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    Andy
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    Expand 2021: Meet your speakers

    Hey everyone!

     

    Expand 2021, is our first-ever virtual conference from GoDaddy Pro.

     

    Learn more about the event in our announcement post.

     

    If you haven't registered yet, you can still RSVP for free on the GoDaddy Events site.

     

    Meet your speakers:

     

     

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    Clifford Almeida

     

    Clifford Almeida is the CEO of a www.HIREAWIZ.com, a web agency that has a portfolio ranging from small businesses and nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder of www.MyWebAudit.com, a SAAS that helps web professionals and digital marketers generate and close more deals using actionable website audits.

     

    Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

    I’m a father of two beautiful girls and a husband to an amazing woman. I love to travel. I’m passionate about changing lives through service and technology. Growing companies is what I love doing.

    Q: Where can we find you online? (websites + social)

     

    Q: What are you presenting at Expand?
    In this session, you’ll learn about generating and closing leads using the same framework we use in our agency to close hundreds of deals. I’ll also be sharing with you some of the most important factors to building long-term, high-value client relationships.

     

    Q: How did you start your career?
    Freelancing as a side hustle and then a job at the Arizona Governor’s Office as their web developer.

     

    Q: What kind of projects/problems do you like working on? Why?

    Website redesigns that have tremendous opportunities around SEO and conversion rate optimization.

     

    We love building website projects for companies that can leverage what we build to grow their business online. Most of our clients are seven-figure companies with a great business but haven’t leveraged their web presence if we can come in to help them, we are able to help transform their business through web and digital marketing.

     

    Q: Can you describe your typical client?
    Companies that have at least 3-5M in revenue and can use online strategies to grow their business. They are usually big enough to have a sales team, but not an in-house web developer or digital marketer.

     

    Q: What’s your approach to self-care?
    It is critical to my well-being and the business. I take time to ensure I get 7 hours of rest, eat fairly healthy, stay active for 30 minutes a day at least. You invest in your health now or you will pay for it dearly later.

     

    Q: What other Expand sessions are you interested in? Why?
    They all look great. I’m most interested in Using Core Web Vitals to Build an Efficient UI. Why? Because it matters and I don’t know much about it.

     

    Q: What advice do you have for ambitious web designers & developers?

    I challenge you to do what many won’t, which is to take action on what you learn from those who have already accomplished what you want to. Remember incremental progress consistently over time will lead to massive results.

     

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    Jean Perpillant

     

    Jean Perpillant is a jack of many trades. He has been into technology since the Tandy 1000 and likes to look for ways to do things better. He created Design Theory to help other businesses leverage technology and is also a professional photographer and Customer Relations & Strategy Specialist.

     

    Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

    I’m a techie and creative at heart. I wear too many hats but I really have joy in all of them because I’m able to tap into them like super powers for our clients. 


    Q: Where can we find you online?

    You can mainly find me on our Hero Academy Facebook Group. Other than that on Twitter and sometimes LinkedIn

     

    Q: What are you presenting at Expand?
    Work Smarter Not Harder with the Perfect Project Stack.

     

    Q: How did you start your career?

    It all started with a Tandy 1000 and Radio Shack back in the mid 80’s. I’ve always enjoyed tech and my first business I started was mobile computer builds and repairs. Took computer and typing classes all through school wherever I could. 

     

    Q: What kind of projects/problems do you like working on? Why?

    I like projects where small business owners are looking to better find and reach their potential audience with their unique products and services. Content creation in the many forms that people consume them are important, but a strategic plan to line up with the goals of the business is where we really shine.

     

    Q: What’s your approach to self-care?

    As I get older I’m realizing how important self care is to my longevity of life and sanity in mind. I try and make time for relaxing and connecting with my closest friends and family. And I also look for ways to continue to recharge and find ways to be inspired. 

     

    Q: What other Expand sessions are you interested in? Why?
    I’m looking forward to the website security and the e-commerce for pros talks.

     

    Q: What advice do you have for ambitious web designers & developers?

    I would say to anyone looking to get into web development, go for it. Jump right in. Do your first 10 projects for friends and relatives for free to really understand communication, available time you have if you’re doing this on the side, what resources and tech you’ll need, and the main part; is this something you can see yourself doing full time as a profession.

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    Kristina Romero

     

    Kristina Romero, owner of WP Care Market, began as a website developer, creating sites for companies such as Coca-Cola and Food Network, and a variety of Hollywood celebrities. In 2016, Kristina shifted to coaching and has since trained thousands of web professionals to create content across the web, including webinars and courses for WP Elevation, WordCamps, GoDaddy Pro and more.

     

    Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

    Hello! I'm Kristina Romeo, I run WP Care Market, a training program for website professionals based on my experience as a web agency owner for the last 12 years. I love talking about website care plans, recurring revenue and self-care.


