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.
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.
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.
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 human.er.
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.
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.
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 grid7.com/blog and is currently traveling and working as a digital nomad on remoteyear. Sean runs the volunteer CharityMakeover.com 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.
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.
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.
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).