We make content management simple with our premiere web design & development consulting services, by contributing to open platforms like WordPress, and by providing tools and products that make web publishing a cinch.
At 10up, we don’t just “make” things – we engineer them. We’re a group of people built to solve problems; made to create; wired to delight. From beautiful pixels to beautiful code, we constantly improve the things around us, applying our passions to our clients’ projects and goals. Sometimes instead of resting, always instead of just getting it done.
Should I build an app or a responsive website? Am I maximizing my ad revenue? Why don’t my visitors click “sign up”? How many 10uppers does it take to screw in a website? We don’t just build: we figure out the plan.
Inspiring design brings the functional and the beautiful; a delightful blend of art and engineering. We focus on the audience whimsy and relationship between brand and consumer, delivering design that works.
Please. Look under the hood. Our team of sought after international speakers provides expert code review for enterprise platforms like WordPress.com VIP. Because the best website you have is the one that’s up.
The best talent isn’t found in a single zip code, and an international clientele requires a global perspective. From New York City to the wilds of Idaho, our distributed model empowers us to bring in the best strategists, designers, and engineers, wherever they may be found. Veterans of commercial agencies, universities, start ups, nonprofits, and international technology brands, our team has an uncommon breadth.
Influencing communities around the world, our team leads meetups, speaks at local events, and visits clients wherever they may be.
Independence from traditional “brick and mortar” offices, freedom from commutes, and flexible schedules across nearly a dozen time zones means our team works when and where they’re most inspired, available when our clients need them.
Jake has been building websites since the 1990s, and has built award winning web-based solutions for Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Navy, major universities, and high profile non-profits. His analyses have been quoted on high profile websites like c|net and the Winsupersite.
Jake started working with WordPress in 2006 while managing the interactive division of a 100-man contractor. In 2009, while employed as Technology Director at a Providence-based agency, he refocused his professional attention on the platform, releasing free plug-ins, diverting new projects to the platform, and engaging the community. Jake’s leadership helped transform that agency from a 3-man team serving a niche CMS to an open source software agency with 10 employees.
In February 2011, Jake founded 10up with a vision of a distributed, elite team that could build beautiful, easy to manage websites on the web’s best platform – WordPress. He bootstrapped the company into the team you see today.
Between leading the charge at 10up, Jake has been a writer and expert reviewer for Smashing Magazine and taught WordPress development at Boston University. Jake has spoken at conferences and events around the country, including CMS Expo, Prestige, Pressnomics, and WordCamps in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia. He helped organize the first WordCamp Boston in 2010, founded the WordPress Providence Meetup in Rhode Island, and restarted the WordPress Meetup in Sacramento.
Jake is a core contributor to WordPress and maintains some of the highest rated plug-ins on the official repository. Cumulatively, they have been downloaded over 1,250,000 times.
After a first career as an academic (teaching Literature and Composition at the college level), John‘s been working in professional services agencies for the last 15+ years. Most recently he was Managing Director at ISITE Design. Prior to that he was a Senior Director at Optaros, Director of Application Development at PixelMEDIA, and a Director / Principal Consultant at Molecular.
He has worked with clients across many industries and sizes, from early-stage startups to the Fortune 50, as well as higher education and the non-profit sector. He’s worked as a user experience manager, a technical architect, a project manager (and program manager), an account director and a strategy lead.
He’s been focused on open source (primarily WordPress and Drupal) since 2006, most visibly as one of the organizers of WordCamp Boston, but also via plugins and talks at WordCamps (New York, Providence, and Boston) and DrupalCamps (Montréal, Western Mass, Connecticut, Boston). He’s also presented at many content management conferences outside of the WordPress community: Gilbane, Confab Higher Ed, CMS Expo, etc).
He received a BA from Boston University, an MA & PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an MIS from Northeastern University.
He lives in Salem MA with his wife and dogs, and also blogs at Open Parenthesis on open source, software engineering, user experience design, content management, and internet culture.
Jess joined 10up in Fall 2011 with years of experience working in the interactive space. Jess has worked with and managed projects for Fortune 20 brands, major non-profits, and state organizations, including CVS Caremark, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Citibank, and the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Jess is passionate about creating interactive and engaging audience experiences. From layout concepts, to copywriting, to social media integration, Jess knows how to captivate, measure, and keep an audience. A social media maven herself, Jess is especially interested in innovative ways to weave social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook into standalone website experiences.
Jess helped organize the first WordCamp Miami in 2010, and spoke to WordCamp Miami about audience engagement a second time in 2012.
Jess graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, and tries to return to the warm climate whenever she can.
Vasken joined 10up in February of 2013 with over 10 years of experience working in technology in both the public and private sectors. Before becoming a WordPress developer in 2009, Vasken worked at Plymouth State University in several roles ranging from desktop support to systems administration, and occasionally, adjunct faculty member.
In November of 2010, Vasken joined GigaOM, a leading technology news and research online publication, as a WordPress developer working remotely from New Hampshire. Upon moving to the Bay Area in mid-2012, he assumed the role of a team leader within GigaOM’s rapidly growing product development group, a position he held until joining the team at 10up in February of 2013.
Vasken enjoys creating natural, consistent user experiences that enhance and promote interactivity through simplicity. As a developer, one of Vasken’s strengths is his ability to communicate highly technical concepts in a clear, non-technical way in order to build understanding between various project stakeholders. This, along with significant experience across several technology sectors, has allowed him to engineer successful projects within organizations ranging from small, independent businesses to public universities to online publications with millions of unique visitors each month.
A strong believer in open source technologies, Vasken has spoken and hosted panels at numerous WordCamp, NERCOMP, and EDUCAUSE events, on subjects ranging from Green Computing to WordPress-based centralized authentication systems. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Haverford College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State University, where he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science and Languages and Linguistics Departments.
When he’s not testing cache performance or planning projects, Vasken enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking with his dogs in the Bay Area’s many beautiful nature parks, and as a recent California transplant, is once again trying to find a good group of musicians to jam with in yet another new city.
Grant began his web career experimenting with web design, PHP and WordPress after rejecting the boring career outlook that his studies in business, economics and mathematics afforded him. Upon seeing the accessibility and breadth of the WordPress platform and it’s community, Grant was hooked.
As he learned more about the economics of the web industry, he quickly began building a business around web strategy. Culminating in founding his own web design and development shop, Grant accrued an array of experiences including link building, consulting for tech startups, speaking about organizational economics and business strategy, managing large projects for a list of Fortune 500 clients, even a brief 11-month affair with his own software startup. In the end WordPress won his heart, and in the years leading up to joining 10up, Grant was building things on the web with WordPress, speaking at WordCamps, and organizing meet-ups and WordCamps in the sleepless city of Seattle, Washington.
When not diving into web strategy Grant is an avid marathon runner and musician who enjoys the outdoors as much as he does a good book on economics or chess theory.
Helen is 10up’s first full-time employee and our Director of Platform Experience. She is a WordPress core committer and the release lead for WordPress 4.0. 10up enables Helen to contribute to the WordPress open source software project full-time, supporting the platform upon which our business is built, though she enjoys continuing to support our clients and the rest of the team by continuing to build on top of the platform as well.
A professional musician in a previous life with an MM in Piano Accompanying and a BM in Music Performance, Helen’s artistic side supports the WordPress philosophy that “code is poetry.” She is passionate about well-crafted, clean, maintainable code under the hood, and a beautiful, easy-to-use administrative user interface for the contributors managing your site.
Helen lives in Jersey City with her husband and son, and can often be found at events and client offices in the NYC metro area.
Jason is a writer and web developer with a wide range of experience spanning more than 15 years working with the Internet. As a college student looking for extra income in 2001, Jason drew on his love of computers and the Internet and sold his first freelance website project for a whopping $100.
Soon, Jason built his own CMS (in ColdFusion, no less), leading to freelance and volunteer projects. He also wrote and managed a high traffic blog and became the web developer and a founding board member of the Media Bloggers Association, the first national organization providing a community and support network for bloggers.
Jason discovered WordPress in 2005 and went on to spend eight years working for a local web agency as a developer and project manager, collaborating with staff and clients to plan, build, and support websites. He’s written about WordPress on WP Daily, and writes about almost everything else on his personal blog, jasonclarke.org, which celebrated its 12th anniversary in May 2015.
Jason lives in beautiful Orono, Maine, with his wife and two children. Together, they enjoy reading, exploring Maine’s many unique spaces and landmarks, watching movies, and traveling.
Phil began his dive into web technology at a tender, young age through his contributions to phpBB, the popular forum package. He soon began to utilize his skills to help others through consulting, and quickly stumbled upon an exciting piece of software called “WordPress”. It was love at first sight for Phil, and things haven’t been the same since.
After several years of WordPress consulting, Phil joined Automattic as a VIP Engineer, where he helped make sure that WordPress-powered sites ran quickly and securely. He then moved on to a Los Angeles-based startup, Pogoseat, where he helped architect a future-oriented platform to allow the company to grow. Thirsting to delve back into the WordPress world, Phil and 10up linked up–and the rest is history.
Phil uses his unique blend of software engineering skills and his love of helping people to wrangle projects as a Senior Web Strategist. In his free time, he’s an avid private pilot and scratch golfer.
Throughout his career, Taylor has focused on the multidisciplinary cornerstones of UX Design: social science, art, and engineering. He’s worked in diverse roles as a 911 dispatcher, photographer, educator, and web engineer. Today, he leverages that experience to lead a team of UX designers creating the publishing experiences of tomorrow.
Taylor started designing and building websites in 1998. He joined 10up in 2012 when it was an eight-person engineering business. Since then, he’s played a key role in the growth of 10up into a multi-discipline consulting with employees worldwide.
In addition to making the web a better place, Taylor co-manages and reviews science fiction for GeekyLibrary.com. He lives in Portland, Oregon and enjoys breweries and coffee shops.
Taylor first started playing around with HTML at age 10; his curiosity for websites and web applications grew from there. He has a passion for turning a blank canvas into something incredible. Solving the constantly changing puzzle of meeting client needs propels Taylor to learn about different and more effective web technologies and strategies.
Taylor believes learning is an extremely important part of what keeps web development fresh and fun. When WordPress came onto the scene, he jumped in head first developing plugins and themes for personal and client websites. Taylor’s most popular plugin is Custom Contact Forms; a plugin for creating contact forms that is jam packed with features. It has been downloaded over 1M times.
Taylor was one of 10up’s first employees, joining during its first year, and would go onto become one of 10up’s first Senior Engineers and Technical Leads. In summer 2014, following continued outstanding team leadership and production outcomes supporting clients like the New York Observer and Variety, Taylor was promoted from within to Director of Engineering.
Other than developing web applications, Taylor is a lover of music. He enjoys listening to blues and jazz music as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Some would say Zachary has been a Systems Engineer since he decided to take apart the family computer back in middle school. Before discovering WordPress, Zachary created a content management system for the Kentucky Mesonet where he learned the ins and outs of MySQL and PHP. In 2010, he discovered WordPress during a 14 month stay in Africa where he used the platform to keep a journal and share his experiences with friends back home. Since turning his attention to WordPress, he has built scalable WordPress implementations for a diverse range of customers. The constant innovation within the WordPress community and the unique infrastructure challenges each customer brings keeps Zachary excited about logging on every day.
As Director of Systems Engineering, Zachary focuses on the infrastructure side of WordPress, establishing high scale, high performance, high security implementations whose environments range from single shared hosts, to high scale, multi-datacenter implementations. Zachary is 10up’s go to for WordPress security, systems performance optimization, and general maintenance. Zachary also serves as a Web Strategist, providing project management services primarily for customers with significant systems requirements and in general maintenance and support states.
Zachary has a Master’s degree in Meteorology from the North Carolina State University and he brings the same rigorous attention to detail to his work with WordPress as he did his thesis work on hurricanes. When not at the command line, Zachary enjoys cycling, buffalo wings, and any activity that happens in the ocean. He can often be found frequenting the many food trucks of Portland with his dog.
Chris has been a professional web developer for the past 5 years, and has been building websites as a hobby for over 10. His interest in programming began in elementary school, when his grandfather taught him QuickBasic. A few years later, he had built his first static HTML website, and began helping family and friends do the same.
In his freshman year at the University of Arizona, he started doing freelance web development projects for small local businesses. He quickly discovered WordPress and has been using it as his platform of choice ever since, even contributing a few plugins to the official WordPress plugin repository. After freelancing for 4 years, he joined a web agency in Tucson, AZ as their lead web developer, and in addition to building websites in WordPress, he worked on web apps for project management and document sign off.
When not making websites, you might find him tinkering with electronics, playing his saxophone, or working on his car.
Dave’s parents took him to see Star Wars when he was a month old, instilling in him a love of science fiction and technology right from the start. He taught himself to program in second grade and started building web sites in 1996. He’s watched the web grow from a nerdy novelty to a major part of our lives, and he’s excited to see what the future holds. We may not have flying cars, but booking a vacation from a smartphone is almost as good.
In his fourteen years in the industry, Dave has built interactive displays for a major metropolitan museum, web sites explaining such cutting edge topics as high-energy particle physics labs across the globe, and the online home of a world conference focused on improving conditions in growing urban areas. He has worked with a variety of web platforms and technologies, including WordPress, Drupal, and other popular content management systems. But it’s the WordPress community that made the biggest impression on him, with its focus on user experience and its welcoming attitude toward newcomers. He’s spent the last five years building sites, developing plugins, and troubleshooting core issues with WordPress. You may have also seen him speak at WordCamp Boston 2012 or a Chicago-area meetup group.
Dave was born & raised in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Roosevelt University. These days, he calls the Boston area “home”. When he needs a break from his futuristic digital cocoon, Dave enjoys jogging, kayaking, gardening, crossword puzzles, and volunteering at a local cat shelter. He also has a good time watching bad movies with his wife, Amy.
