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.

Jake Goldman

Web developer & strategist, WordPress guru & plug-in author, Director of Client Services at C. Murray Consulting

Mike Schinkel

Mike helps companies recognize WordPress as a Strategic Business Platform, and also develops Plugins to leverage the 13 million+ self-hosted WordPress sites.

He can be quite helpful on the WP-Hackers mailing list as well, too.

Andy Bailey

Creator of the CommentLuv plugin and ComLuv Network. Writes PHP/MySQL code and plays with WP/WPMU.

Dougal Campbell

Dougal was one of the original WordPress core developers, contributing features such as XML-RPC API support, mass re-enabling of plugins, Conditional GET support for feeds, and Post Custom Fields, which became the basis for countless plugin and theme features.

He has contributed several plugins to the WordPress ecosystem over the years, including Fancybox Gallery, Easy Gravatars, Theme Preview, and a filter for Talk Like a Pirate Day which has been subsequently adapted for numerous other systems including Drupal and Joomla.

Dougal has presented at WordCamp Birmingham for all three years it has been around, and was also selected as a presenter for the inaugural WordCamp Atlanta. Topics have included “The Future of WordPress”, which discussed upcoming features in WordPress 2.7, “Jumping Into WordPress Plugin Programming”, which will see an updated version at the October PHP Atlanta meeting, and “Pitfalls of a Popular Project”.

Secret Blog Club

There is no other collaboration quite like Secret Blog Club because the benefits far outweigh the time required to participate. Pop in, grab what you need and pop out. We’re all about sharing what really works, putting together blogging niches and supporting the efforts of other bloggers including business blogs. You have to see it to really understand what we’re doing. Visit the links in the post in this entry and the one on Murray Newlands that contains details on what we share there. If you are serious about blogging this is one community you do not want to miss.

Danny Brown

Co-founder and partner at Bonsai Interactive, offering social media, digital and mobile marketing solutions and applications.

Danny’s blog is featured in the AdAge Power 150 list as well as Canada’s Top 50 Marketing Blogs, and won the Hive Award for Best Social Media Blog at the 2010 South by South West festival.

Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk, an SEO consultant and web developer living in Wijchen, near Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Plugin Author of: Sociable, Yoast Breadcrumbs, Upcoming and many more.

James Coletti

Entrepreneur, Boston WordPress Meetup founder, consultant, and blogger (kind of).

Sarah Gooding

Sarah Gooding is a User Interface Designer/Developer, specializing in open source content management systems and social networking architecture.  She writes daily at  WPMU.org on WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress.  In her spare time she enjoys writing plugins for WordPress and BuddyPress as well as creating new themes.