"My grandparents were both hard-working teachers. Over the course of several decades, they religiously saved their money and put it in the care of a trusted (or so they thought) broker. Several years before the passing of my grandfather, we discovered their broker had been over trading their portfolio for years to maximize mutual fund loads. The more I learned, the more I realized just how difficult it is for everyday Americans to assess the trustworthiness of financial advisors. My goal with investor.com is to help Americans across all generations search, filter, and find a financial advisor they can truly trust."
As a Cofounder of investor.com and Partner at Reink Media Group, Blain is responsible for bringing the mission of investor.com to life. Having conversations with everyday Americans about financial advice, speaking with industry leaders, and endless reading are his primary sources for inspiration. Quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among others, and respected as a leading expert on the US online brokerage industry, Blain is also the head of research at StockBrokers.com. Honored as part of Crain's Detroit Business', Top 20 in their 20s, 2009 class, Blain was just 22. With his spare time, Blain is a technology enthusiast who loves reading, barbecuing during summer, and spending time with his wife and three children.
“I’ve worked in the financial industry for nearly 15 years and have crossed paths with hundreds if not thousands of financial professionals. Most share my same passions for investing and doing the right thing for their clients, but unfortunately, there are bad apples out there that blend into the crowd and end up doing more harm than good. It’s estimated on average that Americans lose $17 billion dollars a year to those bad actors through conflicting advice. If we can bring transparency to the financial advice space and make even a tiny dent on that figure to help keep more of American’s hard-earned investments out of the hands of those bad apples, then it’s all worth it.”
Jessica heads data and research for investor.com. Her primary responsibility is maintaining the databases that feed the site’s numerous algorithms, including trust ratings and accolades. An industry veteran, she entered the financial industry at just 20 years old and previously held her Series 7, 66, 9, 10, 4, and 24 licenses. With a strong belief in fiduciary advice, Jessica left her licenses behind to join investor.com and fully dedicate herself to the fiduciary-first movement. When not nerding out on data, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, trail running, and rocking out to live music.
“Saving money is like a sport to me, and I’ve even been featured in national publications for my money-saving tips on everything from weddings to parenting to vacations. However, when it came to investing, I didn’t know where to start. It was an intimidating industry to me, and because I finished grad school right after 9/11 and was later laid off during the recession, I was scared to put my hard-earned money in someone else’s hands. But as my family grew, I realized I needed to take charge of our futures, so I slowly began learning about investments.
What I love about investor.com is that we help everyone from all generations, life stages and backgrounds find a trusted financial advisor with just a few clicks of the mouse. We’re empowering and educating people at the same time, and there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing we can truly make a difference in the lives—and futures—of Americans.”
As Director of Public Relations and Brand Strategy, Amanda is responsible for organizing and executing multichannel brand awareness and media relations campaigns for investor.com. Before joining the team, she spent 20 years in educational and non-profit communications, holding leadership roles at numerous institutions including the University of Michigan and Detroit Country Day School. Amanda is also a former assistant professor who earned both a Master of Arts in Strategic Public Relations and a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. Outside of work, she plays bass guitar in the family band, led by her eight-year-old drummer daughter, and loves to snowshoe, craft and travel.
“Transparency, honesty, and integrity are equally as important in the financial industry as they are in a court of law. As an attorney, working with clients, companies, and individuals who embody and exhibit these principles is critically important to me, personally and professionally. Having worked closely with the entire team at investor.com and Reink Media Group over the years, their business mission and practiced-ethos align with these indispensable values; educating investors isn’t just an extension of their business, it’s a true passion.”
Jonathan, a Senior Attorney with Clark Hill PLC, serves as outside general counsel for Reink Media Group and its portfolio of companies, including investor.com, assisting the companies in navigating a wide-array of legal and business issues. From corporate governance and compliance issues to transactional and intellectual property matters, Jonathan employs his broad knowledge and team of 700 plus skilled Clark Hill attorneys throughout the U.S. and internationally, to support investor.com’s legal needs, finding and implementing practical solutions to complex issues. Outside of the courtroom and boardroom, Jonathan is an avid fan of country and blues music, playing the guitar, and enjoying a glass of bourbon at his cottage on Elk Lake in Northern Michigan.
