Al Davis

Al Davis has more than 15 years’ experience working with small business owners, helping them get their business online. As a Hosting Product Manager for a number of different service providers, Al has seen the good, the bad, and the (very) ugly when small businesses leap from website idea to website reality. He has stood witness as business owners, both large and small, make the same avoidable mistakes again and again.

More recently, Al has focused his attention on WordPress and the Open Source community. As a speaker at several WordCamps and one of the organizers of WordCamp Toronto and WordCamp Toronto: Developers, Al has become an active member of the WordPress community.

Additionally, Al also teaches 2 WordPress related classes at the college level in Toronto

You can find Al on Twitter ( adavis3105), at his personal website (aldavis.org), or, his new project: wpteach.com

Andreas Johansson

EdTech Integration Consultant in Northern Ohio. IKEA Black Belt Certified. Yurt builder. Native Swede. Blue hat. Google Apps Qualified Individual.

Andreas Johansson is consultant for educational technology integration who specializes in creating dynamic events that shape the way we teach and learn with technology, helping people effectively and practically integrate technology into their environments.


Angie Meeker

Angie Meeker lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, Robert and toddler girl. She owns www.angiemeekerdesigns.com and teaches at www.mynameisangie.com. Angie is co-organizer of WordCamp Columbus and the Columbus WordPress Meetup.

Austin Gunter

in a few words: entrepreneurship, tai chi, MBTI, yerba mate, and rhetoric.
I’m a 20-something in Austin, Texas who lives and breathes life around words and people.
I work at WP Engine as the Brand Ambassador inside the WordPress (Capital “P”) community. I blog, tweet, share, +1, and make connections between the community and WP Engine. The goal is to provide the fastest, most secure WordPress hosting to developers to create amazing websites for their clients.
Previously I helped grow tech startups at Tech Ranch Austin, a pre-seed incubator. I had the privilege to work with more than 120 entrepreneurs and help them build successful businesses, specifically by understanding their personalities and gifts. Specifically using the MBTI as a personality instrument.
I have an enormous appetite for content around technology, start-ups, and communication (this is a big bucket). Let’s talk!

Bill Rice

Bill Rice owns and operates Rice Design, a WordPress, Social Media and Email Marketing Consulting firm based in central Kentucky. He began his love affair with WordPress in 2008 after years of frustration building sites in “other content management systems.” The client-friendly ease of use and supportive community got him hooked instantly.

Brian Layman

Brian has been hacking WordPress since Ver. 1.2 in 2004. He’s a WordPress core contributor and specializes site optimization, security reviews, and creating custom plugins for clients who need functionality that hasn’t been seen before. One of only five featured WordPress Developers in “WordPress for Dummies (2nd edition)” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Brian has been able to assist clients such as Lexis-Nexis, Hewlett Packard, Moguldom Media, Marsh & McLennan and Darren “Problogger” Rowse in delivering custom website solutions. He hosts the monthly North East Ohio WordPress Meetup #NEOWP and speaks regularly at conventions and on WordPress related podcasts. @BrianLayman

Dave Donaldson

Dave lives in Columbus, OH and is one of the founders of Max Foundry, a company that makes WordPress plugins and themes. You can follow Dave on Twitter (@arcware) and on his blog (http://arcware.net), where he writes about living the bootstrapped startup life. Dave is co-organizer of WordCamp Columbus and the WordPress Columbus Meetup.

Dustin Hartzler


Dustin is a full-time WordPress developer who studies different ways to engage with audiences, building the most effective websites for his clients. He also has a weekly WordPress podcast where he fields listeners’ questions.

Joe Querin


Joe Querin is a self taught web developer/designer for the past 15 years. With a background in graphic design and computer art, Joe also understands and writes code in a number of different languages. He has been using WordPress for the past year, and has created 5 different custom themes for the various sites he consultants and works on. Joe works full time for a community college, but also runs a web consulting company on the side, www.unlimitedimaginationstudio.com Joe lives in Lorain, Ohio with his wife of 14 years and two daughters, a tween and a toddler.

John Dillick


John Dillick is a Columbus migrant, father of two, employee at Ingenesis Limited, core developer of the Shopp e-commerce plugin for WordPress, and lover of funny geek t-shirts.

John Hartley

John Hartley is a freelance web developer, working as a Theme Developer at Max Foundry here in Columbus. He also does WordPress consulting and custom sites on the side as Forknight Interactive (http://www.forknightinteractive.com). Dubstep, Custom Post Types, %’s and ems make him happy. You can find him on Twitter @johnbhartley, Github https://github.com/johnbhartley, and his personal site http://johnbhartley.com.

John James Jacoby (Keynote)

Master of Alliteration at Automattic, Inc. Lead developer of BuddyPress and bbPress. Lover of naps, grilled cheese, and puppies.

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis is co-founder of Ingenesis Ltd, and the lead developer of their ecommerce plugin, Shopp. Jonathan is a co-organizer of WordCamp Columbus and the WordPress Columbus Meetup.

Justin Jones

Justin Jones can be found at “The Weekly Theme Show” podcast on WPCandy.com facebook.com/jjonesftw and on twitter @jjonesftw. He will have a full profile soon.

Michelle Hummel

Michelle is CEO of Web Media Expert LLC a full service social media agency. She holds an Internet Marketing Degree and 10+ years of successful online business development, sales and marketing experience. Michelle has a proven track record of internet marketing success and is a highly sought after speaker demonstrating her knowledge and passion for social media marketing. Current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine and writing a book to share her best kept secrets to success.

Nile Flores

Nile Flores is a sassy Southern Illinois mom who is a professional blogger, as well as a WordPress designer and developer. She has been proud to use WordPress since its start and even when it was b2 cafelog. She has always aimed to help others in the creation, maintaining, and promoting of their website. Nile has spoken at many WordCamps across the United States and is well known in the blogging community. Her website isBlondish.net and you can follow her on Twitter @blondishnet and on her Facebook fan page.

When Nile is not knee deep in coding or blogging or speaking at conferences, she is having fun raising her son, and even attends Shoren Kempo karate twice a week.

Nowell VanHoesen


A web developer living in Dayton Ohio. His primary job with MacAulay-Brown is creating web applications using php and Yii framework. Nowell also freelances through The CreativeFuse Initiative (CFi) developing client specific WordPress themes and plugins. Connect with Nowell using http://about.me/NowellVanHoesen

Ryan Imel

Ryan Imel is the Editor in Chief of WPCandy, and the one you get to be upset with if something goes wrong. You can also find him at his blog and on Twitter.

Shane Haggerty


Shane Haggerty is the CEO and strategic director at Great Heights Marketing and Communication, which leads strategic direction for projects ranging from traditional marketing and public relations campaigns to social and experiential. Prior to launching Great Heights, he led the marketing communications direction at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, where his work was honored by five statewide and national awards.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner. He is known for his agressive marketing skills, creative designs, and expertise in SEO. Syed has been in the industry for over eight years, and he has worked with some of the top brands in the industry. He is known as “the WordPress Ninja” among our clients because he is a total WordPress Geek. He blogs at www.WPBeginner.com. Check it out, and follow him on twitter.

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