Second Round of Speakers!

Another 5 of our speakers are being announced! Head over to our speakers page to see everyone announced so far.

Drew Barton

Drew is the founder and president of Southern Web Group. After launching his career at, Drew founded Southern Web Group in 2004. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named him one of the top 40 rising stars under 40 years old. He is often quoted in, SmartBiz Magazine and Microsoft’s

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner and List25 an extremely popular entertainment site with over 1.2 million subscribers and 190 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in NYTimes, HuffingtonPost, Yahoo Small Business, Wired, Mashable, and countless other well-reputed online magazines.

Nathan Hangen

Co-Founder and managing partner of Virtuous Giant, the creators of IgnitionDeck and Monument Brewing Co. As the first of its kind, IgnitionDeck pioneered the self-hosted crowdfunding industry and is now one of the largest and most widely used self-hosted crowdfunding platforms in the world. When he’s not working company projects, you’ll find Nathan playing soccer, brewing beer, and hitting the beaches with his family.

Lenny Gale

Lenny Gale is the creator of Life is NOYOKE. He is a health crusader, daily blogger, and entrepreneur.

Before starting learning WordPress, Lenny, a Certified Public Accountant, worked for five years as a traveling financial consultant building financial models for Fortune 500 companies. In 2012, he left his well-paying job and unhealthy lifestyle to start Life is NOYOKE, a grass-roots initiative to make our world healthy again.

Lenny’s favorite foods are grapefruits, egg whites and scotch. He also loves dogs.

Diane Kinney

Diane Kinney is the Creative Director and co-founder of The Versatility Group, a full service firm providing websites and other online solutions for 15 years. She is an award winning designer focused on WordPress design and development, graphic design, and marketing services. In her previous corporate life, she led large scale application development projects, managed multi-disciplinary teams, and oversaw Operations including marketing, customer service, and business development. She gets excited about applying the lessons from her diverse background to web and marketing projects.