Erin comes to 10up with a background in design, development and project management. She began her web development career back in the days of Microsoft FrontPage, developing sites for local real estate agents and non-profits. Since then, she has picked up modern development philosophies and techniques from the worlds of Drupal, WordPress, Ruby on Rails and even custom .asp platforms. She currently holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and Web Development.
Looking to further her skills and professional growth, Erin took a position as a Senior Project Manager at one of the largest, top producing web design firms in Colorado. There, she gained experience defining and implementing custom solutions for clients such as Goodwill Industries, the National Homeland Defense Foundation and the National Federation of the Blind. She finds fulfillment in solving complex problems for clients that help them achieve greater success.
Erin lives with her husband and three children. But forget those Denver Broncos; Erin is a true New Englander at heart. During football season you will find her on the opposite side of the couch rooting on her NE Patriots. In the off-season, between kids’ baseball games and school performances, you will find her at the rink practicing her figure skating skills.
Since picking up his first book on HTML in 2001, Luke has been fascinated with building for the web. When Luke was introduced to Content Management Systems, he jumped into the WordPress deep-end and immediately started developing custom themes and plugins for clients to tailor WordPress to their exact needs. He believes that the web should be device agnostic, and as a result has familiarized himself with responsive design techniques and patterns.
Luke takes pride in making products that are not only effective, but easily understood, updated, and maintained. He holds that the WordPress experience should be unified among plugins and themes so that interactions are consistent and natural across the entire platform. He also believes in having the heart of a learner, and having the heart of a teacher. To fulfill these philosophies, Luke is an avid reader and has an enormous appetite for podcasts. He is constantly observing new ideas, learning new techniques, and hearing the messages of new voices on a variety of subjects.
Most of Luke’s free time is spent with his wife and cat in Portland, Oregon. Beyond reading and podcasts, he enjoys disc golf, soccer, cooking, and assisting his wife on photo shoots.
Sarah’s passion for communication technology began at Cornell University during her undergraduate research experiments applying traditional communication theories to computer mediated interactions. With close to 10 years of experience in strategic and organizational communication, she brings a unique perspective to the role of Project Manager, having been on the client side of several web projects throughout her career. Sarah’s ability to communicate with clients and engage her team has helped her become a highly efficient and effective project manager.
A natural leader, Sarah was captain of the Cornell women’s basketball team before going on to earn a Master’s degree in Communication from North Carolina State University.
When Sarah’s not sitting in front of her computer, she can be found hiking or skiing near her home in Vermont. She spends the rest of her free time trying to keep up with her one year old daughter.
Adam has worked on everything from small business websites, to writing a custom content management system, to large-scale e-commerce projects. After years building custom HTML/PHP solutions he embraced WordPress as his platform of choice, developing client sites with customized themes and custom coded plugins and eventually releasing a few plugins to the WordPress.org repository.
Adam is a contributing developer to WordPress and was recognized as a “Rockstar” for his role in the revisions rewrite for WordPress 3.6. Adam currently works as a Senior Web Engineer at 10up. He loves long rafting trips, playing mbira, travel, taking walks and tending his over sized garden.
Ben has 9 years of experience as an entrepreneur, publisher and innovator, that make him well suited to 10up’s monetization, content conversion, and ad ops business. He has led product development, analysis and iterative design processes, while overseeing all business operations at The Sacramento Press and AdGlue. Ben has consistently stepped over the edge to experiment with new models for creating healthy media ecosystems.
In 2008, Ben launched The Sacramento Press as a new breed of local publication dedicated to rethinking how media interacts with a local audience. In just a few years, his team built an army of over 1,500 volunteer community contributors. During this time, Ben built the first independent online local ad network (SLOAN) that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for over 60 publishers. He was also a founding board member of the Local Independent Online News publishers (LION).
Realizing that the critical challenge in publishing was monetizing high quality content, Ben founded AdGlue, an article accurate platform for publishers to incrementally increase advertising revenue. AdGlue has already seen a 4x boost in click through rate and a 3x increase in CPM ($25 and up) in early deployment.
Ben received a BA in Economics and Political Science from The University of Rochester.
From Antarctica to Chamonix, if there’s snow on the slopes, Ben’s probably skiing. He also volunteers time as a member of the Sacramento Ballet Board of Directors and with the Ronald McDonald House. He loves mentoring other entrepreneurs and was named AngelHack Mentor of the Year 2014.
Dana began managing web projects in 2005. She’s collaborated with teams using a variety of open and proprietary platforms to build elegant site implementations for major brands like Ticketmaster, Nestle, and Dell.
While not a developer, Dana’s comprehension of advanced engineering concepts is impressive. She artfully bridges the gap between client and engineer when defining project scope, approach, and timeline. Well versed in several traditional project management philosophies, Dana embraces the foundations of the Scrum methodology and is a certified Scrum Master and Product Owner.
When away from the keyboard, Dana enjoys as much time as she can with her daughter (when she’s home from FSU), shopping, and relaxing at the beach.
Darin has a passion for good code and building sites that are easy to use. He discovered his affinity for WordPress, a platform that lets him do just that, while employed as the lead web developer at a marketing agency in Idaho. Today, Darin is excited to be focusing his career on building top shelf themes and plugins for the platform. A few of his plug-ins can already be found on Github and the plug-in repository, today.
Darin’s attraction to web development was sparked by the notion that he could take a blank canvas and build a fully functional product on top of it. It’s the perfect outlet for his creative impulses and desire to be challenged.
When Darin is not up to his elbows breaking order to a digital mess, he loves spending time with his wife and two kids. A sportsman, he can often be found outdoors, usually playing basketball and golf. He lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and loves the slow life of a smaller city with all the benefits of the great outdoors.
Darshan began programming with embedded systems in VHDL. Thankfully, that experience didn’t scare him away from all programming, and he soon found a new calling… building games in Flash. After a memorable stint in DevOps and an even larger collection of scars, he made the transition to Full-Stack Developer, and has never looked back.
Darshan is a minimalist by nature, and an avid Vim user. He enjoys writing clean code and building simple, highly scalable solutions. Darshan is also the one man army behind the WordPress.vim plugin.
When he’s not coding or thinking about coding, Darshan enjoys spending time with his family and working on Vim plugins.
After working with numerous Content Management Systems – including one that he built – Ivan discovered WordPress and was instantly hooked. WordPress quickly became his CMS of choice; he even found himself building on it in his free time. Ivan thinks of WordPress as a “canvas,” a “foundation of great masterpieces”.
Over the last seven years, Ivan had the opportunity to lead and work with small to medium sized teams to deliver time sensitive projects to high profile clients like Walmart, and Hilton Grand Vacations. His last role involved leading a team of 6 developers in support of a major retail client.
When he’s not working on code, you can usually find Ivan cooking, traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter in sunny Orlando.
After John first discovered WordPress in 2008, it quickly became his platform of choice thanks to its combination of user-friendliness and power under the hood. This is the same balance that John strives for in all of his work. John is passionate about using WordPress to build effective client solutions and making WordPress sing.
In addition to building websites, John enjoys studying just about anything computer related. A true engineer, John automates any computing activity he performs more than once by writing a script. He has even hacked together desktop applications in Python for Ubuntu.
When he’s not in front of his computer screen, John enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, participating in local tech meetups, and building a bonfire with a few dozen people, drinking beer, and singing folk songs into the wee hours of the night.
John has an academic background in writing, philosophy, and education, so he really understands the importance of clear communication. Marry this with an artistic streak that infuses everything he does, and you have someone who can readily spot when a project is out of balance (or when a little asymmetry can truly help things along).
Having learned WordPress as a front-end web developer, John brings a strong background in the behind-the-scenes craft necessary to make great websites. Spurred on by an authentic desire to help projects go more smoothly, he has acted as a client-facing strategist for small businesses, nonprofits, and multinational corporations. Regardless of the size or scope of the project, John clearly approaches all of his work with an entrepreneurial spirit.
John came to 10up from an niche digital agency in Maine, where he started as a front end developer, only to be promoted to UX Development Manager within 2 years. John was responsible for planning, developing, and often coding fully responsive websites for enterprises like CITGO, ExxonMobil, Enterprise, and Fleet. In addition to HTML/CSS, he made wireframes, wrote use cases, built HTML marketing email campaigns, and executed cross-browser QA training, among other tasks, during his employment. He previously spent 3 years at a web consultancy focused on non-profits.
John spends his time away from his desk exploring the natural beauty of Maine with his family, making very corny jokes, laughing at the very same jokes regardless of reception, and owning a dog the size of a small couch.
Jon began writing code at an early age, when his parents bought their first family computer. His interest grew out of a desire to build websites for his various gaming interests (mostly StarCraft), so with the help of Geocities, Microsoft FrontPage, and some HTML Goodies, he started on the journey that eventually led him to WordPress.
Jon has been working with WordPress for several years now. In that time, he has worked with a variety of clients ranging from small, Mom and Pop businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises.
Prior to joining 10up, Jon was Director of Web Development at a boutique advertising agency near Dallas, TX. In early 2014, Jon launched a small premium theme shop that he’s since sold to the crew at UpThemes.
In addition to WordPress, Jon has also spent time tinkering with Ruby on Rails, Node, Backbone, and Angular projects over the last few years.
It was in middle school that Karine made her first awkward website. Her love affair with WordPress started in 2004 after she made the switch from Movable Type to build personal websites.
After graduating from business school in France, Karine has worked for two years in South Korea as a project manager in charge of Facebook campaigns for clients like Air France and as a frontend developer, one of the websites she built won “Site of the Day” from Awwwards. Her travel bug made her leave the land of the morning calm for California, and she joined Brainstorm Media in the summer of 2013. Her relationship with WordPress got very serious and led her to 10up.
Karine has a hard time parting from her computer but when her fingers are not glued to a keyboard, she loves eating, hoarding pictures, and traveling. After spending some time in the U.S. and Canada, she is currently living in Paris, her hometown.
Mary had her first taste of the Internet back in the 90s, when a website would take minutes to load and modems made noises connecting. She built her first website with tables, animated gifs and telnet. While attending college at DePaul, she realized she could actually major in “computers”. She quickly switched, earned her degree in e-Commerce, and has been heads down in the web ever since.
Mary has spent the last few years being a go-to freelancer for several agencies, building WordPress sites and plug-ins and, in some cases, cleaning them up. She’s worked with such notables as the University of Chicago, Apartments.com, and Riddell.com.
Mary loves music, and is attempting to master guitar, but has so far found it a bit less natural than WordPress. When she’s not on the Internet, you can find her practicing Aikido (a Japanese martial art), biking or cooking something vegetarian.
With a diverse background and hands-on experience in all aspects of modern marketing, Mike brings a unique perspective on project management and leadership. He’s dedicated to bringing out the very best in the people he works and to producing nothing less than impressive work.
After earning his Bachelors degree in Advertising from Iowa State University, Mike worked with a small social media and content marketing agency called One Social Media, helping international best-selling business authors grow their influence online. Mike created several highly successful – viral, if you will – projects and promotional campaigns, facilitating the successful launch of two New York Times best-sellers.
Mike’s passion and knack for process development and project management led him to his next role: Director of Digital Marketing with a boutique web design agency in Chicago. He was tasked with developing scalable processes for everything from client discovery to production workflows, and anything in between. This experience that helped him launch his own consultancy, offering clients a wide variety of services, including website design and development in WordPress, to social media marketing and digital strategy.
Seeking stability as his family grew, Mike joined Single Grain, a full-service digital marketing agency out of the Bay Area, as Director of Social Media and Content, where he was responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of social media and content marketing efforts for all clients. After working with the management team on processes, team structures, and overall growth plans, Mike was promoted to Director of Client Success where he was responsible for coordinating and leading all teams to produce results-driven work for all clients.
When he’s not plugged in, you’ll find Mike spending time with his wife and his two sons, working out, playing drums, or working on one of his side projects.
Thorsten is 10up’s first European employee, living near Cologne, Germany with his wife, son and a crazy Beagle. Thorsten worked in software development for over a decade before joining 10up; he led the web development department for a large dedicated hosting company and Germany, and even ran his own web agency in Bulgaria.
From 2008 to 2012, Thorsten was one of the original engineers supporting the Automattic WordPress.com VIP team. He wrote and contributed to essential WordPress developer tools and plugins including Exploit Scanner, Debug Bar Extender, WordPress-CLI-Exporter, and WordPress-CLI-Importer. He is also a core contributor.
From 2012 to 2013, Thorsten did a quick detour into the Cloud Computing, OpenStack and the Python world, working at a start-up called PistonCloud, though he never managed to keep his hands off of WordPress.
When he’s not engineering websites or spending quality time with his family, he’s usually cooking, tinkering with electronics, and developing Arduino style projects.
Aaron has been working with and on WordPress for over 10 years. In 2004, he setup his first blog on WordPress way back on version 0.72, to start writing. His hacker instincts took over, and he began modifying WordPress. Over time, he made his name building importers as he was drafted to move other sites onto WordPress.
As a core contributor, he brought to the table time zone capabilities, as well as abstraction of file templates into theme template tags. As a consultant, he’s worked on behalf of big companies like Bloomberg, Atlassian, and TigerLogic, as well as small little league teams and schools.
In 2009, he released the first version of the WordPress Bible, a book that has been a bond for him and many others including random developers at WordCamps as well as odd birds at bars. Aaron is also one of the founders of WP Engine, a highly successful, optimized WordPress hosting company based in Austin, TX (he is no longer involved in day to day operations).
In his free time, Aaron hones his photography hobby, snuggles with his 26 lb terrier and samples a variety of IPAs and Pale Ales. He has grown up, and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland… a place he considers a stepping stone to Austin, Texas where tacos and queso await.
