Speakers

Alex Juchniewicz

Scrum Master
cPanel, Inc.

Alex Juchniewicz

Scrum Master
cPanel, Inc.

I am a Scrum Master at cPanel where I help facilitate development teams. I am originally from California but now live with my beautiful wife in Katy, TX. Before cPanel I spent a number of years in the WordPress space at several hosting companies including Pagely and Pantheon supporting clients, figuring out how they use it for their business needs. Huge movie buff, working out, talking business and startups. You can find me and talk to me anytime, glad to be here.

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Andrew Jacob Pietila

Tech Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

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Andrew Jacob Pietila

Tech Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

Always the tinkerer, looking for new tricks to the world surrounding.

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Bart Mekkes

Channel Sales and Product Specialist
Patchman

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Bart Mekkes

Channel Sales and Product Specialist
Patchman

benny Vasquez

Manager of Community Engagement
cPanel, Inc.

benny Vasquez

Manager of Community Engagement
cPanel, Inc.

scripter, crafter, cPanel Community Manager. Facilitating communication between cPanel’s amazing development team, and cPanel’s amazing community.

Christopher McGuire

Owner & Head Web Dude
WSO.host

Christopher McGuire

Owner & Head Web Dude
WSO.host

I began hosting web sites in 1995. I’m originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area. I graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a masters in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science and I’m still a resident of State College, PA (home of PSU). I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was a kid. I’ve done everything from selling bubble gum on the school bus to selling golf balls on the local golf course to running a small recording studio to drumming in several bands to doing graphic design for print and promotion. But mostly I’ve spent the last 22 years running a small full service web hosting company. I started providing cPanel based hosting to my customers around 2008. I am a husband, a father of two, a step-father of two, a huge hockey fan and a home office survivor…so far. https://WSO.host

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Cory McIntire

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

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Cory McIntire

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Good guy

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Carlos Solari

VP, Cyber Security Services
Comodo

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Carlos Solari

VP, Cyber Security Services
Comodo

Carlos Solari is an experienced operational leader in IT and cyber security serving in critical roles for industry and the US government. With 22+ years serving in some of these most interesting places and times, Carlos has a wealth of insights and some of the most interesting stories about the inner workings of government at the highest levels that he uses in teaching environments. In the private sector, there is an equally interesting resume starting with his new role as VP, Cyber Security Services at Comodo leading efforts to expand on a growing Managed Security Services (MSS) line of business. His travels supporting clients around the world and the fact that he was born in Colombia provide for a broad perspective of the different cultures that make up business, government and the field of global IT and cyber security operations. Carlos is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, BS in Biology, and the Naval Postgraduate School, MS in Systems Technologies.

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Chip Ware

Product Owner
cPanel, Inc.

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Chip Ware

Product Owner
cPanel, Inc.

Dominic Lüechinger

Head of Software Engineering
cyon.ch

Dominic Lüechinger

Head of Software Engineering
cyon.ch

Working as software engineer in the web hosting industry for almost 10 years. Responsible for integration and automation of the web hosting infrastructure. Cares about the inner workings of the web stack. Interested in server technologies, information security and loving unicorns.

Dustin Scherer

UI Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Dustin Scherer

UI Developer
cPanel, Inc.

The year was 1985. The spring had come, and Lá Fhéile Pádraig was not quite upon them. On that day, a child was born who would change the world. Dustin … is not that child. Dustin is just a UI developer trying to make the internet a better place. npm install -g dustin-scherer

David Snead

General Counsel
cPanel, Inc.

David Snead

General Counsel
cPanel, Inc.

David Snead is the General Counsel for cPanel – the largest web hosting automation company. He is responsible for cPanel’s global legal operations and is a member of the company’s management team. David has provided advice and counsel to technology companies since 1995 beginning with a practice based on technology exports. Since 1999, his practice has focused exclusively on the Internet infrastructure industry. In 2011 he co-founded the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2Coalition), an advocacy organization for the Internet infrastructure industry. He manages the group’s global public policy portfolio and is Chairman of the Board. David received his J.D. in 1991 from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. in 1987 in International Affairs from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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Eric Ellis

Vice President of Customer Experience
cPanel, Inc.

