About a year ago, I got wind that Aaron Campbell, an awesome developer and WordPress core team member, was moving to Oklahoma. So I reached out on Twitter and said welcome.
We met in person at our Oklahoma City WordPress Meetup group one night, after he tried to sneak in the very back and lay low. But I kind of outted him to the group.
This was right after WordPress 3.6, of which he was a co-lead for, had just dropped and the group was getting an overview of the new version that very night.
I’m sure it had to be a thrill to see a group talking about his work.
Then early last week, he reached out to say that he was leaving Range, the design and development agency he co-founded, and was reaching out to a select few companies about working with them.
We naturally jumped at the chance to talk and see if there was an opportunity for him to come work with us.
Honestly, having a WP developer of his caliber in Oklahoma (where our office is based) was extremely exciting, but we never thought we’d have the opportunity to have him on our team.
He’s one of the humblest yet talented guys I’ve known. And that fits us very well.
And it’s not everyday you get to land both a great developer who knows and loves WordPress AND a WP core team member.
It just doesn’t happen here. (Although that is something we’ve worked to change by helping build our tech community in Oklahoma.)
So after a couple of conversations, we made him an offer, which he accepted on Friday of last week.
Today is his first day at iThemes. And we’re stoked to have him on our team.
According to Aaron, several aspects drew him to working with our team, including that it would be fun, he would get to work on products and that we really care about our team.
Team is family. #BOOM
So, what will he be working on?
We don’t know just yet.
As with every person on our team, we like to assess their strengths, experiences and expertise and put them in a right place that fits them best and where we’re going.
At first, he’ll be getting more familiar with our key products (BackupBuddy, iThemes Exchange, iThemes Security and iThemes Sync) … then we hope to get him on a short-term project soon to get his feet wet with our process and systems.
Eventually, our goal is, like all of our developers, find a big project for him to lead and carry.
In the meantime, please welcome Aaron Campbell, and by extension, his wife, Christen, and son, Xavier, to the iThemes family.