I’m excited announce that next week I’m starting at WordPress VIP. I’ve been a WordPress and Automattic fan since the early 2000’s. I’ve built dozen of sites using WordPress.org over the years and spoken at two WordCamps Seattle.

There’s all kinds of reason I’m making this change, but one of them is the amazing WordPress community. I wanted to take this moment to thank some members of that community that have helped me along the way.

First is the person who introduced me to WordPress: Joe Tan. Ironically, and inexplicable, Joe does not have a website. Whenever I have a technical problem I can’t solve, WordPress or otherwise. Joe is my first call.

I can’t talk about Joe without talking about Michael Schafer. Michael was Joe and my boss and Creative Directory at Silas Partners. No website there either because our wonderful start-up got acquired by a company to which I simply will not link.

I can wholeheartedly endorse Michael’s design studio openbox9. If you are a non-profit, and if no one else can help, and if you can find them (not hard just click the link), these lovely people really are the A-Team.

Similarly a lot of love goes to A Brave New. When Josh, Polly, and I started our little digital agency, who would know what it would become. I was able to lead the technical side of some amazing WordPress projects there. If you are a for-profit, look no futher.

Three last community member mentions. Erik Teichman for introducing me to Metabox.io. Tracy Apps for being the oldest WP G. I know. And Jill Binder who is doing amazing work making sure the community is hearing from everyone.

I hope to be writing more in this space as I dive into Automattic and WordPress VIP. It’s been a hard saying goodbye to Webconnex, but that’s a subject for the next post.