Hi there, my name is Remkus de Vries. Well, it’s actually Joeke-Remkus, but given how most of you will pronounce the J as dzy … I decided to drop my first name. Online that is.
I’m 47 years old and happily married to Karin and proud father of my son, Roan, and daughters Marinde & Sterre. I live in the province of Fryslân, the Netherlands–which will explain my Frisian first names.
I have the best jobs. I work as a Head of Partner & Customer Relationships at – the most wonderful – Servebolt. The number one fastest WordPress hosting company out there.
One of my other tasks at Servebolt is helping to make the world a better place. I do that specifically by working in the WordPress community in any way which way I can. Whether that be organizing WordCamps and WordPress Meetups in attending or speaking at them. Additionally, I’m also helping out with the Dutch Polyglots team.
Additionally, together with my wife, we run a premier WordPress agency as called No One’s Rival. We are building fast, secure and scalable solutions in with WordPress, custom themes, and custom plugins. All in the pursuit of website speed, and scalability.
Yes, very very much! Been working with WordPress since early 2005, so I think that qualifies me as a WordPress Oldtimer.
Not only am I working with this wonderful piece of software every single day in all the various capacities, but I’m also the admin of the Dutch WordPress forums, as well as lead the translations team
and make sure the Dutch WordPress version is released in a timely fashion. Fortunately, this is fully automated nowadays.
Did you know I run a WordPress related newsletter? You didn’t?! Glad I mentioned it then! 😅 You can sign up via the form below. Check out previous editions here to get a feel.
Speaking & Events
Not stopping there though, I was also the co-founder and (co-)lead for the first two WordCamp Europe conferences and as a general rule, love to go and speak at and attend WordPress Meetups and WordCamps. Find out here where I have been and where I will be going.
If you’d like to speak me at your event, please contact me here.
For the last two years I’ve been going to Age’s Krachthonk, a strongman gym where I try to live out my goal of becoming stronger while lifting weird heavy objects. If you’d like to learn more about that, go and follow me on Instagram as I share most of it there. Lifting and walking with a 300kg / 662lbs frame for 15 meter is currently the feat I’m most proud of. Or as my buddy Frank Meeuwsen says: