Josh Adams is the Senior System Engineer & ColdFusion Specialist at Adobe Systems Incorporated. In this role, Josh is actively involved with ColdFusion customers and the ColdFusion community. Josh is passionate about ColdFusion and the ColdFusion community: he has presented to User Groups and conferences throughout North America and is a longtime member, past President, and current Director of the Atlanta ColdFusion User Group.
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information. For more than two decades, the company's award-winning technologies and software have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people anywhere at anytime. From rich images in print, video, and film to dynamic digital content for a variety of media, the impact of Adobe solutions is clear to anyone who creates, views, and interacts with information.
Now that Adobe and Macromedia are one company, Adobe is better positioned than ever to push the boundaries of the digital universe. Under the new combined leadership from both Adobe and Macromedia, we're driving even greater innovation with powerful, compelling software solutions that meet the needs of customers and markets ranging from designers and filmmakers, to enterprises and governments, to developers and home users.
Adobe continues to be deeply committed to the ColdFusion product and the long-time, loyal ColdFusion community. Now part of the Adobe product family, a world of new opportunities open up for the future of ColdFusion.
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.
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.
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.
Simeon Bateman is the Director of IT at Business Transitions LLC. He is responsible for all software development and server maintenance. Simeon has been working with ColdFusion daily since version 4.0 and is also the Portland ColdFusion User Group Manager. Simeon considers "community" a priority and as such is a supporter of several OSS projects including ARF!, Reactor, ColdSpring, and Fusebox. Always trying to adventure into untested waters with ColdFusion and Flex, you can keep up with his thoughts on his blog at http://www.simb.net/ blog/.
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.
Thomas Burleson is a Universal Mind principal architect for Flex, Coldfusion, and Java web solutions. With over 20 years development and leadership experience, he has delivered applications and custom business solutions for numerous commerical and vertical markets. He has significant experience with user-interfaces, database and software architectures, product delivery, and technical leadership and mentoring. Most recently he lead the development efforts for the online Flex applications at Sherwin-Williams; now available for public use. He has also lead development efforts to create Flex-based CRM tools for clients in the health and manufacturing markets.
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
Raymond can be reached at his blog
email at ray (at) camdenfamily.com. He is the happily married proud father
of three kids and is somewhat of a Star Wars nut.
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 [email protected]
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nahuel Foronda is a Flex consultant for Universal Mind. He has been creating applications and websites with a focus on Rich Internet Applications using Adobe products for the last six years.
Nahuel will be joined in his presentation by Laura Arguello. Together, they have created web applications featured in several industry festivals such as Flash in the Can and Flash Forward. They have contributed articles to the ColdFusion Developer Journal and the Macromedia Developer Center, participated as speakers at Flash Forward and been judges at the Flash Forward Film Festival. They also maintain a blog, called AS Fusion (http://www.asfusion.com), where they write about ColdFusion, Flex and Flash.
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.
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.
Rob Gonda is the CTO for iChameleon Group and Editor-in-Chief of the AJAX
Developer's Journal. He is an Advanced Certified Coldfusion Developer,
member of the Adobe Community Experts, frequent contributor to the CFDJ and
ADJ, frequent speaker at IT and developer conferences nationwide, co-author
of Real-World Ajax, author of ajaxCFC, holds a BS in computer science and
engineering, an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship, and he
specializes in Rich Internet Applications and object-oriented architecture.
You can reach him at rob[at]robgonda[dot]com and read his blog is at
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 [email protected]
or call 202-232-8662.
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 [email protected]
or see his website, www.halhelms.com.
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.
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
Kurtis D. Leatham is the owner and chief developer for KomputerMan.com, a Cold Fusion application development consulting company based in Boise, Idaho. He has been working in the Information Technology field since 1987 with the last six years exclusively as a CF Consultant. During this time he has designed, developed, and implemented two enterprise wide applications that run the Idaho Real Estate Commission offices and the State of Idaho Public Works Department. He has also performed work for the Central District Health Department of Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and Amkor Technology. Kurtis taught a Relational Database Design course at Boise State University for 3 ½ years.
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.
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.
Jeremy Lund is the manager of the Web Resource Center at University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (http://uuhsc.utah.edu/wrc/). As the manager he coordinates development efforts, designs their web architecture, and in what time is left, develops web applications. He has worked with Internet technologies for over seven years, and enjoys working not only with ColdFusion, Java, and Perl, but also is an advocate of using XHTML and CSS. Jeremy received a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Utah, and is a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 platform.
