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ProZ.com Hall of Fame
Over the years, thousands of people have given of their time and talents to make ProZ.com a great place. But the site could not exist as it does today, were it not for the extraordinary contributions of a handful of individuals. The ProZ.com Hall of Fame was created to recognize the few select individuals who, in dedicating themselves fully to the site for periods of their life, have brought the ProZ.com site and community to whole new levels. We thank them for their monumental work, which has benefited so many translators in so many places!
Justin Chlebus - Development dynamo, 2005-2007
Justin Chlebus began working at ProZ.com in March of 2005 and served as a developer and systems administrator for two and a half years. Dedicating himself to the service of the ProZ.com community, he made monumental contributions to the site and company, and also helped thousands of people around the world to get the most from it. He died on September 2, 2007, having just celebrated his 22nd birthday.
The Justin Chlebus Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up in Justin's memory, to support a program that identifies and supports exceptional young people in pursuing arts or sciences in which they are particularly talented, in countries other than their own.
For more information on Justin, please visit this page.
Angela Arnone - Creator of ProZ.com conferences
Angela is responsible for starting ProZ.com in-person events; together with Roberta Anderson she organized the very first ProZ.com conference in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, in 2001. Out of this event came the idea for ProZ.com powwows -- thousands of which have been held among translators around the world in the time since.
Angela served as a long-standing member of the first site moderator team, was one of the first translators to join the Certified PRO Network, and has made numerous other contributions to the site and to the community over the years.
Troy Fowler - ProZ.com's first community manager
Troy was ProZ.com's first "community manager". Filling that role at an early stage, he not only carried out customer service, but also helped to develop new services. It was during his period of service that ProZ.com first began offering paid membership; he helped to launch the business model that has enabled ProZ.com to grow to what it is today. Troy also brought in the site's first paying advertisers, which was a critical source of revenue in ProZ.com's early years. After leaving ProZ.com as an employee, Troy joined as a member. He has been active in the industry as a translator and interpreter ever since.
Mats Wiman - Creative contributor and steadfast advocate
Mats was a member of the first site moderator team, and continues to serve as a site moderator. Together with Angela Arnone he organized the first in-person meeting of the moderator team in 2002. He has been a speaker at ProZ.com events since 2004. He is the author of, among others, the classic ProZ.com article Confessions of a KudoZ point grabber. His creativity and contributions, via the site and through brainstorming discussions with Henry, have led to numerous improvements to the site, and he has firmly supported and upheld ProZ.com's mission in his interactions. Mats has, via the moderator program and as a long-standing site member, contributed greatly to the site and its community.
Jason Wies - Enabled ProZ.com to scale
Just out of high school, Jason Wies joined ProZ.com at a time when rapid growth of the community was surpassing the site's ability to keep up. Even as he was on call 24/7 to keep the site running, he conceived of and implemented an entirely new systems architecture, one that has served the site well up to today. That is not all; Jason also developed important new site features such as the Blue Board.
Today Jason runs his own highly successful web business: jobthread.