24 Amazing Influencers from FinCon 2016 You Should Follow

The financial community is preparing for the biggest — and best — financial blogger’s conference ever. FinCon, which takes place in San Diego, California this year, starts with a bang and culminates in one of the best parties ever.

It was a little nerdy, sure, but surely all professional business conferences are. I even spoke at the event, sharing a story on how I honed in on the most important parts of my business and learned to outsource the rest.

The best part about FinCon 2016 is that everyone in attendance learned a lot. Through the use of breakout sessions, keynote speeches, and individual mentoring, everyone who showed up took some lesson of value away. Of course, that includes me as well.

24 FinCon Influencers to Follow Right Now

Still, part of the value of FinCon is that it attracts the biggest personalities and influencers in the personal finance space. These movers and shakers lead the way in terms of financial education and big ideas year after year, and with almost no exception. Of course, that includes Phillip Taylor of PTMoney.com, the one person who turned FinCon from an idea into what it is today.

If you’re interested in learning about fintech, banking, financial media, or financial blogging, here are 24 amazing influencers from FinCon you should follow today.

#1: Clark Howard

Consumer expert and best-selling author Clark Howard offers advice that can help nearly anyone. Through his daily talk radio show, he helps consumers save more and avoid common rip-offs and scams. If you need help sorting the good deals from the bad, make sure you’re listening to what Howard has to say.

A recent tweet:

Most people who ask can get late fees waived, interest rates lowered https://t.co/o4en9UpM7G pic.twitter.com/BFCag5EVzJ
— Clark Howard (@ClarkHoward) September 15, 2016

Website: Clark.com

#2: Michael Stelzner

Michael Stelzner founded Social Media Examiner, the world’s largest social media marketing resource and a huge help for bloggers everywhere. Stelzner also hosts Social Media Marketing World, the Social Media Success summit, and the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Basically, he’s the embodiment of social media success. If you want to learn more, start following Stelzner today.

A recent tweet:

Social Media Success Summit: mega virtual conference for marketers (check it out!) https://t.co/zvhHOb3wul #smss16 pic.twitter.com/BFqhCBkX9E
— Michael A. Stelzner (@Mike_Stelzner) September 14, 2016

Website: SocialMediaExaminer.com

#3: Jordan Harbinger

Named one of the 50 best relationship-builders anywhere by Forbes, Jordan Harbinger has mastered the “art of charm.” A huge influence within the world of social media and marketing, Harbinger offers endless streams of advice for those who want to influence others and gain friends. Follow him, and you’ll soon learn what it means to build relationships and meaningful friendships from scratch.

A recent tweet:

Did you catch our episode with @SupermenschShep? Listen here!: https://t.co/X2T27cZmHq #sketchnote by @satoruhirose pic.twitter.com/IorHfloLj1
— Jordan Harbinger (@TheArtofCharm) September 8, 2016

Website: TheArtofCharm.com

#4: Jean Chatzky

With a new podcast, several award-winning books, and a swinging career in personal finance, Jean Chatzky must be at the top of the world. Chatzky doles out common sense advice that confounds us, but would leave us better off if we only followed her cues. If you want to learn how to build your own personal finance empire, Jean Chatzky is one to watch.

A recent tweet:

Survey: 62% of kids expect parents to cover cost of “whatever college I want.” Keep costs in check: https://t.co/5HkhmCc3C3 via @TRowePrice
— Jean Chatzky (@JeanChatzky) September 15, 2016

Website: JeanChatzky.com

#5: Rachel Elson

Rachel Elson is an award-winning writer and assistant editor at Money Magazine. As a proven traffic-builder, Elson knows which headlines click, which explode, and which flounder. Follow Elson for up-to-date financial news and advice on getting your money straight.

A recent tweet:

Feeling stretched by MD bills? High deductibles may be forcing you to pay more $$ out of pocket https://t.co/x7aqWE8jP3 via @MONEY
— Rachel F. Elson (@rachel_elson) September 15, 2016

Website: Time.com/Money

#6: Bobbi Rebell

Professional journalist Bobbi Rebell serves as the team leader and Chief U.S. Correspondent for Reuters Business Video. Her new book, “How to Become a Financial Grownup,” offers actionable advice on achieving success from high achievers and influencers. Meanwhile, her social media presence offers more of the same, but also a glimpse into her sometimes controversial ideas.

A recent tweet:

My latest @ReutersMoney column! Before a career break, millennials need a money game plan https://t.co/lSesJdYKTK @WellsFargo @lindseypollak
— Bobbi Rebell (@bobbirebell) August 19, 2016

Website: Reuters.com

#7: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a.k.a. “The Money Coach,” offers an array of advice suited to individuals, couples, and families hoping to boost their savings and cut their spending. She also helps families reduce the costs of college through smart planning.

“To properly manage college costs, you need to understand the real price tag of a higher education, including hidden fees that surprise students after they enroll in a college or university,” says Khalhani-Cox. Her book “College Secrets” offers this prized advice and more.

