About

OSTraining's Team Principles

We’re a communication company that currently sells training and software.

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What does communication mean for us?

  • Clear communication. We love plain English, telling stories and speaking with clarity and personality. Our content is specific, interesting, and helpful.
  • Proactive communication. We come to teammates with problems or questions.
  • Our work reflects our values. Our work is designed to reach the widest audience.
  • Over-communication. We are busy. To communicate clearly, we must over-communicate. It’s OK to repeat yourself and talk more than feels normal.
  • Social communication. Users don’t visit our site randomly. We reach them via newsletters, YouTube, social media and give them a reason to visit.

Our customers

  1. We choose to invest more in support than other companies. We want our customers to see a clear difference in the quality of the support.
  2. Everyone on our team does support.
  3. Everyone we serve has the potential to become a customer and should be treated with the same respect.

Our excellence

  1. We learn. If you have the same skills as last year, we’re doing it wrong.
  2. We are not afraid of arguments. Silence is dangerous. Principled disagreement is good. We listen carefully, but are not afraid to argue and disagree.
  3. We pay very close attention to detail.

Our industry

  1. We are curious and well-read about the companies and organizations in our industry.
  2. We cultivate friends and partners in our industry.
  3. We try hard to understand and adapt. Our principles are more important than the specific technology we’re using at any given time.

Ourselves

  1. Family comes first. We always put our family before your work.
  2. 365 days of work is a bad idea. 7 days of work is a bad idea. Rest often.
  3. We work flexible hours and use that power wisely. It’s hard to collaborate across time zones. We co-ordinate and communicate with the team about our hours.

OSTraining Logo and Description

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OSTraining Description

OSTraining teaches people how to build great websites.

Upgrade your skills, anywhere and anytime, with easy-to-follow videos and books prepared for you by the experts at OSTraining. More than 100,000 students have learned website development with us. OSTraining focuses on PHP and the platforms based on it, including Drupal training, WordPress training, Magento training and Joomla training.

The OSTraining team wrote "MySQL Explained", "Drupal 8 Explained", and "Joomla 3 Explained" which are the best-selling books for the software they cover.

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Trainings & Presentations

Here's a sampling of major training and presentations we've given at open source events.

Trainings

  • DrupalCon Chicago, London, Denver and Portland
  • DrupalCamp Atlanta 2011 and 2012
  • DrupalCamp Florida 2013

Keynote Addresses

  • JandBeyond 2013: Rod Martin
  • Joomla Day North Carolina: Steve Burge

Presentations

  • Joomla World Conference 2013
  • CMSExpo 2007, 2008 and 2009

The OSTraining Team

Steve Burge
CEO
Steve Burge

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the U.K., he now lives in Sarasota in the U.S.A.. He was a teacher for many years before starting Alledia.com, a web development firm. After several years of full-time web work, he found the desire to teach coming back again and started Open Source Training.

He now travels widely teaching people how to use Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. He has been heavily involved in various Open Source projects, writing books, starting user groups and serving as a board member.

Stacey Burge
Director of Operations
Stacey Burge

Stacey is the Director of Operations at OSTraining. She helps organize the live classes and takes care of many of the day-to-day administrative tasks.

Stacey holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and began her career teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language. She has taught in Japan, Australia and the US.

She is happy to be a part of the OSTraining team now and loves the fact that she still plays a part in educating others.


Nick Savov
Director of Support
Nick Savov

Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.

He loves working at OSTraining and helping students to learn and to create great websites. His favorite CMS of the "Big Three" is Joomla! and can talk for hours and hours about it.

Bill Tomczak
Director of Code
Bill Tomczak

Bill works as an independent programmer and database designer. He was introduced to Joomla in 2006, and is now focused almost entirely on writing custom extensions for Joomla.

He works with a number of web designers, providing technical and engineering support and custom programming for them and their clients. His primary expertise is in php, javascript and the javascript frameworks mootools and jquery.


