Andy Crofford started designing websites over 10 years ago and started using WordPress in 2006. He has designed and developed a couple of themes but mainly likes managing WordPress sites for others. Currently he runs Mobile Orchard, TechKing, and most recently the ThemeFuse blog in addtion to his own iOS app review site AppTa.co. You can often find him trying to come up with innovative uses for WordPress.
Brandon is an Entrepreneur. He started with WordPress in 2008 helping the Department of Health and Human Services build a national blog. His interest in the open source platform led him to build a company around its offerings, eventually forming the company Expert Status Online. Brandon later merged Expert Status Online with goBRANDgo! to form an Integrated Targeted Marketing Firm. Today goBRANDgo! Employees 13 full time employees and launches about 2 WordPress sites per week.
Brian hails from the booming metropolis of Titusville, Florida. He is the lead developer at Lift (a St. Louis-based company) and developed the UpThemes Framework, a powerful theme options framework available for developers to use in their own themes. Brian’s hobbies include darkroom & 35mm photography, collecting fountain pens, studying war history, and tickling the ivories.
Brian’s Session: Anatomy of a Premium WordPress Theme
Chip has been using WordPress since 2005, and has been a hobbyist web developer since the mid-90s. He has developed WordPress Themes and Plugins, and is a minor contributor to WordPress core. He is a member and administrator of the WordPress Theme Review Team that reviews/approves Themes for inclusion in the WordPress Theme Repository. He can often be found in the WordPress.org support forums and at WordPress StackExchange. He is also a part-time freelance WordPress developer.
Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Integrity
Ed is an industry expert in applying creative, user-centered development principles to help businesses extend their brands online and better connect with their customers, as well as their employees, partners and investors.
Having built his last firm to be named one of AdWeek’s Top 20 Interactive Agencies, Ed has developed web-based solutions for a variety of clients within industries including technology, consumer packaged goods (CPG), healthcare, government, oil and gas, media and financial services. Ed’s clients have included such brands as Hewlett Packard, Sony, Microsoft, Bausch & Lomb, Continental Airlines, Exxon Mobil the State of Missouri, the City of Houston and the federal government.
After living in Los Angeles, Houston, DC and New York City, Ed now lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife LeAnn and son Keilan.
Ed’s Session: WordPress helps Sell St. Louis to the World
James has been creating custom artwork and slinging paint since 1986 when he launched his first business customizing Chuck Taylors with an airbrush and Sharpie pen. In 2010 he launched WP Design Coach, a business that teaches web design skills and how to build a profitable business using WordPress.
James has designed many premium themes and now offers his custom design services to developers across the globe. And if he’s not creating it in WordPress, he’s breaking it.
Branding consultant, direct marketer and Marginhancer Mary Baum has been an art director and graphic designer for nearly 30 years, working in print since the 1980s and on the web since 1998.
A competitive tennis player and Mac geek, Mary says the hardest thing for her about leasing her new iMac was turning in her set of Torq screwdrivers: fixing the hardware would violate the contract.
At several St. Louis ad agencies, at Maritz and in her own firm, she’s worked on a wide variety of consumer and industrial brands – including GM, Ford and Chrysler; RF Spaghetti, Pevely Dairy and Sunfield Foods; Gared and Ultra Play Sports; ConocoPhillips; the Maritz Automotive Research Group; and Artesys, an investment product she branded and helped its owner grow from tiny brokerage firm into national supplier of retirement products for a Fortune-1000 insurance company.
She can’t remember if she’s been on Twitter since 2007 or 2008, but she knows she’s not really friends with celebrity blogger and uber-tweeter Robert Scoble (just his brother Alex), and she’s definitely not a social-media expert.
At no time since 1979 has Mary ever been truly rational on the subject of typography.
Matt is the founding developer of WordPress and founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Akismet, and VaultPress.
Matt has been developing websites since 2004, and working with WordPress since 2006. He is currently the Studio Director for Graphite Lab where he directs website and game development for clients such as GameMill Publishing, Cartoon Network and other creative organizations. Find him online at raitheoshow.com or follow on twitter @raitheoshow.
Michael Daehn has been a part of the online community since the mid 80’s when he logged on to a bulletin board with his Commodore Vic20 and dial up modem. He helped launch the first accredited online MBA program and has been working with web development companies for over 10 years. He’s taught as a professor and authored 6 marketing books including “Internet Marketing for Newbies.” He’s been a marketing consultant for over a decade and is the CEO of Square-Masters web design. Learn more at MichaelDaehn.com.
Nile Flores is a sassy mom from southern Illinois who is a WordPress web designer and developer, AND a pro blogger at Blondish.net and WP Addict.net. She has been in the WordPress Community sinces its b2 days, and loves to help people rock out their sites. When she is not online or speaker at WordPress conferences, she loves spending time with her son, and going twice a week for karate practice. As a cool tidbit, she is testing for her orange belt in Shoren Kempo Okinawan style karate at the end of August.
Nile’s Session: Introduction to WordPress Theming
Peter Westwood has been using WordPress since 2004, is a WordPress.org Lead Developer and works as a Happiness Gardener for Automattic, the company that runs WordPress.com, Akismet, Polldaddy, VaultPress, Gravatar, and much more. He loves food, drink, photography, and classic cars but will often be found basking in the glow of a computer screen whilst trying to resolve an obscure bug.
Russ Henneberry is the founder of Tiny Business, Mighty Profits, the #1 resource for tiny business owners in the galaxy. His blog focuses on teaching tiny businesses to make mighty profits using a personal computer, a little imagination and a few well-placed dollars. He has been featured on Convince and Convert, ProBlogger and Copyblogger.
Sam is a multi-faceted creative, developer, and visionary with a knack for turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Sam manages a small development company called samcohencreative.com based out of Kansas City, MO. He is an accomplished WordPress enthusiast and practitioner who is currently ranked “Master” in WordPress on the reputable Experts – Exchange.com. Sam’s specialties include designing, programming, engineering, and consulting. From WordPress WordCamps, local groups, to live webinars, Sam routinely shares his knowledge through various speaking engagements. He can often be found educating others on how to effectively harness the less obvious capabilities offered through WordPress. He has authored curriculum on how to train on WordPress for multiple web consultants, as well as assisted numerous clients in converting simple design concepts into profitable businesses.
When Sam is not busy consulting or designing new sites, you can often spot him tweeting @samcohennet, spending quality time with his family, or supporting the ministry. Learn more about Sam by visiting his profile at SamCohen.net.
Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as much as code. She’s the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series from Random House’s Ballantine Books. Her first book, COVETED, will be released in May 2012. When she’s not writing, she works with several local St. Louis web design firms, one of them Hot Damn! Designs, as a consultant. She’s worked with WordPress for over 5 years and loves to help authors create themes to establish their presence on the web.
Shawntelle’s Session: WordPress for Authors, Publishers, and other Content Providers
Will Hanke is St. Louis’ top independent SEO professional. His business, aptly named “WhereIsMyBusiness.com,” helps small and medium sized businesses reach the top of search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Will is the founder of MarketSTL, an annual Internet Marketing conference held in St Louis. He is an avid SEO blogger and has authored several ebooks on Internet marketing. You can always find him speaking throughout the St. Louis area to local Chambers, Associations and other business groups on everything from link building to generating warm leads through your website.
Will’s Session: WP SEO Tricks Your Competitors Wish They Knew