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DFW WordPress Group Message Board Announcements › Emerging Tech Conference: June 23-24 at the Grapevine Convention Center

Emerging Tech Conference: June 23-24 at the Grapevine Convention Center

Tony C.
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Dear WordPress Rockstar,

If you have ever learned something at one of our two-hour Meetups, imagine how valuable a two-day conference on blogging, WordPress and social media will be for your business!

I designed the Emerging Tech Conference specifically for you, the DFWWP member. You get a healthy helping of WordPress and a triple helping of Content Marketing, Social Media and Tools & Strategy tracks.

You'll learn how to blog correctly, how to maximize your marketing efforts, how to use social media. If any one of these speakers were to consult with you, the cost would be many times more than the price of a ticket. For $99 (with dfwwp20 coupon code) you are getting two days worth of top-quality marketing training, you'll get to network with the best and the brightest. But only if you...

...clear your calendar, call a babysitter, and register today. :)

June 23-24 - Emerging Tech Conference : Online Marketing from the experts

Learn about Content Marketing, WordPress, SEO, Blogging and Social Media.
Learn best practices you can apply right away.
30 talks from acclaimed experts covering real-world tactics to enhance your online marketing strategy.
Register today and save.
Coupon code dfwwp20 saves you $20.­

Platinum sponsor: Copyblogger Media


PS — We also need some volunteers, let us know if you can help in any of these roles.

  • setupmuscle - pre-show set-up: hang signs/posters/set up projectors
  • ticketstar - check-in attendees: scan ticket, look up person on system, provide a badge
  • hallwayguide - help people find the right speaker in the right room
  • wifiwizard - help people log into the free WiFi network
  • audiovideoguru - help speakers with A/V details, includes microphone, laptop, remote, & projection
  • photosharer - take candid photos of the event, upload them to social media
  • tweetmaster - send out tweets on the @ETCDallas account, respond to tweets
  • breakdownmuscle - after-show breakdown: pack up


PPS — If you are a developer or designer and want to give a 5-minute talk at our June 30 Meetup (Meet the Developers), let me know. The June Meetup is for designers and developers to share what they do. (I'd like to know too. So I can refer you business.) The talk can be a simple show-and-tell, about a plugin you wrote, or anything about web design.


Best wishes,

Tony Cecala, Ph.D.
DFW WordPress Meetup Organizer



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­Sean Jackson
Sean Jackson is a founding partner of Copyblogger Media creators of­, StudioPress/Genesis, Scribe, Premise & Synthesis WordPress hosting. Often referred to as the "Geek that Speaks," Sean has a true passion for technology and how it is applied to the needs of marketing. As a partner in Copyblogger, Sean is directly responsible for the Scribe product line and the CFO of the company. Sean is an active member of the Dallas business community in leadership roles with DFW Search Marketing Association and is a Past President of the Dallas Ad League (AAF-Dallas).

­Mike Orren
Mike Orren is a new media junkie who started his career doing manual newspaper pasteup with an exacto and glue. His consultancy, Just Be Amazing, works with media companies, retailers and nonprofits to tap into the strengths in what they do best. Clients include CBS,, The Ferguson Road Initiative, SourceMedia, MobileMum and a B2B news startup launching in March. He is the founder of Pegasus News, which he led from launch through two acquisitions.

­Giovanni Gallucci
Giovanni develops strategy for online marketing and audience development for forward-thinking clients missions, music, media, faith, fashion, film, tv, sports, & causes interested in breaking new ground online. On the other hand he is a professional photographer who focuses on the same. He's currently working on Troubadour, TX, a docu-reality TV series airing on the CW network and syndicated nationwide among other projects. You can find him online at:­

­Michael Johnstone
Tech business leadership, keen investment analysis, seasoned entrepreneurial perspectives positioned Michael Johnstone for his role at Mark Cuban Companies. Charged with managing growth of portfolio companies, reviewing potential acquisitions; Johnstone's strategies maximize technology and expansion into emerging market segments for Mark Cuban Companies.

­Tom McCracken
Tom McCracken, founded LevelTen Interactive in 1999 to champion the cause of user centric application design and customer centric marketing. As the Director of LevelTen, Tom helps clients develop high ROI interactive media and marketing through strategic agile methodologies. He has a blended background in both marketing and technology development. Over the past 20 years Tom has consulted on over 100 interactive projects for companies such as AT&T, U.S. Bank Corp, Abbott Labs, Pratt & Whitney, ADP, E*TRADE, NEC, Nationwide Insurance, and Tektronics. Tom chairs the Dallas Drupal User group and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner. He received his degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland.­

­Tony Wright
With more than 13 years experience in interactive marketing and a background in traditional and interactive PR and journalism, Tony Wright, CEO and Founder of WrightIMC ( has spent his career helping businesses of all sizes be profitable on the Web. Wright is a search marketing expert with extensive experience in online crisis communication and brand reputation strategy, including corporate blogging and corporate monitoring, most notably directing the online corporate reputation management strategy for American Airlines immediately following the events of September 11, 2001.

