Give a warm welcome to our speakers!

Andrew Nacin

Brad Williams

Brad Williams is the co-founder of WebDevStudios.com, a co-host on WP Late Night, and the co-author of Professional WordPress and Professional WordPress Plugin Development.  Brad has been developing websites for over 15 years, including the last 5 where he has focused on open-source technologies like WordPress.

Chris Cochran

Chris Cochran sees the world in hex values, dreams in code, and is no stranger to WordPress. With five years of experience in WordPress, he has worked on and developed many themes for food blogs, product sites, and for WordPress.com VIP clients. He has also contributed to core and a plug-in & theme author.

Curtiss Grymala

Curtiss Grymala, the founder of Ten-321 Enterprises, is the University Webmaster at the University of Mary Washington. Prior to starting that position in November 2010, he worked as the Webmaster at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va. for nearly four years. As the Webmaster at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), he was responsible for maintaining websites for the College, the LFCC Foundation and the LFCC Office of Workforce Solutions, as well as the College intranet. Grymala managed and led the process of redeveloping the College website. At the University of Mary Washington, Grymala was responsible for working with the external vendor in charge of the site design, and manages all custom development for the University’s unique implementation of WordPress as its new CMS. Over the last three years, Grymala has developed more than 50 custom WordPress plugins, released nine public WordPress plugins and created more than 15 custom WordPress themes for various organizations and companies.

Derek Cavaliero

Derek Cavaliero is the Director of Web Design/Development at WebMechanix – a rapidly growing internet marketing agency based in Baltimore, MD. Since re-locating from Pittsburgh, PA in the fall of 2010, Derek has been a primary WordPress and PHP/MySQL developer for the agency’s clients and in-house projects.

Apart from WebMechanix, Derek also acts as a freelance web developer and is intrigued by industry changes in the internet marketing, website design and website development profession.

Dre Armeda

Drew Poland

Hailing from “Charm City,” Baltimore, MD. Drew is a WordPress Expert and Consultant, lover of Argyle, and connoisseur of Coffee. Currently cultivating an awe-inspiring beard… one that would even make Zeus jealous. Find out more about Drew on his site.

Eric Karkovack

Eric Karkovack has been a web pro since 1996 and a freelancer since 1999. During that time he has specialized in helping small and medium-sized companies. He is a WordPress evangelist, and has long been a fan of both the software and the supportive community behind it. Eric is passionate about great design and helping others achieve their goals online through his writings.  He maintains a blog for consumers on his business site (www.karks.com) and writes articles targeting the design community as an occasional author on Speckyboy Design Magazine (http://speckyboy.com/author/erickarkovack/). You can also follow his rants on Twitter @karks88.

Helen Hou-Sandi

Helen is 10up’s Lead User Interface Engineer, working exclusively with WordPress in all levels of development. From front-end slicing to deep integrations of custom content, Helen creates functionally complex yet usable and integrated admin interfaces. She also spends up to 20% of her time at 10up as well as countless hours of personal time contributing to WordPress Core and other community efforts and is a Contributing Developer and core development/UI team representative. When not developing with or for WordPress, Helen is also an accomplished and actively performing pianist.

John B. Hartley

John Hartley is a WordPress Theme Developer at Max Foundry in Columbus, OH. He also freelances building custom WordPress sites and themes as Forknight Interactive. Custom Post Types, %’s and ems make him happy. You can find him on Twitter @johnbhartley, Github https://github.com/johnbhartley, and his personal site http://johnbhartley.com.

Josh Patterson

Josh Patterson is a Senior SEO Strategist at Columbia, MD based internet marketing firm WebMechanix. With over six years of professional SEO experience, Josh has helped countless businesses of all sizes shape their online future through the power of search engine marketing.

Alongside his efforts at WebMechanix, Josh acts as an internet marketing consultant for several startups and small businesses in the Baltimore area. Josh also owns and operates a number of WordPress blogs, on topics ranging from entrepreneurship and startups, to marketing and professional blogging.

Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Matt DeVille

I am a designer who likes to code, a hacker who likes to paint, and a cyclist who likes to read.

I work as Creative Director at G.1440, where I design and code for WordPress, developing themes and plugins.

Matthew Taylor

President of Random Ally, co-founder of OnePhoto and friend of WordPress.

Melodie Laylor

Melodie is a freelance web designer and organizer for the WordPress Hampton Roads Meetup group. She discovered WordPress in 2007, fell in love with it and never looked back.

Rob Spangler

Rob is a freelance web designer with a focus on user interaction and experience. Having worked with large agencies and small boutiques, Rob has designed and developed for many top international brands as well as local area businesses. He leverages WordPress to create an enjoyable user experience on the front-end and for clients to manage their content.

When not tweaking your design at 1,000% zoom, Rob loves spending quality time with his wife Rebecca and their baby boy Micah.

Sean Butze

Sean Butze is a full-time developer and WordPress specialist at Growth Spark, a web design & development agency based in Cambridge, MA. He has been developing websites since the late 90’s and working with WordPress exclusively for over 4 years.

Sean has authored several WordPress plugins including the WP Image Size Limit plugin, and is also leads the development of Growth Spark’s official starter theme for WordPress. When not actively developing, Sean enjoys blogging (seanbutze.com) and tweeting (http://twitter.com/bootsz) about web development and participating the in WordPress UI Group.

Thursday Bram

Tony Perez

I am owner and executive of a tech start-up specializing in web-based malware. I like being able to educate people on the challenges surrounding web security, specifically their impacts on the fastest growing platforms – WordPress.

More importantly, I’m a martial arts fanatic, love to ride my Harley and if you are lucky, like to make it rain.

Tracy Rotton

Tracy Rotton is a freelance website developer based in Rockville, MD who has been building websites for over fifteen years.  She specializes in PHP-based web content management systems such as WordPress, as well as front-end development in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

She has worked for such businesses as vivid Studios, Discovery Communications and Marriott Corporation.  Personally, Tracy is a mother of two, is an unabashed Apple fangirl and is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins (well, nobody’s perfect).

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