Headquartered in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas — the same state where WordPress was born.
We proudly host tens of thousands of the 75 million WordPress sites and apps on Earth – a number that grows every day.
When you host with WP Engine, you’re betting on us, personally. So here’s who we are.
Were you looking for careers and culture? We got that too.
Ben can track his involvement with the WordPress community way back before it was even WordPress (B2 was the name of the former project that was forked and became WordPress). Ben helped build the BBC News Website, where he also rolled out the BBC’s blogging platform (sadly not WordPress) and its developer platform.
Since moving State-side, Ben has worked as a technologist and strategist – launching the MySpace Platform and advising numerous startups in his portfolio – including Seesmic, Apture (acquired by Google), News Basis and NutShell Mail (acquired by Constant Contact). Ben has blogged since 2004 on all manner of technology topics at http://benmetcalfe.com/blog/, which was previously one of the top 50 blogs in the UK.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer for WP Engine, Heather is focused on business strategy, global growth and customer experience. A 23 year technology veteran, Heather has built a career creating business value for both privately-funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies. For the past five years, Heather served as COO of Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), seeing all stages of early, rapid global growth, through to IPO and two acquisition integrations. Before joining Bazaarvoice, Heather served as president and CEO of Nuvo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trilogy and provider of managed network services, and COO for B-Side (acquired by Slated), a privately funded entertainment technology company. She has held various other executive management roles at leading technology companies, including Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), Trilogy, and Concero, Oracle and Accenture.
Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Trinity University, and the Austin Business Journal named her a 2010 Profiles in Power “Woman of Influence.” Heather is a judge for the 2013 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award for Central Texas. Heather is an active, decade long volunteer with the Capital Area United Way, serving on the Board of Directors and chairing the Results Accountability Committee.
The IT and PHP Guy
Mark has been developing software as a full time employee and as an independent consultant in Austin since 2000. He has done work for a collection of companies and projects, including work on the website for Hoover’s Inc and Dun and Bradstreet.
His role at WP Engine is to make sure the servers and your site are up and running as expected. If they are not, there’s a good chance that he is already working on resolving the issue.
Mark lives near Austin with his wife and two sons. You might spot him out at a WordPress Austin Meetup. To unplug from the network, he’ll escape to the mountains in Colorado for a few days of backcountry hiking and camping.
Mark will make occasional noise on Twitter at @renderandserve.
As WP Engine’s “other Jason”, Cosper is a WordPress specialist and support wunderkind. He’s been tirelessly debugging his xorg.conf file since installing Slackware in 1996 and has been working with WordPress since 2004.In his spare time, Cosper enjoys spending time with his wife and very tiny dog, sampling assorted beers, being NSFW on Twitter, eating burgers, and cursing more than a grown-ass man should.
VP Of Dev/Ops
Chris started tinkering with computers in the early days of the Trash-80 and they’ve been a part of his life ever since. His introduction into the high-tech industry started over 17 years ago with a little game company called Origin Systems. Since then Chris has worked at companies ranging from Fortune 500 behemoths to fledgling start-ups.
Starting with the first customer website at Origin, Chris has progressed through the years working in various capacities in several IT organizations and is excited to be a part of the WP Engine team where he can apply his skills in planning, implementation, and operations. He’s the one coordinating projects, updates, rollouts, and upgrades.
Having reached the milestone of living the majority of his life in Austin, Chris considers Texas his home and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. He enjoys far too many hobbies than time allows, including cooking, woodworking, and turning his two children into gamers. Chris lives in Austin with the love of his life and two children.
Lead Developer Champion
Despite a decade of computer engineering experience, from hardware (chip design at Intel and Robotics Fairs) to enterprise software (SAP), Trafton specializes in translating developer speak into plain English. He uses this superpower to solve technology problems with the WordPress developers that build amazing sites and host them on WP Engine.
Outside the office, Trafton is always organizing communities, including Burger Thursday, a 4 year quest to find the best burger in Austin, Texas. He is also an avid mountain biker, a certified Emergency First Responder and a Rescue Diver. He recently got into the Twitterverse, and you can follow him via @traftonesler.
Austin lives and breathes life around words and people. He is a blogger, and genetically-inclined connector. As the brand ambassador for WP Engine, he handles social media, copywriting, blogging and WordPress community building around the company.
Previously, Austin grew a community of more than 120 tech startups at a small pre-seed accelerator in Austin, TX, worked as a F500 software consultant, and a freelance copywriter. He blogs at austingunter.com, practices tai chi, and tweets entirely too much…
Donovan is a developer who is quickly trying to finish his degree in Chemical Engineering. After leaving Hewlett-Packard, he worked for a marketing company that specialized in WordPress design and development. He eventually wants to start contributing to the WordPress core, and start transitioning to back-end development as well. You can find him ranting on Twitter at @heydonovan.