After graduating from Stetson University in 2004, Aileen began her career with a traditional advertising agency, focusing on print media and account services. In 2011, she made the leap to the digital realm and never looked back. Her multifaceted background in account management, digital product management, and project management allows her to provide her clients and her team with the best hands on service and support, striving to always create honest relationships and exceed expectations.
From concept to delivery, Aileen has managed a plethora of digital projects including microsites, marketing campaigns, web applications, iOS applications, e-commerce sites, multi sites, and many things in between. Her projects have been recognized in the industry, having won Best of Show, Gold, and Silver Addy awards. With experience in WordPress, Drupal and ExpressionEngine, Aileen finds joy in helping her clients get the most out of their content management system.
When Aileen is away from her laptop, you will find her at a concert, reading, practicing yoga, dancing, traveling, exploring, and chatting up strangers. She wants to be everywhere and meet everyone . . . but not all at the same time.
Allan built his first website in 1999 and was immediately hooked. That year he entered a web page contest and won a new iMac for his middle school. Shortly after, he found himself taking on clients before he started his freshman year of high school. Over time he found himself drawn to PHP and ended up writing his own content management system to update his sites.
In 2006, he was hired by an internet marketing agency as a web designer where he was first introduced to WordPress. Since then, he has written plugins and has made some contributions to the WordPress core.
In his spare time, you can find Allan hanging out with his wife and daughter, fishing or bowling at the local alley.
Allen has been designing websites since he bought his first computer in 1997. His curiosity about the web led him to HTML, and after years of creating static websites, he discovered WordPress in 2005. He tested different Content Management Systems, but the learning curve for publishers made WordPress stand above the rest.
For the first eight years of his career, Allen worked as a freelance designer, affording him the opportunity to work on projects of all sizes. From 2012 to 2014, Allen has worked as a Web Designer at NC State University. NC State is the only university in the United States to house two National Science Foundation Educational Research Centers (NSF ERC), both of which Allen designed and project managed. Allen also teaches HTML/CSS and Basic WordPress classes at Wake Technical Community College.
Allen is active in the WordPress community including the Raleigh WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Raleigh, where he has served as a guest speaker for monthly meetups.
When he is not in front of a computer, Allen spends time with his wife Karoline and his dog George. He loves a good book, cup of coffee, pint of local beer, and cigars & Scotch. Allen is an avid guitarist and vocalist of over 20 years.
Amber graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and began a career as a Police Dispatcher at the UCF Police Department. After spending over 2 years assisting officers in critical situations, she decided to make a career change and apply her quick thinking, multitasking, and interpersonal skills to the digital industry.
Starting as a Project Coordinator, Amber’s solid client management capabilities quickly advanced her to Account Manager and later Senior Digital Producer: enabling her to work on high profile, enterprise accounts in the sports, healthcare, entertainment and nonprofit industries. Amber’s background includes experience in strategic discovery, usability testing, multi site implementations, responsive design, mobile app development, and web design. Her knowledge of CMSs like Sitecore, Drupal and WordPress (her favorite) enables her to provide strategic guidance to her teams and clients.
Amber prides herself on understanding her client’s business and providing them with the best guidance. Throughout her career, she has earned a variety of awards like Employee of the Month, Neophyte of the Year, and Project Manager of the Year. She has also been a part of the winning teams for industry awards such as Webby, IAC, W3, and IMA.
When Amber is not making beautiful websites, you can find her spending time with her husband and toddler, taking the occasional trip to Disney World, or traveling somewhere new.
Ben started his professional career working as a software engineer at MBNA/Bank of America, focusing on developing automation software using ASP.NET and SQL, saving the bank time and money. Most recently, he has worked in higher education as web manager/senior web developer at Colby College where he was responsible for the strategy and development of the college’s award-winning websites and mobile apps. He successfully established web governance, migrated the college’s websites to a WordPress multisite environment, developing many custom themes and plugins for the college.
Working on freelance projects provided a reason to learn additional technologies. After developing many of his own custom PHP content management systems for clients, he discovered the power and flexibility of WordPress and has since used WordPress to power most of his projects. In 2009, he taught himself iOS app development and, being a Mainer, created the first app focused on eating and ordering lobster. He has since developed several iOS apps for clients and is particularly excited about the field of mobile web applications.
In his spare time, Ben keeps active by training for half marathons, climbing mountains and exploring the world. He lives in Waterville, Maine and holds degrees in Computer Science and German from the University of Maine.
Brent has been building top notch web solutions for over seven years. After graduating from college, he cut his teeth as a PHP developer for a bespoke university e-learning framework; an experience that opened his mind to the endless possibilities that diligence and a simple computer can achieve. His next move would be to Habari Media, one of South Africa’s leading digital media houses, where in just one year he worked his way up to lead developer and team manager.
In 2010, feeling the need to expand his skill set and dive into more self-satisfying projects, Brent founded his own company, Kaira. It was around this time that he also discovered WordPress; since then, he has not looked back. Leveraging WordPress as a CMS, he developed successful websites and campaigns for top advertising agencies across Africa, worked on amazing projects like a web application and CRM for a major charity supplying gifts to over 100,000 underprivileged children. Brent has engineered custom integrations with social media platforms, built intranet networks, and developed successful WooCommerce extensions.
When Brent isn’t writing badass code, you can find him hiking up Cape Town’s beautiful Table Mountain, playing guitar, or cooking a delicious vegan meal.
Brian remembers sneaking downstairs in the early morning to play on his family’s Apple IIe, deciding at a very young age he wanted a career in programming. He’s since amassed a broad range of knowledge on topics ranging from web and mobile app development to systems integration.
Brian first discovered WordPress in 2008 when a coworker suggested it for a client project. He saw the potential for the platform, but didn’t have another opportunity to use it until 2012. While working at an advertising agency in Bethesda, MD, he had the opportunity to build out custom themes and plugins. He considers the extensibility of WordPress its second greatest feature, only behind the amazing community that builds, shares, and advocates for it.
Brian has been in full time software engineering roles for over 10 years, starting with Lockheed Martin back in 2003 and Paychex in 2007. Since 2008, Brian spent about 4 years working for agencies in senior roles, with a stint freelancing and helping a startup in between. He joined 10up from a DC area agency, where he was the Director of Technical Production, applying his diverse skills to projects ranging from Adobe CQ5 implementations, to iOS app implementations, to Arduino-based applications, to fun and sophisticated WordPress implementations like Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square.
When he’s not in front of the computer, Brian enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three kids. While typically found indoors, he’s also an occasional golfer and soccer player.
Since graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2006, Bryan has been completely entrenched in the agency lifestyle. The pace, collaboration and processes that come along with working at an agency is really all he knows. He began designing and coding templates for client email campaigns, which led to strategizing and managing campaigns all together. From there, he became a full-time project manager leading him to work at some of the most respected agencies in Central Florida.
In his time, he has managed projects built on a variety of content management systems including WordPress, Drupal, and Sitecore. With his marketing background along with his robust project management experience, Bryan is the full package. He is completely committed to being as transparent and honest as possible and knows what it takes to get things done. His attention to detail and organization qualities cannot be overlooked, either.
Most friends and colleagues know him and refer to him simply by his last name, Quilty. In his free time, Bryan loves spending time with his wife Katie, newborn son Morrison and trusted pup, Reggie. He is an absolutely rabid New York Rangers fan, loves movies and plays guitar with his best buds in a punk band called Gatorface.
Caryn has worked in the tech industry for over 20 years: contributing her project management expertise to software companies, digital agencies, start-ups, and media and entertainment corporations. She’s managed projects small and large in WordPress, Drupal, Joomla! and Plone, along with other proprietary content management systems.
Caryn’s beginnings in the tech world include the early start-up scene in Seattle during the Web 1.0 days, before making a move to Microsoft. During her six year tenure, she worked as a Program Manager for both MSN and the Windows Division.
An early web entrepreneur, in the mid-90’s she founded several pioneering and award-winning web content properties in the music space, all of which were hand-coded. In 2006, she created a highly-trafficked and groundbreaking baseball website, built on WordPress. Caryn has an innate understanding of the digital newsroom and the challenges of digital content creation. That said, she loves working with publishing and editorial teams to create, refine and enhance their workflows.
Prior to joining 10up, Caryn was Director of Product Development for Billboard.com. Her responsibilities included developing and enhancing the brand’s news websites, mobile applications, and technical delivery for the internationally renowned Billboard charts each week. Caryn was also responsible for the full digital run-of-show for the annual Billboard Music Awards, a nationally-televised event.
Caryn holds a MS in Management from Boston University, and a BA in Media Studies from Fordham University. She’s the editor-in-chief of her own independent small press and has written and published five books (two novels and three non-fiction works). She enjoys reading, traveling, listening to live music, photography and National League baseball. Caryn lives in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, with her boyfriend and her cat/office assistant, Jackie Wilson (He’ll be glad to take a message).
With over 10 years experience developing complex solutions for clients large and small, Chris combines a background in software development, marketing and education to bring together the resources, both technical and personal, that solve the complex problems faced by businesses and people.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management, Chris first learned how to manage people and technology as a pilot for various business jets and airlines throughout the US. After a few years of moving people around he realized it was time to solve more complex problems and returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Computer Science while building out various websites and other systems for the Aviation programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. For the last five years Chris has built solutions including websites and products for clients ranging from individuals to large universities including The U.S. Air Force Academy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. He also taught in the Computer Science department at St. Edward’s University and served as technical editor for numerous tech books including titles on WordPress and Backbone.js.
Chris came to 10up from iThemes.com where he built and managed the iThemes Security WordPress plugin, one of the largest and most complex plugins on WordPress.org with over 4.1 million downloads.
When not writing code for his plugins in the WordPress.org repository (or other projects), Chris gives back to the WordPress community by helping organize the Sarasota, FL WordPress Meetup group (previously he was a co-organizer of the Austin, TX WordPress Meetup). He is also an administrator for the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, and has spoken at numerous WordCamps and other tech conferences, including SXSW and HighEdWeb.
Chris resides in Sarasota with his wife and their 4-legged children. When not building something awesome with WordPress, he can most often be found at a local beach.
With a degree in Broadcast Communications from Florida Atlantic University, Christina began her career as a video editor. After moving back home to Orlando, she applied her visual and story telling skills and knack for planning to project management.
Her career as a Project Manager began in the technology industry, working with the biggest college sports entities to rebrand and revitalize their web properties and mobile applications. Christina became a certified Scrum Master while using Scrum Methodology to launch the PAC-12 Conference website. Most recently, Christina served as a Project Manager at Lightmaker USA, where she focused on building new properties and servicing maintenance clients.
Christina applies her intense work ethic to provide a fun and rewarding working environment for her team and clients.
When Christina is not sitting in front of her computer, she can often be found running on a local trail, training for her next half marathon. She spends the rest of her free time with her husband and newborn baby daughter at the local farmers market or at Disney.
Danny graduated law school, but his heart has always been in technology since he started building games on his ZX Spectrum. He helps businesses define, launch, improve, and run customer-focused digital programs in an interdisciplinary way, translating between business and technical needs (sometimes with the aid of Lego bricks). His passion is digital products, and he has completed product and innovation executive programs at both Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley Haas. He loves the rush of a new online service being switched on, when users start pouring in.
Danny has launched consumer-facing digital products to millions of users in the UK and Europe for a variety of companies such as France Telecom, the European Bank and the Sun Newspaper. His experience spans media, telecoms, healthcare, banking, travel, NGOs, and B2B enterprise. His focus is on creating the best possible product strategies, based on a deep knowledge of customer behavior and the psychology of online transactions, often supplemented by research and analysis. He has trained in both Prince2 and Scrum project methodologies.
Danny has always had a soft spot for WordPress as a back-end system that actually works and continuously evolves. He hopes to help companies use it as a reliable alternative to their proprietary systems, especially now that it can connect more easily to just about anything with its new API.
When not working, Danny writes fiction and travels the world. His base is in London, England, and he loves the fact that 10up allows him to work from just about anywhere.
Derrick got bit by the front-end bug when he published his first website – a gallery of 3D fractal art – on GeoCities in the early ’00s. He discovered WordPress while working as a freelance web designer during his college years at Columbia University.
After earning a Master’s in Journalism from New York University, he joined the editorial production team at The New Yorker, where for seven years he helped develop and launch internal workflow applications and digital products for the iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle platforms. He was recognized as a Condé Nast Innovator of the Year in 2012 for his work on The New Yorker’s first iPhone app. In 2014, he contributed to the WordPress-based relaunch of newyorker.com, for which a few of his favorite projects include a pop music showcase, an interactive cartoon of alternative children’s books, and a slideshow of fake presidential campaign posters.
When he’s not pushing code, Derrick enjoys running, hiking, writing music, rocking out on the guitar and bass, and road-tripping with his wife, Joan, and dog, Wookie.
Dillon discovered his passion for design while creating business identities in 2001. This, of course, led Dillon to web design, a crucial extension to any brand development process. He quickly found the web to be his ideal canvas, as he incorporated dynamic, interactive assets, enabling a far more engaging experience. Before he knew it, Dillon was providing creative services for Fortune 500 companies, universities, telecoms, and government projects. Before Dillon joined 10up, he served as a Creative Director and Project Manager at a Phoenix-based agency.
Dillon is fascinated with design trends, and is always exploring tools and technologies that push interactive design further. Dillon enjoys the entire design process, watching ideas evolve from concept to creation. Dillon is comfortable in professional design tools, front end web design (HTML / CSS), and is even known to get his hands a little dirty in WordPress theme code.
Dillon lives and works in Portland, Oregon, 10up’s “center of gravity” and home to our main office space. When Dillon is not developing awesome websites he is usually battling imaginary monsters or digging for worms with his son.
