Learn from top FileMaker experts and influencers.

  • Joris Aarts


    Joris co-founded ClickWorks, a Platinum-level FileMaker Business Alliance member based in Antwerp, Belgium and Otico software, a FileMaker Solution provider in Amsterdam. Joris speaks regularly at European FileMaker conferences in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, UK, France, and Italy. He delivers webinar videos in Dutch for new product launches for FileMaker, Inc. Joris is also a competitive dinghy sailor and an enthusiastic electric vehicle driver.

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 17

  • Alexis Allen

    Hyperspace Data Solutions, Inc.

    Alexis is a developer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her passion is design, loosely defined as the process of using your skills to solve problems effectively and elegantly. She is the founder of the blog Designing FileMaker (www.designingfilemaker.com), which focuses on articles about visual design for FileMaker developers. She has been developing and designing workflow solutions in FileMaker Pro since 1997, working with many individual companies in a large variety of fields, including design, marketing, legal, and manufacturing. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 13 - 14

  • Hiroyuki Aruga

    DBPowers Co.Ltd.

    Hiroyuki has started using FileMaker in 1995 and has every certification starting with version 8. He has attended DevCon for 15 years and he had sessions such as "Go Beyond the Borders of Medical Communication" and "Inspiring the Next Generation of Developers." He presents regularly at the FileMaker Conference Japan, covering business, education, and medical topics. He also teaches at universities, in classes where students use the FileMaker Platform as STEM tools.

    FileMaker Certifications: 8 - 17

  • Sangita Bannerjee


    Sangita is a Product Manager at Claris. She has been with Claris for the past 2 years. She has experience in driving vision, product management, product strategy, and engineering. Previously, she worked at Oracle and PS’Soft (acquired by BDNA). Her Product Management and strategy experience at Oracle includes driving Integration Platform as a Service product, Cloud, SaaS, CRM on Demand/ERP integration, Fusion Middleware, business process automation, and telecom products. She was a speaker at Oracle Open world on Cloud Strategy for Integration as a Service. She also has experience in e-commerce. She is passionate about innovation, delivering product, and working with partners, customers, and developers.

  • Mark Baum

    Soliant Consulting

    Mark works as a senior application developer at Soliant Consulting, where he is a member of the FileMaker team. Prior to that he was a Technical Marketing Evangelist at FileMaker, Inc. There he helped produce tutorials, demos, FileMaker DevCon, and the FileMaker Certification exam. Mark has more than 20 years of experience leveraging the FileMaker Platform in a wide range of industries, including auto manufacturing, real estate, hospital systems, higher education, non-profits, and trade publishing. He also has a side career as a performer and composer of Latin American songs. Look for his music online! More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 11 - 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 FileMaker Community MVP team. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 11 - 17

  • Beatrice Beaubien


    Over the past 22 years, Beatrice has developed FileMaker solutions for large enterprises in healthcare and legal services as well as small businesses. She particularly likes producing solutions that facilitate workflow through easy-to-navigate interfaces. Recently, she introduced Quality Management into her development strategy, together with increasing her understanding of project management. Beatrice also has a background as an artist, musician, and biochemist.

  • Roger Benedict

    Ruggs Benedict

    In 1972, Roger left college and joined his two older brothers to start Ruggs Benedict. They installed carpet, tile and hardwood flooring through the development and growth years of Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. By focusing on satisfying every customer, Ruggs Benedict has grown over the past 46 years to become the leading flooring business in the region. Their secret to success is that Roger, the carpet layer, learned how to use the FileMaker Platform to run the business.

  • Dan Blake


    Dan Blake is a Senior Director at Claris with over 20 years of experience. During his career, he has been fortunate to work with some amazing people and partners across many verticals and has run regional and inside sales teams. His passion is in working with amazing software companies like FileMaker, Qlik, and Roambi to build and manage global sales channels. Dan's experience covering EMEA, LATAM, APAC, and North America gives him a truly global range of business experiences, and he applies this global perspective to every role he undertakes.

  • Bradley Boggs

    Chameleon Like, Inc.

    Bradley was recently named the COO of Chameleon Like, Inc. — a promotional products manufacturer in Gilroy, CA. He's been developing in FileMaker for about 5 years and really loves it. He came to FileMaker development as a citizen developer, trying to make internal processes better for his company. Outside of work, he loves to make things; he does a lot of woodworking, some CNC work and welding, and anything else that strikes his fancy. He's currently working on his FileMaker certification.

