WebmasterWorld and PubCon Staff
Brett Tabke, Founder and
Brett Tabke is the Founder and CEO of WebmasterWorld and chair of PubCon
conferences. Tabke started PHD Software Systems while in college in 1984.
Tabke ran a consulting business throughout the '80s doing contract programming
for large corporations. Tabke authored several books on assembly language
programming for Western Design on the 65816 micro processor. Tabke was the
noted author of Karma 128, a leading edge assembler for the 65816 processor.
Tabke has run community networking sites continuously since 1984. He
was also featured in the Biography Channel special on the Google founders.
Tabke was a founding board member of SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professionals
Organization). In addition to the thousands of educational posts he has
written for the WebmasterWorld audience, he has authored a chapter for the
best selling "Google Hacks" book.
Jeff Randall, PubCon Director
Jeff is the Director of Operations for PubCon, WebmasterWorld's series
of conferences. In addition, he is a co-founder of Clever Web Marketing,
an SEO/SEM company specializing in expanding the online presence of small
and medium sized businesses. Jeff originally entered the Internet business
world as a Vice President for RBS Interactive, where he successfully oversaw
the development of a Web-based service matching clients with home improvement
contractors. Before becoming a part of the Internet revolution, Jeff worked
as the Director of Enrollment Services for a respected private university
in the Northwest.
Neil Marshall, Director
of WebmasterWorld Forum Operations
Neil is senior administrator at WebmasterWorld and has worked with a
team of other administrators and moderators for many years to ensure the
highest quality discussions on the site. Neil also co-founded MJPR, a publicity
and design services agency, in 1988 and previously worked as an account
manager with a major UK-based communications agency. Prior to that he was
in technical sales and marketing at a large telecommunications, electronics,
electrical and industrial group of companies. In 1995 Neil recognized the
potential offered by the Internet, and developed a keen interest in leading-edge
search engine techniques, Internet research and utilization of the Internet
in search engine marketing.
Joe Morin, WebmasterWorld
Joe is the WebmasterWorld Evangelist and a PubCon organizer. Joe is also
CEO and co-founder of Social Rewards, a social media based loyalty marketing
program that rewards brand consumers for engaging in social media activity
such as brand mentions via Twitter, Foursquare check-ins and Facebook fan
As a consultant over the last decade he has worked with many companies
on online marketing strategies including Austin Ventures, Autobytel, Inc.,
Azure Capital, Business.com, Clearstone Venture Capital, CreditCards.com,
Education.com, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fly.com, Klout.com, Microsoft, MGM
Mirage, MRM Worldwide (a division of Interpublic Group of Cos,) Planet Hollywood
Resort and Casino, Travelzoo, Tribune Interactive, UsedCars.com and World
Publications. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of Klout.com, and
is also a featured speaker at Internet marketing conferences around the
world, having spoken in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle,
Las Vegas, San Jose, Toronto, Stockholm, London, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. These
pursuits keep Joe busy and on the road a lot. Even when he's not traveling
for business, Joe is usually traveling for fun.
Lane R. Ellis, Lead Editor
Lane R. Ellis has over 28 years experience working with and writing about
the Internet. In 1984 he started operating a computer bulletin board system
in Denver, Colorado, which has led him on a long and productive path working
with the Internet and, since 1993, the Web. Lane writes the PubCon blog,
press releases and social media campaigns. Prior to joining WebmasterWorld,
Lane worked in the Web development and engineering fields beginning in the
1980s with Commodore Amiga software and hardware maker Progressive Peripherals
When he's not writing about the next big PubCon conference, Lane enjoys
distance running, having run seven marathons so far, genealogy, cross-country skate skiing,
collecting vintage computers, and spending time
with his wonderful wife Julie Ahasay and their two cats in Duluth, Minnesota.
Vanessa Zamora, Video Content
Vanessa Zamora serves as Video Content Producer and Lead Correspondent
for WebmasterWorld, where she is responsible for creating and maintaining
all online video content, including interviews at leading industry conferences.
Zamora's focus is on search, Internet marketing, new media, social media,
and webmastery, as well as the production of promotional videos to publicize
the PubCon series of conferences. Zamora is a graduate of the University
of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Communication Studies.
Elaine Diefenderfer, Office
Elaine started working in the technology field in college after she
took a non-credit programming course. As a student supervisor in the
Smith College Computing Center, she protected the card reader (yes that
long ago) from an over-zealous fellow student who wanted to dismantle it
to retrieve an eaten card. Since then she has worked as a programmer,
lead developer and project manager always translating between the end
user and the techies. Elaine thrives on making sure offices operate
efficiently. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Master of Science
in Business Policy from Columbia. When not walking her dog, Hamish
McBean, Elaine loves to travel and sing in the church choir.
Erika Tabke, Manager, Special
Erika has worked on various special projects for WebmasterWorld since
early 2003. She has extensive experience in usability research, design and
consulting. Prior to joining WebmasterWorld, she was at SmartPrice.com where
she was a director of marketing. In addition to her current work with WebmasterWorld,
Erika also keeps one foot in her other career: oncology nursing. She works
on call for her favorite doctors as needed. She holds two advanced degrees:
a Master's in Sociology and a Master of Science in Nursing.