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Learn from top FileMaker experts and influencers.

  • Hiroyuki Aruga

    DBPowers Co.Ltd.

    Since 1995, Hiroyuki has used FileMaker to make solutions for customers and colleagues. He has attended DevCon for 14 years as a FileMaker Business Alliance member. At DevCon 2015, he presented “Go Beyond the Borders of Medical Communication” and at DevCon 2016 he was a panelist on “Attracting New Developers to the FileMaker Platform.” For past a few years, he has taught classes at two universities and one high school in Japan with FileMaker Campus Programs.

    FileMaker Certifications: 8 - 16

  • Jesse Barnum

    360Works

    Jesse Barnum started writing screen savers on his Apple IIe at age 12 and immediately fell in love with computer programming. He started writing databases with FileMaker Pro version 2.1 in 1992, founded 360Works in 1996, and now focuses on creating FileMaker developer tools, such as MirrorSync and CloudMail. Jesse has been a speaker at several USA FileMaker Developer Conferences, the 2017 Scandinavian DevCon, and numerous user group meetings. He is certified in FileMaker 7 through 16 and is a platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 16

  • Mike Beargie

    MainSpring, Inc.

    Mike is a senior application developer with MainSpring, Inc., a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Partner and Business Driver of the Year from 2013 - 2016. He has a formal education in graphic design and computer science, and a background in web development and IT support. He’s an avid FileMaker community supporter, receiving the FileMaker Business Alliance award for Community Excellence in 2014 and 2016, and is part of the Community MVP team. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 11 - 16

  • Beatrice Beaubien

    i2eye

    Over the past 20 years I have developed FileMaker solutions for large enterprises in healthcare and legal services as well as small businesses. I particularly like producing solutions that facilitate workflow through easy-to-navigate interfaces. My background is artist, musician, biochemist, and project manager.

  • Bryn Behrenshausen

    Kalisher

    Bryn started his career as an IT professional in 2011 and has moved up to being the Director of Technology for the art company Kalisher. He started with Kalisher in 2014 and was first introduced to FileMaker at that time. He learned the FileMaker Platform by building upon an existing system and creating entirely new solutions for himself and the company. He first attended DevCon in 2017. Bryn is a passionate tech advocate and also enjoys being active in politics. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and 4 cats and enjoys doing home improvement projects in his spare time.

  • Bill Bennett

    Kiza Solutions

    Bill moved with his young family from Chicago to Rwanda in 2013 with the broad and ambitious goal of engaging with the developing world for good. He was fortunate to be able to leverage years of experience with Soliant Consulting to help Rwanda Trading Company work more effectively and extend its positive impact with over 75,000 local coffee farmers. Inspired by the success of this initial project, the Bennett family stayed in Africa for nearly four years and began hiring and training local developers. The Bennetts continue to grow Kiza Solutions from Cincinnati Ohio, serving clients here and abroad with an "impact sourcing" model unique to the FileMaker world.

  • Bob Bowers

    Soliant Consulting, Inc.

    Bob, CEO and co-founder of Soliant Consulting, is widely known for his expertise in the field of software development. He is a recipient of the FileMaker Excellence Award and has co-authored seven books on FileMaker Pro database development. In 2008 he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. After graduating summa cum laude in Music and English at Wabash College, Bob earned a masters in Musicology from the University of Chicago. More >

  • Lance Brandenberg

    Geist Interactive

    Lance is the Solutions Architect at Geist Interactive. He has been working with FileMaker for 10 years, and is certified in FileMaker 11 through 16. Lance began his career in FileMaker while operating a custom screen printing business in 2007. After his FileMaker obsession began, he sold the company to pursue development full time. He is an active participant in the San Diego FileMaker User Group, and has spoken on a range of topics. In his free time, Lance is usually busy playing bogey golf, enjoying craft beer, or worrying about the future of artificial intelligence.

    FileMaker Certifications: 11 - 16

  • Jeremy Brown

    Geist Interactive

    Jeremy is a teacher and a FileMaker developer. He spent 15 years in the classroom teaching students and adults, and has spent the last 8 years working in FileMaker. As a full-time developer, certified in FileMaker 12 - 16, he enjoys developing custom apps for others and helping others learn the platform better. He speaks regularly at the Denver Area FileMaker User Group and produces blog posts and videos that highlight best practices in FileMaker development. In his spare time, he plays video games and spends time with his pup.

