As COO and co-owner of Road Warrior Creative, I spend most of my time connecting new clients with intelligent digital solutions that will help them achieve their goals. I also do a lot of the day-to-day management that allows Road Warrior Creative to function effectively as a business.
Diane Whiddon is a business coach for healers, authors and creatives. After owning her own website design firm, she is now exclusively a branding and biz coach. She works closely with her clients to help them get clear on their passion and purpose, and then take meaningful action to grow their businesses, particularly online. She has a knack for seeing possibilities everywhere and considers herself lucky to be able to work on the internet, the coolest place on earth.
My first business failed. In 2nd grade I was nearly suspended for operating a business on school property. Worse, I lost my entire initial investment! ($10.00) While ten bucks doesn’t sound like a lot of money to lose on a business venture, it’s a lot of money to an 8-year old!
I got into graphic design and web development in 1999 and launched my first website for a paying client in 2000. After a brief detour at Colorado State University where I got a B.S. in Psychology, I returned to web development professionally and started developing sites on WordPress in 2008 (v2.3.1 for the nerds).
I founded Copper Leaf Creative in 2011. My vision is to create a small, elite, agile-minded team that can make profound impacts on our clients’ businesses. I’d say “so far so good!”
In 2017, Leah and I founded woobetter.com.
Miles is the Director of Technology and Co-Founder of Old Town Media. With a strong background in IT and passion for marketing technology, Miles translates the fancy tech jargon so that the entire team can stay ahead of the curve. Aside from overseeing all nerdy things, Miles enjoys browsing Amazon for the latest gadgets, riding motorcycles, playing guitar and learning new things.
Practising SEO since 1999 and working with WordPress since 2008, the impetus for Cecily’s ongoing work in this field is her love of the web as an information resource and means of communication and her interest in and enthusiasm for search engines, search engine robots, and AI.
She began exploring WordPress as a CMS to give clients’ autonomy and quickly discovered it allowed her a certain independence from developers while offering the potential for both economy and scalability in web design and development.
Cecily likes to build, create, and work with search engine friendly and visitor friendly websites. Currently she is excited and motivated by the challenges that mobile and voice search bring to search marketing and the opportunities for maximizing her clients’ online presence for these technologies.
With SEO website builds her focus is always twofold – for a user’s experience of a website to be easy and intuitive, and for the website owner to have an effective website that helps them meet their goals.
Patrick is an eCommerce Educator. He creates easy to learn courses for LinkedIn Learning / Lynda.com. He’s written books about eCommerce, he organizes conferences about eCommerce, and he’s the co-founder of Lift Off Summit – an online event designed to help new store owners get their store off the ground.
I’m a WordPress Engineer at Human Made hailing from Coeur d’Alene, ID and I’ve been building custom websites for more than 6 years. Building everything from full sites to immersive publishing experiences, I have worked with several of the largest publishing sites on WordPress from USAT to News UK.
Obsessive over QA, testing and code standards, I’m also quite passionate about publishing, front-end performance, photography, and the great outdoors.
After 20+ years in corporate marketing, and six as a business owner, Tricia Akins understands the overload, conflicting priorities, resource constraints and deadline pressures. At WordCamp Denver, she’ll share what she has learned along the way!
As founder of Walker-Stanley Communications, a data driven digital marketing agency supporting small to mid sized businesses, Tricia and her partners help clients develop and manage their digital marketing strategy including Reputation (online reviews) Management, Local SEO / Listing Management, Website Development & Management, Email Marketing, Social Media Management, Digital Advertising and PR.
Mendel is an intrapreneurial change-maker, developer, speaker, and teacher. He loves the outdoors, so you’ll usually find him hittin’ the trails between tech events and code-slinging. He’s also usually got his nose in a cup of single origin, Chemex-brewed coffee. As a GoDaddy Evangelist, he spends most of his time hanging out with developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and creative people all around the world to make sure their opinions and suggestions are heard.
Kenn Kelly has a background in product management and eCommerce at both Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley Tech Startups. He currently runs Never Settle, a Denver based WordPress agency which specializes in eCommerce solutions for both small business and enterprise. Kenn has also been recognized as an eCommerce expert by WooCommerce, WordPress, Automattic and frequently blogs and speaks on the subject. You can follow him on twitter @kennkelly
During a 5-year span of getting rid of $25,000+ in debt, managing to increase a net worth to over $500,000, and quitting a 6-figure salaried job to start a business, Phylecia Jones realized that that millionaire status does not happen overnight!
After a lot of grunt work and “let’s get real with my money moments,” Phylecia successfully figured out the best ways to navigate that thin line of personal and business finances while putting her heart and soul into being an entrepreneur.
