About John


My WordPress History

I've been using WordPress since it first came out. Early on, I started working under the hood making tweaks to the look and feel of my personal site. That soon turned into building custom themes and plugin for friends and a few small clients.

2009 was a big year in my WordPress career. Here are some highlights

  • Organized the first WordCamp event in Las Vegas
  • Presented my first WordCamp talk at WordCamp Reno
  • Spoke at several other WordCamps across the country (Ask me about speaking at WordCamp Phoenix and New York on the same weekend)
  • Founded the Las Vegas WordPress meetup group which has grown to over 1,600 members!
  • Co-Founded a WordPress development Agency that I ran until 2015

In 2015, I left the agency I co-founded and joined up with a start-up. It seemed like an opportunity I just couldn't pass up. I was working in WordPress every day and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, we became a start-up statistic and my start-up life was short lived.

In 2016, I had the opportunity to join up with some long-time friends at another WordPress agency as a full-time employee. The differences between running an agency and working for one are interesting.

In 2018, my WordPress adventures took another turn. More on that later.