Establishment is out. Experience is in.
Standing firm at the epicenter of this evolution is FinCon – the world’s largest Financial Content Expo – helping hundreds reach millions with a positive money message.
September 21st-24th, 2016
Four days of discovery, business, learning, and connecting with your peers. Begins Wednesday evening with a welcome reception.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel/Marina
All conference events on-site at this relaxing hotel – your gateway to the sights, sounds, and experiences that San Diego has to offer.
FinCon: Where Money and Media Meet
On September 21-24, 2016 an energetic community of money media nerds will descend on San Diego, CA for a weekend of connecting and learning. Will you be there?
Attendees connect with others in the community, learn to create, promote, and profit from compelling online content, and discover new trends in personal finance and investing.
[Watch the Highlights from #FinCon15]
What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn how to craft compelling money-related digital content for your blog, social accounts, podcast, and video channel – part of this process is learning what’s current in personal finance, deals, and investing.
You’ll learn how to establish your online platform. You’ll also learn to get your quality content in front of more of the right people using the latest in marketing, branding, networking, SEO, and community-building best practices.
You’ll learn from the proven experts exactly how to earn money by freelancing, pairing your content with relevant advertising, leveraging your influence, and creating your own products and services.
2016 Keynote Speakers
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and site, ClarkHoward.com, show you ways to keep money in your pocket.
As a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and best-selling author of ten books, the Atlanta-based “consumer champion” is dedicated to helping Americans of all means get ahead in life.
Kim Garst is the best-selling author Will The Real You Please Stand Up: Show, Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media. She is also the CEO of Boom! Social.
She is internationally recognized as a thought leader in the social media space. Forbes named her as one of the Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers and she regularly contributes to Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post. Her own blog, kimgarst.com, is one of the top social media resources in the world.
More 2016 Speakers
Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income
Natalie Sisson, Suitcase Entrepreneur
Lauren Young, Reuters
Chris Ducker, ChrisDucker.com
Kathy Kristoff, Kiplinger / CBS News
Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View
Grant Baldwin, The Speaker Lab
Liz Weston, NerdWallet
Mike Vardy, Productivityist
Jordan Harbinger, The Art of Charm
Steve Chou, My Wife Quit Her Job
Jennifer Barrett, Grow (from Acorns)
Michael Stelzner, Social Media Examiner
Stacy Johnson, Money Talks News
Mary Beth Franklin, Investment News
Michael O'Neal, The Solopreneur Hour
Meg Le Vu, Get in the Lab
Sean Work, BeSmartee
Erik Harbison, AWeber
Zac Johnson, ZacJohnson.com
Robert Farrington, The College Investor
Michael Schreiber, Credit.com
Paula Pant, Afford Anything
Dorethia Kelly, #MoneyChat
Bob Lotich, EfficientBlogging.com
Michael Delgado, Experian
Korrena Bailie, Credit Karma
Holly Porter Johnson, Club Thrifty
Jim Wang, Wallet Hacks
Laurence Kotlikoff, Economic Security Planning, Inc.
