CFUnited 2005 Speakers

Charlie Arehart

A veteran ColdFusion developer and troubleshooter since 1997, Charlie Arehart is a longtime contributor to the community and a recognized Adobe Community Expert. He's now an independent consultant providing troubleshooting/tuning assistance and training/mentoring for CF teams of all sizes and experience levels (carehart.org/consulting). A certified Advanced CF Developer and Instructor for CF 4 thru 8, he also runs the Online ColdFusion Meetup (coldfusionmeetup.com, an online CF user group), and is a contributor to each of the 3-volume series ColdFusion 8 WACK books by Ben Forta. A member of the Adobe Customer Advisory Board for ColdFusion and with 26+ years in IT, he's frequently invited to speak to developer conferences and user groups worldwide.

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John Paul Ashenfelter

John Paul Ashenfelter is CTO of TransitionPoint.com, where he builds web-based business applications using a mix of open source tools, ColdFusion, and Java. He has been the technical lead on a number of ColdFusion projects for startups as well as regularly serving as an architect for existing ColdFusion sites converting to Fusebox. A ColdFusion developer since version 2.0, John Paul has written several books covering ColdFusion, contributed articles to CFDJ, and spoken at several ColdFusion conferences.

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Selene Bainum

Selene Bainum is a Senior Web Developer with INPUT, the source for government market intelligence. Selene has 9 years of HTML and database experience. She has been developing with ColdFusion since version 1.5 (1996). She uses her knowledge of web technologies to design and develop enterprise web applications from the ground up. Over the years, she has created numerous practical and creative applications to meet the needs of many different organizations. These applications include fully functional e-commerce web sites, dynamic content management systems, an automated software fulfillment system and a Board of Directors Extranet for a Fortune 500 company. Selene has been very active in the ColdFusion community by being a member of Team Macromedia, contributing articles to the ColdFusion Developer's Journal and maintaining a ColdFusion tutorial site, WebTricks.com. She also co-authored two ColdFusion books for Sybex: Mastering ColdFusion MX and the ColdFusion MX Developer's Handbook.

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Jo Belyea-Doerrman

As a Web Applications Consultant, Jo Belyea-Doerrman designs, implements, integrates and manages Internet/Intranet projects for both commercial and government clients. She has over 6 years experience with Cold Fusion. Jo has extensive experience as a Project Manager with international Content Management web sites. These projects have included dynamic web sites that deliver language specific content based on the users IP address. Many may know her as a speaker at the Maryland CF User Group (MD-CFUG) and other developer conferences over the past three years. She frequently teaches Cold Fusion and other web development technologies to beginning through advanced users.

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Vince Bonfanti (New Atlanta Communications)

Vince Bonfanti is president and co-founder of New Atlanta Communications,and has successfully brought three generations of web-scripting languages to market since 1995:

Lasso - A cgi-based web-scripting language and runtime for publishing FileMaker Pro databases. Lasso was sold to Claris (now FileMaker, Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, in March of 1997 - becoming the FileMaker Pro 4.0 Web Companion. Over ten million licenses of FileMaker Pro have been sold since its initial release.

ServletExec - A server-side Java based web-scripting language and runtime that implements the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages (JSP) APIs.

BlueDragon - A ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) runtime with native deployment and integration capabilities on both the Microsoft .NET and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platforms.

Vince also authored "blueprints", a regular column featured in the ColdFusion Developer's Journal (CFDJ). A charter member of Sun's Java Servlet and JSP Expert Groups, Vince has been a JavaOne speaker and a contributor to Java trade magazines and online publications. Vince has also been a featured speaker at CFML-based conferences as well as at local ColdFusion User Groups around the country.

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Tim Buntel

Tim Buntel is the Sr. Product Manager for ColdFusion at Macromedia, Inc. In addition to his role on the product team, he is a frequent international lecturer, teacher, and writer about Macromedia technology.

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Raymond Camden

Raymond Camden is the VP of Software Development for BroadChoice Inc. A long time ColdFusion user, Raymond has worked on numerous ColdFusion books including the ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and has contributed to the Fusion Authority Quarterly Update and the ColdFusion Developers Journal. He also presents at conferences and contributes to online webzines. He founded many community web sites including CFLib.org, ColdFusionPortal.org, ColdFusionCookbook.org and is the author of open source applications, including the popular BlogCFC blogging application. Raymond can be reached at his blog or via email at ray (at) camdenfamily.com. He is the happily married proud father of three kids and is somewhat of a Star Wars nut.

