For the last 10 years Tenko Nikolov has been the CEO and one of the masterminds behind the success of SiteGround. He has come up with multiple successful strategies for overcoming technical problems and has achieved real business results for SiteGround by growing it to more than 320,000 domain names under management. His vision and skills have made SiteGround a leading host in terms of technology and platform reliability. Tenko is also Co-Founder and CEO of GetClouder and 1h.com.
Jason is the founder of WP Engine, and before that of Smart Bear and IT WatchDogs. He’s started four companies that grew to more than $1m in revenue, both bootstrapped and funded. He has 50,000 subscribers to his blog about early-stage startups: http://blog.asmartbear.com.
As a WordPress trainer and coach, Bob Dunn, aka BobWP, brings his 6 years of WordPress experience, 20+ years of running a design and marketing company, and a ton of patience to his clients. He runs a membership site on BobWP.com, where he blogs and offers one-on-one training. And just recently, added a unique service called the BobWP Starter Kit. He also does local workshops in the Seattle area, and has presented more than 150 workshops and presentations at WordCamps, at other conferences, and for other organizations.
Bob has a knack for stepping into the shoes of WordPress beginners in order to help them with their challenges and pain points. He also feels that it’s just as important to understand the “why” as to learn the how.
He was lead organizer for WordCamp Seattle 2012, is co-organizer this year, and is also co-organizer of the Seattle WordPress meetup. In his off time he enjoys reading, watching great LOL movies and relaxing with Judy, his wife of 31 years, and their newly rescued cat Chester.
A design and marketing guy, Liam Dempsey is the owner and director of LBDesign, a small international consultancy. Liam grew the business from his own freelance work before relocating from Chicago to London in 2002.
Returning to the US in 2009, Liam was delighted to discover the WordPress community in Philadelphia. In 2012, with great support from local WordPress fans, he started the Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup, which is still running strong. Liam was lucky enough to be a co-organizer of WordCamp Philly 2014.
Always interested in the unique angle, Liam is the co-founder and co-editor of chickenmonkeydog, a daily, quirky blog that’s been running since 2008.
Jennifer Bourn is the Creative Director and Digital Strategist for Bourn Creative, a full service design company and Genesis recommended developer in Sacramento, California. With a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design, more than 15 years in the design trenches, and almost 10 years pretending to take orders from her business partner, boss, and husband, Jennifer is an award-winning designer with a penchant for writing, marketing, chocolate, Star Wars, and Legos (yes, Legos not logos).
She built her first WordPress site in 2008, fell in love with giving clients the ability to make their own content revisions, and went all in with WordPress pretty much the same day. Now with more than 300 WordPress sites under her belt, Jennifer now shares her expertise and lessons learned as a speaker, blogger, and co-organizer of the Sacramento Meetup Group
She is excited for the upcoming launch of Bourn Creative’s newest venture, EntrepreneurThemes, providing online tools and simple WordPress website solutions for small business.
Steve founded Zeek Interactive in 1995 and he has been the creative technologist behind the Huntington Beach based company since its inception. Under his direction, Zeek has grown from an apartment bedroom to one of Southern California’s leading development and consulting shops.
Steve is the organizer of the OC WordPress Meetup and has helped build the community to over 850 members. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has taught interactive courses at UC Irvine, USC, the American Film Institute, and Cal State Long Beach. Steve has a BA in Film from Cal State Northridge.
Chuck is known for being a technical on-site SEO and conversion optimization specialist, with expertise in UX and usability psychology honing content architecture and choreography strategy. Experienced in WordPress development; he was there when WordPress was born, was responsible for the first two WordCamps in Arizona, and continues to work with WP today.
After exiting two companies he started in 2003 and then working solo for some years, in 2011 Chuck co-founded Vuurr, a digital marketing firm comprised of engineers and analytically-minded marketers. That led to forming a startup called Levers which formally launched in January 2013. Levers forecasts your data to find a baseline of what will happen next, targets opportunities and lends implementation suggestions and can optimize automatically for KPIs that are most important to your campaign.
Chuck lives in San Francisco and typically only smiles when presented with a Manhattan or beer and/or sushi.
Chris Brogan is an advisor and strategist to professionals and owners. It’s business strategy meets powerful personal development.Through courses, consulting, coaching, and events, he blends clarity of vision with pure action. He is a sought-after keynote speaker who has addressed crowds of thousands, been on the Dr Phil show, and once presented to a princess. Chris has consulted with companies you know like Disney, Microsoft, Coke, Titleist, Pepsico, Google, Motorola, and many more. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of seven books and counting, including The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth. He lives in northern Massachusetts, where he frequently plays Minecraft with his kids.
Kevin Dees is the owner of the small web consultancy Robojuice and creator of TypeRocket.com.
A cohost on the retired podcasts Web Weekly and SitePoint Podcast. Kevin has a passion for growing the community and sharing his experience with other developers and designers.
He cares deeply about creating a better web. Making knowledge and wisdom more accessible by building user experiences that are intuitive and beautiful so they can be enjoyed. Giving more and going further.