Michael Eisenwasser is the driving force behind BuddyBoss, the definitive resource for building communities on BuddyPress. He previously managed the development and growth of SongLyrics.com, one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world with over 100 million annual visitors. Michael is a knowledgeable and fun speaker, leaving audiences at WordPress events and major universities in total awe.
Web site: http://www.BuddyBoss.com
Whaling’s company has created award-winning WordPress web sites for clients around the country, including the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Champion Real Estate, Scioto Valley, St. Joseph’s Montessori School and many more. Whaling has spoken at a number of conferences and events, including: WordCamp 2013, Ohio Growth Summit, Columbus Apartment Association, National Apartment Association, Social Media Club Columbus, BlogOrlando and International Builders Show.
Web site: http://www.30lines.com
Triplett is self-taught. He runs several web sites and set them all up using the security listed above and none of them have ever been hacked. He has spoken at the National Writing Project conference twice on using WordPress in the classroom.
Web site: http://www.dougtriplett.com
Trimble has been the lead person for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank project. He is not a professional developer, per se, but he has been a WordPress user since 2005 and has done it all himself along the way with a little help from his friends (mainly main pal and Columbus native David Ensinger). He’s at the intermediate level and is comfortable getting an undocumented plugin from github and poking around in jquery here and there (reading up, breaking things, swearing, and sometimes even getting it right). He purchased a theme for the site but has made a lot of changes to the CSS and even added a few custom page templates. A main part of his job at the Food Bank is providing education to their member agencies, so he is very comfortable in front of a group.
Web site: http://portal.clevelandfoodbank.org
: This would be Snyder’s first time speaking, but he has more than 10 years of experience working with WordPress. He has authored a number of WordPress plugins: https://bitbucket.org/jupitercow/ Including this add-on for Gravity Forms which he recently added to the WordPress repo: http://wordpress.org/plugins/gravity-forms-post-updates/ He has attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Industrial Design, but he was freelancing in Web Design before that and went directly into Web Design after graduating. Over the next 5 years, he slowly transitioned into development. His company Jupitercow is a development company focused on everything from high-end marketing sites to full-blown applications. Recent work includes an e-learning platform that allows users to build courses including slideshows and quizzes and then selling them. He also worked on an on-going project management app for an international construction company
Web site: http://www.jcow.com
I’ve presented at many WordCamps, Buffalo, Columbus, Toronto, Grand Rapids, Dayton, Philly (this coming June), North Canton. I’m am also the lead organizer for WordCamp North Canton and attend many of our NEO MeetUps.
Web site: http://www.trailertrashdesign.us
Retterer has been through the pain of developing for WordPress in MAMP for a few years now and has found many new ways to work. Ever since Vagrant was released, he hasn’t gone back to using MAMP.
Web site: http://www.brianretterer.com
Parkinson has spoken at WordCamp Columbus in 2011 and 2013 and Dayton and North Canton WordCamps this year.
Web site: http://www.wpknut.com
Samie works for AtNetPlus in Stow, Ohio. She works as a Creative Developer . She helps clients create beautiful and functional websites. She’s also pursuing a degree in Graphic Communication with a minor in Web Tech & Digital Media at UMUC.
Web site: http://www.somerandomcreative.com
Katz has been working with WordPress for about 4 years and has been doing professional development in the Columbus area for close to 3 of those years. He’s lead development for large sites locally, such as http://arenadistrict.com and http://columbus.org and has been working on internal plugin development, theme development and 3rd party integration for almost 2 years at 30 Lines.
Web site: http://www.ericnkatz.com
Hoyt has spoken at WordCamp NorthCanton and taught web design and development at Virginia Marti College for 2 quarters.
Hartley works with shortcodes daily between the themes and plugins he works on and with at 30lines.com.
Web site: http://www.johnbhartley.com
Grunwell has been using Advanced Custom Fields on pretty much every client site (dozens upon dozens) he’s built over the last 2-3 years. He was accepted to give his “Keeping WordPress Under [Version] Control with Git” (http://stevegrunwell.github.io/wordpress-git/) talk at WordCamp Columbus last year, but had to send his colleague Paul Tela in his place because of a family emergency. He was finally able to give that talk this year at WordCamp North Canton. Outside of WordCamps, he’s given talks at Inc@8000 and the Columbus WordPress MeetUp. A full speaking list is available at http://stevegrunwell.com/speaking.
Web site: http://www.stevegrunwell.com
Groves taught WordPress as part of a web development course at Capital University as an adjunct professor for 3 semesters. Groves co-presented this specific session in the Microsoft MVP Mentor program. (Video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5oN5NYsR8o). Groves is an experienced speaker, having presented at conferences including but not limited to: CodeMash, DevLink, CodeStock, Code PaLOUsa, Detroit Dev Day, Code Camps (Raleigh, Richmond, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Austin, Atlanta, Grand Rapids). He also presented at many user groups (mainly .NET user groups) including: Nashville, Cleveland, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Findlay, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. He has videos, slide decks and code samples available for other sessions he’s presented. They are mainly .NET oriented, but if you’d like to see them just ask.
Web site: http://www.crosscuttingconcerns.com
Greenway has presented as an MVP Series talk. This session is a little more cloud focused, both for pricing and additional power. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5oN5NYsR8o
Web site: http://www.markgreenway.net
Greene has been writing .NET and PHP web applications for many years. He has done a lot of speaking at .NET User Groups and Code Camps and he will be presenting this topic at DevLink later in August. This will be his first WordPress specific event. For more info about him: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ericwgreene/ http://www.devlink.net/abstract/summary/530f444288e9cd0b00f906b3
In the session, Greene will be teaching how to build a WordPress site exactly like http://www.coffeehousecoding.com which is WordPress with Angular and JSON API.
Web site: http://www.coffeehousecoding.com
Driver presented at WordCamp North Canton 2014 (Blogging is only the beginning), WordCamp North Canton 2013 (SEO – Creation to Execution) and WordCamp Dayton 2014 (Setting up SEO in WordPress). He also organizes and presents on SEO at the Dayton WordPress MeetUp groups.
Web site: http://www.nathandriver.com
Cook develops custom WordPress sites for clients on a freelance basis. He creates a custom theme in each case, so he ends up doing a lot of front-end theme work. He has not given a talk on WordPress before but he gave a workshop at HighEdWeb 2012 on Ruby on Rails.
Web site: http://www.gravitygirllabs.com
Cohen has been designing and building custom web sites for 16 years and has been using WordPress as the platform for 6 years. She’s spoken twice at WordCamp Phoenix and at a few other local conferences and events. She also co-host a monthly WordPress MeetUp in Scottsdale.
Web site: http://www.radiatewp.com
Canter has given this presentation at previous WordCamps in Nashville, as well as BarCamp and PodCamp in Nashville – despite being an overlap in audience it was well received all three times. He’s also delivered a similar topic at New Media Expo and in Dublin, Ireland at the Travel Blogger’s Expo.
Web site: http://www.studionashvegas.com
Angela has spoken at WordCamp North Canton, Dayton, Columbus, NEO Ohio MeetUp, COSE, and the Women in Business Conference. Slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/angelabergmann.
Web site: http://www.radkitten.nu
Averion has been a graphic designer in the news business for more than 20 years. She has presented on a variety of different topics related to print design, but this will be her first presentation on WordPress. She has been using WordPress since 2008, but has only been designing web sites fulltime for clients in the last couple of years. Averion has worked for The Akron Beacon Journal, The Columbus Dispatch, The Orlando Sentinel, MSNBC.com, Microsoft and The Washington Post.
Web site: http://www.averion.com