Members of the board

Gunnar Hillert – President

Gunnar Hillert is a developer at SpringSource, a division of VMware. A native from Berlin, Germany, Gunnar has been living in Atlanta for the past 10 years. He enjoys developing web applications but also has a background in business integration. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin in applied computer science after defending his thesis.

If not playing with and learning the latest and greatest technologies, Gunnar is an avid gardener specializing in anything sub-tropical such as bananas, palm trees and bamboo. Furthermore, Gunnar is learning Spanish for the past three years. He and his wife Alysa have one daughter and try to raise her tri-lingual (English, German, Spanish). As time permits, Gunnar blogs at: [http://blog.hillert.com/]

Burk Hufnagel – Secretary

Burk Hufnagel has been creating positive User Experiences since 1978 and currently works as an Application Architect for Daugherty Business Solutions. Burk spends much of his time designing and crafting software, and has made a habit of creating practical solutions for difficult problems.

Burk has presented at JavaOne three times and was awarded Rock Star status for his talk on UX Anti-Patterns titled “No More Loser Experiences.” Other achievements include contributing to the books “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know” and “97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know,” and presenting at AJUG meetings, DevNexus, and the IT Architect Regional Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Vincent Mayers – Treasurer

Artist, athlete, traveler, technology community junkie and experienced sales leader. Vincent is a VP with Look-Listen, an Atlanta-based Digital Media Agency. With 20 years technology services and solution sales experience, Vincent has led cross-functional teams and has strong program and project management abilities. He has also led sales training, web branding, and marketing efforts and has a deep understanding of technology.

Vincent serves as the Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair for TechBridge an Atlanta based nonprofit which acts as a technology enabler for nonprofits. He is also organizer of the South East’s premier software development conference http://devnexus.com and Rails/MEAN stack conference http://connect-js.com

Vincent has a Degree in 3D Design from the University of the West Midlands, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom and; in another life was a full-time athlete competing at World Championship level in whitewater kayaking.

Summers Pittman – Vice President

Summers is a Sr. Java developer for Red Hat. He works primarily on the AeroGear-Android libraries. He holds a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Human Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech. He maintains a blog at blog.sagaoftherealms.net.

Twitter: @summerspittman

Pratik Patel

Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo. He wrote the first book on ‘enterprise Java’ in 1996, “Java Database Programming with JDBC.” He has also spoken at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He’s in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ….. well everything except Perl. Pratik’s specialty is in large-scale applications for mission-critical and mobile applications use. He has designed and built applications in the retail, health care, financial services, and telecoms sectors. Pratik holds a master’s in Biomedical Engineering from UNC, has worked in places such as New York, London, and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.

Bruce Petro

Bruce has over 19 years experience in numerous types of Software Engineering. Years of success as owner of a VAR business, years as a direct employee, and several years senior consulting experience, balanced with years managing development for multiple products gives him a healthy, strong and mature understanding of today’s business development process. Over the years large Smalltalk Client/Server projects morphed into becoming OO databases and caches, and middle layer headless servers for standard JEE sites providing a single point of access to a complex spectrum of databases, mainframes and service calls for Java web applications as well as home to business logic that was kept out of the presentation layer. This migration led to full Java application and web projects utilizing various technologies over the years. While consistently working with all layers, Bruce enjoys agile projects and providing the ideal designs to match user work flows and needs perfectly. Lately, the majority of his efforts have moved into yet another new world, working on challenging Big Data projects.

Vincent Stoessel

Vincent Stoessel is a Java Developer that began building websites in the early days of the dot-com era. In 2000 he was hired to develop PHP web applications for the official site of then Vice-President Al Gore’s presidential bid. It was also during this time that he made the transition to full time Java server side development and began the journey toward software mastery. Since then, he has successfully lead great development teams to build enterprise software for his employers. Vincent is a passionate about the concept that Information Technology can enable people to reach a higher potential. During his off hours, he finds peace of mind with his family. photography and cycling. He is currently employed by the Huron Consulting Group and lives in South Metro Atlanta.

Twitter: @vinny2020


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