Our Speakers

Christina Aldan Speaker, Trainer, LG Designs

Christina Aldan

Christina Aldan is a TEDx Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant whose company, LG Designs, offers small and micro businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, workshop, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and currently serves as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also sits on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities.

She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM, and the Stevie Award for the category of Women Helping Women. Learn more at: ChristinaAldan.com

David Aramant Staff Software Engineer, Software Engineering Professionals

David Aramant

I've been with SEP for 13 years, mainly working on FDA regulated medical device software using .NET. This has involved a plethora of complicated subjects like automated requirements traceability, extensive automated testing, Software Product Lines, cross-platform development with Xamarin.Mac (the forgotten Xamarin platform), static analysis tools, managing translations for 35 languages, etc.

For my hobby projects I like to focus on goofier subjects that involve technologies and concepts I wouldn't normally come across in my day job.

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej Balas

Ondrej is the owner of UseTech Design, a Michigan-based development company that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Ondrej is also a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and is very active in the Michigan software development community. Ondrej works across many industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and software development practices.

James Bender Product Manager, Infragistics

James Bender

James the Ignite UI Product Manager at Infragistics. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, Web Development and JavaScript. James is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider and author of the book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD." His new book "Developing SPAs: Working with Visual Studio, Angualr and ASP.NET Web API" will be out in 2017. James's Twitter ID is JamesBender

Rob Bogue President, Thor Projects LLC

Rob Bogue

Robert Bogue has contributed to more than 100 book projects and numerous publishing projects, and has authored 25 books of his own, including “The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users”. As a fourteen-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award, Robert has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the world. Writing about topics from networking and certification to Microsoft applications and business needs, Robert blogs at www.thorprojects.com/blog.

Lee Brandt Developer Evangelist, Okta

Lee Brandt

After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C# and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC). Lee is a decorated Gulf War veteran, a husband, a proud pet parent and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

Craig Burton Sr. JavaScript Engineer, PlatformQ

Craig Burton

I am a Senior JavaScript Engineer specializing in creating rich, testable and maintainable web applications.

I began coding two decades ago as a hobby, and have since decided to pursue a career in developing software. My first programs, which I wrote when I was 12, were QBASIC song sequencers. I was on an old 286 my dad gave me running MS-DOS, and I had no idea MIDI was a thing, so those tiny programs looped those songs over my machine's internal speaker. Later, I got into more 'serious' endeavors: writing video game mods. Other guys my age were into sports; I was into code.

Currently, I'm working in TypeScript, Angular, and Node at PlatformQ, a leader in producing live online events in healthcare and education.

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell is an independent software consultant, five-time Microsoft MVP, author, and mentor. He holds a BS degree from Purdue University where he focused his studies on computer science and psychology. Chad has been developing enterprise level apps with a variety of technologies since 1999. Chad blogs has created training courses, and, is an internationally published book author.

Preston Chandler Managing Partner and Technology Lead, Smart Opex and VML

Preston Chandler

Preston has a passion for finding the best ways to get things done. This passion has led him to study Lean and Agile, which he uses on a daily basis to help his teams deliver awesomeness to the client. Though he started his undergraduate career studying music, Preston quickly realized that his greatest joy did not lie in music but in seeing and helping others learn, grow and accomplish greatness. Not only does he love solving all sorts of difficult problems with elegant solutions, he also wants to empower and uplift others to solve any conundrum that arises.

Over the last 12 years, he has assisted more than 50 different groups and organizations in transforming their operations with Lean and Agile principles. He has worked in such industries as pharmaceuticals labs, electronics assembly, food production, furniture manufacturing, product development and supply chain management. The companies and groups he has helped include: HON, Pepperidge Farm, Novartis, International Rectifiers, Johnson and Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, YRC, VML, Ford and Sprint. Preston currently is a Managing Partner and Expert at Smart Opex providing transformational coaching for Lean and Agile journeys.

