Last year, we announced the Magento Masters program to recognize top
contributors in our ecosystem. You’ve met the Movers and Mentors. Now meet the 2017 Makers.

Makers are frequent contributors valued by Magento and other
community members. They actively engage with others in the
Magento Community, sharing ideas, insights, and constructive
feedback.

I am so incredibly excited to introduce you to our Makers for
the 2017 Magento Masters program:

Peter
Jaap Blaakmeer

CTO, elgentos
The Netherlands

Peter Jaap has been doing Magento work since the early versions
in 2008. What began as a hobby turned into a full-time job,
with just as much fun as before. Now his hobbies include beer
brewing, wakeboarding during summer, and playing board games
year-round. High-quality code and making elgentos a great
working environment for all employees are two very important
aspects of his day-to-day activities.

Peter Jaap was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on
his 2016 contributions through organizing the Magento
User Group in Groningen
and extensive speaking engagements
around Magento 2, which have been focused on educating the
community on everything from composer and workflows to
importing products and sharing case studies.


Carmen Bremen

Magento Certified Developer, Neoshops.de 
Germany

Carmen has two homes: the metropolis Cologne in Germany
and the World Wide Web. She first learned about Magento in
2010 and has, since then, never been willing to give it
away. Her work as a Magento freelancer ranges from A
(analyses), B (bugs), C (cronjobs), D (development), all the
way up to Z (Zend). On her Neoshops.de blog, Carmen
writes about insights and encounters from her work with
Magento and the community. As an active member of the
community, she helps to organize the MageUnconference and the
Magento
Meetup Cologne
. She is an avid collector of Magento
certifications, books, and running shoes.

Carmen was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on her
2016 contributions through co-organizing MageUnconference,
organizing Magento
Stammtisch Köln
, educating the community and keeping them
informed on her blog, and
sharing knowledge with the Magento community through speaking
engagements at Magento centric events.

Tony
Brown

Technical Director, Space 48
United Kingdom

Tony is the Technical Director at Space 48, a Magento
Enterprise Solutions Partner. He has been involved in eCommerce
for over 15 years and has been developing Magento solutions
since 2008. He has the full set of Magento certifications and
is passionate about learning, collaborating, and sharing
knowledge. Outside of the Magento world, he spends time with
family and enjoys playing golf and retro games.

Tony was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his
2016 contributions through co-organizing multiple MageTitans events, multiple
speaking engagements where he shared knowledge on optimization
and problem solving on Magento 2, and continuous contributions
to DevDocs.

Hirokazu
Nishi

CTO, Veriteworks Inc
Japan

Hirokazu is CTO of Veriteworks Inc, a Magento solution partner
in Japan. He has been involved with Magento
community since 2007. Hirokazu maintains Japanese
localization and payment integrations. He also loves to ride
his motorcycle to go touring and camping.

Hirokazu was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his
2016 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Japan,
Magento Onsen & Hackathon, the Magento
Japan User Group
, and the Advent Calendar
Magento blogging project, translation efforts for the Japanese
community, and speaking engagements on Magento 2 topics.

Brent
Peterson

Magento Evangelist, Wagento Commerce
United States

Brent is the married to the fantastic Susan Peterson and father
to two kids. He was founding moderator on the Magento forums
and has organized the Mage Run for every Magento Imagine except
the first one. Brent is the Chief Magento Evangelist for
Wagento. Brent is still trying to be a professional runner. You
can tweet him @brentwpeterson.

Brent was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his
2016 contributions organizing Magento Meetups in
Minneapolis
and various speaking engagements around Magento
and at Magento centric events, as well as through moderating
and helping others on the Magento Forums.


Sonja Riesterer

Marketing Manager, integer_net
Germany

It was more by chance than with intent that Sonja got her first
job at an eCommerce agency, and a Magento focused agency at
that. So she pushed all those English 19th Century novels from
her studies aside and dove deep into online marketing. The
Magento community met Sonja at a German Magento meetup where
her task as a co-host was to open the door to anyone
interested. She tries to stick to this prime task, at least
figuratively. Nowadays, you can find her as a co-host at
MageUnconference and the Magento meetup in Aachen, Germany,
which she organizes with her colleagues of integer_net. 

Sonja was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on her
2016 contributions through co-organizing MageUnconference,
organizing Magento-Stammtisch
Aachen
, German translation efforts around Magento 2, and
various speaking engagements at Magento centric events ranging
from product search to European eCommerce to embracing change.

Kristof
Ringleff

Founder, Fooman
New Zealand

Kristof is the extension guy behind Fooman. He’s been coding with
Magento since 2007 and has spent the last 1.5 years writing
time-saving extensions for Magento 2. A huge fan of the Magento
community, Kristof is glued to Twitter and Magento StackExchange
as well as running the local
meet up group in New Zealand
. He founded the Magento Extension Developers Network to
give a stronger voice to extension developers committed to
quality coding, customer experience, and a strong Magento
ecosystem. Kristof is a very big fan of coffee. 

Kristof was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his
2016 contributions through the Auckland
Magento User Group
, helping others in the community on
Magento
StackExchange
, speaking engagements around the world on
improving extensions in Magento 2, encouraging extension
company dialogue through the Extension Developers Network (EXTDN),
and educating others through his blog, as well
as his Github contributions to both Magento 2 and DevDocs


Alessandro Ronchi

COO & Magento Specialist, Bitbull
Italy

Alessandro works at Bitbull as experienced Magento specialist
devoted to software design, backend development, and training.
He is the author of the Magento Best Practices
Handbook
and active contributor to open source Magento
extensions and resources. He is also one of the most active
members of the Magento Italian community as both a speaker and
conference organizer.

Alessandro was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on
his 2016 contributions through organizing MageTitans Italy, contributing
on Github to both Magento 2 and DevDocs, multiple speaking
engagements around Magento and at Magento centric events, and
sharing his experience and expertise around sprint planning and
using Magento for B2B.


Matthias Zeis

Tech Lead, LimeSoda Interactive Marketing
GmbH

Austria

Matthias is the Tech Lead at LimeSoda. He lives in Vienna with
his girlfriend where he enjoys running, music, and the
beautiful city. When not doing that, he blogs all things
Magento on his website, or organizes
the Magento Meetup
Austria
. In his daily work, Matthias focuses on Magento,
code quality, developer productivity, and Continuous
Integration and Deployment. Feel free to reach out to him on
Twitter via @mzeis!

Matthias was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his
2016 contributions organizing Magento-Stammtisch
Wien
, consistently contributing to DevDocs, and sharing
knowledge and experiences through speaking engagements around
migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2.

Kuba
Zwoliński

Founder & CEO, SNOW.DOG
Poland

Kuba is a father, kayaker, and trail runner. He graduated from
university with a Master’s degree in Geography and Digital
Weather Forecasting, working for a long time as freelance
front-end and php developer (MCFD, MCSS). Kuba is also Founder
and CEO at SNOW.DOG, commerce and mobile group. He is
passionate about open source technologies, the “internet of
things”, and other tech innovations that are changing the
world. Kuba is Organizer of 5 editions of “Meet Magento Poland
conference, Vice President of the Meet Magento Association, and a
proud Magento Master (Maker) in 2016.

Kuba was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his
2016 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Poland,
various speaking engagements around market experience with
Magento 2, and taking Magento into the Internet of Things
world, as well as both moderating and helping others on the
Magento Forums.