Sponsorships and Event Coordination
Shayda is a true Austin native and a recent PR graduate from Concordia University Austin who helps spread WP Engine love by handling sponsorships and event coordination. Shayda loves getting to connect with the WordPress community and is an avid WordCamp attender on behalf of WP Engine. After starting her first blog when she was fifteen, she developed a true passion for all things WordPress. Since then, she’s been documenting her journeys in the live music capitol of the world. Outside of work you can find Shayda exploring Austin’s amazing live music events, and trolling for trailer food gems and tweeting all her adventures at @shaptora.
Tech Support Ninja
Jeremy first learned WordPress in 2010, pouring through the codex in order to learn WordPress the right way. Within a year, he found himself building the reelection campaign site for a State Representative in Harrisburg, PA. As Tech Support Ninja for WP Engine, he solves escalated support tickets, ensures that your migrations go smoothly, and is the go-to guy for handling Multisite issues. Prior to joining WP Engine, he spent four years supporting global users of Bentley Systems’ MicroStation software; another software program he taught himself from scratch.
Jeremy recently got married, and when not behind a computer, he loves spending time with his wife, baking, bike riding, playing ultimate frisbee, being outside in the woods, and skiing. He also loves to sing, and despite his background in computers, he majored in voice at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Customer Happiness Specialist / ProDoc Goddess
Chrishaun (or if you’re in Austin, Sique…pronounced “cee-kay”) is obsessed with writing about technology and using technology to write and has been blogging with WordPress since 2005. This has fueled her to create support content and offer top level support for several large tech companies as well as teaching Composition and Technical Writing.
She is married with one grown and one semi-grown daughter and has been known to play video games, cook, make beer, juggle, and play D&D.
Servant of the servant of the servant
Alexander graduated from the University of Texas in Austin majoring in Philosophy. When he’s not contemplating on the concept of inconceivable simultaneous sameness and difference, he can be found at the local Hare Krishna temple helping with the preparations for the Sunday love feast. Alexander has been a staff photographer with the local newspaper, Daily Texan, and has travelled the world capturing images ranging from Yamuna river puja to the street art on the walls of Tel Aviv. He hopes to have his own show exhibit soon. Alexander has been in the tech industry ever since escaping high school. To him, technology is an exciting vehicle for propagating ideas that can reawaken our original consciousness.
The Other other PHP Guy
Mike Van Winkle is a PHP Developer living in Santa Rosa, CA. WordPress is his first love (after his wife of course) and his online weapon of choice. He started fiddling with WordPress in 2004 after Six Apart started charging for Movable Type licenses–not that there’s anything wrong with that. After attending graduate school in a completely unrelated field he decided not to put his expensive eduction to use and instead chose to devote his time to building websites. This turned out to be a good choice.
His love for WordPress continues today, though he now enjoys digging into other PHP-based frameworks to learn the latest trends and best practice. When he is not coding he enjoys baseball, craft beer, California weather, spy novels and playing his electric guitar. He loves reading Spy Novels, trying to play All Your Love like Eric Clapton, drinking a Lagunitas IPA, and listening to the Chicago Cubs lose another game … yes, all at the same time.
Mike was born with a passion for technology and software. In middle school he made his first website and spent more time building maps for Duke Nukem 3D than he did on his homework. His support experience includes over two years at an international eCommerce hosting company. Mike, like many at WP Engine, has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and runs two small online businesses that operate off of the WordPress platform. In fact, he taught himself WordPress as he grew those businesses, troubleshooting his own bugs and customizing as he went. Running these sites, Mike knows firsthand the importance of keeping customer sites online and error free.
Mike puts in the hours for the sake of his wife and kids, that make his life worth living. He lives North of Austin with his beautiful family in the house that he proudly bought at age 25. When he’s not working he loves to cook, play video games and be outdoors with his kids. You’ll see them rock climbing, hiking, swimming, tubing, camping all over Central Texas.
Justin has been involved with computers since middle school when he started coding websites from scratch in HTML. He found WordPress early on, made it his CMS of choice, and used it to develop and maintain various WordPress installations for local organizations in his hometown of McAllen, in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
Justin recently moved to Austin to dive into the technology scene and become part of the amazing culture in the city. Fortunately for him, Austin has almost as good of Mexican food as the Rio Grande Valley does.
