Thank you to our Outstanding sponsor Jetpack

WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of companies who care about WordPress, and we are lucky to be supported by some great firms.

Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies managing your sites. This single plugin enables Photon (a global CDN for images), uptime monitoring, brute force protection, traffic-boosting tools, single sign on, multiple-site management, and automatic or bulk plugin updates. Additionally Jetpack includes several features that help you customize the look and feel of your site without installing other tools. More information can be found at jetpack.com.

Thank you to our Outstanding sponsor WooCommerce

WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of companies who care about WordPress, and we are lucky to be supported by some great firms.

WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores with over 1 million active installations. It is is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connects you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem which now powers over 25% of all websites on the internet.

With WooCommerce you can start with all the basic tools that any small business would need to start selling online, including product setup, payments, shipping options, and sales reports and as your business grows choose from over 300 premium add-ons available including additional payment processors, shipping methods, inventory systems and marketing tools anyone to sell anything, anywhere from real products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even your time.

In July 2015, WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the creators of WordPress.comwhich serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month and also the creators of other popular WordPress services including Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We look forward to growing WooCommerce to achieve even greater things together with Automattic.

Thank you to our Outstanding sponsor bluehost

WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of companies who care about WordPress, and we are lucky to be supported by some great firms.

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over 1 million WordPress sites worldwide. Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry. Join millions of other site owners and see what Bluehost can do for you and your online presence.

Thank you to our Outstanding sponsor WPengine

WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of companies who care about WordPress, and we are lucky to be supported by some great firms.

WP Engine powers amazing digital experiences for websites or applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the performance, reliability and security required by the biggest brands in the world, while remaining affordable and intuitive enough for smaller businesses and individuals. Companies large and small rely on WP Engine’s award-winning customer service team that specializes in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, and London, England.

Website: https://wpengine.com/
Twitter: @wpengine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wpengine/

Announcing our Next Round of Speakers – The Business Track

Are you looking to see how you can do more with WordPress to increase your business? Are you a freelancer looking for tips to close more deals or make your work more efficient? Are you a business owner who uses WordPress in their business and would like some insight to leverage this valuable tool to increase your revenue stream? Our Business Track Sessions and Sunday Morning Keynote will be just what you may need to help your business.

You still have time to get your ticket purchased, but they are going fast!

Sunday Keynote: Bill Gadless

President and Co-Founder of emagine, a 50+-person WordPress-based Digital Agency.

As a non-developer and a quasi-designer at best, Bill has always focused on being on the forefront of the business side of the web industry. Observing a lack of content and thought leadership for web entrepreneurs, Bill has dedicated a significant portion of his time to speaking on issues of entrepreneurship, sales, marketing and business strategy for freelancers and small web agency owners. Obsessed with everything sales and marketing, Bill’s insights have appeared on various occasions in MarketingSherpa, dozens of industry sites and publications and on the national speaking circuit. Prior to emagine, he developed his marketing expertise while building a highly successful direct marketing venture at 20 years old.

With a focus on emagine’s core industries and national expansion, Bill has focused obsessively on building emagine’s brand within the B2B, High-Tech and Healthcare sectors. Starting in the Boston region, Bill has successfully taken emagine from a regional player to a national leader in emagine’s target industries.

Bill is laser-focused on evangelizing WordPress as more than a “blogging tool” or “mom-and-pop website platform”. He and emagine have been instrumental in the adoption of WordPress by companies that previously would have resisted, from large hospitals to pharmaceutical companies to multi-billion dollar B2B enterprises.

Bill tours the WordCamp circuit nationally speaking on issues related to growth strategy for WordPress entrepreneurs. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Krystal and regularly travels back and forth between emagine’s Florida and Massachusetts offices.

Bill will be speaking on Crank Up the Volume on Your WordPress Business

Amit Ramani

My background is embedded software programming. I have worked on a diverse range of mobile operating systems, including embedded Linux, Android and Windows Mobile.

What I enjoy most is working with WordPress in close conjunction with Google Analytics. It is exciting to discover gems of data in GA and then implementing the fixes and/or enhancements on the site. Most of the time, the results are phenomenal! For example, a small tweak helped reduce my average bounce rate.

Amit is speaking on How to Measure & Improve the Performance of Your WordPress Site (Using Google Analytics).

Nathan Ingram

Nathan specializes in building easy-to-use web sites that help small businesses, professional firms, and nonprofit organizations look great on the web.