Doris Chen Senior Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Doris Chen

Dr. Doris Chen is a Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft for the Western region of the United States, specialized in web technologies (mobile web, HTML5, JavaScript, TypeScript and Java).
Doris has over 18 years of experience in the software industry working in several open source web tier technologies, Java platform, .NET and distributed computing technologies. She speaks at numerous international conferences and user groups including O’Reilly OSCON, Fluent, Dev Nexus, PHP, HTML5 Dev Conference, WebVisions, JavaOne, SD Forum, and worldwide User Groups. Doris works very closely to create and foster the open source community around Java, NetBeans, Glassfish, and related technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Doris Chen was a Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems. Doris received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in computer engineering, specializing in medical informatics.

Corinna Cohn Consultant, Fusion Alliance

Corinna Cohn

Corinna Cohn has been creating websites since 1995 and has written web apps for radio stations, research projects, scientific publishing, and business-to-business clients. Over the past several years, Corinna has worked with Backbone, Ember, and Angular to design and write single-page applications. Corinna has written ugly, unmaintainable code but is now working to bring the principles of clean code, unit tests, and high-quality refactoring into the realm of JavaScript web application

D'Arcy Cross Senior Software Engineer, Alaska Airlines

D'Arcy Cross

D'Arcy Cross is a senior developer with Alaska Airlines in Seattle, WA. He has spent his entire career as a functional programmer, and has used numerous technologies along the way.

He has worked in several industries from consulting to shipping logistics, and has recently begun speaking on topics from functional programming to angular 2 primers.

Arthur Doler Senior Software Engineer, Aviture

Arthur Doler

Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 13 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. His hair is brown and his thorax is a shiny blue color.

Martine Dowden

Martine Dowden

By combining a background in psychology and art, I design and implement web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable.

I deliver products that, while constrained by compliance to Section 508 and adherence to WCAG 2.0 recommendations, still look stylish and beautiful.

Twitter: @Martine_Dowden

Michael Dowden Software Architecture Lead, CSpring

Michael Dowden

Michael Dowden is Senior Principal Consultant & Software Architecture Lead for CSpring, Product Architect for start-up incubator Andromeda, and operates his own design & development studio, M2D2. Since 1992 he has provided a full range of full-stack technology and consulting services to more than 60 companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100.

As a software developer and architect Michael focuses on the K.I.S.S. principle, keeping systems as simple as possible (but no simpler). Michael is passionate about lightweight frameworks in both both Java and JavaScript ecosystems, often pointing out that Java is to JavaScript as Car is to Carrot. As an MBA he focuses on solutions that provide true business value and always works to improve collaboration and communication between teams.

Since 2012 Michael has been active in helping other developers grow in their career, spending 4 years organizing the Indianapolis Java User Group, teaching both Java and JavaScript for Eleven Fifty Academy, and currently developing a Java cryptography course for Pluralsight. His book Programming Languages ABC++ has sold more than 20,000 copies and has made its way into elementary schools across Indiana. Michael also speaks at conferences including Code PaLOUsa, Indiana IT Symposium, and the inaugural Indy.Code().

Heather Downing Senior Software Engineer, VML

Heather Downing

Climbing the technology mountain and halfway up the side. Experience in .Net, mobile applications and more recently voice interface development. Dabbles in iOT & AR/VR. Focusing on coding for humans and choosing the right tool for the job.

Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise level mobile and .Net applications. She spends her spare time at tech conferences supporting the growth of new developers of all genders, ages and backgrounds. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.

Dave Fancher Principal, Achiiv Solutions, LLC

Dave Fancher

Dave Fancher is the founder of Achiiv Solutions in Carmel, Indiana, Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, author of The Book of F# (No Starch Press), and author of Functional Programming with C# and Building F# Type Providers on Pluralsight. He has been building software for more than 15 years with an emphasis on Microsoft technologies and functional programming. Dave is active within the software development community and has spoken at numerous events throughout the United States. When not writing code or writing about code he enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and gaming on his Xbox One.

