Amanda Blum

Amanda is a past lead organizer of WordCamp Boston, WordCamp Phoenix and CMSExpo (WP track), a speaker at WordCamps Boston, Phoenix, NYC, Savannah, Portland, New Zealand and Chicago, and has spoken at WordPress meetups in Boston, Providence, Cape Cod, Portland, Phoenix and San Francisco.

I’m a longtime champion of WordPress and talk mostly about information architecture, UX, the administration of WordPress and how to keep clients from f’ing up the sites you make them.

When not Pressing, I make pickles and knit scarves. My parents still have no idea what I do for a living.

Ben Lobaugh

Ben is a Seattlite and organizer of the Seattle WordPress Developer Meetup. When not out sailing, Ben can be found hacking out WordPress code at FreshMuse where he is currently Chief Code Poet (Head of Development). Ben has worked with companies from mom & pop shops to multinational corporations, consulting on building effective web platforms and strategies.

Brandon Dove

Brandon has been developing custom WordPress themes and plugins for his clients at Pixel Jar since 2006. In the last year, he became a WordPress core contributor (#18516) and released a premium plugin called AdSanity that allows users to manage and track banner ads on their WordPress powered site. Brandon is also a co-organizer for WordCamp Orange County and is an active contributor to the WordPress Orange County group. In an effort to provide some levity to a non-trivial task, Brandon maintains a controversial list of reasons to NOT upgrade WordPress (it’s worth noting that the list is entirely made up of user-submitted reasons).

Follow on Twitter: @brandondove

Cody Landefeld

My name is Cody Landefeld and I am a WordPress Developer, WordPress Designer, and User Experience professional. I have been designing and developing websites since 2000. I work as the principal/creative lead at codyL where we solve business challenges through design and web development.

Grant Landram

Grant is a business minded designer/developer with a half decade of experience working exclusively with WordPress as a CMS for his clients. Grant started as a solo freelancer building small WordPress sites, and has since grown his company freshmuse into a WordPress exclusive agency building plugins and themes for regional and national brands. You can follow Grant on Twitter at @grantlandram or learn more at freshmuse.com.

Jon Brown

Jon found WordPress in early 2006 when he started a travel blog to document his journey leaving the corporate world and his subsequent world travels. He quickly realized however that he was far more passionate about writing code than blog posts and drawing on 25 years of computer experience he started teaching himself PHP and WordPress. His learning was further fueled by amazing support from the Southern California WP community and he quickly opened shop as a full time developer. Recently, Jon joined 9Seeds and moved to Maui. Finding no existing local WP community on his new island he founded the Maui WordPress Meetup 9 months ago which has grown to more than 100 members and meets monthly, be sure to drop by on your next visit to Maui!

Josh Harrison

Josh currently works for 10up, a distributed web agency focused on awesome WordPress implementations. He is currently working to start a WordPress meetup in his hometown of St. George UT. Josh has been developing on the WordPress platform for 8 years and has worked on many custom implementations of WordPress.

Joshua Strebel

Founder at Page.ly Managed WordPress Hosting & do’er of things. Recent first time Father.

Justin Foell

Justin studied Computer Science at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and has been doing web development since 2003. He met John Hawkins while working and living in Las Vegas, and is now a developer at 9seeds.com, but living in his home state of Minnesota. Almost all of his WordPress development time is spent in the plugin realm – extending WordPress and BuddyPress to do new things, sometimes things which they were never intended to do. Justin keeps up with the Minneapolis/St. Paul WordPress user group at home, and has competed in the Overnight Website Challenge 4 times, most notably with team FullCourtWordPress.

Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the founder of eWebscapes, a blog and web site design and development company specializing in customized WordPress themes, made to order. As the author of WordPress For Dummies – Lisa is the For Dummies brand (Wiley Pub) franchise author on all things WordPress; having worked with WordPress since 2003, she has extensive experience and knowledge on the platform and shares it in her several WordPress-related books. She is also a regular public speaker on topics such as: WordPress, blogging, design and social media. Follow Lisa on Twitter here: @LisaSabinWilson

Michael Bastos

Self & School taught C++, Java, PHP, Perl and Ruby Developer working as a Lead San Diego Software Engineer @GapIntelligence with a BSCS degree. I’ve been using WordPress since 2009 and run an Advanced WordPress group out of San Diego.

Mike Schroder

Mike Schroder, known as Shredder to most of his colleagues, is a sailor, cross-cultural kid, and lover of Open Source. He currently
works at DreamHost, contributing to the WordPress core and community, and can be found blogging from time-to-time at

Russell Aaron

I have headed teams and managed entire offices for a dozen online affiliate marketing companies, kept a mortgage company from closing it’s door by using WordPress to manage all of our partnering Realtor’s websites in exchange for all of their business , and I am currently the Creative Director of Media One Pro in Las Vegas, NV. I do not sleep. When I am not working on WordPress sites, I am watching Nascar. Then I get right back to work. When I get home, I work on my own websites. I read 1500 pages a week, on average, just in WordPress tutorials and posts. I currently help organize and speak at the Las Vegas WordPress Meet Up Group.

Shane Pearlman

Shane Pearlman is the Chief Executive Officer at Modern Tribe, the company behind The Events Calendar Framework as well as numerous high profile WordPress sites for companies like GigaOm, Zillow, Seagate & MTV. He has spoken at SXSW, GigaOm’s Future of Work, International Freelancer’s Day, Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, eBay and numerous barcamps & smaller events. Shane is a contributor on the topic of remote work & freelancing to Mashable, A List Apart, GigaOm, SmashingMag, FreelanceSwitch & Copyblogger. He is an active participant in both the WordPress and RoR Redmine / Chili open source projects. Shane is a Freelance Evangelist, Project Manager, Speaker, Blogger, Surfer, Toddler Wrangler, Goat Herder, Real Estate Investor, Teacher, Intrepid Traveler & Voracious Reader.

Taylor Jasko

Taylor Jasko is an expert in web design and development, enjoys iOS/Mac programming, fancies the design what he does every day with the Wacom Intuos5, and lastly, is an extremely social person being on practically ever social network possible. Most of the technologies he has ever learned he taught himself though many books and samples on the StackExchange network.

He runs the technology blog called Tech Cores, proudly ran on WordPress, which he founded in November of 2008; he plans on working on one of his latest domains, srced.com, on the same WordPress webapp framework he built for Tech Cores.

Taylor currently works at NetDNA (MaxCDN is one of their popular brands) as an online marketing specialist, leveraging marketing in the online web.

Tony Perez

Tony is an Entrepreneur, Technologist and Family man with a new found passion for Information Security and its impacts on the WordPress platform. Executive and co-owner of Sucuri, a tech start-up based out of SoCal dedicated to making a difference in the fight against web-based malware.