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Adam Churvis

Adam Churvis is a database and scalability specialist with over twenty years of software industry experience in many languages and database platforms. He is the founder and President of Productivity Enhancement, a full-service consulting, training, load testing, and commercial software development firm which is entering its ninteenth year in business. Productivity Enhancement is also the parent company of ColdFusionTraining.com and CommerceBlocks.com. Adam is the principal author of the book "The ColdFusion MX Bible" from Wiley, and has served both as President and as a board member of the Atlanta ColdFusion User Group, and he enjoys speaking at other CFUGs as well. Adam is a member of Team Macromedia. Adam has a wife whom he worships, three children, three cats, and lots and lots of computers. He can be reached at either adam@ProductivityEnhancement.com or 770-446-8866.

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David Churvis

David Churvis is a software development specialist who got his start in object oriented programming at the age of 8. He has worked in HyperCard, SuperCard, FutureBasic, CFML, VTML/WIZML, Transact/SQL, PL/SQL, Delphi, C++, C#, JavaScript, VBScript, and DHTML. David is Vice President of Development for Productivity Enhancement, and is the chief programmer behind the CommerceBlocks line of modular ColdFusion development tools; LoRCAT, the Load Reduction and Concentration Analysis Tool for ColdFusion; and Plum, the Practical Lightweight Universal Methodology. David is also a co-author of The ColdFusion MX Bible. David can be reached at david@productivityenhancement.com, or 770-446-8866.

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Sandy Clark

Sandra Clark, an advanced Macromedia Certified ColdFusion developer, is a Senior Software Developer with the Constella Group in Bethesda, Maryland. She has contributed material to the ColdFusion 5.0 Certified Developer Study Guide published by Syngress Media/Osborne McGraw Hill and to the ColdFusion Developers Journal. She has also spoken at various CFUGS and ColdFusion User Conferences around the country. Sandra is an active proponent of applying accepted and proven web standards to development as a way of improving accessibility as well as making life easier on developers. She can be reached at sclark@constellagroup.com. Sandra also maintains a website and blog at http://www.shayna.com, where she shares information on CSS, Accessibility, Fusebox, Coldfusion and also offers training classes.

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Joey Coleman

Joey Coleman is the founder and Creative Principal of Blue J Marketing & Design. Blue J provides imaginative ideas and imagery to clients throughout North America. Its service offerings include marketing strategy consulting/coaching, creativity training, graphic design, brand identity building, and web design. As a former attorney, Joey's clients benefit from his creative thought process as well as his business and legal acumen. Prior to starting Blue J, Joey practiced criminal defense law in Iowa and taught executive education courses in Western Massachusetts. He served as Associate Director at the Corporate Executive Board (NASDAQ: EXBD) where he was responsible for securing consulting engagements with clients including Delta Airlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, and Phillips Electronics N.A. Joey has a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor's degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves on the George Washington University Law School Alumni Board and the Board of Directors for the Washington Men's Camerata.

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Damon Cooper

Damon Cooper is director of engineering for ColdFusion at Macromedia. Cooperled the ColdFusion team through the recent ColdFusion MX 7release, and was previously director of quality assurance for ColdFusion. Hejoined Allaire in 1998 and, at the company, founded the consulting group, created the performance analysis & tuning consulting engagement and courseware, and built the enterprise lab. He has led the quality, performance, and delivery of ColdFusion4.5 SP1 & SP2, ColdFusion 5, and ColdFusion MX 7. Cooper also held previous positions at Powersoft/Sybase, Aetna, and EDS.

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Sean Corfield

Sean Corfield Sean is currently Chief Technical Officer for Railo US. He has worked in IT for over twenty five years, starting out writing database systems and compilers then moving into mobile telecoms and finally into web development in 1997. Along the way, he worked on the ISO and ANSI C++ Standards committees for eight years and is a staunch advocate of software standards and best practice. Sean has championed and contributed to a number of CFML frameworks and was lead developer on Fusebox for two years. This will be Sean's sixth time as a CFUNITED speaker!

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Alexandru COSTIN (InterAKT Online)

Alexandru is President of Products Division with InterAKT Online. He is proficient in several web programming languages, including Java, PHP and ColdFusion, and led several consulting projects to success. For Macromedia, he was in charge with the development of the ColdFusion MX 7 and the PHP5 support in Dreamweaver. Currently, he is in charge with researching and designing the new line of software products for InterAKT Online, and defining the company's philosophy. MX Kollection 3, a professional suite of Dreamweaver extensions, is his most recent success in the attempt to improve the way developers and designers develop web applications. Alexandru is an active contributor to Dreamweaver forums and other developer communities and is a writer for the MXDJ and CFDJ magazines, and he keeps a blog with InterAKT insights and tales from web conferences.

