Our Speakers


Andy Staple

Andy is a the Founder of Staple Web Design, and is a Designer and Front-end Developer who has been working with WordPress since its creation (and before, when it was B2). He builds interfaces for small businesses. He also is an organizer of the Buffalo WordPress Users meetup. Follow Andy @andystaple.

Brian Rotsztein

Over the last two decades, Brian has embraced being an entrepreneur, Internet marketing professional, consultant, author, speaker, web designer, and photographer. With an eye for creative visuals and understanding the consumer mindset, he helps businesses and organizations harness the power of the Internet. His most recent book, Content Marketing Ideas, is a complete and trusted guide to current tactics in online marketing. It has been highly praised by critics, including five star ratings on Amazon in the US, Canada, and the UK. He’s the head of well-established brands including Uniseo, a boutique online marketing agency, and Redstone Online Communications, a web design and online marketing specialty shop, where he brings a hype-free, seasoned approach to working with clients. He is also the editor of Citynet Magazine, a lifestyle, trends, food, style, pop culture, and travel review guide and blog based in Montreal. You may have caught his appearances on CTV News, or various radio shows and podcasts. He writes about content marketing, SEO, social media, business, and entrepreneurship, among other topics. His work has been used by USA Today, ABC News, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, and other prominent sources. He’s a Senior Editor at The WP Crowd and President of the Canadian Internet Marketing Association. Brian holds two Master’s degrees, has taught university courses, and provides training services on Internet marketing. He’s been using WordPress since 2005 (version 1.6!) Connect with him on Twitter (@brianrotsztein) and Instagram (@brianrotsztein).

Cameron Barrett

Cameron (@camworld) pioneered the blog format in the late 1990s. He’s built web sites for presidential candidates, the U.S. Army, the World Economic Forum and led the migration of 70+ web sites from a proprietary SaaS to WordPress for NJ’s largest public school district. He’s now migrating all 14,000+ U.S. public school districts to WordPress, saving millions of taxpayer dollars. He hails from Northern Michigan and currently lives outside of NYC with his family.

Christopher Ross

I am a WordPress designer, developer, speaker, teacher, and consultant who enjoys long walks with shortcodes, functional arguments, and playing with other people’s APIs.

Collin Paran

I’m an analytics aficionado and engineer. I help you make proactive business decisions using data, statistics, and technology.

With over 10+ years using WordPress as well as experience in full-stack software development, I can help you explore and push the boundaries of the solutions you want to provide to your user.

Jai Sangha

Jai writes weekly posts for two eCommerce blogs – sellwithwp.com (focused on WordPress) and shopstorm.com/blog (focused on Shopify). This includes plugin reviews, marketing and shop tips, how-to articles, interviews, and more. In addition, Jai works in the digital strategy team at TD Bank in Canada, and does freelance content marketing. Outside of work, Jai likes to try new things, some of which end up on his Instagram – jai.sangha

Jeff Norsen

Director of Account Management at Cazbah – Jeff has a history of passion for small businesses, and helping them succeed. He has developed this passion working at companies like Cazbah and Paychex. (more…)

Joe Rozsa

Award-winning creative director, designer and owner of Site 14, Joe thumbs his nose at the stuffed-shirt, smoke and mirrors approach to providing creative communication services. Joe is the recipient of the 2015 Platinum and 2011 Gold Hermes Award for Creativity, the 2015, 2013 and 2011 Gold Marcom Award for Communications has also been featured in Computer Arts Magazine and the Logo Lounge. (more…)

Jonathan Perlman

Jonathan Perlman is an experienced web developer and teacher that works for Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. He builds custom web solutions for the students, faculty and staff. Recently he’s been leveraging WordPress more and more to do the heavy lifting while focusing on the needs of the institution with custom themes and plugins. Some of his sites have been built for a select few whereas others are visited by 12,000+ applicants. Jonathan is also an instructor for Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development specializing in web technologies such as HTML & CSS, PHP and WordPress.

Kaitlin Bolling

Kaitlin is the Director of Interactive Design for Haley Marketing Group, a marketing company for staffing agencies based in Buffalo, NY. She has over ten years of experience in web design and development, and has been working with WordPress actively over the past five years.

