Speakers for 2020

Jacqueline Angus

Jacqueline Angus

Director of Support, MageMojo

Jackie is the Director of Support at MageMojo. She works daily to ensure Magento merchants and development agencies have 24/7 top-notch support. She holds the Adobe Certified Expert-Magento Commerce Business Practitioner certification & is a certified LPIC-1: Linux Server Professional.

Nidhi Arora

Nidhi Arora

Marketing Head, Envison Commerce

Nidhi is a passionate believer in helping others and lives by a very simple philosophy that guides my work and personal life: nobody accomplishes much by themselves, it takes a team effort and help from the people around you.

She energizes and focuses organizations, resulting in sales increases, reduction of costs, and growth of profits. She is a business leader with proven success driving corporate objectives by identifying and leveraging innovative strategies and existing resources to enhance performance and maximize revenues and profits. She is an experienced management executive with extensive sales, marketing, and business development experience who deploys innovative strategies and new technologies for companies seeking efficiency and double-digit revenue growth. She looks forward to establishing strong ties with companies and organizations that need bold, fresh ideas about Commerce sales, marketing, branding, and leadership.

Her toolbox combines a marketing mind, sales strategy, and know-how for the best process to get from here to there, demand generation, sales pipeline lead generation and nurturing, marketing operations and technology infrastructure design, and raising funds for growth.

Karen Baker

Karen Baker

Founder and CEO, ShipperHQ

Karen Baker is the CEO and founder of ShipperHQ, the leading platform for storefront shipping rate management. With over 20 years of business experience in technology, Karen has first hand expertise built from dealing with the shipping struggles of many thousands of retailers since 2008.

Miguel Balparda

Miguel Balparda

Product Manager & Magento Master, Nexcess Managed Magento

For the last six years Miguel has traveled the globe working remotely from more than 35 countries as a senior developer for some of the biggest Magento projects. Since joining Nexcess, he has helped to maintain Magento 2 as a community maintainer among other OSS initiatives

Sanne Bolkenstein

Sanne Bolkenstein

Chief Commercial Officer

After completing her studies, Sanne moved to Uganda where she set up a company making washable sanitary pads, AFRIpads. When she returned to the Netherlands, she started working as an account manager for a software company in media monitoring, before moving to Dutch Magento hosting company Hypernode (by then still known as Byte). Today, she works at Hypernode as Chief Commercial Officer where she combines her passion for networking and Magento to find new opportunities and markets for Hypernode to grow! Besides that, she is still involved in AFRIpads as chair of the AFRIpads Foundation, enjoys the Amsterdam perks, develops an ever-deepening affection for wine and cooking, and advocates for more diversity in the workplace.

James Cowie

James Cowie

Chief Technology Officer, Shero Commerce

James is a veteran PHP/Magento developer and has been the CTO of Shero Commerce since 2018. Before joining Shero, in his role at Magento, James helped architecture some of the biggest Magento implementations in the world. James specializes in test-driven development (TTD), behavior-driven development (BDD), and loves architecting new Magento websites, leading dev teams, and optimize websites for top performance.

Dwayne Ernest

Dwayne Ernest

CEO/Cofounder at logic-o2

Dwayne currently is the CEO and Cofounder of logic-o2 and has been a sales leader and mentors with several different start-ups in the Boston, MA area. He has 2 daughters Hannah and Lucy and enjoys riding his Fixie around Somerville. Dwayne believes success is driven by a combination of data/intellectual curiosity and the team you build, as they have played a key role in my ability to experiment successfully. Data has enabled the environment to take “balanced risks” as a global leader. Which has helped with overall new customer acquisition by 3x Monthly and Quarterly Cohort expansion of 275%. In his career, this has been further established with 2 Series “A”, 1 Series “B” and 1 Company Sold.

Eric Erway

Eric Erway

Sr. Manager, Product Management, Magento Commerce at Adobe

Eric is the Senior Manager, Product Management, Magento Commerce at Adobe for Merchant and Shopping Experiences. Eric joined Magento in 2015 and brings 20+ years of experience building high-performing teams, and launching award-winning products at Dell, AOL, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Brian Essig

Brian Essig

President, Creating Digital LLC

Brian Essig is the president of Creating Digital, a New York City area agency that helps companies realize their vision by Creating Digital Solutions. Brian has worked with Magento since 2008, and has been a part of the community for the past few years.

Sina Fak

Sina Fak

eCommerce Data & Business Intelligence Consultant, ConversionAdvocates

As a data and business intelligence consultant with over 10 years of experience, Fak helps eCommerce decision-makers translate complex data, gathered from human-interfacing technologies, into actionable business intelligence insights that drive business growth. His agency, ConversionsAdvocates, was ranked No. 3 out of 2,566 conversion rate optimization companies on Clutch in 2020.

