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 Charlie Arehart
Charlie Arehart, Founder/CTO of Systemanage, is an Allaire Certified Developer and Instructor who may be best known for his monthly "Journeyman" column in the ColdFusion Developer's Journal (CFDJ). He has also contributed to several other magazines and books. With nearly 20 years experience in enterprise IT he's a highly regarded consultant, providing coaching/training services to development teams large and small, and a frequent speaker to CF User Groups (CFUGs) and developer conferences throughout the country.

Steve Drucker
Steve Drucker is the CEO of Fig Leaf Software with offices in Washington DC and Atlanta GA. Fig Leaf is Allaire Premier Partner Company and Authorized Allaire Training Center.

Steve founded the very first Cold Fusion users group in May 1996, co-authored the book "The Cold Fusion Web Database Construction Kit" 1st & 2nd Edition w/Ben Forta, frequently contributes to the "Cold Fusion Developers Journal Magazine", and is a certified Allaire instructor.

Shlomy Gantz
Shlomy Gantz is a vice president of CoreActive

He has more than 3 years of experience in Cold Fusion application development and has worked with the Israeli Ministry of Education and leading Web Technology companies in Israel . Since 1996 he has developed various UI custom tags, published articles in CF_Advisor and given presentations in CGSIG and NYCFUG.

Despite all that Shlomy is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist and Instructor, having worked in research in hospitals and private clinics in Israel.

Jeff Peters
Jeff Peters
Jeff Peters is the owner of Jeffrey S. Peters Microsystems Consulting, a Virginia firm specializing in solutions for small businesses. He has been involved in system development and integration for over 15 years, starting with the U.S. Air Force back when Ada was the next great language. ("Ada--all the power of C; all the clarity of...C!")

You may have caught one of Jeff's articles in the ColdFusion Developer's Journal, Pocket PC Magazine, or the CPCUG Monitor. His current focus is on tools for leveraging CF-based development projects.

Robi Sen
Robi Sen
Robi Sen is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Software Development at Granularity, Inc. Mr. Sen has been working professionally in the software development world for the last 13 years since he was recruited at the age of 16 to develop software systems for Westinghouse Hanford Co and the Defense Department. He worked for Westinghouse and various government programs on and off for 5 years.

Mr. Sen's chief areas of interest are in the creation of a new breed of network-based applications and the development of "Intelligent Agents" or software systems which can interact with humans and other machines in a "thoughtful manner" making context appropriate decisions for their user without having to receive instructions from their user. He has spoken widely on these topics and has most recently presented a series of classes to the American Management Association entitled Electronic Commerce. He is also currently working on a book with G. Hussain Chinoy for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers entitled "XML/EDI: The Future of Electronic Commerce" as well as finishing a book on Allaire's ColdFusion called Developing ColdFusion Applications.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith is President of TeraTech, a 11-year old Rockville, Maryland consulting company that specializes in web and database development. TeraTech has developed sophisticated data-driven web sites for a wide range of organizations, from corporations to government agencies. In addition to ColdFusion, the TeraTech staff also have extensive experience in SQL databases, ASP, HTML, Access, Foxpro, Visual Basic and more.Michael has been programming for over 20 years and has been coding in ColdFusion since version 1.5 four years ago. He has an MA and BA from Cambridge University, England and graduated in the top 10 of his year.

Michael runs the Maryland ColdFusion User Group and organized three very successful CF events including CFUN-2k with 700 attendees. Michael volunteers at ByteBack, a non profit organization which provides computer training for unemployed and under-employed inner city residents. He also is a frequent contributor to Fusion Authority, the ColdFusion Developer Journal and the CPCUG monitor.

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