Recent Tweet:

Funny that #MoneyIsntImportantBut is trending at the exact same time as #iPhone7PreOrder and #SmartPhoneOfMyDreams#irony
— Lynnette KhalfaniCox (@themoneycoach) September 9, 2016

Website: AsktheMoneyCoach.com

#8: Chris Ducker

Chris Ducker is an entrepreneur that helps other digital workers build — and monetize — their brands. His bestselling book, “Virtual Freedom,” showed others how hiring and maintaining a virtual staff could help them find the time to pursue their dreams. His website, on the other hand, offers resources that can help any online entrepreneur find their footing.

Recent Tweet:

It’s a new day, time to get things done! #chaseitdown #productivity #business #entrepreneur #onlinebiz pic.twitter.com/ZSZHGyw4VC
— Chris Ducker (@ChrisDucker) September 15, 2016

Website: ChrisDucker.com

#9: Liz Weston

A columnist for Nerdwallet, Liz Weston keeps her finger on the pulse of the credit and business worlds. Offering up-to-date analysis, top notch journalistic skills, and her own brand of writing that includes books and a weekly column, Weston knows what’s going on — and shares it willingly. Follow Weston to find things out before everyone else does.

Recent Tweet:

Incomes are up. Here’s what to do with that extra cash. https://t.co/33mFnQEK2L from @arioshea
— Liz Weston, CFP (@lizweston) September 15, 2016

Website: Nerdwallet.com

#10: Tiffany Aliche

Tiffany Aliche has built an entire brand from the ground up. Dubbed the “Budgetnista,” Aliche has hundreds of thousands of followers, each of which look to her for their daily dose of financial education. The founder of the “Live Richer Challenge,” Aliche is speaker, author, and influencer. Follow her on social media to find out what all the fuss is about.

Recent Tweet:

Are you ready to live a richer life? Take on my 22-day challenge of ‘how-to’s to get you there! https://t.co/RBLDqLUv19 #Savings #Abundance
— Tiff The Budgetnista (@TheBudgetnista) September 13, 2016

Website: TheBudgetnista.com

#11: Tracie, The Penny Pinchin’ Mom

As the creator of The Penny Pinchin’ Mom Blog, Tracie Fobes has built an empire of parents hoping to save on well, anything. She helps people get the best deal on everything they buy, offering everything from actionable advice to recipes and printable guides. If you’re on the hunt for a fun “mom blog” to follow, keep Tracie on your radar for sure.

Recent Tweet:

Do you keep spending too much? This might be why!https://t.co/Gv0nzFl8ho pic.twitter.com/eFvK7nxxpw
— Tracie (@PennyPinchinMom) September 15, 2016

Website: PennyPinchinMom.com

#12: Pat Flynn

Known as the proprietor of Smart Passive Income, Pat Flynn is the premier expert in the world of online entrepreneurship. Flynn’s website and many online tools help new bloggers, podcasters, and business owners discern what works — and what doesn’t. By leaning on Flynn’s social media presence, we could all learn a thing or two. Make sure to check him on all of the popular social media networks, but especially Periscope.

Recent Tweet:

So, this just happened…#WillItFly is now a Wall Street Journal Bestseller! OMG this is amazing! Thank you all!!! pic.twitter.com/YvuWrTZKvK
— Pat Flynn (@PatFlynn) February 11, 2016

Website: SmartPassiveIncome.com

#13: Dominique Brown

Dominique Brown earned his first million by the time he was thirty-years-old, and his life’s mission is helping you do the same. With his website, Your Finances Simplified, Brown aims to motivate and engage you into taking actionable steps to grow your wealth. As a best-selling author, speaker, and coach, Brown offers the insights required to get ahead — and stay ahead. By following him today, you’re taking that first big step.

A recent tweet:

People worry so much about what could wrong that they forget to plan for how things would go if they go right. If… https://t.co/7OWz9lNCHp
— Dominique Brown (@URFinanceSimple) September 13, 2016

Website: YourFinancesSimplified.com

#14: Michael Delgado

As social media manager for credit reporting agency Experian, Michael Delgado knows a thing or two about one huge aspect of our finances — our credit. Delgado also writes for the Experian blog, offering commentary and advice on myriad issues that affect our credit and our financial lives. Check out his Twitter for tweet chats, credit news, and more.

A recent tweet:

When your student loan bills start arriving in the mail #debt #creditchat pic.twitter.com/NDGjUxArGf
— Mike Delgado (@mikedelgado) September 14, 2016

Website: Experian.com

#15: Holly Johnson

Award-winning writer Holly Johnson is on a roll this year with a new book, a feature column in the Indianapolis Star, and a freelancing course in the works. Johnson also serves as Contributing Editor for The Simple Dollar and writes columns for well-known publications such as Lending Tree, U.S. News and World Report Travel, Frugal Travel Guy, and Wise Bread.