Catherine Alford, CatherineAlford.com
Ted Jenkin, oXYGen Financial
Bob Sullivan, Credit.com
Tonya Rapley, My Fab Finance
Chris Peach, Money Peach
Stefanie O'Connell, StefanieOConnell.com
Baz Gardner, The Social Adviser
Zina Kumok, Debt Free After Three
Matthew Schulz, CreditCards.com
Natalie Eckdahl, Biz Chix
Jeff Brown, Brown Knows Media
Hal Lublin, Swagbucks
Nick Loper, Side Hustle Nation
Toni Anderson, Digital CoLab
John Rampton, Due.com
Thomas Frank, College Info Geek
Kyle Ivins, The Blogger Network
Tabitha Philen, MeetPenny.com
Steve Stewart, Steve Stewart Podcast Production
Donna Freedman, DonnaFreedman.com
Amanda Abella, AmandaAbella.com
Jay Fleischman, Consumer Help Central
Lou Ferrara, Bankrate
Emily Guy Birken, EmilyGuyBirken.com
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Policy Genius
Miranda Marquit, Planting Money Seeds
Brent Carnduff, Advisor Web Marketing
Christine Odle, Rockin' Beeby Enterprises
Jana Lynch, JanaSays.com
Jason Steele, Freelance
Victoria Araj, Quicken Loans Zing Blog
LaTisha Styles, LaTishaStyles.com
Scott Alan Turner, ScottAlanTurner.com
Rebecca Palm, CoPatient
Scott Maderer, Christian Stewardship Coaching
Philip Taylor, PT Money
Pat Flynn, Smart Passive IncomePat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com has grown over the recent years to become one of the most popular personalities in the online world in and around the space of entrepreneurship, podcasting, blogging and online business. His podcasts have accumulated over 18 million downloads, and he's been a sought after speaker for his mix of energy and passion with incredibly useful and no-nonsense content. He's been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and the New York Times, and considers FINCON to be his all-time favorite conference that he attends. He spoke at FINCON13 in St. Louis as our opening keynote speaker, and he'll be back again to deliver amazing content, but also be seen amongst the crowd as he's known to just be incredibly accessibly and friendly to everyone.
Natalie Sisson, Suitcase EntrepreneurNatalie Sisson is No #1 bestselling author, podcaster, speaker and adventurer who believes everybody has the right to choose freedom in business and adventure in life. She’s on a mission to ensure 1,000,000+ entrepreneurs do just that by 2020 over at the SuitcaseEntrepreneur.com. Born in New Zealand Natalie’s built her multiple six figure business from her laptop over the last 6 years while living out of her suitcase, traveling to 69 countries and showing others how to build a profitable online freedom business that supports their ideal lifestyle through her definitive Freedom Plan program.
Lauren Young, ReutersLauren Young is the Money editor at where she is developing personal finance, wealth management and investing coverage for professional and consumer audiences. She previously worked at BusinessWeek, covering all aspects of personal finance. Before joining BusinessWeek, Young had a similar beat as a senior writer at SmartMoney. She also wrote about mutual funds and capital markets for Dow Jones News, where she a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Young, who once appeared on all three major network morning talk shows during the same week, hosts an online video series for Reuters.com called “Money Clip.” She is a frequent guest on media outlets such as NPR, BBC, CNN, MSNBC and YahooFinance. Young is a recipient of the Investment Company Institute’s Award for Excellence in Personal Finance Journalism. She is an honors graduate of Penn State University and received her masters in journalism from Northwestern University. Although she served as the president of the Medill Club of New York City and was awarded the Northwestern University Alumni Association Service Award, she is a die-hard Nittany Lions fan. Young serves on the boards of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, Penn State Hillel as well as the Deadline Club of New York City and is a member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York.
Chris Ducker, ChrisDucker.comA serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris helps other entrepreneurs catapult their businesses into the 21st century utilizing what he calls the ‘New Business’ style of marketing. Chris’ new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, hits shelves April 1st, 2014. Learn more about Chris at www.chrisducker.com.
Kathy Kristoff, Kiplinger / CBS NewsKathy Kristof is an award-winning personal finance writer and columnist, whose work appears at CBSnews.com, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Financial Planning and other venues. She's the author of three books, including "Investing 101" and was once a Jeopardy question. Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991. (Hint: Who was Sylvia Porter).
Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye ViewMichael Kitces is a Partner and the Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, a private wealth management firm located in Columbia, Maryland that oversees approximately $1.4 billion of client assets. In addition, he is a co-founder of the XY Planning Network, the practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website Kitces.com, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.
Grant Baldwin, The Speaker LabGrant Baldwin is a nationally known keynote speaker, podcaster, author and entrepreneur. He has delivered hundreds of presentations to over 400,000 people through conferences, conventions and other events. He is the founder of The Speaker Lab, a podcast and community for speakers and those interested in speaking. He’s married to his high school sweetheart and together they live Nashville in a Barbie dream house with 3 little girls.