    FileMaker Certifications: 12 - 16

  • Tim Brown

    Antidote Solutions

    Tim is a FileMaker healthcare advocate, primarily carrying out Antidote’s strong philosophy “Maximizing Technology, Partnering for Results” by keeping his pulse on the world of technology, consulting with clients, and uncovering new business endeavors. Prior to forming Antidote, Tim spent 12 years in healthcare industry, holding executive positions at two highly regarded institutions, North Shore LIJ and Hospital for Special Surgery. Tim offers the medical world a unique blend of technical proficiency along with proven business development, analytics and project management expertise.

  • Paul Chen

    FileMaker, Inc.

    Currently a Sr. Software Engineer at FileMaker, Paul has worked on many web-related projects including WebDirect, the PHP API, XML, and the UAC for over a decade. Before FileMaker, Paul was a frontline soldier at Netscape in the original browser wars. In his free time he tries to wrangle his two kids and attempts to practice the cello as much as he can.

  • Salvatore Colangelo

    Goya Pty Ltd

    Salvatore has been working with FileMaker for more than 10 years. For the last few years he has specialized in integrating FileMaker applications and other systems and spoke on the subject at FileMaker DevCon and FileMaker events around the world. He lives with his family in Brisbane, Australia and because of that doesn’t own warm clothes anymore. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 10 - 16

  • Molly Connolly

    Thorsen Consulting, Inc.

    Molly Connolly, owner of Thorsen Consulting, has over 20 years of FileMaker development experience. She currently manages a team of developers who create and support solutions for education, government and private businesses with a focus on integration and automation. Over the years she has also served as a consultant to consultants on topics ranging from growing your business, to project management to professional development. Molly is active in the FileMaker community, an active member of Women of FileMaker and a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to the FileMaker Community award. She is the founder of JumpStartFM, an online FileMaker training program, and Elusive Moose, an online business resource for software developers.

  • Vanessa Costanzo

    Recruiting Pro Software

    Vanessa oversees the development, implementation, and use of technology to meet Recruiting Pro’s business needs and the business needs of our clients. Having grown up using FileMaker since grade school, she has many years’ experience working to support and train clients to maximize the efficient use of their systems. Previously, she worked in project management for a major worldwide research corporation. She completed an MBA with concentrations in Marketing & Entrepreneurship in conjunction with a Master of Science in Information Systems at Boston University Questrom School of Business.

  • Karen Craig

    iSolutions, Inc.

    Karen has been working at iSolutions, Inc. as a Project Manager since Summer 2017. Prior to joining the team, I worked at Disneyland as an Industrial Engineer, where I was first introduced to FileMaker as a tool to build data collection apps for time studies. While I was internal department technology head for almost 3 years, I compared FileMaker to other low code environments to make the right business decisions each year. I continue to enjoy comparing platforms as well as project management methodologies.

  • Peter Cross

    Valard Construction LLP

     In the 1990s, while Peter was looking for a database tool to run his business, FileMaker 3 came into his life. Not long after that, a FileMaker Consultant was born. About 5 years ago, Peter joined Valard Construction after nearly two decades as an independent consultant. Peter is an evangelist for the FileMaker platform and enjoys inspiring others to do amazing things with FileMaker. Peter lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada and enjoys endurance cycling, photography, and kayaking. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 9, 11 - 14

  • Diego DAlessio

    SAGAI

    Diego has been a FileMaker developer since he was 15 years old and has been a FileMaker evangelist in the Latin America community for almost 10 years. He’s worked for companies inclusing United Airlines, Volkswagen, Silver Sea, Digital Light Studios, Sony, BMG, Universal Music, Renault, and IBM. Currently, he’s responsible for the in-house development department of the Actor’s Rights Management Association. He is also father to 14-year-old Simon, a part-time stand-up comedian, a Scout Master, and a social worker volunteer.

  • Stephen Day

    FileMaker, Inc.

    With over 15 years in sales, Stephen is now closing in on his 6th year at FileMaker, Inc. Initially a member of FileMaker’s inside sales team, Stephen later transitioned into the role of a Partner Manager. He currently helps manage the FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) partner program focusing on growing the FBA community while assisting current FBA members. Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his growing family while squeezing in time for fishing and helping coach his son’s little league team.

  • Wim DeCorte

    Soliant Consulting Inc

    Wim is a senior technical architect at Soliant Consulting and a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum partner. He is a FileMaker 7-16 Certified developer and the author of numerous technical briefs and white papers. He is a frequent speaker at FileMaker DevCon, at FileMaker Developer groups throughout the world, and is the recipient of two FileMaker Excellence Awards. In addition to being a renowned expert on FileMaker Server, Wim also specializes in integrating FileMaker applications and other systems.

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 16

  • Ken d’Oronzio

    Paradise Partners, Inc.

