Introducing our Third Round of Speakers

WordCamp Jacksonville is excited to announce our third set of confirmed speakers for this year’s conference! Have you seen our first round and second round of speaker announcements?

Bruce Chamoff

Bruce Chamoff has been a web developer for 20 years and developer of WordPress plugins and themes for 9 years. After trying all of the major content management systems, Bruce found WordPress to be the most effective and fastest growing, so encouraging clients to use WordPress was an easy decision.

He has developed over 100 custom WP plugins and over 50 themes for Fortune 500 companies and has three successful Udemy courses on WordPress development.

In Bruce’s spare time, he performs with his band, records original music and spends time with his lovely daughter.

Mike Herchel

Mike Herchel is a front-end web developer at Lullabot, and is fortunate to be able to work on some of the highest-profile sites on the web. Mike has been developing for the web since 2001(!!!) and enjoys the rapid pace of front-end web development and wonders if it’ll ever settle down (and what that will mean).

Zach Wills

Zach is a Senior Developer at Reaktiv Studios, WordPress core contributor, and Netflix binge watcher. He’s passionate about front and back-end development and is always learning something new.

Kat Roedell

Growing up in the Silicon Valley, as the Silicon Valley was growing up, taught me much! I took my first data entry class at 14 in a summer program (yes, I was geeky enough to take summer school because it was fun), and I was hooked. I had a gift, I suppose, because soon I was setting up electronics equipment, running the IBM keycard machine, and programming ASCII graphics calendars. Shortly thereafter I was in my first programming class (yes on an Apple II), and I ate it up like candy. Eschewing the traditional route, I enrolled in college part time, and started working full time, temp work mostly, at places like DEC, NEC, and the Wollongong group – early groundbreakers in networks, communications, and all things digital, including the World Wide Web. I programmed my first website in HTML, by hand – no WYSIWYG here, and designed the graphics using paint – one pixel at a time. Things have changed since then, I’ve had two kids, been married twice, moved from the west coast to the east coast and then to DC, Florida, North and back south again. I’ve worked in the private sector, the public sector and now run my own business. The kids are grown, my passions are established – business, writing, design, gaming and helping others.

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.

Jean Perpillant

I’m a freelance WordPress web designer and photographer. I started a design company called Design Theory LLC. founded in 2008 where I manage over 52 client websites in various business fields from dentists to mechanics and in between.

I enjoy using WordPress as my platform to build great looking and comprehensive websites for my clients. Giving back to the community by sharing what I’ve learned through my local WordPress group and with colleagues is a great feeling.

Aaron Reimann

Aaron is a designer turned developer turned an agency starter. He has been working with WordPress since 2008. He has worked on WordPress projects with many Fortune 100 companies and many other businesses. He regularly speaks at Meetups and Wordcamps and currently helps lead the Atlanta WordPress Meetup.

Gary Kovar

In 1999 Gary discovered Server Side Includes and the web was never the same (for him anyway). An ardent DIY-er in nearly all things, he is deeply intimidated by cooking and if found on a desert island would likely remark “I’m so over sashimi”. In college his frequent network disruptions warranted a dorm-visit from the IT department.
Gary dipped his toe in the water by attending his first WordCamp in Tampa on a whim. Blown away by the diversity of people, opinions, and technical ideas he now has a bucket list of websites and techniques he’d like to bathe in.
His current side-project has him working with multiple writers that are way too involved with their content to realize he’s just making this up as he goes.
Proud father of 2 and happily married for 14 years he prefers the last line of his bio to read like an obituary.