Liz Weston, NerdWalletLiz is a columnist for NerdWallet, and an award-winning personal finance writer who has authored several books about money, including the best-seller "Your Credit Score." Her weekly syndicated Q&A column, which appears in the Los Angeles Times and other papers, gives straight, clear answers to the money problems Americans face.
Mike Vardy, ProductivityistMike Vardy is a writer, speaker, productivity strategist, and the founder of Productivityist. He has served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, and contributed articles on productivity to 99u, Lifehacker, The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Mike is also the author of several books, including The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want, and is the creator of The NOW Year™ Method, a simple, durable, and flexible personal productivity approach. He has delivered talks on the topic of task and time management at events like New Media Expo, TEDx Victoria, SXSW Interactive, and creativeLIVE. He lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with his incredible wife, daughter, and son.
Jordan Harbinger, The Art of CharmJordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm and host of The Art of Charm Podcast, one of the most popular podcasts in the world with over 2 million downloads every month. The Art of Charm has been covered by Forbes, NPR, the Today Show, Esquire Magazine, Saturday Night Live and MSNBC. A former Wall Street attorney, Jordan has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks 5 languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones and been kidnapped -twice. He’ll tell you; the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of), just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.
Steve Chou, My Wife Quit Her JobSteve runs the popular blog MyWifeQuitHerJob.com where he teaches others how to start profitable online businesses. In addition to his blog, he also runs an online store, a top 100 business podcast as well an online course on ecommerce.
Jennifer Barrett, Grow (from Acorns)A digital strategist, financial literacy advocate and award-winning financial journalist, Jennifer is currently Chief Education Officer at Acorns and Editor-in-Chief of the personal finance site, Grow. Before joining Acorns in fall 2015, she was Personal Finance Editor at CNBC Digital. She’s also held executive roles at DailyWorth, where she was SVP and Editor-in-Chief, and Hearst Digital, where she was a General Manager. The co-author of two personal finance books, Jennifer has covered financial topics for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Worth, Money, and Newsweek, where she was a staff writer and editor for seven years. She began her financial journalism career in 1999, writing the foreign exchange column for The Wall Street Journal.
Michael Stelzner, Social Media ExaminerMichael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers and the man behind large events, such as Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. He is also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society and host of the weekly Morning Social Media TALK show.
Stacy Johnson, Money Talks NewsI'm the CEO of Money Talks News, one of the most highly trafficked PF blogs. Our video appears on 70+ network TV affiliates nationwide, as well as on Yahoo, MSN, AOL and other major portals.
Mary Beth Franklin, Investment NewsMary Beth Franklin is a lifelong journalist who recently became a Certified Financial Planner in her quest to deliver the best information and insights into the evolving world of retirement income planning. She specializes in Social Security claiming strategies, Medicare and tax-efficient withdrawals. Her audience consists of both financial professionals and consumers.
Michael O'Neal, The Solopreneur HourBorn in Toledo Ohio and a current resident of San Diego, Michael O’Neal’s grammar school report cards always read: “Doesn’t live up to his potential” and “Talks too much." One of those pieces of feedback would come in handy, as he is now the founder and host of the award-winning and much acclaimed business and entertainment podcast, "The Solopreneur Hour" The show has garnered over 8 million downloads since Aug. 2013 and features lively and highly engaging conversations between Michael and his various (and often much sought-after) guests, who share remarkable stories, advice and practical tips for an audience that badges itself as "proudly unemployable". With an extensive professional background and formal education in social media, branding, web and print design, network marketing, and internet marketing, Michael's own personal journey that led to the launch of this particular podcast started with the untimely and back-to-back loss of his parents, a transformational trip throughout Europe as part of his grieving process, and the creation and production of another high-profile podcast focused on personal transformation called "The KickAss Life." Professional drummer, car racer, competitive racquetball player, and former expert mountain bike racer with a penchant for stand up comedy, Michael likes to get out and live the solopreneur life of time freedom, location freedom, and financial freedom.
Meg Le Vu, Get in the LabMeg Le Vu is video marketer and host of the show Get in the Lab. She teaches other businesses how to use video marketing effectively in their brand and business.
