The conference for those that power the WordPress Economy


04 / 6-8 / 2017 / PHX

A Pagely joint - in partnership with MOJO Marketplace

What is PressNomics?

There is a diverse group of passionate and very successful entrepreneurs creating the products and services that drive the WordPress economy. PressNomics is a 3 day event for these folks to collaborate, learn, and relax.

And you say this will be #5?

Indeed. The four previous events were world-class affairs bringing together the best and the brightest of the business and WordPress community. April 6-8, 2017.

Subscribe for details on the upcoming event.

But why?

Because new partnerships are formed, deals are done, cigars are smoked, and golf balls are lost. But most importantly, we raise money for worthy charities.


PN5 - 04 / 6-8 / 2017


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Programing will cover topics pertinent to the WordPress business owner such as Growth hacking, community considerations, and customer relationship management. See below


Talented speakers from within the WordPress and Business community will drop knowledge bombs. Notable past speakers included Matt Mullenweg, Cory Miller, and Mikkel Svane. See below

Venue & Lodging

Tempe Mission Palms
60 E 5th St, Tempe, AZ‎ Map. Call (480) 894-1400 and mention reservation code: PRESSNOMICS or Reserve Online


We suggest you fly in Wed. the 5th, and out Sunday the 9th.


Your humble hosts for this event is the team at Pagely, the WordPress Hosting company.

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Saturday Social Events

A big part of PressNomics is the structured Social Saturday with 2 choices of activities: The PressNomics Golf Tournament or an excursion to explore the Art's and Culture of the Area. These activities are available as a separate purchase $50 when buying your tickets.


Maura Teal

Maura Teal

I’m just here for the emoji. Sr web developer @FanSided


Jeannette Maré

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.

Scott DeLuzio

Scott DeLuzio

Scott DeLuzio is a WordPress plugin developer from Surprise, AZ. He is the developer of over a dozen plugins on the repository, as well as Conditional Checkout Fields, WP In-Post Ads and WP-CRM System. When Scott is not working on WordPress related projects, he is usually hanging out with his wife and three kids, out running, or enjoying a hike somewhere in the Arizona Desert

Robert Rowley

Robert Rowley

Robert is a Sr. InfoSec Engineer for Pagely and has been an active member of the Southern California hacking scene for over the last 10+ years. Co-Founding Irvine underground and recently presenting on many topics including Juice Jacking, Web Application Security and more. Today he spends his days constantly improving Pagely’s threat mitigation protocols and methods.


Karim Marucchi

Karim Marucchi is the CEO CrowdFavorite, a premier WordPress Development agency. Over the last twenty years he’s run startups, taken companies public, managed mergers and acquisitions, and led professional service organizations across the globe.

April Holle

April Holle

After working several years in small and large agency environments around Phoenix, I have racked up some great experiences working with large brands like Westin, RedBull, Kitchell, Paradise Bakery, Softscrub, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Facebook. I helped facilitate all kinds of interactive/online needs from strategy to design to development to marketing.

James Giroux

James Giroux

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.


Neill Feather

Neill Feather is the president of SiteLock, the leading provider of website security solutions. With more than 20 years of experience, Neill leads the company’s approach to 360-degree domain security by providing industry analysis and utilizing rapidly evolving data sets related to security and hacking trends. A Pittsburgh native, Neill resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and three kids. Neill holds B.S. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.


Sean Tierney

Sean is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Pagely.  He mentors at various incubators and spins off valuable lessons from these ventures as well as his own past businesses on and is currently traveling and working as a digital nomad on remoteyear. Sean runs the volunteer effort on the side to help worthy non-profits secure & utilize Google Adwords Grants.  And Sean finds it extremely amusing to write about himself in the third-person.

Scott Bolinger

Scott Bolinger

Scott is the co-founder of AppPresser which allows you to build iOS and Android apps with WordPress.