TJ Gamble

TJ Gamble

Founder & CEO of Jamersan, Magento Master, Adobe Insider, eCommerceAholic

TJ Gamble is the CEO and Founder of Jamersan, a Magento Partner headquartered in Opelika, Alabama that is dedicated to proving that big-time eCommerce doesn't always come from big cities. TJ has been working with the Magento platform since it was in beta in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience helping merchants grow. He is the driving force behind the eCommerceAholic YouTube channel and enjoys giving back to the community by providing advice and information to help merchants get more from their eCommerce store. TJ was named a Magento Master for 2019, in recognition of his contributions to the Magento community.

Matthew Grattan

Matthew Grattan

VP of Sales & Account Management, TaxJar

Matt is a sales leader in eCommerce and sales tax, with over 10 years of experience. Driven by a passion for solving problems for online businesses, he takes pride in leading a team that provides the best customer experience possible - every step of the way. As the VP of Sales at TaxJar, Matt helps the team meet customer needs through transparency and accuracy.

Wesley Guthrie

Wesley Guthrie

Director of Managed Services, Creatuity

Wesley has been working on Magento sites for almost 7 years. Doing everything from development, to technical lead, to business analysis, and now running a department that does all of these. He has been around the block when it comes to Magento. He has been speaking and tech conferences on and off for 3 years as well. Other things on the list of achievements are core contribution to Magento, participating in many hackathons over the years and even buying a Magento colored car!

Dave Hubartt

Dave Hubartt

Senior Solution Architect

For over two decades, Dave has worked intimately with some of the largest international brands in managing and developing their enterprise e-commerce and best-in-class custom websites. His proactive approach to technology provides simple solutions for complex systems while also evolving Klevu's product offerings.

Krish Iyer

Krish Iyer

Head of Industry Relations and Strategic Partners, ShipStation

Krish is a well known industry expert on cross border e-commerce, marketplaces and fulfillment. He speaks on these topics regularly at such conferences at Retail Without Borders, the Internet Retailer Conference and Expo, Parcel Forum, National Postal Forum, Conference of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and many others. Additionally, Krish is an expert often quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Freightwaves, Logistics Management and numerous other outlets.

Tariq Jawed

Tariq Jawed

Senior Softwar Architect, Adobe

Tariq has over 15 years of software engineering & leadership experience, including hands-on experience with various architectures & system design patterns, for instance SaaS, DDD/Microservices, API Management/Gateways, Event Sourcing, Data Streaming/Machine Learning, ETL, Full Stack, SOA, iPaaS/EAI/ESB/BPM based systems.

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Partner Marketing Manager at Vertex Inc.

Shannon Kelly is 28-year sales & marketing veteran who specializes in the technology and hospitality sectors.  He currently serves as a Channel Marketing Manager for Vertex, Inc. overseeing marketing efforts for eCommerce initiatives.  He’s married with three kids and lives in McKinney, Texas, where he is a weekend grill master, college football-addicted guy who sometimes does karaoke when his throat’s not sore and the acoustics are suitable.

Olga Kopylova

Olga Kopylova

Architect, Adobe

Olga has worked at Magento for many years, as a support developer, a core developer, a team lead, a scrum master, a manager, an architect. Besides Magento, she is a believer in the power of habits, a mother, and a traveler when everything else permits.

Oleksandr Kravchuk

Oleksandr Kravchuk

Technical Lead, Vaimo

During his student years, Oleksander decided to join a PHP course based on the R&D center of the Dutch Digital Agency ISM eCompany. The company became his first job in software development and his first exposure to the magento world.

After passing the Magento Developer Plus and Magento 2 Professional Developer Certification exams he started not only to use but also to contribute to the Magento ecosystem. His first pull request to the Magento 2 Open Source project was on the 24th of March, 2018. Quickly, his passion for contribution was recognized and he became a member of the Magento Community maintainers group.

In 2019, he began working as a backend developer at the Middle East branch of Vaimo Group – Vaimo Dubai.

His love for technical challenges has led him to become a contributor to the inventory project and to participate in the development of the in-store pickup feature. In honor of his contributions to the community, he was recognized as one of the top 50 Magento contributors in 2019 and was named a Magento Master in 2020.

Sharon Lambert

Sharon Lambert

EMEA Partner Enablement Program Manager

Sharon started her career and continued working in Advertising Sales and Marketing in London for 16 years leading a team of 45 people. Since moving to Ireland, she has worked in Training and Business Consultancy, created accredited training courses and certifications on the European Qualifications Framework. Since joining Adobe 2.5 years ago, she has found a place in her heart for eCommerce and more importantly, the Magento Community. Working in a diverse company such as Adobe which promotes and appreciates uniqueness and difference, you feel compelled to challenge your own bias and think outside the box.