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Eric Ellis

Vice President of Customer Experience
cPanel, Inc.

Felipe Gasper

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Felipe Gasper

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

I’ve worked on cPanel now for 8 years, developing and maintaining diverse aspects of the product from the UI to core backend logic.

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Forest Dean Kistner

QA Anaylst
cPanel, Inc.

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Forest Dean Kistner

QA Anaylst
cPanel, Inc.

I have worked in cPanel technical support for over 4 years now and am a level 2 analyst.

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Gillian Piggott

Customer Service Representative
cPanel, Inc.

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Gillian Piggott

Customer Service Representative
cPanel, Inc.

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Igor Seletskiy

CEO, Founder
CloudLinux

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Igor Seletskiy

CEO, Founder
CloudLinux

CloudLinux is on a mission to make Linux secure, stable, and profitable, and Igor Seletskiy is at the helm of this undertaking. He is the CEO and founder of the company, and an innovator responsible for the strategic direction of the company and all products within the CloudLinux brand. Igor is an accomplished technology guru focusing on Linux, kernel development, and the hosting industry. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and has a successful track record of more than 15 years of delivering innovative products to market.

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Julian Brown

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

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Julian Brown

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

I was born in Upstate New York, not New York City. I moved to Texas as soon as I could and have been here now for about 30 years. I have been a Boy Scout leader for nearly 15 years and have 2 sons who are Eagle Scouts. I work for cPanel as a developer on Team Honey Badger. I have been programming for decades and love the daily challenge it provides. I have worked on EA4, PHP-FPM, Backups and other projects for cPanel.

Jennifer Doubrava

Documentation Manager
cPanel, Inc.

Jennifer Doubrava

Documentation Manager
cPanel, Inc.

I’ve worked at cPanel for 9 years, starting in Enkompass support before moving into development and the documentation department. In another life, I was a system administrator for 15 years in multiple corporate environments… I prefer cPanel life!

Jennifer Garcia

Customer Service Representative
cPanel, Inc.

Jennifer Garcia

Customer Service Representative
cPanel, Inc.

cPanel Customer Service Supervisor and employee of 5 years

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John Lightsey

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

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John Lightsey

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

John ‘J.D.’ Lightsey has been a member of the cPanel development team for over 10 years and was a founding member of the cPanel’s Product Security Team, SecTeamSix.

JR Miller

Copywriter
cPanel, Inc.

JR Miller

Copywriter
cPanel, Inc.

Equal parts prose, positivity, and passion, JR Miller is a web writer that likes using words to connect with people, enhance experiences, and solve problems. Approaching copywriting as both an art and a science, he believes that a good impression is one that stays with you after the browser window has closed.

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Jeff Royer

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Jeff Royer

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Jeff Royer is a UI Developer at cPanel. He enjoys solving problems, creating simple and usable interfaces, working with teams, playing basketball and soccer, and drinking large amounts of iced tea.

Jeremiah Vasquez

Networking Department Head
liquidweb, Inc.

Jeremiah Vasquez

Networking Department Head
liquidweb, Inc.

14 years cooking professionally; 7 years in I. T.; led teams with 3 - 60 people

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Kevin A. McGrail

Asst. Treasurer, VP Fundraising & Chair Emeritus Apache SpamAssassin
Apache Software Foundation

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Kevin A. McGrail

Asst. Treasurer, VP Fundraising & Chair Emeritus Apache SpamAssassin
Apache Software Foundation

Kevin A. McGrail aka KAM Kevin is an email security and privacy expert. As the VP emeritus Apache SpamAssassin project, he has battled spammers for years. His work is incorporated into numerous commercial platforms. In addition to helping the SpamAssassin project, he proudly volunteers as a treasurer and VP of Fundraising for the Apache Software Foundation to provide open, innovative software. Kevin is a proud entrepreneur who co-founded his first company at 21 and is a MACH37 F15 Graduate. He is also a member of the board of advisors for Virtru. Find out more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmcgrail

Ken Power

Vice President of Product Development
cPanel, Inc.

