e1: Dre Armeda

Welcome to the Hawk Talk Podcast. My guest this week is Dre Armeda, Vice President of Operations at Webdev Studios. Since this podcast would likely not exist if it wasn’t for Dre, there was absolutely no doubt he had to be the first guest.

In this episode we talk about:

  • An introduction to how Hawk Talk Podcast got started.
  • The “Dre & Hawk Show”, our presentation at WordCamp Las Vegas.
  • WordPress meetups are about teaching, connecting and empowering people.
  • An evolution in content at WordCamps.
  • A quick review of Dre’s work history. AKA, how did we get here?
  • Dre’s departure from Sucuri
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Getting healthy, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how food affected it all

Want to get in touch with Dre? You can find him at @dremeda, armeda.com or drejitsu.com



  1. Matt on January 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Congrats on episode 1, you picked a great guest for it.

    • john on January 7, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Matt! Hard to go wrong with Dre as a guest.

  2. +Russell Aaron on January 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    One of the most interesting WordPress Podcasts out there, that talks about more than just WordPress.
    I could listen to Dre talk about his career more and more. Amazing Podcast! Keep it Up!

    • john on January 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks, Russ! Glad you liked it. I am really aiming for the “edutainment” space. Have fun, but also drop a little knowledge here and there.

  3. Greg Taylor on January 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Love it! Congrats on episode one, I’ll keep listening for sure.

    • john on January 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Greg!

  4. Bill on January 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Congrats on Episode 1. Interesting to listen to. I hope you’ll get Hawk Talk into iTunes so I can download them to my iPhone/iPad and listen anywhere.

    • john on January 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Hey Bill, thanks! I will be submitting to itunes in a couple weeks. I will be sure to let you know.

  5. John Lynn on January 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Nice work! Loved the content from two people I love.

    • john on January 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks, John! It was a lot of fun recording with Dre. Could have easily kept chatting for another several hours!

  6. Kenny Eliason on January 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Awesome, John! Way well done.

    • john on January 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Kenny!

  7. Jaffe on January 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Most excellent!

    • john on January 8, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Jaffe!

  8. Jeff on January 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Excellent first show with an excellent first guest. Congratulations, John. Looking forward to more!

    • john on January 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, buddy! (you know I’ll be hitting you up to be on the show… be prepared!)

  9. Chuck Reynolds on January 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Nice episode John! I like the format – trying to figure out how to work in more podcasts into my days but always good to hear from you and Dre too. Cheers

    • john on January 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Chuck. The format has been the biggest holdup for me in sorting out what I wanted to do. Once that was decided, everything else fell in to place pretty darn quick.

  10. Andrew DiMino on January 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Great job John, no one better than Dre to start the journey with!


  11. Warren Whitlock on January 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Excited to hear you’re doing a podcast. I’m always looking for more ways to hang out with smart people and great that I can listen so easily.

    You ROCK!

    • john on January 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Warren! It’s been a lot of fun so far.

  12. Vegas Hope on February 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    GREAT audio podcast. The quality of your voice is perfect for broadcasting, and your interview style puts your guests at ease and your listeners wanting more.

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