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 AdamsPersonal 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. BrackeyFinancial 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 DeanFounder, 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 GerstnerIndependent 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 JetFounder, 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 JohnsonTravel 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 LakePersonal 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 MoltzSmall 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’ConnellMillennial 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 PingPersonal 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. RayEditor 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-GardnerPersonal 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 SchulzSenior 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 SembowerCredit 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 SherrierSenior 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 TepperStaff 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.