Marcus has launched several successful companies, including: RockWater, the pioneer Cyber-Cafe in Central Wisconsin; Superstarch, a graphic design firm & user experience consultancy; and UserVoice, the prominent customer service platform which boasts 160,000 customers to date.
More recently, Marcus was CEO and co-founded Addvocate, a social application and marketing automation platform which helps companies humanize and monetize their brand experience by enabling all employees to engage with customers. Currently Head of Corporate Communications at Faraday Future
CEO of @ryverapp
James is the WordPress Evangelist at Envato. His focus is on building relationships with designers, developers and users in the WordPress community. When James isn’t attending an event or hanging out on Slack and Twitter, you can find him spending time with his family. Otherwise, he’s probably woodworking, canoeing in the wilderness somewhere or drinking coffee.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sucuri, Inc.
Tony works at Sucuri; a globally recognized website security firm specializing in cleaning and protecting websites. Tony has spent the better part of 5 years building an organization designed to provide value to website owners when they need it most. He has worked with 100’s of thousands of websites, helping them navigate their online security challenges, has spoken at events and conferences around the world, and is adamant in the power of education and awareness. He actively writes and shares his thoughts on both business and security on his personal and business web properties.
He is a former US Marine, holds his undergraduate degree in Technology Management, and is an active Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and competitor.
The nicest guy you'll ever meet.
Or as we know him by his real name, Clint Comer. He’s been a a stalwart volunteer for PressNomics now he is taking center stage.
Clintus is a full time “YouTuber” (View Channel) who documents his life every day with his wife and two children. He enjoys having a good time and sharing it with the world.
Before making videos online, Clintus worked on various film productions as an aspiring D.P and editor. He found sites like YouTube, Blip.tv, Viddler, and Vimeo in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Clintus graduated from the University of Advancing Technology where he learned to make his first web page and found his love for the online world.
When he’s not talking to a camera, Clintus likes to play video games, ride dirt bikes, and make his kids laugh.
Founder iThemes.com, Author
In January 2008, he founded iThemes, a provider of WordPress themes, and in the summer of 2009, launched WebDesign.com, a premium provider of web design training with WordPress, then in 2010,PluginBuddy, for WordPress plugins. He is also co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies (Wiley Publishing 2011) and a member of Entrepreneurship Organization, a network of over 8,000 entrepreneurs in 40 countries.
Jeannette Maré, Ben’s Bells Founder and Executive Director, will lead “A Conversation on Kindness”, an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create a kinder community. During this presentation, Jeannette will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, as well as her work with Ben’s Bells Project and the power of kindness to transform people and communities.
The Cronkite of WP News
Brian is a web developer, writer, and consultant based in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s the editor of Post Status, a news and information website for WordPress professionals. It’s a community-centric project with around 600 members doing incredible things with WordPress.
Business Owner and Podcaster
Matt Medeiros is the host of popular WordPress podcast, The Matt Report. The show discusses the challenges and highlights of running a digital agency while standing in the crossroads of product development.
He is the co-founder of a digital agency, Slocum Studio and the product mind behind Conductor Plugin.
A veteran of the Silicon Valley boom days, Alex relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2004. He has been developing for the web since 1996 and has designed and developed enterprise web applications and web sites for Fortune 500 and Global 2000 customers.
Alex is also well known for his open source projects and contributions; in particular as an original contributor to the WordPress Open Source project and for his ongoing work in the WordPress community as Founder CrowdFavorite.
Senior Vice President, Hosting
As Senior Vice President of Hosting at GoDaddy, Jeff oversees the development and operations of the largest platform for small business in the world. Jeff joined GoDaddy after 10 years with eBay, where he served as Head of Platform Strategy for commerce and held senior product management roles in Search, Trust and Safety.
Prior to eBay, Jeff spent six years at Sun Microsystems, first as a Senior Product Manager and then as a Systems Engineer. Jeff holds a B.S. from San Jose State University.
As a father of two, he enjoys adventure-travel with his family, “basically any water sport” and mountain biking. Jeff also mentors startups in commerce/cloud technology.
Co-owner/founder of YIKES, Inc.
Tracy Levesque is a co-owner and co-founder of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop located in the vibrant neighborhood of Fishtown. She is also a WordPress instructor for Girl Develop It Philly.
When not wrangling the business, Tracy drinks coffee, rides her bike, plays drums, chases her 9 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.
WP Plugin Developer
Pippin Williamson is a WordPress plugin developer from Hutchinson, KS. He runs PippinsPlugins.com and is the founder and lead developer of Restrict Content Pro, Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP and many more WordPress plugins. Beyond WordPress, Pippin has a love for sour beer, home brewing, and is an avid cyclist.
Aaron Jorbin is a polyhistoric man of the web. Currently CTO of Happytables, Aaron is working on empowering restaurant operators to make smarter data driven decision. He is also a WordPress Core Committer that focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at aaron.jorb.in.
Co-Founder & President
Heidi Jannenga is the President and Co-Founder of WebPT, the market-leading electronic medical records solution for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Since its official launch in 2008, WebPT has grown to more than 270 employees and over 65,000 customers. As a testament to this growth, WebPT has earned three consecutive appearances on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies, including two appearances on the prestigious Inc. 500 list. In addition to speaking as an industry expert at numerous rehab therapy conferences, Heidi has participated as a panel speaker at many technology, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership events.
I build brands and businesses.
Jeff Walters is a Partner at True North Companies and is responsible for deal underwriting and operational activities. His core competencies are focused on assisting portfolio companies in business strategy, brand strategy, and sales & marketing. In roles ranging from entrepreneur to professional investor, Jeff has built brands and businesses throughout his career.
Prior to his involvement with True North, Jeff was an entrepreneur in the online marketing and cloud computing industries, successfully co-founding two major international companies, Targetbase and Intrasight. Targetbase was a pioneering marketing automation firm known for its strengths in business analysis and creative solutions for connecting consumers and brands. After building the business to over $60mm in revenues, Targetbase was sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 1999.
Web Professional, NIce guy.