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 a Solution Architect for Research In Motion. 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, for his 2010 presentation, attendees awarded him Rock Star status for his talk “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,” presenting at AJUG, DevNexus, and several times at the IT Architect Regional Conference in Atlanta, GA, .
Vincent Mayers – Treasurer
Vincent has 18 years HCM & technology consulting experience in multiple verticals and countries. Currently he is responsible for the development of the Open Source Community program for inBloom Inc. an Atlanta based EdTech nonprofit company
Previously Vincent held a number of senior leadership roles with technology staffing companies and was a founding partner and Chief Technology Officer of Anteo Group, an award winning Enterprise Java recruiting and solutions company.
Vincent serves as the Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair for TechBridge http://techbridge.org an Atlanta based nonprofit which acts as a technology enabler for nonprofits. He is also a board member of the Atlanta Java Users Group http://www.ajug.org and organizer of the South East’s premier software development conference http://www.devnexus.com
Vincent earned a Bachelor’s Degree (hons) in design from the University of the West Midlands in Birmingham and in another life was a full time athlete, competing at World Championship level in whitewater kayaking for a number of years
Summers Pittman – Web Chair
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.
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 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.