Oleksandr Lyzun

Oleksandr Lyzun

Magento Technical Lead, comwrap

Oleksandr Lyzun is the Magento Technical Team Lead at comwrap and joined the company in 2015. In the last 12 years of working with Magento he developed, led and put live numerous Magento projects. As Magento Community Maintainer, Magento DevDocs Maintainers and Magento Master 2019/2020, he works with passion and love on various Magento Community projects. His passion is to work on complex Magento projects, to provide tailored solutions to the digital challenges of e-commerce customers.

Carrie Mann

Carrie Mann

Partner Marketing at Vertex Inc.

At Vertex Inc., Carrie Mann supports all e-commerce partnerships from a marketing perspective including Salesforce, Big Commerce, Magento and several System Integrators. In her role as a partner marketer, she works to drive new business and create joint opportunities through co-marketing activities like e-books, events, webinars, and whitepapers. Prior to this position, Carrie served as a PR and Social Media specialist and managed the corporate social media channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She received her undergraduate from Bloomsburg University.

Jamie Maria Schouren

Jamie Maria Schouren

Chief Strategy Officer

Jamie Maria is addicted to e-commerce, in love with code and her mind bound to business. Driven by the urge for innovation she fights with the aim to improve the online world around her. Starting as a native app developer who jumped into e-commerce, she co-founded DEITY, with which she is on a mission to spark an online revolution to evolve web technologies to the use of new architectures and PWA solutions.

Ben Marks

Ben Marks

Magento Evangelist at Adobe

Ben Marks is a seasoned community engagement specialist with hundreds of public and online presentations across six continents. He uses strategic insight and empathy to understand, inform, and strategically engage both a worldwide ecosystem and the internal stakeholders who serve them.

Igor Miniailo

Igor Miniailo

Chief Architect, Magento, an Adobe Company


Igor has been working for Magento for the last 9 years. He designed such functionality as Magento 2 Search, Async operations, and the new inventory architecture. He has also been involded in Magento 2 Service Contracts and performance optimizations. Currently, he works with the Community Engineering team and considers it to be a great opportunity to bring Magento to another level, because it helps keep “the door open” for the Community’s contributions and ideas. Igor specifically leads the Multi-Source Inventory (MSI) project, which introduces a brand new approach for inventory management with support for multi stock functionality. MSI is the biggest community project released in Magento 2 so far.

Marsha Naidoo

Marsha Naidoo

Event Host, MageMojo

Marsha has been a driving force in the Magento community for six years and works with MageMojo. In that time she has attended and supported numerous Magento events. She is the host and organiser of Meet Magento New York, is active in the Magento Association and has worked and spoken internationally. Her motivation includes strengthening the Magento community and helping others to get the most from community interaction and events.

Patrick Neu

Patrick Neu

Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships at Avalara

Patrick started his career with Avalara in 2013.  While there, Patrick has tackled various roles such as sales, partner management, and product strategy.  He has an extensive background in transactional tax and application to cloud business systems for SMB and Enterprise companies.  For the past four years, Patrick has been focused on the eCommerce space and currently manages Avalara’s Magento partnership and strategy. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Washington. When he’s not talking tax compliance, you will find Patrick skiing or traveling. 

Sveta Oksen

Sveta Oksen

CEO & CTO, MexBS

Sveta started her Magento Development career back in 2010. After seven years of Magento development and consulting experience, in 2017, she started her own Magento extensions company named Mexbs.

Pete Olanday

Pete Olanday

Retail Practice Leader

Pete Olanday has 23 years of experience in system integration, with 18 of those in the Retail space. He has helped national and international clients implement automated solutions for indirect tax in their Point-of-Sales (POS) and E-Commerce channels. Prior to joining Vertex Consulting, Pete worked for an international home furnishings retailer, managing their POS platform.

David "Psy" Deppner

David "Psy" Deppner

CEO / Founder, Psyberware

David is the CEO/Founder of Psyberware, specializing in advanced PPC advertising for Magento merchants. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience, marketing businesses online. He spent nearly a decade growing revenue as head of IT and Ecommerce at a mid-sized Magento merchant. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Business Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Jisse Reitsma

Jisse Reitsma

Dvlpr

Owner of Yireo, trainer of frontend & backend developers, three times Magento Master, board member of ExtDN, fan of React and Vue, organizer of MageTestFest and Reacticon.

Kristof Ringleff

Kristof Ringleff

Founder and Lead Developer at Fooman

Kristof is the founder of Fooman, an extension provider trusted by agencies and merchants in more than 160 countries. He's been coding Magento since its first release and has developed 15+ free and commercial extensions to simplify administration, save time and money when using Magento. Fooman is a founding member of ExtDN, a network of like minded extension developers to make it easier for merchants and agencies alike to find great extensions for their projects.

