WP BootCamp Tampa Recap

wp-bootcamp-tampa-groupWP BootCamp Tampa has come and gone and all I can say is WOW … what an amazing crowd and event!!!

We were honored to work with the WordCamp Tampa team to offer a full day workshop at the University of South Florida before WordCamp Tampa.  The WP BootCamp was a full house, with attendees from all types of backgrounds and experiences, and ages ranging from 16 to 86. We also had 22 military veterans representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including a WWII Veteran who served in the Navy!

WP BootCamp Tampa presented our attendees with valuable information about how to build a career or business in the WordPress marketplace. We offered 30 minute “power sessions” that provided key thoughts on topics such as branding, focusing on your strengths, finding the perfect clients and employers, selling on value, and how to get started right with WordPress. We also included action goals that each attendee worked through before discussing them in a small group setting. Our team had the opportunity to answer lots of questions and spend time mentoring individuals before ending the day with networking time.

While some people were bummed that we weren’t able to conduct the actual WordPress training due to technical restraints, most of the feedback was incredibly positive. Most attendees said this was the best training they ever participated in and that our event was exciting, lively, and kept them focused.

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One of the highlights of WP BootCamp Tampa was when I had the honor of introducing and thanking George Keen, a radar technician who served in the Navy in World War II. George received a standing ovation from our attendees and talked about his service during the war. He told me that I was one of the few people to ever recognize his service and understand the history of WWII. George also said he was very thankful for how the attendees made him feel and loved the young ladies for taking photos with him. We also had the opportunity to recognize all of the other men and women who have faithfully served our country.

Special Thanks to the Following People

  • iThemes, Sucuri Security, Squadron, WebDevStudios, Automattic, Siteground, WP101.com, A2 Hosting, 10up, WP SiteCare, Lucid Oils, and Manage WP. None of this would be possible without their generosity and involvement. We salute all of them!
  • WP Engine sponsored our military veteran tickets for WP BootCamp Tampa and helped with promoting the event. We are extremely grateful to their company for doing this and their continued support.
  • Rachael Graham, Marketing Coordinator at WP Engine, took amazing photos of the event and conducted video interviews with some of our attendees. She rocks!
  • Nathan Ingram was my co-presenter for this training and he shared incredible insights with our attendees. We were fortunate to have him involved and appreciate his excellent work.
  • The WordCamp Tampa organizers and team did ALL of the hard work and heavy lifting! They took care of registrations, food, drinks, signs, parking, setup, and so many other details that we just can’t give them enough props for what they did.
  • All of our attendees for making this all worth doing!

WP BootCamp Tampa was a huge success and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Now we look forward to WP BootCamp Austin on October 16th and 17th, 2015. See the details here.