“I feel a strong civic duty to help 300M+ Americans find a trustworthy adviser for their needs by leveraging the plethora of publicly available data that has been left ignored for too long. I’m passionate about providing easy to comprehend tools and resources that can enable people to educate themselves and ask the right questions. Whether it is a soon to be retiree or a recent college grad, everyone deserves tailored transparent financial advice.”
As a Cofounder of investor.com and Partner at Reink Media Group, Brandon is responsible for all company operations and finances. He is known as the “chief firefighter”, ready to tackle any size internal challenges or assist fellow team members with projects. In 2009 he partnered with his brother, Blain, to build and grow the Reink Media Group portfolio of finance websites. Before that, he spent several years working in commercial real estate and student housing operations. Brandon earned a BBA from Western Michigan University. An avid ice hockey goalie since six years old, Brandon enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams and playing various co-ed sports with his wife.
“Transparency is crucial to every service and product. Transparency reflects trust, which shows it true value. As an investor myself, determining where to invest my hard-earned money for retirement involves emotions alongside both mental and physical stress. I hope we bring transparency to all Americans. Old and new generations alike deserve to live in happiness, health, and financial stability.”
Michael is responsible for all of investor.com’s technical operations and web solutions. As a full-stack software developer and open source contributor, he’s been coding for over 18 years. Michael is a self-taught developer whose passion for technology always keeps him ahead of the game. He’s considered to be a “20x Programmer” on the engineer productivity scale standards.
“When I was personally looking for an advisor, I naturally went to my parents to see who they used. I didn’t ask what the fees were or whether they were “trusted”, I just took my parents word for it and went with the same advisor. Fast forward a few years when my parents noticed their investments weren’t adding up and they kept getting “fee” notices with no context around it. We asked questions and found out they did not have my parents or my family’s best interest in mind. Knowing what we did, we started doing research, asking the right questions and moved all our investments to a new advisor at a different firm. The research was not easy to find and took a lot of digging. This is why my passion for investor.com is so strong! I don’t want this happening to anyone else or their family & friends.”
Molly leads all global operations and digital media efforts. She has more than a decade of leadership experience in the start-up / tech industry and has helped multiple global organizations expand their footprints. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, she started her career in the financial industry. During the Great Recession, she made a career shift to digital media where she has spent the last 11 years bringing energy and impact to organizations across the globe. An outdoor enthusiast, Molly enjoys camping and other related activities with her husband and three children.
“Many of my family members do not have the knowledge to invest on their own or the financial means to work with an advisor. Unfortunately, this means people very close to me are behind when it comes to preparing for retirement and cannot accomplish their goals because of the lack of financial planning. I believe investor.com will bring awareness to this common issue through educational resources and tools for Americans to find a trustworthy advisor that will help them game plan appropriately for the future.”
Brandon assists with growing investor.com brand awareness. He utilizes social media, email newsletters, educational articles, and other tactics to help people find reliable, trustworthy information regarding their finances. Before joining investor.com, he spent several years working in the financial services industry for a brokerage firm, and before that, managing operations for a Minor League Baseball team. Brandon earned a business degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte all before the age of 23. When Brandon isn't watching movies or live sports, you'll find him on the golf course, and he's likely searching for his ball in the woods.
“When studying finance in college I learned a lot about scams and bad apples in the industry. In my senior year of college, I left a position at a bank to take an internship working on investor.com. Being able to contribute to the financial education of Americans is a rewarding experience that I’m passionate about. My blood boils when people get scammed or pay unnecessary fees. Retirement is too important to put in the hands of a company you can’t trust.”
Joey is responsible for conducting research for investor.com. He helps obtain and validate data and conducts research reports. Prior to Reink Media, he worked as an analyst for a bank as well as a tier-1 automotive supplier. Joey earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Oakland University. In his free time Joey enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.