Gwendolyn Faraday Developer, Consultant, Ion Three

Gwendolyn Faraday

I'm a software developer from Indianapolis, IN. Professionally, I work mostly with cross-platform mobile technologies, React, and Node on AWS. For fun, I love dabbling in other languages, working on new IoT projects, and making apps that help people learn or build good habits through gamification.

Jason Farrell Principal, West Monroe Partners

Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell works as a Principal at West Monroe Partners in the Technology Mobile Practice. Within the practice Jason heads up the DevOps for all mobile projects and leads Xamarin/Native development teams. Jason also works with the Web practice to develop solutions for Event Based and Micro Service based archiectures. When not programming Jason enjoys spending time with his fiancee exploring Chicago and traveling.

Jon Fuller Director of Software Engineering, SEP

Jon Fuller

I've been making software professionally for the last 12 years.

I've specialized in .NET/Mono and Ruby, making anything from desktop apps in WPF and WinForms to mobile apps with Xamarin to web apps with Ruby.

I've worked at SEP for 9 years, recently taking on the role of Director of Software Engineering.

David Giard Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

David Giard

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Hod Greeley Developer Advocate, Couchbase, Inc.

Hod Greeley

Hod is a Developer Advocate for Couchbase, living in Silicon Valley. He has over two decades of experience as a software engineer and engineering manager. He has worked in a variety of software fields, including computational physics and chemistry, computer and network security, finance, and, for the last 8 years, mobile. Prior to joining Couchbase in 2016, Hod led developer relations for mobile at Samsung. He cut programming teeth on C. He still remembers figuring out pointers during a plane flight reading in K&R.

Kevin Grossnicklaus President, ArchitectNow

Kevin Grossnicklaus

At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders program. He is also very active in the local St. Louis development community.

In 2009, Kevin Grossnicklaus started his own software product development firm called ArchitectNow (www.architectnow.net). At ArchitectNow, Kevin and his team specialize in a wide variety of tools and technologies and take pride in helping their customers deliver great solutions on a variety of platforms. As expected (and necessary) today, they are always on the lookout for the “next big thing” in the software or technology space while guiding customers through the waves of new technology.

Born in rural Nebraska, he has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife Lynda and their three daughters: Alexis, Emily, and Hanna. He is an avid guitar player, home brewer, and gamer including everything from retro arcade games, to board games, to role playing games. When not spending time on any of those hobby’s he waits patiently for a second season of Firefly.

Matthew Groves Developer Advocate, Couchbase

Matthew Groves

Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's C#, jQuery, or PHP: he'll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works as a Developer Advocate for Couchbase. His free time is spent with his family, watching the Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET (published by Manning), and is also a Microsoft MVP. Twitter Blog GitHub

John Harden Principal Software Engineer, Axia Technology Partners

John Harden

I am an experienced software engineer with a unique ability to work with diverse groups and environments to complete the task at hand. Expertise combined with my flexibility to work within different sectors of an organization, whether presenting product demonstrations with the sales group or leading the software team, make me a strong member of any team.

LinkedIn: http://jjharden.com/

Jay Harris Problem Solver, Arana Software

Jay Harris

Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and co-owner of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3, and has been recognized as an ASPInsider and six-time Microsoft MVP. Recognizing that the greatest application performance bottleneck is a developer’s time, Jay’s continuing quest is for frameworks, modules, tools, and practices that make developers stronger, fitter, happier, and more productive.

Originally from Rochester, New York, he has lived in Michigan since 2003. He likes Michigan, and considers it his permanent home, but will always remain a New Yorker at heart.

Calvin Hendryx-Parker CTO, Six Feet Up

Calvin Hendryx-Parker

Six Feet Up, Inc. co-founder Calvin Hendryx-Parker has over 18 years of experience in the development and hosting of applications using Python and web frameworks including Django, Pyramid and Flask.

