WordCamp Organizers

WordCamp Charleston is a non-profit event, led by a diverse group of volunteers. This conference brings together technology professionals, enthusiasts, vendors and customers to connect with each other and learn about WordPress.

This event is made possible with the support and expertise of the local WordPress community, sponsors, amazing speakers who lend their time and talents and a large pool of volunteers and their generous support.

Karl Hudson Phillips

Karl is an accredited multi-disciplinary designer/developer, project manager, intrepid traveler and voracious reader. He has a passion for pixel perfect design, creative collaboration, jazz and a keen eye for detail.  He serves as a co-organizer or the WordPress Charleston user group.

Mannie Schumpert

Mannie is a web developer and designer who creates custom web solutions with the WordPress platform. A lifelong Charlestonian who transitioned from a career as a music producer, he now works exclusively on the web, making websites, plugins, and applications with WordPress.

He serves as a co-organizer of the WordPress Charleston user group.

Cheryl Smithem

Cheryl Smithem is one of the founders of Charleston PR & Design where her responsibilities include creative direction, public relations planning, crisis communications consultation, social media messaging development and planning, taxonomy and SEO strategy for client websites, and marketing strategy. The firm’s preferred platform is WordPress.

Cheryl is an instigator—which might be why she’s involved with the organizers of Charleston’s 2014 WordCamp. In 2009 she initiated discussions that led to the development of Charleston’s Restaurant Week and South Carolina’s Restaurant Week. She also serves as a member of the Strategic Posse for Parliament, a creative industries economic development taskforce under the aegis of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and New Carolina. She is a workshop presenter for SCORE and the South Carolina Women’s Business Center [Charleston].

Jared W Smith

I’m a very, very busy Web developer based in Charleston, SC. I work with a great team on a highly disruptive real estate Web platform called BoomTown. When I get home from work, my wife Stephanie and I cook dinner and outstanding Web ideas up at our Internet marketing and search engine consultancy, More Caffeine Studio. And if the weather is about to cut loose, I’ve somehow got an eye on that too, letting everybody know about what’s up over at chswx.us and on Twitter at @chswx, the most-followed and fastest local weather social media account in the Charleston metro area.

John Turner

John Turner is founder of SeedProd.com, which builds the Coming Soon Pro plugin for WordPress. He’s an expert web developer turned entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience.

He’s also a Husband, Father and loves Auburn Football.

Zach Schnackel

Zach is a developer at Blue Ion, and specializes in WordPress theme and plugin development with a strong background in utilizing the latest and greatest from HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery.

Andrew Bergstrom

Father, web generalist, Aston Villa supporter, football (soccer) player and coach, Steelers fan, and occasional twitter user.

He serves as a co-organizer or the WordPress Charleston user group.