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Andrew Coupe

Andrew Coupe has over 20 years experience as a developer and architect. He came to Microsoft in 1992 as part of the Fox Software acquisition. From 92 to 2000 he was the developer evangelist for the Mid-Atlantic district. He worked with both large and small accounts, ISVs, and user groups to champion the Microsoft dev platform.. During this time, he consulted with many large companies in the Mid-Atlantic on developing large distributed applications. He also frequently presented at conferences, user groups, and seminars on architecting n-Tier based systems. In 2000, he left Microsoft and partnered with Roger Sessions to create a one week class on architecting .NET applications. He spent about 2 years working as an architect for a consulting organization in Baltimore before returning to Microsoft in 03 as Account Technical Specialist in the Financial Services Group. Until January 05 Andrew worked for Microsoft Consulting Services as an Enterprise Strategy Consultant. He is currently a technical specialist with East Region ISV team.

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Joshua Cyr

Joshua is the CTO of Savvy Software, Inc. a company specializing in ColdFusion based Web Content Management technologies (www.besavvy.com). Joshua has been a Team Allaire Member (before Macromedia) and a developer of ColdFusion applications since 1995 (version 1.5!). Previous to Savvy Software Joshua was technology lead at Harbour Light Strategic Marketing (www.harbourlight.com). In Joshua's spare time he teaches an introductory business course at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics (http://wsbe.unh.edu/), and serves on the board of local non-profit organizations. While Joshua has yet to author a ColdFusion book, his name can be found in a couple of them, which makes his mother quite proud.

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Michael Dinowitz

Michael Dinowitz has been programming in ColdFusion since early 1995 and it doesn't look like he's stopping any time soon. His accomplishments include: President and Head of RT&T (Research, Training & TroubleShooting) at House of Fusion, a ColdFusion consulting shop; Hosting the high volume CF-Talk list (as well as others) out of House of Fusion (www.houseoffusion.com); Publishing Fusion Authority, the House of Fusion Technical Magazine (www.fusionauthority.com); and many more activities that strengthen and advance the ColdFusion community.

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Jason Dowdell

Jason Dowdell is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Marketing Shift blog focused on advertising and marketing's shift from analog to digital media. He's also founder of Global Promoter and Turbo Promoter recently purchased by Websourced. As Websourced's only consulting engineer Jason leads the technology team at KeywordRanking. He interviews well known advertising executives and entrepreneurs providing a behind the scenes peek at online marketing.

Jason frequently speaks at conferences throughout the country. He's a writer whose work is syndicated by many well-known marketing sites and has been discussed on Slashdot, LockerGnome, TheInquirer, SearchEngineLowdown, SearchEngineWatch and many others.

Jason resides in Merritt Island, Florida with his wife Shannon and their two beautiful daughters, Piper and Finley.

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Steve Drucker

Steve Drucker is the CEO of Fig Leaf Software, a Macromedia Premier consulting and training partner with offices in Washington DC, Atlanta GA, and Chicago, IL. Steve has been developing enterprise-scale applications with ColdFusion for seven years in both the public and private sector. He a also Macromedia Certified Master Instructor for ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, Breeze, and Flash MX. In his spare time, Steve likes to write about the humor and psychosis that often permeates the software development lifecycle. Steve holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Maryland, College Park.

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G. Andrew Duthie

G. Andrew Duthie is the .net Developer Evangelist for Microsoft's Mid-Atlantic district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the .net development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC). Andrew can be reached through his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/gduthie/.

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David Epler

David Epler, an advanced Macromedia Certified ColdFusion MX Developer, is a Senior Software Developer with Constella Group in Frederick, MD. David has an extensive background building web based applications in the corporate world using ColdFusion, Perl and Java solely on Unix/Linux operating systems. During the BlueDragon 6.1 beta, David focused on making sure FB4 would run on BD including writing detailed patches to fix issues.

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Ben Forta (Adobe Systems Inc.)

Ben Forta is Adobe's Senior Product Evangelist, and has over two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit.

