Our speakers include:
Aaron D. Campbell
Aaron is the owner and lead developer at Blue Dog Web Services, a WordPress focused web development company. He has over ten years of programming experience, and for the last several years he’s been focused on WordPress. This focus has included building sites on WordPress, writing and releasing plugins, contributing to WordPress core, and generally becoming involved in the WordPress Community as a whole.
Amanda Quraishi is a writer, blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional living in Austin, Texas. She currently works full time at Moblie Loaves & Fishes, a non profit organization that addresses the issue of homelessness in the U.S. Amanda is a contributing blogger at Tikkun Daily and The Religious Left; and she maintains her own blog at muslimahMERICAN.com. You can follow her adventures on Twitter at @ImTheQ
I believe that a successful website doesn’t just look great; it should be simple to maintain. When possible, I try to build client sites using a theme framework. This reduces the time and cost of developing the website. I use the WordPress platform, an open-source Content Management System. It makes editing your website as easy as editing a Word document. I focus on building visually stunning websites that are easy to maintain, using WordPress as a CMS. I’ve been a web developer for 8 years and a WordPress developer for 5, and work with all business types, from individuals to startups to large corporations and universities. I collaborate with talented designers and customize WordPress to your specific needs.
Brandon started building websites in 1996 and hasn’t looked back. Maintaining a “weblog” since 2002, using Movable Type for many years before crossing over to WordPress. During his time at The University of Texas at Austin, Brandon focused on the impact of technology in a society, which actually does mean more than spending too much time on Facebook. During and after college, Brandon directed the website and social media efforts of a local non-profit before pursuing web consulting and freelancing, focusing on WordPress. Brandon is also on the board of Austin Catholic New Media and a contributor to their WordPress-based website (http://www.austincnm.com). Married and staying at home with two young daughters, you can follow Brandon’s quest on Twitter (@Kraft) and on his personal site (http://www.brandonkraft.com).
Chris Olbekson is a WordPress developer and consultant. He’s built enterprise level sites as well as high-profile blogs and also does server and client side WordPress performance tuning. Over the past few years he’s been very active in the Houston WordPress Meetup Group, answering questions onwordpress.stackexchange.com and contributing to WordPress by releasing plugins and volunteering on the WordPress.org support forums. URL: http://c3mdigital.com/wordpress/
Chris has been developing solutions for over 15 years with current projects ranging from WordPress plugins such as Better WP Security to Google Chrome extensions including Better Google Tasks and others. Chris is employeed full-time as a web developer for St. Edward’s Universityin Austin, TX. You can find his projects and more on his blog at Bit51.com
Clark has been working with WordPress full-time for 8 years now. He’s built large client sites, high-profile blogs, and experimental playthings- all while learning new things everyday. In the past year he’s become highly active in the WordPress Austin Meetup Group, delivering a dozen or so talks to an ever-growing group of WordPress enthusiasts.
Corrin Foster recently relocated to Austin from Chicago, has her MBA, a couple of Bachelor’s Degrees, and is pondering becoming a PhD in something. She’s the Marketing Director at an independent publisher and serious bookworm thinks the internet is the best thing since sliced bread. She has a wiener dog named Oliver, a weakness for sequin, and she can really cut a rug.
Crystal R. R. Edwards
Crystal writes the monthly magazine humor column WELL, THAT WAS FUN, featured in Visalia, California’s Direct Magazine. She also writes NEXTGEN for Visalia’s Lifestyle Magazine, a regular interview column focusing on young, must-watch Visalia natives. She authors commissioned pieces for its sister publication, Wedding Style, and other freelance articles in publications across the country. She is a professional copywriter, copy editor, and humorist.
Debra Schmidt has been a Proseller on Zazzle.com since June, 2009 and a WordPress blogger since 2007. She loves learning, including WordPress meetups, Photoshop World conferences, Lightroom seminars, photography classes, wildflower conferences, books and webinars and enjoys the smell of cedars and the sight of water and mountains. She doesn’t have a television–the internet has warped her attention span beyond the ability to watch TV. Debra has background in business, engineering, photography, finance, master gardening, herbs, wildflowers, permaculture and industrial design and has picked up photo art, computer art, digital painting, internet marketing, social media bits-and-pieces and WordPress blogging. And she can spot illogical thoughts a page away!
Oh, and she’s addicted to online forums and cheddar cheese and likes to sit in the back row by the windows.
Elizabeth is a positive, people-oriented, and performance-driven Marketing Gunslinger, consultant, and speaker who focuses on understanding the customer perspective. She consults on: market research, messaging, channel strategies, understanding the impact of emerging business trends, web technologies and strategies, social, and product marketing. Elizabeth actively serves as a Commissioner on the Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission. On Twitter: @equintanilla
Ilene Haddad (aka: IleenieWeenie) began using social media in 2008, and it’s been downhill ever since. Between updating her Facebook status and checking in with friends on Twitter, she runs a successful graphic design business and hosts various community events centered around blogging and social media. She is probably best known for founding #BlogathonATX and for the time she forgot to put noodles in a lasagna. Ilene resides in Austin with two lapdogs, eight Apple devices and one husband.
