I can confirm that it’s definitely sunnier here than where I came from”. Steve is the CEO of OSTraining. He wrote the best-selling Drupal and Joomla books and is working on a WordPress edition.
Syed Balkhi is an award winning entrepreneur and CEO of Awesome Motive Inc, the parent company of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site), List25, OptinMonster, Soliloquy, EnviraGallery, ThemeLab, and several more. His sites have millions of subscribers and quarter billion video views. Syed’s work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Fox Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired Magazine, and countless other well-reputed online magazines.
Sze Liu is the CEO and Founder of 852 Creative Marketing & Design. Originally from Hong Kong, Sze has always loved branding, marketing and technology and has been involved in the field throughout her career. She has managed online and offline marketing for start-ups and major corporations (Manpower, Inc. and Ryder System, Inc.). She also has experience in global business development, including projects based in China.
Sze has lived in South Florida for more than 20 years and holds a B.S. in marketing and international business from Florida Atlantic University, as well as an MBA from University of Miami. As co-founder of Wiredin Women, she also helps support a community of women who wish to learn, share ideas and become successful in online business.
Taylor Lovett is the Director of Engineering at 10up, one of the biggest WordPress centric agencies in the world. Having been involved with WordPress since 2007, he has contributed to WordPress core, authored popular plugins (downloaded hundreds of thousands of times), ND spoken at many conferences across multiple continents. He is a lover of all things open-source. Other than developing web applications, Taylor is a lover of music. He enjoys listening to blues and jazz music as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Tim loves WordPress and enjoys leveraging it to meet businesses needs. He leads the Customer Community Team at InMotion Hosting where they write content and act as subject matter experts for software like WordPress.
He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves the crisp mountain air of the Virginia mountains. When he’s not tinkering with WordPress he spends his time on adventures with his wife Lisa, three daughters Autumn, Stella, and Petra.
Topher is a husband and father from Grand Rapids MI. He’s been a WordPress developer for 5 years, and general web developer for 20 years. Topher has been a long-time supporter of WordCamp Miami and we’re glad to have him down to speak for the first time at our humble conference.