Sean Work, BeSmarteeSean Work runs marketing at BeSmartee – an online mortgage marketplace - where consumers can shop for a home loan and complete their loan application process in 15 minutes. He started his professional journey as structural engineer for the International Space Station and Space Shuttle programs. As the engineering needs for these historic programs began to decline, he decided to do something completely different. Instead of jumping over to another engineering project, he started an online skateboard shop. This is where his skills of search optimization, web development and Internet marketing were honed. More recently, he operated the KISSmetrics blog - a popular Internet marketing blog for Software-as-a-Service and eCommerce companies.
Erik Harbison, AWeberErik is the Chief Marketing Officer at AWeber where he oversees AWeber's overall marketing operations, vision and strategy. This includes the business development, PR, content, acquisition and retention disciplines. Erik has over twenty years of experience in the marketing space that includes starting and selling a boutique agency, growing award-winning marketing teams and performance-based campaigns. He also expresses his passion for marketing by serving as a guest instructor on courses around New Media Marketing at Drexel University and the University of Vermont. He is also a strategic advisor for the several marketing associations, marketing tech companies and B2B marketing agencies. Erik has contributed and participated as a panelist, moderator and speaker at events such as iMedia Summit, eTail, The Competitive Summit and Podcast Movement. He has also contributed articles to Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com and AllBusiness.com.
Zac Johnson, ZacJohnson.comAt the age of 15, Zac Johnson began making money online designing website banners for $1 each. A self-taught entrepreneur, Zac’s been making money online for almost 20 years and has been involved in nearly every facet of affiliate and online marketing. One of Zac’s many successes includes his story of “How I Made $860,538.38 Profit in 4 Months!” from one website. Zac continues to focus on his blog, where he provides readers with firsthand accounts of his experiences, successes & failures. In addition to his own success stories, Zac reviews affiliate networks and informs readers how & where they should be making new money. Zac’s social reach and site traffic is now over 100,000 strong and has referred over $5,000,000 in new business to his advertisers and network partners. Zac’s latest projects are his podcast, titled “Rise of the Entrepreneur” and his blog training course at Blogging.org.
Robert Farrington, The College InvestorRobert Farrington is the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping young adults get out of student loan debt and start investing.
Michael Schreiber, Credit.comMichael Schreiber is Credit.com’s Editor-In-Chief & Chief Content Officer. He’s worked in print, online news and on documentaries for The New York Times, Frontline, ABC News, TheStreet.com and others. He attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he was also an adjunct professor.
Paula Pant, Afford AnythingPaula Pant is the founder of Afford Anything, a popular website at the intersection between building wealth and living your best life. Afford Anything covers investing, financial freedom, passive income through real estate, and general money-savvy. Pant has been featured in more than four dozen publications, including Forbes, US News, DailyFinance, Marketplace Money, Redbook, Kiplinger, Lifehacker and more.
Dorethia Kelly, #MoneyChatDorethia Kelly is president of Conner Financial Coaching, LLC, providing results-oriented personal finance, business coaching and speaking services. She is also the host of #MoneyChat and Author of #MoneyChat: THE BOOK! Known for her charismatic, no-nonsense personality, Dorethia is often called upon by national media, including Black Enterprise, U.S. News, and Experian. Involved in several community organizations in Detroit, she is passionate about helping others change what they say and do with their money. Connect with Dorethia - visit www.themoneychat.com and www.connercoaching.com.
Bob Lotich, EfficientBlogging.comBob has been blogging professionally for 8 years and his writing and advice has been featured in Men's Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and many others. His first book "How to Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job With My Blog" is an Amazon #1 Best seller and has helped thousands of aspiring bloggers get their blogs off the ground. When he isn't blogging he is hanging with his wife and 2 year old, playing guitar, eating fine dark chocolate, and riding his motorcycle - all at the same time. To get his book for free visit EfficientBlogging.com.