Kristof is a certified Magento Developer Plus and enjoys contributing to community discussions, mostly via Twitter and Magento Stack Exchange. He runs the local Meetup group in Auckland, New Zealand.

Talesh Seeparsan

Talesh Seeparsan

talesh@bit79.ca

Talesh started working with Magento in the confusing early days of Magento Beta. Over the last 10 years he has transitioned into a role of Consulting Magento Architect working with companies to direct (and occasionally rescue) their Magento projects.

All throughout his 20 years working with web application development Talesh has also held a keen interest in the security issues. Given the recent renewed interest in web application security Talesh has started evangelizing defensive development practices and helping teams build defensive Magento sites. Some of that manifests in the security podcast at magedef.com

Beth Shero

Beth Shero

Co-founder & COO, Shero Commerce

Beth is the COO and co-founder of Shero Commerce. Beth has a background in graphic design, UX/UI, and has been working with eCommerce and web application development for over 10 years. Her specialty is helping clients find the best eCommerce solutions to maximize their sales, and helping the Shero team achieve their goals. Beth is a Magento Solutions Specialist, that can assemble any eCommerce project from start to finish, addressing everything in between.

Fahd Siddiqui

Fahd Siddiqui

Senior Manager, Magento Data Services, Adobe

Fahd Siddiqui is the Senior Manager of SaaS Architecture at Magento, an Adobe Company. He has previously worked in Cloudera where he worked on Cloudera's SaaS products, such as Altus and Director. He has been fundamentally involved in creating EmoDB, an open-source data store on top of Cassandra. His primary interests are in highly scalable and distributed systems. He holds a master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

Jared Smith

Jared Smith

Head Of Sales, ShipperHQ

Jared heads up Sales at ShipperHQ and has worked in eCommerce for the past 6 years, with previous stops at an eCommerce platform, Development Agency and Omni-Channel ERP. This experience really helps him to understand a merchant’s entire tech stack and end to end processes.

Stephen Stark

Stephen Stark

CEO, ITG Commerce

Steve is the Founder & CEO of ITG Commerce, and since 2012 has focused on delivering high-quality Commerce solutions on the Magento Platform from their offices in Chapel Hill, NC and Budapest, Hungary. 

Tink Taylor

Tink Taylor

Co-Founder & President, dotdigital

Tink is Founder & President of dotdigital Group PLC (founded in 1999). He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of digital communications and has introduced digital marketing to companies large & small.          

Tink has been pivotal in the development of digital marketing since its outset in both the UK the USA and in APAC.

He first launched dotdigital in the US at the back end of 2012 and later took dotdigital to APAC in 2015.

He is currently a strategic advisor to dotdigital and the Plc Board. Tink constantly strives to help individual organizations, and the industry as a whole, to develop & progress, acting as a serial tech advisor and investor outside of dotdigital.  In 2018 Tink was invited to judge the UK Tech Founder and Great British Entrepreneur Awards along with the ANA ECHO awards in the USA

Melissa Thobe

Melissa Thobe

Senior Product Manager

Melissa Thobe has been working on enhancing the consumer’s shopping journey with Klarna on key ecommerce platforms for the past 4 years. As an avid shopper and technologist herself, she is passionate about optimizing the experience not only for consumers but also for the implementers of the services ensuring a smoooth experience through the entire Klarna process.

Ferenc Varga

Ferenc Varga

CTO, ITG Commerce

Ferenc is the CTO of ITG Commerce.  He is a 4x certified Magento Developer and has developed and architected solutions in Magneto for over a decade.  Ferenc's passion is exploring where progressive web apps and marketplace opportunities can take ITG’s clients.

James Volz

James Volz

Product Marketing at Sift

As a product marketer at Sift, James is focused on bringing products to market that promote digital trust and safety—giving companies an edge on fraudsters and competitors. Prior to joining Sift, James did product marketing in the sales enablement software space

Mark William Lewis

Mark William Lewis

Founder & CTO, Netalico

Mark brings with him over 15 years of web development expertise and over 8 years of eCommerce development experience working with Magento, Shopify, and WordPress design. Prior to founding Netalico, Mark worked for multiple web development agencies, startups, Hewlett Packard and NASA.

Kyle Wong

Kyle Wong

CEO & Cofounder, Pixlee

Kyle Wong is the CEO and co-founder of Pixlee – the leading user-generated content and influencer marketing platform. Pixlee helps brands scale authentic content for digital commerce. Kyle works with over a thousand community-driven brands including Michael's, Alo Yoga, Morphe Cosmetics, Cole Haan, and is a member of the AdCouncil’s Leadership Council in addition to Forbes 30 under 30.