The strongest side of Magento is the community. There are many great platforms out there (like Hybris or Shopify), but the true strength that makes Magento special comes from the people, not the code. s a professional you simply have to be part of. And if you want to grow, learn, develop yourself and your company, you have to follow certain people.
Professionals with decades of experience. Influencers, developers, consultants, all working together on making the platform and each other better. Of course finding the best people to learn from can be difficult. Or rather it was until now, because we have gathered them all for you in one place.
In this article you will find 80 of the best and brightest: those who you simply have to be familiar with, especially if you are new to the platform – because this way learning will be child’s play compared to starting out on your own.
We will dive in a minute, but first, let’s discuss the different types of officially recognized Magento professionals…
Who are the Magento Masters?
Magento Masters are experts selected by Magento – this doesn’t mean that only Magento Masters can be Magento experts.
The Magento Masters program is Magento’s special acknowledgement of the hard work and achievements of a select group of experts.
Anyone can become a Magento Master who is an active member of the Magento ecosystem, makes valuable contributions, is a good brand advocate, and helps creating value and a positive environment.
Masters are internally nominated and measured by a certain scoring system.
All Masters have to re-qualify each year, and the members of the Masters program are formally introduced at Imagine, Magento’s biggest ecommerce conference.
Makers are those Magento Masters who are active contributors in the community, valued by both community members and Magento. Besides actively engaging socially, they also provide the community with constructive feedback and inspire innovation.
The Mentors are those outstanding members of the Magento Community, who contribute the most in terms of educating others and developing valuable resources, and who have experience in developing successful implementations.
Movers are influencers and industry experts who create the best Magento implementations and promote Magento at different events. They inspire innovation at all levels of the community.
Now, let’s see who have contributed the most to the Magento Community worldwide in the past few years:
As a Magento specialist at Bitbull, he is involved in software design, backend development, as well as in training.
In 2016, he played an active role in organizing MageTitans Italy. He’s the author of the Magento Best Practices Handbook.
As one of the Italian Magento community’s most active contributors (both online and offline), he is a speaker and conference organizer, and a generous contributor to the community.
He is known for his contributions on Github to both Magento 2 and DevDocs, and for sharing his expertise on sprint planning and using Magento for B2B.
He’s currently the Director of Business Development at Atwix, but he used to be an employee at аheadWorks by day and an Extension Developer Network (EXTDN ) member by night.
He even holds a degree in International Law, but has worked in ecommerce as an avid Magento fan since 2012.
Based on his contributions to the EXTDN community – and inspiring extension companies and the community to move towards Magento 2.0 – he was selected as a Magento Master for 2016.
A frontend developer with 10 years of experience, who discovered the Magento platform as soon as it first came out, and who’s been working on its Italian translation with the Italian community ever since.
Most of the time he works with this particular platform, and he got a Magento Frontend Developer certification in 2013.
He’s a founder and frontend developer of Magenio, an ecommerce development team.
He was selected as a Magento Master in 2016 for his contributions to the translation of the platform and for moderating the forums and actively helping others.
Brent is a veteran organizer in the Magento community: not only is he a founding moderator of the Magento forums, but he has also organized several Mage Runs for Magento Imagine.
He is also Wagento’s Chief Magento Evangelist.
Based on his role in organizing events in 2016, such as Magento Meetups in Minneapolis, and his active contributions to the Magento Forums, he was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 and 2018.
Carmen has worked with Magento since 2010, and it’s been her passion ever since.
As a freelancer she’s covered many fields, for instance, analyses, bugs, cronjobs, and development.
She frequently posts about the tasks, challenges, and experiences she encounters as a member of the Magento community on her Neoshops.de blog.
She also takes part in organizing the MageUnconference and the Magento Stammtisch Köln (or Magento Meetup Cologne), and she’s a Magento Certified Developer too.
Along with her enthusiasm for educating others in the community, these achievements lead to her nomination for the Magento Master 2018 title after achieving the same in 2017.
With more than 15 years of experience Danny is one of the veterans of Magento. As a founder and CEO of Cream he is bent on providing effective Magento solutions for online businesses while being a 5x certified top contributor of the platform's community.