Dominic has been consumed by all things web development for the past five years. He started as a graphic designer at Colorado State University, but quickly found his true calling as a web design and interactive media student at the Art Institute of Colorado.
After graduating with a Bachelors in the mouth-full that is Web Design and Interactive Media, Dominic went on to develop custom WordPress websites for a multitude of businesses and brands that include The Lumineers, Special Olympics of Colorado, and many more.
There’s nothing that Dominic likes more than efficient, well organized, innovative code and beautiful design that leads to a solid user experience. So much so, that he even gave his first talk to a local meet-up group about process, and the importance of an organized and well thought out development flow.
When Dominic isn’t glued to his keyboard turning letters and symbols into websites, he is usually with his adorably mean cat Guido, hiking through the lovely mountains of Colorado, listening to web development podcasts or writing even more code.
Doug has been using Linux since 1997 or so, but don’t hold that against him. He brings over 15 years of experience in the IT industry to bear on problems related to networks, systems and software, with a special penchant for solving problems in the Linux space. He has spent time at software giants like IBM, in the advanced US Defense Department research community, working with geneticists and medical researchers as a high-performance computing administrator and has even spent a bit of time in a startup or two back in the first Internet Bubble. Lately, he has been working heavily in the areas of systems automation and virtualization.
Doug first came across WordPress in 2004 during the Great Licensing Wars and has been a dedicated WP user and contributor since version 1.0. He has experience in developing themes and plugins, contributing to the core WordPress software, participating in the greater community and helping WordPress users get the most out of their sites.
Doug also co-organizes the monthly Philadelphia WordPress Meetup and the yearly WordCamp Philadelphia and Tech Week Philly events and is very involved in the Philadelphia metro area WordPress community.
When he’s not wrangling Linux, Doug can be found keeping busy with his wife and four kids. He coaches his son’s lacrosse team, is an avid reader, actively participates in his church and community events, and is consumer of music of all kinds. He also owns a kilt.
With a marketing background, Ed describes himself as “specializing in delivering projects with a high ROI.” He’s an analytic and strategic thinker who enjoys collaborating to deliver business results.
Ed graduated with a degree in Communication from Mississippi State University, where he hand-coded his first site in 1996. Soon after, he managed his first professional website project. He then moved into non-profit marketing, where he used his web skills to promote museum exhibits and sell zoo memberships.
Ed has managed marketing for Alabama’s most trafficked website. He’s sold used books through an Amazon storefront and counseled clients large and small on website projects. He’s used WordPress to complete projects across industries including healthcare, agriculture, legal and construction.
Ed holds an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. He is past President of the Internet Professionals Society of Alabama and has presented to professional groups including the National Communication Association, The American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Public Relations Council of Alabama, American Marketing Association – Birmingham Chapter and BarCamp Birmingham.
During his free time, you’re likely to find Ed coaching Little League baseball or on a pond fishing.
Eugene’s adventures in engineering started in the late 90’s when he learned Pascal. After his time with Pascal, he worked with Delphi, C++, and C#, eventually digging into PHP in 2009. Eugene spent some time with frameworks like Symfony and Zend, before finding the platform he decided he wanted to concentrate on in 2011: WordPress.
Since 2011, Eugene has been a freelancer (in the top 10% for PHP on StackOverflow), Senior WordPress Developer at an agency, and a Lead Developer at WPMU Dev. He has an affinity for normalized, maintainable, clean code, and clearly loves a challenge.
In his spare time, he likes a good chess match, skiing in the winter, and “building his own death star to rule the world”.
Faishal started experimenting with website and software develpoment at 16, learning enough ASP.Net and HTML to play a significant role in the development of a major travel and tourism website. From there, he went on to earn an MS in Information Technology from DA-IICT, one of most the reputed technology universities in India. Over the next several years, Faishal worked with several of the web’s emerging and popular platforms, including PHP, node.js, Ruby on Rails, and nginx.
Faishal came across WordPress in late 2012, when he joined rtCamp Solutions as a Web Developer. Within no time, WordPress became his hobby, passion, and the center of his profession.
Faishal is proud of his core contributions to WordPress 3.6 and 3.7, and the handful of plug-ins he’s released on the official repository. Like most 10uppers, he believes that open source is the future of web, and that an open future is built on reciprocal volunteerism.
When Faishal isn’t crafting websites with WordPress, he can be found playing guitar, exploring his surroundings, and watching movies.
Faison’s journey toward programmer began in middle school, when he learned to edit programs on his TI-83 Graphing Calculator. He quickly mastered the TI-Basic programming language before finding his next challenge in high school: the web. Creating a website for his high school band, Faison discovered that iframes didn’t work in Firefox. One Google search later, Faison found an answer that would change his life: “Don’t Use iframes, Use PHP Instead.”
Faison continued to experiment with PHP, eventually earning his Associates in Web & Software Development from Waukesha County Technical College. Fresh out of College, he landed a job focused squarely on WordPress. Over the next two years, he created and maintained numerous WordPress-powered websites for local businesses, released four plugins, and spoke at WordCamp Milwaukee 2013.
Faison spends some of his free time programming, but also makes time for his vegetable garden, video games, and keeping up with current events.
Ian has been working in traditional and digital agencies since 2007. He began using WordPress somewhere around version 1.2 and has a strong affinity towards its flexibility and scalability.
Although his undergrad and MBA (both from the Brock School of Business at Samford University) prepared him for a more traditional management role, Ian’s true passion is helping businesses of all sizes implement successful technology solutions that solve issues and improve workflows.
Originally trained as a project manager, Ian quickly rose through the ranks while working with organizations like Toyota, Blue Cross, and Protective Life until finally finding his sweet spot in a Strategist role. His educational background coupled with his self-taught technology skills makes him a perfect fit for “speaking geek” when needed, but also cutting through industry tech terms and interfacing seamlessly with corporate leaders. Ian works daily to solve business issues in true Occam’s razor fashion.
When he’s not on client business, Ian loves the water and can usually be found on the lake or at the beach.
Ivan graduated with a Bachelors of Computer Science and Technology from the University of Sydney. He has spent over ten years as a software engineer.
Ivan’s clients have included niche social media platforms, advertising agencies, telcos, banks and online retailers. He has experience in design, development, architecture, systems administration, security hardening, and streamlining business process. Ivan recently focused on building feature rich web apps targeting desktop and mobile clients, with an emphasis on performance, reliability and cleanliness of code at Amazon.com.
Ivan’s career has spanned two continents and three countries (Sydney, Vancouver and San Francisco). In his time off, he loves to travel the world and write about it on his WordPress powered site, adventureivan.com.
Jason built his first websites in middle school, carefully inserting as much animated fire and stylized typography as browsers would allow. While website design has changed a bit since those heady Geocities days, those first projects sparked a desire to learn more about web development. Jason attended the University of Albany and received a Bachelors in Computer Science.
After college, Jason moved to the Bay Area and landed his first job as a developer for a stealth start up using Perl Catalyst and jQuery. In 2008, he struck out on his own as a freelance Web Developer and was quickly drawn to the power and flexibility of WordPress. Jason would go on to build hundreds of custom websites clients with streamlined back-end administration, courtesy of WordPress. Today Jason is a full stack developer and enjoys creating highly functional websites with meticulous code.
When he’s not coding, Jason is often found running, snowboarding, playing video games or brewing beer. If you can’t find him, assume he is exploring the world with is wife.
Jason is a self taught Systems Engineer with a passion for open source software and learning new systems. His obsession began at an early age when his family purchased their first computer. Once dial up internet was available in the small Louisiana town where he grew up, Jason knew there was no going back.
Jason spent most of his career working at a small ISP/Phone Company delivering Internet services to small towns in rural Louisiana. His first job was spent working the phones providing dial up support; from there, he worked his way up the company to Lead Systems Engineer. He built the network that allowed an ISP in a small Louisiana town to provide advanced services like IPTV and Fiber-to-the-Home.
Jason has worked on many websites over the years using nearly as many technologies. He was an early WordPress adopter and ran several successful websites during the “Blog revolution” in the early 2000’s.
During his spare time you will often find Jason with his wife, binge-watching TV shows and playing various board and video games. He also enjoys the preparation and consumption of various meat products.
Jay is a strategic marketer with experience spanning a number of industries over nearly 15 years. Starting off as a freelance graphic designer and marketer for small businesses, he fell into a career in non-profits before shifting focus to the advertising world. Jay’s understanding of websites and their traffic patterns has led to cutting edge application of analytics and website architecture, improving the visitor experience and driving revenue for clients. After rising to the level of vice president of a national advertising agency, Jay came to 10up to focus on developing successful strategies and tactics for clients of all sizes in all industries.
Having worked on more than 40 website builds (mostly on WordPress), Jay embraces an entrepreneurial spirit that makes websites come to life. From start up inventors to global retailers, Jay thrives on the challenge of maximizing audience impact.
Jay lives in Oklahoma with his wife and son, and enjoys playing golf, traveling, and photography. In his spare time he is typically found chasing his son around the backyard or splashing in the pool, but also enjoys grilling and spending time with family and friends.
Joey wrote his first line of code in 2nd grade, and flirted with coding in high school. He didn’t get serious until college, where he wrote his first lines of code professionally, jumping head first into full stack web development.
In 2004, after graduating with a degree in Computer Graphics and Design from George Mason University, Joey co-founded an interactive agency and built a couple of large Flash sites for the National Library of Medicine. Craving more experience and a broader toolbox, Joey went to a slightly larger digital agency where he developed hundreds of client sites using an in-house custom CMS, going from blank Photoshop canvases to complete, pixel perfect sites with complex backend functionality. Joey even built and submitted a cross platform mobile app.
After a presentation on mobile development at a meetup, Joey was approached by the COO of Squidoo, who – impressed by his approach to solving problems – asked Joey to join Squidoo full time as one 3 developers. In the 3 years Joey was at Squidoo, he refactored 80% of the site’s features, wrangling a dozen 3rd party APIs, and eliminating bugs and complexity accumulated over 9 years in a million line codebase. Squidoo grew to a rank of 37 in the US for Internet traffic in 2012.
In 2014, Squidoo was acquired, and Joey knew it was time to pursue his next adventure. Seeking an adventure involving WordPress, he went to a nearby WordPress meetup where he discovered 10up. He knew that 10up was supposed to be that next adventure.
Joey has personally used WordPress since 2009, implementing custom themes, and writing the occasional custom plugin, including custom plugins for the part of the Squidoo stack that used WordPress. This experience led to an opportunity to co-build and support a successful premium plugin that has over 100k downloads to date. He has also begun contributing to WordPress core.
When he’s not crushing problems, you can find Joey spending time with his wife and 3 children, soaking up the outdoors, or biking whenever, and wherever it suits him.
Josh graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Prior to attending college Josh spent 5 years in the United States Navy (2005-2010). Josh was stationed in San Diego, California onboard USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53). While on active duty, he was deployed on three oversea deployments. During his time in the Navy, Josh developed strong leadership skills as well as great time management.
He developed a passion for project management and everything digital while working for a full service digital marketing agency called Single Grain. While there he advanced his marketing skills by working for clients in numerous industries, constantly increasing his marketing expertise through different positions within the company.
Josh lives in Iowa with his wife and on the weekends they spend their time on various bike trails that Iowa has to offer during the warmer part of the year. His current hobby is increasing his knowledge in grilling while listening to his favorite baseball team – Minnesota Twins.
Josh built his first WordPress site in 2008; after 4 years of dabbling with pro bono gigs and otherwise, he was hired by a Charlotte web design agency. Josh learned everything from theme and plugin development, to pitching responsive design, to systems administration.
Josh attributes much of his current knowledge and position to the available resources in the WordPress community. Through attending and speaking at WordCamps, he has become passionate about building web applications with all user personas (editor and reader!) in mind. Josh is ardent about giving back to the community through attending/speaking at events, taking opportunities to educate others, and contributing to WordPress core.
Josh connected with 10up while apprenticing at a Boston-based design firm. He was drawn to 10up’s pool of world-class talent, as well as the consistent high-profile solutions 10up produces.
Josh is married to his high school sweetheart; he spends his free time with his wife and family—2 year old August and (any day now!) Elouise. He also enjoys the outdoors; kayaking, camping, fishing, and spelunking are among his favorite activities.
Josh has always had a knack for user interfaces, starting with teaching his parents how to program the VCR in elementary school. His path to designing websites was fairly typical: he hand-coded his first website to promote his metal band back in 2001, and hasn’t stopped designing for the web since.
Over the last decade, Josh has become an expert at creating design systems for a broad range of clients, including large media & entertainment companies, mission-driven nonprofits, scrappy startups, and even big healthcare. His HTML & CSS chops have earned him the tongue-in-cheek title of “Unicorn,” or a designer who can code. Always one to share his knowledge and experience, he has given many purpose-driven design talks at conferences like DrupalCon, RefreshPDX and Dev-signer; and has written articles for well known blogs, including InVision. He is a designer by trade, but a problem-solver by nature.
Josh comes to 10up with several years’ experience designing CMS-based websites. He has designed several award-winning sites and products, but is most proud of his recent work redesigning the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, earning a 2016 Webby Award.
In 2013, Josh and his wife Angela stuffed everything they owned into their Volkswagen Jetta and drove from Orlando, Florida, to Portland, Oregon, where they now call home. When he’s not bashing a keyboard, you can find him hiking one of the many amazing trails in NW Oregon with his trusty Fuji XE2 camera, or in front of the stove making fried chicken.
After earning a Computer Science degree, Joshua was introduced to WordPress at his first job, where he was supposed to set up WordPress blogs. Curiosity got the better of him: he started reading the core code like a novella, in his words, “engrossed in the deft interactions of code, semantics and user experience.” There was no looking back.
