When you think “StudioPress,” who’s the first person to come to mind? Most likely it’s Brian Gardner, the creator of StudioPress and pioneer of the WordPress premium theme market.
Brian’s mentioned on a previous episode that his role is changing over at Copyblogger (parent company of StudioPress), so who’s stepping in to fill his running shoes?
Meet Lauren Mancke. She’s been with StudioPress for over a year as a creative director and is now transitioning into Brian’s role. What’s Brian moving on to? What will StudioPress look like with Lauren at the helm? Join us on this episode to get the answers to your questions!
“As our company is growing, a byproduct of that is the need for me to focus my efforts in new places. As I transition myself towards the Rainmaker Platform and No Sidebar, I realized it was time to let go of daily responsibilities over at StudioPress. I wanted to make sure that it was left in capable hands, and on a number of levels Lauren Mancke was the perfect person to take that role. She’s a brilliant designer and her experience with running a creative studio made this choice a no-brainer. I look forward to watching her take over, and know that continued growth and success will occur.”
“While Creative Director of a small consulting firm, I began developing on WordPress in 2007 to provide online solutions for our clients. In 2009, I left this firm to go full-time with my own company, Northbound Design™. When Brian Gardner and Nathan Rice were creating the Genesis Framework, they reached out to me to help design the Genesis brand along with several child themes for StudioPress. I’ve been developing on Genesis ever since.
The framework’s flexibility along with the collaborative nature of the community allowed me to give my clients exactly what they needed to have success online. Saving time on development and future maintenance gave me the ability to focus on turning a freelance business into an award-winning, full-service interactive agency with my husband and our five employees. With clients large and small, located around the globe, our team focused on making and shaping online experiences that moved brands forward. Our services were crafted with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction to supply them with the highest possible impact.
After being approached several times over the years by Brian to come officially join the StudioPress team, the stars aligned, and I was able to do so a little less than two years ago, assuming the role of Creative Director. Creating new themes and growing the Genesis user base has been a terrific experience. The way the Genesis community is helping build businesses all across the world is something that makes me very proud to be a part of. While taking on this new role as the Head of StudioPress, I am honored and humbled by Brian’s confidence in my leadership. I strive to follow in his footsteps and continue to grow StudioPress and the Genesis Framework.”