As the Founder of Budget School and Host of the weekly Budget School Podcast, Phylecia is quickly becoming the savvy go-to budgeting nerd, speaker, and trainer. She thrives on changing the world one budget at-a-time and is opening the door for many coaches, consultants and solopreneurs to have that must needed wake-up call to get serious about managing money and knowing their numbers.
Maddy Osman is the ultimate nerd, preferring to learn web design at age 11 than something more typical for a child her age. At 26, she’s found her true passion in blogging and SEO, and loves that she can use WordPress to help with both. Find her online at The-Blogsmith.com, and say hi on Twitter to @MaddyOsman
Pamela Herrmann helps brands put the 1-2 punch into their brand story. She is a best-selling author and a national keynote speaker on the subject of getting and keeping customers.
Her book, The Customer Manifesto, was ranked #3 by Business.com in their list of Excellent Customer Service Books Every Business Owner Should Read, outranking Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferriss.
She’s works with a wide range of clients from solopreneurs to jetBlue on their brand message.
Nathan is the Host at iThemes Training where he teaches WordPress and freelance business development topics via live webinar.
He is also the creator of >ADVANCE Coaching. He works with WordPress web developers individually and in groups to help them become more successful in their freelance businesses.
Nathan has been a freelance web developer since 1995, and is based in Birmingham, Alabama where he is the lead organizer of WordCamp Birmingham and co-organizer of the Birmingham WordPress Meetup.
You can learn more about Nathan at https://nathaningram.com.
Amber Hinds is a mother to three little girls and owner of Road Warrior Creative, a digital marketing agency in Northern Colorado. In 2010, Amber, a stay-at-home mom, started freelancing as a part-time WordPress developer to make extra money. After freelancing off and on for three years, in 2014, she decided to get serious about making her business legitimate. In 2015, her husband caught the bug and started helping part time – by the end of that year, they realized that their dream was to have a business that fully supported their family, and in 2016 that dream was realized. Amber and Chris now run Road Warrior Creative jointly, offering website design/development, SEO, and social media marketing to clients across the country.
In addition to running Road Warrior Creative, Amber is the founder and board chair of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Allied Women Entrepreneurs, which helps women to start and grow businesses. Amber is a co-organizer at the Fort Collins WordPress Meetup, and an instructor at the Larimer Small Business Development Center.
Tracy is the owner of a successful marketing company – CoWEBop Marketing. Her team has been building websites for small businesses for over 20 years. She happily shares her knowledge with the WordPress community as a co-organizer of the Boulder WordPress Meetup.
I have been working in tech and open source sales since 2005. I knew as soon as I started working with Java middleware developers I never wanted to work outside of open source ever again. I first started building in Drupal and WordPress when I needed to build projects for the San Francisco Improv scene. I fell in the love the community of developers and then found my position at Pantheon at the end of 2013. As a Community and Agency Success Manager I have had the privilege of presenting at MidCamp (Drupal), Twin Cities DrupalCamp, DrupalCamp Colorado, WordCamp Milwaukee, WordCamp Baltimore as well as leading BOFs at several other events. Outside of tech I love producing and performing improv theater. I also love comic books and karaoke!!!
Ryan is a WordPress Developer for Digital First Media from Denver, Colorado where he works on websites for newspapers such as the Denver Post, Orange County Register, and Mercury News. He has been working with WordPress for the past 9 years, building websites and products for customers around the world. He is also one of the organizers for the WordPress Denver Meetup. You can find him most places on the internet as @CodeProKid.
Erin has been making websites since 1999, and started her own web design and development company in 2012. After a few years creating websites for clients, Erin shifted her business. Now, her primary business is helping other designers and developers navigate the difficult waters of entrepreneurship by providing courses and guides to teach everything from how to start a web design business to how to deal with nightmare clients.
When she’s not teaching designers or working with her own design/development clients, Erin can be found exploring the mountains near her home in Aspen, Colorado.
Michael Newman has designed and developed innovative, professional interactive experiences for over 20 years. He has worked with diverse clientele, including IFC, AT&T, Honda, UCLA, Godiva, MTV, Comcast, AOL and Gartner. After leading Interactive groups for companies including IFC, AT&T and Heavy.com, he founded Pomp Productions to create unique experiences for clients. Michael has taught at Pratt in New York City and currently teaches Design & Development courses at UCLA Extension.
Michael’s first experience with WordPress was in 2005. Using WordPress as a CMS, he quickly learned the power of plugins and why you never hack the core. In 2016, Michael created the plugin Logic Hop to bring the power of personalization to WordPress through conditional logic, goals and lead scoring.
An avid maker, Michael has exhibited projects at TEDx, Maker Faires and museums, including an an SMS controlled Nerf machine gun, a hands-free skeeball game and an analog, hand drawn video game. He currently resides on the beach with his wife Katharine and sons Jack Tesla and Luke Edison.