Before joining 10up, Joshua worked at rtCamp Solutions, where he quickly climbed from Senior Web Developer, to Team Leader, to Product and Project Manager. In his first year, he was awarded “Most Geekish Employee”; the following year he was awarded “most valuable employee.” During his time there he built a responsive theme framework, wrote documentation for their products, developed an internal help desk module leveraging bbPress, and provided mentorship and training for employees.
Joshua has also been putting his WordPress expertise to good use by helping the wider community. He’s amongst the top 6% for WordPress on StackExchange; he earned bragging rights and some goodies by reaching the top 50 within two months of joining! He’s also a proud contributor to WordPress 3.8 and 3.9, and maintains a couple of plugins and themes on the WordPress repository.
When he’s not building powerful websites with WordPress, he cycles around town, swims, exercises, and frequently travels to exciting places.
Justin has been obsessed with computers from the first time he used his grandmothers IBM Pcjr at 7. What followed was a lifetime of devouring anything and everything computing. By the time he was 11 whole Saturdays were spent researching his passion at the public library; a passion that landed him to a programming job in high school writing software for a local map making company.
After high school, Justin pursued a degree in Information Science from Penn State, during which he began developing WordPress sites with some college friends. 5 years later that team founded a hacker space after winning seed capital in a business plan competition. The goal of their hacker space called Innovatrix LABS was community outreach, getting kids involved in big idea projects and providing a community work shop.
As an admin Justin has planned, deployed and managed WordPress installations for the Penn State World Campus, Penn State Outreach Marketing as well as dozens of other large scale deployments. His years of experience administrating clients environments for not just WordPress, but other popular web applications, has fueled Justin’s passion for the web. He brings experience from several hosting providers, strongly believes that the deployment process should be customer centric, and loves helping a client solve their problem. Justin’s particularly loves securing servers and applications against malicious attacks; it is the constantly evolving nature of the web that keeps him coming back for more.
When he isn’t getting his hands dirty behind the scenes, Justin splits his time between traveling with his wife and beagle, and his many hobbies, including sports, video games, and, well, tinkering.
Katie built her first website in college for a family business, and has been hooked ever since, bringing dozens of websites to life over the course of more than 15 years.
As an information architect in the early 2000’s, she helped establish the IA/UX practice for her firm, and went on to design largescale user experiences for Fortune 100 companies. As a digital project manager, Katie managed interactive projects for dozens of clients across a variety of industries for partners like Comcast, Coldwell Banker, and Harvard University. Prior to joining the strategy team at 10up, she brokered new business relationships and developed strategic partnerships for one of the industry’s leading design agencies.
From Horsham, PA (the burbs of Philadelphia), Katie works alongside a snoring bulldog. When she’s not working to make the web a better place, you’ll likely find her in her garden, upcycling a garage sale find, battling villains with her son, or sipping homemade wine with her husband as they cheer on the Eagles.
Katie entered the digital world in 2009 and it was love at first login. Katie has managed and built large open source content management implementations in WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!, and other smaller systems and frameworks. She’s managed projects of all shapes and sizes, for organizations as diverse as television networks and small non-profit organizations.
Katie graduated from Simmons College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. With an education in marketing and applied experience in web development and project management, Katie is uniquely skilled at bringing together the diverse perspectives and stakeholders needed to make a project successful. She can ‘geek out’ with the developers, while maintaining a focus on her clients’ unique business goals.
Katie got her start in web at a small digital agency in Northampton, MA. She also worked as the Web Manager for Lionbridge Technologies; the largest provider of translation services in the world (and an early 10up client!). At Lionbridge she managed all design, development, and implementation for the company’s WordPress multisite stack. She also implemented processes to stabilize their server infrastructure.
Katie has been published by Six Revisions magazine for her content management musings, and has spoken at DrupalCamp MA and DrupalCamp LA.
Although born and raised in a small Western Massachusetts town, Katie loves to travel, meet new people, and see new sights. Her recent adventures have taken her to Boulder, Colorado, where she can be found pedaling in the foothills or hiking up the side of a flat iron.
Kelly brings 12+ years of design experience working in the digital space. She adores being a creative as it seeps into every aspect of her life. Tiny details make our world brilliant, and she’s proud to say that she sweats the small stuff.
She began her digital path in 2001 working for a pair of developers that ran an extremely tight ship. She designed CMS and e-Commerce websites using a very limited hex palette and size allotment. Most designers would’ve run away. Not Kelly. She found the constraints inspiring; a puzzle that held opportunity for creativity and great work. Little did she know… falling in love with this new space would lead to a deep fondness for design within the WordPress platform.
Kelly moved on to create and manage the online experience (CMS, e-Commerce & CRM) for one of the tannest companies out there, Hawaiian Tropic (seriously, the business cards are printed on brown leatherette paper). While there, Kelly elevated the brands online presence and swept The Webby Awards 2 years in a row.
A short time later, her Chicago roots came calling. Over the next 7 years, she worked for a number of large advertising agencies within their lean digital teams. She often wore multiple hats including Art Director, Digital Designer, UX Designer, and mentor to other creatives looking to transition into the digital space. She also managed to create award-winning (FWA’s, DOPE Awards, & ADDY Awards) experiences for clients like Sprint, Disney, and Playstation among others.
A lifestyle change and a chance to focus on her design roots in Portland became a reality a little over two years ago. When she’s not busy sketching or dancing with pixels, you’ll find Kelly and her husband, Kevin, out exploring the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of their son, Julien.
Kristen graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Dance Performance. Although her formal education provided her with the foundational aspects of organizational communication, her unique past of the arts transcends into her orchestration of Project Management. She furthered her commitment to the industry by the completion of her PMP® Certification through the Project Management Institute® in 2014.
Kristen began her career focused on Marketing and Advertising working for a community bank. Here, she organized a new brand launch, worked on various campaigns, and led employee training. She then moved on to a Suburban Newspaper where she led several special publications from the point of sale to print. There, she discovered her natural inclination for Process. Following that instinct, Kristen joined a digital agency to further her career into Project Management. From intake to launch, she managed a wide spectrum of projects spanning from advanced Email Marketing to release schedules with multi-interdependent constraints on seven Ecommerce websites.
When Kristen is away from her laptop, you’ll typically find her chasing her kids or carting them to the next activity. When she can, she’ll take in a concert or a ballet, but her favorite get-a-way is camping surrounded by family and friends.
Lukas is a typical IT geek who has been working in the field of development for over 14 years. Everything started in a small, Polish town, when his parents bought him his first Commodore C64 computer. Without any doubts, Lukas knew that computers would become his biggest passion. At the age of 14 he created his first ‘database’ application that was an easy phone book. Two years later his first PC computer helped him to develop the hobby.
In 2001, Lukas started his professional career as a network administrator and was quickly hired as an engineer for big Polish IT companies. He needed the next five years to work up the nerve to follow his dreams to become self-employed. With his Master Degree in Science and strong experience under his belt, he decided to start his own business. Over the next 9 years, Lukas created, developed, and serviced applications including financial and sales systems and web portals with over 1,000,000 viewers per month, using technologies like LAMP, Java and ASP.net.
After growing tired of being a manager, salesman, employee, and employer he took a position with Timely Network Inc., maker of the All In One Event Calendar for WordPress, which has more than 100,000 active installs. In searching for more opportunities, Lukas came upon 10up.
A self described “creator rather than a craftsman,” he is rarely seen way from his computers. When he does step away, he can be found traveling the world with his wife, walking his dog Rosia (that he fell in love with at a dog shelter), or watching American television shows.
Martha is a hands-on, strategic marketer who has been working in the digital realm for the majority of her career. Whether in a direct production role or leading projects from an interactive, project or account management standpoint, she thrives on collaborating with team members and clients on implementing digital tools that best fit client’s short and long term needs – ultimately exceeding client’s business goals and expectations.
Martha’s agency experience has exposed her to both B2B and B2C companies within multiple industries; from small mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 50 companies, she has managed projects from conceptualization to execution to sustainability. A few notable clients/brands: Huggies, Pull-Ups, Bemis. She’s been involved in the design, development and launch of diverse CMS platforms, including WordPress.
The culmination of her diverse digital marketing responsibilities has brought Martha to 10up as a Web Strategist. Her specialty lies in being both a strategic planner and ‘doer’, and she finds success being the liaison between the creative/technical teams and the client in a digital environment. Relationship building, strong communication, problem solving, and continuous learning and improvement are key professional drivers for Martha.
While Martha hangs her hat on being a working mom, she finds the most joy spending time with her husband and one year old son at their home in Appleton, WI. For fun she loves to travel – especially to warmer climates, relax on the lake at her family cottage in Michigan, cook, watch baseball and visit different MLB ballparks (thanks to her dad for instilling this love in her – she has been to 23 stadiums that are currently in use and three that have been knocked down), and just be a total Wisconsinite: She loves her Green Bay Packers (and stressing over games), cheese is part of almost every recipe in her home, and to her nothing is better than a night in with family and friends over some games and good Wisconsin beer.
For 6 years before joining 10up, Matt lived and breathed WordPress. Three of those years he was the co-developer of one of the most popular WordPress theme frameworks on the market, while working at DIYthemes. Matt’s code has been deployed by nearly sixty thousand customers on hundreds of thousands of websites.
In addition to WordPress, Matt is extremely passionate about barbecue. In the Austin, Texas barbecue scene he is widely known as BrisketMan In his free time, you might also find Matt playing his stand-up bass or wrangling his Golden Retrievers at the lake.
Melissa started her project management career over 8 years ago, and her digital career over 14 years ago. She started as a web designer and copywriter, also doing a bit of front-end development. Her natural leadership and organizational abilities took over and catapulted her into Project Management. Her entrepreneurial spirit enabled her to start her own small web development and strategy business, but her eagerness to work on high profile large brands pushed her to close up shop and do some great work for some of the biggest agencies in the world, including Ogilvy and Sapient.
Having managed award winning projects for high profile clients like Coca Cola, Mercedes, HBC Olympics, Unilever, Molson, and Capital One, to name a few, Melissa is well versed in all aspects of strategy, design and development, and strives to be on the forefront of digital innovation. She prides herself on a fun, outgoing personality, and loves meeting and working with new people and teams from all over the world. Melissa has managed just about every class of digital project she can think of: small microsites, large e-commerce sites, CMS implementations, social media strategies, iPhone applications, and everything in between.
In her free time Melissa loves obsessing over real estate, blogging, playing goalie in floor hockey, eating overpriced but delicious and trendy hamburgers, lamenting that she doesn’t live in a warmer climate, and hanging out with her crazy toddler.
Michael’s digital journey began in 1997 after his parents bought their first computer. Suddenly, he had a lot of “homework” that required Internet access.
Michael has been solving problems as a web designer and developer professionally since 2005. An appetite for learning has led him to acquire a broad range of skills: he has built full-featured web apps, designed front-end interfaces, released an iOS app, and even dabbled in Ruby on Rails. After trying every publishing platform on the planet, and working on a team that wrote their own CMS, Michael became hooked on WordPress, and has been building on it ever since.
When Michael unplugs, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, roasting coffee, CrossFit, and attempting to play his favorite Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
Mike is an international traveller who fell in love with WordPress in 2010. Hailing originally from South Carolina, USA- Mike has lived on three continents ( North America, Asia & Europe ) and visited many exotic locations.
Along the way he nabbed a BS in Computer Information Systems, led student-organized Tsunami relief efforts in 2005, served as applications & databases manager at an international security company, started a travel agency, and happened to bump into Paul Clark in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This chance encounter introduced Mike to the wonderful world of WordPress and provided the awesome opportunity to co-build the WordPress tools that are still being used to save lives in Burma today.
Since 2010, Mike worked alongside Paul Clark & Taylor Aldridge at their company, Brainstorm Media, which firmly believed that democratized, open publishing platforms like WordPress can make the web, and the world, a better place. During this time, Mike built and maintained powerful systems with clean interfaces for a number of clients, representing a wide range of industries and non-profit organizations.
In January 2014, Brainstorm Media joined forces with 10up and Mike was able to add his skills and experience to the incredible pool of talent that resulted from this acquisition. Mike has a passion for travel, community and helping those in need, and has found that WordPress serves as an excellent platform for bringing all of these passions together.
Nick started as Music Composition student blogging on WordPress. Slowly tweaking the WordPress theme to his liking, Nick found his true passion and started creating custom themes for WordPress. While not completely giving up on music, he applies the same principles of form and flow into every line of code he writes. You might say code is a form of poetry, for Nick.
An avid learner, Nick has embraced new technology after new technology, but is always drawn back to WordPress as a great tool to engage clients and consumers on an easy-to-use platform. He has released a few custom plugins, but focuses his efforts on making complex issues simpler for software users to understand.
When not typing furiously, Nick is riding his bike through Philadelphia, playing online video games, or spending time with family. He can often be found attending meetups and events in the greater Philadelphia area.
Nicola’s first Personal Computer was a 386DX his father bought him and shortly after that he started learning how to program in C. When he was 17, he started getting his first programming jobs, mostly Access and C++ works.
He studied medicine and started a DJ career, quickly becoming one of the most famous Rock DJs in Milan, but he always kept freelancing, doing projects in Java, ASP.net and the LAMP stack. He managed various nightclubs, a restaurant, and ran websites for most of the pubs and clubs in Milan. He hosted a weekly program on two national radio stations and traveled a lot until he decided to finally start working as a full-time engineer.
He started working for a company incubated in the Engineering School of Milan, which mostly specialized in WordPress and Drupal, but also had a great focus on project management. He got very involved in the Stackoverflow community, ranking in the top 100 for three months in 2012. In that same year he joined Timely, which focuses on WordPress plugin development. He worked for three years on the All In One Event Calendar plugin, which has more than 100,000 active installs and is one of the top event plugins for the WordPress platform. Looking for bigger challenges led him to applying to and eventually joining 10up.
