Speakers

Adam Silver

Adam owns and operates Silver Lining Productions based in Redondo Beach, CA and teach a WP101 course at the local adult school. He also runs the SouthBay WordPress Meetup and produces a weekly podcast over at kitchensinkwp.com.

Angela Bowman

Angela is a WordPress instructor at Boulder Digital Arts teaching WordPress security, image galleries, SEO, and theme customization. She would like to develop her coding skills using Sass which is the gateway drug for designers who want to code. When not online, Angela loves to attend to her backyard chickens and escape to treeline.

Bethany Siegler

Bethany Siegler (of UniqueThink Online Marketing & Web Design) specializes in helping low-tech folks get comfortable with their WordPress websites. At Boulder Digital Arts and the University of Colorado at Boulder, she teaches her students and clients how to use WordPress for their own websites and blogs.

In 2005, Bethany started using WP for blogging, and by 2007 she was an enthusiastic WordPress evangelist. She’s been building sites, teaching and presenting ever since.

In addition to WordPress, Bethany has created fun marketing campaigns for Frank Black (Pixies), OfficeTime, Rock & Pop Music Academy, Boulder Weekly, Fender Guitar, SONY, and Budweiser.

Bethany is an online marketing consultant, speaker and instructor who specializes in email marketing, social media, marketing partnerships, and WordPress.

She spoke at WordCamp Boulder in 2010 and Denver in 2012.

Find out more about her at: http://UniqueThink.com.

Brian Richards

Brian is the creator of WPSessions.com and has been using WordPress since 2007 (version 2.3). Over these last several years he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top WordPress experts and agencies and help develop sites for Microsoft, Disney, TIME, YMCA, and others. Brian has an affinity for self-directed learning and helping develop workflows that complete effective tasks as efficiently as possible.

Chris Lema

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.

Cory Miller

Cory J. Miller is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time Internet entrepreneur. In 2008, he founded iThemes, which builds easy-to-use software and offers cutting-edge training for thousands of web designers around the globe. Currently iThemes employs over 20-plus people with headquarters in Oklahoma City. In 2010, he co-authored WordPress All-in-One for Dummies. He also writes and speaks frequently on his passion — entrepreneurship and helping others start and grow their businesses.

Cyndie Shaffstall

Cyndie Shaffstall hasn’t been able to make up her mind about what she wants to be when she grows up. She founded ThePowerXChange in 1995, the first company to distribute all plug-in technology worldwide, but gave that up in 2009. She edited and published X-Ray Magazine for designers, but in 2011 pawned that off as well. She founded Spider Trainers, an automated-marketing company, but ditched that quite recently to pursue a career as a fiction writer.

It remains to be seen if she’ll keep it up—but with a dozen non-fiction books, three fiction books (so far), and hundreds of business eBooks and online articles, indications are good she will. In her presentation, Buy Now, Buy More, and Buy Again, she has signed up to share tips with you about marketing your WordPress store.

David Hayes

David is part of the team at WPShout, a premier source of WordPress tutorials, news, and more on the internet. He’s a developer who does a lot of intensive backend server work with PHP and more, along with a fair bit of JavaScript, and small helping of CSS. He likes to ride his bicycle at home in Colorado.

Diane Whiddon

Diane Whiddon believes in empowering business owners so they can do more of what they love and have more fun while they’re doing it. In 2006, she created Novel Website Design, a company that inspires and empowers clients to make the most of their websites. Diane builds gorgeous, effective websites and then gleefully teaches her clients how to use them to increase sales, get more customers, and live more fulfilled lives in the process. Check out her site at NovelWebsiteDesign.com where she can’t stop talking about the endless possibilities online.

Eric Suzanne

Eric Suzanne creates web software with OddBird, soundscapes with Teacup Gorilla, wordscapes with [WriteyWrite], and performance art with Vicious Trap or the Denver Poets’ Theatre. Formerly Artistic Director of New World Arts and Technical Director of The LIDA Project, Eric is the author of Riding SideSaddle* and The Post-Obsolete Book. She’s an avid open-source contributor — organizer of SassHack Denver, core developer on Compass, and creator of Susy and True.

Frederick Meyer

Fred Meyer had been a professional WordPress developer since 2012. With his partner David, Fred runs Press Up, a boutique development agency specializing in WordPress, and WPShout, a top source of WordPress development tutorials, news, and resources. WPShout’s tutorial package, “Up and Running: A Practical Guide to WordPress Development,” launches June 16.