Lauren Jeffcoat

Lauren has been building WordPress websites for almost a decade and is currently part of the OnTheGoSystems WPML Customer Support team. She enjoys WordPress websites and has worn many hats in the world of web development including Project Manager, Customer Service Representative, Account Strategist, and Web Designer. (more…)

Logan Kipp

Logan has been an intermittent WordPress user since “Strayhorn” 1.5 in 2005 and has used WordPress as a primary platform since “Coltrane” 2.7 in 2008. Logan has over seven years experience in the website hosting and security technology field, starting with three years at GoDaddy, followed by four years at SiteLock. Logan most recently served as SiteLock’s Lead Security Analyst before taking his current role as a Product Evangelist – WordPress earlier this year.

Matt Graham

Matt has a broad range of skills from coding to video and audio production, and has been building his skills for over 10 years. Matt has worked on web and mobile campaigns for Future Shop, UOIT, KitchenAid; and won the McGraw-Hill Editorial Excellence Award for animation and audio on one of the first iTextbooks in Canada, iLit. (more…)

Meagan Hanes

Meagan Hanes is a WordPress expert and technology consultant based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with over 20 years creating websites by hand and over 10 years using WordPress to power great applications and websites. She creates elegant, high-performance, mobile-optimized web solutions – front-end, back-end, and everything in between. (more…)

Michelle Arbore

Michelle Arbore is the Owner of Savvy Social Media, where she helps entrepreneurs and small businesses move past the overwhelm and frustration of social media. Her company offers social media creation, management and coaching so you can live the life you want. With being a successful business owner and mom, Michelle understands the value of time and it empowers her to give you back yours. (more…)

Mike Farney

Director of Client Services and Analytics at Cazbah – Mike has been with Cazbah for over 13 years. With more than 25 years of experience working for start-up software companies and large technology corporations, like Unisys and Oracle, Mike has a broad range of knowledge about businesses, large and small, and the software industry in particular. His unique blend of sales, channel development, and strategic partner development has allowed Mike to implement Analytics (Google Analytics Individual Qualified), SEO and Internet Marketing strategies that contribute to his customer’s online success. Mike loves fly fishing, cooking, visiting new places, meeting new people and spending time with his daughters.

Ron Brennan

Ron is the owner of CANI Consulting Group, a Buffalo-based company that works with SMB’s to help improve the efficiency of their business and marketing operations. He has been coding throughout the entire 21st century and working with WordPress since 2008. Ron is also a co-organizer of the Buffalo WordPress Meetup group and served as the lead organizer for Buffalo WordCamp 2016.

Shanta Nathwani

Shanta is an IT, Web Design and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and Capstone Project at Sheridan College and Mohawk College. She is also a principal in Web Weapons, specializing in Web Development, Business Intelligence and Educational Training. (more…)

Shawn Hooper

Shawn Hooper is the CTO at Actionable, where he enjoys combining code and data to build intelligent tools for teams and leaders. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Shawn has been building web applications since the late 90s, with a focus on WordPress since 2011. As a freelance developer, he has built sites for clients in the public and private sectors in both Canada and United States. He loves making use of great 3rd party APIs, promoting web accessibility and secure coding practices.

Tamara MacDuff

Tamara is a business owner, content & social media strategist. She guides business owners through the digital jungle using tools such as social media to get them to their target audience. She is a mom to 5, grandma to 2 and has 2 fur babies, Ren & Stimpy. Tamara loves Rock and Roll, Coffee and Football … some days in that order; other days not – always the same top 3! (more…)

Tracy Rotton

Tracy is the Front-End Architect for RP3 Agency and is passionate about creating responsive web experiences for their clients. She is also a WordPress core contributor, speaker, and instructor at General Assembly in Washington, DC.

Trevor Johnson-Steigelman

Trevor is the owner of Coaches of Technology, Inc., a company that provides classes on the programming of robotics and microcontrollers for youngsters. The company also provides technology training for adults, including iPad classes, Windows training, and Video Lesson creation. More information is available at coachesoftechnology.com. (more…)