As Chief Technology Officer for Six Feet Up, Calvin is responsible for researching cutting-edge advances that could become part of the company’s technology road map. Calvin provides both the company and its clients with recommendations on tools and technologies, systems architecture and solutions that address specific information-sharing needs. Calvin is an advocate of open source and is a frequent speaker at Python conferences on multisite content management, integration, and web app development. Calvin is also a founder and organizer of the IndyPy meetup group and Pythology training series in Indianapolis.

Outside of work Calvin spends time tinkering with new devices like the Fitbit, Pebble and Raspberry Pi. Calvin is an avid distance runner and ran the 2014 NYC Marathon to support the Innocence Project. Every year he and the family enjoys an extended trip to France where his wife Gabrielle, the CEO of Six Feet Up, is from. Calvin holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.

Aaron Hoffman Co-Founder, Stonefinch

Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman is the co-founder of Stonefinch, an Agile Development and Data Analytics Consultancy based in Des Moines, Iowa. He has been a tech enthusiast since childhood and has been writing software professionally for the past 11 years. He has experience working on many aspects of software and business development and is passionate about empowering developers and product teams through agile development, lean startup, and human-centered design. He is a leader of the Iowa .NET User Group and is an active member of the entrepreneur community.

  • Data Viz: https://www.sizzleanalytics.com/
  • Blog: http://aaron-hoffman.blogspot.com/
  • Github: https://github.com/stonefinch/
  • Github: https://github.com/aaronhoffman/

Scott Hunter Microsoft

Scott Hunter

I work at Microsoft on all Web: ASP.NET, MVC, Web API, Web Pages, SignalR, Entity Framework, Visual Studio Web Tooling, Nuget and Azure SDKs.

Philip Japikse

Philip Japikse

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. During the day, Phil works as a Principal Consultant and the Agile Practice Director with Strategic Data Systems (http://www.sds-consulting.com). Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Gaines Kergosien Executive Director, Music City Code

Gaines Kergosien

Gaines Kergosien is an associate director at UBS, organizer of Music City Code conference, Microsoft MVP, and serves as Board Member for the Nashville .NET User Group. He also presents at software development conferences throughout the United States. With over 15 years in solutions development, his work includes consulting for such companies as Bridgestone, Deloitte, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), American General (AIG), Lexis Nexis, Gibson Guitars, and Cardinal Healthcare.

Sasha Kotlyar Senior Software Engineer, Software Engineering Professionals

Sasha Kotlyar

Sasha has been writing software in one form or another since he was in elementary school. Professionally, he's written desktop, mobile, web, and embedded applications. These days, he tends to concentrate on an admittedly challenging intersection of UX and security and how these oft-opposing necessities can be integrated into a happy medium.

Ryan Lanciaux Software Engineer, OpenGov

Ryan Lanciaux

Ryan Lanciaux is a professional software developer in Ann Arbor, MI. Although he programs in several languages, his current area of focus is front-end development. Ryan attempts to contribute to the development community through his (often neglected) blog.

Kevin Leung Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Kevin Leung

Kevin Leung is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft working with students, startups and community developers in the Chicago metro and has recently been working with the Microsoft Bot Framework (.NET and Node) and ASP.NET Core technologies in the Open-source area alongside Microsoft's engineering teams. His interests include health and safety innovation with a focus on IoT, hardware and machine learning. Kevin holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University School of Engineering Class of 2016. His undergraduate career includes a focus with Operating Systems, Embedded Systems, FPGAs and graduate work in VLSI.

