Speakers

Michael Beckwith

Once upon a time warp…

In a galaxy very very very very, far away there lived a ruthless web developer known as…Michael Beckwith.

Michael has been on computers for as long as he can remember, heralding back to before Windows 3.x. He has been making websites on and off since the days of Angelfire. He’s been especially active since graduating Dakota State University in 2007 with a double major in Multimedia/Web Development and Graphic Design. Since then, he’s focused primarily on theme and plugin development within WordPress, making it bend in as many ways as possible.

Joshua McNary

I’m a marketing technologist with years of WordPress content and development experience. I mesh business strategy, technology, and corporate savvy with entrepreneurial passion to provide solutions to clients’ problems. In recent years I have done extensive work developing web-based solutions and brands for small business, non-profits, start-ups, and legacy organizations. My most valued selling point is how I work alongside of clients in an honest and ethical way to help them grow. Many of my projects have been WordPress-based. I currently manage over a dozen WordPress sites.

Tim Bishop

Tim has been using WordPress for almost 9 years. His passion for WordPress prompted him to start his own WordPress web design firm in 2013, which has now developed websites for podcasters, caterers, flooring stores, and more.

Kevin Michael Gray

Kevin is the founder and of Approve Me Technologies and WP E-Signature, which provides a free way to legally sign documents through WordPress (without the monthly fees). Kevin has over 14 years experience in the tech industry helping companies like Google, American Express, Spotify and small to mid-sized local businesses increase their market share.

Christoph Trappe

A newspaper reporter by trade, Christoph left the newspaper industry in 2007 to research, write and produce training videos for the U.S. financial services industry. He then started a community news site and worked as a communications executive in the nonprofit sector.

His career has focused on helping organizations tell their stories in authentic and meaningful ways. He uses and teaches brand and traditional journalism as well as content marketing techniques in the pursuit of great stories.

In April 2014, he started at MedTouch where he works with hospitals across the U.S. on digital strategies.

Marc Benzakein

Marc Benzakein has been working online since the mid 90s, starting as a Network Administrator for a small, independent ISP in Southern California and has been involved in almost all aspects of technology. In 2009, he started developing in WordPress, first for his own purposes and then for clients. In early 2013, he got involved with ServerPress, LLC, makers of DesktopServer, a local development tool created for WordPress designers and developers.

Pippin Williamson

If you are a WordPress plugin developer, you probably have used or seen one of Pippin’s plugins. He’s written more than 100 plugins (we are looking to see if he has a social life) He has spent a long time working on improving community involvement on projects by developers / designers. Not to mention contributing to the WordPress core and WordPress Codex.

John Heaston

Publisher/Editor at The Reader, El Perico and OmahaJobs.com. Revenue chair for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. An old school print dude finding his way in a shiny, digital world.

Michelle Schulp

Michelle is an independent graphic designer based in Chicagoland. She was formally schooled in many aspects of design including print, branding, packaging, etc., with additional education in Psychology and Sociology, all tying together in a love of How To Solve Problems. Lately she has been specializing in WordPress websites, infographics, and high-end presentations for her clients. She is a lover of WordCamps and the WordPress community, a Meetup junkie, @3themes contributor, and WordCamp Chicago 2014 lead organizer.

Stephanie Eckles

I work full-time at Nelnet in the marketing department, primarily as a WordPress developer and front-end designer. I have been specializing in WordPress development since 2009. When I’m not working, I’m playing with/Instagramming my 7 month old Cowboy Corgi (http://packdog.com/lexipup). And I’m really stoked WordCamp is finally happening in Nebraska!

Rami Abraham

Rami is a developer at Maintainn.com, a co-organizer of WordCamp Lancaster, and loves tacos. He loves building things with Javascript, PHP, WordPress, Buzztracker, Adobe Software, Alesis and Korg keyboards, Coda 2, Sublime Text 2, Vagrant, Git, MAMP Pro, and Coffee. Not to mention he is musician

Dan Beil

Dan has been a WordPress developer since 2009, focusing on front-end responsive code and clean admin interfaces. Prior to joining Alley Interactive, he worked on a large multi-site e-commerce WordPress install as an in-house developer and freelanced for 4 years prior to that. In his free time he tries to do artsy stuff and fosters Siberian Huskies.

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