Committee Bios

Phil Sluder - Western US

Phil Sluder is a mechanical engineer from San Diego, California. He has been active in the SolidWorks community for over 10 years, presenting the very popular “SolidWorks Tips and Tricks” at every SolidWorks World Conference. He is a Certified SolidWorks Instructor (with over 2300 hours of instruction), and a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP). He also finds time to run the local San Diego SolidWorks User Group. His company TriAxial Design and Analysis a SolidWorks Manufacturing Network Partner providing mechanical engineering, design, analysis, and documentation services.

Betty Baker - Midwest US

Betty Baker is a Domestic Casegoods Product Engineer at Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, WI.  Betty has been with Ashley Furniture since 1984 and has been using SOLIDWORKS since 1998.  She has been a part of the La Crosse, Eau Claire, Winona Area (LEWA) SOLIDWORKS user group since it began in 2002, and has been president of the group since 2004.  Betty became a CSWP in 2005 (the eight hour test) and sends out weekly SOLIDWORKS tips to many users.  She is actively involved with her local schools promoting STEM and has helped start a First robotics team in her area.  Betty received the Ashley Furniture Gold Award in 2017.

Todd Blacksher- Southern US

Todd Blacksher is a Design Engineer from Lincoln, Nebraska. Starting in 1993, Todd has worked with several different CAD programs, but everything changed when he started using SOLIDWORKS in 2002. Todd liked it so much that he started the SOLIDWORKS User Group of Nebraska (SwugOne) a few years later. In 2005, Todd received his CSWP, and in 2007 he went to work for the local SolidWorks Reseller. While he was an Application Engineer, he picked up a few more certifications - CSWI, CSWST, CPDM, CPDME, CSPST, DWCAE. Todd now works for National Mfg - TMCO Inc. and has resumed his role as President of SwugOne. Todd has presented at SOLIDWORKS World, several SWUGN Summits, and many regional User Group meetings.

Kendra Wardlow - Southeastern US

Kendra Wardlow is the lead drafter for a government contracting company that works mainly with the Naval base in Panama City Beach, Florida.  She has ten years of SOLIDWORKS CAD experience and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP), CSWPA-Drawings, CSWPA-Sheet Metal, CSWPA-Weldments.  Kendra has been leading the Panama City Beach SOLIDWORKS User Group since 2015.  The group was named the 2016 SWUGN User Group of the Year.

Edson Gebo - Eastern US

Ed Gebo is a Mechanical Designer, SolidWorks Consultant, & SolidWorks Admin for Digital Detail & Design; a company he started in 2008. A SolidWorks user since 2003, he is now a CSWA and a CSWP. Ed started his first user group in 2007, the Central MA/Northeastern Connecticut SolidWorks User group. At SolidWorks World 2009, the CMNC-SWUG won the 2008 SolidWorks User Group of the Year Award. In addition, he was chosen as the 2010 SolidWorks User Group Leader of the Year, which was presented at SolidWorks World 2011. Ed was also nominated for 2010 Massachusetts Staffing Employee of the Year. He currently runs the Connecticut SolidWorks User Group, which he started in early 2009. Ed teaches two SolidWorks adult evening school programs at Bay Path Vocational High School.

Hal Olguner - Australia/New Zealand

Hal (Alby) Olguner lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently the Cad Office Manager for a medium sized company, designing and manufacturing interior components for the automotive industry. Hal holds a Graduate diploma in CAD/CAM, with other degrees in Mechanical Design Drafting, Industrial and Process engineering. His previous work experiences include, heavy transportation industry, marine/yachting industry, with a great passion for sailing and yacht racing. Hal and his team have been using SolidWorks as their primary design software since its first release in Australia around 1996/97.

Chris White - Canada

Chris White is a design engineer from Peterborough, Ontario. He has been using SolidWorks since 1999 and is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP). He graduated from school with a Mechanical Design degree, and has been working in the custom automated equipment industry for ten years. Chris has been Group Leader for the Ontario SolidWorks User Group since 2006.

Adam Green - Europe

Adam Green is the Research and Development Manager at Thorp Precast Ltd in the UK. He first started to use SOLIDWORKS whilst studying Mechanical Engineering at university 10 years ago. Since then he has worked for a SOLIDWORKS partner, gained his CSWP and has introduced SOLIDWORKS to various different companies. Adam started the UK SOLIDWORKS User Group North West back in 2013 and has a big focus on bringing the User Group to the class room regularly holding meetings at universities in the area.