Meet the 2018 Magento Masters: Mentors

January 31, 2018

By: Sherrie Rohde,
Author Title: 
Community Manager
, Magento Commerce

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. Yesterday, we shared this year’s Movers with you. Today we reveal the seven Magento Masters selected as Mentors.

Mentors are top contributors to the Magento Community who are highly active educating others and developing resources for them. They have proven expertise in building successful Magento implementations.

I am delighted to introduce you to our Mentors for the 2018 Magento Masters program: 

Damián Culotta

Magento Developer & Independent Consultant
Argentina

Damian started to work with Magento by chance in 2008. Since then, he was part of different agencies teams worldwide. In addition, he actively participates in the community sharing his experiences through his blog and learning from other members. He really enjoys discussing development processes and exchanging problems and solutions. As Consultant, he directly works with merchants to find the best solution for their business requirements.

Damian was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through submissions to Magento DevDocs, translating Magento 2 for the Spanish speaking community, speaking engagements around Magento and at Magento centric events, and keeping other Magento developers educated on his blog, as well as consistently helping others in the community on the Magento Forums while serving as a Moderator.

Gabriel Guarino

Founder, Simplific
Argentina

Gabriel is a Magento specialist from Argentina that has been completely dedicated to Magento since 2009. He is the founder of Simplific, an eCommerce development company based in Argentina that specializes in Magento development and integrations. He started working with Magento 2 as soon as it was released and used his personal journey mastering Magento 2 as an example to help others in the community. He is the author of  "Magento 2 Beginners Guide" and delivered presentations about Magento 2 for developers.

Gabriel was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions of helping other developers learn how to take Magento 1 knowledge and apply it to Magento 2 and how to become better Magento specialists through speaking engagements as well as both moderating and consistently helping others on the Magento Forums, and writing the Magento 2 Beginners Guide.

Vinai Kopp

Freelance Developer & Trainer
Germany

Vinai enjoys programming both as a developer and while training and mentoring. He is passionate about producing high-quality solutions for real problems. When not working or studying, Vinai enjoys his family, beekeeping, running, and traveling.

Vinai was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions to the Magento 2 core on GitHub while serving as a Maintainer, efforts with the MageUnconference, consistently helping others in the community on StackExchange and educating the Magento community on testing in Magento 2 through speaking engagements.

Sander Mangel

Technical Lead, FitForMe
The Netherlands

Coffee and eCommerce enthusiast living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Passionate about Magento and everything involved with the community. Getting others involved and reaching out to new people is what drives him to do events like MageStackDay, user groups, and help with Meet Magento. For Sander, collaboration is what drives true innovation. That goes for everything in life but especially the work he does with Magento development.

Sander was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through organizing the Magento User Group Zuid-Holland, co-organizing Meet Magento Netherlands, MageUnconference Netherlands, and MageStackDay, speaking engagements around his Magento experience at a merchant, and consistently helping others in the community on Magento StackExchange.

Tom Robertshaw

eCommerce Evangelist, Space 48
United Kingdom

Tom is a certified developer and eCommerce strategist that’s been working with Magento for almost 10 years. He co-founded Meanbee, which became a trusted development partner for a number of global brands, and ultimately was acquired by Space 48 in 2017. Tom is continuing his mission to inspire great eCommerce and is happiest when collaborating and sharing knowledge with the community whether that be at conferences, hackathons, or contributing on open-source extensions and tools. 

Tom was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through educating developers on Progressive Web Apps and Cognitive Commerce through speaking engagements at Magento-centric events and on his blog as well as both moderating and consistently helping others on the Magento Forums.

Fabian Schmengler

Magento Developer & Solutions Specialist, integer_net
Germany

Fabian is a Software Engineer, specializing in Magento development since 2011. He is part of integer_net, a small company of Magento experts and community enthusiasts in Aachen, Germany. His day job is working with client projects, the IntegerNet_Solr search extension, training and consulting. There he puts emphasis on test automation and currently works on the side on his first book, Test Driven Magento. You can follow its progress at tddwizard.com.

Fabian was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through speaking engagements around Magento and at Magento centric events, keeping other Magento developers educated on his blog through highlighting recent solutions or sharing best practices, and contributing to the Magento 2 core on GitHub and serving as a Maintainer, as well as consistently helping others in the community on Magento StackExchange.

Anna Völkl

Lead Magento Developer, E-CONOMIX GmbH
Austria

Anna is a Lead Magento Developer at E-CONOMIX. She has been a professional software engineer and software architect for more than 10 years and started working with Magento in 2011. Anna is passionate about improving security and developer workflows and likes giving talks at Magento events and sharing her expertise and experience. In her free time, Anna enjoys her family, outdoor sports and volunteering for the Red Cross.

Anna was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on her 2017 contributions through co-organizing Magento Meetup Austria, educating the community on Magento platform security through speaking engagements, contributing on Github to both Magento and DevDocs, serving as a GitHub Maintainer, co-organizing MageStackDay and consistently helping others in the community on Magento StackExchange and the Magento Forums.

Learn more about the Magento Masters program!