Meet the 2018 Magento Masters: Makers

February 1, 2018

By: Sherrie Rohde,

Community Manager

, Magento Commerce

Meet the 2018 Magento Masters: Makers

It’s difficult to believe, but it’s already time for the third year of Magento Masters, a program to recognize top contributors in our ecosystem.  Monday, we shared this year’s Movers with you, yesterday we shared this year’s Mentors. Today we reveal the ten Magento Masters selected as 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 2018 Magento Masters program:

Carmen Bremen

Magento Certified Developer, 

Carmen has two homes: the metropolis Cologne in Germany and the World Wide Web. She first learned about Magento in 2010 and has been creating with it ever since. Her work as a Magento freelancer is ranging from A (analyses), B (bugs), C (cronjobs), D (development) all the way up to Z (Zend). On her 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 2018 based on her 2017 contributions through co-organizing MageUnconference and Magento Stammtisch Köln, as well as educating the community and keeping them informed on her blog, and sharing knowledge with the Magento community through speaking engagements at Magento-centric events.

Rafael Corrêa Gomes

Software Engineer, Imagination Media

Rafael has been a web developer for the past 10 years and a Magento developer for the past 7 years. He is 3x certified and an active member of the Magento community creating open source tools that are used for more than 14,000 Magento developers in the world and sharing knowledge in events, courses, blog posts and with his contributions in Magento 2 Core, DevDocs, and Magento StackExchange. In his free time, he enjoys coding new solutions or learning something new.

Rafael was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through organizing Magento Meetup São Paulo and contributing to the Magento 2 core and Magento DevDocs on Github as well as his efforts translating Magento 2 to Portuguese for the Brazilian community.

Rakesh Jesadiya

Sr. Software Developer, Krish Technolabs

With more than 5 years of experience in Magento, as a Sr. Software Developer in Krish Technolabs, Rakesh’s main role is eCommerce site development and handling a Magento clients from different regions. He has started contributing to Magento community since Magento 2 release. After selected as Top Contributor in India 2017, Rakesh started contribution into the Magento Forums and DevDocs. In his spare time, he looks for new technology that could be useful for professional life and enjoy watching the cricket match.

Rakesh was selected as a Magento Masters for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through consistently moderating and helping others on the Magento Forums and on Magento StackExchange as well as extensive contributions to Magento DevDocs.

Hirokazu Nishi

CTO, Veriteworks Inc

Hirokazu Nishi is CTO of Veriteworks Inc, Magento solution partner in Japan. He involved with Magento community since 2007. He has been maintaining Japanese localization and other country-specific solutions. Recently, he's become enamored with the various flavor of KitKat.

Hirokazu was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Japan, MageFuji, the Magento Japan User Group, and the Advent Calendar Magento blogging project, as well as Magento 2 translation efforts for the Japanese community and speaking engagements on Magento 2 topics.

Brent Peterson

Magento Evangelist, Wagento Commerce
United States

Brent is 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 2018 based on his 2017 contributions organizing Magento Meetups in Minneapolis, Mage Titans Mexico, and Mage Titans USA, and various speaking engagements around Magento and at Magento centric events, as well as through moderating and helping others on the Magento Forums.

Óscar Recio

Lead Developer, Interactiv4

Óscar Recio is the Magento Lead Developer at Interactiv4. His first contact with Magento was in 2009 becoming his main framework in 2011. He has worked with large companies transforming their way of selling and improving their sales channels to keep growing. An active member of the community, contributing, sharing knowledge and ideas and, above all, learning from others.

Óscar was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through organizing the Magento Madrid Meetup and efforts with Meet Magento Spain, contributing to the Magento 2 core and Magento DevDocs on GitHub and serving as a Maintainer, as well as speaking engagements around Magento 2.

Sonja Riesterer

Marketing Manager, integer_net

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 deep-dived 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 together with her colleagues of integer_net. 

Sonja was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on her 2017 contributions through co-organizing MageUnconference, Christmage, and Magento-Stammtisch Aachen, as well as German translation efforts around Magento 2, submissions to Magento DevDocs, and various speaking engagements at Magento centric events.

Kristof Ringleff

Director, Fooman
New Zealand

Kristof is the founder of Fooman, a Magento Technology Partner and extension provider trusted by agencies and merchants in more than 160 countries. He's been coding Magento since its first release and has developed 20+ free and commercial extensions to simplify administration, save time and money when using Magento. Kristof is a certified Magento Developer Plus and enjoys contributing to community discussions, mostly via Twitter and Magento Stack Exchange. He runs the local Meetup group in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kristof was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through the Auckland Magento User Group, helping others in the community on Magento StackExchange, speaking engagements around harnessing the power of Composer in Magento 2, and educating others through his blog, as well as his GitHub contributions to both the Magento 2 core and DevDocs while serving as a Maintainer.

Danny Verkade

Founder & CEO, Cream
The Netherlands

Danny has been active in the field of eCommerce for 15 years and is founder & CEO of Cream, a leading eCommerce solution provider for the Magento platform. Danny embraces the open source culture and the Magento community. He is 5x Magento Certified and a top contributor to the Magento core on GitHub. In his free time, Danny is an avid runner and loves to travel. 

Danny was selected as Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through extensive pull requests to the Magento 2 core on GitHub as well as his efforts with Meet Magento Netherlands.

Kuba Zwoliński

Founder & CEO, SNOW.DOG

Kuba is a father, kayaker & 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 of SNOW.DOG, commerce and mobile group. He is passionate about open source technologies, “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 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Poland and Magento #madeInPoznan, as well as various speaking engagements around cross-border and omnichannel experience with Magento 2 and both moderating and helping others on the Magento Forums.

Learn more about the Magento Masters program!