    Q: Where can we find you online?

    People can always find me in our Facebook group for website professionals. You can join for free here.

     

    Q: What are you presenting at Expand?
    I'll be speaking on how to streamline and scale your business with website care plans. Most web pros are under utilizing care plans and not realizing how integral they are to scaling and overall revenue. This will be a big focus of the talk but I will address web pros at every stage of their business!

     

    Q: How did you start your career?

    I actually started as an actress on a Daytime Soap Opera. It was in working at such a young age (17) that I built the work ethic I needed to run my own business. Once I discovered WordPress I actually left Hollywood and started my web agency in 2009. I never looked back!

     

    Q: What kind of projects/problems do you like working on? Why?

    I love problem solving. My favorite thing to do is solving a problem with a process. Processes are key for everything and allow us to outsource and delegate to others so we can free up the time we need. This doesn't just stop at business, but I do this in my personal life too - most problems are solved by process.

     

    Q: Can you describe your typical client?

    I typically attract small business owners with a small team. I've always ended up becoming great "partners" with my clients as I "teach them how to fish" by building a great website and helping them utilize WordPress to their advantage. It's a joy to watch their business grow as they come to understand all running an online presence has to offer.

     

    Q: What’s your approach to self-care?

    Self-care is critical to staying in business. Why? Because the second you push yourself too hard and burn-out, the first instinct is to bail from running your own business. Practicing self-care is about checking in and seeing where you are being stretched, then problem-solving to resolve that before it gets out of hand. It also involves screening clients so you are working with the right people (which might be firing a client from time to time).

     

    Q: What other Expand sessions are you interested in? Why?

    I'm truly just looking forward to seeing the whole event come together and watch all the sessions!

     

    Q: What advice do you have for ambitious web designers & developers?

    My best advice is to get involved in a community, talk with other web designers & developers and never stop learning!

     

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    Jonathan Wold

     

    Jonathan Wold has been full-time in the world of WordPress for more than 15 years and ecommerce for more than 12 years. He’s worked with hundreds of clients as a freelancer, built several agencies focused on WordPress, and now leads community initiatives at WooCommerce.

     

    Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

    I've been working as a Pro in the WordPress ecosystem for more than 16 years. I started out building websites on WordPress for clients as a freelancer, spent 10+ years in the startup / agency world, and then the past year and a half at WooCommerce. Today, I'm focused on a new business, creating an "app store" for WordPress.


    Q: Where can we find you online?

    My personal website is a great place to start! https://jonathanwold.com, proudly powered by WordPress. You can also find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sirjonathan

     

    Q: What are you presenting at Expand?
    My talk is focused on helping Pros make the most of the numerous opportunities available in the world of ecommerce. I cover some of the areas of growth and offer guidance on how tap into that growth as a Pro.

     

    Q: How did you start your career?

    Writing tutorials! I was working on a project for a client and decided that it'd be useful to me, and maybe to others, to write about my experience working with WordPress. I wrote a guide on how to integrate WordPress into an existing website (this was back when WordPress wasn't well known) and, soon after, folks began reaching out to me and asking if I'd do the work for them. I said yes and they kept coming. At one point, my tutorials were leading to several leads a day and this kept up for years, allowing me to experiment and grow as a Pro.

     

    Q: What kind of projects/problems do you like working on? Why?

    I love working on difficult problems that involve a lot of moving parts and have a large potential for impact. The impact part is key for me. I want to do work that lives beyond me and I find that oftentimes it's the difficult work that has the most potential for impact.

     

    Q: Can you describe your typical client?

    Of the hundreds of clients I've worked with in the past, what they had in common was the desire to solve a problem using WordPress. Beyond that, though, there were few similarities and I loved it. I've had the privilege of working with individuals all the way to some of the world's largest organizations. Each client gave me the opportunity to learn something different, to gain new insight and perspective.

     

    Q: What’s your approach to self-care?

    It starts with growing a sense of self-awareness, of getting to know myself and accepting me for who I am, flaws and all. As I accept myself, that helps to change the way I think about myself and talk to myself. I'm an "achiever" and like to push hard and get a lot done. I work to make sure that my drive to achieve doesn't bleed into and negatively affect my sense of self-worth and identity. Beyond that, regular walks and video games.

     

    Q: What other Expand sessions are you interested in? Why?

    All the sessions look fantastic. I'm particularly interested in Kristina's talk on "Care Plans" - I think there's a lot of opportunity for Pros to create momentum over time through long-term client relationships and care plans are a good example of that.

     

    Q: What advice do you have for ambitious web designers & developers?

    Engage in community. There is so much to learn from others and so many folks in the WordPress community willing to share. And, as you engage, look for opportunities to share what you've learned with others. It solidifies it for yourself and often leads to new opportunities. 

     

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