Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner and List25 an extremely popular entertainment site with over 1.2 million subscribers and 190 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in NYTimes, HuffingtonPost, Yahoo Small Business, Wired, Mashable, and countless other well-reputed online magazines.
Matt Medeiros is the creator of ConductorPlugin.com which helps WordPress users build powerful sites without code. He is the founder of WPMentor.org, a website dedicated to helping WordPress people find mentorships. Matt hosts the popular podcast Matt Report, which aims to help new WordPress freelancers and agencies grow their business.
Derek has worked with a vast array of clients as an independent freelance developer for over four years. In January he met the bearded madmen of Parka, the company behind BruteProtect, at a WordPress Meetup in southern Maine. Just weeks later he found himself working with them on BruteProtect while also doing large-scale client work. During this time, he has learned one thing above all: Client work is not easy.
Sam was the creator of BruteProtect, a WordPress security plugin acquired by Automattic in August 2014. He now works on the Jetpack team at Automattic, with the goal of bringing killer features and functionality to WordPress blogs everywhere.
Sam travels with his wife, Becky (and, quite often, their dogs, Barkley, Izzy, and Stanley) to WordCamps around the world. He presents on topics ranging from security to building web apps to building and managing large blog networks.
John James Jacoby
BuddyPress, bbPress, BackPress; founder of Flox & Unpressable; friend to Automattic, 10up, & Puppies
Personal site: http://danielsantoro.com
Twitter Machine: @Danny_Santoro
Chris Van Patten
As founder and creative director of Van Patten Media, Chris Van Patten has helped build websites for small businesses, tech news publications, Broadway performers, and many others. He’s also the founder of BlastOff (blastoffapp.com), a WordPress email marketing plugin. Chris regularly speaks at WordPress meetups and WordCamps (including Buffalo, Toronto, Boston, and Philly), writes at vanpattenmedia.com andchrisvanpatten.com, and podcasts at Not a Real Job (notarealjob.com).
Tom Shapiro is Founder and CEO of Digital Marketing NOW, a strategy, design and marketing agency in Cambridge, MA. Services include WordPress website design & development, marketing strategy, branding, SEO, paid search, conversion optimization, PR and display advertising. Prior to Digital Marketing NOW, Tom was Director of Digital Strategy at iProspect, twice named the national “Leader” in Search by Forrester Research while Tom was at the company. Through the years, Tom has developed digital strategies for various market leaders, such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Kraft Foods and P&G. Tom’s insights on websites, UX and marketing have been published in CMO.com, CNN.com, iMedia Connection, MarketingProfs, MediaPost, Search Marketing Standard, Website Magazine and others.
Taylor is the Director of Engineering at 10up. Having been involved
with WordPress since 2007, he has contributed to core, authored
popular plugins, spoken at many conferences in the United States and Canada, and most recently been a part of the WP API team. He is a lover of all things open-source. Other than developing web
applications, Taylor has a deep appreciation for music. He enjoys
listening to blues and jazz as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Cameron (@camworld) has been blogging since you were in grade school (well, some of you). He pioneered the blog format in the late 1990s and remembers an eager, bright-eyed young man named Ma.tt being excited to meet one of the “founding fathers of blogging” in 2003. He’s since designed and built web sites for presidential candidates, the U.S. Army, the World Economic Forum, Teach for America and is now leading the migration of 70+ web sites from a terrifically-bad, proprietary SaaS to WordPress Multisite for New Jersey’s largest public school district. He hails from Northern Michigan and currently lives in Northern NJ with his family. He is leading the charge for embracing “WordPress in Schools” and his goal is to eventually have all 14,000+ public school districts in this country using WordPress in some way.
RC Lations (@rclations) is a WordPress Project Manager at Hall Internet Marketing in Portland, ME. He spends most of his days working with clients to turn wish lists into functional, elegant websites tuned for performance. In his spare time, he contributes to WordPress Core, Scaffolding.io, and has a few plugins in development.
After an existential crisis and a stint working as an apprentice brewer Xiao realized he rather enjoyed working with bits as long as there was a purpose. He now wrangles data and optimizes search at Automattic in hopes of making the internet a better & more democratic place. He still enjoys brewing beer and attempts to run up mountains in his spare time.
Lydia Rogers is a WordPress website consultant with a background in radio broadcasting. She’s an Associated Press award winner who has worked in New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island at commercial and National Public radio stations. She is also an adjunct Professor in Mass Media: New and Traditional.
I work as a developer for Web Solutions out of Meriden, CT. When I’m not building websites or plugins, you can usually find me on the WordPress.org forums, playing hockey, kickball, or hanging out with my daughter.
Chris is the developer of iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) and has been working on WordPress security for over 5 years. Previously a captain for a small airline Chris’ interest in security began on his first day as an employed pilot, 9/11 and gradually evolved over the years to helping individuals and smaller organizations protect their websites from many of the common methods attackers use to compromise their victims. When not coding Chris loves to teach and has taught computer security for St. Edward’s University as well as other courses ranging from computers to aviation.
Chris will speak on “Securing WordPress the Right Way.”
Read his thoughts on Providence WordCamp.
Chris works for http://ithemes.com
Blogs at http://chriswiegman.com.
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