He spends his free time playing games: video games and tabletop ones. He’s modest about it, but Justin is also an amateur game designer who has distributed a few tabletop game prototypes across the country. He also confessed early on that he’s a big Pokémon nut as well…shhhhhh! You can follow him on Twitter under the name @JustInferno.
Sales Consultant Extraordinaire
Tin is a fan-boy of the Web Hosting industry. He has been a web hosting junkie over the last decade, as a customer, an entrepreneur, and a member of a number of hosting companies. With more than a decade of experience helping folks have stellar hosting experiences, he joined the WP Engine team to be part of the company’s commitment to premium quality hosting and customer service. He loves the process of helping people find amazing hosting for their WordPress sites.
When Tin is not obsessing over his work, he can be found blogging on HostBlanket, a blog covering all things web hosting. He also curates content at webhostingtalk.com. In his spare time, Tin loves going to museums (particularly art museums) playing video games (usually games of the Blizzard variety), and satisfying his addiction for delicious raw fish at the nearest sushi bar. Also, he often mourns over Pluto losing its’ status as a planet. May Pluto revolve in peace. Tin often finds himself in funny situations and gladly tweets them at @tinner10tin.
SysAdmin Ninja Division
Joey is as at home in the bash shell as he is in WordPress. His experience covers multiple CMS applications, but WordPress is by far his favorite and the platform he has spent the last 2+ years mastering. Before joining the WP Engine team to be part of the growth, Joey managed data centers at a few well-known hosting companies that had servers across the globe. His role is to maintain server integrity and implement new technologies that will redefine the WordPress deployment experience on WP Engine.
Joey can’t imagine living in a better city than Austin, Texas. In his free time, Joey works on new technologies, gaming, and touring Austin’s amazing live music scene.
Customer Happiness Specialist
Bri has a diverse background of administrative, customer service, and tech field experience, and loves being part of the WordPress and WP Engine community. Bri was using computers practically before she could walk, she is now hooked on how the internet, and WordPress in particular enriches people’s lives across the planet. As part of the Q Team, Bri is passionate about connecting people with the resources they need to create amazing things with WordPress.
Born in Kansas City, Bri is a Midwesterner at heart, but has lived in the ATX for years (please don’t ask her to choose between Texas and KC BBQ). When she’s not working, she is enjoying Austin’s outdoor adventures, petting other people’s dogs, and marathoning various TV series.
Office Manager + Billing
Kelly is an LSU graduate and a Louisiana native who was unexpectedly evicted from New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. She now calls Austin home and will probably never leave. She currently serves as the Vice President of the LSU Austin Alumni Association and has been skating with the Texas Rollergirls Recreational League since 2011 under the name Abita Blackenblue.
As the Office Manager, Kelly keeps our offices running smoothly and our employees happy. As the Billing Manager, she keeps all the accounts in line for payment and troubleshoots any billing issues that come into the support ticket system. Between the Roller Derby and the billing, trust us, you want to stay on Kelly’s good side ;-)
Senior Customer Happiness Specialist
Terell is a WordPress Firefighter. His role at WP Engine is to work directly with customers and tackle their WordPress issues. Don’t let his youthful good looks fool you. Terell has been working in network admin roles since high school, where he competed nationally as a SysAdmin. It was during those competitions that he got interested in Web Hosting in general. He’s been hacking around in WordPress for more than 3 years, and started learning the backend part of WordPress hosting over 2 years ago.
Customer Happiness Specialist
Christian is a University of Cincinnati graduate who quickly shed the midwest for warmer climates. He has a voracious appetite for experience which has led him to spend months at a time backpacking overseas, submersing himself in new cultures, and learning the fine art of going with the flow. He was introduced to technology at a young age and shortly after found a soldering iron so that he could take his computers and consoles apart to modify them (and burn his knuckles one too many times). Communication stands as the goal of Christian’s pursuits as he believes that all of our experience and tools ultimately provide ourselves with the means to continue adding depth to the universal conversation.
In his free time, Christian is an avid martial artist who is currently training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, journalist, and competitive gamer. He devours documentaries, considers Carl Sagan a hero, and prefers rye whiskey.
Aaron Brazell is the author of the WordPress Bible (Wiley), and is most known for his blog,Technosailor.com. He has worked on a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors including several startups since 2005. He has been an active member of the WordPress community since 2004 as a core contributor, developer, user and consultant.
Aaron is a frequent public speaker, engaging with the WordPress community at WordCamps around the United States, as well as marketing, social media, and other industry events. He started and organized WordCamp Mid-Atlantic in 2009 and 2010, a WordPress community conference catering to the Baltimore/Washington region, including Maryland, D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia.