Javeria Masood IT Consultant, netlogx

Javeria Masood

Javeria is an Information Technology Consultant with netlogx, LLC, an information risk management consulting company, and has over four years of experience in the Information Technology field. She has been volunteering as a judge for VEX Robotics since 2016 and leads a coding group for children through Techpoint’s CoderDojo program called CoderDojo46038. She was also nominated as one of Indy’s Best and Brightest top ten finalists in technology for 2016. IBM Watson is her passion, she has been following the technology for over two years now and has worked with Watson Analytics and Blue Mix. She delivered a presentation about IBM Watson in April, 2016 at Iron Yard Coding Academy to introduce the audience about cognitive abilities of Watson. In her spare time, Javeria’s interests include reading and assisting in restoring search and rescue mission choppers for IASAR. She is working on obtaining her Sports Pilot license.

Michael McGinnis

Michael McGinnis

Michael has worked with a wide variety of stacks in both the private and public sector, including Hybrid Mobile Apps and Enterprise Java Applications. Pushing the limits of web technology he constantly looks for the latest and greatest tools, building fast, and flexible solutions. His work can be found on Google play and the Apple Store, as well as being used by thousands of people supporting government programs.

Michael thrives in a fast paced leading edge environment where he can make the largest impact on the technology stack, feature set, and business side decisions of new products. Not only does he currently lead a mobile development team, he is also actively a part of three startups.

When he is not developing he loves to play music, and learn adventurous skills such as piloting and scuba diving. He has written and published five original albums, many of which are available on all major music distribution platforms.

Jimmy Miller Lead Developer, Trabian

Jimmy Miller

I started programming at the age of 10. My bother always hogged the computer, so I found my own out by the dumpster. Many hours and burned CDs later, I had a working Ubuntu machine. Ever since, my life has involved programming, whether that was skipping class in high school to go to the computer science room or reading Philip Wadler papers until early hours of the morning.

I currently work at Trabian. We build react and react-native apps for credit unions and fintech startups. In my spare time, I'm either trying out a new programming language (current favorites: Clojure, Haskell and Idris) or reading some sort of academic paper (philosophy and comptuer science).

Kevin Miller Senior Software Architect, TCC Software Solutions

Kevin Miller

Over the past 19 years, I’ve been involved in a number of positions within Computing and Technology ranging from Desktop and Network Support, to Application Lifecycle Management, to Information Security and Development. I currently work for TCC Software Solutions as a Senior Software Architect and Development Manager and I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in 2016. My interests include language design, large scale computing, information security, and almost anything DevOps related.

Jonathan Mills Paige Technologies

Jonathan Mills

Jonathan Mills is a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft ASP.Net Insider, and International Speaker on topics ranging from Node.js and Angular to Management and Agile Development. Jon is a consultant with Paige Technologies and helps our clients deal with the constantly changing landscape of software development. Jon also has the opportunity to promote positive management and project practices. Jon’s current favorite tech stack is javascript including Angular and Node, but is constantly paying attention to the next big thing.

Michael Miserendino President, GravityDrive

Michael Miserendino

Michael has over 25 years of experience with a user focused approach to designing and developing innovative products as well as a bachelor of science in Computer Science. His designs have won awards for their exceptional user experience. The majority of these designs have been websites, software, and mobile products. Others include projects with physical products such as tabletop games, simulations, and cockpit instrumentation. Beginning as a software engineer and user advocate, Michael was instrumental in evangelizing the UX approach in the companies where he worked. He founded GravityDrive in 2008 to focus on providing user experience consulting services for a variety of products and services. Michael volunteers with several organizations, serving on the board of directors of many, often as the UX trusted advisor. This includes the Indiana Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association, Indiana Chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy, Ropkey Armor Museum, Open Indy Brigade (UX Audit Initiative), ConnectTech, and is an emergency preparedness volunteer with Illiana Search & Rescue.

Ted Neward Director, Developer Relations, Smartsheet

Ted Neward

Ted Neward is an industry professional of twenty years experience. He speaks at conferences all over the world and writes regularly for a variety of publications across the Java, .NET, and other ecosystems. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, eight laptops, seven tablets, nine phones, and a rather large utility bill.

