Speaker Spotlight – Adam Warner

Adam W. Warner discovered WordPress in 2005 and has been working within the community ever since. To feed his entrepreneurial spirit, he founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners.

He is a true WordPress Evangelist in spirit and personality, and that also happens to be his job title with SiteLock.com.

Adam is also passionate about his family, robots, and of course Life, the Universe and Everything. @SiteLock

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Wow. It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing but I’ll try. One of the best experiences I’ve had is with the infinite flexibility of the software.

Along with small business sites and blogs, I’ve utilized WordPress to build private Intranets, digital asset management systems, commercial and residential product portals, membership sites, software sales tools, and much more.

Along with being able to power just about any site one can imagine, WordPress also has a powerful and giving community of people willing to help elevate each other.
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Speaker Spotlight – Mike Tanner

Mike Tanner is a writer, consultant and community builder in Halifax, NS. He has written for publications such as Yummy Mummy Club, Hustle & Grind and CBC while building his small digital agency, OneRedCat, over the past 5 years. He is also a full-time stay at home father of two and a director with Pocamp Halifax. When he’s not writing, building or breaking up toddler fights, he’s typically controlling a Level 11 Ronin in Dungeons & Dragons, trying to figure out how to do yoga or playing/designing board games. @oneredcatmedia

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

My best experience with WordPress has been getting to take clients visions of what they want and seeing them go live. The idea that WordPress can do WHATEVER THE HELL I NEED IT TO.

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Speaker Spotlight – Shawn Hooper

Shawn Hooper is the Director of IT at Actionable.co, where he enjoys combining code and data to build intelligent tools for teams and leaders. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Shawn has been building web applications since the late 90s, with a focus on WordPress since 2011. As a freelance developer, he has built sites for clients in the public and private sectors in both Canada and United States. He loves making use of great APIs, promoting web accessibility and secure coding practices. @shawnhooper

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Picking up a small contract over Twitter to build a WordPress plugin has led me into my current full-time job. WordPress has also been my introduction to the world of speaking at conferences, which I never thought I would have enjoyed (public speaking, aah!!) but really do love.

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Speaker Spotlight – Laura Hawkins

Laura is Director of Inbound Marketing at Kula Partners. She leads a team of marketers that work together with designers and developers to create and execute digital strategies that help clients across North America sell more. @lauraahawkins

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

The fact that it can so easily be customized and used. We build custom websites for our clients which help them achieve their business goals and are easy to manage.

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Speaker Spotlight – Pascal Martineau

As a young 80’s nerd, he discovered BASIC on the Tandy TRS-80 and kept on programming ever since. Currently he enjoys his position as lead developer at Le Web Simple, mostly doing WordPress stuff but also some DevOps R&D. As a Node.js enthusiast on the side, he is also having fun with real-time / full-stack application development.

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

When I discovered ACF Pro 🙂

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Speaker Spotlight – Dan Parker

Dan, from Halifax, is the local site director for http://ygorganization.com. After discovering WordPress in 2013 he finally was able to realize his dream of applying his formula to a website, starting with his most passionate hobby. Today that site sees the better part of 3 million hits a month. Dan likes video games, pizza, and chocolate milk. He is a proud member of the monthly WordPress Halifax Meetup.

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Ease of Plugins to allow my site to do whatever I’ve required.

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Speaker Spotlight – Sarah Rennick

A coder for over a decade, I started tinkering with WordPress in 2005. My primary inspiration for learning to code was my passion for logic puzzles. Needless to say, troubleshooting is my favourite part of my job (along with implementing good UI!) In the past I’ve spent my time teaching others how to use WordPress, developing child themes and forking plugins. I’m currently living in Fredericton, NB and working as a front end developer for Lookbooks.com. In my spare time I attend a weekly bad movie watching club and play video games. @fevered

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Attending WordCamps!

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Speaker Spotlight – Shelly Peacock

Shelly Peacock is the founder of the Spinbird Group, a WordPress Consulting and Design Group. She has a “full-stack” professional background of over 15 years which includes sales, marketing, and social media training. An active member of the WordPress community, she has traveled and spoken at WordCamps both nationally and internationally. Her favorite things? Hole-in-the-wall eateries that rock and creating artwork … with blowtorches and code. @Spinbird

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Making an awesome living from home

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Speaker Spotlight – Jean-Francois Arseneault

With over 20 years of experience, Jean-Francois has been building websites best viewed in 800×600 since the early 90’s. He co-founded SatelliteWP which is a WordPress maintenance service, runs a WP consulting agency which provides development & site management services, and co-founded a firm that specializes in SAAS solutions. Speaker, teacher, dad and wanna-be runner, he enjoys sci-fi, traveling and snail racing (ok, that last one is made up).

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Meeting people that have become friends and business colleagues over the years

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Speaker Spotlight – Chris Van Patten

As founder and creative director of Tomodomo and Van Patten Media Inc., Chris Van Patten has helped build communities and websites for Broadway performers, small businesses, tech news publications, and countless others. Trained as a designer, Chris focuses these days on user experience and technical strategy, serving as a mediator between client dreams and technical realities. While living in Buffalo, NY, Chris created “BfloFRED,” the Buffalo Front-End Developers meetup (later expanded to include sister meetups in Manchester, UK and Toronto, ON) and co-organised Buffalo’s inaugural WordCamp. He regularly speaks at events around the world (including eleven WordCamps in cities around the world), and writes at chrisvanpatten.com. @ChrisVanPatten

What’s been your best experience with WordPress?

Working with the WordPress community, whether releasing plugins, contributing code, or tutoring young developers is so rewarding. The community is so open, diverse, and really has a conscience. I think that makes WordPress really special.

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