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Shlomy Gantz (BlueBrick)

Shlomy Gantz is the President and founder of BlueBrick Inc. He has over a decade of management experience in the hi-tech industry, and an extensive background in application development, database integration and project management. He works with Fortune 500 companies around the world. He frequently presents in technology and management conferences and various user groups across US and Europe.

Prior to founding BlueBrick, Mr. Gantz was a Senior Consultant for Computer Horizons, working for some of the nation's major airlines. Mr. Gantz was also the co-founder and vice president of technology for CoreActive ACG, a leading provider of web based solutions.

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Critter Gewlas

Tired of working with just chimpanzees, Critter decided to leave NASA in the early 70's. Wanting the interaction of people he took a job as a bagger at Publix. He spent 25 great years there and even became head bagger during his last year! After retiring from Publix, Critter decided to try his hand at programming. He had heard wonderful things about it, and the thought of sitting at a desk all day (after standing for 25 years) was terribly inviting!

Critter trained and worked in England for a year before heading back to conquer the States. After dabbling with VB,ASP and the sorts, he stumbled on ColdFusion and fell in love. She was beautiful.. everything he was looking for... and she only became better with time. She always did what he told her.. sometimes she would squabble a bit.. but she did help to show him the err of his ways. His relationship with her was noticed by several companies, and because of the way he worked with her... he was offered several jobs. Because of their work with sattelite imagery, he chose to work with TerraVerge. Critter & ColdFusion went on to develop applications used by the military, national realestate companies, and mom & pop. TerraVerge was acquired by First American Title Company in 2004. Critter & ColdFusion continue in their their beautiful relationship with the new company... and so far it looks like they will live happily ever after.

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Mark Gorkin

Mark Gorkin, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, an international speaker, syndicated writer and recent author of Practice Safe Stress: The Art of Healing and Laughing in the Face of Stress, Burnout & Depression and The Four Faces of Anger: Transforming Anger, Rage and Conflict Into Inspiring Attitude and Behavior. Mark is a "Motivational Humorist" for corporate clients/conferences with the DC Improv Comedy Club and is also America Online's "Online Psychohumorist" ™ (Keyword: Stress Doc). The Doc runs his weekly "Shrink Rap and Group Chat" on AOL/Digital City DC Stress Chat . See his multi-award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite" -- www.stressdoc.com Stress Doc homepage (recently cited as workplace resource in a National Public Radio feature on "Bad Bosses"). Email for his monthly newsletter recently showcased on List-a-Day.com. For more info on the Doc's "Practice Safe Stress" programs, email stressdoc@aol.com or call 202-232-8662.

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Dean Harmon

Dean has been with Macromedia (formerly Allaire) since January of 2001. He joined Allaire working on HomeSite and ColdFusion Studio. Currently working on ColdFusion Server, he is the architect for the ColdFusion Report Builder. When not at Macromedia, Dean enjoys playing World of Warcraft on Lightbringer and spending time with his wife and three children.

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Hal Helms (Hal Helms Inc)

Hal Helms is a well-known speaker/writer/strategist on software development issues. Hal has a monthly column in "ColdFusion Developer's Journal" and has written and contributed to several books. His latest book is "Discovering CFCs" available at www.techspedition.com. Hal holds training sessions on Java, ColdFusion, and software development processes. He is the author of the popular "Occasional Newsletter" series. For more information, contact him at hal@techspedition.com or see his website, www.halhelms.com.

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Lou Honick

Mr. Honick is Chief Executive Officer of HostMySite.com. He co-founded HostMySite with business partner and Chief Technology Officer Neil Heuer in 1997. Lou created HostMySite.com as a remedy for dissatisfaction with the poor customer service he received from Web hosting companies who were in charge of their websites. Honick has grown HostMySite.com from a two-man operation to one of the top Web Hosting companies, serving over 60,000 customers in 130 countries and employing over 200 professionals in Newark, Delaware.

A graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Honick started his career as a consultant at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). A decade later, Honick works to ensure that HostMySite.com continues to flourish and uphold its core value; that great customer service builds a great business. Lou speaks and blogs extensively about the importance customer service to contemporary business.