Duane Newman Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies, LLC

Duane Newman

Duane is Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating modern apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a Microsoft MVP and technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly duplication and repetitive processes so more important things can be done. A fan of cross-platform native development, he promotes any development effort that gets a new app on his Windows Phone. Always interested in how software can improve processes he spends a lot of time working on DevOps issues with customers to automate workflow and reduce errors. You can find out more about his technical and other interests and read his random blogging on his site.

Doug Niccum Technology Specialist, VML

Doug Niccum

Doug is a full-stack developer on the Bridgestone team located at the Kansas City airport headquarters. He is responsible for leading the day-to-day component and front-end development for all of the client-side applications for each of the Bridgestone commercial brands (Bridgestone Commercial, Firestone Commercial, Dayton, Bandag, Speedco and more). Doug also estimates and helps in planning future incremental work – Bridgestone is very much an incremental client.

Before Doug joined the VML team in November 2015, he served as the lead developer/designer at a local marketing agency and a nutraceutical company within the Kansas City metro area. He has led award-winning teams that built applications and websites for the NASA Space Apps Challenge (Sol | Yorbit)[NS1] and Kansas City Webby awards (Protassium+). He also started his own company with a friend and colleague building websites and applications of various sizes for companies and organizations such as Newell Rubbermaid, Lockton Insurance and the Missouri Hospital Association.

Doug has continued to harness the entrepreneurial spirit that drove him to start his own business by developing and maintaining various mobile and web applications. His current project is an educational platform that provides elementary school teachers with tools to test and track students’ progress in their mathematical studies.

Outside of the work environment, Doug enjoys running, cycling, watching all types of sports, playing with his dog and spending time with his wife, Lauren. In addition to these hobbies, Doug is a curious DIYer at his home in Olathe, Kansas. Originally schooled as a designer, Doug earned his bachelor’s degree from the Kansas State University art program with an emphasis in Flash design and development.

David Pine Technical Evangelist (Microsoft MVP), Centare

David Pine

David Pine is a Technical Evangelist and a Microsoft MVP working at Centare, with a passion for learning. David is a technical blogger, whose blogs have been featured on asp.net, blogs.msdn and microsoft.com. David is active in the developer community, contributing to popular open-source projects, serving as a mentor and giving back to stackoverflow.com.

David enjoys short walks on the beach, because it is more difficult to enjoy an ice cold beer while walking. When David isn’t actively interacting with a keyboard, you can find him spending time with his wife and their three sons, Lyric, Londyn and Lennyx.

Eric Potter Software Architect, Aptera Inc

Eric Potter

I am a Microsoft MVP for .Net. and a Software Architect for Aptera Software in Fort Wayne Indiana and Nashville Tennessee, working primarily in the .Net platform. I have been developing high quality custom software solutions since 2001. I love to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In my spare time, I love to tinker with Arduino projects. I fondly remember what it was like to develop software for the Palm OS. I have an amazing wife and 5 wonderful children. I strive to be a humble toolsmith.

Cameron Presley Senior Software Engineer, Pilot Flying J

Cameron Presley

Cameron Presley is a software engineer, boardgamer, and musician living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, just outside of the Smoky Mountains. When he’s not writing software for his day job, he gives back to the community through organizing content for the @FunctionalKnox meetup in Knoxville. In addition, he works with other developers to improve their career through one-on-one sessions as part of The Software Mentor program

Jyotsna Raghuraman Lead Software Engineer , SEP

Jyotsna Raghuraman

I have written code for over 19 years at SEP, and love to bootstrap projects, lead technical efforts, and try out new technologies.

Auri Rahimzadeh Owner, Auri's Ideas

Auri Rahimzadeh

Auri Rahimzadeh is a software architect, technology writer and book author. He has written three books: Hacking the PSP, Geek My Ride, and co-authored Hacking Digital Cameras, and tech edited various programming works. Rahimzadeh has contributed to many digital entertainment technology standards, including HDTV and DVD, and is a founding member of the CEATEC Japan Innovation Awards panel. Having taught side by side with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Auri continues to share a passion for technology education. Currently Mr. Rahimzadeh is owner of Auri’s Ideas, a Fishers, Indiana based software development firm.