    Ken is a founding partner of Paradise Partners, Inc. and of soSIMPLE Software, makers of soSIMPLE Calendar - the one FileMaker calendar that you can use anywhere. He is also the creator of fmGateway for Zapier, a tool that enables FileMaker Server as a web service. Ken has been hanging out on the jagged edge of the FileMaker periphery for 20+ years, creating tools and techniques to expand FileMaker’s capabilities by using whatever technologies are available. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 11, 13 - 16

  • Mike Duncan

    Soliant Consulting

    A multihyphenate with over 20 years of work experience, Mike is a certified FileMaker Developer and an AWS Certified Solutions Architect. In addition to his work, Mike also enjoys pursuing his art, freelance writing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

    FileMaker Certifications: 9 - 10, 12 - 16

  • Javier Dura

    Afterdata

    Javier is a FileMaker consultant and trainer who enjoys using his knowledge and experience by helping other developers learn the platform. He provides his knowledge through a variety of courses offered across much of Spain. With a formal education in journalism, he has written several FileMaker articles and has spoken at numerous FileMaker user groups and events across Europe. His strengths are user interface design and DRY coding. Javier is also one of the primary organizers for the FileMaker Spanish DevCon.

  • Makah Encarnacao

    Soliant Consulting

    After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Cognitive Science, Makah started working at Soliant Consulting, where she received a solid foundation in FileMaker basics and best practices. She could not be happier with how her career has grown there: ten years and eight certifications later, she is now a Project Technical Lead as well as co-founder of Soliant’s Humanitarian Committee. She’s also the head of Women of FileMaker’s mentoring subcommitee. Makah resides in Albuquerque with her husband, their two daughters (4 and almost 1), and their 9-year-old pup. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 9 - 15

  • Susan Fennema

    Beyond the Chaos, LLC

    Susan is the Chaos Eradicating Officer (CEO) of Beyond the Chaos, a consultancy helping FileMaker development companies and other small business owners gain control of their lives through better processes, organization, and structure of their business operations and projects. Currently serving as the Facilitator for the Women of FileMaker, she has almost 30 years experience in the software development, creative, marketing, and advertising industries. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in journalism. She lives and works in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, her dog, and two cats.

  • Tom Fitch

    Oregon Health Authority

    Tom is a FileMaker developer in Portland, Oregon who works in-house for the state’s public health division, creating tools for tracking reportable diseases and outbreak investigations. Past careers include graphic and website designer, Mac consultant, and musician. He is a regular contributor to the FileMaker Community and a member of the 2016 Developer Challenge winning team.

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 10, 12, 13, 16

  • Dionne Fleener

    Cook Medical

    Dionne works for a large medical device company in Indiana. She works with a wonderful partner on a custom app that was recently rebuilt. Their custom app has grown to be more than they had dreamed. It is rolled out globally (Indiana, Ireland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia). Layouts are in Japanese as well as English. Multiple departments use the custom app so that communication and instructions no longer rely on notes and emails. Their in-house IT has “wowed” at the success.

  • Doug Gardner

    Exoteric Inc.

    Doug is the founder of Exoteric Inc., a Toronto-based FileMaker Platinum Partner with clients in Canada and the United States. While working on his Ph.D. at York University in Toronto he lectured in front of audiences large and small. A frequent FileMaker DevCon speaker, Doug has worked as a FileMaker developer for the past 23 years, and is celebrating his 22nd year as a member of FileMaker’s various professional alliances. He has written numerous FileMaker articles and spoken at FileMaker user groups and FileMaker events across North America.

  • Christopher Gauthier

    GreenPages, Inc.

    Christopher has 27 years of developing on the FileMaker platform, specializing in highly scalable, tightly integrated solutions for both in-house and client facing projects. He is currently focused on leading technologies with close communications with IT teams in order to provide a high level of confidence and understanding of the FileMaker Platform. He has spent 10 years developing FileMaker solutions in NYC, before returning home to his native state of Maine. Currently Christopher is on his 17th year at GreenPages Inc. as a senior developer and solution architect.

  • Todd Geist

    Geist Interactive

    Todd is a charter member of the FBA Partner Council. He has spoken at several FileMaker DevCons, and at Macworld here in the US and in the UK. He has also authored several articles for Advisor Magazine, and a chapter in the Migration Tech Brief published by FileMaker Inc. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 15

  • Daisy Graves

    Harmonic

    As a full-time FileMaker Developer at Harmonic, Daisy is both diligent in internal control systems and procedures. She has been developing for three years and has an MBA in Accounting. Daisy has bridged the accounting and IT role to strengthen and improve the business processes through technology, and increase the effectiveness of the organization through business intelligence. She volunteers her time with several non-profits including membership associations and youth organizations.

