good listener | teacher | open-minded | fan of non-geek | content guy | animal lover | loves to laugh, often at himself
In 2007 I started dabbling with WordPress. In 2008, I realized it was the perfect solution for my clients and myself.
And the rest is history.
A heart for teaching
Since 2008, I have taught thousands of people in groups and individually—online and in real life. But what most people don’t know about me is that I owned my own marketing firm for more than two decades. So when you take our online courses, you also get my 20+ years of marketing, design, and entrepreneurship experience—all at no extra cost.
The best way to describe my WordPress teaching style is “non-geeky.” I keep things simple and straightforward.
A commitment to the community
I am a huge believer in giving back. I love it that the WordPress community values learning. I blog several times a week here and am a regular blogger on GoDaddy Garage Blog. I also spend hours scouring social media weekly for tips and resources to share.
In my time on social media, I reach out to people who are having issues or challenges with WordPress and share easy solutions when I have them. I am also a past organizer for the Seattle WordPress Meetups, organized Seattle WordCamp 2012 and co-organized it in 2014. I also co-organize the Seattle WooCommerce Meetup.
I have spoken at countless meetups and events. In my years of teaching, I’ve given hundreds of hours of free workshops across the Puget Sound. I have spoken at four New Media Expos, several WordCamps and at the newly launched WooCommerce Conference.
One more thing
I actually do have a life outside WordPress. Here are a few things you might not know about me:
I love any movie that Christopher Guest produces, from Spinal Tap to For Your Consideration.
I make the best veggie pizza on the planet.
I learned most of my life lessons from Curly of the Three Stooges.
Most people don’t believe I’m an introvert. I remember my stomach getting tied up in a double knot at the thought of speaking to even 10 people.
I can never get enough of Monty Python or Fawlty Towers.
My road to entrepreneurship started with a job driving an ice cream truck, you know, the kind with that irritating, make-it-stop music.
I’ll choose a good mystery or horror novel over any TV show today.
I cherish all living creatures, and find it hard to kill even a nasty-looking spider.
I bartended in the days of “Harvey Wallbangers” and “Rusty Nails”.
I believe the amount of liquid in a glass has nothing to do with anything but thirst.
I’m a huge fan of old classic movies and particularly ones with Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Carey Grant and a few others.
I’m addicted to Hitchcock movies.
And yes, I am an optimistic fool.