Meet your panel (in alphabetical order):
Lucy Beer of Web Training Wheels is an online marketing professional of 8+ years. She has a background in constructing and executing online marketing campaigns for small business, entertainment and art clients. These days she loves to teach small businesses and entrepreneurs how to develop their online marketing strategies. She has been using WordPress since around 2004 and has never looked back. In addition to marketing consulting she provides WordPress training through one-on-one or small group sessions to help businesses build a solid online foundation for their marketing.
http://happenings.com | http://anybrowser.com
Glenn Bennett is a computer programmer and magazine publisher. He has his own publication, Happenings Magazine. In the mid-90′s Glenn became involved in creating workable solutions for the Internet and created the "AnyBrowser iii Specification" that allowed website builders to create websites that would render consistently with the browsers of the day. He also created his own web browser that rendered web pages using the "AnyBrowser iii Specification" so site creators could view sites using the spec. This experience has given a unique prospective on the web. In addition to continuing to publish his magazine, Glenn is hard at work on several experimental Internet projects and occasionally works as an adviser to online businesses. He currently uses CodeIgniter, PyroCMS, and WordPress to create his projects. His
WordPress work includes http://Widgetifyr.com , http://WPMultisite.com and http://PodcastingPlugin.com . He is the current maintainer of the WordPress Podcasting Plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/podcasting/), which has more than 100,000 downloads.
Carole Bonds is a web developer and the Wordpress "Guru" for AgentEvolution. A semi-retired chemist, she turned her passion for programming into a second career. She is the lead developer for AgentEvolution since its inception and all the websites she has done for clients are based on WordPress. She is not a designer but loves the "back-end" aspects of Wordpress and fully utilizing WordPress as a CMS.
Prior to Sprout Venture, Dan Cameron was the project manager on multi-million dollar web projects and had a director position with top 100 e-commerce company; he started Sprout Venture in 2008 to escape that start-up scene & out of the management games. Sprout Venture, from day one, has focused on WordPress development and has never looked back. Dan Cameron has been the lead front-end developer on a few high-profile clients, including GigaOm and a network of Radio sites where his theme development is used on hundreds of sites. Late this year he completed a WordPress plugin that allows for groupon.com type functionality with e-commerce integration and membership capabilities. It really has been a crazy two years, with 85% of all client solutions involving WordPress as a solution. Specialties: Theme Frameworks, Advanced WP Themes and Plugin Development, Programming without the future getting in the way, Reuse and not Rework, & Freelancing.
Zeke is an interaction designer and Front End Developer. He specializes in UX desgin, semantic HTML, CSS, jQuery, and web strategy. Basically - he designs, simplifies, and builds the user interfaces of web sites.
brandingpersonality.com (http://www.brandingpersonality.com) | @hensel (http://twitter.com/hensel) | facebook.com/brandingpersonality (http://www.facebook.com/brandingpersonality)
Marieke is an online brand strategist since 2002 and is the owner of Branding Personality: the online brand strategy agency for consumer brands. Marieke is an internationally published co-author of BusinessWise, a collaborative book for small companies with large ambitions. Her company, Branding Personality now has 7 employees who help businesses attract customers through online advertising, search engine optimization and social media. Branding Personality generates results for local businesses and national brands such as Fairmont Private Schools, Microsoft Xbox, Chevrolet and Hyundai auto dealers. Marieke started building her first Wordpress blog in 2005 and adores Wordpress because of the search engine optimization benefits it has and its versatility. Marieke gives workshops to full day trainings in Wordpress and leads her clients onto the path of attracting customers through blogging, both by building a community and it benefiting its search engine ranking.
Marblesoft Technologies, Inc. (http://marblesoftinc.com/)
Susan Hildebrand has been a programmer since 1980s. As founder of Marblesoft Technologies, Inc. , she has designed databases and software for Fortune 500 companies. She is versed in multi-media production on the Windows platform. She is also a certified NLP coach and a writer/copywriter. Her current focus is in building Wordpress sites and mentoring business owners on best use of this exciting technology.
http://purplepen.com | http://nataliemac.com
In addition to being the organizer of the WordPress Meetup group, Natalie is also the founder of Purple Pen Productions, a virtual creative agency. She's been building web sites since AOL was cool (1996). She specializes in user experience, UI design, interaction design, and front end development, and especially loves coding up custom WordPress themes. In addition to client work, she's working on releasing a set of flexible, extendable WordPress themes.
konspiredesign.com (http://www.konspiredesign.com) | @vasily_m (http://twitter.com/vasily_m)
Vasily Myazin is a passionate web designer, developer, user experience enthusiast and interface builder based in Los Angeles, CA. His journey with the web started back in 1997 in Russia, when he coded his first website by hand, overnight, with no prior knowledge of HTML. Since then, Vasily has survived though numerous chapters of the online evolution, including the dot-com bubble and bust, as well as the onset of Web 2.0. Vasily is more of a generalist when it comes to web technologies and disciplines: he spends a quarter of his day making the most of Photoshop and Illustrator, a quarter tinkering with jQuery, another quarter dealing with HTML+CSS, and the rest playing with WordPress and stand-alone PHP apps. Accessibility and usability are goals that are always highly sought after. Vasily is an avid user of Apple products: Mac, iPhone and iPad. It's no wonder he’s got a knack for clean and easy-to-use interface aesthetics. Web tech consulting is a big part of Vasily’s day-to-day occupation; he serves various start-ups and small businesses around the world, as well as gigantic clients like Sony. He has built over a dozen of custom themes for WordPress and uses it as a content management system of choice. Vasily currently runs his own tiny agency called Konspire Design.
Austin Passy is a freelance web designer and WordPress developer. He was the Organizer of WordCampLA 2009 (http://2009.wordcamp.la/) and 2010 (http://2010.wordcamp.la/). He's also a traveling speaker for WordCamps all over.
http://martythornley.com | @martythornley (http://twitter.com/martythornley) | http://identitykitchen.com
Marty is a freelance designer and developer who works 100% in WordPress. In addition to designing and building custom blogs, he has been the goto developer for design and branding company Identity Kitchen for the last year, with a focus on custom websites and pushing the limits of WordPress as CMS. Most recently Marty has co-founded a development company with Identity Kitchen owner Ellen Petty. They are preparing to launch their first project, PhotographyBlogSites.com to enable customizable yet affordable WordPress based portfolio sites for photographers, developed using WordPress 3.0's MultiSite abilities. Marty has developed several plugins including SEO Image Galleries, and the PhotoBlog Image Fixer - both developed as part of PhotographyBlogSites.com.
Marblesoft Technologies, Inc. (http://marblesoftinc.com/)
Ed Tiongson has over 25 years working in Information Technology. His expertise was with Microsoft technology until he came across Wordpress, which is now his chosen platform for deploying websites. Ed has researched, customized and debugged many Wordpress plugins (i.e. Shopping Cart, Membership, Autoresponders, Analytics, PayPal integration, etc.) .He works at Marblesoft Technologies, Inc., a solutions provider focused on building Wordpress sites with E-commerce and Membership functionality. Ed is also a graphic designer, a video editor, and an avid musician who enjoys using Mac-based software, synthesizers and electronic music, and loves comedy.