Geektastic tech junkie
Brad is a seasoned technical executive and entrepreneur who has been involved in internet startups for two decades. Prior to his work at CX, Brad co-founded and developed Bizavo.com, an innovative executive and company deep web (invisible web) search engine. Brad spent more than 8 years in the automobile industry, serving as President of All Set Auto Repair (ASA) and Director of Technology for SmartMove Auto (SMA), a chain of auto service centers and Buy-Here-Pay auto dealerships with locations in Georgia, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona. He successfully launched, capitalized, staffed, managed, and developed a proprietary web client dealer management system for FleetDirect, a Mitsubishi Fuso dealership located in Phoenix Arizona for 7 years.
Creator of the Easy Digital Downloads Plugin
Pippin Williamson is a WordPress plugin developer living in Hutchinson, KS. He is the developer behind Restrict Content Pro, Easy Digital Downloads, and many more. Along with writing plugins for a living, Pippin reviews plugin submissions for the WordPress.org plugin repository and contributes to WordPress core. Pippin is also a core contributor to the bbPress project, a complete forums solution for WordPress.
Jake is the President of 10up, a full service web agency that imagines, builds, and grows amazing websites with WordPress. At 10up, Jake serves brand name clients like TechCrunch, Consumer Reports, NBC Universal, Trulia, Juicy Couture, and Google. In less than 3 years, Jake built 10up from 1 to 35 full time employees.
Jake has been building websites since the mid 90’s, and has built web-based solutions for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy, major universities, and high profile non-profits. He has been quoted on publications like c|net, written for Smashing Magazine, taught at Boston University, and presented at conferences around the country. He is a core contributor to WordPress, maintains some highly rated WordPress plug-ins, and organizes the Sacramento WordPress Meetup.
Post Modern Salesman
Chris’ background in technology and development, combined with his focus on relationship building and network curation, makes him an expert at translating business needs into technical execution. A natural at skillfully launching Vuurr and its clients into impressive business deals, he’s not just the sales guy; Chris is the rhino glue between Vuurr‘s successful connections and its behind-the-scenes engineering finesse. With proven results and past experience to support his credibility, Chris holds the reigns on postmodern marketing needs and the essential partnership skills to develop a fan base bigger than your company’s softball league.
Marketplace General Manager, Envato
As Marketplaces General Manager, Helen is the Captain of the Marketplaces ship. In the role for just eight months, Helen has already dramatically ramped up the Marketplaces team to meet the demands of a fast growing 3 million strong community, and over 600,000 daily visits. Helen strongly identifies with Envato’s first Value: “When The Community Succeeds, We Succeed” and aims for the Marketplaces team to always live up to that ideal. Coming from a strong online business background, Helen earned her stripes with such companies as SEEK and Lonely Planet. In her spare time Helen is a board member for CanTeen, an Australian charity for young people living with cancer, and spends all her spare time with her husband, young daughter, and energetic rescue pup, Eddie.
Follow on Twitter: @envato
Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sucuri, Inc.
Tony is an entrepreneur and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sucuri, Inc., a global leader in website malware detection and remediation. He leads and is responsible for establishing and executing operational visions and strategies within the company. These includes all facets of legal, finance, support and business.
He has helped build a maturing Multi-National, Multi-Million dollar, Company’s with operations spanning across various countries in North and South America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Tony is a result-orientated leader and manager, with an approach to execution formed by his years in the Marine Corps.
Lisa is a Partner at WebDevStudios and a leading subject matter authority on WordPress and is the For Dummies brand franchise author on all things WordPress due to her extensive experience and knowledge on the platform and shares it as the author of several WordPress-related books, including:
- WordPress For Dummies
- BuddyPress For Dummies
- WordPress All In One For Dummies
- WordPress Web Design For Dummies
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.
I help high performers accelerate.
Chris Lema helps businesses use WordPress more effectively and helps WordPress businesses be more effective. He’s also the VP of Software Engineering at Emphasys Software, where he manages high performers and oversees product development and innovation. Chris blogs daily, writes ebooks, produces WPwatercooler, & runs a WordPress meetup in San Diego.
Co-founder & CEO HumanMade
Prior to co-founding Human Made Tom worked as a WordPress consultant for 6 years with companies such as Namemedia, Aardman & The Guardian. His responsibilities at Human Made include overall company direction, project management and client relationships. When not coding for clients he likes to contribute back to the Open Source community.