Kevin Remde Sr. Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

Kevin Remde

Kevin Remde – Sr. Technical Evangelist with Microsoft - is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker, blogger, and technical community organizer. A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his Dev and IT Pro peers.

R. Michael Rogers Lead Software Engineer, Software Engineering Professionals

R. Michael Rogers

Mike Rogers is a fan of creating software, which he has been doing in one form or another for over fifteen years. From low-powered microcontrollers to web-scale applications servicing millions of requests per day, Mike has introduced defects in systems of all types, usually involving timezones.

Recently his interests have turned toward leadership and agility, with a focus on providing safety to software teams so they are free to self-organize and deliver amazing results.

When not softing wares he can be found on his farm with his wife, two children, and myriad animals.

Mitchel Sellers CEO, IowaComputerGurus, Inc.

Mitchel Sellers

Mitchel Sellers, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, is the CEO of IowaComputerGurus, Inc. a West Des Moines, Iowa based software consulting organization. Mitchel enjoys sharing his experiences with others at local events and conferences. As a consultant and former educator, Mitchel tries to take a real-world approach to software development presentations. When not working with code you will find him flying around the US.

Susan Shapiro Principal User Experience Consultant, GravityDrive

Susan Shapiro

I am an advocate for people who need to use technology and are befuddled, confused, irritated, frustrated, or just tired of having things not work well.

I help the people who create products understand how people think, perceive, and act.

The first step in this process is to understand that you are never (well, seldom) designing for people who are like you. Then, you need knowledge and tools that help you see the world through others eyes.

I make use of my understanding of human behavior (a PhD in Human Factors Psychology) and my many years as an instructor, helping people use software.

I currently work with GravityDrive where we help people create better experiences.

Brian Sherwin Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Brian Sherwin

Brian Sherwin is a Sr. Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he's not trying to figure out some new technology, he spends time reading, Scouting, and drinking enough coffee to keep up with his five kids.

Randy Skopecek Lead Applications Architect, PLM

Randy Skopecek

Over 20 years in IT covering insurance, retail, consulting, and non-profit. Held roles varying from Developer to Director of IT. Worked on the full lifecycle of customer portals, intranets, internal & external LOB apps, datacenters, processes, and procedures. CSM in 2008 and last trained by Ken Schwaber. Developed for Indy GiveCamp in 2012 and project manager in 2013 with one of the fastest project completions. Began working in 2008 on Know Priorities in various forms, which focuses on improving prioritization. Language of choice is C#, but polyglot normally. Enjoys making transformational progress. Heavy believer in education. Blogs at Knowledge is the Fish. Connect on LinkedIn, Twitter @rskopecek, or Medium.

Matthew Soucoup Principal, Code Mill Technologies, Inc

Matthew Soucoup

Matthew Soucoup is a Pluralsight author, a Microsoft and Xamarin MVP, and a regular speaker at national conferences including Xamarin Evolve, CodeMash, That Conference, MKEdotNET, and Prairie.Code(). He has over 15 years of development experience in a variety of areas including working with C# since 2005 and focusing on mobile development since 2012. Matt loves sharing his passion for development with others, founding the Madison Mobile .NET Developers Group and blogs at https://codemilltech.com and can be found on Twitter @codemillmatt. When not behind a computer screen, Matt gardens hot peppers, rides bikes and loves Wisconsin micro-brews and cheese.

Brent Stewart Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies

Brent Stewart

As a professional software developer with almost two decades of experience, I have seen many development trends come and go and learned that there is not a shortcut to being a great developer. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned and try to mentor others whenever I can. I am a co-organizer of the Kansas City .NET User Group and love speaking at conferences.