Based on his 2017 contributions he is now a fresh Master Maker.
He’s the CTO of Veriteworks, Japan, and he’s been part of the Magento community since 2007.
His main focuses are localization and payment integrations, and he’s been an active organizer of the Magento user community in Japan since 2008.
He was selected as a Magento Master in 2017 and 2018 for his active role in organizing Meet Magento Japan, Magento Onsen & Hackathon, the Magento Japan User Group and the Advent Calendar Magento blogging project, besides translating the platform to Japanese and holding presentations on Magento 2.
As he puts it, the Magento community has changed his life. Had he not discovered Magento, he might still be developing less interesting projects.
In addition to being the President of a high performance Magento Hosting provider, Aspiration Hosting Inc., he has been actively sharing his knowledge with the Magento community since 2008.
He is also a volunteer moderator of the Magento Forums. For these valuable contributions to the community he was selected as a 2016 Magento Master.
Fooman’s expert of extensions has been coding Magento since 2007, and has developed Magento 2 extensions for the past 1.5 years.
He has released more than 15 extensions to simplify administration, save time and money for the users.
He has a lot of Magento related achievements: he’s an active member of Magento Stack Exchange, he organizes the Meetup group in Auckland, New Zealand, and he’s a founder of the Magento Extension Developers Network, which provides its members – who strive to innovate and improve their extensions – with the opportunity to actively work together.
He’s an active member of the Auckland Magento User Group, gives speeches on Magento 2 extension improvement, and educates people through his blog, not to mention his Github contributions to Magento 2 and DevDocs.
For his contributions, he was selected as a Magento Master in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Although SNOW.DOG’s Polish founder and CEO, Kuba Zwoliński, holds a Master’s degree in Digital Weather Forecasting, he has worked as a freelance frontend and PHP developer for a long time. His interests include world changing tech innovations, such as open source technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT).
He has organized 5 Meet Magento Poland events, and is Vice President of the Meet Magento Association. He was selected as a Magento Master in 2016, 2017 and also 2018.
As LimeSoda’s Tech Lead and Senior Magento Developer, he contributes to the Magento community from Vienna, where he, among other things, organizes Magento Meetup Austria.
His main focuses in his work are Magento code quality, developer productivity, and continuous integration and deployment.
For his part in organizing Magento-Stammtisch Wien and his efforts to educate the community on the topic of migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2, he was selected as a 2017 Magento Master.
Mukesh is a senior software engineer at Epicor Software in Bangalore, India, and has been working as a Magento developer since 2012.
He is also a moderator on Magento community forums, and a daily visitor at magento.stackexchange.com and stackoverflow.com.
For consistently sharing his knowledge with the community on the Magento Forums, he was selected as a 2016 Magento Master.
A developer of Interactiv4 working with Magento since 2009. During nearly a decade he has helped major companies in transforming their ecommerce presence and he is also an active and valuable member of the community, sharing his ideas and knowledge, which led to him being one of the Maser Makers of 2018.
Peter Jaap Blaakmeer
Peter is the CTO of elgentos, and has worked with Magento since 2008.
It started out as a hobby, but later on it became Peter’s calling, and he’s enjoyed working with Magento ever since.
He was selected as a Magento Master in 2017, for his role in organizing “Magento User Group Groningen” the previous year, and also talking about Magento 2 at different events, thus educating the community about various topics ranging from product import to workflow.
The Marketing Manager of integer_net first came into contact with Magento by chance at her first job, where she dove deep into the world of online marketing.
As a co-host at a German Magento meetup, where the Magento community could first meet her, she was responsible for opening the door to people interested in Magento.
She is also a Mage Unconference co-host and, along with her colleagues at integer_net, an organizer of Magento meetup in Aachen, Germany.
She was selected as a 2017 Magento Master based on all her 2016 contributions to the community and retained her title in 2018, such as co-organizing MageUnconference, organizing Magento-Stammtisch Aachen, her contribution to the German translation of Magento 2, and her speaking engagements at different Magento related events.
