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Real Web with Jeff Whitfield

Jeff Whitfield

Join us for a "Year in Review" panel discussion where we'll be talking about the hottest topics that have impacted the web design and development industry.

Jeff Whitfield

Jeff's career as a web developer has focused on helping people build cutting-edge, custom websites using emerging standards, modern design, and the latest development techniques and frameworks. He works as a freelance developer and contractor, currently focused on a mobile web project using jQuery Mobile.

Meet our panelists

Michael Griffith

Michael's mantra is simple, "Work with cool people and build cool stuff". A few recent examples of cool stuff include helping SPIN magazine move to the iPad, creating an integrated iPad viewing experience for BET's daily live program 106 & Park, and extending the web celeb of The Annoying Orange into a mobile gaming experience for the iPhone.

Michael is the Creative Director with Bottle Rocket where he builds brand experiences for mobile. He is helps clients strategically extend their brand into the mobile space resulting in an engaging, relevant and unique experience for the user. Michael is able to walk a dangerously fine line between both a user centered design approach and marketing centered design approach.

Mike Orren

Mike Orren is a principal at Just Be Amazing, a consultancy that helps media companies, causes and retailers leverage their greatest strengths in order to reach more customers. He founded Pegasus News, the nation's largest single-market pure-play local news site, leading it from angel funding through two acquisitions. Prior to that, he served as publisher at Texas Lawyer, a trade newspaper and book operation owned by American Lawyer Media and in numerous roles including associate publisher and general manager of D Magazine during its relaunch in the mid-nineties. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including SXSW 2012 and is writing a book on Texas' Prison Entrepreneurship Program to be published in late 2012.

Chris Gay

Mr. Gay founded MileMeter in 2004 as a frustrated consumer who wanted to change the industry's status quo. Under his leadership the company received approval for the first by-the-mile insurance policy form in Texas (and world), created new enterprise software systems for policy and claims administration, and MileMeter Insurance Company was licensed and admitted in Texas as a P&C insurance carrier via the Uniform Certificate of Authority Application regulatory process. He is an inventor or co-inventor for over 60 pending patent claims resulting from the company's business and software innovations.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gay provided analysis for $1 billion in leveraged real estate funds for Goldman Sachs/Archon Group, wrote software for media and financial companies, marketed and briefed future military concepts ranging from directed energy weapons to unmanned aerial vehicles, and worked in all phases of the consulting business. A startup veteran, Mr. Gay received a BA in History with honors and a BBA in International Business with honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

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It was held on to at Improving Enterprises. This meeting was graciously sponsored by Improving Enterprises.