Gordon Seirup

Gordon’s first business failed. Started in 1992, while he was in the 2nd grade, he was nearly suspended for operating a business on school property (and as a result lost his initial investment of $10). While $10 doesn’t sound like a lot of money lost on a business venture, it’s a lot of money to an 8-year old! This loss was a formative experience and an important lesson learned early.

Gordon got into graphic design and web development in 1999, launching his first website for a paying client in 2000. After a brief distraction attaining a Psychology degree at Colorado State University, he returned to the industry professionally in 2008, and founded Copper Leaf Creative in 2011.

Izabela Lundberg

Izabela Lundberg is an International Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, and Speaker whose clients include SME’s and Fortune 500 companies. Recognized as a Top Transformational and High Impact Leader in Global Business, Izabela generates tremendous value and delivers exceptional results for her clients and audience. Izabela enjoys a dynamic worldview after living in six countries, speaking six languages, traveling to over 40 countries, and working with diverse teams from over 80 countries. She is a recognized catalyst of sustainable solutions for global leaders and their most pressing challenges.

Izabela earned a Master of Science in Leadership and Organization from the University of Denver with a focus on Strategic innovation & Change and Organizational Development & Training. Her undergraduate degrees are in Business and Global Business Management and Education. She is #1 International Best Selling author. Izabela’s upcoming book, The World Messenger, it is highly anticipated by academics, athletes and business leaders worldwide.

Additional information can be found at http://www.linkedIn.com/in/izabelalundberg

Jamal Jackson

Jamal is a full stack web and mobile engineer with 5+ years experience in the space. Currently he works as a web application engineer at Apple. His stack includes: PHP, JS, NodeJS, AngularJS, RoR, jQuery, etc.

Outside of that he is an avid writer, having numerous articles and an Amazon Best Seller to his name.

James Laws

In any business someone needs to steer the ship. As the Co-founder and CEO this is what James does for the WP Ninjas with great joy. Having co-created the increasingly popular Ninja Forms and the first of it’s kind Ninja Demo WordPress plugins, he is always looking for the next innovation or market where the ninjas can have the greatest impact.

With over 14 years of experience in web design and development, internet marketing, business management, and public speaking, James has had his hands in every aspect of running successful and not so successful businesses. He has led everything from churches and charities to coffee shops and Web Development Shops.

Jenny Munn

Jenny Munn is an SEO Consultant who helps organizations get more leads from their website and effectively integrate SEO into the everyday marketing mix. She’s passionate about her field, and believes SEO is a no-brainer for companies who want to 1) reduce costs and 2) increase the number of qualified website leads. Jenny has taught SEO at WordCamp Atlanta, Digital Atlanta, Solo PR Summit, Business Marketing Association, Atlanta Tech Village, and various content marketing and social media organizations. Find out more at http://jennymunn.com/ or connect with her on Twitter at @jennymunn.

Jeremey DuVall

Jeremey is a Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com helping to provide awesome customer service in the community forums. In his spare time, he dabbles in freelance writing and attempts to learn JavaScript. Offline, he’s either hiking somewhere in the Colorado mountains or searching for the best cup of coffee imaginable.

Joe McGill

Joe McGill lives in St. Louis, MO, where he spends his days working as a web developer for Washington University. Joe is a core contributor, and a participant in the Responsive Images Community Group effort to bring responsive images into WP through the RIGC Responsive Images plugin. Find him online on Twitter (@joemcgill) or via his blog at joemcgill.net.

Justin England

Justin has been working as a systems admin for almost a decade, with stops along the way working for major hosting companies and Penn State University’s word campus. For the last year Justin has worked for 10up, a consulting firm focusing on solving complicated problems with solutions like WordPress.

Kevin Conboy

Kevin designs and builds fun and amazing things on Team Mercury at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Jetpack and much more.

Keya Lea Horiuchi

Keya Lea has been working with WordPress for about 8 years. She started out as a casual user, then moved to site builder, then front-end developer. She’s currently moving down the stack.

Kyle B. Johnson

Kyle is an engineer with a B.A. in the humanities. He understands the human soul as well as the sciences, and spends afternoons with his wife wrangling JSON, his black lab, and Gidget, a highly intelligent yorkie.

Larry Kokoszka

Larry is the founder of Webatix, a Denver-based technology solutions firm that focuses on productivity tools. A six-year career in teaching foreign languages may have led him to his current focus on how WordPress professionals can improve client communication to deliver better value. Ten years of entrepreneurship has provided ample opportunity to lead projects in WordPress, Ruby on Rails and Chromium.

