Spree has a core team of contributors whose members work together to maintain the source code and provide support to the Spree community. Individuals are invited to join the core team based on the volume and quality of the code contributed to the project as well as their sustained efforts in improving the overall quality of the Spree community. There are over fifty different contributors to the Spree project. The core team is essential in maintaining order as well as helping to run the growing infrastructure required for the project.
Sean Schofield (aka schof) is the creator of the Spree project. Prior to discovering Ruby, he worked almost exclusively with Java building large scale web applications. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and has long history of involvement with open source, including the Struts and MyFaces projects. He is no longer using Java and works almost exclusively on projecta requiring Ruby. Sean is also the CEO and founder of Rails Dog. He is located in Washington, D.C.
Paul Callaghan (aka paulcc) is an expert Haskell programmer, and has worked on natural language processing systems, and advanced programming language theory and implementation. Paul spent most of the last decade as a university lecturer. Then he taught a course on Rails to MSc students and enjoyed it way too much. Paul started using Spree in late 2008 and is currently working on a range of Spree-related projects.
Brian Quinn (aka BDQ) has been using Ruby for fun and profit since before Rails 1.0 and has been working in varying aspects of the IT industry for over 10 years. He found Spree while developing an e-commerce project for a client and has been active in the community ever since. Brian's currently a software developer for myITdepartment.ie a full service IT provider based in Ireland.
Jorge Calás (aka calas) has been working as network administrator and software developer in the public and private sectors since 1999. After working mainly with Perl and PHP for web development he discovered Ruby three years ago and it immediately became his preferred language. Jorge found Spree in May 2008 and helped in it's first I18n backend and the preferences system. His passions are open source and paragliding. He is currently located in Madrid, Spain.
David (aka davidnorth) has working in web development professionally since 1999, originally specializing in PHP. After a while spent experimenting with Java and Python he eventually switched to Rails in 2004 after the framework was featured on Slashdot. He became self-empoyed in 2005 and has been specialising in Ruby on Rails since then, working on a range of bespoke web applications as well as content management systems and e-commerce sites. David is based on Dorset, England.
Roman (aka romul) graduated from Tver State University with a major in condensed matter physics. In addition to studying physics he also began programming in Delphi. A few years later Roman switched to C# (for desktop apps) and PHP (for web apps.) In late 2007, Roman became interested in Ruby and started studying Rails in Early 2008. Roman now works part time for Rails Dog and has transitioned his Russian-based web studio from PHP to Ruby. Roman is located in Tver, Russia.