Speakers

Marguerite Halley

Marguerite has been working in digital content and design for universities and nonprofits through her entire career. As a digital content strategist at Washington University in St. Louis and a usability/content strategy consultant for nonprofits, she’s a champion for the user and an advocate for clear, engaging content on the web.

Mathew Clancy

Clancy began working with GoDaddy in customer support in 2005 and shortly after began building sites using WordPress for family and friends. Currently based in Phoenix, AZ he is a Project Manager for GoDaddy Hosting Support designing Hosting training and standing up international hosting customer support teams. In his free time he teaches becoming Agile, gaming, and watching his two children grow up too quickly.

Ben Cool

Benjamin Cool is the Application Optimizer at A2 Hosting in Ann Arbor Michigan where he focuses on building “one click” tools for improving Web application performance.

Ben has over 16 years in web development experience, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University and A Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence. Ben often talks at and attends local WordPress Meetups in Michigan and has a passion for making the web faster and easier to use.

John Eckman

John Eckman is the CEO of 10up and is the keynote speaker at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2015. 10up is one of the most well known and respected WordPress agencies in the industry. They have 40+ WordPress core contributors on staff and produce great open source WordPress solutions like Varying Vagrant Vagrants (VVV.)

Previously to 10up John was a Managing Director at ISITE Design, a Senior Director at Optaros, Director of Application Development at PixelMEDIA, and held a number of different roles (across front-end development, software engineering, and user experience) at Molecular.

He also blogs at Open Parenthesis on many things related to work: open source, web design, and general internet culture stuff.

Declan O’Neill

Declan is the 3.7 DESIGNS client liaison and Project Manager. He is a friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable native of Ireland with over fifteen years of experience in the web design industry. Not just a people person, Declan is well versed in usability, strategy, and WordPress. He can talk tech, recommend and implement solutions.

Very active in the local WordPress community and is the co-lead organizer of WP Ann Arbor, a monthly meetup for those interested in WordPress.

Tana Dean

Tana began developing websites and blogs in 2008. She switched to wordpress.com in 2011 and then to wordpress.org in 2013 to expand into developing wordpress websites. Currently she’s developing a business site, DeanDesign.co, for developing WordPress websites.

Carol Davis

Carol is a freelance web designer from Charlotte MI. She’s been designing websites since 2011 and has been using WordPress for about two years now. She’s am a member of JXN WordPress MeetUp and has attended four Wordcamps in the past year. She enjoys working and learning with the WordPress community.

Ira Horowitz

With 15 years’ experience, Ira has become an expert in nonprofit online communications and online fundraising. Working with hundreds of organizations, Ira has managed and executed many web projects that have resulted in increased funds and resounding engagement.

Mark Montague

Mark is a High Performance Computing consultant at the University of Michigan who has been running web infrastructure services since 1995 and WordPress since 2006.

Ross Johnson

Ross is a man of many passions, the most interesting is new age retro antiques. Google it… it’ll change your life. When not pursuing said passions, he’s working at his design agency 3.7 DESIGNS, working on his project management plugin Panorama or teaching at Michigan State University.

Shanta Nathwani

Shanta R. Nathwani is a Consultant and Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She thrives on teaching beginners, as well as content architecture.

Phil Hoyt

Phil Hoyt is a web developer and he likes to create cool things. Ever since he was a child he’s had a DIY attitude towards life. Most days he would pluck away at his keyboard late into the night until the caffeine wore off. Now he develops creative and technical solutions with user experience always in the forefront.

Kellen Mace

Kellen is a web Engineer at 10up. He was born in Toronto, then raised in the Metro Detroit area. College at Grand Valley State took him to West Michigan, where he got to know several of his good friends. A few years after marrying his adoring wife and high school sweetheart, the two of them moved to Colorado for a short time, only to trace their roots back home, settling in beautiful Rochester Hills, Michigan.

When not slinging code, he loves to make music on guitars, drum kit, keyboards and in digital audio workstations like Reason, Pro Tools and Logic. He also likes to read quite a lot about technology, nutrition and science, with some fiction thrown into the mix to spice things up. Lastly, he’s a huge fan of the marvelous WordPress community of developers and designers that he feels privileged to be a part of.

Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of Ann Arbor based LearnDash, a WordPress based LMS and strategy provider.

Seth Alling

Seth Alling is a Detroit-based developer turned designer turned developer, who has been working with WordPress since 2009 and currently works as the Lead Developer for Ranch House Designs. When he’s not developing (or designing), you can find him running, playing soccer or spending time with his wife and sons.

Peter Shackelford

Peter first started using WordPress in 2005 when he was making a little website for the non-profit his wife was starting. In 2009 he did his first project as a contractor and has been building platforms, microsites, multisites etc… on WordPress ever since.

Bobby Bryant

Bobby is a Web Developer at 10up. He has been working in and around WordPress for close to two years. Prior to working in WordPress, he spent 13+ years in the US Marines as a Communications Technician.

Kevin Skarritt

Kevin is ranked as a “Top 100 Social Media Influencer for 2015” (soon to be published in Forbes Magazine) and is a ten time winner of Forbe’s “Best of the Web.” His Michigan-based digital agency, Flock Marketing, has been helping SMBEs for almost twenty years to develop powerful brands, amazing web sites and supercharged marketing campaigns.

Kyle Maurer

Kyle is the co-founder of a Jackson, Michigan based firm called Real Big Marketing which specializes in using WordPress to solve complicated problems for businesses. He is also the author of and a contributor to dozens of WordPress plugins, is the co-organizer of the Jackson WP meetup, is a co-organizer of WordCamp Ann Arbor, plays in a band and is an aspiring beer snob.

Brian Hogg

Brian’s a custom software developer, WordPress trainer, podcaster and community supporter running multiple free events in the Hamilton Ontario area.

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca is founder and president of Web Savvy Marketing. She has as a well-rounded business background within SMB and enterprise organizations, as well as over fifteen years of experience in sales and online marketing. She provides one-on-one coaching, teaches group on-site boot camps, and speaks at various WordCamps throughout the country.

Angela Bergmann

Angie has been developing websites since 2000 and using WordPress since it was b2- in other words, a very long time. Additionally, she’s skilled in SEO, PPC, accessibility, and usability.

She is passionate about video games, web dev, cooking, public speaking, and german shepherd dogs. She’s responsible for the WordCamp website and is also a co-organizer for the local Northeast Ohio WordPress Meetup.

Sara Cannon

Sara Cannon is Partner and Creative Director at Range. She loves design, typography, user experience, and art. Sara loves giving talks around the globe on web design, responsive design, web typography, and more. A seasoned designer, Sara has done work for clients such as Disney Publishing and Flickr. She loves open source, her pets, traveling, and WordPress.

Adam Silver

Adam teaches A WP101 course, is the man behind ConciergeWP and runs the Southern California WordPress meetup.

Topher DeRosia

Topher has been using and developing for WordPress regularly since 2010. He’s used it to freelance, launch a successful startup company, work with an agency, and he currently works on Easy Digital Downloads.

Brian Richards

Brian Richards is the creator of WPSessions.com where he dedicates his energy to providing the best WordPress education from the best and brightest WordPress experts. He has been working with WordPress since 2007 (version 2.3).

Over the years, Brian has helped develop custom solutions and web apps for hundreds of different companies, most recently including Disney, Nginx, Microsoft, and YMCA.

In everything he does with WordPress, whether it be building custom solutions or providing live training through WPSessions, Brian’s goal is simple: to help others be empowered by WordPress.

October 24th 2015 at the Michigan Union