Charles Alexander is an independent singer/songwriter, digital music & media strategist and music technology educator. He is the founder & owner of Outside The Box Music & Media, a digital strategy, education and artist services company. He’s has been a NewSong Music Competition Regional Finalist and performs at venues like The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee on a regular basis.
Jonathan was born at an early age and began designing and developing shortly after. He is the lead developer of the Shopp e-commerce plugin for WordPress. He enjoys practicing his craftsmanship designing code to solve problems and geeks out about elegant expressions of “code poetry”. As an advocate for the WordPress platform, Jonathan helps run a WordPress user group in Columbus, Ohio where he also helps out a co-organizer of WordCamp Columbus.
Austin Smith is a co-founder and managing partner of Alley Interactive, which builds bit websites on Drupal and WordPress. Prior to founding Alley, Austin worked for the New York Times Company and The Economist.
Tammy Hart is a self-taught designer and developer that has specialized in building custom WordPress websites for over 7 years. She’s a Design Engineer at 10up, a full service web development agency. Tammy blogs about her craft at Tammy Hart Designs, and her most recent project is the development of a WordPress Recipe Plugin. You can find her designs on Dribbble, and follow her on Twitter @tammyhart.
Specializing in SEO since 1997, Ross offers web design and consulting through his agency: 2 the Top Web Design. Ross is organizer of the Nashville SEO & Internet Marketing Group, one of the most active SEO special interest groups in the nation. Ross is also an Adjunct Professor at Aii.edu and has guest lectured on Digital Marketing at Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities. For more information about Ross, please visit his website 2theTopDesign
Judy Wilson has been designing and building professional Web sites since about 1995 when living in the epicenter of all things Web — San Francisco. In 2000, she returned to Nashville, her home town, and went to work for as Webmaster for the Owen School at Vanderbilt. In January, 2004, she opened Site Shack Web Design. She also teaches WordPress classes at The Skillery. Hobbies (besides the Internet)? Design, writing, photography, history, dachsunds, cats, gardening, food, wine. Passions: life, friends and family of all definitions. And once again: The Internet.
A web designer who loves to learn about the latest trends in web design, wordpress, and coding languages. I play the violin, enjoy baking and eating chocolate cakes, and running long distance. I’m currently working at Ahso designs as a junior developer and attending the Art Institute of TN, majoring in web design and Interactive media.
Todd O’Neill has been doing some form of electronic media his entire career. He is a connector of dots and a fan of bright shiny objects. He began in corporate video then transitioned to CD-ROM multimedia for clients like The AFKAP (Prince), then on to online as the an initial team member for a Fortune 200 financial services firm, finally landing at his own firm in San Antonio; DoingMedia; consulting and preventing disastrous communication and social media mistakes. Todd now corrupts young minds as an Assistant Professor of New Media at Middle Tennessee State University.
For 10 years I worked in university laboratories as a synthetic organic chemist, making exotic molecules. In 2010 I started tutoring on the side – online through Skype – and in order to promote my services I started teaching organic chemistry through a blog. Long story short, now I do this full time at MasterOrganicChemistry.com
Kelly is the Director of Client Marketing at Rockhouse Partners, an Etix Company. He helps clients’ with their digital presence to sell tickets, extend awareness and turn visitors into repeat fans. The hub of this digital presence is the client’s WordPress website.
Steve Wilkison is an Associate Professor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film here in Nashville where he teaches numerous courses on web design and development, including a class dedicated to WordPress, PHP & MySQL. Wilkison is also the owner of Digital Vision Media, a small Nashville web development company specializing in custom WordPress sites. A veteran of the music industry, Wilkison has been designing and building websites for almost twenty years.
You can find him online at stevewilkison.com
Chip has been using WordPress since 2005, and has been a hobbyist web developer since the mid-90s. He has developed WordPress Themes and Plugins, and is a minor contributor to WordPress core. He is the community rep for the WordPress Theme Review Team that reviews/approves Themes for inclusion in the WordPress Theme Repository. He can often be found in the WordPress.org support forums and at WordPress StackExchange. He is also a part-time freelance WordPress developer.
You can find him online at http://www.chipbennett.net
Hey! My name is Nathaniel and I’m a Front End Developer from Nashville, TN. I’ve been developing with WordPress for the last three years. With a degree in Media and Communication Studies, and a background in Video, Print, and Web, I have a pretty diverse perspective and hope to use that to better educate others in both their professional and personal lives. Whats the point in working if you don’t live, too?
You can find him online at Fight the Current
MaAnna is a geek who can still speak in plain English and helps small businesses and solopreneurs be successful and profitable through comprehensive site consultation and training including WordPress, SEO, content and conversion analysis.
Visit her online at BlogAid.
Although occasionally mistaken for Alex Sector, he actually hails from deep within the frozen North. Like most Mainahs he has a devotion to Phish and a minor in Snowboarding. He is an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Tennessee, Nashville with a degree in Web & Interactive Media Design. Web standards are a must and Code is Poetry. Joel is also the lead developer at Ah So Designs.
Michael joined Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com, as part of the acquisition of IntenseDebate Corp., a comment system for blogs and websites that he helped develop. As Automattic’s Schmooze Engineer, he leads business development and customer management for IntenseDebate, in addition to his work on other Automattic projects.
He has seen the movie Big Trouble In Little China more times than anyone ever should. While he wanted to be a kung fu master, he went a less violent route and has since perfected the art of schmoozing kung fu.
Mike Toppa has been coding for the web since the days of HTML 1.0, when web pages were first painted on cave walls with bison blood. He’s a developer for the civic engagement startup ElectNext, and previously was the Director of Development for WebDevStudios. He’s also worked at U Penn, Stanford, Georgetown, Ask Jeeves, and E-Trade, and is experienced working in Ruby on Rails, Java, Python, Perl, and of course, PHP and WordPress. You can find him online at toppa.com and @mtoppa.
D’nelle Dowis is the owner and mastermind at Berry Interesting Productions, Inc., a digital marketing consultancy that provides WordPress development & coaching, email marketing, social media management and content creation.