Outside of coding, he loves finance, playing soccer and squash, and card games (Hearthstone is his current favorite). He also loves everything related to science and cooking health foods.
With nearly 20 years of experience as a programmer and developer, you could say Pete has had computers in his blood.
Pete first got interested in software as a child when he learned from his grandfather who ran a company developing maintenance management software that ran on IBM mainframes, and his father is a developer for the IBM AS/400 and iSeries systems. He first started programming in sixth grade using LOGO on an Apple II and the Compaq Portable they had at home. After high school, he got started with BBSes and taught himself to code by writing add-ons for his 4-node Wildcat BBS and working at his first job supporting SQL Server and Foxpro applications at a multiple listing service.
Pete started professional web development in the mid-1990s, first with ASP, VB Script and SQL Server, and eventually switching to ASP.NET Webforms and ASP.NET MVC. More recently, he’s been working with WordPress for the past four years. His first WordPress core commit was in the 4.2 release and he’s an active member in the Austin WordPress meetup.
Born in Minnesota and raised in California, Pete’s lived in Austin for more than 10 years with his wife, Michele, and his dog, Clyde. Pete enjoys drinking craft beer, building his own exercise equipment, and working on his long-time side projects, baconipsum.com and baconmockup.com.
By the time Ricardo received his diploma as a Public Relations major in 2005, he had already bootstrapped news content and communication websites, newsletters, a couple of intranets and even a web radio in areas ranging from non-profit to education, from culture and lifestyle magazines to metalworks. Creating communication strategies and actively publishing stories, he steered his career towards the Internet.
In 2010, after leading a team of 5 developers at an agency for two years, and shortly after receiving his Project Management Specialist title from Fundação Dom Cabral (an internationally acclaimed Business School), he decided to step back from client-facing positions and dive into web development. It was the perfect time to catch the WordPress as a CMS train.
As a freelancer, he partnered with with small to large agencies and digital bureaus, advocating, leading and delivering WordPress-centric projects for global brands such as Whirlpool, Toyota, L’Oréal and C&A, as well as small to large businesses in Brazil, even receiving an honorable mention for “Best Practices” at the Webby awards. He has also become an advocate within the Brazilian WordPress community, as a Brazilian Portuguese forum moderator and WordCamp speaker/sponsor. He’s contributed code to WordPress itself and the ubiquitous Jetpack plug-in.
Ricardo is married to a corporate finance lawyer and is the proud stay-at-home dad to their son Vinícius, born in 2014. When he’s not coding, studying or rolling on the floor with his little one and their Labrador named Morgana, you can find him playing the drums, cooking, or being a handyman around his house.
Ricky Lee has been building sites for over a decade. During college, a passion for print publishing he found while serving as Campus Life and Photo Editor for the yearbook evolved into a love of web publishing. In 2009, he found WordPress while working on a university online training program; he knew he’d found his calling.
After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Management Information System, he moved to Atlanta where he would spent five years as lead developer for a local agency with clients primarily in healthcare, manufacturing, and real estate. After creating far too many static brochure sites, he persuaded the team to make WordPress the agency’s CMS of choice. For the next few years, he made countless happy clients as he migrated their websites from clunky, closed-source platforms to WordPress.
Ricky Lee is a core contributor to WordPress, and is the author of the Piedmont theme in WordPress.org repository.
When Ricky Lee isn’t making websites, he enjoys exploring Atlanta’s restaurants and outdoor activities, and venturing home to Alabama to his family’s farm to ride horses and camp beneath the stars. He’s also not-so-secretly obsessed with typography; his family and friends lovingly taunt him when he points out typefaces used in everyday life.
With his Economics degree from the University of Florida and a strong family entrepreneurial background, Rob has experienced a diverse, fast-paced career: helping companies leverage technology since 1996. Finding success early on, Rob thrived in a wide range of businesses including event management, publishing, business consulting, accounting as well as ownership in an award winning design studio. The demands of reaching either director or board level positions at every turn since college provided Rob with opportunities to work on mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, team and project management, budgeting and information technology. Whether he’s taking on the Chairman position with local business clubs or a seat on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Rob is constantly looking for ways to expand his knowledge and help his team members.
While holding numerous positions and a wide range of responsibilities can be demanding, Rob never let go of his passion for technology and willingness to learn new things. Over the past 20 years, Rob has designed, developed and implemented a wide range of technology systems including Oracle databases and applications, .Net web and client-server applications, distributed and local networks, virtualization, IP telephony, modern web applications and for the past four years, custom WordPress solutions.
When he’s not helping his wife Regi homeschool their three children Luke, Madison and Hailey, Rob can be found diving into philosophy, religion, engineering, physics, football, smoked barbecue, fine whiskey and craft beer.
Ryan began making websites back in the mid-nineties, when tables were king and Flash intros were cool. Fortunately he’s kept up with the times. Though his primary focus is on design and user experience, Ryan’s drive to continue learning makes him just as comfortable on the engineering side.
For over 10 years, Ryan helped build and lead the design team of a small agency, focusing on author, tourism, real estate, and other small business websites. Helping to build several successful SaaS products — including a custom CMS and template system used by over 5,000 clients — gave him a unique appreciation of WordPress and its community.
In 2012 Ryan decided to get more serious about WordPress design and development, creating open source plugins and themes that have been downloaded thousands of times. In 2014 he redesigned Scott Berkun’s website, author of the bestselling book “The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & the Future of Work.”
When he’s not working on the web, you’ll find Ryan cycling, taking photos, bar-b-quing competitively, or spending time with his friends and family in beautiful Lake Chelan, Washington. He is a fan of craftsmanship, user experience, Oxford commas, and humor.
Seeking change from a career as an audio engineer, Ryan graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology and began working as a web developer. From 2004 to 2011, he ran an independent agency, where he had the pleasure of working with clients such as Denny’s Canada, Veritas Canada, and Canadian music icons Rush.
In 2009, Ryan discovered WordPress while working for Les Stroud – T.V’s Survivorman – and was immediately hooked. Not long after, he released his first plugin for the WordPress community. He began working with WordPress full-time in 2010 when he joined an agency in Ottawa, Ontario; within a year, Ryan became a Senior Web Developer. During his time there, Ryan used WordPress to power large sites, online games, and mobile applications.
Ryan is active in the WordPress community and contributes as often as possible. He loves helping new WordPress developers by giving presentations and answering questions at his local Meetup group.
When he’s not writing code, Ryan is typically found hanging out with his amazing wife, two hilarious kids, and big, shaggy golden-doodle named Blue.
Scott comes from a family of engineers and tinkerers. He grew up with an interest in building with anything he could, be it legos, lincoln logs, computers, and eventually he moved that love of building to the web. By high school, Scott had already found his passion for web development and began to explore his way through HTML, CSS, ASP, and then finally to settle on his true calling with PHP.
Loving to push boundaries with clean efficient code, Scott became the lead developer of the open source WordPress plugin, Pods Framework. His work with Pods and other plugins have afforded him the opportunity to speak at several WordCamps since 2009. At conferences he is known for the performances of his original song “WordPress as a CMS”. He enjoys supporting and growing WordPress, the Pods Framework, along with other plugins he has built and is involved with.
Over the last few years, Scott’s independent and agency experience included working with WordPress clients like YMCA, Realtor.com, Microsoft Blogs, Southwest, Ford Canada, and Nissan America, to name a few.
While not coding, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and daughters, playing music, or watching Doctor Who.
Years ago, Scott started working with WordPress by promising his previous employer a website – without having the experience to fully back up that claim. As luck would have it, the WordPress community came through in helping this beginner succeed and launch his first website. It’s this very community that made Scott love working with WordPress and eventually led to a full-time development role.
Scott has spent most of the last 5+ years at various publishers and agencies as their only WordPress developer.
When his laptop is closed, Scott enjoys being a husband and father of two. If he’s not at home, he’s probably out running, mountain biking or sharing new music with friends.
Steve holds a B.A. in Telecommunications with a focus in video production from Bowling Green State University, where he graduated Cum Laude with minors in Recording Technologies and General Business. A video internship his junior year at Sea Lion Studio, a small, locally-focused digital agency, exposed him to the world of web development and drummed up a level of passion that video production could never match.
Returning to his old home in Columbus, OH, he landed a Developer position with a mid-size advertising agency: Fahlgren Mortine. With the mentorship of Rubyist Matt Jones, Steve was able to hone his craft and focus on building clean, sophisticated applications for larger clients. While not his first exposure to the platform, Fahlgren was also where the WordPress bug first bit Steve, resulting in dozens of sites, each one built stronger than the last.
In late 2012, he was recruited by Buckeye Interactive, an interactive media agency in New Albany, OH. Though smaller than Fahlgren, Buckeye gave Steve the opportunity to take more of a leadership role on development projects and strongly influence the technical direction of the small, but talented team of developers. During his tenure at Buckeye, Steve was also the driving force behind Buckeye’s open source efforts, culminating in two separate projects (a WordPress plugin and a Laravel application) being released from The White House in 2013 and 2014.
It was during his time at Buckeye that Steve started seeking out public speaking opportunities, and has since given talks at regional WordCamps, Columbus Code Camp, and the php[world] conference. While he blogs about software development occasionally on stevegrunwell.com, he has also recently started contributing to larger publications, including Net Magazine and php[architect].
When he’s not writing software, Steve enjoys hiking, traveling, and music, and dog ownership. He’s also a coffee and craft beer enthusiast, purveyor of fine GIFs, Netflix addict, and a fan of Tiki bars.
Sudar has been programming for more than a decade and is a polyglot. He has written production code in more than half a dozen programming languages – and most of it was using Vim!
Sudar started his career as a web developer, working with various technologies and framework. He moved on to building distributed applications using MapReduce and other big data frameworks to process and mine huge amounts of data. Prior to joining 10up, Sudar worked at Yahoo Labs as a Research Engineer, where he analyzed user interaction data using machine learning techniques to better understand user behavior and interactions in web applications. His work resulted in increased conversions and improved user engagement.
Sudar first discovered WordPress in late 2005 while searching for a self hosted blogging platform for his migration away from Blogger. After tinkering with WordPress for his blog, he published his first WordPress plugin in late 2007 and has since continued to release more than 20 plugins with a total of nearly half a million downloads.
When he is not in front of a screen, Sudar enjoys reading and is a diehard fan of Isaac Asimov and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Other favorite pastimes include traveling, playing table tennis, tinkering with electronics and building small hobby robots.
Whitney has been working in online content management since 2005. After taking a course in multimedia journalism at her alma mater, the University of Kansas, she caught a fever. The only prescription was more Internet.
She spent the next six years working for news organizations in northeast Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area, covering a wide spectrum of topics including sports, art, government, politics, crime and weather, with a focus on community management and engagement.
During her journalism career, she was honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTNDA Murrow Awards) and a 2008 Emmy Nomination from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In 2011, Whitney left journalism and found her groove as a software project manager. She has managed dozens of projects from ideation to completion on a variety of platforms, but WordPress has always been her one true love. Its flexibility and ease in managing and publishing content aligns with her passion for organization and good storytelling.
When she isn’t making spreadsheets and timelines, you’ll probably find her in the gym working on a new PR for squats or at a Sporting Kansas City game, where her husband, Jake, runs one of the best broadcasting crews in Major League Soccer. Her two dogs, Sarge and Lita, are the home office assistants in charge of the cuddling and treats appointments.
Ayebare had a strong love for programming since university where he pursued a Bachelors in Information Technology and Computing from the University of Kyambogo. Having C++ fresh in memory from his university days, he designed a mock dynamic country train routing and scheduling system which won him an accolade in the local programming community.
His interest in programming stemmed from how fast the world was becoming a global village through IT and what opportunities it presented locally – he just had to join in! Initially designing websites using Joomla, he stumbled across WordPress while doing a research on other existing content management systems.
Before he knew it, he was checking under the hood and learning everything he could about WordPress and its underlying languages. He started freelancing, and in short order was hired by a leading WordPress plugin developing company serving a community of more than 200,000, providing technical support and writing integration patches for conflicts with commonly used plugins. He was soon entrusted to mentor new recruits, teaching them how to approach/quickly troubleshoot issues encountered by clients, writing the blue print and methodology for handling common support issues, all while handling 3rd tier stubborn bugs.
Spending more than 8 hours every day writing and studying code, Ayebare takes time off to play competitive tennis or hit the track. In a country where putting food on the table from “working online” is a rarity, he spends quite some time voluntarily tutoring youths that come to him seeking to start out on their own professional programming journey.
With a history in visual design and a sometimes manic love of solving problems, Ben naturally evolved into UX design. He enjoys gently leading clients through the design process and empowering users to simply achieve their goals.
From an early age, Ben has always been involved with visual design and technology. His first art blog was built on WordPress, and he continues to sharpen his visual skills as a professional artist and learn new technical skills at his local maker space. Whether it’s a blank HTML canvas or a blank painting canvas, he enjoys bringing a complex project to life.
Prior to joining 10up, Ben spent the last 8 years at RM&G Advertising/Design in Santa Rosa, where he helped brand some of the largest wine labels in the world.
While his young family keeps him busy, he is active in his local design community, leading meet ups for North Bay Designers and keeping active in another local group, Web and Interactive Media Professionals. Taking time away from the screen to rejuvenate in nature, he’s learning to surf in the brisk Northern California waters and occasionally gets out to the disc golf course.
Bobby has spent the last 13 years managing high performing teams of electronic technicians, while serving in the United States Marine Corps. During this time he earned a number of personal awards, and has seen a lot of technological change. Through it all, Bobby’s curiosity has been his driving force to continue learning new skills.
While in the Marines, Bobby demonstrated his ability to work under challenging and adverse conditions. From 2006-2008 he served two combat tours in Iraq with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, as the communication maintenance shop foreman.
