Trainers

 Nicholas R. Batik

WordPress Consultant, Designer and Developer
Pleiades WebCenter

Nick Batik

Nick Batik has been building websites since 1994 and has been a WordPress consultant and web developer for over five years. He specializes in custom theme design using the Genesis Framework. When not lost in the poetry of code Nick contributes to the WordPress community by serving as co-organizer for the Austin WordPress Meetup Group; and has served as a member of the organizing team for the WordCamp Austin 2010, WordUp Austin 2012, and WordCamp Austin 2012. Nick is a lead trainer for the Hands-On WordPress classes. His passion is Information design — the art and science of preparing information so that it can be used efficiently and effectively.  As a designer, Nick focuses on the development of information graphics – the diagramming and display of quantitative information to communicate ideas and information. His underlying philosophy of graphic design, ideography, graphic symbolology, photography, and digital art is to display information so it is both useful, and attractive.

Since founding Pleiades Publishing Services in 1992, Nick has been involved with both print, and electronic media design. As a web developer, he has content, design and the technology experience in major web site design and implementation, including Project Manager/ Senior Designer and programmer of a 2,400 page, 2,500+ image, 18,000+ link database-driven web site created back in 1994. Nick’s work with Pleiades Publishing Services, and Pleiades WebCenter reflects his passion for elegant and effective information design. He is dedicated to using design technology to communicate, and manage Information in a way that is beneficial to his clients and his clients’ customers. As principle information architect for both Pleiades Publishing Services and the Pleiades WebCenter, Nick focus on the science of information acquisition, interpretation and processing. He is responsible for both print and digital publication design – assuring the message content and language are clear, unambiguous and understandable.

Additionally, Nick has  written numerous training courses, articles and seminars on design, and publishing.  He has lectured at publishing conferences and in-house seminars in over 100 cities across the US, England, and Scandinavia.

 

H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

WordPress Consultant and Trainer
Pleiades WebCenter

Research Analyst and Web Content Developer
Pleiades Publishing Services, Co.

H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

As a partner in Pleiades Publishing Services and Pleiades WebCenter, Sandra is a WordPress Consultant and Trainer. She is co-organizer of the Austin WordPress MeetUp, and has served as a member of the organizing team for the WordCamp Austin 2010, WordUp Austin 2012, WordCamp Austin 2012, WordCamp Austin 2013 and  is a lead trainer for the Hands-On WordPress classes. Sandra’s insights and expertise with all levels of business start-up and development, as well as her experience in the public, corporate and small business environments, uniquely qualify her as an internet marketing and on-line business consultant. She has conducted over 300 seminars and workshops and has been a featured speaker at numerous national and international publishing conferences. Sandra has earned a reputation for taking highly complex subjects and presenting them in easily understood modules. Her informal approach helps put attendees at ease and ready to tackle unfamiliar material.

As a professional researcher and information technologist, she studies technical data, conducts client-sponsored research, develops feasibility studies, competition and market analyses; and provides reports, white papers, articles, press releases, training materials as well as Search Engine Optimized web content, including, newsletters, blogs, and e-books.

Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that help clients solve a problem, or take action on a business venture is her passion. As a web content developer, Sandra’s reward is when a client reports that their site is bringing in customers and making them money.