  • 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 >

  • Tim Brown

    Antidote Solution

    Tim is the owner of Antidote Solutions and holds an MBA from Fordham University. Antidote is a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Partner with expertise in database design and project management. He has more than 15 years experience with the FileMaker Platform. Tim has presented FileMaker techniques at the FileMaker Developer Conference, Apple Stores, New York FileMaker Developer Group, and the FileMaker Healthcare User Group.

    FileMaker Certifications: 7, 9, 11 - 12, 14 - 17

  • Emory Brown

    DB Services

    Emory is a senior technical project manager at DB Services and has been working with FileMaker for more than 10 years. He spoke at DevCon 2016 and as a guest speaker at DevCon 2018. He has also presented several webinars, frequently presents at his local developer group, and has authored many technical articles at DB Services. Emory is an advocate for the FileMaker Platform and specializes in helping business leaders realize the value of FileMaker as a tool for ongoing workplace innovation. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 11 - 17

  • 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

  • Hering Cheng


    Hering Cheng is Director of Engineering at Claris, managing DevOps and the development of FileMaker Cloud, FileMaker Server, and e-commerce. He spent much of his career in financial services, at high-frequency trading hedge funds building machine-learning models and technology infrastructure. Hering was the architect of one of NYSE’s exchanges, contributed to Oracle’s database sharding, and helped define the RESTful API standards at Oracle and FileMaker. He graduated with a BSc degree in Computer Science from The University of Toronto.

  • Logan Cornelius

    Spikeball Inc.

    Logan lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Savannah and pup Cloud. He works for Spikeball Inc. and absolutely loves it. On top of working for Spikeball, Logan also competes in the sport nationally and has been doing so for about 5 years now. He’s also been working with the FileMaker platform for 3 years. FileMaker, along with its API abilities, has been a gateway into programming for him. Logan is currently teaching himself JavaScript in order to add to his repertoire of technology skills.

  • Wim DeCorte

    Soliant Consulting, Inc.

    Wim is a senior technical architect at Soliant Consulting and a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum partner. He is 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 - 17

  • Lui de la Parra


    Lui de la Parra is a FileMaker developer from San Juan Capistrano, CA. As a developer, he enjoys combining the FileMaker Platform with emerging web technologies. He studied English education and philosophy at Stony Brook University before finding and falling in love with FileMaker at Apple. Lui believes technology is at its best when it inspires and empowers its users. You can often find him camping with his family at their favorite beach or searching for surf somewhere along the coast. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 16 - 17

  • Dave Dumas


    Dave Dumas has been building CMS systems at Claris since 1998, the same year CSS was introduced! In the last 20 years, he has mixed and matched FileMaker with various web technologies to corral and distribute a lot of the content you see on the filemaker.com website. If there is a way to get content in or out of a FileMaker database, he has tried it, and he is looking forward to sharing some of his experience at this year's 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 development and best practices. She could not be happier with how her career has grown there: eleven 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 Innovating Together's mentoring subcommitee. Makah resides in Albuquerque with her husband, their two daughters (5 and almost 2), and their 10-year-old pup. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 9 - 16

  • 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 Lead Facilitator for Women Innovating Together, Inc., she has 30 years of 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.

  • Brad Freitag


    As CEO of Claris, Brad Freitag oversees all of the company's operations. He joined Claris in 2013 as vice president of worldwide sales. Prior to that, he held senior executive sales positions at Roambi, Host Analytics, Inc., Hyperion Solutions (now part of Oracle) and IBM. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Todd Geist

    Geist Interactive

    Todd is a charter member of the FileMaker Business Alliance Partner Council and a long time leader in the FileMaker Community. He has spoken at several FileMaker DevCons, and at Macworld 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 - 17

  • Daisy Graves


    As a full-time senior FileMaker developer, Daisy is both diligent in internal control systems and procedures. She has been developing for 5 years and has a 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. Daisy has volunteered her time with several non-profits, including membership associations and youth organizations.

  • Chris Grewe

    Ohio School Boards Association

    Chris is the solutions architect for 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.

