Meet the 2017 Magento Masters: Makers

February 1, 2017

by: Sherrie Rohde, Community Manager, Magento
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Last year, we announced the Magento Masters program to recognize top contributors in our ecosystem. You've met the Movers and Mentors. Now meet the 2017 Makers.

Makers are frequent contributors valued by Magento and other community members. They actively engage with others in the Magento Community, sharing ideas, insights, and constructive feedback.

I am so incredibly excited to introduce you to our Makers for the 2017 Magento Masters program:

Peter Jaap Blaakmeer

CTO, elgentos
The Netherlands

Peter Jaap has been doing Magento work since the early versions in 2008. What began as a hobby turned into a full-time job, with just as much fun as before. Now his hobbies include beer brewing, wakeboarding during summer, and playing board games year-round. High-quality code and making elgentos a great working environment for all employees are two very important aspects of his day-to-day activities.

Peter Jaap was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions through organizing the Magento User Group in Groningen and extensive speaking engagements around Magento 2, which have been focused on educating the community on everything from composer and workflows to importing products and sharing case studies.

Carmen Bremen

Magento Certified Developer, Neoshops.de 
Germany

Carmen has two homes: the metropolis Cologne in Germany and the World Wide Web. She first learned about Magento in 2010 and has, since then, never been willing to give it away. Her work as a Magento freelancer ranges from A (analyses), B (bugs), C (cronjobs), D (development), all the way up to Z (Zend). On her Neoshops.de blog, Carmen writes about insights and encounters from her work with Magento and the community. As an active member of the community, she helps to organize the MageUnconference and the Magento Meetup Cologne. She is an avid collector of Magento certifications, books, and running shoes.

Carmen was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on her 2016 contributions through co-organizing MageUnconference, organizing Magento Stammtisch Köln, educating the community and keeping them informed on her blog, and sharing knowledge with the Magento community through speaking engagements at Magento centric events.

Tony Brown

Technical Director, Space 48
United Kingdom

Tony is the Technical Director at Space 48, a Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner. He has been involved in eCommerce for over 15 years and has been developing Magento solutions since 2008. He has the full set of Magento certifications and is passionate about learning, collaborating, and sharing knowledge. Outside of the Magento world, he spends time with family and enjoys playing golf and retro games.

Tony was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions through co-organizing multiple MageTitans events, multiple speaking engagements where he shared knowledge on optimization and problem solving on Magento 2, and continuous contributions to DevDocs.

Hirokazu Nishi

CTO, Veriteworks Inc
Japan

Hirokazu is CTO of Veriteworks Inc, a Magento solution partner in Japan. He has been involved with Magento community since 2007. Hirokazu maintains Japanese localization and payment integrations. He also loves to ride his motorcycle to go touring and camping.

Hirokazu was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Japan, Magento Onsen & Hackathon, the Magento Japan User Group, and the Advent Calendar Magento blogging project, translation efforts for the Japanese community, and speaking engagements on Magento 2 topics.

Brent Peterson

Magento Evangelist, Wagento Commerce
United States

Brent is the married to the fantastic Susan Peterson and father to two kids. He was founding moderator on the Magento forums and has organized the Mage Run for every Magento Imagine except the first one. Brent is the Chief Magento Evangelist for Wagento. Brent is still trying to be a professional runner. You can tweet him @brentwpeterson.

Brent was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions organizing Magento Meetups in Minneapolis and various speaking engagements around Magento and at Magento centric events, as well as through moderating and helping others on the Magento Forums.

Sonja Riesterer

Marketing Manager, integer_net
Germany

It was more by chance than with intent that Sonja got her first job at an eCommerce agency, and a Magento focused agency at that. So she pushed all those English 19th Century novels from her studies aside and dove deep into online marketing. The Magento community met Sonja at a German Magento meetup where her task as a co-host was to open the door to anyone interested. She tries to stick to this prime task, at least figuratively. Nowadays, you can find her as a co-host at MageUnconference and the Magento meetup in Aachen, Germany, which she organizes with her colleagues of integer_net. 

Sonja was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on her 2016 contributions through co-organizing MageUnconference, organizing Magento-Stammtisch Aachen, German translation efforts around Magento 2, and various speaking engagements at Magento centric events ranging from product search to European eCommerce to embracing change.

Kristof Ringleff

Founder, Fooman
New Zealand

Kristof is the extension guy behind Fooman. He’s been coding with Magento since 2007 and has spent the last 1.5 years writing time-saving extensions for Magento 2. A huge fan of the Magento community, Kristof is glued to Twitter and Magento StackExchange as well as running the local meet up group in New Zealand. He founded the Magento Extension Developers Network to give a stronger voice to extension developers committed to quality coding, customer experience, and a strong Magento ecosystem. Kristof is a very big fan of coffee. 

Kristof was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions through the Auckland Magento User Group, helping others in the community on Magento StackExchange, speaking engagements around the world on improving extensions in Magento 2, encouraging extension company dialogue through the Extension Developers Network (EXTDN), and educating others through his blog, as well as his Github contributions to both Magento 2 and DevDocs

Alessandro Ronchi

COO & Magento Specialist, Bitbull
Italy

Alessandro works at Bitbull as experienced Magento specialist devoted to software design, backend development, and training. He is the author of the Magento Best Practices Handbook and active contributor to open source Magento extensions and resources. He is also one of the most active members of the Magento Italian community as both a speaker and conference organizer.

Alessandro was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions through organizing MageTitans Italy, contributing on Github to both Magento 2 and DevDocs, multiple speaking engagements around Magento and at Magento centric events, and sharing his experience and expertise around sprint planning and using Magento for B2B.

Matthias Zeis

Tech Lead, LimeSoda Interactive Marketing GmbH
Austria

Matthias is the Tech Lead at LimeSoda. He lives in Vienna with his girlfriend where he enjoys running, music, and the beautiful city. When not doing that, he blogs all things Magento on his website, or organizes the Magento Meetup Austria. In his daily work, Matthias focuses on Magento, code quality, developer productivity, and Continuous Integration and Deployment. Feel free to reach out to him on Twitter via @mzeis!

Matthias was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions organizing Magento-Stammtisch Wien, consistently contributing to DevDocs, and sharing knowledge and experiences through speaking engagements around migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2.

Kuba Zwoliński

Founder & CEO, SNOW.DOG
Poland

Kuba is a father, kayaker, and trail runner. He graduated from university with a Master’s degree in Geography and Digital Weather Forecasting, working for a long time as freelance front-end and php developer (MCFD, MCSS). Kuba is also Founder and CEO at SNOW.DOG, commerce and mobile group. He is passionate about open source technologies, the “internet of things”, and other tech innovations that are changing the world. Kuba is Organizer of 5 editions of “Meet Magento Poland” conference, Vice President of the Meet Magento Association, and a proud Magento Master (Maker) in 2016.

Kuba was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Poland, various speaking engagements around market experience with Magento 2, and taking Magento into the Internet of Things world, as well as both moderating and helping others on the Magento Forums.