Honick and HostMySite, have received numerous awards. Lou was honored with the 2004 SBA Delaware Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and included on Inc. Magazine's 'Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30' list in 2006. In addition HostMySite has received consecutive Marvin S. Gilman Award of Excellence in 2004 and 2005, two placements on Inc. Magazine's Annual Inc. 500 List of the Nation's Fastest-growing Private Companies and multiple rankings on the Philadelphia 100 list of the Fastest-growing, Privately-held Companies in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Additionally, Honick serves as President of Digital Delaware, a local technology trade association. Lou, his wife and children live in Newark, DE

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Simon Horwith

Simon Horwith has been designing web-enabled enterprise applications for over a decade and is the CTO at Nylon Technology, a New York City based software development company. As a hands-on IT Executive and journalist, he observes, predicts, and offers commentary on trends in technology. As a developer, he enjoys facing the challenges associated with creating tomorrow's software today. Simon is an Adobe Certified Master Instructor, is a Member of the Adobe Community Expert Program, and served as Editor-in-Chief of ColdFusion Developer's Journal for several years. In addition to managing the New York Flex User Group and presenting at user groups and conferences around the world, Simon has also been a contributing author of several books and technical papers. You can read his blog at http://www.horwith.com.

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Jeff Houser

Jeff Houser is owner of DotComIt, a full service web-consulting firm, based out of Connecticut. He is a certified ColdFusion developer and has been dealing with computers for over 20 years. He currently writes a column in the ColdFusion Developer's Journal and is the manager of the Hartford Connecticut Macromedia Use Group. He authored 3 books, including ColdFusion: The Complete Reference. He also owns a recording studio and has been recording music for more than 12 years.

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Tom Jordahl (Adobe)

Tom Jordahl is a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe and is currently working on the LiveCycle Data Services and BlazeDS team. Before making the jump to Flex and Data Services, Tom was the lead architect for ColdFusion 8 and over the past 11 years at Allaire/Macromedia/Adobe has designed and/or implemented a wide variety of features in both the original C++ and Java versions of ColdFusion. He was a core team member on the JRun 4.0 and Apache Axis 1.x development teams and was the Adobe representative on the W3C WSDL 2.0 working group. Tom is a member of the Apache Software foundation and serves on the Project Management Committee (PMC) of the Apache Web Service project. Prior to joining Allaire in 1997, he worked at the Open Software Foundation (OSF) on the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) and the OSF/1 UNIX operating system. Tom blogs about Data Services, BlazeDS, Web Services and ColdFusion a http://tjordahl.blogspot.com/

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Jeremy Kadlec

Jeremy Kadlec is the Chief Technology Officer at Edgewood Solutions, a technology services company delivering full spectrum Microsoft SQL Server services in North America. Jeremy contributes to MSSQLTIPS.com, which is a SQL Server focused web site from Edgewood Solutions. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and white papers on various SQL Server topics, serves as an "Ask the Expert" at www.SearchSQLServer.com and delivers frequent presentations at regional SQL Server Users Groups and nationally at SQL PASS. Jeremy is the President of the Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group. He is the author of The Rational Guide to IT Project Management which has been well received in the IT community. Jeremy holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Jeremy can be reached at 410.591.4683 and/or jeremyk (at) edgewoodsolutions.com.

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Chafic Kazoun

Chafic Kazoun is a Senior Flash Developer at B-line Express (http://www.blinex.com), a Washington DC firm that specializes in developing Rich Internet Applications. At B-Line Chafic manages, architects, and develops applications and components. Some of the recent projects he has been involved in include a complete Flash based e-Learning solution, a real-time multi-user clinical testing system, and commercial Flash Charting Components. Clients include George Washington University, the National Education Association, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and others.

Chafic has been actively involved in the Flash community and has presented at numerous conferences including MXDU, MAX, Flash Forward and CFUN. He has also contributed by writing tutorials for Macromedia's DEVNET, ultrashock.com and technical editing for various books by O'Reilly Publishing. He also maintains a blog at http://www.rewindlife.com and is a Team Macromedia Volunteer.

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Adam Wayne Lehman

Adam Lehman is the ColdFusion Specialist at Adobe Systems Incorporated based out of Washington, DC. Prior to joining Adobe, Adam was the Senior Web Engineer for the U.S. Department of State where he managed a team of developers and architected enterprise ColdFusion-based applications. Adam also founded and managed the Department of State Adobe Developer User Group for over two years. His background also includes several years designing and programming e-learning applications for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Adam has been developing web applications specializing in ColdFusion for over a decade. His work has been featured in Macromedia's DRK (Developer Resource Kit) and his other areas of expertise include application security and Oracle database development.

