Meet the 'corePHP' Team

Steven Pignataro, CEO of 'corepHP'

Steven Pignataro

Co-Chief Executive Officer - Technology

Steven founded ‘corePHP’ in 2001 and currently serves as the company's CEO for technology. He heads up our 13-person technology development team located at ‘corePHP’s various offices. In addition to recruiting, training and managing all of ‘corePHP’s technical staff, Steven himself is an accomplished database application developer and website developer, with over 15 years of experience in programming and database engineering and development. An accomplished software product innovator, Steven’s open source software offerings and core code contributions help power tens of millions of websites worldwide, in addition to thousands of on-premise installations.

Steven is one of the co-founders of Joomla! Content Management System, and one of the world’s foremost open source software advocates. His background in core software development drives his business philosophy as well: "Design to avoid rigidity, fragility, and immobility." He believes software's core strength should lie in its flexibility, not a long list of hard-coded features that the customer is forced to accept.

Steven is a frequent presenter at technology conferences and training workshops because he loves sharing his knowledge with others. He is also the former President of the non-profit organization Generation E, which offers entrepreneurship education to our community via a full menu of certification options for middle school, high school, after school, career and technology centers, and alternative education settings.

Steven leads the movement for independent open source software developers to build modular, yet highly capable core applications in order to extend the power and utility of sites, without touching the core code. The approach at ‘corePHP’ is always focused on creating modular, flexible solutions, to ensure greater agility, adaptability and customization, for a longer lifecycle for the codebase, and lower cost of ownership.

When developing new code or customizing existing code, the goal is to produce a lightweight, modular solution that’s high performance and high efficiency, to perform faster, better and more profitably. That focus on core power through streamlined simplicity led Steven to name his firm 'corePHP'.

Michael Pignataro - Chief Operating Officer, 'corePHP'

Michael Pignataro

Co-Chief Executive Officer - Operations

Just as every IT employee reports to co-CEO Steven Pignataro, every Project Manager and Client Services employee reports directly to Michael Pignataro, an identical twin to brother Steven. Michael is 'corePHP's CEO for marketing, sales and operations. He is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and overseeing our project management, account management and client services teams, as part of managing daily operations at ‘corePHP’s Battle Creek, Michigan headquarters.

Michael is in charge of ensuring Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress projects are on-track and our clients are satisfied with ‘corePHP’ services. Michael's experience in financial management, technical training, and customer support ensures 'corePHP's quality of service and client satisfaction levels remain at peak levels, and that our services are delivered on-time and within budget.

Michael also spearheads ‘corePHP’s software solutions and service offerings. He recently oversaw the creation and launch of 'corePHP's most successful software product launch to date, an e-commerce suite of products, branded paGO Commerce.

His leadership and "can-do" approach helped 'corePHP' grow consistently through challenging economic climate, while other technology firms were shrinking. His leadership helped fuel the growth and success of 'corePHP's many new clients over the past two years, in addition to retaining past clients.

Michael's philosophy is simple: "If you can dream it, we can do it."

Son Koral

Son Koral

SEO Specialist

With over 10 years of technology project management experience, as well as over 15 years of hands-on development experience in corporate and nonprofit environments with Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress, Son is the cohesive glue that brings the whole technology team together.

Son keeps ‘corePHP’s clients well informed to ensure mutual expectations are clear, and he keeps our project teams moving forward so we the goals of your project on time and on budget. Son oversees every aspect of project planning and the implementation process from start to finish. He has extensive experience with CMS systems and a complete understanding of front-end and back-end development, which allows him to communicate effectively with all team members and clients. @sonkoral

Jason Tolhurst, Developer at 'corePHP'

Jason Tolhurst

PHP Developer

Jason has over four years of programming experience, with extensive knowledge in PHP, HTML5, MySQL, jQuery, CSS and JavaScript. Jason specializes in API development, database, and PHP development and has developed multiple websites and applications in several languages.

Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Games and Programming Skills, and has considerable experience architecting and building intelligent solutions for 'corePHP' clients worldwide. With a vast knowledge of PHP development, Jason can provide solutions quickly in a fast-paced environment.

Vince Baker, Marketing at 'corePHP'

Vince Baker

Marketing Director

Vince has over 10 years of marketing and communications experience. His broad background includes expertise in marketing automation, social media, designing and executing communications strategies and market research.

Vince has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and has considerable experience managing marketing and communications efforts in the corporate, private and educational sectors. Vince's vast experience allows others to easily adapt to changing technologies.

Vince Baker, Marketing at 'corePHP'

Julian Lankered

Quality Assurance

Julian Lankered is a seasoned software quality and integrity tester. Leaving no stone unturned, Julian tests every feature extensively without discrimination. His reports on bugs and ideas for improvement are thorough and descriptive, making it extremely easy for any fellow developer to understand. Julian is proficient in the Joomla! CMS for developmental purposes because he helped ‘corePHP’ test and develop our flagship e-commerce product, paGO Commerce.

David Sherban

David Sherban

Lead Designer

David is responsible for our digital design and new product development, including logo and branding concepts. He provides the layout and coordination of publications for our company, community projects, and other agency clients. David also has experience with ad design, art projects, and website design and development. He provides photography and videography services to our clients.

Adam Docherty - Senior Developer at 'corePHP'

Adam Docherty

Senior Developer

Adam is a Senior Developer that brings over 14 years of technical expertise to the 'corePHP' team. Adam holds an NZQA Information and Communications Technology Diploma. Adam specializes in implementing XHTML/CSS graphic design layouts to full-blown framework-driven web applications. His extensive skill set covers virtually every area of web development. When he's not developing and innovating new solutions, Adam delights in spending time with his two kids, Steven and Taina.


Roberto Gadducci Filho

Front-End & Back-End Developer

Roberto holds a degree in Digital Design and has over eight years of experience in web design and development. He has spent most of his career developing custom e-commerce platforms, and at ‘corePHP’ he is focused on our flagship e-commerce product, paGO Commerce and other projects using AngularJS. Roberto is a native of São Paulo, Brazil, and works in 'corePHP's South American headquarters.

Ushma Shah

Ushma Shah

PHP Developer

Ushma holds a Bachelor of Information Technology degree and has expertise in PHP, Joomla!, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and XML. In addition to working with ‘corePHP’, she cofounded Joomla Kitchen, a small firm that specializes in providing enterprise web development services.

Parth Shah

Parth Shah

PHP Developer

Parth earned a Bachelor of Computer Science degree in 2006. He has worked on many Joomla! development projects and third party API integrations, and is also a cofounder of Joomla Kitchen.

Hiral Yadav

Hiral Yadav

PHP Developer

Hiral holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree and is an expert in jQuery. She is very knowledgeable of PHP and Joomla!, and has a strong background in e-commerce development.