A recent tweet:

When you tell your money what to do, it listens. When you don’t, it disappears. #budgeting
— Holly Johnson (@ClubThrifty) September 7, 2016

Website: ClubThrifty.com

#16: Michelle Schroeder

Bloggers who hope to make money should look to Michelle S. of Making Sense of Cents for advice. Her blog is bringing in six figures per month at times, which is why she just launched a course to help others hone their affiliate marketing skills. Check out Michelle’s blog for millennial money tips, advice on RV living, and more.

A recent tweet:

My August 2016 Blog Income Report — $90,188.40: Welcome to August’s online income report where I show you how… https://t.co/xFTglHpmeW
— Michelle Schroeder (@SenseofCents) September 6, 2016

Website: MakingSenseofCents.com

#17: Joshua Sheets

Podcaster and personal finance host Joshua Sheets sets the world on fire with his radical money advice on a regular basis. As a financial advisor, he knows what works, what doesn’t, and the money strategies to avoid at all costs. He’s also a great example of how you can turn a love of anything into a profitable and fun online business venture.

A recent tweet:

Ban shredded cheese. Make America grate again.
— Joshua Sheats (@JoshuaSheats) August 28, 2016

Website: RadicalPersonalFinance.com

#18: Joshua Dorkin and Brandon Turner

These real estate gurus deserve accolades on their own, but we’ll share lump them together here for the sake of simplicity. These two are part of the Bigger Pockets team, hosting one of the biggest real estate podcasts of all time. If you’re a real estate investor or simply hope to become one, you’ll want to hear what they have to say.

A recent tweet:

Why the Wealthy Put Their Money Into Multifamily & Commercial Real Estate https://t.co/nogvdZ86gy
— BiggerPockets.com (@BiggerPockets) September 15, 2016

Website: BiggerPockets.com

#20: Ted Jenkin

Ted Jenkin of oXYGen Financial is a social media ninja and co-CEO you should know. His firm offers fee-based wealth management services, budgeting and cash flower assistance, and a holistic approach to money management using the best and latest technology available. Jenkin’s style? “Full-throttle, all the time.”

A recent tweet:

Guess this can’t be that secret. Lol. pic.twitter.com/DriHJzpKLJ
— Gen XY Money Guy (@TedJenkin) September 10, 2016

Website: oXYGenFinancial.net

#21: Lauren Greutman

Lauren Greutman’s taking the world by storm this year with her new book, “The Recovering Spender.” Based on her experience as an addiction counselor and her own “spendy” past, Greutman lays out the rules for becoming a saver by choice when you’re a spender by design. Greutman also offers a rocking blog you don’t want to miss. Check her out on Twitter, Facebook, and basically everywhere.

A recent tweet:

Did you see me on the @TODAYshow with @klgandhoda this morning?I talked all about my new book #TheRecoveringSpender pic.twitter.com/vjs2hGVEFw
— Lauren Greutman (@laurengreutman) September 15, 2016

Website: LaurenGreutman.com

#22: Kyle Taylor

Kyle Tayor’s Penny Hoarder blog presumably came out of nowhere, but then exploded into the success it is today. Most people place its success firmly in the hands of its founder and his firm commitment to investing in his website all along. Check out the Penny Hoarder for fun advice on everything from earning extra cash to saving money where you can.

A recent tweet:

Read how you can make and save money if you’re a #MilitaryMember
https://t.co/viazwjK8Ee pic.twitter.com/6l6ritHVDr
— The Penny Hoarder (@thepennyhoarder) September 15, 2016

Website: ThePennyHoarder.com

#23: Stefanie O’Connell

Author of “The Broke and Beautiful Life” Stefanie O’Connell is a millennial money expert on the rise. Not only does she write a fun blog chock full of advice, but she’s a soon-to-be YouTube sensation as well. Check her out on social media, her blog, and YouTube for up-to-date money advice anyone can use.

A recent tweet:

Struggling to save? Today’s episode of #moneyminute is for you! How to save more money https://t.co/PtGDtAJiHq via @YouTube #personalfinance
— Stefanie O’Connell (@stefanieoconnel) September 14, 2016

Website: StefanieOConnell.com

#24: Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is another influencer to watch. The mother of twins, she has become a financial expert in her own right. Alford writes about her areas of expertise — family money management, entrepreneurship, and frugality — on her own blog and for multiple high end publications around the web. Check her out on her own blog and on social media.

A recent tweet:

I’d say life is short & you’re given time off for a reason! No one can take it away from you so live it up and enjoy it! #TravelHappy
— Catherine Alford (@CatCAlford) August 25, 2016

Website: CatherineAlford.com

The Bottom Line

If you’re a member of the financial media and didn’t attend FinCon this year, you’re missing out. Make sure to check out next year’s conference where even more cool people and ideas will collide for a few days of learning and fun.