­Chris Westfall
Chris Westfall is the national elevator pitch champion, an author, entrepreneur and professional speaker. Working with top-tier corporate clients and colleges, he is an award-winning MBA instructor at the Business Leadership Center at SMU. He is a past winner of the "Communicator of the Year" award at the top-rated MBA program for developing strong business communications skills (according to The Princeton Review). He is a featured keynote speaker at Hewlett Packard (HP), the largest technology company in the world, where he helps international sales executives with advanced leadership strategies.

­Robert Riggs
Riggs has received the highest awards of broadcast journalism including the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for Investigative Reporting and three Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Journalism Awards for Investigative Reporting. He crossed the digital divide from traditional media to a new media as an online communications adviser on Internet strategies and media. Riggs is a new media video consultant and producer.

­Rani Monson
Rani Monson is a former journalist who now helps clients get their message right. She loves technology, but works with clients to understand it is a vehicle – only.  Without the right message, your vehicle will be ignored and won’t bring in new clients. Her company, RainMaking Marketing, has successfully helped businesses and organizations build an effective communication strategy.

­A.J. Wood
A.J. is an employee of Adobe Systems, and spends his time engaging customers on the benefits of Adobe's Creative Suite software. As an arts & technology advocate, he produces the popular video tutorial series "I Create Content" which airs on YouTube. Teacher, photographer, speaker, the only thing he talks about more than Adobe products is his family. You can find A.J. on his web site

­G.I. Sanders
As a co-founder of Fancorps G.I. put the "General" in general manager from day one. He has a passion for leadership and project management and has successfully steered the Fancorps ship for the past four years. Ambitious and driven to stay on top of the curve G.I. prides himself on organization and innovation within the office and at home.

­Tony Edwards
Having spent 17+ years in the sales & marketing, Tony leads the charge in expanding new business at Fancorps. His creative & outgoing personality are tailor made for scouting out new clients from all industries and building custom packages to fit their social media marketing needs. You can find Tony blogging, tweeting & Facebooking about new trends in the brand marketing, traveling the world, grilling in the backyard or about the music that he's listening to right now!

­Neil Lemons
Neil Lemons, Texas native, is an early 30-something adventurer, mobile lifestyle enthusiast, and Marketing Consultant. He is the Co-Founder of­, a hyper-local publication that attracts 45k+ visitors a month. He has written in personal blogs since 2001 and  written for and consulted with businesses for 6+ years. He works for PFSweb during the day creating & implementing SEO/SEM and affiliate strategies for household names, i.e. Gerber® Childrenswear, Roots, and P&G eStore.

­Darren Matheny
Darren Matheny is the founder & CEO of Docudesk. A serial entrepreneur and marketer, Darren has been launching businesses and marketing online since 1996. Using lean techniques he has guided Docudesk from an initial idea launched from his home office in 2003 to a multi-million dollar software company. Darren also serves as advisor and investor to other startups, is a father, coder, pilot and business hobbyist.

­Nicholas Thomas
Nicholas Thomas is the COO of Docudesk. A geek at heart, Nicholas pursued computer science until a successful stint managing a local band - gaining recognition from major record labels & filmed by MTV. Since then Nicholas has been involved in marketing and product development in the software space, and his articles on startups, innovation, and the future of technology have appeared in Business Insider, ReadWriteWeb, and Mashable.

­Jeremy Vest
Jeremy is an author, speaker, web designer, teacher and video marketing nerd. He founded Emmy award winning video training company that created training videos for companies like Adobe, Corel, Wiley and Safari Books Online. Jeremy is the author of “Exploring Web Design”. Jeremy’s latest venture is the Video Marketing Guild an association dedicated to video marketing education.

­Scott Kingsley Clark
Scott Kingsley Clark is a Web Developer at RD2, Inc. and a lead developer of the Pods Framework. He can be found on Twitter: @scottkclark

­Leslie Green
Leslie is a writer and public speaker who shares true stories and insights about what it means to Trust Life Today. Where Trust comes from and how we can be anchored in Trust in our every day lives are the main focus of her writing. As is the case with all of us, life has given Leslie numerous opportunities to either choose or reject Trust or fear. She is most excited when sharing how to choose Trust over fear with others. Teaching others to have more Peace in their lives is Leslie's ultimate goal. And she does this through Trust.

