So if you haven’t heard Adobe is having a tour of its ColdFusion User Groups to talk about the next versions of Flex and ColdFusion. In the past we’ve spread it out over something like six weeks. We’re doing it in three weeks. In order to accomplish that we’ve had to expand the speaker list a bit beyond me, Adam and Ben. I thought it might be helpful if I give you all some background on all of them.
One thing I like about this list is that it includes some internal converts, people who didn’t traditionally use ColdFusion, but who have started using ColdFusion over the past year or so and found that they liked it. I’m not going to single out the converts, but I figured that I would mention it, because even here at Adobe, we’re still gaining users.
If you’re an Adobe presenter and I didn’t list you, it’s because I didn’t know you were presenting. Drop me a line and I’ll add you. If I got something wrong in your blurb, let me know.
As the ColdFusion Sales Engineer, you may have met Josh over the past two years or so. He’s a great resource for deep technical issues with ColdFusion.
Mihai is a fellow Platform Evangelist based out of Bucharest, Hungary. He’s an old hand at ColdFusion, who was also part of the Flex Builder team at one point.
Claude, based in Belgium, is the ColdFusion Specialist for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Long time community member, he’s been at Adobe for about a year, and wears many hats (many of them quite festive). If you’re in EMEA, and need any help with ColdFusion, Claude’s your go-to-guy.
Who’s Ben Forta – a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, shrouded in mystery and topped off with a crazy, giant, beard. No one knows where he comes from but it’s been said… c’mon, if you’re reading this you know who Ben is.
Kevin is a member of the Platform Evangelism team, and my boss. (So say nice things about me if you can.) He’s been around since the Allaire days. He’s worked with ColdFusion from the earliest versions, and many of you have seen him at User group events in the past.
Serge is also a member of the Platform Evangelism team. He’s based in Belgium, but insists that he and Claude have nothing in common. He comes to CF with tons of front end experience, and can show you some things about Catalyst that will knock your socks off.
Tomas is surprisingly another member of the Platform Evangelism team. He’s got a ton of experience with Flash, and has a really good designer’s eye. (Check out his site.)
Adam’s the former ColdFusion Evangelist, and current Product Manager for ColdFusion. He’s a long member of the community. Like Zoolander he’s plagued by his inability to turn (and look) left.
Andrew is a Systems Engineer down in Australia. I got a chance to meet him when I was down for webDU. He’s a great ambassador for Adobe, and I think you’ll be in good hands if you get him for a session.
Ryan is yet another member of the Platform Evangelism group. He does a lot of Catalyst and Flex these days, but way back in the day he a was bright eyed and annoyingly enthusiastic ColdFusion developer with me at the Wharton School.
Mark is the Technical Director for Australia and New Zealand. I also got a chance to meet with during webDU, and was impressed by his take on CF in relation to other products at Adobe.
Another Platform Evangelist, Piotr is based in Warsaw. He’s got a very strong background in Java, and should have a great take on CF from that perspective.
Greg Wilson is a Platform Evangelist. He’s a LiveCycle guy who embraced the power of ColdFusion when he saw how easy it made to talk to Adobe’s internal MS Exchange server.