Alex Vasquez

Alex Vasquez is the Principal and Technical Director at DigiSavvy, a SoCal Digital Marketing Agency. He’s also organizer of the WordPress Pasadena Meetup Group and has been using WordPress since 2008 and has never met a Hendricks he could refuse…

Alicia St. Rose

Alicia St Rose began her adventure with WordPress when a UX friend offhandedly suggested using the CMS for a mutual friend’s website. That was nearly six years ago and the adventure has turned into a torrid love affair. Now she is a freelance developer, exclusively powered by WordPress, and has yet to find a limitation in this magical piece of software.

She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her boyfriend, Jon and her two rambunctious cats, Oscar and Milo.She divides her time between that seaside town and Black Rock City, Nevada.

Oh, and her favorite color is red.

Andrea Middleton

Andrea Middleton has managed WordCamp Central for three years now, and loves what WordCamps do for the WordPress community. A native of Portland, Oregon, she spends her free time blogging about wine and her amusing progeny.

Carrie Dils

WordPress maker. Genesis developer. Husband lover. Book reader. Dog petter. Jesus follower. I take myself seriously. Very seriously.

Chris Ford

Chris is a brand, user experience and design strategist. She specializes in helping WordPress startups convert customers into passionate advocates by telling their unique story.

Chris Lema

Chris Lema blogs daily (at http://chrislema.com), helps companies leverage WordPress and helps WordPress companies find leverage. He’s been working with WordPress since v1.5 and has spoken at 20 WordCamps – the first being WCOC three years ago.

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.

Dave Jesch

Dave Jesch is the Principle and CTO of SpectrOMTech.com, an enterprise web application development company specializing in custom international and domestic eCommerce solutions. With 30+ years of software development experience working with many large companies such as Disney, IBM and Symantec, he bridges traditional architectural techniques with innovative creative strategies. As a full stack developer with a passion in object-oriented programming, he pushes WordPress to the limit.

Dave Winter

Dave Winter focuses exclusively in WordPress design and development (some have labelled him a fanatic) but has hands in many other projects, including photography and music. He’s never far from a computer… or an iPad (for testing purposes, of course). If you’ve been to a WordPress event in Southern California, he probably already knows who you are (or maybe not – he’s terrible with names). Dave currently teaches Engineering and Web Design courses at California State University, Long Beach alongside his project-based business at dauid.us (and his students think he’s pretty boss).

Eric W.

Eric is a full stack developer and part time designer. He’s currently employed as the lead software engineer for a real estate investment firm where he works with WordPress and AngularJS on a daily basis. In the past he has built over 150 custom WordPress themes while working as a freelancer.

Greg Douglas

Greg Douglas is the owner of Premium Interactive (premiuminteractive.com). A Hollywood-based website design firm specializing in custom WordPress website design. He has been a WordPress consultant since 2010 and is also the organizer of Hollywood WordPress (hollywoodwp.com).

Gregg Franklin

Gregg has been involved with the internet in various aspects since the mid-90s where he was a founder and vital player in the development and growth of an independent ISP in Southern California. During his tenure, he oversaw the design and development of the company website and its incorporation of their online billing system, integrating automation and efficiency for an easy, time-saving customer experience.

Since then, he has been involved in web development and has been using WordPress exclusively for many of those years. He has developed major sites for some of Southern California’s best marketing companies.

Since he started developing in WordPress, he has become a very active member of the WordPress Community. Always anxious to give something back, Gregg takes part in many Southern California meetups every month, as a both a presenter and active audience participant. Helping people is what drives Gregg and he feels that The WordPress Community is the perfect place to do that.

Gregg lives in Corona, California with his wife, Heidi (who, by the way, is an awesome real estate agent). In his free time, he can be found hanging out at his daughter’s house playing with his grandkids.

Jason Tucker

I’m a WordPress web developer that works for a non profit and love working with audio and video in my not so spare time. I’m host of WPwatercooler a YouTube webshow and audio podcast where we talk weekly with WordPress devs and designers about various topics. I got into WordPress and podcasting early on back when we had to hand code RSS feeds.

Jerrett Farmer

I make video games, websites, animations, and applications. Though I generally lead teams, I enjoy hands-on programming and creating art. I’m well known for my work ethic and enthusiasm.

I have been employed as a Producer, Project Manager, Software Architect, Programmer, 2D/3D Production Artist, Art Director, and Lead Technical Artist. I’ve worked for Image Comics: Top Cow, Activision, and FOX studios. I have worked on licensed properties for Marvel, Universal, and Warner Brothers studios.