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 [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
Joe Rinehart has been designing and developing applications based on Adobe products for over ten years. By participating in the Adobe community, blogging and developing open-source development tools like Model-Glue, Joe has built a reputation as a leader in the Adobe development community. Published in magazines such as Dr. Dobbs' Journal and The Fusion Authority Quarterly Update, he's also a regular speaker at technical conferences such as Adobe MAX. Find out more by reading Joe's blog, Firemoss, at www.firemoss.com.
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.
Drew Robbins is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft in the Heartland District. Drew has over 12 years of experience using Microsoft products as both an IT Professional and Application Developer. Before joining Microsoft, Drew was already very active in the developer community on both a local and global level. He served in central Ohio as a Microsoft Regional Director, establishing a major user group and working in several enterprise accounts. Drew was also recognized as a Microsoft MVP for his role in community and expertise in Visual Studio and ASP.NET. Drew involved the global developer community through blogging websites that drove buzz and participation in conferences such as TechEd, PDC and DevDays. Drew is a regular presenter at local and regional events on Microsoft technology and development methodology.
Dave Ross works at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, providing technical expertise in support of the College's educational goals. Dave has spent seven years in the information systems field, primarily involved with software development for the healthcare industry. He also regularly works with CFML, Java, C#, and a variety of other tools and technologies. He is the creator of ColdSpring, a framework for CFCs inspired by the J2EE Spring Framework.
Sarge is a Senior Technical Support Engineer in Adobe Gold Server Support. Prior to the merger, Sarge spent several years as a Senior Consultant for Allaire and Macromedia Consulting Services, and as Senior Product Support Engineer with the Macromedia Call Center and Gold Support teams. Sarge has co-authored and/or tech-edited several books, including the "Advanced Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Application Development" and "Hack Proofing ColdFusion". You can read his blog at www.sargeway.com/blog
Andrew C. Schwabe is currently the President of IEXP Software, LLC and is a veteran CFML developer since 1998. Prior to working with IEXP, Andrew worked for 10 years as the President and Chairman of the Board of Internet Expressions, Inc. He has been the forerunner in developing numerous applications ranging from the free - CFX_RawSocket (a Java Custom Tag for ColdFusion) - to FusionDox (enterprise-level document management). Andrew has been deeply involved in developing many of these applications from the ground up, enhancing and using the ColdFusion platform to its fullest potential. In addition to his extensive ColdFusion experience, Andrew has been recognized in the business community, receiving the coveted Dale Carnegie Highest Achievement Award.
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.
Microsoft speakers are TBA
Our Sponsors would like to show off their demos and products to our audience. This is a great way to get a quick view of some of our sponsors and what they can do. The sponsors participating in this are:
1:30pm - 1:45pm TeraTech
1:50pm - 2:05pm CFDynamics
2:10pm - 2:25pm Webapper
2:30pm - 2:45pm Systems Alliance
2:50pm - 3:05pm Straker Interactive
3:10pm - 3:25pm Joe Danziger
Matthew Stevanus is a Principal Consultant for Universal Mind; an “everything-Adobe” consulting agency and Macromedia Partner. A long-time ColdFusion professional and consultant; Matt has helped hundreds of companies with their ColdFusion applications (one week at a time). He also has years of server administration (Windows and Unix) experience as well as Flex and Flash development experience. Prior to joining Universal Mind, he was an Allaire Professional Services employee and, subsequently, a Macromedia Professional Services employee.
Grant Straker is the founder and Technology Director of Straker Interactive (www.straker.co.nz), a ColdFusion house with offices in Auckland, Sydney and London. Grant is the company’s lead developer and key proponent of product design and innovation. Straker’s flagship product the Shado CMS is an Enterprise Content Management System that is used to power some of the world’s most successful websites including the Webby Award winning www.newzealand.com and www.londonmet.ac.uk, voted best UK University website.
Grant recently presented his CFMX Optimization session at Sydney’s WebDu conference where it was one of the most popular and well received presentations.
Grant is also the author of "The ColdFusion MX Troubleshooting and Tuning Guide". A comprehensive guide to troubleshooting and tuning ColdFusion MX servers and applications.
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.
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.
Nicholas Tunney is an Adobe Certified Advance ColdFusion Developer and has been programming ColdFusion for over 8 years. He is currently Senior Software Architect for AboutWeb, a consulting firm located in Rockville, Maryland. He is also a frequent author for ColdFusion Developer's Journal, wrote and supports objectBreeze - a popular CF ORM API and is an Adobe Certified Instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.