Ken Power

Vice President of Product Development
cPanel, Inc.

Laurence Simon

Technical Writer
cPanel, Inc.

Laurence Simon

Technical Writer
cPanel, Inc.

Laurence Simon is a Technical Writer for cPanel, Inc., a web hosting software company. In this role, he provides full documentation support for Agile development teams, as well as participating in content strategy and other initiatives for the company as a whole. He also copy-pastes the work of others as a time-saver, not as plagiarism. In a past life, Laurence was a information technology specialist and manager for several Houston television stations, support agent for a local hosting company, independent information consultant, and short story author/podcaster. He believes that the more minor league baseball caps he buys, nobody will notice that he’s going bald.

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Michael Blandford

Tech Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

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Michael Blandford

Tech Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

I have been using cPanel for almost 12 years, both professionally and personally. I started with the company last year after moving from Virginia Beach, VA and I’m glad I made the move.

Mike Demo

Evangelist
BoldGrid

Mike Demo

Evangelist
BoldGrid

Mike “Demo” Demopoulos is a longtime lover of Open Source Software. He currently works at BoldGrid (a WordPress Site Builder) as an Evangelist. He has spoken at numerous open source events around the world. Mike is also a contributor to Huffington Post as well as other publications. He also volunteers as Treasurer for the Joomla project.

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Mike Jung

Product Manager
Liquid Web, Inc.

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Mike Jung

Product Manager
Liquid Web, Inc.

I like to keep an eye on the Internet, measure it, and make it go faster. I won’t accept ‘ok’ Performance, and I don’t think you can ever have ‘too much’ Performance. Did I mention I like High Performance things? I also do Product Manager things like competitive analysis, helping to coordinate product launches, reviewing and improving existing products, and helping with the creation of new, innovative products. Last but certainly not least, there’s our value added resellers, they are awesome, and I get excited about helping other businesses grow and succeed. I work with 3rd party development companies to develop a plugin for WHMCS that is totally awesome and you should google that immediately. In case you didn’t listen to me, the plugin allows anyone to resell Liquid Web cloud products without overhead, basically a cloud in a box! APIs are awesome, everyone should use them. My other passions revolve around Tuning and Benchmarking things like Disk I/O / CPU Performance, Applications, the LAMP Stack, Linux in general, Website Performance, also r/pcmasterrace games, I only play games at 60 FPS or higher, and I don’t run or tolerate slow websites, ain’t nobody got no time for that. If you like what I’m saying, add me as a connection and let me know, that would be cool. Oh yea, I’m also addicted to Hearthstone, if you are too, add me! parabol#1760

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Melanie Littleton

Tech Analyst Supervisor
cPanel, Inc.

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Melanie Littleton

Tech Analyst Supervisor
cPanel, Inc.

I am cPanel’s Technical Analyst Supervisor for 3rd shift. I’ve been with cPanel since 2013. I enjoy video games, movies with great plots, and avoid social media for the most part.

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Mickey Molad

Community Manager
cPanel, Inc.

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Mickey Molad

Community Manager
cPanel, Inc.

cPanel Community Manager. In a perpetual state of in-between our customers and developers. It's cozy there.

'I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people.'

Sessions

  • The Projects We Love - Thursday, 16:00 - 16:30 - (Great Room)
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Mark Prather

Scrum Master
cPanel, Inc.

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Mark Prather

Scrum Master
cPanel, Inc.

I’m an open source comedian and scrum master at cPanel. I tell nerdy jokes and try to improve communication.

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Mathew Vetter

QA Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

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Mathew Vetter

QA Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

I have been working in the Web Hosting Industry 5 years now, and have worked in both Support and now QA. I also have previously IT history working with the University of Houston - Downtown for 5 years doing support and web design prior to entering my career in the Web Hosting Industry. Beyond work I enjoy reading, exploring nature, watching TV and geeking out on my video games.