I am truly passionate about two things: making websites and WordPress. Combining these obsessions, I create websites that are professional, effective, and super easy for clients to maintain. I’ve been using WordPress as a CMS for more than 4 years and have been developing on the Genesis Framework since early 2010. In working with WordPress, I specialize in the Genesis Framework and am an active member of the StudioPress community. I truly believe that Genesis is the best foundation for any WordPress site. I work with clients of all sizes – from WordPress VIP customers to small businesses and individuals. When I’m not knee deep in code, my enthusiasm for WordPress continues.
Josh is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at A Small Orange. Here, he is responsible for overseeing the branding, marketing, and sales strategy across all the A Small Orange Brands. Going back in his past you’ll find SEO, linux administration and brokering network equipment. Josh is a husband, father of four, occasional traveler, and bourbon drinker
Laurie comes to EatShareLive from Lonely Gourmet, a food-related website that’s enjoyed a big following for the last 2 years and continues to build. At EatShareLive, she’s the one responsible for the content – from the recipes to the forums and everything in between. Laurie’s experience in training, development and radio/TV brings a lot to the table in terms of providing readers the information they want and need, in a fun, creative way. Her experience also helps her to bring all that learning to bear on her view of writing for the web.
Leslie Hancock is an independent communications consultant and college writing professor with twenty years of professional writing experience. Her areas of expertise include social media strategy and reporting, content development, and professional education.
Leslie has spent 15 years working with a variety of clients in fields ranging from textbook publishing to health care marketing. Leslie’s first passion, though, is and always has been speaking and instruction. She loves to share knowledge and inspire others to reach their full potential as professionals. An award-winning educator, she excels at curriculum development, innovative instructional strategies, learning management, and delivery.
Leslie holds leadership roles among Austin professionals, serving on the board of the Social Media Club of Austin as Sponsorship Chair and on the governing committee of Freelance Austin as its Social Media Coordinator. She is very pleased to add her membership in National Speakers Association of Austin and the All Content Tribe to her list of professional associations this year, as well as participation on the Advisory Committee for Austin Community College’s brand new Social Media Certification program..
A designer and entrepreneur for more than fifteen years, Nando combines his experiences to help entrepreneurs, micro, and small business owners successfully market online. He is regularly featured in chamber of commerce events, and is regularly published in Seth Godin’s online magazine UpMarket. In his spare time, you can find him riding a bicycle, preferably in one of Austin’s many mountain biking trails.
Nick Batik has been building websites since 1994 and has been a WordPress consultant and developer for over five years. He specializes in custom theme design using the Genesis Framework. When not lost in the poetry of code Nick contributes to the WordPress community by serving as Co-organizer for the Austin WordPress Meetup Group, as a member of the organizing team for the WordCamp Austin 2010, WordUp Austin 2012, and WordCamp Austin 2012. Nick is a lead trainer for the Hands-On WordPress classes. Nick has had a life-long love affair with design and typography and has written numerous training courses, articles and seminars on design, publishing and web development. He has presented at publishing conferences in over 100 cities across the US, England, and Scandinavia. His work with Pleiades WebCenter reflects his passion for elegant and effective information design and he is dedicated to using design technology to communicate, and manage Information in a way that is beneficial to his clients and the client’s customers.
Stephanie Leary has recently left Texas A&M University to become a full time WordPress Consultant. She is very active in the web design community, mostly in CSS, standards, accessibility issues, and contributing to the WordPress Community. She is the author of Beginning WordPress 3, published by Apress and has also published over a dozen plugins. Most of Stephanie’s themes have been proprietary client projects, but she has published a couple of demos from the book. She also publishes WordPress tips on a regular basis.
Working with WordPress full time since 2010, Taylor has built dozens of WordPress themes for businesses of all sizes in the past 2 years. When he isn’t customizing/managing software for clients, you can find him out rollerblading, or spinning records. Taylor is a Graduate of Full Sail University.
Thomas Umstattd Jr
Thomas built his first website at the age of 13 and taught his first web design class at only 16 years old. He has been helping authors and small businesses use the web ever since. Thomas currently serves as the CEO of Castle Media Group LLC, a company that builds websites for world changers. He runs AuthorMedia.com a resource for authors timid about technology. As an award winning speaker, Thomas teaches all over the world. His friendly speaking style blends multimedia and audience participation. His blend of experience and youth give him a unique perspective that can help you use the web in a whole new way.