He loves developing with WordPress and javascript, and learning how to grow his product businesses. Scott has presented at Macworld, New Media Expo, Loopconf, and several WordCamps.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

Chris is co-founder and Creative Director at Lift UX, a product design agency with a strong focus on WordPress development for large media organizations. He lives in McKinney, TX with his wife and three children and is a huge St. Louis Cardinals & Blues fan. Chris is also a cancer survivor, coffee snob, recovering workaholic, and entrepreneur with experience starting, acquiring, and successfully exiting various startups over the past 10 years.

Carl Hancock

Carl Hancock

Father, Husband, Travel Addict, and Amateur Photographer. Partner at rocketgenius, we created Gravity Forms for WordPress.


Aaron Jorbin

Aaron Jorbin is a polyhistoric man of the web and currently Director of Engineering for Some Spider, a NYC-based digital media & entertainment company. He is also a WordPress Core Committer that focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. His free time pursuits tend to be focused on art, beverages, and international politics. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at

Jason Coleman

Jason Coleman

A true entrepreneur is invigorated by uncertainty, risk and the thrill of new opportunities. Jason exemplifies this definition to a “T”. Jason holds a BS in computer science from Haverford College. After graduation, Jason began work as an analyst at a leading international consulting firm. While maintaining his full-time position as a consultant, Jason spent his evenings and weekends working on projects with Stranger Studios. In 2006, Jason retired from corporate life to fully devote himself to Stranger Studios.

John Eckman

John Eckman

Chief Executive Officer at 10up, a distributed digital agency with a focus on building great web publishing experiences on open source platforms, primarily WordPress.


Pat Ramsey

Pat Ramsey is part of the leadership at Crowd Favorite, providing managed services for enterprise clients. As Director of Ongoing Client Support, he focuses on building those long-term relationships which are so important in business. Outside of Crowd Favorite, Pat has been an organizer of the Austin WordPress Meetup since 2007 and part of the tech networking community, Refresh Austin, since 2005. Every spring, Pat & his better half, Katrina, put on a crawfish boil where their backyard becomes “Mudbugs, Texas.” Pat’s also fond of the occasional cigar.

Joshua Eichorn

Joshua Eichorn

Joshua Eichorn is CTO of Pagely. He’s an engineering leader, with experience leading small and large teams. As an individual contributor, manager, and director he has done it all, from writing line one on a new application to a 6-month rewrite of a massive site. He loves solving new challenges and building great products.


Karthikraj Magapu

Karthik is the co-founder CEO of Hummingbird Web Solutions ( WordPress ( is a big part of what Hummingbird does. Cyberchimps, WPeka, SlideDeck and SurveyFunnel are some of the interesting WordPress products that he manages. Outside of work, he is passionate about Yoga, can solve the Rubik’s cube in under 3 minutes (yeah that slow), and is learning to ride a Unicycle! 

Kyle Maurer

Kyle Maurer

Kyle Maurer is a native of Jackson, Michigan. He took the entrepreneurial leap in the summer of 2011 by officially forming his own Internet marketing company. With a background in Information Technology, marketing, web development, creative design and many other related disciplines, Kyle decided to apply the skills and expertise he had developed during his diverse work and academic history.

Seth Carstens

Seth Carstens

Director of Technology and Senior Web Developer specializing in web development. Experienced with all stages of the development cycle for dynamic web projects. Well-versed in numerous programming languages including JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP, background in project management and dev ops.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site, with a mission to provide quality tips, tricks, hacks, and other WordPress resources that allows WordPress beginners to improve their sites.

Along with WPBeginner, Syed is the guy behind several popular projects such as List25, OptinMonster, SoliloquyWP, Envira Gallery and many more. Every month over 15 million people visit his websites to discover content and communities that are relevant to them.

Chris Lema

Chris Lema

Chris Lema is the VP of Products & Innovation at Liquid Web. A well-known public speaker and product strategist in the WordPress community, he’s also the creator of CaboPress (a WordPress business conference in Cabo San Lucas).