He is a regular instructor at iThemes Training where he teaches WordPress, Web Design, and Freelance Business Development via live webinar. He also works with web developers individually and in groups to help them become more successful in their freelance businesses.

You can learn more about Nathan at his website at https://nathaningram.com.

Nathan is speaking on The Problem Client Protection Plan.

Raymmar Tirado

Raymmar is a writer, artist, entrepreneur, and WordPress evangelist.

He’s the Chief Disruption Officer at Clear Idea Labs and founder of the Sarasota Underground. His work is featured regularly on the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and Medium.com.

Learn more about Raymmar and follow along with his online (ad)ventures at Raymmar.com.

Raymmar is speaking on The Death of Advertising — Why a Good Story is More Important Than a Sales Pitch.

Scott Mann

Scott’s been managing amazing teams of creatives and makers since 2001 with his company, Highforge. They switched from Movable Type to WordPress in 2009 for commercial projects. These days they use Genesis and Shopify for a lot of their projects.

He’s a certified Google Adwords Partner (has been since 2002) and a community advocate in Orlando. For a few summers, he worked as a tour guide at Disney. His driving passion is to empower others to grow their businesses and improve their communities.

He’s a gamer, backpacker and he plays racquetball recklessly in his free time. He’d also like you to know about www.BeTheMatch.org, a non-profit organization that saves lives (like his wife’s).

Scott is speaking on What Disney Can Teach Us About Winning with WordPress.

Mason James

Mason James is the Founder & CEO of Valet and wearer of a great many hats, including overseeing business development and fostering agency and team growth.

He started Valet, originally known as the WP Valet, in 2011 as the original WordPress support company, because he couldn’t find high-end help for clients who needed it. Since no one was offering the caliber of support he envisioned, he decided it was time to hang his sign out-becoming a trailblazer in the digital realm.

Mason is speaking on Software Support: For Fun & For Profit!

Chris Bernard

Over the last 17 years, Chris Bernard has handled online and offline marketing campaigns for some of the best known brands on the planet including: HSN (various brands), GM, Caterpillar, ditech.com, GM Goodwrench, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Sears, DeVry University, Keller Graduate School, Budget Rent-A-Car, US Cellular, Motorola, Cintas, USBank, Ryder Truck Rental, Edward Jones, Sherwin Williams, Michelin, and Midas.

As one of the best digital marketing consultants in america and founder/chief digital, officer of dock29 marketing, a digital advertising agency, he is tasked with bringing the same elite strategic thought, technologies and processes of big agencies serving global brands to the small and medium sized business market.

Mr. Bernard couples his big agency talent, with an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities associated with small and medium sized business marketing, to score exponential business growth.

For more on Chris Bernard and dock29 marketing please visit the websitehttp://www.dock29i.com

Chris is speaking on Local SEO Strategy and Critical Tactics.

Lain Livingston

Lain’s passion for branding stems from a deep rooted interest in creative expression. He has built and led the creative team at a Fortune 500 company with $1.7 billion in annual sales and was also the Senior Marketing Manager at a start-up that hit $1.7 billion in annual sales just five years after launching. Lain has also served clients such as Mohawk Flooring, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Oldcastle as well as many smaller start-ups. Lain’s work has been published in multiple international industry-related books and national ad campaigns.

Lain currently resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two kids. He is employed full-time at SureCrete, where he is responsible for overseeing a complete overhaul of the company’s brand. Lain is currently writing his first book, which will outline the essential components every company needs to build a strong and effective brand.

Lain is speaking on Remarkable Branding: How to Attract Your Dream Clients in a Crowded Market.

Nathan Reimnitz

Nathan is a certified expert WordPress developer from Scottsdale, AZ. He’s a full-time freelancer for Codeable.io, Clarity.fm, LinkedIn Profinder & GoDaddy Pro Connect.

You can get to know more about Nathan on his website or connect with him via twitter.

Nathan is speaking on Five Figure Freelancing.

Dawn-Marie Mutell

Dawn-Marie Mutell, Founder and CEO of Life’s Necessities and Luxuries – Home, Body, Soul and Life-Styling business.  She is a versatile wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, event planner, personal shopper, professional organizer, life coach and travel consultant who has over 20 years experience in the fashion, beauty, & music entertainment industries.

