Members of the board

Pratik Patel – President

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.

Burk Hufnagel – Vice President

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

Expat Brit, Artist, athlete, traveler, technology community junkie, and experienced sales leader. Vincent has been a board member of the Atlanta Java Users Group since 2008 and is a VP with Look-Listen, an Atlanta-based Digital Agency. With over 20 years technology services 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 is an Oracle Java Champion though he 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.

Glenn Renfro – Secretary

As a Pivotal engineer, Glenn Renfro is a core committer for Spring Cloud Task, Spring Batch and Spring Cloud Data Flow. He has 13 years experience in designing, building and delivering enterprise level applications in Java and 20 years total of software development experience.

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 began his tech career in the early days of the dot-com era. While working for an ISP as an IP Support technician he also taught himself to code with the LAMP stack to build websites. In 2000 he made the transition to being a full time developer at IDEV in Washington DC. His first assignment was to join the team building PHP web apps for Al Gore’s US Presidential 2000 Campaign website. Shortly after, he made the transition to full time Java backend development and has been working in that space ever since. He has successfully lead great development teams to build enterprise software for his employers. He’s developed for various business sectors such as Legal, Political, Health Care, Travel and currently, Fintech. Vincent’s technical passion is defined by the idea that information technology can be an enabling force for good in the world. During his off hours, he finds peace with his family, photography and cycling. He is currently employed by the Backbase USA and lives in South Metro Atlanta.


Members Emeritus

Gunnar Hillert – President 2010 – 2016

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/]

Burr Sutter – President 2002 – 2010

Burr Sutter served as AJUG’s President and founder of the DevNexus annual conference from 2002 to 2010

His day job since 2006 has been as a member of the JBoss team at Red Hat, specifically focused on Developer Tools and Advocacy.
Prior to Red Hat, he was part of an Atlanta-based IT consultancy named BravePoint for many years, serving primarily as an instructor for Java and web technologies.
Burr currently lives in Raleigh NC but visits ATL often, especially for DevNexus!

Summers Pittman – Vice President 2010 – 2016

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

AJUG Meetup

Building and Deploying 12 Factor Apps in Scala and Java

June 20, 2017

The twelve-factor app is a modern methodology for building software-as-a-service apps: • Use declarative formats for setup automation, to minimise time and cost for new developers joining the project. • Have a clean contract with the underlying operating system, offering maximum portability between execution environments. • Are suitable for deployment on modern cloud platforms, obviating the need for servers and systems administration. • Minimise divergence between development and production, enabling continuous deployment for maximum agility. • And can scale up without significant changes to tooling, architecture, or development practices. We will build a RESTful web service in Java and deploy the app to CloudFoundry. We will go over how to build a cloud manifest, how to keep our database credentials and application configuration outside of our code by using user-provided services and go over what it takes to build a 12 Factor application in the cloud. This presentation will be heavy on code and light on slides!

Roam Dunwoody 1155 Mount Vernon Highway NE Atlanta, GA 30338 (map)

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