Andrew Norcross

Andrew Norcross

Andrew (or Norcross, as most know him) is the founder and lead developer of Reaktiv Studios, an agency focused on solving complex problems with killer WordPress solutions. After quite a few years in the finance industry, Norcross switched to coding and hasn’t looked back. He’s got skin in both the service game — Reaktiv Studios is a WordPress VIP Featured Partner, helping top-tier clients with their WordPress development— and the product game, with Reaktiv’s flagship plugin, Design Palette Pro, continually being developed and supported. An organizer for WordCamp Tampa, Norcross loves to keep giving back to the WordPress community with free plugins, education talks at conferences, and core contribution to WordPress. Norcross lives in Tampa, Florida with his amazing son and a rescue dog that believes he’s a


Lawdan Shojaee

Lawdan Shojaee is used to breaking boundaries. As the CEO of Axosoft, she has become one of the few women in the Phoenix Valley to head a tech company. She has a doctorate in Physical Therapy and over 800 hours logged at the controls of a single-engine plane. She is passionate about paving the way for women in the tech, which is why her company created the viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress. Lawdan also strongly believes in fostering collaboration and entrepreneurship as a foundation to grow the tech ecosystem in Arizona and beyond.


Chris Hooley

Chris Hooley is most widely known from his days at the forefront of SEO and his work dominating aggressive verticals. But in recent years he’s decided to use his powers for good, co-founding a 501c3 non-profit charity named reKindle, which aims to help those less fortunate while inspiring others to do the same, and to save individuals from homelessness via a WorkFirst approach.

JR Farr

JR Farr

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.


Session Schedule

Time Thursday 4/6 Friday 4/7
8:00-9:00 Registration Registration
9:00-9:20 Opening Remarks Opening Remarks
9:20-9:55 Jason Coleman - Haters gonna Hate Syed Balkhi - Ecommerce Growth Hacks
9:55-10:30 Chris Hooley - Humanity in the Streets Joshua Eichorn - Working together; a guide for plugin developers from a friendly host
10:30-10:50 Break Break
10:50-11:25 Lawdan Shojaee - Creating and Riding the Wave Maura Teal - My Journey to become a Developer
11:25-12:00 Andrew Norcross - Just Keep Showing Up Jeannette Maré - Nice vs. Kind
12:00-1:30 Lunch Lunch
1:30-1:55 Carl Hancock - Gravity James Giroux - Pursuing Your True North
1:55-2:20 JR Farr - 10 Years of WordPress: Reflection, Battle Scars and Wins Neill Feather - The Key to Successful B2C Relationships
2:20-2:55 Sean Tierney - Closing deals from 43 cities in 14 countries across 4 continents Karim Marucchi - All my mistakes, and then some
2:55-3:30 Break Break
3:30-5:00 King's Corners Breakout Sessions
Chris Lema - Marketing/PositioningRobert Rowley - Security
John Eckman - BusinessPat Ramsey - Coding/Tech
  • April Holle - Six P's before Profit
  • Scott DeLuzio - "Bite-Sized" Challenges
  • Karthikraj Magapu - Visualize future success
  • Chris Wallace - Recovering workaholic
  • Aaron Jorbin - Divorcing yourself from your ideas
  • Seth Carstens - Only Hire Owners
  • Kyle Maurer - Iterating on products
  • Scott Bolinger - What I learned from YOU
5:00 Closing Remarks Closing Remarks

Social Schedule Transportation provided for Saturday Activities

Time Wednesday 4/5 Thursday 4/6 Friday 4/7 Saturday 4/8
Late AM Golf 10AM - Papago Course
Escape Room 11AM - Dare to Escape
Cocktails MOJO + Envato Welcome Party. 5-7pm Hotel Courtyard
Dinner MOJO + SiteLock Welcome Party. 8-10pm Rula Bula Pagely Private Speaker/Sponsor Dinner. 7pm-10pm MOJO + Gravity Thank you Party. 7-10pm Hotel Pool
Social Drinks

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