Michael Delgado, ExperianMichael Delgado leads content strategy and community building efforts on Experian social channels to educate their communities on credit and personal finance issues. He also leads B2B digital campaigns for the Experian data lab, focusing on creating online events, videos, podcasts, and helpful content for those working in data science, data mining, big data, predictive analytics, and the internet of things. Michael also teaches social media strategy and social media marketing classes at the University of California, Irvine extension school. You can reach him at mikedelgado.org
Korrena Bailie, Credit KarmaKorrena Bailie is managing editor at Credit Karma, and formerly at Bankrate Insurance. She's passionate about making personal finance content accessible, simple, relatable and even fun for readers. She's all about words; she has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Creative Writing and can play a mean game of Scrabble.
Holly Porter Johnson, Club ThriftyHolly Johnson is a financial expert and award-winning writer whose obsession with frugality, budgeting, and travel plays a central role in her work. In addition to serving as Contributing Editor for The Simple Dollar, Holly writes for inspiring publications such as U.S. News and World Report Travel, Personal Capital, Lending Tree, and Frugal Travel Guy. Holly also owns two websites of her own - Club Thrifty and Travel Blue Book. You can follow her on Twitter or Pinterest @ClubThrifty.
Jim Wang, Wallet HacksJim Wang is the founder of Wallet Hacks, a personal finance blog that shares his unconventional strategies for getting ahead financially, and Kasai Media, a social influencer network. He previously founded Bargaineering.
Laurence Kotlikoff, Economic Security Planning, Inc.Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Fiscal Analysis Center. Professor Kotlikoff is a NY Times Best Selling author and an active columnist. His columns and blogs have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Forbes, Vox, The Economist, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post and other major publications. In addition, he is a frequent guest on major television and radio stations. In 2014, he was named by The Economist as one of the world's 25 most influential economists. In 2015 he was name one of the 50 most influential people in Aging by Next Avenue.
Catherine Alford, CatherineAlford.comCatherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. Named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, her writing and expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications like Yahoo Finance, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider and many more. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, Huffington Post Live, Mint, and The Work at Home Woman and is a sought after speaker on topics such as motherhood, money, and entrepreneurship. She is also the founder of www.BudgetBlonde.com, an award winning personal finance blog that she created in 2010 and the innovator behind the web’s most comprehensive course on how to Get Paid to Write for Blogs. As a self employed entrepreneur and the mother to boy/girl twin toddlers, she lives the messages she teaches each and every day.
Ted Jenkin, oXYGen FinancialTed Jenkin has been an entrepreneur, leader, and social media pioneer in the financial services industry. He is the CEO of oXYGen Financial, a financial services company based in Atlanta now serving more than 3,000 clients across the country (www.oxygenfinancial.net). Ted is the personal finance expert of CNN/Headline News Weekend Express, a featured columnist in the Wall Street Journal, and top rated book 100 Smart Money Moves To Make Now. He runs one of the top personal finance blogs in the country at www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com and has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®).
Bob Sullivan, Credit.comBOB SULLIVAN is a veteran journalist and the author of four books, including the New York Times Best-Seller, Gotcha Capitalism. He spent nearly 20 years working for NBC/MSNBC.com, most of it writing the popular Red Tape Chronicles blog. Now he is an independent journalist covering consumer and technology issues at BobSullivan.net.
Tonya Rapley, My Fab FinanceTonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building" by Black Enterprise magazine. She is a Certified Financial Educator and founder of MyFabFinance, where she is on a mission to help women break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.
Chris Peach, Money PeachChris is the creator and author of the Plutus Award Winning Blog Money Peach. Money Peach was started in March 2015 as a simple PF Blog. Since then, Money Peach has grown to deliver in-person financial coaching, online coaching, and recently entering in to the world of digital products with his first online course. Beyond publishing blog content, creating digital products, and meeting with coaching clients, Chris is also a full-time firefighter in Phoenix, AZ. He is married and has 2 kids aged 6 and 3.
Stefanie O'Connell, StefanieOConnell.comStefanie O’Connell is a financial expert, Gen Y advocate, speaker and author of the recently released book, “The Broke and Beautiful Life.” Dedicated to helping young adults achieve financial greatness, Stefanie has been nicknamed the Mindy Kaling of personal finance by The Greenwich Times. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Yahoo!Finance, 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.