He currently works at InMotion Hosting as a Web Developer Lead. (www.inmotionhosting.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 and presented at various WordPress meet ups and WordCamps. In his spare time, John is an avid Joss Whedon, Apple and Disney fan and can often be found riding Star Tours.

Jon Brown

WordPress lets me travel the world about half the year and live in Maui, Hawaii the rest. I have given up on trying to tell people that and not have it sound boastful.

I think my life is awesome, but that doesn’t mean it’s all been easy. While coding away in a hammock on a beach in Thailand sounds pretty ideal there is a lot that goes into making that a reality.

From wherever I happen to be I work for 9seeds building custom WordPress websites (writing code for themes and plugins).

At home I organize the Maui WordPress Meetup every month, if you’re going to be on Maui why not meet some locals and add a WordPress meetup to your vacation plans! Get in touch with me or find us on Meetup.com for more details. Find out more on the MauiWP P2 or Meetup.com

You can also visit my very rarely updated blog: WanderingJon.com

Joseph Herbrandson

After switching out of a sales career, I began working with WordPress websites and creating for small businesses and local professionals. I have been doing so for over 5 years now, specializing in secure websites since my very first customer came to me after having a security incident.

Now I work for Sucuri.net, an industry leader in website security and malware detection, removal and prevention. I work with customers everyday (many of them WordPress users) that have been hacked or infected, and work to re-mediate their security issue and implement a solution to prevent any further infection.

Konstantin Obenland

Konstantin is a WordPress developer, and core contributor since WordPress 3.4. After contributing to Twenty Twelve, he was the backup lead and theme developer for Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen, the most recent default themes. Today he’s working on improving the theme selection experience on WordPress.com. He enjoys craft beers and good food — sometimes so much that he blogs about it.

Louis Reingold

Louis Reingold is the founder of Soflyy, and has been selling software on the web since 2005, when he was only 14.

Louis has been building commercial WordPress plugins since 2008. Soflyy’s flagship product, WP All Import, saves people countless hours when importing data to WordPress.

Louis recently made the move into the SaaS world by Co-Founding KnowMyRankings.com, a Google rank tracking service.

Louis is a high school drop out and enjoys golf, skiing, and good food.

He lives in Los Angeles.

Mary Baum

A veteran creative and degreed designer, Mary Baum has been a typography nut for more than 30 years.

Now a WordPress designer/dev, she builds sites that depend heavily on typography to position clients as the best in their markets – not the cheapest.

So they can justify current pricing, support increases down the road and through it all, widen their margins.

Michael Cain

Michael is a Portland, Maine-based Theme Generator for Automattic‘s Theme Team. He spends his days creating, converting, and improving the theme experience on both WordPress.com and WordPress.org, his evenings blogging about food and travel on mapandmenu.com, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s WordPress blogs and sites even better.

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

Rona Kilmer

Rona hails from Washington DC where she started her love affair with the web. In 2008, she moved to Denver where she is a web designer and front-end developer at Crowd Favorite. When not totally absorbed in a design project or neck deep in code, she spends her time training for triathlons, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.

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

Scott is the co-founder of AppPresser and Press Coders WordPress Themes. Scott has been working with mobile WordPress design and development for years, and frequently speaks at various WordCamps and meetups. He is passionate about using WordPress in new and exciting ways, and transforming WordPress into a mobile app development platform.

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 1100 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.

Tabitha Marie Chapman

Tabby is an Academic Applications Developer at the University of California in Irvine. She has worked with WordPress since WordPress 1.5 was a shiny play-thing, developing both plugins and themes; Tabby is always chasing after the latest and greatest standards and best practices. And when she’s not doing that, she desperately trying to catch up on all the things she’s missed out on like “Books” and “TV” and “Friends”.

Tammy Hart

Tammy Hart has been playing on the web since she was a teenager and quickly fell in love with customizing it. WordPress helped her take that love to a whole new level and she has been whipping it into shape for the last 9 years. Her once free-time hobby quickly grew into the career it is today and she is now a Design Engineer for 10up, a full service web agency that specializes in medium to large scale WordPress projects. You can learn more about Tammy at her blog, tammyhartdesigns.com.

Tom Nora

Internet Startup Entrepreneur, Speaker and Mentor, also a Wordpres, PHP, Drupal designer /developer.

Wes Chyrchel

Wes Chyrchel has been building websites for 17 years. He has worked with WordPress since 2006 and exclusively with WordPress, since 2008. He is passionate about creating great websites and personal customer experiences for visitors and his clients. Wes loves to talk about the business of web development and is committed to making his clients successful.

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