A Prestigious Affair You Shouldn’t Miss

I had a great time last weekend. I was in Vegas with some of the smartest and fun people I know. Last week on Wednesday I drove out to Las Vegas for the second installment of Prestige Conference, a premium business and career development conference.

Prestige Conference

I came in a few days early to broadcast episode of 074 of DradCast from the InNEVation Center. Right after Drad aired, the Las Vegas WordPress Meetup Group was gearing up for their monthly meetup. I got to hang with the local WordPress community and spent some time with John Hawkins & Jon Brown who you may know from 9Seeds. If you’re in Vegas and love WordPress, you need to join this awesome group. John and the rest of the team are amazing and put together a top notch meetup!

Thursday night was great. The main event festivities were kicked off with a great dinner hosted by Mendel Kurland and Chris Carfi from GoDaddy on Thursday. It was a great dinner and awesome vibe hanging with attendees, speakers and sponsors over dinner.

Prestige GoDaddy Dinner

Photo by Mendel Kurland

WebDevStudios officially arrived with Brad Williams (and his better half April Williams) along with Lisa Sabin-Wilson flying in for the event. We spent some time down at the Freemont Street Experience which is always fun, very interesting, and severely peculiar!

The Official event kickoff was back at InNEVation on Friday night where registration and the first business panel set the tone.

Photo by Shayda Torabi!

Photo by Shayda Torabi!

The awesome continued on Saturday with some really awesome stories, panel discussions, and great networking. I even got in some hat shopping with Brandon Dove and Jeffrey Zinn of Pixel Jar. I wasn’t able to attend the first Prestige, but if the Las Vegas edition was any indicator of events past and those to come, you should certainly join in on the fun.

Hat Shopping

Prestige is a good business event. Not just built on the premise of connecting those interested in business, it looks to be building into a great place to gain valuable insight into the business history and experience of personas around the WordPress space. To me, it’s turning into a viable vehicle for those that are looking to level up!

Brad Williams Prestige Las Vegas

If you’ve missed the first two events, yes, you did miss out. Don’t sweat it though! Round three is in the early stages of planning, and has been officially announced. Prestige Conference is coming back for its third installment and it’s being held back in Minneapolis, the first week of August. I’ll be there, and I am very excited to have been asked to speak. A few speakers have been announced and you can head over to the Prestige website for more details.

Not the best recap, I know. Below are a couple posts with a better breakdown of the event, and even some killer photo galleries if you fancy a look into the cool people and events from last week:

Weekly Post Challenge

I love to talk. In fact, I never shut up! I’ve often wished I could somehow easily morph my thoughts and discussions into written form. Wishing and following through are two different things, and as you can see by the gaps between posts here that being consistent with my writing has not been a strong suit.

Brad Williams, my partner in crime and co-host of DradCast made a commitment to write 100 posts in 2015 on his blog, Strange Work. Brad is a go-getter, and no, I won’t be committing to 100 posts. However, Brad’s motivation inspired me to do better at writing more consistently.

What you’re seeing here is the first post in what has been coined the Weekly Post Challenge. Last week I was thinking about writing more reading and sharing Brad’s last post, and I decided to post on Facebook that I was thinking about writing more, and asked my network if they’d be interested in joining me. The reception to my post was super cool, and we now have a group on Facebook for the challenge, and we have over 20 people committed to writing a blog post a week for the rest of the year. How cool is that?

The Weekly Post Challenge is merely a way to keep myself motivated to write more. Anyone is welcome to join, and I think the more people we get, the more we can help keep each other motivated.

So there you have it, my first post of the challenge. I look forward to writing more this year, and I certainly look forward to reading your posts!

And Web Dre Studios Is Born!

The title here is nothing more than a play on words, but it does touch on news that I am excited to share with you.

It has been a few months since I stepped down from Sucuri and I have to say, it has been a wonderful couple of months. It seems like I have been able to spend more time with my kids in the last two months then I have in the last 4 years. It has been refreshing, relaxing, and exciting!

School’s out for summer!

My four oldest daughters made softball all stars and we traveled to various tournaments to kick off a jam-packed summer. We spent time cruising the Caribbean, body boarding in the Pacific, Jeeping the San Bernardino mountains, and of course, crushing it on the Jiu-Jitsu mat.

It truly has been great to take some time off. It has certainly helped me decompress and clear my head. After a great summer full of fishing and naps, the time has certainly arrived for me to ramp up which brings me to this announcement.

Time to team up and focus.

Without further ado, I am quite honored to announce that I am no longer WebDevStudio’s longest standing honorary WDS’er. As of earlier this week, I am the newest team member at WebDevStudios! I am officially stepping into the role of Vice President of Operations, although focus will be more broad than just operations. There are great things happening in the WordPress landscape, and this is an exciting time of growth for WDS! Here is the official WDS Announcement.

Shortly after I stepped down as CEO of Sucuri I had the opportunity to hang out and chat with Brad Williams and the other two partners at WDS, Brian Messenlehner and Lisa Sabin-Wilson. The question kept coming up as to what I was getting into next, and those discussions lead to more serious chats around what it would look like if I was to become part of the WDS team. The more and more we discussed what it would look like, the more it became evident there was a strong fit for me on the executive team. My strengths certainly play well into the forward vision for WDS, and along with Brad, Brian and Lisa, we came to the conclusion that together we could continue to grow this great company.

It was a no brainer in the end, and I am honored to have an opportunity to help build upon an already wonderful company with a vibrant culture. It’s a great place to be!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me here on my blog or on Twitter.

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