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Joaquin Fuentes, OWASP Phoenix Chapter Leader

As the Phoenix Chapter Leader, I enjoy giving back to the community by bringing in speakers from around the valley and the U.S. Web Application security is one of my passions, and I have held various professional security roles, from consulting to security architecture and managing a penetration testing team. With careful planning, our chapter has had the pleasure of previewing DefCon and Blackhat talks before the conferences, and have also brought in well known AppSec leaders/speakers present, such as Jim Manico. We've also given back to the community by having special events such as Web Application Hacking Training with the OWASP Security Shephard Project, by hosting CTFs at local universities, and by tutoring high school students within a structured security tutoring program.

Since reviving the OWASP Phoenix chapter, I've been able to grow interest to over 700+ group members, and have on average 50-60+ attendees per chapter meeting. To make meetings more convenient to attend, I always find a pizza sponsor, because who doesn't love free pizza.

I have been an active member of OWASP for many years and thoroughly enjoy planting seeds of interest with every attendee.

Notably, I couldn't have done all of this without the help of my Penetration Testing team members, who are always willing to assist. Our CTF team is "Savage Submarine," and we're most proud of taking 1st place in the WebApp CmdNCntrl CTF at Defcon, in 2016. Other notable wins include 1st and 2nd place at the local CactusCon CTF, over the past few years.