Rafael Corrêa Gomes
A web developer with 10 years of experience and a Magento developer for 7 years, an active, 3x certified member of the Magento community. He has created tools that are used by more than 14 thousand Magento developers around the globe.
As a fresh Magento Master of 2018 he was selected because of the highly valuable contributions he made in 2017 to the community.
A Senior Software Developer at Krish Technolabs with more than 5 years of experience in Magento, mainly engaged in developing and handling Magento clients from all around the globe.
As a former top contributor in 2017 he became a major contributor in the Magento Forums and DevDocs, leading to him being named as one of the Master Makers of 2018.
Space 48’s Technical Director has worked in eCommerce for more than 15 years, and has developed Magento solutions for over 8 years.
His company is a Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner, and he holds all the Magento certifications.
He was selected as a Magento Master in 2017 for his part in organizing Mage Titans the previous year, and for sharing his Magento expertise through his various presentations, with a special focus on Magento 2 optimization and solutions.
He also actively contributes to DevDocs.
The Austrian Lead Magento Developer of E-CONOMIX has worked with Magento since 2011, and has more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer and software architect.
Besides putting a lot of emphasis on improving developer workflows and security, she likes speaking at different Magento events and sharing her expertise on Magento Stack Exchange and the Magento Forums.
For her part in organizing Magento-Stammtisch Wien, educating the community on Magento platform security, contributing to both Magento and DevDocs on Github, and for co-organizing MageStackDay, she was selected as a Magento Master in 2017 and continued to be one in 2018.
He is the Director of Technology, as well as an active member of the development team, at Classy Llama.
Since 2009, he’s been a valuable member of the Magento community and has also been working in the Magento eCommerce consulting space.
He played an important role in the creation of the Magento Developer Certification and the Magento 1 responsive theme. He’s also keen on exploring the latest tech.
Based on his efforts to introduce the community to Magento 2, and for sharing his expertise, he was selected as a 2016 Magento Master.
As a professional web developer at an ecommerce solutions company, and having worked in this field for 8 years, he is passionate about Magento.
For introducing key members of the community through the MageEngage YouTube channel, contributing to Magento Stack Exchange, educating the community about efficient development methods, and organizing MageStackDay, he was selected as a 2016 Magento Master.
As a developer and consultant Damian has been working with Magento for a decade. He is one of the top contributors of the community, sharing knowledge and experience, blogging about Magento and discussing problems and solutions to help others grow their business. He is a fresh 2018 Master Mentor.
Fabian has specialized in Magento development and has worked as a Software Engineer since 2011.
At integer_net, he works on client projects and Magento extensions (he leads the migration of the IntegerNet_Solr search extension to Magento 2), and takes part in training and consulting
For his numerous Magento related speaking engagements, for educating other Magento developers through his blog, and actively helping others on Magento Stack Exchange, he was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 and also 2018.
AOE’s Lead System Developer, Fabrizio Branca often blogs about topics like Open Source, Magento, Varnish, Selenium, and AWS.
His main focuses are high performance applications, innovative technologies, solid development and testing processes.
He was selected as a 2016 Magento Master for his contributions to the community, such as his screencast tutorials posted on MageCasts.io, and for organizing community hackathons, speaking about the platform and building modules.
Gabriel has worked with Magento for more than 7 years, and has obtained all the Magento certifications.
He’s the director of a full-service agency, Simplific, which provides a wide range of services from Magento development and integrations to consulting and support.
As an active member of the community, he is a moderator on the Magento Forums and a frequent speaker at Magento events, where he educates his audience on how to take their Magento 1 knowledge and apply it to Magento 2 – for his contributions, he was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 and 2018.
Arnia Software’s Marius Străjeru has worked as a PHP developer for 11 years and has been a Magento developer and addict for 9.
When not at his day job, he is a Magento Stack Exchange moderator. He’s there to answer questions and to help keep the site clean.
He’s been an active presenter at such Magento events as Meet Magento Romania and MageTitans IT.
For his active engagement in the community and for his Magento 2 related contributions on Github, he was selected as a 2017 Magento Master.