He has worked a variety of companies including blog network b5media where he worked as the Director of Technology from 2006-2008.
Aaron currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he ensures his dog is well-fed, his bike still has wheels and his craft beer selections are tasty and cold. He maintains a photoblog at http://photos.aaronbrazell.com and helps keep the Twitter servers in check as @technosailor.
Eric is an entrepreneur and the author of the NYT bestseller, The Lean Startup. In addition to serving on the advisory board of WP Engine, he is a consultant for several venture capital firms, an Angel Investor, and was also named Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School in 2010.
Previously, Eric was founder and CTO of IMVU, his third startup, after notching a few failures along the way. His blog, Startup Lessons Learned, is a popular resource for growing tech startups who use his Lean Startup methodology to generate market traction and solve world-changing problems. He lives in San Francisco, and is at least as big of a nerd as you hope he is.
Bill is an engineer and an entrepreneur. He is an investor and advisor with a dozen really cool tech companies, helping them with product and technology design. In his spare time, he mentors world-changing entrepreneurs at Capital Factory, 500 Startups, and TechStars.
Previously, Bill was the founder and CTO of Webmail.us, which Rackspace acquired in 2007. Bill stayed at Rackspace until 2011, scaling Webmail, and then working with Rackspace partnership and M&A. Recently, he stepped back into the role of entrepreneur to begin a project that remains in the super secret phase. Bill gives talks on tech and entrepreneurship, and loves talking with entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world.
Josh is a serial entrepreneur and engineer, and is founder and CEO of Dreamhost. In addition to investing in WP Engine, Josh is running ePub Bud, a non profit he founded to promote the open publishing, creation, and sharing of books, with an emphasis on books for children.
Kip is a venture partner at Silverton Partners, and for the past 20 years he has worked in IT security, networking, media communications and software industries. He served as both CEO and board member to both public and private companies. He has founded or held leadership roles in companies including BroadJump (acquired by Motive), TippingPoint (IPO, acquired by 3Com) and NetSpeed (acquired by Cisco).
As an operator, Kip has raised over $100M in capital and his companies have returned nearly $800M in realized gains. Kip graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Kip sits on the boards of CopperEgg, Socialware, Sparefoot, and WPEngine.
Dharmesh is a software entrepreneur and current founder and CTO of HubSpot, his third startup, as well a writer for the popular startup resource, OnStartups.com. He also founded Pyramid, three-time recipient of the Inc. 500 Award. After the sale of Pyramid, Dharmesh became a member of CommonAngels and earned his M.S. from the M.I.T. Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.
Dharmesh stays in touch with his core identity as a software developer and writes code to ship, something he greatly enjoys.
Joshua is an email marketing pioneer, the founder of OtherInbox, and a serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor. He is the organizing vision that brought the first 20 mentors together to form Capital Factory, the early stage accelerator that brings new tech startups to Austin, Texas for mentorship and investment.
Joshua founded his first company, SKYLIST, out of his dorm room in 1996, and went on to create UnsubCentral to help email marketers comply with regulatory requirements for email. He is an advocate for the current entrepreneurial exodus into Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife and children.
Loic Le Meur
Loic is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Seesmic, and creator of LeWeb, the #1 European tech conference. He is a sometimes angel investor in tech companies, WP Engine, being a notable example. The Wall Street Journal has named him one of Europe’s Top 25, Business Week says he is one of 25 Most Influential People on the web, and the World Economic Forum calls Loic a Young Global Leader for his work to select the next generation of Tech Pioneers.
Loic lives in San Francisco with his wife and 3 boys, and is an avid kite surfer and runner. He is proud to have finished the New York Marathon in 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Rob is a self-funded serial entrepreneur running HitTail, DotNetInvoice, WeddingToolbox, and a few others. He co-hosts the podcast, Startups for the Rest of Us, and wrote the book for developers starting a company, The Developers Guide to Launching a Startup. His blog, Software by Rob, is read by more than 15,000 web entrepreneurs worldwide.
Morgan has been a partner with Silverton Partners since 2006. Before that, Morgan worked with growth investments in technology and financial services with FTV Capital in San Francisco. Morgan has previously held executive positions at Ingrian Networks (Acquired by SafeNet), and Kintana (Acquired by Mercury Interactive Corp.). He currently sits on the boards of several startups, and lives in Austin, Texas with his family.
Jeremy co-founded and sold ApartmentRatings.com, which he grew into the leading global source for ratings and reviews of apartments before selling it to Internet Brands. Jeremy also co-founded BuzzStream, the leading service that helps SEO and PR teams manage their online outreach campaigns.