jvz Matt Sicker is a functional programmer and free software evangelist. He currently works as an independent consultant in Chicago and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. At Apache, he is the current PMC Chair of the Apache Logging Services project and one of the developers behind Apache Log4j. He also works on various other projects. Current areas of expertise revolve around the JVM ecosystem, the so-called Fast Data Platform (i.e., Kafka, Akka, etc.), functional programming, and logging (naturally). He also does talks at local Chicago user groups and open source related conferences occasionally.