  • Srini Gurrapu


    Srini Gurrapu is the Vice President Product Management & Design at Claris. Srini was most recently VP of Customer Solutions & Strategy at Skyhigh Networks, a cloud security company, acquired by McAfee. Srini brings 25 years of experience in networking, security, mobile and cloud security markets at several success companies such as Microsoft, Bell Labs, BlueCoat (Symantec), Neoteris (Juniper), Actiance (Smarsh), RingCube (acquired by Citrix) and Wheel Innovationz. Srini led product management, strategic alliances and marketing evangelism at these companies and drove the vision, strategy and execution. Srini’s primary forte is building trusting advisory relationships with customers and partners and delighting them with innovative solutions that result in successful business outcomes. Srini also worked as EIR (Entrepreneur-In-Residence) at Austin Ventures, one of the large VC firms in US. Srini is also passionate about yoga - certified teacher and participated in USA Yoga 2017 National Championship.

  • Mike Hall

    Hancock Lumber

    Mike Hall is the Operations Manager for Technology in the retail division of  Hancock Lumber in Maine. He oversees all aspects of technology use in the business and builds FileMaker solutions for all 9 of their Contractor Lumber Yards. A FileMaker developer since version 2, his first computer experience in college was to write a basic program to convert board feet of lumber to lineal feet. The mainframe computer printed on paper and had no screen. This exercise turned out to be precursor to his career in the lumber industry. He also plays rhythm guitar in a band that performs original songs.

  • Guy Halligan

    Harvey Water Softeners Ltd.

    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 companies 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 FileMaker technologies has been deployed from FileMaker Server to the iOS SDK which drives the company forward, all centrally managed from Apple MDM Enterprise deployed iPads. Using FileMaker and Apple hardware, he delivered a huge ROI.

  • Gianna Harum-Alvarez


    Gianna has been lead project manager at SmallCo. since the summer of 2017. Gianna has represented SmallCo at DevCons across Europe, and has led one team retreat in Belgrade. Along with Hassell Moreno, Gianna manages every aspect of SmallCo, a design team that is spread across the Americas and Europe. Gianna runs weekly and daily meetings online, and, with Hassell, she administers the project management and ticketing apps that keep the team on track. Gianna co-leads the twice-monthly international Coders Dens, and she is the first point of contact for their clients around the world.

  • Brandon Hayes

    Kalos Consulting Inc.

    Brandon spent 10 years in recruiting before he founded Kalos Consulting in 2015. "Kalos" means excellence. He desires every part of his company to be infused with excellence and integrity. Kalos' philosophy is to maintain a healthy work-life balance and invest in your team. This keeps the employees motivated, engaged, and happy. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers. He has earned recognition in the FileMaker community through immense client satisfaction in business coaching and recruitment as well as being a past exhibitor and speaker at DevCon.

  • Johan Hedman

    Atatiki AB

    Johan is a senior application developer from Atatiki, a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Partner. He has developed FileMaker solutions since FileMaker 4.0. He has been a speaker at several FileMaker Developer Conferences in the United States and a regular speaker at FileMaker Scandinavia DevCon and United Kingdom FileMaker DevCon. For the last few years, he has specialized in integrating FileMaker applications with other systems. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 8 - 17

  • Jonn Howell

    DataExperience, Inc.

    Jonn has been building custom apps with FileMaker Pro since 1991. He has has conducted numerous education events in a series known as "Bootcamp for FileMaker", and presented frequently at DevCon. Jonn is a FileMaker Certified Developer, and speaks periodically at FileMaker user groups. He is a passionate advocate of FileMaker WebDirect, and has built several large solutions that are currently in use. He has worked out a a solid methodology to build FileMaker WebDirect applications with performance, depth of functionality, user experience and data validation in mind. Jonn's clients include universities, biotechnology, manufacturing, marketing, insurance, fundraising and entertainment companies. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jonn's passions include animals, folk music, relationship dynamics dialog and non-dual philosophy. More >

    FileMaker Certifications: 7 - 9, 13 - 18

  • Chih Hsiao


    With a background of fine arts and interaction design, Chih has close to two decades of experience designing software applications across platforms including web, television, social networks, mobile, and desktop operating systems. Since the early 2000s, he has served as an art director, a producer, and a UX designer for small and large technology companies in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently leading the Claris UX design team and development of products that focus on cloud, mobility, and multi-device user experiences. He is a gamer, a passionate music collector, and a jazz pianist. More >