Recently, Bobby fell in love with open source software like WordPress. Since 2013, Bobby has spent an unhealthy amount of time learning everything there is to know about WordPress. In addition to his technical knowledge, his entrepreneurial spirit truly shines when in partnership with organizations to achieve their larger online goals.
Over the past year Bobby has worked with a number of clients who chose WordPress for their primary website. Bobby quickly realized that helping clients solve tough problems with custom tailored solutions built on WordPress is what makes him excited to start each and every day.
When he is not exploring WordPress APIs, Bobby can be found attempting to grow things in his garden, challenging himself physically with long distance bicycle rides, and spending time with his family.
Brian has been developing websites since his early teens. Originally a design major at the University of Minnesota, he followed his passion for technology and took up a career in web development.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Brian got his start at a small startup, then quickly moved to the Nerdery where he gained most of his agency experience working on projects for a number of high profile clients. Before joining 10up, Brian was a Senior Front End Engineer at FindLaw where he worked on a lab style team that built web applications to solve productivity issues. He recommended an HTML5 video solution, built a custom player, and helped deploy across thousands of sites.
Over the years, he brought together teams to build WordPress sites for charities. Brian is an avid learner, and enjoys attending WordCamp.
When he’s not writing code, Brian enjoys watching and occasionally playing soccer (futbol), automating his home with the Internet of Things (IoT), and spending time with his family and friends.
Brittany comes to 10up with a strong background of account and project management. Since graduating from Marquette University in 2007, she’s worked in the wonderful world of advertising. Brittany is well-versed in offline and digital worlds, which allows her to bring a unique perspective on marketing to each project she tackles.
Being a natural leader (and self-described organizational freak) has helped Brittany quickly advance in companies from project manager to digital engagement supervisor. She has fearlessly led teams of account managers, project managers, and developers to seamlessly implement countless innovative sites for local, national, and international brands.
Brittany thrives at solving complex problems. Some of her favorite projects have been when clients bring a “crazy idea” to the team and say they have “no clue how to make it work.”
When Brittany isn’t making project plans and spreadsheets, she can be found traveling the world, running, biking, or simply enjoying a craft beer with her husband, Elliot, and mini bull terrier, Gus, in her home state of Wisconsin.
Chancey’s first computer was a rummage sale Tomy Tutor (a rebranded TI-99 variant) without a tape drive. He learned the basics of Basic by typing programs over and over and over again on “terribly rubbery keys” because he couldn’t save them. Over the years, Chancey picked up some more useful languages and skills, along with a bunch of useless ones, many of which come in handy when building websites.
In 2007, Chancey became the seventh full-time member of the GigaOM team, after working with Om part-time for several years prior. He was their only tech guy for quite some time, so his responsibilities covered everything from front-end and back-end development, sysadmin, migration, design, support, analytics, and ad-ops – you name it, he’s had his hand in all of it at some point.
In his free time he likes to fix broken things, learn useful and fun (if useless) skills, and (weather permitting) get outside.
David’s interest in building code developed the moment he discovered the viewable source code of web pages back in 1998. However, after starting college, he soon realized that what he wanted to learn, wasn’t being taught in the classroom. So David left school behind, and joined a moving company where he traveled the U.S., gained life experience and continued his self-study of web development. Eventually he settled down and started a computer repair company, while also serving as a youth pastor along with his wife.
David spent more than a decade building websites, online games, and robots, when eventually the plummeting costs of PCs led him to cease repairing computers and start offering freelance services online. He started out creating solutions for clients, but soon began focusing exclusively on WordPress as his affinity for the platform grew.
After years of working solo, David eventually decided to join an agency so that he could work with a team and further refine his skills. It didn’t take long for him to decide on 10up.
David’s biggest personal endeavor with WordPress has been creating a plugin to build role-playing games. Now he has his eye on contributing to WordPress core.
When David isn’t at the computer, he’s usually either reading about theology, watching cartoons with his two daughters, or pestering his wife with the latest random fact he learned — probably about the late Fred Rogers.
David is utterly obsessed with technology, and the first time he played Hangman on his family’s Tandy computer was a life changing experience to say the least. At age 8, he was already writing his own Hangman program with QBasic.
David remained a technology addict and eventually found a job to support his habit as a computer repair technician in 2006. Later that year, he discovered WordPress when asked to create a website for his employer. Long after his initial introduction to the platform, David just couldn’t forget how remarkable WordPress is for lowering the barrier of entry to the world of online sharing, and its ability to empower anyone with access to the internet.
Enabling information sharing and collaboration became personally important to David as he grew into the Systems Engineer he is today. Now at 10up, he is able to ease the use of technology for others and provide clients with reliable, scalable, and automated solutions.
Right now, David is probably riding his bicycle between various coffee roasters in Portland, hiking around the mountains of southwest Washington, bouldering on fake walls, or drinking the hoppiest IPA available. Since 2008, he’s also been volunteering at Penny Arcade Expo, one of the largest gaming conventions in North America.
His full name is actually Dandreb John Bitanghol but he goes by the name Dreb Bits on the web to save a couple of bytes and to easily register in peoples memory. He hails from the countryside of the sunny Philippines.
After college, he went straight into the wild world of freelancing as a web designer and developer for websites powered by WordPress. Prior to joining 10up, he was one of the top rated freelance contractors in Upwork, formerly known as oDesk. Helping clients build simple, unified, and goal-oriented websites led him to start a few self-initiated projects, which he published to the WordPress plugin repository. Wanting to connect with local freelancers creating things with WordPress, he founded a small, local community of WordPress developers and evangelists.
When he’s not plugging away with WordPress, Dreb likes taking photos, camping, almost anything outdoors, and fantasizing about travel.
Elliott’s passion for web development began when he was 15 years old and he’s never looked back since. Elliott is 10up’s first UK-based employee; before joining 10up he led a development team at a local web agency where he was introduced to WordPress.
Elliott graduated with a BSc honours degree in Computer Science. He loves a good challenge, especially when it involves a deep dive into WordPress’s core. He often contributes to open source projects, develops his own plugins once in a while, and has earned his fair share of badges for his contributions on StackExchange. An aficionado of the popular Easy Digital Downloads WordPress module, he’s both a recognized regular contributor and an extension developer.
When he’s “off the grid” he can most likely be caught eating a curry or playing his favorite (and only) sport, Badminton.
Griffin Monley comes to 10up from Grant Thornton LLP, where her experience encompassed project management, IT auditing, business consulting, and franchise compliance. Griffin graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with Honors and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. In her prior positions, Griffin worked for clients of all types, from Fortune 500s to boutique consulting firms.
While interning at a software company during several summers in-between her studies at Georgia Tech, Griffin discovered her passion for all things computer-related. In this position, she was afforded the opportunity to coordinate remote implementation services for K-12 school systems around the country. She found herself inspired by a capacity to empower a team’s vision through effective execution by way of studious attention to project details.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Griffin loves getting lost in a good cookbook and in creative cooking projects. In fact, Griffin first experienced WordPress while contributing to a food blog during her freshman year of college. She also enjoys re-finishing furniture and traveling, which is fortunate, since she’s a Navy wife. On weekends, she can be found attending Georgia Tech football games, exploring Charleston, taking her favorite power yoga class, and antique shopping.
Kailey can’t remember a time when her family didn’t have a computer, however it wasn’t until the seventh grade that her interest in building web pages was piqued. She barely knew what she was doing, but she kept at it anyway. It wasn’t until some post-high-school classes that she filled in the gaps and started really getting into web development.
A few years later, Kailey was tasked with working on a WordPress site. She’d never heard of it prior to this assignment, so there was a little learning curve, but she saw the potential and began focusing on WordPress development. Starting with some basic theme customization, then moving on to plugin development, and finally giving back by making some core contributions and getting more involved with the WordPress community.
Today, she keeps up with the latest changes in WordPress, attends (and sometimes speaks at) WordCamps, and tries to contribute back to other parts of the WordPress ecosystem – she knows that the enthusiastic community behind the software is what makes WordPress unique.
When Kailey isn’t doing techie things, she might be traveling or looking for new playing cards to add to her collection (more than 250 decks at last count). She also has a fondness for wearing mismatched socks.
Kaitlyn has grown up alongside computers, beginning with MS Paint at the age of 3. Originally following a path in the arts with an approved portfolio for 3D game animation, a Java programming course in high school completely changed her mind. Graduating high school early allowed her to be whisked away to college; she loved it so much that she even stayed an extra year to take more courses of interest.
She’s been using and loving WordPress since 2011; dabbling with other content management systems has only strengthened her affinity for the platform.
Kaitlyn has spent most of her post-college time at agencies. Before joining 10up, she spent 9 months at an enterprise cloud computing firm (Sightline Innovation) where she worked with AngularJS, ExtJS, Node.js, and MongoDB. She spent the prior 2.5 years at a creative agency where she focused on PHP (and JS) based solutions, most notably WordPress.
While Kaitlyn currently resides in downtown Toronto, her home and heart are in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her big interests include video games, green foods, crocheting, puppies, kitties, & drinking tea.
Entering the world of advertising upon her move to Washington, D.C., Katie has spent the past two and a half years in publishing. First as the Digital Sales Executive at Campaigns and Elections magazine, and most recently, as the Consumer Marketing Manager at The Atlantic. While at C&E, Katie oversaw digital sales, strategy, and execution for all campaigns including banner ads, webinars, and sponsored content. At The Atlantic, she worked on the flip-side of advertising as the advertiser, rather than the publisher. Her main objective was to widen the appeal of this already global brand into the digital space through acquisition and strategic partnerships. One year and countless campaigns later, business had grown 20% year-over-year every single month.
Katie loves the idea of taking a product someone is passionate about and helping them grow their audience and vision in a way that will not only provide monetary growth, but increased competitiveness within their market. She holds a BS in Community Communications and Leadership Development in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky and a MPS in Political Management from The George Washington University.
While her heart belongs to Kentucky and the beloved Wildcats, she is currently located in Rome, Italy. When she’s not following the latest advertising trends, Katie can be found eating copious amounts of gelato, exploring her new city, and battling her endless struggle of learning the Italian language.
Kyle’s first experience with programming involved playing with HyperCard in the elementary school computer lab. When the World Wide Web rolled around a few years later, many of the fundamentals were already familiar.
WordPress first popped up on Kyle’s radar in 2009, and it quickly became his tool of choice. Since then, Kyle has developed themes and plugins with a focus on performance, responsive design, and creative presentation of information. Today, Kyle thinks of himself as at the intersection of people and technology— “using technology to help people work together and accomplish the best of what’s possible”.
Prior to joining 10up, Kyle wore many hats for Grassroots Solutions, an organizing firm, where he learned the fundamentals of organizing people for action. Kyle picked up a fondness for flying kites while living in China in 2007, and is a sucker for Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.
Lucy became interested in computers during her early teenage years: the time where you couldn’t connect to the internet and speak on the phone simultaneously. Although she loved everything about technology, the field of art also piqued her interest, and it wasn’t until her early 20’s when she decided which direction to take.
After successfully completing her studies in filming and photography, Lucy decided to also study web development. She took her first job as a junior developer at a Belgian agency, where she learned alongside a team of experienced web engineers. She later moved on to work with a Spanish agency as a web developer for 7 years. There she got involved in several high profile projects for well known clients. It was during that time that Lucy also became familiar with WordPress: falling in love with the CMS and the amazing community behind it.
Today, Lucy is an active member in the WordPress community. She strongly believes that contributing to the platform is the best way to keep the open source project alive, and that consistent involvement is one of the best ways to continue learning and staying apprised of the latest WordPress updates. To date, Lucy has released a few plugins on the WordPress repository, organizes a local meetup in Valencia, Spain, and occasionally helps out in the WordPress forums.
When she’s not coding, Lucy spends most of her time with her husband and daughter. She also likes cooking, watching Netflix, and loves running to clear her mind.
MadHatter was raised in a small town in Kansas, a couple hours from where his ancestors (the Dalton Gang) met their end robbing banks in the Old West. Growing up around computers and other electronic playthings, he quickly grew to adore them. Even as early as four years old, he was punching in code to make primitive Squot graphics with his family’s TRS-80 computer and getting high scores on the Atari. A few years later, he became a pioneer of old school gaming, finding himself completely immersed in the Nintendo Entertainment System and Amiga 1000. The constant use of these machines was surely a factor in what drove him to become what he is today: a great, big nerd.
About 9 years ago, Hatter decided to give WordPress a try and fell instantly in love (aww!) with the software itself as well as the supportive, creative community that keeps it alive. He hasn’t looked back since. Working mostly in the print, graphic, and web design industries in his professional career, he also has five recent years of web hosting experience under his belt from time spent at WP Engine and HostGator. He has a passion for building up everyone around him, including putting together training materials and documentation.
Outside of his engineering duties, he stays extremely busy with his crafty wife and their two incredible homeschooled kids. MadHatter dabbles in art of all kinds, reads many comic books per week, and gets in some gaming whenever possible (whether that be the video or tabletop variety). He also runs the world’s first and only “open source” independent music and gaming collective.
Mario has been using computers since pretty much forever, always eager to learn something new. When he was 14 years old, he wrangled a copy of Photoshop 4: this was the first step along a road that would lead him to learn the basics of Graphic Design, Web Design, Architectural Design, and finally, Web Development.
After leaving college while pursuing Architecture, Mario sought a new career path, and turned to his old passion: web development. He released his first plugin, WP-SexyLightbox, as well as two free WordPress themes: BlueMasters and Celeste. After a short time as a freelancer, his WordPress chops landed him his first job at a development company in Mexico, where he quickly became a team leader, and was relocated to the United States.
When he’s not working with WordPress, Mario enjoys playing guitar and visiting a local climbing gym.