Right after university, he started working with Magento.
Up until 2016, he hadn’t been active in the Magento community, but last February he started to actively engage and give back to the community.
He contributes by posting and answering questions on Magento Stack Exchange, helping others troubleshoot and innovate on both Magento 1 and Magento 2 platforms, while also sharing Magento 2 contributions on Github.
For his active engagement in the community, he was selected as a 2017 Magento Master.
As the Technical Lead at FitForMe, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, he contributes to the community by organizing events like MageStackDay, thus getting others involved and reaching out to new people, and by actively engaging in user groups, and helping with organizing Meet Magento.
His contributions to the community speak for themselves: for organizing the Magento User Group Rotterdam, co-organizing Meet Magento NL, MageUnconference NL, MageStackDay, and giving presentations and helping others based on his Magento experience, he was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 and 2018.
Co-founder of MeanBee, a company that delivers innovative ecommerce solutions for its clients. He also enjoys experimenting with new technologies and sharing his ecommerce and tech related insights with the community. For his contributions he was named a Master in 2018.
Vinai has been a web developer for most of his life, and he’s specialized in Magento since 2008.
He even educates the community, of which he is a very active member, as a Magento U official trainer.
He also takes developing high quality solutions very seriously. His useful GitHub, DevDocs, and Stack Exchange contributions, his helpful attitude towards the community, and his efforts regarding MageUnconference all added up to him becoming a 2016 Master Mentor.
Many community members can call him their mentor, since he taught many of them at one point.
In 2017, he became a Master Mover for his accomplishments, and for making valuable educational content accessible to the community through Mage2Katas. In 2018 he retained his title thanks to his continued efforts for the community.
As one of the first Magento core developers, Ivan has extensive experience in Magento development.
He was one of the first to apply test-driven development practices and prefers a performance-first approach regarding his Magento projects.
He isn’t only an avid learner, but also a keen educator who provides training courses to other developers, and an independent consultant who gives guidance to merchants on how to find the business solution that best fits their needs.
Based on his Magento 2 themed presentations covering topics ranging from performance, through architecture, micro-services to BDD – all while being very active on the Magento Forums – he was selected as a 2017 Magento Master Mover.
Magento Commerce’s Senior Software Engineer has worked with PHP and web applications for more than 10 years.
Outside of work, he’s one of MageSpec’s and BehatMage’s maintainers.
As MageCasts.io’s co-presenter, he helps educating the community on SOLID, TDD and BDD. In 2016, he was selected as a Magento Master for speaking about Magento at various events, actively contributing to the community on Github, and for his activity on MageCasts.io.
He’s played a major role in preparing the community for Magento 2.0.
Yireo founder Jisse Reitsma is a developer and trainer too, and he’s been a Magento fan since its 0.9 version came out.
In the past years he’s developed numerous extensions.
He’s passionate about explaining Magento development methods to the community, educating them through online tutorials, local user groups, developer training, hackathons, or by speaking about Magento development at events.
Based on his valuable contributions to the community and educating them on Magento 2, organizing the Magento 2 Seminar, the Magento Dutch Localization Hackathon, and the Magento User Group ‘s-Hertogenbosch, he was selected as a Master Mover for 2017.
Creatuity’s CEO has worked in ecommerce since 1999.
His company is a full service agency that’s helped many of their clients to achieve success using the Magento platform.
He’s a frequent speaker at conferences and is keen on exploring what the future brings in commerce and in technology, and new ways to improve the shopping experience.
For his contributions to the community on Github, his valuable input to DevDocs for Magento 2.0, and for speaking about Magento at events, he was selected as a Magento Master for 2016.
He played an important role in helping the community move toward the Magento 2.0 platform.
He’s enthusiastically built and programmed computers for a long time, first working in the video game industry, then moving on to building servers and managing server rooms.
He turned to PHP programming in 2000. He’s Director of Systems Engineering at Robofirm, has more than 10 years of ecommerce experience, he’s part of the Zend Z-Team, and is also a Magento Certified Developer.
For his valuable contributions to the community, Magento 2 themed presentations and educational input, he was selected as a Master Mover for 2016.
