Mert Sahinoglu

Mert Sahinoglu is a Chicago digital marketing consultant with a decade of SEO & Integrated Marketing Consulting experience with over 100 international and local brands including Fortune 500 brands, universities and hospitals. While he has an MBA in international marketing, he is also a technical SEO
expert. He also understands small business issues as a Chicago entrepreneur and a partner at Falcon Living Chicago Real Estate. He is also dedicated to helping organizations related to disabled communities such as cerebral palsy. He has spoken and co-organized in other Wordcamps before. He is ready to answer any SEO or other digital marketing questions in this event. Please stop by to see him at any time.

Aaron Holbrook

Aaron is a Chicago WordPress web developer/designer, gamer and father. He builds amazing WordPress themes and applications with his company A7 Web Design and has been working with WordPress since 2005.

With clients across the globe, he has had the opportunity to work on many different types of WordPress sites and has discovered his passion for all things WordPress.

When Aaron’s not coding, he loves eating hot wings, drinking cold beer, watching Day[9] and listening to Merlin Mann.

Andy Nathan

Andy Nathan is a social networking schmoozer at Smart at the Start, a social networking consulting company that helps small businesses add to their revenue stream by getting rid of the pain that “is” social networking. When you can now wait to finish your social networking for the day, he relishes the thought of spending his entire day on social networking helping clients succeed.

In addition to that his blog now brings in over 20000 readers every month. Come for the entertaining stories and leave with the amazing information that revolutionizes your business.

As a former mortgage broker for 5 years, he used Facebook to find and close real estate deals. Now, he uses the same methods that worked successfully for him to help his clients. Andy graduated from National Louis University with a Masters Degree in Education.

Andy Stratton

WordPress theme & plugin developer, coworker @sizeablespaces, founder of Sizeable Interactive. Growing JFDI padwan. Lover of animals/art/music/film/pb&j.

Becky Davis

Becky is the principle at Becky Davis Design and specializes in web design, development and custom WordPress themes for small businesses. She loves working with WordPress because it not only makes her job as a developer easier, but it allows her to empower her clients to take control of their own websites.

She is a regular presenter at SCORE Chicago, doing seminars on web design and WordPress for small business owners. She is active in several web-related meetup groups in Chicago, as the organizer of the Northside Chicago WordPress meetup and as an assistant organizer the Web Professionals group. You can follow her on twitter @beckyddesign or on facebook at BeckyDDesign.

Bob Dunn

Bob (aka BobWP) lives and breathes WordPress. As a WordPress coach and trainer, he has taught hundreds of users how to get the most mileage from their blogs and websites. He runs three WordPress sites himself, guest posts around the web, and loves teaching about blogging and how to use social media with WordPress. When he’s not buried in WP, he loves reading mysteries and laughing his butt off at LOL movies with his wife and two cats on a small island south of Seattle.

Brad Parbs

I’m Brad. I’m an internet rockstar. My passions are custom WordPress theming and custom plugin development.

Dan Pastori

I have been developing software for 6 years, specializing in PHP and MySQL. I currently work as the co-founder to a web application development company called 521 Dimensions. Besides working on code, I enjoy building longboards and listening to music.

David Tufts

David Tufts works full time as the web producer for a large international non-profit, RBC Ministries, and is a Co-founder at Rocketwood, a web development agency. He is an ambitious developer who is always looking for creative ways to implement the tools at hand in new and interesting ways. Over the last 4 years he has enjoyed deploying dozens of sites using WordPress ranging from personal blogs to large scale corporate websites. David’s latest WordPress project has been to develop an API for WordPress which can be found at kickpress.org.

Eric Marden

Maker of Internets. Crafter of Code. Scotch is for shippers. @CodeAcademy Mentor. VP of Engineering @StyleSeek.

Erick Hitter

Erick Hitter is a Design Engineer with Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Gravatar, PollDaddy, and more. As part of Team Custom, he helps create awesome features that let WordPress.com users tailor sites to their personalities with more than just a great theme. He was formerly a web developer with Oomph, Inc., where he specialized in complex WordPress implementations for high-traffic sites, including several on the WordPress.com VIP platform. Erick has created a number of plugins available from the official repository, including WP Print Friendly, View All Posts Pages, and Taxonomy Dropdown Widget, as well as the WordPress.com VIP External Permalinks and View All Posts Pages plugins.

Helen Hou-Sandi

Helen is a Senior User Experience Engineer with 10up, 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 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.