Lisa Ghisolf

Lisa Ghisolf is Gizmo Creative Factory, with 18+ years in print, web & email design, and 12 years in business. She’s worked with big and small agencies alike, creating print work and websites for Kraft, Clear Channel, Allstate & many corporations & organizations. Instead of just putting out fires, she’s now building robust WordPress sites and training clients on website management.

Michael Arestad

Michael is a designer at Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com. He may be a tad obsessed with CSS (especially Sass) and beautiful typography. He contributes to WordPress Core, Jetpack, CSS Chassis, and WordPress.com. You can follow him on twitter @michaelarestad.

Michael R. Hunter

Michael has been built dozens and dozens of WordPress websites for small business owners over past 5 years.

In 2013, Michael created CodingOptional.com, a WordPress video tutorial website and help forum to teach people how to build a business website. He now has students from 7 countries around the world and is helping people learn how to use WordPress every day.

Michael R. Hunter is the Co-founder of Paperplane, a digital marketing company that helps online experts and personal brands grow their income without becoming a slave to their business.

Nathan Porter

After 10 years in enterprise software implementation, Nate ditched the suit and tie for T-shirts, jeans, and a mountain man beard. He’s totally serious about his work, though—and the beard. Nate has taken his 10 years of experience in designing and deploying software solutions in the enterprise environment and focused his passion talent in the nonprofit space creating uniquely integrated web solutions based on the WordPress platform. He is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and a successful founder of multiple web service companies including Arete Imagine Inc. and Ukuu Logic LLC.

Patrick Rauland

Yoga monkey, minimalist, web enthusiast, music lover, gamer, poly, Product Manager for WooCommerce at @WooThemes, and the guy who makes crazy sound effects. Patrick moved to Denver in the summer of 2014 and wasted no time in organizing meetups and getting involved in the local WordPress scene.

Paul Davidson

Paul is a Denver-based front-end web developer with Sundog Media, an Alaska-based team that develops, manages, and maintains 120+ WordPress installs. When not in front of a screen, Paul spends time working with his wife on their cabin in Nederland, and walking around Curtis Park with their two dogs, Mo & The Dude.

Rachel Toburen

Rachel loves WordPress. She develops websites for people in Colorado through her little project at metasynchronic.com. She hacks code, plays video games, tweets, and instagrams everything about her animals. And gets very little sleep.

Rachel has also never been to WordCamp, but is really excited about it. So excited, she volunteered as an organizer this year. She loves to organize people, places, and things, even rescue dogs. She’s looking forward to seeing all of you at WordCamp Denver 2015.

Rafi Yagudin

Rafi Yagudin has been in the WordPress world a few years now and loves reading the WordPress codex for fun. He graduated from Tufts University near Boston with a Masters in Computer Science. He introduced WordPress as a viable educational tool to staff and faculty at Tufts. Additionally, he has released two plugins to the WordPress public repository and is constantly working on releasing more plugins. He currently works as a Support Engineer at Recurly.

Ryan Kanner

Ryan is a WordPress Developer for Fruition marketing from Denver, Colorado. He has spent the last few years developing custom WordPress websites for clients all over the world.

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is a Freelance Web Designer currently residing in Denver, CO. Shawn has been in the I.T. industry for approximately 22 years, and has been building websites professionally since 1996.

Coming from a systems engineering background, many of Shawn’s skillsets fall outside the scope of a traditional web design resume. These skills include the design and configuration of high performance web servers, remote management of both Windows and Linux OS, and he has spent time working in the Web Hosting industry. His current professional interests include HTML5, UI/UX, and of course, WordPress development. Over the last year, Shawn’s has been primarily focused on improving the overall performance and page speed of WordPress websites.

Tracy Malone

Tracy Malone owner of a successful marketing company – CoWEBop Marketing. Her team has been building websites for small businesses for over 20 years. She happily shares her knowledge with the WordPress community as a co-organizer of the Boulder WordPress Meetup.

Walter Breakell

Walter has founded and worked for a number of award winning design and web agencies. His clients have included Rolex, Levis, Warren Miller Entertainment, Denver Nuggets, Evian, Hyatt and Kellogg’s. Walter is currently working with UXBoulder.com on projects in education, wellness, and community. When not deep in customer journeys, omnigraffle, sublime text or creating people centered content, he teaches courses in Experience Design, Graphic and Web Design at The Art Institute of Colorado and designacademy.co.