He is an Argentinian traveler and Magento Certified Solution Specialist, who is also a sysadmin in his free time.
He worked on some of the biggest Magento projects in more than 25 countries in the past 4 years.
Currently he works at Nexcess where he helps maintain one of the most popular open source Varnish extensions for Magento, called Turpentine.
He was selected as a 2016 Magento Master for his activity on Magento Stack Exchange and his various Magento themed presentations. In 2018 he was also named a Master Mover.
Something Digital’s ecommerce evangelist has created unique online customer experiences for 15 years, and has developed and also managed Magento installations for some of the world’s most recognizable brands.
He is a South Florida Magento Developer Meetup Magento (SoFla Meetup) organizer and the co-host of MageTalk and Future Commerce, publishing podcasts to over 25,000 listeners monthly.
He was selected as a Magento Master for 2016 and 2017 for organizing the SoFla Meetup, actively contributing to Magento StackExchange, co-hosting MageTalk, and speaking about Magento at various events.
He co-hosts MageTalk, and also responds quickly to questions that may arise in the Magento Community.
Phil is a 4x Magento Certified (MCD, MD+, MCFED, MCSS) expert, who has extensive knowledge and experience in developing ecommerce solutions for some of the world’s most recognizable brands. A 2x Magento Master and in 2018 he was also named a Master Mover.
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He’s Magento’s VP of Architecture, currently focusing on Magento 2.
Alan is responsible for the integration of several Magento related initiatives. He’s active in the community and enjoys sharing his expertise with his followers.
In his book, “No Frills Magento Layout”, he discusses Magento’s domain specific XML layout language.
As Commerce Bug’s creator, Alan specializes in bug fixes and he also offers consultancy for developers on the matter.
As an avid web developer, he aims at impacting the online world, and is also very active in the Magento Community, gladly helping out other developers.
He’s a passionate Software Engineer at World Wide Access, and also one of the most active individuals in the Magento Community, contributing open source extensions and sharing his expertise with his followers.
He posts useful Magento development tips on his blog, and he can also be found at various Magento events.
As one of the biggest names in the community and being a Magento Certified Developer Plus, with 6 years of experience in Magento development, and with 3 years of experience in sharing his knowledge as a Magento U trainer, Ben is a highly active member of the community.
He answers questions quickly, and as a Magento Evangelist, he’s present at all major Magento events.
The former President of Magento who has since helped build many companies. He has considerable experience with startups, and posts valuable insights about the eCommerce world.
Experienced Magento Developer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), PHP, XHTML, and Databases. Strong engineering professional with a B.IT focused in Programming from University of Ballara
A CEO of MageMojo Magento Hosting, and as he describes himself a lifelong learner and computer geek. He founded his company with Martin Pachol in 2009 as a way to solve the performance issues of many Magento online stores by providing stale hosting services.
An ecommerce professional with experience in publishing, speaking, and training as well.
He’s an active and keen member of the Magento community, with a wide range of interests, including technology, marketing, commerce, and finance.
Co-founder and CEO at Trellis, a full service digital agency offering design and Magento development among other services. The eCommerce and marketing tips he posts can be useful for anyone interested in eCommerce.
As a president of SwiftOtter Solutions and 8x Magento certified profession he leads his company to build websites, optimize and give out Magento certifications itself.
Maxwell is a passionate experimenter, helping companies that long for better ecommerce presence and higher profits through creativity and experience.
He’s the creator of the MageMail app that sends triggered email for Magento, and co-hosts the Magento Community Podcast. He contributes to the community in the form of valuable Magento tools and platform insights too.
Kalen is also the founder of Commerce Hero and a co-host of MageTalk Podcast.
A well-known professional amongst the Magento Community, sharing valuable insights with articles, tweets and lectures. She is a founder and CEO of SHipperHQ and WebShopApps.
She has been working with online retailers and solving their problems since 2008 and is one of the most experienced members of the community with 20+ years of experience in business technology.
As a the former CFO and COO at Magento and Sr. Director Global Operations & Events at eBay, her posts are worth following for anyone who wants to stay informed regarding Magento events or corporate updates.