Jake Caputo

I’m a husky designer and developer living in the Chicago suburbs with my wife and two cats. I’ve been designing/developing with WordPress for the past four or five years. I started at a small agency, moved to freelance client work, and currently spend 100% of my time creating commercial WordPress themes.

I operate out of designcrumbs.com, co-host the occasional podcast at PleaseAdvise.fm, and tweet dumb stuff.

Jason McCreary

Jason is a web and iOS application developer currently in Louisville, KY. With over a decade of PHP experience, he likes pushing WordPress as a development platform. He has spoken at WordCamps as well as written for PHP|architect. Jason’s a self proclaimed “active geek” – camping, hiking, and being a Tough Mudder. He’ll be in attendance for the duration of WordCamp Chicago, with beer-in hand after hours, and encourages you to talk to him about WordPress, PHP, or anything really.

Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer. In 2012 he wrote the “Web Designers Guide to WordPress“. With years of a experience as a speaker and a Professor at Johnson & Wales University he delivers impactful and educational talks. Currently Jesse is the Director of Web Interface and Development at Astonish, the premier Digital Marketing Company for the Insurance Industry. Jesse co-organizes the local WordPress meetup and is very active in the community. He works closely with his students and others to share knowledge and bring forth a better future for web design and development.

Joe Boydston

VP of McNaughton newspaper group, operator of 8 northern California newspapers. Our newspaper publications are driven by WordPress, not just the websites but the print publications as well.

John Sexton

John A. Sexton, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur who is passionate about communication and design.

With over a decade of experience studying the human brain at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt University, and Emory University, twelve years experience in improvisation with companies in all over the US, and six years of experience working with WordPress, John uses his unusual combination of skills and perspectives to create memorable interactive experiences in person and on the web.

Joshua Alexander

Been involved in the web business since 2001. Started full-time in 2008 by 2009 I was looking for a solution clients can learn quicker to cut down on customer service calls and came across WordPress. Been addicted ever since.

I have an MBA in Finance from NYIT and am a full-time internet marketer and website developer.

JP Peters

IT Director, University of Central Florida College of Sciences, (new parent)

Lisa Ghisolf

Lisa Ghisolf is Gizmo Design, Inc., with 15+ years in print, web & email design. She created websites for Allstate, Kraft, Merck & many corporations & organizations.

Lisa helped develop blogging software in 2005, & was interviewed by The Chicago Tribune as a blogging expert. In 2008 she discovered the power of WordPress as a CMS & developed a custom themed site, leading to licensed templates & more custom sites.

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.

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

Mary DuQuaine

Mary is a Digital Marketing Strategist and founder of I.M. Think Tank, LLC in Chicago. She taught social media marketing at the college level and holds trainings and events on various digital marketing topics.  I.M. Think Tank, LLC is a group of tech professionals representing a variety of the facets of online marketing.  They consult, develop websites and create digital strategies for successful businesses. She started blogging with WordPress in 2008 and loves how easy it is for people to create a professional online presence so quickly with WordPress and BuddyPress.  Mary is also the founder of Chicago WomenTech.  Her Twitter handle is @ExPrTMary.

Matthew Patulski

Former PTA officer, parent, WordPress Solution Manager, Capgemini

Michelle Schulp

Michelle is a graphic designer and co-owner of local multimedia company Marktime Media, which provides design, branding, and video solutions to small and medium sized organizations across the country. WordPress is her CMS of choice for her clients.

She has been designing ever since she was old enough to pick up a pencil or sit at a computer (anyone remember KidPix?). She studied Visual Communications Design with a double-minor in Psychology and Sociology, which contributed to her love for all things problem-solving and user-experience related.

When she’s not designing, catching up on industry blogs, or interacting on social media, she plays flute in the local Community Band (band geeks forever!) and attends networking events, meetups, conferences, and MuteMath concerts.

Mika Epstein

Mika Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the Half-Elf Support Rogue in the WordPress.org forums, slashing unasnwered threads by night and wrangling plugins by day. A self-taught guru on Multisite and .htaccess, she has a passion for writing and technology, the marriage of which can be found at http://halfelf.org

Mike Winkle

Mike Van Winkle is a developer with WP Engine where he focuses on creating features to help analyze
and improve the performance of thousands of WordPress sites. He also frequently assists in support of high-traffic WordPress installations.

Mike has been developing with WordPress since 2006 and developing professionally since 2008. Before starting with WP Engine in 2012 he was a freelance developer for 2 years. He lives in Santa Rosa, CA but loves to come to Chicago where he lived from 1999 to 2010.

Pippin Williamson

Pippin Williamson is a WordPress plugin developer from Lawrence, KS. He focuses primarily on plugin development and and plugin development education (tutorials).

Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker is a freelance Web Developer living in Chicago, IL.  She develops custom WordPress themes and plugins through her company Plugged In Consulting.  Rachel is currently working on a new project to make building custom WordPress websites easier for developers.

Samer Sultan

Samer Sultan is a technology enthusiast, father & husband, musician, and founder of Sultan Solutions. Current project base includes CMS software (WordPress) theme and plug-in development, and studying SEO best practices and methodologies. Besides web development Samer also manages multiple domains, web applications, network infrastructures, and databases for his clients.

Samuel Wood (otto)

Samuel Wood, better known to the WordPress community as “Otto”, lives in Memphis, Tennessee, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll. Otto is a Tech Ninja at Audrey Capital, Matt Mullenweg’s investment and research company. When not hacking away at WordPress or the WordPress.org website, he spends his time homebrewing or scuba diving or searching out the best BBQ he can find, which he will always say is in Memphis.

Scott Offord

Scott Offord is a partner and the Director of Internet Marketing at Orion Group, LLC. He creates and manages search engine optimization and pay per click campaigns for our clients. Scott is certified in Google Analytics and in Google Adwords. He focuses on improving the visibility of websites in the search engines. His has a background in designing and developing websites using various content management systems. When he’s not optimizing websites, Scott enjoys walking his Great Dane, Squiggles.

Steve Hernan

Steve Hernan is the founder and primary content producer of Open Water Chicago, one of the nation’s leading open water swimming and endurance sports related information and social networking websites. With the help of WordPress, Steve took a personal hobby and managed to become a leading voice among a local and worldwide community of over 5,000 swimming, fitness, and endurance sports enthusiasts.

Thomas Griffin

Thomas is a passionate WordPress developer living in Charlotte, NC. He works as an independent consultant creating custom WordPress solutions for clients of all shapes and sizes. When he is not doing client work, he is either actively building Soliloquy (the best WordPress slider plugin) or playing golf. He hopes to one day become a professional golfer.

Tom Carney

Tom has been working with WordPress for over three years. He has been developing and designing WordPress websites for YellAdworks, a King of Prussia based company, for over two years. He has also founded Tec Doc Design, a WordPress and Web development site that utilizes website development and design concepts for small and medium sized businesses nationwide in January 2012. He has developed and customized many WordPress themes using various uses of many WordPress functions to get his client’s websites working the way clients request.

Tony Perez

I’m an entrepreneur, own and operate a tech start-up specializing in web-malware. I was forcibly thrown into the InfoSec domain a little over a year ago and haven’t looked back. I am a big believer in sharing information and love to do so in an open forum. I’m a passionate biker, love my guns and like to mingle in some martial arts from time to time.

Trafton Esler

Despite a decade of computer engineering experience, from hardware (chip design at Intel and Robotics Fairs) to enterprise software (SAP), Trafton specializes in translating developer speak into plain English. He uses this superpower to solve technology problems with the WordPress developers that build amazing sites and host them on WP Engine.

Outside the office, Trafton is always organizing communities, including Burger Thursday, a 4 year quest to find the best burger in Austin, Texas. He is also an avid mountain biker, a certified Emergency First Responder and a Rescue Diver. He recently got into the Twitterverse, and you can follow him via @traftonesler.

Vid Luther

I am currently the CEO and Founder of ZippyKid. I’ve been building or maintaining high traffic websites and systems since he was 18 (I’m almost 34 now, and too old to do the math).. starting at a local internet service provider that turned into a hosting platform for one of the largest ‘adult entertainment’ sites in the 1990s, to writing systems that scaled all the way to 100,000 SQL queries per second.

These days I use my experience and connections to help scale WordPress sites, dealing with spikes in traffic that increase pageviews by 100X in a day, to membership sites with millions of members.

Zack Tollman

Zack has been building websites for over 8 years, specializing in WordPress implementations since 2007. Zack was attracted to WordPress’ blend of exciting features in combination with a highly usable and engaging publishing environment. When Zack is not building websites for 10up clients, he gives back to the community by building plugins, teaching new developers about WordPress, and contributing code to other projects.

With a PhD in Psychology, Zack has special insight into how human users interact with computer systems and knows how to build highly effective, rewarding working relationships with clients. It should come as no surprise that, while he loves tackling technical challenges, Zack’s inspiration is drawn from interacting with engaging clients of all stripes.

When Zack isn’t engaging clients or working with WordPress he can often be found in a hockey match or playing the guitar. He loves spending time with his wonderful fiance and incredible dog.

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