RothIRA.com aims to explain and simplify the complicated world of retirement savings. Our focus is on Roth IRAs, a tool with important tax savings if used properly.
We’ve assembled a team of editors, writers and technology experts that have worked at Kiplinger’s, The Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Smart Money, Intuit, Microsoft and Yahoo amongst many others.
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Erik Budde, CEO
Erik is a technology and product expert with more than 15 years experience in Silicon Valley. In his early years, Erik did financial consulting for Cornerstone Research, business development for Microsoft and product management for Excite@Home, Intuit and Yahoo. More recently, Erik served as COO of a consumer lead generation company Trouve Media (sold to Bankrate) and founder of AboutAirportParking.com. In its first two years, AboutAirportParking.com completed nearly 200,000 reservations representing over $10 million in partner revenue before being sold to Oversee.net. Erik has a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.
Scott Persinger, CTO
Scott is an experienced entrepreneur and engineering manager. He was co-founder and CTO of Alier, Inc. (sold to Active Software, later acquired by webMethods). He was VP of Engineering for consumer websites Vodpod and GoFish. Scott has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mary Beth Franklin, Executive Editor
Mary Beth is a true expert in retirement planning. She is currently also Contributing Editor at Investment News and co-host of RLTV's The Advisors program. Previously, Mary Beth was a senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and editor of the Kiplinger’s annual Retirement Planning Guide where she won multiple awards. Before joining the Kiplinger staff in 1998, Franklin was a syndicated columnist and her work where she wrote for the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. She is a frequent guest on PBS’s WealthTrack with Consuelo Mack and has appeared on NBC's Today show, Meet the Press, the CBS Early Show, CNN and CNBC. Mary Beth has a B.A. in communications from American University, in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth MacBride, Managing Editor
Elizabeth MacBride is a writer and editor who specializes in investing and personal finance. She is an expert in translating complex financial topics, including the latest research, into actionable advice that is easy to understand. Her work has appeared on CNBC, Forbes, BBC Capital, Investment News, HBR.com and many others.
Brian O'Connell is a Doylestown, PA-based business writer. A former Wall Street bond trader, he has authored two "Book Of the Month Club" titles and his byline has appeared on TheStreet.com, CBS News, CNBC, Forbes, MSN.com, and other major media platforms.
Bristol Voss is an experienced journalist, writer and editor in the fields of business, finance, investment and wealth management. Articles authored and edited by her have appeared on Fortune, Forbes, Dow Jones, Yahoo! Finance, Google Finance, MSN MoneyWatch, AOL, MarketWatch and The Street.com. She held various corporate positions including: Publisher for Euromoney and Institutional Investor’s Investment and Asset Management Group, Manager of Custom Projects at Time Inc., Senior Editor at McGraw-Hill, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief at Metal Bulletin and Editor/Writer for the Journal of Business Strategy. A member of the Market Technicians Association, she enjoys fundamental, technical and quantitative analysis.
Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and former Wall Street Journal reporter specializing in personal finance, small business and environmental sustainability. Since leaving the Journal, Kelly has written for a wide range of publications including The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, SmallBizTrends.com and Yahoo! Kelly has a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Minneapolis.
Matthew Malone is an editorial consultant and a contributing writer to CBS SmartPlanet. He was formerly a staff reporter at the now-defunct business magazine, Conde Nast Portfolio. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Smartmoney.com, Fortune.com, Forbes.com, and other publications. In 2007, he was an investigative business journalism fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has two degrees from the school, and graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in economics.
Susan Johnston Taylor
Austin, Texas-based freelance writer Susan Johnston Taylor has covered personal finance and small business for publications including The Boston Globe, Entrepreneur, FastCompany and U.S. News online.