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Mary Wior

Technical Trainer
cPanel, Inc.

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Mary Wior

Technical Trainer
cPanel, Inc.

Ryan, Richard, and I work at cPanel as the training team, responsible for cPanel University, new hire training of technical analysts, and uptraining of existing technical analysts.

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Nicholas Jackson

Product Owner
cPanel, Inc.

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Nicholas Jackson

Product Owner
cPanel, Inc.

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Richard Asp

Technical Trainer
cPanel, Inc.

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Richard Asp

Technical Trainer
cPanel, Inc.

Have been with cPanel for 5 years. Started as a Technical Analyst, worked in Customer Service as a Technical Sales Engineer, and now a Technical Trainer. Prior to cPanel I was a hosting provider of a small firm where we hosted 1,100 domains.

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Ricky Alan Grassmuck Jr.

Tech Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

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Ricky Alan Grassmuck Jr.

Tech Analyst
cPanel, Inc.

I work for cPanel and love all things FOSS Github - https://github.com/rigrassm

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Ryan Robson

Technical Trainer
cPanel, Inc.

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Ryan Robson

Technical Trainer
cPanel, Inc.

Ryan is a Technical Trainer at cPanel, Inc, handling, along with his colleagues Mary & Richard, the development of e-learning material and certification on cPanel University, as well as providing on-site training both internally and to partners. In his off-time, Ryan can usually be found hanging out with his kids, making music, or gaming.

Rish Yeddula

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Rish Yeddula

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

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Sarah Kiniry

Technical Writer
cPanel, Inc.

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Sarah Kiniry

Technical Writer
cPanel, Inc.

Sarah Kiniry is a Technical Writer for cPanel, Inc., a web hosting software company. In this role, she provides she provides full documentation support for Agile development teams, as well as participating in content strategy and other initiatives for the company as a whole. In a past life, Sarah was a stage manager and audience development manager at several of Houston’s professional theaters and performing arts venues. She believes that technical communication is really just another performing art, and that documenting an interface isn’t that much different from telling any other story. Twitter:

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Scott Patrick O'Neil

System Engineering Manager
cPanel, Inc.

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Scott Patrick O'Neil

System Engineering Manager
cPanel, Inc.

I’ve been involved in Linux WebHosting Systems Administration for 16 years, and I currently am responsible for managing the teams that keep cPanel online as our Systems Engineering Manger. I’m occasionally found on social media as americanwookie.

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Stacy Wyatt

QA Manager
cPanel, Inc.

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Stacy Wyatt

QA Manager
cPanel, Inc.

I’ve worked at cPanel for 5 years. I am the QA Manager, and we focus on testing the product as it is being developed.

Travis Ellis

Product Owner
cPanel, Inc.

Travis Ellis

Product Owner
cPanel, Inc.

I am a Product Owner at cPanel, but that path took me a longtime at cPanel. I’ve been in Desktop Support, Sales, Marketing, Documentation, and even spent some time doing TPS reports. I planned the parties for this cPanel Conference, so thank me if they are good. If they are terrible you can look me up, my name is spelled b-e-n-n-y v-a-s-q-u-e-z.

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Tom Raef

CEO
We Watch Your Website

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Tom Raef

CEO
We Watch Your Website

Tom Raef founded wewatchyourwebsite.com and has been heavily involved in website security since 2007. As a top-rated volunteer on various forums, his expertise is in identifying website malware and root cause analysis.

Todd Rinaldo

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

Todd Rinaldo

Developer
cPanel, Inc.

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Vanessa Vasile

Architecture Lead
InMotion Hosting

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Vanessa Vasile

Architecture Lead
InMotion Hosting

Vanessa has over 15 years of experience in the web hosting industry, and has been on the Systems Architecture & Operations team for InMotion Hosting and Web Hosting Hub since 2010, taking over as the Technical Lead in 2013. She also runs the popular industry website, thecpaneladmin.com, which has been a useful resource for cPanel administrators since 2009.