­Patty Farmer
Patty Farmer, “The Networking CEO™”, is a multi-award winning and highly sought after marketing professional, public speaker, radio show host and author.  She was recipient of 2011′s International Women’s Day Business Service Award as well as 2010′s “Best Business Connector in Dallas” award. Patty has a network of 75,000+. She has taught thousands of business owners how to effectively network and expand their client base using a non-competitive and dynamic collaboration strategy.

­Christopher Gronlund
Christopher Gronlund helps and entertains people by moving words around pages and screens. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, comic books, and the Web. Christopher blogs at You can listen to him read his first novel, Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors, for free at­.­

­Shayne Sanderson
I've been working with WordPress since 2006 and have been freelancing most of that time. I co-founded 9seeds, a WordPress development firm in 2009 and now provide support for Pagely, a Managed WordPress Hosting company.­

­Randy Jensen
Randy is a freelance web developer who focuses on creating amazing experiences for users. He has an extensive background in WordPress development along with themes and plugins. He's also the creator of­

­Springfield Lewis
Springfield Lewis is a recognized expert in business communications for FORTUNE 100 companies and other organizations. His communications and marketing career spans journalism, corporate, online agency and consulting work. He's helped develop and drive best practices cited by PR Week, Melcrum Internal Communications and the Executive Communications Council. He speaks about the importance of strategic storytelling, content development/packaging and digital communications at industry events and institutions – such as Yale University and Southern Methodist University.

­Derick Shaefer
Derick Schaefer: Having sold a car in college to upgrade his computer, Derick is considers himself a geek at heart who is fortunate to work with software as a profession. When he's not heads down working with his team at Synthesis WordPress Hosting by CopyBlogger Media, he tinkers in other aspects of WordPress, Linux, and software in general. In addition to his responsibilities at Synthesis, Derick enjoys his role as a guest writer GeekBeat.TV and interacting with the Dallas monthly WordPress Meetup!  Prior to venturing into the WordPress community in 2007

­Dan Sturdivant
Dan Sturdivant is an interactive marketing & design professional with over 14 years of experience in digital communications. Dan is a proven leader providing digital marketing services, creative design, and team management across market and target segments. Dan is the president of the DFW Search Engine Marketing Association and is the originator and past event chairman and for the Jingle Mingle Holiday Party.­

­Rob Holmes
Rob conducted some of the world’s first IP-related Internet investigations, and pioneered the study of the “virtual crime scene”. His regular clients include 20 of the 100 Best Global Brands. He is the Editor of the blog Knockoff Report and popular speaker on the topics of Intellectual Property and the Internet. Rob is a private eye, funny guy, blogger, Calvinist, Freemason, Prius owner, and a Gene Hackman Fan.­

­Lissa Duty
Lissa Duty, founder of, is a social media marketing strategist, coined as the “online social coach” her expertise is in implementing social media campaigns, educating and teaching others how to leverage social networking sites to grow their business / brand themselves online. Follow Lissa on Twitter and "Like" her on Facebook.

­Mike Pratt
Mike Pratt is a West Point graduate and spent 6 years in the Army as a Combat Engineer. Mike did business development for new media agency Carrot Creative in New York before venturing out on his own to launch Extra Sauce, focusing on user engagement experiences, applications and analytics. He also created the niche social network for West Point graduates and is the founder of Digital Dallas, an organization of industry professionals dedicated to helping brand Dallas as a digital hub.

­Randy Hoyt
Randy works as a web developer and information architect at an interactive agency, and he teaches courses in web publishing at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been working with WordPress since the early days, building websites and blogs on the platform for over seven years. Randy presents about WordPress and web development at conferences and local meetups, and he spends whatever free time offline he can find studying mythology and playing board games.­

­Stephanie Inge
Stephanie owns and operates several successful businesses, Virtual Training Camp, DFW Computer Coach and The Fossil Floozy. Her eBay career began in 1999. Named eBay's Spotlight Seller of the Month in February 2006 and featured in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Good Day Dallas, The eBay Success Chronicles, Entrepreneur Magazine's "How To Sell Clothing, Shoes and Accessories on eBay," "How to Market Your Business Using YouTube" and eBay PowerSeller Million Dollar Ideas. Founder of The Dallas eBaybes & eMales, world's largest eBay Seller's MeetUp Group and DFW Social Media Marketing group.


emerging tech conference sponsors

Copyblo­gger MediaNewsroo­m InkTh­­


Cultivat­r, LissaDuty­.com, ­iSocialDesign, ­DFW Social Media Marketing,
­DFW Twitter Meetup, and ­DFW Social Media Marketing Meetup



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