Meet your 2013 Buffalo WordCamp Speakers. We’re very excited and think there will be great sessions for WordPress Users of all types. From someone who is brand new to WordPress, or someone who wrangles WordPress loops every day!
Adrian Roselli is co-founder of Algonquin Studios, a 15-year-old web & software development and consulting company in Buffalo, NY and has more than a decade experience working in and developing CMSes. He is an invited expert to the W3C HTML Working Group, the body responsible for developing HTML5, as well as the W3C Accessibility Task Force. He has co-written five books, written numerous articles, and speaks on a wide range of web-related topics. You can find his regular web ramblings at AdrianRoselli.com or avoid him on Twitter at aardrian.
When not at his day job in the hosting industry, Al teaches WordPress at a Toronto, Ont college and also does corporate WordPress training. As a freelance web developer, he is always busy building sites on the WordPress platform. All this leaves him very little time to ride his Harley and watch NFL football.
Andy Staple is a Designer & Front-End Developer for his company Staple Web Design, and has been working with WordPress for over 8 years. Andy designs custom bespoke web designs and applications for people looking for something completely custom and tailored to their needs. Andy also co-founded the Buffalo WordPress Users Meetup, and also is an organizer of WordCamp Buffalo.
Ben Dunkle is a professor or Digital Media Arts at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. In his spare time, he helps organize the local Buffalo WordPress Users group, organize the annual Buffalo WordCamp conference, and contributes to the WordPress project as a core designer.
Brennen Byrne is the founder and CEO of Clef, a new identity company with the mission of replacing less secure usernames and passwords with mobile cryptography. Brennen is an active speaker with experience in user authentication, data protection and cryptographic digital identity protection solutions. Clef is located in San Francisco, CA and is privately funded company.
Brian Hogg is a seasoned freelance developer. Though he’s been making websites from scratch since it was cool to have a ‘Made with Notepad’ icon in the footer, he loves how WordPress allows a lot of the leg work to be done while still being able to customize anything and everything.
Charlie was the General Manager for the daily newspaper in Salt Lake City — 30 Million monthly pageviews. Also, recently was the General Manager for Guitar World and Revolver Magazines. Recently moved to Cleveland to run a digital agency and 10 B2B magazine websites (magazine sites).
Chris Van Patten
Chris Van Patten is an entrepreneur, website designer, and theatre artist living in New York City. Chris’s company, Van Patten Media, is a full-service website design and online identity agency based in New York City. As its Creative Director, Chris has crafted web presences and marketing campaigns for LML Music/Spot-On Entertainment, Tony and Olivier Award-winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Mulan), Tony Award nominee Susan Egan (Hercules, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins on Broadway, Seussical), Cortney Wolfson (The Addams Family, Les Miserables), and more. The company also develops unique web experiences and applications for theatre professionals, including How I Booked It, StudioSleuth.com, and Pagecraft.
Connie Oswald Stofko
I publish Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York, and I never run out of things to write about. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in applied communication.
A freelance designer with an artistic background, Experienced digital instructor, Innovator, design thinker, and creative disruptor.
In 2008 I founded of Upstatement, a web design firm located in Boston (but we all have roots in Upstate NY — thus the name). We specialize in responsive websites for media companies (like BostonGlobe.com, which we designed in 2011). At Upstatement I direct projects and use WordPress to build and prototype sites. I was formally the newsroom developer at the Houston Chronicle and Boston Globe and an adjunct professor at MassArt. I graduated from Syracuse University in 2006 with a BA in Computer Art where I was also the Editor in Chief of The Daily Orange, one of the country’s oldest and most well-regarded student newspapers.
I am the owner and creative director of Trailer Trash Design. A small hard-hitting marketing and graphic design studio geared toward start-ups, small and medium-sized companies. I utilize WP for all my clients site needs and urge them to become involved with their sites after I’ve completed their projects. The WordCamp presentations that I give are specifically geared to the end user like my clients and issues they may come across. Most recently I was the organizer of WordCamp North Canton on May 4th. It was the first WordCamp in our area and am happy to say a huge success.
Jordan Quintal is a seasoned web developer with 15 years of experience. His ever-growing web development company thegenius.ca specializes in WordPress-based websites, plugins, and a variety online/offline services. Jordan handles business management, project management, and some development work when needed.
I wrangle code and VIPs at WordPress.com. I enjoy ice cream and other sugary things.
Scott Herman is the owner of WebEditor Design Services. He has design over 700 web sites since 1995. He provides web site design and hosting services. Read more at www.webeditor.com. In addition he also runs classes in WordPress and other software programs related to web site design. Read more at www.wp-education.com.
I am an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design at Sheridan College. This includes teaching small businesses how to use social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service.
Sheri helps the world make make beautiful websites they love on WordPress.com. She can usually be found speaking at WordCamps, skiing the Rockies, kayaking the Adirondacks, or exploring Saratoga Springs, NY.
Steph Yiu works at WordPress.com VIP, which provides hosting and support for clients like TIME, CNN, NBC, and TechCrunch. She has worked at the Chicago Tribune and America’s Test Kitchen, and has interned at The Boston Globe and The Oregonian. She is also the founder of DenizenMag.com, an online magazine for Third Culture Kids.
After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, I moved to New York City as the co-founder of Rootbuzz, a startup in the online community space. Here I networked and worked with some of the smartest, most driven individuals I’ve ever met. As a bootstrapped startup, I inevitably started using WordPress for client sites. After some time, I began using the themes and plugins from WooThemes and fell in love. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to join WooThemes and have been growing with and learning from a team of fantastic Ninjas and developers based all around the globe.