CreditCards.com Best Credit Cards program: Meet the judges

By Robin Ratcliff

For the CreditCards.com Best Credit Cards program, We rely on a rotating panel of judges, including journalists and experts in the personal finance industry, to help us zero in on the best cards for each category. Read on to learn more about the collection of panelists that contribute to our credit card rankings:

Laura Adams
Laura Adams
Personal finance author and speaker

Laura Adams is a personal finance expert, speaker, spokeswoman, host of the popular Money Girl Podcast, and an award-winning author of multiple books, including Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich. Her mission is to empower consumers to live richer lives. Laura’s practical advice is frequently quoted in the national media. Learn more at LauraDAdams.com.



Harriet J. Brackey
Harriet J. Brackey 
Financial planner, investment officer 

Harriet J. Brackey is a certified financial planner based in South Florida. Before joining financial services, she worked as a personal finance journalist for outlets such as Business Week, USA Today and The Miami Herald.




Harriet J. Brackey
Ginger Dean
Founder, Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

Ginger Dean is the owner and founder of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, the premiere destination for women who want to break financial ceilings one stiletto at a time. Ginger has appeared on Forbes, Elle, Teen Vogue, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Jeopardy and Essence. She is known for her no nonsense approach to helping women rock their finances.



Lisa Gerstner
Lisa Gerstner
Independent journalist

Lisa Gerstner is an independent journalist and contributing editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. She has written extensively about credit cards and banking and has previously appeared on NPR and the “Today” show.

 

 

Johnny Jet
Johnny Jet
Founder, JohnnyJet.com

Johnny Jet travels around 150,000 miles and visits 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 5,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and also hosted “Hot Spots 2012” on the Travel Channel. He now appears every Saturday on Leo Laporte’s The Tech Guy Show talking about travel and technology.

 

Holly Porter Johnson
Holly Porter Johnson
Travel Writer, ClubThrifty.com

Holly Porter Johnson is an award-winning writer and credit card expert who offers advice and expertise in top publications like The Simple Dollar, Frugal Travel Guy, Lending Tree as well as her own website, ClubThrifty.com. Follow Holly on Pinterest or Twitter @ClubThrifty.


 

Barry Moltz
Barry Moltz
Small business expert and speaker

Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, MSNBC’s Your Business and NPR’s The Travis Smiley Show.  He hosts his own radio show, Business Insanity Talk Radio and writes regularly for the American Express Open Forum, as well as his own website, BarryMoltz.com.


 

Stefanie O’Connell
Stefanie O’Connell
Millennial personal finance author

Stefanie O’Connell is a financial expert, Gen Y advocate, speaker and author of the book, “The Broke and Beautiful Life.” Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, SUCCESS magazine, MONEY.com, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News and ABC World News. She also works with universities, leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies, sharing her fresh and timely advice with their audiences. 

 

Daniel P. Ray
Daniel P. Ray 
Editor in chief, CreditCards.com 

Daniel P. Ray is the Editor-in-Chief of CreditCards.com. He has led the site’s award-winning editorial team since 2007 and has been covering personal finance since 2001. He’s also won six “Best in Business” awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

 

 

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
Personal finance author, MakingSenseofCents.com

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, MBA, is a personal finance expert at MakingSenseofCents.com, where she helps others earn more, save more and live more. She currently travels full-time with her husband and their two dogs.


 

 

Jonathan Ping
Jonathan Ping 
Personal finance blogger, MyMoneyBlog.com

MyMoneyBlog.com since 2004. He is a father of two, DIY investor, aspiring early retiree and perpetual learner. Follow him on Twitter @mymoneyblog and Facebook.


 

 

Matt Schulz
Matt Schulz
Senior industry analyst, CreditCards.com

Matt Schulz is the senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. He is a sought-after expert on credit and debt and has been quoted by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News and the “Today” show.

 

 

Toby Sembower
Toby Sembower 
Credit card expert and reviewer 

Toby Sembower is a credit card expert and chief card reviewer at CardRates.com and BadCredit.org. He has been writing about credit cards since 2004 and has published numerous help guides on the topic.


 

 

Lisa Gerstner Taylor Tepper
Staff Writer, Money Magazine

Taylor Tepper is a staff writer at Money Magazine, where he covers the markets, credit cards and the exorbitant costs of raising children. He has written for The New York Times and Tampa Bay Times. Mr. Tepper earned his master’s degree in 2012 from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he won an SPJ award and the Frederic Wiegold Prize.

 

Published: August 22, 2016

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CreditCards.com’s Best Credit Cards awards program brings together prominent industry experts and journalists to choose the best credit card within a card category. Our editorial staff nominates cards based on a set of objective criteria. CreditCards.com is not compensated for any of the nominations or awards.



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