Speakers

Adam Silver

Adam Silver owns and operates Silver Lining Productions & Photography based in Redondo Beach. He works as a Website Developer, Photographer, Video Producer/Editor.  He runs the SouthBay WordPress Meetup and is feverishly working to launch his latest project to help share in the WordPress Community – that project is called KitchenSinkWP.com

Bryan Villarin

I began using WordPress in 2004, excited to manage my sites without having to code each page by hand. I’m now a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com and other fine products and services.

In my free time, I maintain my chops in card magic, take photos, and spend time with my lovely wife and cats. You can see my blog and photos at All Narfed Up, and my Twitter name is @bryan.

Chris Lema

Chris Lema is the VP of Software Engineering at Emphasys Software, where he manages high performers and oversees product development and innovation. He’s also a blogger, ebook author and runs a WordPress meetup in North County San Diego. His coaching focuses on helping WordPress businesses, or businesses wanting to leverage WordPress.

Cody Landefeld

My name is Cody Landefeld and my passion is helping organizations solve problems creatively. I am a user experience problem solver by nature and have over 10 years of experience in the creative field. I currently lead the team at codyL where we are privileged to work with some amazing clients.

Dan Pastori

I love developing web and mobile applications and believe the whole development process is an art.  Being able to bring ideas to life through keystrokes and text documents is amazing.  I love networking with other passionate web developers and hearing different approaches to development. If I’m not behind my computer, I can be found drinking a cup of coffee, playing tennis, hanging out at the beach or longboarding.

Gene Hammett

Gene Hammett is fiercely committed to working with web designers and developers to expand the size, scope and billings of their projects (in weeks, not months).  As the managing director of Core Elevation, Inc., Gene helps them transform from broke, busted and disgusted to thriving, growing, and loving every project they touch.

Gene’s journey to find his own niche took him from engineering school and Big 6 consulting firms to 7-figure success as an entrepreneur. Which is why you can trust him to achieve big results with your company.

Working with Gene, web designers and developers end the stagnant and tiring cycle of overworking and under-earning by implementing strategies to up-level their profits and visibility more quickly and easily than they ever could on their own.

Greg Douglas

Greg Douglas is the Principal at Premium Interactive based in Los Angeles, CA. Greg has been designing with WordPress exclusively for the last 3 years, with a focus on creating inspired visual and technical solutions for businesses, large and small. Seeking to strike a balance between modern and classic vision, Greg has crafted his own unique approach to WordPress design so each project not only executes the expectations of the client, but gives richness to the experience of the target audience.

Janine Warner

Janine Warner’s best-selling books and videos about the Internet have won her an international following and earned her speaking and consulting engagements around the world. She is the creator of DigitalFamily.com, a full-service interactive design and training agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, and internet marketing services.

Janine is the author of 25+ books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies,Mobile Web Design For Dummies, and every edition of Dreamweaver For Dummies. She’s also created more than 100 hours of training videos on WordPress, content strategy, web design, and social media for creativeLIVE.com, Lynda.com, and KelbyTraining. Learn more about Janine at http://JCWarner.com.

Jason Cosper

Jason Cosper is the resident WordPress nerd and senior technology advisor at WP Engine. He’s been tirelessly tweaking and debugging his xorg.conf file since installing Slackware in 1996. Which is weird since he switched to MacOS well over 10 years ago…

Jason has been building sites with WordPress since 2004. In his spare time, Cosper enjoys spending time with his wife and very tiny dog, grilling meats, sampling assorted craft beers and brewing coffee.

Jason Tucker

I’m Jason Tucker, a web developer and owner of Tucker.Pro, a web dev shop in Whittier, CA. I’ve been using WordPress in some capacity for the last 9 years and love working with it. I enjoy combining my love for WordPress, social media and live streaming to bring my clients an all encompassing experience for their customers.

I’m a member of the OCWP meetup in Orange County, California where I provide live streaming solutions for folks unable to make our meetups. I blog about utilizing audio and video in and with WordPress at WPMedia.Pro, I’m also the host of WPwatercooler.com a weekly WordPress webshow onYouTube and podcast on iTunes.

Jeffrey Zinn

Jeffrey Zinn has been a web designer since 1996. In 2004 he co-founded Pixel Jar, a WordPress development firm based in Orange County, California. He is a lead developer of the AdSanity WordPress ad management plugin. He also co-organizes WordCamp Orange County, and regularly attends and presents at is local WordPress Meetup. When not working on WordPress, Jeff enjoys surfing, hiking, traveling, tabletop games, and coffee.

Jim Krenz

Jim is a sleight-of-hand magician, Macintosh maven, avid gamer and a WordPress wizard. He jacked into cyberspace with a 300 baud modem, calling up BBS’s when virtually no one was online. He has been passionate about websites throughout his life, and he rapidly recognized that WordPress was the CMS to publish with. He now designs and develops custom websites with the Dynamik Website Builder at UberQuality.com.

John Giaconia

John Giaconia is a digital media technical architect and senior manager for The Walt Disney Company. He has spent the last decade working as a developer, consultant, and architect for several Fortune 500 companies across the cable/communications MSO, utilities, entertainment and financial sectors. John has attended various WordPress meet ups and WordCamp OC; this will be his first time presenting at WordCamp. In his spare time, John is an avid Joss Whedon, Apple and Disney fan and can often be found riding Star Tours.

