Our Final Round of Speakers

WordCamp Kent is excited to announced the third and final group of confirmed speakers!

Matt Bakaitis

Matt has worked on and with the web since the days when FTP was king. He has worked with many different technologies, but he keeps winding up working with WordPress since he first encountered it in 2006. Today, he manages a team that integrates WordPress into several major sites that serve over 100 million visitors per year.

Amy Masson

Former middle school computer teacher turned professional WordPress nerd, Amy builds websites for clients big and small. She started writing code back in the early 80’s on her brother’s Commodore 64. Those skills transferred to the Internet in 1995 when she started teaching herself HTML after the world wide web exploded onto the scene. Currently, she co-owns Sumy Designs, LLC with her sister, a full-service web design company that’s been helping clients reach their online goals since 2006.

Kyle Maurer

Kyle is the co-founder of a Jackson, Michigan based firm called Real Big Marketing which specializes in using WordPress to solve complicated problems for businesses. He is also the author of and a contributor to dozens of WordPress plugins, is the co-organizer of the Jackson WP meetup, is a co-organizer of WordCamp Ann Arbor, plays in a band and is an aspiring beer snob.

Jessica Gardner

Jessica Gardner has been messing around with websites since the late 90s, focusing primarily on WordPress since 2013. At present, she works full-time as a developer and part-time as an instructor in the College of Aerospace Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology at Kent State University. She obtained her yoga teacher certification in 2012 and firmly believes the maxim that “two minutes of yoga is better than no minutes of yoga”. Jessica lives in Kent with her husband and two kids.

Mike Hale

Mike Hale is a developer at Rainmaker Digital where he helps build the Rainmaker Platform. He has worked in software development for almost 20 years, and started working with WordPress in 2010, specializing in developing custom plugins and sites using the Genesis Framework. He is also a writer, puppeteer, podcaster and co-organizer of the WordPress Naperville Meetup.

John Centofanti

John serves as a marketing consultant and content developer for B2B, Technology and Retail clients throughout the US. His background in the corporate retail environment ranges from Marketing to Store Operations Management, HR, as well as Customer and Employee Relations. The retail chains he’s served range from smaller, multi-site chains to publicly-traded, national retail chains with 100+ locations. In 2006, John founded Creative Stream Marketing (www.creativestreammarketing.com), serving national retailers, tech companies, and B2B companies across the US. John has worked with numerous start ups, early stage, and established companies both strategically and in providing tactical marketing services, developing brands and increasing response to their businesses. John’s background spans nearly everything creative for business, including marketing-communications, branding, graphic design, and more.

Nate Reimnitz

Nathan is a certified expert WordPress developer and full-time freelancer working for Codeable.io, Clarity.fm, LinkedIn ProFinder & GoDaddy Pro.

Jeff Matson

Jeff is a guy who does WP stuff. He has no idea what to write in his description right now, but he will think something up. He also likes to speak in third-person.

Make sure to take a look at the full schedule!