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Tom Link

Tom Link is the CTO of Universal Mind, Inc. He recently joins Universal Mind following over five years at Allaire and Macromedia. As Principal Consultant for Macromedia, Tom has worked onsite with over 100 of Macromedia's (now Adobe's) largest and most strategic customers helping to plan, code, review, tune, and troubleshoot some of the largest and most critical applications in the world based on Adobe server products.

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Melissa Lizmi

Melissa Lizmi is a full-time professor at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, where she teaches web programming and database classes. In fall 2002, Professor Lizmi was the first to bring a data-driven web programming class to Montgomery College with her Introduction to ColdFusion course and has subsequently developed and teaches an Advanced ColdFusion course. Both courses are favorites among MC students. Professor Lizmi is active in the local ColdFusion community and fosters the same activism among her students by running a MC ColdFusion User's Group Discussion Board, taking students on field trips to local CF meetings, and developing and placing students in CF internships.

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Nate Nelson

Nate Nelson is the President and founder of Xententia, Inc., a consulting firm out of Denver Colorado specializes in ColdFusion and database development. Through his career he has worked with several non-profit organizations and commercial corporations to architect applications to address many diverse needs. Nate has contributed to the ColdFusion Developers Journal. He speaks at ColdFusion conferences and is a Co-Manager and regular speaker at the Denver ColdFusion User Group. Nate enjoys sharing knowledge and adventures with both experienced and new developers. You can see his blog at www.natenelson.coldfusionjournal.com or you can reach him by email at nate@xententia.com.

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Mike Nimer

Mike Nimer is a Sr. Consultant with Digital Primates IT Consulting Group. Providing mentoring and development supports for clients around the world. Before joining Digital Primates Mike was a member of the Adobe ColdFusion engineering team. There he was responsible for the integration of Flex 2 with ColdFusion Server as well as many other current features of ColdFusion. Before joining the Adobe engineering team he worked for three years as a senior consultant with the Macromedia consulting group, assisting clients on-site with their architectural planning, code reviews, and performance tuning.

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Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters is a project manager for Operational Technologies Services, an engineering services firm in Northern Virginia. Jeff has been involved in system development and integration for 20 years, starting with the U.S. Air Force back when Ada was the next great language. ("Ada--all the power of C; all the clarity of...C!") He is also the author of several books on ColdFusion and Fusebox, and his articles have appeared in the ColdFusion Developers Journal, Pocket PC Magazine, and the CPCUG Monitor. His blog appears at jeffpeters.coldfusionjournal.com, and he maintains a site for Fusebox resources at www.grokfusebox.com.

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Maxim Porges

Maxim is Lead Software Architect at CFI/Westgate Resorts. He has enjoyed a diverse career leading teams in the design and implementation of a variety of software applications, including online travel, interactive kiosks, client/server chat software, payment processing solutions, and sales and support applications. As an expert developer, Maxim pioneered best practices for integrating the J2EE Spring framework with ColdFusion. He is presently directing the migration of CFI's enterprise applications to a service-oriented architecture utilizing Java, Flex, and ColdFusion technology, and spearheading the cultural switch from procedural to object oriented development for over 70 software development professionals. Maxim is widely recognized as an authority in the Fusebox Lifecycle Process (FLiP), and techniques for effective management of development teams. He has presented at numerous ColdFusion conferences and User Groups across the country, and is Chairman of the IT Advisory Committee for Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL.

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Bogdan Ripa

Bogdan is Founder and Chief Technical Officer at InterAKT Online, where he focuses on designing the company's product suite. He uses his vast experience gathered in over 10 years working in the IT business to create productivity tools for thousands of developers world wide. Even though he had started out as a big adept of “text-only” coding, Rapid Application Development is now his main area of expertise, and he could not imagine the Internet without Dreamweaver. Hands on technique and a personal preference for technical challenges proved to be not only strong personal qualities but also valuable assets for the company. A speaker at many international conferences, Bogdan loves to share his ideas and vision on web development, and spends his free time doing JavaScript wizardry.

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Steve Rittler

Stephen Rittler is the president of Countermarch Systems LLC, a company dedicated to improving alumni relations in higher education through the proper application of CRM tools, social networking and process improvement through technology. His company has developed effective solutions for clients in education, government, publishing and manufacturing. He is a Certified Advanced ColdFusion MX developer and has contributed to the CF community through his writing, leadership of the Philadelphia ColdFusion User Group and presentations on a variety of topics. Steve is a musician at heart but has yet to figure out how to play his saxophone and code at the same time. You can read his blog at http://www.countermarch.com/blog.