Kara Hansen

Kara Hansen has worked at Fortune 100 companies for the past 10 years in roles spanning content, data, search and digital media. Her current team, a digital media agency within The Walt Disney Company, has invested in WordPress as the platform of choice to quickly launch new sites for a customers who bring a wide range of requirements and challenges.

Karim Marucchi

Founder and CEO of VeloMedia, Karim is shepherding this micro-multinational consortium of vertical brands, building a team of leading developers customizing WordPress as an enterprise-level framework for fast and cost-effective development cycles. VeloMedia teams with advertising agencies, full-service PR firms and their clients, as well as internal marketing and IT departments to provide some of the web’s most dynamic WordPress solutions.

Konstantin Obenland

I’m a WordPress developer and core contributor since WordPress 3.4. After helping out with Twenty Twelve, I was the backup lead and theme dev for Twenty Thirteen, the current default theme. I’m a beer aficionado and love good food – it is not coincidence that those two blogs are my most active – and I also keep track of the conferences I visit.

Marty Thornley

Marty is the owner and lead developer at Photography BlogSites, which offers hosted and managed sites for photographers and creative professionals. He has spoken at past WordCamps and local meetups, has developed custom plugins and themes, and contributes to core when he can.

Matt Cromwell

Matt is the “Solutions Manager” at FooPlugins.com. Matt has been building websites for 10 years, tweaking and hacking at WordPress for 3 years, and generally being helpful since birth. Follow him at mattcromwell.com

 

Mike Schroder

Mike Schroder, known as Shredder to most of his colleagues, is a cross-cultural kid, coffee-drinking sailor, and lover of Open Source. He currently works at DreamHost, contributing to the WordPress core and community projects including WP-CLI. You can find him blogging on various geeky things at http://www.getsource.net

Nathan Tyler

Nathan Tyler is the Principal and Lead Developer at Tyler Digital. He’s focused on building sites, products, and web applications on the WordPress (and often BuddyPress) platform. If he’s not at the computer, he can often be found playing soccer or recovering from related injuries.

Paul Clark

Paul serves as the co-founder and “Left Brain” at Brainstorm Media, a distributed team of designers, developers, and teachers. Together, they are in the business of changing the world using WordPress.

Paul has been working with WordPress for 7 years and is a Core Contributor to 3.5 and 3.6. He is proud to have created intelligent, intuitive solutions for great clients including The Wall Street Journal, Iomega, and the California Attorney General.

Sarah Wefald

I’m a front-end web developer and digital marketing specialist. I’ve been using WordPress since 2007, and I make WordPress websites for musicians and other creatives. When not working with Photoshop and lines of code, I can be found co-facilitating the OC WordPress Web Designer meetup group, playing music with friends, and constantly learning things to make my websites more awesome.

Scott Bolinger

I’m a front end WordPress developer and co-founder of a theme shop called Press Coders.  I have a passion for responsive/mobile design and development, find me on twitter at @scottbolinger.

Sé Reed

Sé Reed is a web developer, speaker, small business advocate and Internet geek. She specializes in web development (mostly via WordPress), content development, and business development and has worked with companies in a variety of industries, including media, the arts, non-profits, construction, technology, and retail. In addition to her web development company, Sé Reed Media, Reed serves a specialty business adviser at the Small Business Development Center Los Angeles Regional Network, where she helps small business owners develop their web and marketing strategies through one-on-one consulting and monthly workshops. She is also a regular on the weekly webcast WPwatercooler and sings harmonies and plays percussion in a folk band.

Steve Zehngut

Steve founded Zeek Interactive in 1995 and he has been the creative technologist behind the Huntington Beach based company since its inception. Under his direction, Zeek has grown from an apartment bedroom to one of Southern California’s leading development and consulting shops.

Steve is the organizer of the OC WordPress Meetup and has helped build the community to over 850 members. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has taught interactive courses at UC Irvine, USC, the American Film Institute, and Cal State Long Beach. Steve has a BA in Film from Cal State Northridge.

Suzette Franck

Suzette Franck is the WordPress Evangelist at (mt) Media Temple, where she educates and advocates for WordPress and the WordPress Community. She typically attends 2-3 WordPress Meetups a week, and has spoken at 8 WordCamps this year: Phoenix, San Diego, Miami, and Reno, Orange County, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, and will be speaking in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She blogs at suzettefranck.com about WordPress and is a regular contributor on WPWatercooler.com. She hosted DradCast Episode 17. She enjoys teaching about the wonders of WordPress and finding better ways to do things with it. She loves learning about web development and digging into code, which she has been doing for almost 20 years. She discovered WordPress 5 years ago and has used it to create over 200 websites with a variety of designs and requirements, mostly with hand-coded custom themes, and is showing no signs of stopping.

Wes Chyrchel

Wes Chyrchel has been building websites for 16+ years. He has worked with WordPress since 2006 and exclusively, since 2008. He is passionate about creating great personal customer experiences for clients. Now as Director of Client Services at VeloMedia, Wes focuses on the process of production, insuring that every client gets the attention they deserve and the detail they expect.

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