CreditCards.com Best Credit Cards program: Meet the judges

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.



Ginger Dean

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.



Rebecca Lake

Rebecca Lake

Personal finance journalist

Rebecca Lake has been writing about personal finance and small business for nearly a decade. Her work has appeared on U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Business Insider and Credit Sesame.You can follow her on Twitter @seemomwrite.



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, as well as her own website, StefanieOcconnell.com. She also works with universities, leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies, sharing her advice with their audiences.



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.



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.



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.



Julie Sherrier

Julie Sherrier

Senior managing editor, CreditCards.com

Julie Sherrier is senior managing editor at CreditCards.com. Prior to joining CreditCards.com, she ghostwrote a New York Times best-selling book on flipping houses (which she does in her spare time), and served as the editor and communications director for three national and state trade associations. She has won numerous awards for both print and online publications. She has been a frequent speaker for the American Society of Journalists and Authors as well as a former lecturer in the journalism school at the University of Texas at Austin.



Taylor Tepper

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.



About the Best Card Awards

CreditCards.com’s Best Credit Cards awards program brings together prominent industry experts and journalists to choose the best credit card within a monthly 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.