She’s a Certified Scrum Master, a Magento Certified Solution Specialist, a technical leader, and a Magento Community Events planner.
She’s worked in web application development for more than 15 years, and is efficient in managing teams too.
She’s not only the source of some great ideas, but also an active community member who still manages to fit various Magento events into her busy schedule.
Mark William Lewis
As veteran web developer with 12+ years of experience with PHP and 5+ years with Magento solutions Mark is a true evangelist of Magento and eager to help any business in need with their ecommerce presence. As a 5x certified professional he is one worthy of your attention.
Matt is the current Head of Developer Ecosystem at Adobe. He has been working with open source systems for more than a decade, has been a VP of community at MongoDB, VP of business development at the startup Strobe which was acquired by Facebook, also worked for Canonical, GM, ALfresco and Novell.
Since Magento was acquired by Adobe he has been an active and helpful member of the Magento community, providing much needed help and knowledge thanks to his extensive experience in the field of open source. He is also an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative.
Max is a key member of the Magento community.
He’s developed the Magento platform with the Magento Commerce core team for more than 10 years.
He became a Magento Architect for Magento Community and Enterprise Edition releases after a successful ecommerce launch for one of the leading American automakers.
Currently he’s the Chief Technology Officer at The Irish Store and Gifts Direct.
He also plays an active role in the community, frequently answering questions, sharing his experiences with other developers at conferences, and contributing through blogs and videos.
As the Director of Software Development at Magento, he was the man behind Magento 2 development, currently he’s Director of Community Engineering.
He’s worked at Magento since 2008. He’s been keen on helping the Magento community in many ways – without his contributions the platform and the community wouldn’t be the same.
Lead Product Manager at Magento and a frequent speaker at ecommerce conferences, who also posts Magento and ecommerce tips and tricks – sometimes even job openings.
Rebecca (Troth) Brocton
She’s the youngest project manager, who started her career at age 16.
The skills she’s gained have made her the great name in the community that she is today. She posts excellent Magento related content on YouTube, where she’s always highly endorsed.
Rouven Alexander Rieker
Current Senior Digital Director at JoussenKarliczek GmbH, former CEO at ITABS – an all-in-one Magento development company.
He’s also a developer with considerable Magento experience, who shares Magento and open source tech tips too.
Formerly the Senior Software Engineer / Architect at Magento, now Director of Engineering at Regent Companies, LLC, he’s a Magento 1 and 2 expert.
He mainly posts about the technical aspects of running Magento 1 and Magento 2.
She is the Community Manager at Magento, who likes interacting with the community both in person and online.
Although she began her career as a Multimedia Graphic Designer and a Magento Developer, since then, she has become a very active member of the Magento Community and has played a major role in making it such a flourishing ecosystem.
Following her posts is a good idea for anyone who wants to learn more about Magento Events, Meetups, etc.
The founder of Bit 79 has over a decade of experience in ecommerce and is currently working as a consultant, helping companies establish their Magento systems and flourish. He is focused primarily at security measures, relentlessly looking for malware and bugs, on a mission to raise security maturity of the Magento community.
Refers to himself as an eCommerce Thought Provider. Being a CEO of Jamersan he was named one of the top 50 Magento contributors for 2017. That is no accident: he is one of the most active members of the Magento community, currently producing informative, creative videos for Magento enthusiasts about the platform at his channel eCommerceaholic.
Founder and CEO of Atwix.com, a company offering full-service Magento implementations. He shares a great deal of updates regarding Magento and the community.
The power of the Magento community
We tried to list all relevant influencers in the Magento community, however there might still be influencers who could be added.
So, if you have someone in mind, or you’re an influencer, and would like to be listed in the article, please let us know in a comment!
If you’d like to experience the real strength of Magento, don’t just follow the influencers, become an active member of the community.
Magento’s strength, like it usually is with open source software, lies within the thousands of developers working on it together and helping each other.
Visit forums, follow social media, attend meetups and conferences: this is the best way to meet Magento professionals and make priceless connections.