I am a creator at heart and have started multiple businesses over the years in a variety of industries. My latest venture is Alien Arc Technologies which allows me to take my ideas and give them form. I love quality in all things and I always try to provide the best quality in everything I do. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.

Jeff Strauss Problem Solver, Arana Software

Jeff Strauss

Jeff is both a software consultant and an attorney. Because of his unique experiences that combine technology and law, he is equally comfortable presenting to a room full of "geeks" or donning a suit to meet with corporate executives. He maintains a passion for solving problems with inspired solutions, improving life through technology.

A dedicated member of the developer community, Jeff travels internationally to speak on both technical and business-oriented topics. He is co-owner of Arana Software and a Microsoft MVP, was a lead organizer of Dev Up Conference for seven years, and now enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developer Conference.

Trevon Sutton Senior Software Engineer, SEP

Richard Taylor Technical Lead/Sr. Software Developer, Logical Advantage

Richard Taylor

I am a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. My experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. For the last 10 years, I have focused on web based applications and that is where my passion lives. I have a great deal of experience but I do like to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software.

Currently, I'm the president and founder of New Oak Software, LLC. New Oak Software, LLC is a software development firm that creates software products in the area of personal financial management and business administration. Our firm also provides software development consulting, software development management, and product development (coding) to assist our clients in meeting their business objectives.

I am also a Tech Lead and member of a highly skilled development team at Logical Advantage in Charlotte, NC delivering software solutions utilizing the following technologies:

ASP.NET (Web API, MVC) SQL Server/MongoDB Angular/Angular 2+ Bootstrap JavaScript/NodeJS KendoUI

As a team member, I am required to develop software at all levels of the modern software stack. (Front-end, API, and data store) I also consult and provide solutions to overall software architecture and user experience which involves deep research into tool-set capabilities, reviewing trends and best practices, and development of prototypes.

When not developing software, I am focused on spending time with my lovely wife Shondrecca and our five children. (Richard, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen)



Jonathan "J." Tower Partner & Principal Consultant, Trailhead Technology Partners

Jonathan "J." Tower

Jonathan “J.” Tower is a Microsoft MVP, Telerik Developer Expert, and business owner with over eighteen years of software industry experience. He loves solving problems and the creative aspects of software development, as well as sharing what he’s learned and helping building the technology community. His current technology interests include .NET Core, Mobile, and JavaScript development.

J. lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and children, where he uses his passion for the tech community to help run a user group and several annual conferences.

Jared Wilcurt UI Engineer, Salesforce

Jared Wilcurt

Software Engineer, specializing in Front-End Web Development. Creator of Scout-App 2, a cross-platform desktop app for processing Sass to CSS. Also the creator of the UGUI Framework, which allows you to create a GUI for command line interfaces with just a little HTML knowledge.

In my free time I work with the local Free Code Camp Indy group and help out, and also volunteer with Coder Dojo (kids learning to code).

Shawn Wildermuth Owner, Wilder Minds LLC

Shawn Wildermuth

Shawn Wildermuth has been tinkering with computers and software since he got a Vic-20 back in the early ‘80s. As a Microsoft MVP since 2003, he’s also involved with Microsoft as an ASP.NET Insider and ClientDev Insider. You may have taken one of his more than twenty courses on Pluralsight (http://shawnw.me/psauthor) including his latest: “Implementing and Securing an API with ASP.NET Core”. He’s authored eight books and innumerable articles on software development. You can also see him at one of the local and international conferences he’s spoken at including TechEd, Oredev, SDC, NDC, VSLive, DevIntersection, MIX, Devteach, DevConnections and Dev Reach. He is one of the Wilder Minds. You can reach him at his blog at http://wildermuth.com.

Jim Wooley Solution Architect, Slalom

Jim Wooley

By day, Jim Wooley is a Solution Architect for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since its announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including Nebraska.Code, MIX, VS Live, CodeMash, KCDC, That Conference, DevWeek, and CodeStock.