The People Who Make It Happen

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."

Julian Lankerd, Symfony Developer at 'corePHP'

Julian Lankerd

Lead Backend Developer

Julian specializes at developing software within the Symfony Framework along with the Joomla! CMS, and by proxy uses a plethora of programming languages such as PHP, MySQL, Javascript, jQuery, AngularJS, HTML, CSS, C++, C, and Bash.

Julian has extensive knowledge when working with many third party endpoints like, Facebook's API, Twitter's API, Instagram's API, Mailchimp's API; Julian has experience designing/building custom API endpoints when the project calls for it.

Vinicius Rangel, PHP Developer at 'corePHP'

Vinicius Rangel

PHP and JS Developer

Vinicius works within the programming field since he was 14 years old, became an PHP and JS expert. He has been managing teams for over 3 years as head chief integration, and 3 years commanded the technology team of 4 Pixels.

In his career has delivered more than 100 projects of all kinds, from websites, mobile apps, ERP Systems, managed system, landing pages, and more.

I love music and netflix.

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.


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.