Baz Gardner, The Social Adviser
Zina Kumok, Debt Free After ThreeZina Kumok is a personal finance freelance writer. She's written for the AP, GoBanking Rates and DailyWorth. A former reporter, she's covered everything from murder trials to the Final Four. She writes a blog about paying off her student loans at Debt Free After Three. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her husband Sam and playing with her dog, Lyra.
Matthew Schulz, CreditCards.comMatt Schulz is Senior Industry Analyst for CreditCards.com and a contributing writer for USNews.com's My Money Blog. He has also had his posts featured in the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, Daily Finance, Business Insider and many other publications. Prior to his current role at CreditCards.com, he has led online editorial teams for an investing website, a college sports website, two TV stations and a newspaper. He has a Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Natalie Eckdahl, Biz ChixNatalie Eckdahl, MBA hosts the BizChix Podcast where she interviews entrepreneurs from around the world and provides training to business owners. She is a former management consultant and serial entrepreneur who leverages her corporate experience and graduate business education to help entrepreneurs confidently launch, build and grow their businesses. Natalie is an expert facilitator and community builder with a passion for masterminding. As a busy Mom of three, she takes a holistic view of her clients lives and helps them build a business that matches their personal and professional goals. Natalie built a successful personal brand and platform at BizChix.com from the ground up via her podcast (200+ episodes) which was recognized by iTunes as a #1 New Business Podcast in March 2014.
Jeff Brown, Brown Knows MediaJeff is host of the Read to Lead podcast and mentors podcasters worldwide. He has consulted the US government and multimillion dollar companies.
Hal Lublin, SwagbucksHal Lublin is the Director of Referral Marketing for Swagbucks, the premier online rewards site. In his 6 years with the company, he's worked in various parts of the Marketing department, always with a focus on forming relationships with the members and growing their user base.
Nick Loper, Side Hustle NationNick Loper helps people earn money outside of their day job. He's an author, online entrepreneur, and life-long student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.
Toni Anderson, Digital CoLabHaving run Pinterest advertising campaigns for multi-million dollar companies such as Savings.com and working with brands such as Kraft, Musselmans, Smuckers and Arm & Hammer, today Toni runs her own media company and ecommerce store.
John Rampton, Due.comJohn Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, online marketing guru and startup enthusiast. He is founder of the online invoicing company Due. John is best known as an entrepreneur and connector. He was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine and blogging expert by Time. He currently advises several companies in the San Francisco Bay area.
Thomas Frank, College Info GeekThomas Frank is an author, YouTuber, and college success expert who lives in Iowa and wields a pretty great beard. He is the founder of College Info Geek, a blog, podcast, and YouTube channel visited by over 600,000 students each month. He is also the co-host of Listen Money Matters, one of the fastest-growing personal finance podcasts on iTunes.
Kyle Ivins, The Blogger NetworkKyle Ivins is one of the founding members of The Blogger Network and currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer. His background comes from the the Social Media Marketing and Advertising Agency world. He has helped grow bloggers and businesses online through social media and paid advertising for over 6 years. His true passion is in entrepreneurship which is why he's gets so excited helping publishers succeed as entrepreneurs by empowering them reach their site's potential!
Tabitha Philen, MeetPenny.comTabitha Philen, founder of the Inspired Bloggers Network, devotes herself to mentoring and encouraging thousands of bloggers with her visionary ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. Considered a well-rounded expert on blogging for profit and social media, Tabitha shares comprehensive tutorials daily on Periscope and at InspiredBloggersUniversity.com. Dedicated to seeing other people learn from her mistakes, Tabitha also blogs about her frugal family lifestyle at MeetPenny.com and budget-friendly recipes at FrugalFamilyFavorites.com.
Steve Stewart, Steve Stewart Podcast ProductionSteve knows podcasting. Since 2010, he has been releasing shows for himself and others - including editing, production, and launch of the M.O.N.E.Y. podcast for Paula Pant and J. Money.