  • Matthew Greger

    Diray Media

    Matt is a veteran FileMaker developer who began with v2 in the early 90s. With over 25 years of experience, Matt ran his own company, The Business Helper, for 12 years and was a member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. From streamlining workflows to creative problem solving to improving the user’s experience, he’s motivated to make a difference. Matt is now leading a team of developers creating software to manage media buying across multi-channels and analyze media results for integrated direct response advertising. Matt’s best known for his patience, calmness and incredible organization skills, and as the guy who loves to start a conversation by saying, “Wouldn’t it be great if…”

  • Chris Grewe

    Ohio School Boards Association

    Chris is an application developer with the Ohio School Boards Association, where he has been working with FileMaker full-time since 2015. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a major in political science and minors in public policy and computer science, he filled data and communications roles with a variety of political organizations before making the switch to full-time application development in 2013. In his current role, he architects both internal and external facing solutions integrating FileMaker with open source web technologies.

  • Mateson Gutierrez

    Harmonic

    Having built his first solution in 2015, Mateson has come a long way working along side CLASS-A developers. He's always had an interest in simplified, concise development practices and design that is intuitive and appealing. Mateson enjoys the challenge of integrating system through the API using only native tools for simplicity of evolving with new platform releases. As a consultant, his goal is to continually be well versed in all areas of FileMaker to best serve his clients.

    FileMaker Certification: 16

  • Guy Halligan

    Harvey Water Softeners Limited

    Guy has been an in house FileMaker developer at Harvey Water Softeners for the last 17 years. He has built every system that has powered the company's growth from a small family company into a £30m concern. He designed custom apps around the unique requirements of the business, demands that simply could not be achieved by off the shelf solutions alone. Every facet of the FileMaker Platform—from FileMaker Server to the iOS App SDK—has been deployed, driving the company forward. This technology stack drives the company forward. The combination of the FileMaker Platform and Apple hardware helps him deliver a huge ROI for the company.

  • Brandon Hayes

    Kalos Consulting, Inc.

    Brandon spent a decade in the recruiting world before he founded Kalos Consulting in 2015. Kalos means "excellence," which influences every aspect of the business. Brandon is passionate about offering clients valuable services with integrity. As an exhibitor at DevCon and through immense client satisfaction, Kalos has earned notice throughout the global FileMaker community. His professional philosophy is that applying the principals of excellence and putting family first creates engaged and happy employees. Business success will then follow outstanding service to clients.

  • David Head

    uLearnIT

    David has been a FileMaker developer since starting with FileMaker II. He is the owner of uLearnIT, a FileMaker consulting company based in Sydney, Australia. Combining his teaching skills with a depth of knowledge of the FileMaker Platform, David creates and runs FileMaker courses for all levels of FileMaker developer from beginners to professionals. David has spoken for many years at the FileMaker Developer Conference on a diverse range of topics. He blogs regularly on FileMaker topics and frequents online FileMaker forums offering help and advice. More >

  • Dawn Heady

    Soliant Consulting

    Dawn is a Senior Technical Solution Architect for Soliant Consulting where she co-chairs the FileMaker practice. Dawn is co-author of the book "FileMaker 12 Developer Reference", a FileMaker Trainer, and FileMaker 15 Certified Developer. Dawn is a regular speaker at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference and FileMaker webinars, and contributor to the FileMaker Newsletter. While based out of Soliant's Chicago office, Dawn resides in Fishers, Indiana.

    FileMaker Certification: 15

  • Johan Hedman

    Atatiki

    Johan learned about FileMaker just after finishing university when he thought web was "The Thing." But FileMaker turned him around and has been his main focus for more then 15 years. He is passionate about making each project the best possible. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 14

  • Chih Hsiao

    FileMaker, Inc.

    With a background that combines interaction design and fine arts, Chih has more than 16 years of global experience in digital consumer products and user experience design across diverse development platforms including web, television, mobile, and desktop operating systems. Since the early 2000s, he has served as a producer and ux designer in both small and large technology companies, and is now a Principle Designer at FileMaker, Inc. He is also a gamer, music lover, and jazz pianist. More >

  • Melody Hsu

    FileMaker, Inc.

    Melody is the Engineering Manager for various FileMaker Server Web Technologies at FileMaker, Inc. She manages a team of engineers that are mainly devoted to FileMaker WebDirect and the FileMaker Server Admin Console. She has worked at FileMaker, Inc. for over five years, initially as an individual contributor and now in the managerial role.