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Mike Robey

Mike Robey is a Senior Manager, Information Systems for the American Petroleum Institute. Responsible for the technology group including helpdesk, voice and data, training, backend systems, web sites, and applications development. Been with API since 1988. Prior to joining API was a systems level programmer primarily working with the VMS operating system. Over twenty-five years experience in the Information Technology field. Graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Economics (GPA 4.0). Currently finishing a Master of Science degree in Enterprise Engineering and Policy. Native Northern Virginian and amateur historian.

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Todd Sanders

Todd Sanders is the Cold Fusion User Group manager of Austin where he regularly speaks on and teaches about Cold Fusion programming and web design. Todd's company 086studio delivers engaging, authentic interactive experiences that strengthen communication, drive commerce, and build business for a wide range of clients. And has delivered hundreds of such solutions to a diverse group of companies in industries as varied as retail, technology and entertainment.

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Robi Sen

Robi Sen is currently the vice president of Department13 LLC an IT services company focusing on Fortune 1000 corporations and government organizations. Robi spends most of his time focusing on developing large enterprise scale applications and has spoken extensively on the topics of Enterprise Application Integration and Service Oriented Architectures. Robi has also been a long time contributor to the ColdFusion community and organized the first ever ColdFusion User Conference back in 1998. Since then he has continued to speak and write about ColdFusion, Java, XML, and Web Services.

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Michael Smith (TeraTech)

Michael Smith is the President of TeraTech, a 20-year old Rockville, Maryland consulting company that specializes in web and database development. TeraTech has developed sophisticated data-driven web sites for a wide range of organizations, from corporations to government agencies. In addition to ColdFusion, the TeraTech team also have extensive experience in server tuning, security issues, Flex and SQL. Michael has been programming for over 25 years and has been coding in ColdFusion since version 1.5 twelve years ago. He obtained his MA and BA from Cambridge University, England and graduated in the top 10 of his year. Michael runs the Maryland ColdFusion User Group and organized many very successful CF events including CFUnited with over 800 attendees. Michael volunteers at ByteBack, a non-profit organization provides computer training for unemployed and under-employed inner city residents.

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Geoff Snowman (Microsoft Corporation)

Geoff Snowman is a developer community champion with Microsoft Corporation. He teaches seminars for developers and works with user groups in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia. He also maintains a blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman that lists events for developers in this area. Geoff's been with Microsoft since 2001, working in roles where he assisted customers doing .NET development. Before joining Microsoft, Geoff worked for a Microsoft partner company, where he led teams doing software development. Geoff has over 20 years experience in the computer industry in a variety of technical and managerial roles. Geoff's hobbies include supporting the Baltimore Ravens and passing MCP examinations.

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Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky is a globally-recognized expert on the software development process. His website Joel on Software (www.joelonsoftware.com) is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over thirty languages. With over 340,000 unique visitors a month, Joel on Software is one of the most popular resources for software developers on the web. He has written two books: User Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001) and Joel on Software (Apress, 2004).

In September 2000, together with co-founder Michael Pryor, Joel started Fog Creek Software in New York City. “We created Fog Creek on the simple idea that if we built a company that was a great place to work, we would be able to attract great talent. And once we had great talent, we could succeed at just about any software project we found interesting,” he says. At Fog Creek Software he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams, and CityDesk, an easy-to-use desktop content management system.

Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed the first version of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) as a Program Manager on the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he was a technical manager of a team developing an Internet client used by millions of people every day. He spent the early days of the dotcom boom at Viacom, creating a highly optimized application server used for high traffic websites like MTV.com.

Joel graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) in 1991 with a B.S. and honors in Computer Science. Before college he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.

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Bill Staples

Bill Staples is a long time web enthusiast currently working at Microsoft Corporation as the Group Program Manager for the Internet Information Services (IIS) team. Bill began his involvement with the web community in the early nineties, experimenting with early CGI applications on Apache server and Linux. Over the past ten years he has worked on web technologies running on OS platforms from Solaris to Windows, using dynamic scripting technologies including Cold Fusion, PERL, ASP, and ASP.NET. For the past five years Bill has led the IIS team at Microsoft, including the IIS 5.1, 6.0 and 7.0 projects.

