Getting to Know Your Speakers: Anthony Laurence

profilepic1) What do you do for a living (company you work for, official title, daily responsibilities, etc.)?

I’m a web developer/online marketeer for Resource Associates Corp. We train and provide services to business consultants and life coaches. My day to day includes building WordPress sites as well as our online tools for our affiliates as well as oversee our nurture marketing services.

2) How did you get into WordPress?

I found a book at Borders(R.I.P) that was on sale! lol

I was looking to expand my skill set and I had looked into several CMS’s(WP, Drupal, Concrete5) and at the time WordPress was the one that I found easiest to work with from both a developer and a user standpoint. I then purchased aforementioned discounted book, Smashing WordPress, and never looked back.

3) What’s a great experience you had at a WordCamp?

I always think that the greatest experiences at Wordcamps are when I get to see presentations on real life examples of innovative ways people are using WordPress. WP has the potential to be so much more than a blogging platform or a website framework; I love seeing people utilize it in ways that you wouldn’t normally imagine.

4) What are your non-WordPress, non-Computer related hobbies?

I have two kids, so my hobbies include driving to and from basketball practice, driving to and from Girl Scout meetings, and being protector from bugs that infiltrated the house.

When I am not doing that, I do enjoy getting outdoors to offset all of the time that I spend indoors.

5) If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?

I’m a big fan of the Fantasy genre, so I can’t think of a character so much as fictional worlds I would like to visit. I grew up reading Tolkien and Jordan and am really into Brandon Sanderson right now. So any of those worlds.

And while I like R.R. Martin, no Game of Thrones. I don’t want to die.