February 3, 2020
Last year we introduced a new category of recognition: Qualified Alumni, with the goal of giving recognition to new Magento Masters candidates, while still recognizing those who qualify for Magento Masters year over year. Qualified Alumni have already been Magento Masters three times but qualify to be in the top 20 contributors.
We are incredibly excited to introduce you to our Qualified Alumni for the 2020 Magento Masters program, and are grateful for the contributions they make year over year:
Product Manager, Nexcess
For the past seven years Miguel Balparda has travelled the globe, working remotely from more than 45 countries as a senior developer for some of the biggest Magento projects. Since joining Nexcess, he has helped to maintain Magento 2 as a Community Maintainer among other open-source initiative.
Miguel was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions and maintainership on Magento GitHub repositories, organizing Magento Meetup Rosario, leading DevExchange discussions, and participating in a variety of speaking engagements at Magento-hosted or Magento-centric events.
Chief Commerce Officer, Something Digital
As chief commerce officer at Something Digital, Phillip Jackson acts as head of strategy, partnerships, and evangelism. He helps brands define goals, create strategies to meet those goals, and align tactics that drive results. With over 15 years of experience creating unique online customer experiences, he has both built and managed eCommerce for some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Phillip is the organizer of the Magento SoFla Meetup and hosts the podcasts Magetalk, Future Commerce, and Merchant to Merchant.
Phillip was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions organizing the South Florida Magento Meetup, educating the community on the Magento blog, co-hosting MageTalk and other Magento-centric podcasts, and participating in a variety of speaking engagements at Magento-hosted or Magento-centric events.
Consultant, Mage2 TV
Vinai Koop has worked as a Magento Developer since 2008. He has been active in the community from the beginning as a speaker, author, mentor, and trainer. He is a member of the Magento Community Advisory Board and has been invited into the Magento Masters program every year since it started in 2016. He wants to make Magento and Magento Developers successful, and loves solving problems with code. He is passionate about software development, family, and friendship.
Vinai was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions through speaking engagements, organizing a discussion at DevExchange, contributing on the Magento GitHub repositories, and helping create course content for Magento.
Sander Mangel is a technical consultant and software architect with a passion for eCommerce and Magento. Sander is involved in the local Dutch Magento community, co-organizing Meet Magento, as well as the wider international community. He loves travel, cats, and cooking.
Sander was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions co-organizing Meet Magento Netherlands and Magento User Group Utrecht, co-hosting the Dutchento podcast, translating Magento into Dutch, leading a DevExchange discussion, and participating in a variety of speaking engagements at Magento-hosted or Magento-centric events.
CTO, Veriteworks Inc.
Hirokazu Nishi is CTO of Veriteworks Inc. He has been working as a Magento Developer since September 2007. Hirokazu also has been organizing Magento-related events since 2009 and is working to expand the Magento user community in Japan. He also loves riding motorcycles and camping.
Hirokazu was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions organizing Meet Magento Japan, Meet Magento Japan Contribution Day, and Magento Meetup Tokyo, translating Magento to Japanese, educating the community on the Magento blog, and participating in a variety of speaking engagements at Magento-hosted or Magento-centric events.
Magento Evangelist, Wagento Creative LLC
Brent Peterson is the chief evangelist at Wagento, a Magento Enterprise Solution Partner, and loves to run everywhere in the world while organizing Magento events in Mexico, India, and the U.S. He has been in the Magento Community for more than 10 years, starting as the first volunteer forum moderator. Brent spends a lot of time with clients in Mexico and South America, yet somehow doesn't speak Spanish. He hails from Minnesota, where he enjoys the week in July they call summer. He is often seen running a marathon with his wife, Susan, and hopes to run in all seven continents.
Brent was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions organizing Meet Magento India, MageX, MageTitans Mexico, and the Magento Meetup Twin Cities, educating the community on the Magento blog, and participating in a variety of speaking engagements at Magento-hosted or Magento-centric events.
Founder & CEO, SNOW.DOG
Kuba Zwolinski is founder and CEO of Snowdog, a unified commerce research and development company. He volunteers as a vice chair of the Magento Association, an organization that advances and empowers the global Magento community and commerce ecosystem through open collaboration, education, and thought leadership. Starting back in 2005 as a freelance Web developer, Kuba created a successful global commerce agency, combining programming experience with open-source-based business models. His passion to promote open collaboration and the “sharing economy” around the world inspired him to organize local Magento Meetups and speak about open source for developing markets during the Meet Magento and CMS Africa conferences.
Kuba was selected as a Magento Master for 2020 based on his 2019 contributions organizing Meet Magento Poland and the Magento #madeInPoznan Meetup, serving on the board of the Magento Association, and participating in a variety of speaking engagements at Magento-hosted or Magento-centric events.