Nícholas is a tech lover who realized his passion for computer programming at a very young age, and went on to write his first program in C++ during his teenage years. At just 14, he joined a technical college, and later attended a local university, where he took computer science courses to further hone his skill and develop a solid understanding of the discipline.
Having been delighted by the Web since 2009, Nícholas has since worked as a web developer and discovered his love of WordPress in 2010. In 2012, he worked for Ufersa, a Brazilian Federal University for three years before joining 10up.
Nícholas is a Christian who loves studying the Bible and church history. When he’s not working, he’s likely at the gym, watching movies or TV series, and spending time with his wife.
Philip got his start in coding while still in middle school by copying BASIC programs from a book into an MS-DOS 3 machine. His first web pages were letters to friends created as HTML documents, sent on floppy disks through the mail. Eventually he discovered PHP, dynamic sites, and WordPress, and things really took off from there.
While creating websites for local small businesses, WordPress was his go-to CMS. As he honed his development skills, he contributed a number of plugins to the wordpress.org plugin repository, and eventually developed and sold several premium WordPress themes. Prior to joining 10up in March of 2015, he worked for over three years as an independent WordPress developer and freelancer, delighting clients from around the world.
Philip is passionate about open source, clean code, and easy-to-use interfaces, and tries to learn something new every day.
When he’s not in front of a computer screen, you’ll find him traversing the great outdoors via foot, bicycle, or canoe, or camping in remote wilderness locations. He enjoys photography, gardening, a good book, and spending quality time with his family. Philip lives with his wife, baby daughter, and a multitude of tropical fish in midcoast Maine.
Rachel earned her BA in Interactive Media from the Pratt Institute and accepted her first job as a Front End Developer in 2011. During this stint, Rachel developed a love for WordPress and became known for her expertise in custom CMS integration.
Inspired by a WordCamp talk in 2014 titled, “Free Software, Free Labor and the Freelancer”, Rachel turned a childhood passion for writing into RachieVee.com, her personal slice of the internet where she dishes all about her WordPress adventures. In fact, it was Rachel’s blog that connected her with 10up, and as they say, the rest is history.
Rachel is on a mission to learn everything about WordPress, and has dreams of eventually mastering back-end roles as well. When Rachel’s off-duty, you can find her writing up a storm on her blog, helping out on WordPress forums or the WordPress Stack Exchange, and volunteering with make.wordpress.org. When she isn’t obsessing over code, she’s either sipping tea with a good book in hand, watching anime, playing a video game, or spending time with her family and their royal majesty, a shiba inu named Tali.
Robert first used WordPress to develop a client website with version 3.0. Since that time he has built WordPress sites for several companies, most of which include e-commerce functionality. He has created plugins for providing CRM (customer relationship management), inbound marketing, and conversion tracking functionality in WordPress, but the terms of his business arrangements prevented him from releasing them publicly. Robert helped develop a workshop for persons new to WordPress called “Learn to Use WordPress in a Day” and assisted in presenting the workshop a few times through the Portland WordPress Meetup, as well as at WordCamp Portland 2015.
In his off-duty time, Robert continues to be the behind-the-scenes business/marketing/technology person for his wife’s hypnosis related businesses. When he’s not focused on computer technologies, he regularly hangs out with his seven grandchildren, spends time learning about the nature of consciousness, the relationship between mind and brain, ontology, and quantum mechanics.
For Sang, building great websites isn’t just a job – it’s a passion. Since 2009, he has designed, developed and maintained websites for many great companies, including DC Public Schools, Federal Trade Commission, SiriusXM Radio, Smithsonian Institution and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Sang has worked with various content management systems for major companies and institutions. WordPress became his CMS of choice for two main reasons; it makes content management easy and the community. He regularly attends (and sometimes speaks) at local WordPress meetups and WordCamps.
Sang earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington. When he is not in front of a computer, he enjoys watching movies, playing basketball, fishing and photography. Also, he is a huge NBA and WWE fan.
An alumna of Plymouth State University, Sara has been working in the technical support field since 1998 and loves tinkering with new technologies and platforms. Early in her career, Sara worked as a technical writer and customer support specialist for Direct Response Technologies, an affiliate marketing firm in Pittsburgh, PA. During that time, she helped set up a new satellite office in Beulah, ND and trained a staff of 6 new customer support specialists.
From there, Sara returned to Plymouth State University and has been dedicated to providing a positive customer support experience in a variety of roles there for over a decade. It wasn’t until 2006 when Sara discovered WordPress, looking for a simple CMS to manage her mommy blog, but she has used, loved, and supported others using WordPress ever since. She spent some time working with the university’s Advancement Team, managing the intake and output of alumni data and databases, piloting a WordPress-powered portal to support the initiative. Most recently, Sara was the Customer Service Coordinator for the Plymouth State Help Desk, supervising 30 adjunct staff members.
Sara is passionate about supporting teams to ensure successful internal working relationships and external client outcomes. She has an appreciation for polished design and intuitive UI, things she puts to good use ensuring 10up projects ship in A+ shape on both the front and back end.
When not glued to a keyboard or phone, Sara can be found chasing her two sons and husband around on adventures in their home state of New Hampshire.
After completing his education in Computer Engineering in 2008, Shakir began his career as an internee in the web-hosting industry. Due to his quick learning abilities, he was promoted to a Level-II Technical Support Representative within just a few months, and he spent the last eight years working as both a Systems Administrator and Support Engineer for various web hosting organizations.
A problem solver at heart, Shakir is passionate about accepting new opportunities to expand his knowledge, implementing solutions for clients’ toughest challenges, and resolving programming related needs in WordPress. He has engineered several applications that are currently used in various laboratories and medical clinics throughout his home city in Pakistan.
When Shakir’s not working, you can find him making or repairing small electronic items or spending quality time with his two kids.
Stephanie has been working in the online space since 2004 and has loved every moment of it. She first fell in love with web work as a front-end engineer, but her passion for organization and natural leadership motivated her to move to a career in Project Management.
Stephanie thrives on the diversity of work and people within the online space. She has managed resources on a global scale throughout the United States, Canada, and India to launch great interactive experiences for major brands such as Harley Davidson, Nintendo, RAM Trucks, LG Electronics, JEEP, Tim Horton’s, and Royal Bank of Canada. She has worked on a wide range of projects including CMS implementations, iPhone applications, digital kiosks, and dynamic campaign websites. Stephanie has led powerful teams at renowned global advertising agencies like Sapient and Ogilvy. She loves rallying a team and the excitement of leading a project across the finish line. She is constantly chasing the high of launch day!
When Stephanie isn’t living it up in an Excel document or tinkering with a timeline, you’ll find her puttering around her vegetable garden or exploring what the great city of Toronto has to offer. She also loves adventures in the outdoors and is always in pursuit of the next epic swim spot.
Stephen lived north of the Valley for a time in the 80s, and first learned to program in BASIC on a PET computer. He went from BASIC, to DOS, to some of the first Mac computers and then gave up. He tried his hand at restaurant management and real estate appraisal (oddly, both family businesses) but while an appraiser, he found himself building websites and doing tech support for the appraisers in his state. He decided to shift gears and went back to school to focus on computers and web engineering.
It was at school that Stephen and WordPress shared their “first kiss.” The majority of the public-facing portion of his alma mater’s website is powered by WordPress and each student was allowed to create a blog. Between creating sites for student organizations and classes, he was also TA for a Web Expressions course with his wife – she (an English professor) taught the writing skills, he taught the tech skills. After taking a web programming course from the head of MIS, he was solicited for a position with the college MIS department.
The position didn’t pan out (lack of funding) but the love affair and the contacts did. Two individuals from MIS moved on to work with Gigaom and reached out again when they had an opening. Stephen landed a full-time position at Gigaom before graduating. The relationship with WordPress deepened over his two years working in a WordPress-only shop – from holding hands and snuggling to trips to Boston and San Francisco for WordCamps.
While at Gigaom, he helped build and maintain their library of a hundred or so WordPress plugins and themes. One of the third-party plugins he was involved with was 10up’s PushUp. When Gigaom shut down, Stephen thought briefly about going it on his own. When he stopped laughing, he applied to 10up.
When he’s not wrangling code for 10up, you can find Stephen at home helping with the garden, “playing” in his fish tanks, “experimenting” in the kitchen (Sriracha on all the things!), or tinkering with one of his vintage motorcycles. Or not – he may be off riding one.
Terry has been finding his home at the intersection of design and development for more than 10 years. He’s just as happy on the command line as he is creating a mockup in Sketchapp. His two pivotal moments in front of a computer came with the famous video, “Creating a weblog in 15 minutes” with Rails, and seeing WordPress for the first time (2.1). That first look at “Ella” sealed the deal with WordPress.
Terry has worked in health care and higher ed., and with a long list of freelance clients. Terry’s also active in the WordPress community—on the core UI team, and in the support forums and on IRC. He’s also actively trying to convert the entire publishing world to WordPress.
When he’s not working with WordPress, Terry is probably off on a walk with his wife and new baby, or working on his carpentry skills around the house. He lives just off Water Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland—the oldest street in North America.
Before joining 10up, Tyrel spent 3 years as WordPress consultant; hand coding projects from internal tools for global companies to websites for local schools and non-profits.
Tyrel also volunteers with the local tech/open source community. He’s a core team member of the Utah Open Source Foundation, which supports local meetups and organizes the Open West Conference. Tyrel also organized UtahWP, which helps WordPress groups in Utah get on their feet, and is Lead Organizer of the Salt Lake City chapter of UtahWP. He’s also contributed a few patches to WordPress core, alongside patches for popular plugins like WooCommerce and BuddyPress.
When Tyrel isn’t online, he can be found hanging out with his wife, two boys, and their dogs; or volunteering with local dog rescues and animal shelters.
Zack started teaching himself web development at the ripe old age of 11. After his horrifying first site, “iMac Island”, Zack moved on to more respectable projects.
Since then, he’s worked almost exclusively with WordPress, both independently and on behalf of agencies. He created a new website for WCRD 91.3 FM, trained the content production team, and even built iOS and Android and apps for the station. Just before joining 10up, Zack spent 7 months at an agency where he worked on projects for clients like Discovery Communications and the National Parks Service.
Outside of web development, Zack works on personal music production projects, expands his record collection, indulges in (read: binges on) Seinfeld reruns, and attends concerts with his friends while enjoying a good brew.
Alicia graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. During her final semester at USF, she began interning for a small web design and SEO company in Clearwater, FL. After being offered a full time position upon graduating, Alicia worked her way up through the roles of Social Media Manager and Content Director. It was during this time that she was able to work more closely with WordPress sites and gain a better understanding and appreciation for creating engaging websites for clients.
Ready for a new adventure, Alicia is excited to put her experience working with clients and managing multiple projects to use as an Accounts Coordinator for 10up.
After discovering a love of travel during a three week backpacking trip across Europe, Alicia decided to leave her home state of Florida to move to Charleston, South Carolina. On the weekends, you can find her at the beach, a local bookstore, or exploring Charleston with her dog Daisy!
Christine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a minor in English from North Georgia College & State University. Her experience includes customer relations, sales, and office administration. Christine comes to 10up from Fox Sports South as a Client Services Coordinator in the Advertising Sales department.
Growing up in a small mountain town in Georgia made the Internet Christine’s gateway to the rest of the world. What began as Internet fanaticism at an early age eventually yielded Computer Science courses in college, where she accumulated a basic and broad understanding of web design and engineering.
When she’s not behind a computer, Christine spends her time in the kitchen baking, fly fishing on the river, stopping in every antique store she lays eyes on, and – perhaps ironically – using snail mail to keep in touch with friends. She married into the military which takes her all over the country with each new duty station they are assigned. She loves being an Army wife, which has made her a champion mover.
Kate, a native Oklahoman, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma as the OSCPA Outstanding Student with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. She began her career as a tax accountant working for major firms in the Oklahoma City area.
Kate moved into the virtual world as an independent contractor managing projects for startup companies. As Operations Coordinator here at 10up, she is able to combine her accounting strengths, communication skills, and understanding of human resources to support the 10up team.
You will rarely find Kate sedentary outside of her working hours. She became certified as a Yoga Instructor in 2014 and enjoys sharing her yoga practice with others. She has completed two marathons, several half marathons, and hundreds of smaller road races. Favorite time of year…summer! Kate, along with her husband and two dogs, enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and traveling across nation in their RV together. Life is good!
Patricia started her career in the creative world, making all things beautiful. After spending several years in Bogota, Colombia working on editorial design for newspapers and magazines, she landed in the United States and dove into designing for websites and animation. Since then, she’s had the opportunity to work remotely from different countries and cities in the U.S. as a resource manager. From managing allocation and the availability of teams, to supporting the needs of project managers, designers and engineers, Patricia is passionate about effective team communication and keeping things running as efficiently as possible.
A lover of WordPress, Patricia also has tremendous admiration for the engineers that create amazing things using the platform.
When she’s not working, more than likely you’ll find her in the kitchen baking bread, or volunteering at an animal shelter and spoiling every furry creature she can get her hands on.
Veronica graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University. Over the years, she has honed her skills with Fortune 500 companies such as PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Sprint Corporation. Her diverse industry experience spans corporate, non-profit, construction and government sectors.
Taking a forward-thinking and problem-solving approach, Veronica has used her skills to develop processes and procedures to increase organizational efficiencies resulting in decreased costs, increased revenue and profits. Prior to joining 10up, Veronica’s financial management responsibilities included managing $300 million in annual revenues, $10 million annual expense budgets and complex, multi-location sales commission administration.
Veronica is a wife, mom, room smile facilitator, coffee connoisseur and numbers extraordinaire. She lives in gulf coastal Alabama with her husband, Alfred, and enjoys sharing in bible ministry, as well as spending time with her children, family and friends.