AppThemes is a fast growing company that employs talent from all around the world. Our diverse team consists of highly skilled WordPress developers, designers, and enthusiasts who come together to make awesome premium themes available in over two dozen different languages.
Meet the Team
David has been a passionate WordPress developer, enthusiast, and evangelist ever since it was first released back in 2005. He has over 13 years experience in Internet Marketing & Web Development working for cloud computing companies such as Oracle, Siebel, Salesforce.com, SpringSource, and VMware.
He started AppThemes in May 2010 with a vision to make business applications easy to setup and use for virtually anyone. He has defined a new niche and coined the term “Application Themes” while leading his company to becoming the market leader in the WordPress Application Themes business.
David currently resides in the beautiful city of San Francisco, CA. He’s the brother of Steve Cowgill, the lead guitarist for a well known acoustic surf rock band called Bag of Toys who has been featured in a Microsoft Zune commercial, Bones, and several movies.
He was a speaker at the 2011 SF WordCamp on “Making Money and Having Fun Selling WordPress Themes“. His work has been published in numerous articles and books including WordPress 3 Site Blueprints and Google Blogger for Dummies (ironically) for his previous Blogger business, eBlog Templates (powered by WordPress of course).
Shannon is a designer and front-end developer who has been designing in some capacity or another for as long as he can remember. Something about design fascinated him in a way that conventional art did not.
He was naturally attracted to slick packaging and the simple, iconographic nature of logos. He believes that design is a beautiful blend of creativity and analytical thinking. Good design always serves a purpose, besides simply being attractive.
Prior to joining AppThemes, Shannon worked freelance offering design and marketing services to small and medium businesses throughout the Bay Area. He has had the opportunity to work with several technology start-ups including, Couchbase (formerly NorthScale/Membase), Hyperic, B-Stock Solutions, LoopFuse, and Sauce Labs.
Tyler Carter is an accomplished student who taught himself WordPress and web development over the past few years. He’s a Stack Overflow addict with over 650 solved programming questions credited to his name. He’s read numerous books, blogs, and articles on topics ranging from marketing to programming to photography.
In his free time he mentors a robotics team in San Diego, CA and sits on the steering committee for TEDxYouth@ San Diego – an event that brings 20 students from 12 different schools in the San Diego area together to be inspired about changing the world. He doesn’t like Pina Coladas, or getting caught in the rain.
He was introduced to WordPress by accident when a friend asked for his help customizing a WordPress blog. He became a fan ever since, developing plugins, making customizations and most importantly, learning and improving his skills.
He loves design, gadgets and is passionate about the video game industry. When not ‘connected’, he can be found practicing Krav-Maga, Tennis or trying to find a WI-FI spot to reconnect.
In 2009, he fell in love with WordPress. At first Andrzej supported other web developers to create solutions for WordPress. He soon set up his own shop to provide hundreds of solutions for individual clients. He continues to write about WordPress and create plugins – including many payment integrations – while working with AppThemes.
Andrzej lives in Poland and is happy to be continuing his quest for knowledge making application themes for WordPress.
Josh is a very keen front and back-end web developer with over 10 years experience. He built his first web design business when he was in middle school, and has been working on computers since they first came out, like back in the AOL 1.0/Windows 3.1/DOS days. From early on, he knew that’s what he was great at and loved and knew he had a passion for all things internet and technology.
Before joining AppThemes, he did freelance web development for small to medium size businesses. He loves developing and innovating new cutting edge functionalities. If you can describe it, he can build it, he says there is nothing he can’t do.
When he is not glued to the computer, he’s spending time with his wife, playing with his 3 kids, or enjoying coffee and/or his love for music.
Yumiko (aka Pepsi) is our lead support wrangler and forum moderator responsible for all things support and language pack related. If you’ve asked a question in the forum before, chances are she was the first to answer. Her speed, knowledge, and patience makes her a great addition to the AppThemes team.
She is a married mom with two girls from New Zealand with over 10 years experience in IT — specifically network engineering & technical support roles. She enjoys learning new technologies and is currently enhancing her skill set in the area of web development.
She was introduced to WordPress solely because of her desire to use ClassiPress, which was the only product of all those she researched that suited her needs perfectly.
Renato has been dabbling in website development for years. After creating his first site, he got hooked and hasn’t stopped since. He was first introduced to WordPress back in 2009 and built his first theme in 2010.
Not far after, he discovered AppThemes and was intrigued with their themes and decided to start a new classified ads website using ClassiPress. Since then he became a huge AppThemes evangelist and WordPress has completely changed his life. Today he considers himself a self-taught ClassiPress and WordPress extraordinaire.
Renato represents us from the amazing city of Sao Paulo, Brazil and is our resident Portuguese speaker.
Jomark has been instrumental is helping grow and nurture the AppThemes support forum. When he’s not helping others in the forum, he is an internet entrepreneur and an independent filmmaker.
Jomark is intensively self-taught in the field of digital movie/film making and internet marketing and co-founded SineBuano, Cebu’s independent film-making group. His portfolio contains more than 50 websites which include several AppThemes-based sites.
Dimitris has an incredibly varied skill set. His knowledge covers everything from web development, design, server administration, search engine optimization and, of course, WordPress.
Most importantly, Dimitris brings with him years of experience helping customers get through their toughest technical issues while providing support for hardware and software companies.
Dimitris enjoys writing valid HTML and CSS. He spends his free time practicing photography, playing sports, watching movies and reading.
Dave Wakeling (AKA Dubya) first discovered AppThemes in 2009, while researching alternatives to selling on eBay. The active and supportive, customer-centric community was a major factor in his decision to purchase ClassiPress.
Dave first joined the AppThemes Team as a Volunteer Moderator back in July 2010, and after a short hiatus, returned to us in December 2011, as a full fledged Support Team Member. Dave was attracted to the multifaceted challenges that this unique opportunity with AppThemes presented, and is eager to do a bit of research and “learn with the customer” whenever possible.
Dave works and lives within a 15 minute drive of the brink of Niagara Falls, in Ontario, Canada, spending most of his time as the Regional Manager of a technology and environment focused Charitable Organization. Dave has worked within the web design, computer service, and customer support sectors for over 20 years, and brings vast experience to this position.
When he has spare time, Dave enjoys riding his Harley Davidson “Lucille”, and describes himself as a professional environmentalist, geek, amateur husband and father, and a weekend road warrior.
Rolf’s first experience with computers was with a Commodore Amiga 500 back in 1987. He created his first of many websites in 1995. He continued online, creating forum websites including one for people interested in running their own forum. It proved to be a huge success, growing to 60,000+ in a short time. He has created over 40 Joomla (at that time it was called “Mambo”) websites and spent three years providing support for a web hosting company in Germany.
Rolf only recently began using WordPress and ClassiPress while looking for classifieds software. He started to build his first classifieds site but found himself spending more time in the forums than finishing his site. His incredible level of activity attracted the attention of the AppThemes staff.
When Rolf is not online, he spends free time spearfishing and motorbike riding. Originally from Germany, Rolf lives with his wife in Cyprus where they like doing home improvement projects. “I start building something new with my wife, that can be a simple garage, an open roof with a garden inside, a fish pond with waterfalls, or just a new bathroom that looks like a cave.” We’ve seen video of the cave bathroom. It’s amazing!