Dawn-Marie has been a guest speaker at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, The Art Institute of Tampa, the Dress for Success organization and many more.  She is a certified Image Consultant and Personal Shopper through The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Learn more at http://www.lifesnecessitiesandluxuries.com

Dawn is speaking on Turn on Your Star Power, Rock Your Head Shots and Get the Gig.

Announcing our First Round of Speakers – eCommerce Track

Are you looking to do more with your WordPress eCommerce website or thinking about creating your own store? This series of sessions & speakers may be right up your alley!

There’s still time to get your ticket purchased, but they are going quickly so don’t wait too long!

Saturday Keynote: Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is an award winning young entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, FoxBusiness, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications.

In 2009, he created WPBeginner which is now one of the largest free WordPress resource site on the web. In 2011, he created a site called List25, which has over 1.8 million subscribers and 380 Million video views on Youtube.

In 2013, he launched OptinMonster, the best lead generation software that helps businesses convert website visitors into subscribers. Every month, OptinMonster forms are viewed billions of times and help convert millions of abandoning visitors into subscribers.

Aside from these, Syed is also the founder of WPForms, Soliloquy, and Envira Gallery.

Syed will be speaking on eCommerce Growth Hacks to Skyrocket Your Sales for our Saturday Keynote.

Erik Kuna

Erik Kuna is the Vice President of Operations and Technology for KelbyOne, an educational training company driven by a passion to provide incredible training to their members while making it affordable to everyone. Over the last fifteen years he has been leading teams of people to bring award-winning training to the world.

From producing industry leading training conferences, workshops, seminars, classes, books, magazines, apps, videos, blogs, websites and webcasts as well as entire online e-learning libraries filled with thousands of videos, he’s been involved in all aspects of training. He’s also worked with partners such as Adobe, Google, Canon, B&H Photo and more to produce online training and events to help their customers and clients unlock their full potential via education.

Erik is speaking on Using WordPress and WooCommerce to Drive an eLearning Membership Site.

Chris Flannagan

Chris is an Alabama native who’s travelled and lived all over this country and world. He ended up in Sarasota, Florida after grad school and has been there for 7 years. Chris began building websites in Junior High and never looked back. WordPress has been his passion for close to three years now.

Chris is part of The WP Crowd and blogs regularly there and on his own website. He’s the Director of Digital Technology for Quasar Bio-Tech which fortunately involves a lot of work on WooCommerce and WordPress.

Chris is speaking on Hooking into WooCommerce & Theme Integration.

Chris Edwards

Chris is currently the Director of Technology at Effin Amazing, an analytics and growth consultancy. He is a 16-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing either Genesis Framework or underscores and is very active in the WordPress Orlando community. Chris has held development and Internet marketing positions in some of Orlando’s top technology companies.

Chris is speaking on eCommerce Analytics & Conversions.

Gary Kovar

A Mad-Lib Bio (fill in the blanks to play along!):

In 1999 Gary discovered [a web technology] and the web was never the same (for him anyway). By day, an E-Commerce Ninja involved in all facets of product sourcing, marketing, sales, [noun], and fulfillment. By night, a Freelance Plugin [animal] with a penchant for making data sit down and [verb]. By hobby, perched atop a multi-[noun] network of small restaurant advocacy sites.

Proud father of 2, happily married for 15 years, and always excited and [adjective] to see how others use WordPress to achieve their goals. Check him out at binarygary.com or @binargary.

Gary is speaking on Get “Ship” Done! Best Practices for eCommerce Shipping.

Lauren Jeffcoat

I have been building WordPress websites for over seven years and currently am part of the WPML Customer Support team. I love building WordPress websites and have worn many hats in the world of web development including Project Manager, Customer Service Representative, Account Strategist, and Web Designer.

Originally from New England, I now live in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. I enjoy sharing my knowledge along with tips and tricks that I have learned either through furthering my education or personal experience.

I have successfully implemented video library strategies on a number of websites and believe this is an untapped marketing channel that is quickly growing. Thinking outside the box can lead to creative ways of utilizing Video Libraries on almost any site.

Lauren is speaking on The Power of a Video Library

 

Announcing Kid’s Camp Tampa 2016

Get your Kid’s Camp Ticket

Parental WordCamp attendees can now usher in the next generation of WordPress Users and Creators at our first annual KidsCamp! These special kid-friendly lessons will introduce your child to the world of WordPress and help them learn or improve upon WordPress development, design, and use skills!

Additional Kid’s Camp Information – Click here