Donna Freedman, DonnaFreedman.comDonna Freedman has made her living as a writer for 30+ years. She started the Smart Spending and Frugal Nation blogs for MSN Money, was a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, and is currently on staff at Money Talks News. Her work has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites. She’s the author of an online writing course (WriteABlogPeopleWillRead.com) and in her spare time blogs at DonnaFreedman.com. Oh, and she's a huge word nerd.
Amanda Abella, AmandaAbella.comAmanda Abella is a millennial personal finance and entrepreneurship blogger. She is also the Amazon best-selling author of Make Money Your Honey. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and more.
Jay Fleischman, Consumer Help CentralJay S. Fleischman is an lawyer with over 20 years of experience helping people resolve their financial difficulties. He focuses his efforts on student loan resolution, consumer bankruptcy matters, credit reporting issues, and debt collection harassment. Jay is a long-time blogger and podcaster, a regular speaker on consumer protection issues, and an instructor at the Student Loan Law Workshop. He is the Managing Partner of Shaev & Fleischman LLP, a law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles.
Lou Ferrara, BankrateLou joined Bankrate.com in October 2015. His portfolio includes all of Bankrate.com's editorial content across formats, as well as the company's newsletter, social media and SEO initiatives. Previously, Lou worked for 10 years at The Associated Press, where, as a vice president, he was one of the company's top innovators and oversaw business, sports and entertainment news. He is a pioneer in content and media, having innovated in social media, user-generated content, automation technologies and virtual reality. He received his B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Emily Guy Birken, EmilyGuyBirken.comEmily Guy Birken is the author of the bestseller The Five Years Before You Retire and the forthcoming Choose Your Retirement. She is a former educator, and that background allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. Her work has appeared on the sites PTMoney, Wise Bread, Money Ning, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Policy GeniusJennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and Co‐Founder of PolicyGenius, an independent digital insurance company for consumers. Previously, she was a junior partner at McKinsey & Company, where she advised Fortune 100 financial services companies on marketing and strategy. Jennifer regularly shares her insights on personal finance and insurance tech and serves as an expert on the insurance industry and entrepreneurial path. Her articles have appeared in TheNextWeb, Entrepreneur Magazine, TechCrunch and The Huffington Post and she has been quoted as a source in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The New York Times and Forbes Magazine. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Florida State University.
Miranda Marquit, Planting Money SeedsMiranda has years of experience as a freelance journalist, including 10 years in the personal finance space. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, online and offline, and she has been a guest on NPR's Morning Edition and on Marketplace. Miranda has also worked with numerous brands, is on the Executive Committee for the Plutus Awards, and is the author of Confessions of a Professional Blogger.
Brent Carnduff, Advisor Web MarketingBrent is the owner of Advisor Web Marketing, and has worked with Advisors across the country for the past 6 years. He is a nationally recognized Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert. In addition to his blogs, he’s a contributing author to Search Engine Journal, the 2nd most populated SEO website in the world, with over 1 million readers each month. Brent has guested on several industry podcasts and webinars, spoken to local FPA chapters, and presented at the NAPFA Spring Conference in 2016. Brent and his wife Katie live in Henderson, NV.
Christine Odle, Rockin' Beeby EnterprisesChristine Odle, a financial coach specializing in helping Small Business Owners (and their teams) live their financial dreams. Christine owns four small businesses and has personally lived debt free and run her businesses debt free since crawling out from more than $500,000 in debt in 2009. Christine has a passion for teaching people about business and personal finance, helping them become and remain debt free and build wealth.
Jana Lynch, JanaSays.comJana is a books and lifestyle blogger, author advocate, publishing industry employee, and avid reader. She believes authors are rock stars and all books fill a need and have a place.
Jason Steele, FreelanceJason Steele is a full-time freelance writer specializing in credit cards and award travel. Jason's work is featured by Credit.com, Wise Bread, CompareCards, Low Cards, Lending Tree, and other top personal finance outlets. In addition, his posts are regularly syndicated by mainstream outlets such as MSN Money and Yahoo! Finance.