Lead indie teams in UX/UI
My business partners and I run Modern Tribe, an agency that coordinates 25-40+ distributed independent contractors on projects for some of the world largest brands. I lead teams in UX, UI, Web + Mobile Design & WordPress.
I am an active freelance evangelist and the founder of FreelanceCamp, which has now run over 17 events worldwide with more to come.
Dir of Product Marketing
I am an experienced social business and community strategist, a passionate and prolific writer who believes in making work and play better with technology. I make companies successful by helping their employees and customers work together better. I build, manage and grow communities; I create external and internal programs that generate buzz and build advocacy. I help businesses deeply embed and operationalize social as part of everyday work, so that it doesn’t become another silo. I believe that no community or social business program will work if you don’t empower your employees. I work at the intersection of passion, behavior and technology. I am obsessed with movements, and believe that community management, when done well, can start a movement.
Fresh from teaching a full 48-hour MBA course in Marketing with Social Media, Bill Belew will deliver insights from recent, real and relevant case studies to Pressnomics attendees. Bill has been working in social media for more than 8 years and has more than 80 million unique visitors from organic search to his network of sites and in a variety of niches. Bill has a network of 5000+ Meetup followers in the heart of Silicon Valley. He is an international in-demand speaker (San Miguel, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok …) and is sought out as an enrichment speaker for cruise ships that literally sail the world. He did not dress the King.
Operations and business executive in high growth technology-driven organizations, ranging from pre-revenue startup roles to public company CFO, plus a half a decade in investment banking. Metrics and results focused leader who has built high-performing teams across finance, strategy/M&A, business development, HR, legal, and operations in complex, rapidly-changing environments. Talented fundraiser with track record of success with U.S. public market and private equity investors.
Co-founder Placester, Founder w3edge
Frederick Townes is the Senior Technical Advisor to Mashable.com and founder of W3 EDGE a new media oriented software development company. From 2007 to January 2012, he served as the Chief Technical Officer of Mashable, building / maintaining of the network of sites / products and scaling Mashable‘s infrastructure. His passions and experiences are diverse, ranging from founding startups, user interface design and development, blogging and social and social media marketing. Frederick currently splits time between Florence, Italy and Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Boston University, where he focused on computer science and mathematics.
Front-end and UI
Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. In 2012 she published jQuery for Designers with Packt Publishing. She founded and runs the jQuery LA Users’ Group and together with Noel Saw she heads up theSouthern California WordPress User’s Group, organizing WordPress meetups, help sessions, and workshops. She’s currently has two big events in the works:WordCamp Los Angeles 2013 and the first annual Website Weekend LA. She makes her online home at nataliemac.com.
JR is the Founder of MOJO Themes and MOJO Marketplace where they run some of the largest buy and sell marketplaces for digital goods. Their newest brand, MOJO Marketplace focuses on new channel of distribution with key integrations into the worlds leading web hosting companies.
Currently, he lives in Salt Lake City, UT. He’s an ambitious entrepreneur, WordPressr, family man and Boston Red Sox fanatic. Before running multiple startups, his professional background came from working at an ad agency working with some of the worlds largest brands. He believes passion, execution and hard work are the main keys to becoming successful.
Entrepreneur / Agile Developer
My passion is helping other people find unlock their inner creator and live for what they were designed to do. Unlocking the best in people is the only way to change the world. The more impossible something seems or I’m told it can’t be done, the more interested I am in trying to do it. I’m loud and obnoxious and known to enjoy craft beer and fine bourbon. Whose kidding, I like any bourbon.
Founder of Happytables
Noel is Swiss web guy that enjoys building solutions online. He is a Partner at Human Made, a top tier WordPress agency (and VIP Partner). As Chief Product Officer, he oversees the product portfolio and acts as liaison for the Swiss client market.
He’s a jack of all trades, master of none, usually bouncing between project management and front-end development. The projects he enjoys working most on target small businesses and the long tail, democratizing opportunity so that smaller players have a shot at being successful online (happytables & Clickbank Powered both being excellent examples).
I’m am an engineering leader, with experience leading small and large teams. As an individual contributor, manager, and director I have done it all, from writing line one on a new application to a 6 month rewrite of a massive site. I love solving new challenges and building great products.