Chris Brogan

President, Human Business Works and President, New Marketing Labs. Expert in things that are good.

Donncha O Caoimh

Prolific Plugin author, Core contributor and the guy that brought us WordPress MU (now Multi-site).

Plugins include: No Adverts for Friends, Comment Referrers, Flickr Comment Importer, WP Super Cache, WordPress MU Domain Mapping, Tweet Tweet

Jeff Chandler

The “unofficial” voice of the WordPress community Jeff has built an outstanding resource known as the WordPress Tavern.

He is also founder and host of the WordPress Weekly podcast.

Syed Balkhi

I am a blogger, Web Designer, SEM, Affiliate Marketer, WordPress Geek, Florida Gator, and one cool guy who you should know on the web.

Michael Fields

A developer who provides custom solutions for WordPress including tons of great resources for WP 3.0.

Ben Gillbanks

Founder of the popular WordPress voting site, WPVote and big contributor to the WP community with great tutorials, and resources. Ben is a WordPress developer, and has had a hand in creating some really awesome themes from ProThemeDesign.

Christine Green

One big bundle of creative neural pathways. Web Designer and Developer. Marketing Strategist. Social Media Consultant. Marketing Effectiveness Coach. Christine latches on to projects that facilitate thriving …of your business and the humor that sustains life.

Shawn Hesketh

Shawn has filled a gaping hole in the WP tutorial world. That is, tutorials for folks who’ve never used WP before and wouldn’t know a post from a page, or category from a tag.

The tutorials at WP101.com are well structured, thorough and at a good steady pace.

Designer/developers can now direct their clients to Shawn’s WP101 site and let his excellent tutorials teach them how to use WP.

For us designer/devs who suck at training – it’s a godsend!

Shawn’s a legend and should be knighted for services to the WP community!

Clay Griffiths

Clay revolutionized WordPress theme development with the Headway Theme Framework. This was, and still is, the only theme framework with a full real-time wysiwyg visual editor.

Although this makes it easy for anyone to design their own WordPress theme, Clay has made Headway a very powerful tool for developers as well, with an extensive array of hooks and intelligent declaration of CSS selectors.

Version 2.0 of Headway brings a huge array of enhancements and optimizations, all coded by this brilliant up and coming developer.

Headway and Clay are certainly ones to watch in the WP community.

Matt Mullenweg

This guy needs no introduction. He is the reason this honours “contest” even EXISTS! Due to him, millionaires have been created. Due to him, kids who would normally be out playing football are now able to become international superstars by using nothing but their fingers.

Matt Mullenweg, deserves to be honoured for creating this magnificent piece of software – WordPress.

And if that is not enough, you probably all know that he (with the rest of Automattic) gave the trademark of WordPress to the WordPress Foundation so that it will be protected and stay open source forever. If you don’t vote for him, you are either evil or part of Joomla!