Valentín García
Director of Design
Valentín García

Valentín is in charge of Web Design, and you can find him answering forum requests and refreshing the OSTraining website. His fresh and new improvements ultimately offer a better customer experience for our users. Valentin discovered Joomla in 2010, and since then he has considered it as the best CMS. Valentin has been coding extensions and templates for Joomla for many years and truly enjoys helping people build their own websites with Open Source tools.

He lives in San Julián, Jalisco, México.

Anderson Grüdtner Martins
Developer
Anderson Grüdtner

Anderson has been a developer since 2002 and focused on the web since 2006. He's a full-stack developer who's worked on every layer of web, mobile and desktop systems. He first met Joomla in 2006 and has been working building custom extensions for clients since then. Anderson was one of the lead devs behind the absurdly flexible ZenTools from JoomlaBamboo.

Anderson was born and lives in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil. He loves to play classical piano, and has a passion for learning new things.


Eddie Tabush
CBO & Co-Owner
Eddie Tabush

Eddie was an angel investor in OSTraining's early days and today manages our finances and leads our business development. A serial entrepreneur, Eddie has an extensive resume of startups.

However, his greatest passion is social housing. He loves Habitat for Humanity and served 8 years on the international board of directors which oversees the program in +70 countries. Today he continues to be an advocate for social housing and presides over the Guatemalan equivalent of the Federal Housing Administration.

For his social work, Eddie has been awarded a fellowship in the Central American Leadership Initiative, a values-based leadership program of the Aspen Institute.

He lives in Guatemala City with his wife, Amanda, and two children, Nina and Jacob.

Alex Smirnov
Content Manager
Alex Smirnov

Alex Smirnov is a passionate and enthusiastic student and evangelist of Open Source Content Management Systems. He happily passes what he's learned to others replying to questions in various forums and writing articles and blogs.

He covered topics including Setting Printer-Friendly Drupal Articles, Creating Contact Forms in WordPress, WP-CLI, How to Strengthen Your Joomla Site Security, How to Override Joomla Core Registration Form and How to Customize Colors in JCal Pro Categories, to name a few.

Alex studied Computing and Software Engineering at the South Thames College in London. He is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional.

He was born from a Ukranian mother and Russian father in Russia. In 1999 Alex migrated to the United Kingdom.


Rod Martin
Teacher
Rod Martin

Rod holds two masters degrees and has been training people how to do "things" for over 25 years. Originally from Australia, he grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, in small companies and large corporations.

Rod's extensive open source experience includes WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Moodle and he really knows how to help you get the most out of the system you chose. Rod plays ice hockey a couple of times a week and rides his Goldwing motorbike pretty much everywhere he can.

Topher DeRosia
Teacher
Topher DeRosia

Christopher DeRosia (Topher) has been "doing the web" since 1994. With the advent of PHP in 1998, his web sites became much more dynamic and exciting.

He is an accomplished programmer, having written his own content management systems and managed some very large websites. He loves to help people enjoy their websites and believes, "playing with WordPress is fun!". He has built over 30 sites with custom themes and plugins.

Topher lives in Michigan, USA.


Robert Ring
Teacher
Robert Ring

Robert learned HTML/CSS back in 2008 when he decided to start a film review site, and he continued adding to his site file-by-file the old-fashioned way for a year. When he asked a web developer friend how to build a site that "automatically lists content on the homepage and stuff," he was pointed to Drupal.

Since then, Robert has continued to build his experience with the CMS by using it on his own projects and by managing other brands' pre-existing Drupal sites. In doing so, he has learned some of the best ways to use the tools Drupal has available--and what mistakes to avoid.

In his spare time, Robert trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and works on too many side programming projects. He is also the author of two books.

Guillermo Ricci
Support Staff
Guillermo Ricci

Guillermo is talented at support and specializes in coding and debugging for Joomla template development.

He is a young web designer and IT enthusiast. He has worked in the technology environment for the past 11 years. He has enjoyed video games since birth and loves comics, manga, anime and watching a lot of movies and TV series.

He considers himself a geek and feels really proud of himself that soon he will complete his college studies.

Guillermo lives in Guatemala.


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