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Jeff Tapper

Jeff Tapper is a Senior Consultant at Digital Primates IT Consulting Group, which focuses on the development of RIAs and empowering clients through mentoring. Jeff has been developing internet-based applications since 1995, for a myriad of clients including Conde Nast, Harley Davidson, Toys R Us, IBM, Dow Jones, American Express and Morgan Stanley. As an Instructor, he is certified to teach all of Adobe's courses on Flex, ColdFusion and Flash development. He has been working with Flex since the earliest alphas of Flex 1, and started his ColdFusion development on CF 1.5. Jeff has written 9 books, and is currently working on his 10th. Among the more recent releases are including "Adobe Flex 3: Training from the Source," and "ColdFusion 7 Web Application Construction Kit Volume 3: Advanced Application Development." Jeff is thrilled to be back speaking at CFUnited again. He has been a speaker at many past CFUnited Events, include CFUnited Europe, earlier this year.

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Kelly Tetterton

Kelly Tetterton is the Technical Lead at Duo Consulting (www.duoconsulting.com) in Chicago and has been designing and programming for the Web since 1993. She spoke at two past Fusebox Conferences as well as last year's CFUnited, and she has also written for the ColdFusion Developer's Journal. She is a Certified Advanced ColdFusion MX Developer with expertise in content management systems and Fusebox methodology.

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Laura Treibick Bennett

Laura Treibick Bennett is Director of Search Marketing at Advanced Media Productions, an 8 year old Web development and Internet marketing company. She is responsible for search engine optimization, search advertising and conversion enhancement services. Over the last 5-years Laura has been involved in a variety of search engine optimization and online advertising projects for and has implemented online marketing strategies for e-commerce, corporate and non-profit Web sites. Laura has also contributed to books on programming for e-commerce, and multimedia development for wireless devices.

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Glenda Vigoreaux (roundpeg)

Glenda Vigoreaux is a Macromedia Certified Master Instructor with over 10 years experience as a technical trainer. She has been teaching Macromedia technologies since 1998. Most of her career has been devoted to technical training, application development and public speaking.

She has a Master of Science degree in Information Systems. She is a certified facilitator and coach in the processes of developing leadership and management skills. Glenda is a featured speaker at Macromedia MAX Conferences, where she won the MAX 2004 speaker competition by receiving outstanding ratings from the attendees of her sessions.

Glenda currently manages the training facility for Roundpeg in Phoenix. Roundpeg is a premier Macromedia Authorized Training Partner that specializes in web development, offering Enterprise, Web, and Wireless solutions.

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Douglas Ward

Doug Ward is a Certified Advanced ColdFusion Developer for The Centech Group, a leading worldwide provider of government Information Technology solutions. Doug has developed large scale, data collection applications for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Doug is an advocate of user-centered, standards-based design, and an enthusiastic practitioner of best-of-breed development methodologies, including Fusebox, and the Agile programming methods. Doug studied English at the University of Pittsburgh and earned an Interactive Multimedia & Website Design Certificate from the George Washington University.

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Dave Watts (FigLeaf)

Dave Watts is the Chief Technology Officer at Fig Leaf Software. Dave founded Fig Leaf Software with Steve Drucker in 1992, and shares Steve's vision of Fig Leaf Software as a world-class development and training company. Dave Watts drives the technology vision and enhances Fig Leaf's competitive edge by developing the company's best practices, covering server configuration, performance tuning, application development, and application deployment. Dave is a recognized expert in the ColdFusion community. He has been developing browser-based applications with ColdFusion since version 1.5. He coauthored the best-selling ColdFusion book, The ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit, first and second editions with Steve Drucker and Ben Forta. Dave and Steve Drucker co-founded the first ColdFusion Users' Group in Washington, DC. He has been the most prolific poster on the CF-Talk mailing list for the last several years, having answered several thousand questions on ColdFusion and related topics. He regularly speaks at industry events, such as Macromedia MAX, and writes articles for various trade publications. As one of the first Macromedia-certified instructors, Dave combines exceptional teaching with course development. He received a perfect score on his ColdFusion MX Certification, and regularly pursues new certifications in other areas of interest. When not developing or teaching for Fig Leaf Software, Dave enjoys playing with new gadgets and technologies. In addition, he has served as an expert witness on IT and Internet issues in Maryland's civil court system.

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Ron West

Ron West is the Director Product Strategy, Professional Services for PaperThin, Inc. a leading Web publishing and content management vendor headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Ron is a certified Advanced ColdFusion Developer and has been working with Web applications for more than 10 years. He is the former manager of the Boston CFUG and a former director of the Rhode Island CFUG. Ron is also an established writer for several industry publications and he presents at CFUGs and conferences around the world.

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