As a Staff Engineer for Pivotal, Gunnar is a core committer for the Spring Integration and Spring XD open source projects and has also contributed to the Cloud Foundry project. He has been a member of the Spring team for over 3 years. Furthermore, Gunnar is the president of the Atlanta Java Users Group since 2010 and is co-organizer for the DevNexus developer conference that attracted 1200 developers in 2014. A native of Berlin, Germany, Gunnar has been calling Atlanta home for the past 13 years.
If not playing with and learning the latest and greatest technologies, Gunnar is an avid gardener specializing in anything sub-tropical such as bananas, palm trees and bamboo. Furthermore, Gunnar has been learning Spanish for the past six years. He and his wife Alysa have one daughter and a son and are raising both tri-lingually (English, German, Spanish). As time permits, Gunnar blogs at: http://blog.hillert.com/.
Artist, athlete, traveler, technology community junkie and experienced sales leader. Vincent is a VP with Look-Listen, an Atlanta based Digital Agency. With 19 years HCM & technology solution sales experience Vincent has led cross functional teams and has strong program and project management abilities. He has also led sales training, web branding and marketing efforts and has a deep understanding of technology.
Vincent Stoessel is a Java Developer that began building websites in the early days of the dot-com era. In 2000 he was hired to develop PHP web applications for the official site of then Vice-President Al Gore’s presidential bid. It was also during this time that he made the transition to full time Java server side development and began the journey toward software mastery. Since then, he has successfully lead great development teams to build enterprise software for his employers. Vincent is a passionate about the concept that Information Technology can enable people to reach a higher potential. During his off hours, he finds peace of mind with his family. photography and cycling. He is currently employed by the Huron Consulting Group and lives in South Metro Atlanta.
Burk has been creating positive user experiences since 1978 as a Software Architect and Developer. Burk spends much of his time designing and crafting software, and his goal is to deliver practical solutions for complex problems.
He has presented at several conferences (including DevNexus) and was voted a JavaOne Rock Star in 2010 for his talk on User Experience Anti-Patterns. Burk also co-wrote two books for O’Reilly, “97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know” and “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know”.
Bruce has over 19 years experience in numerous types of software design and development experience. His focus in object oriented design and coding started with years of enterprise software experience in Smalltalk, which, of course, led into years of experience in Java applications and web projects. Current focus: Start with a more user-centered design, use agile process and always solve problems with an elegantly simple solution (which is almost never simple to do). Bruce is currently a Sr. Software Engineer at LexisNexis in Alpharetta where he is working on a number of projects. Bruce enjoys agile projects with RIA user interface designs as well as excellent OOD. In the last couple years, this has led to projects using Flex and GWT technologies.
We moved to the Atlanta area about two years ago and since we live in west Cobb area, we are still trying to figure out how to drive in Atlanta without losing our sanity.