Victoria Araj, Quicken Loans Zing BlogVictoria Araj leads the Quicken Loans Zing Blog and held roles in mortgage banking, public relations and more in her 11+ years with the company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in political science from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan. She also manages the Opportunity Detroit blog, highlighting the work, live and play resurgence of the Motor City. She has been a guest speaker at New Media Expo and FinCon. Her content has appeared on many sites including Allstate, HomeInsurance.com, Military.com, Scotsman Guide and MoneyTips. She can be reached at (313) 373-3032 or email@example.com. Visit QuickenLoans.com/Blog for more information.
LaTisha Styles, LaTishaStyles.comLaTisha “Tish” Styles is a nationally recognized millennial personal finance expert. Through her coaching programs and signature Financial Success ToolkitTM, LaTisha motivates young professionals and emerging entrepreneurs helping them to budget, invest, and achieve success. She has been has been featured in The Economist, quoted in Forbes, and mentioned in U.S. News and World Report as a top personal finance expert to follow on Twitter.
Scott Alan Turner, ScottAlanTurner.comScott Alan Turner is an entrepreneur and 16-year online business veteran who has started eight online companies. He’s built multiple 7-figure per year online stores which have generated $12.5 million in product sales (online courses, online training, live webinars, e-books, printed books). At the core of every business were the websites he designed and built himself. He now teaches people about personal finance with his Financial Rock Star podcast which hit #1 in iTunes New & Noteworthy 48-hours after launching, and was downloaded 30,000 times in the first two months.
Rebecca Palm, CoPatientRebecca Palm is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at CoPatient, responsible for forging industry partnerships and serving as the voice of all consumers as they face mounting costs and complex bills. Prior to launching CoPatient in 2012, Rebecca worked in Product Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions for athenahealth and completed the company’s acquisition of Proxsys.
Scott Maderer, Christian Stewardship CoachingScott and his wife Carrie are co-founders of Christian Stewardship Coaching. They've been coaching on personal finance, goal setting, and leadership since 2011. Scott is passionate about teaching the Christian community that true stewardship is about more than money. The business has been steadily growing and currently is on track to replace Scott's full time employment income in the next two years.
Philip Taylor, PT MoneyPhilip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, husband and father of three. He created PT Money back in 2007 to share his thoughts on money and to meet others passionate about managing their finances. He got rid of debt, learned to live lean, saved a bunch of money, and eventually was able to leave his unsatisfying corporate career and pursue his entrepreneurial ventures full-time. Philip’s advice: fix your finances so that they aren’t a burden in your life, and then build the life you want: whether it’s traveling more, early retirement, staying at home with your kids, or building a business like he did. Philip is also the founder of FinCon, the annual conference for the financial media community.
(detailed schedule will be available six weeks from the event)
3:00pm – Early Check-In Opens
5:00pm – Welcome Reception
7:30am Breakfast and Check-In Opens
8:30am Breakout Sessions / Pro Networking
9:30am Breakout Sessions / Pro Networking
10:30am Breakout Sessions
11:30am Expo Hall Open / Food Truck Lunch
2:00pm FinTech Startup Competition
4:00pm FinCon Big Ideas
4:30pm Keynote – Clark Howard
5:30pm Speaker/Pro Mixer
7:00pm Official Opening Party with TradeKing
7:30am Breakfast and Check-In Opens
8:30am Breakout Sessions
9:30am Breakout Sessions
10:30am Expo Hall Opens
3:00pm Breakout Sessions
4:00pm FinCon Big Ideas
4:30pm Keynote – Kim Garst
7:00pm Ignite FinCon
8:00am Breakfast and Check-In Opens
9:00am Breakout Sessions
10:00am Breakout Sessions
11:00am Topical Roundtables
1:00pm Breakout Sessions
2:00pm Breakout Sessions
3:00pm One-On-One Mentoring
4:00pm FinCon Big Ideas
4:30pm Keynote – Noah Kagan
7:00pm Plutus Awards Reception & Ceremony
9:00pm Closing Party