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Hal Helms
Hal Helms
Hal (hal.helms@TeamAllaire.com) is a developer/strategist who writes on development issues within the ColdFusion community. He is a TeamAllaire member and speaks frequently on successful development with Fusebox.

He is a monthly columnist with "ColdFusion Developer's Journal" and is writing a book on ColdFusion for Prentice Hall to be published in February, 2001. He holds training/mentoring classes for companies who want a proven method for developing Web applications. 

Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson is the CTO of Zero-G Commerce, Inc. He has been a member of Team Allaire since '97, and is also the Chairman of the Fusebox Organization which has attempted to create a standard "Open CF application architecture".

Steve has recently created an almost complete testing tool for finding bugs in your ColdFusion applications. Be sure to ask him to buy you a beer and he'll tell you about the tool. Or buy him a beer and he'll answer any CF question you have.

Douglas Nottage
Doug Nottage
Douglas Nottage, Director of Advanced Technology, brings years of experience in various aspects of information technology to Autobytel.com. Nottage is responsible for predicting technology trends and establishing the direction the Company should take in relation to technical implementation and product offerings. Currently, Nottage's efforts are aimed at launching Autobytel.com's wireless strategy, which began with Autobytel.com On the Road for Palm/Windows CE devices in March 2000.

Nottage joined Autobytel.com in 1996 as the Company's first in-house web developer. He helped architect the system that supported 1900% traffic spikes during the 1997 and 1998 SuperBowls and is frequently a public speaker on issues of e-commerce and scalability (Internet World 1999, Information Week, Infoworld, Compaq Innovate 1999, Web 1998). He has also been named as a key inventor of several of Autobytel.com's business model and technology patents including the Dealer Real-Time extranet, 3D Virtual Showroom and recently announced Autobytel.com On the Road wireless automotive portal.

Previously Nottage taught web development at the University of California, Irvine.Nottage has an MBA, as well as a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Econometric Modeling.

Nat Papovich
Nat Papovich
Nat Papovich (mcnattyp@yahoo.com) is a self-taught Internet programmer who thinks that the Internet is fine and dandy. He lives, climbs, and motorcycles in sunny San Diego and works as a senior web developer for GeoAgents.com, an Olympia, WA based provider of "cool" technology solutions for the travel industry. For some inexplicable reason, he's not good at foosball.
Gabe Roffman
Gabe Roffman
Gabe was raised by wolves in the mountains of Virginia. After graduating with a degree in Drama from the University of Virginia, he went to the next logical step, starting an internet company. In 1996, he started programming with Cold Fusion. Two years later, he and Steve Nelson started sharing office space and comparing their development techniques. From this collaboration, Fusebox was born.

Since then, Gabe Roffman has developed major sites with Fusebox and spread the gospel by speaking at user conferences and CFUG's about its use and co-authored articles for CFDJ on the topic with Hal Helms and Steve. Currently, he is CTO of Instant Knowledge, producing portals for different industries, starting with eTesters for the Test and Measurement Industry.

Fred Sanders
Fred Sanders
Fred T. Sanders (fred@netric.com) is a self-taught Internet programmer who started out on scenic Galveston Island, TX.(http://galveston.com/). After 10 years in the IT field he became bored and taught himself ColdFusion as a favor for a friend. Its been all downhill from there.

He's horrible at both darts and pool, so feel free to offer him practice rounds at either, especially if playing for beer. Like Nat he also sucks at foosball.

He currently is living and working in Charlottesville, VA. for the slave driver mentioned in the bio above on the eTesters.com project for Instant Knowledge, LLC.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith is President of TeraTech, a 11-year old Rockville, Maryland consulting company that specializes in web and database development. TeraTech has developed sophisticated data-driven web sites for a wide range of organizations, from corporations to government agencies. In addition to ColdFusion, the TeraTech staff also have extensive experience in SQL databases, ASP, HTML, Access, Foxpro, Visual Basic and more.Michael has been programming for over 20 years and has been coding in ColdFusion since version 1.5 four years ago. He has an MA and BA from Cambridge University, England and graduated in the top 10 of his year.

Michael runs the Maryland ColdFusion User Group and organized three very successful CF events including CFUN-2k with 700 attendees. Michael volunteers at ByteBack, a non profit organization which provides computer training for unemployed and under-employed inner city residents. He also is a frequent contributor to Fusion Authority, the ColdFusion Developer Journal and the CPCUG monitor.

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