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Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce. Ian also has a background in web development and does the technical work for the FedSmith.com web site and its sibling sites.
Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletter and a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters concerning federal human resources.
Michael Wald is an independent economics analyst and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to business, labor, and human resources. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.
Jeff Neal is a senior vice president for ICF International and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com. He formerly served in the Obama Administration as Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Homeland Security and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency. Jeff is also a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and a Partnership for Public Service SAGE.
Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.
Randy Silvey is an industry leader in the decryption and education of federal retirement income benefits. He’s a public speaker, columnist and the published author of: “You FIRST, Federal Employees Retirement Guide.” With 14 years’ experience, Randy is well-known for showing Feds how to pursue early and wealthy retirements. A past Fed himself, Randy offers (nationwide), free “Retirement Readiness Reviews” and “Risk Analysis.” He’s disregarded Fed ignorant and risk heavy financial advice by replacing it with Fed focused “Asset Protection Planning.” Randy can be reached at 816-524-1515 or www.silverlightfinancial.com. Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.
John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.
Susan McGuire Smith spent most of her federal legal career with NASA, serving as Chief Counsel at Marshall Space Flight Center for 14 years. Her expertise is in government contracts, ethics, and personnel law.
Brian Kuhn CFP®, CLU®, CLTC, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, is a financial planner who focuses his practice in the areas of retirement planning, wealth preservation, and insurance protection, with a special interest in assisting public sector employees. He is an available speaker for organizations through the non-profit organization The Society for Financial Awareness which conducts free financial wellness campaigns. He can be contacted by phone at (301) 543-6035 or via email. Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA / SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Planning Solutions Group, LLC. Planning Solutions Group, LLC is not affiliated with Triad Advisors. PSG Clarity is a division of Planning Solutions Group, LLC.
Brenton Smith (A.K.A. Joe The Economist) is the founder of “Fix Social Security Now” which provides information on all alternatives in the public debate on Social Security through its site www.FixSSNow.Org.
Jason Visner is a financial advisor with Brook Federal Advisors, and works with federal employees to optimize their retirement benefits. The process starts with a complimentary analysis of the complete federal benefit package, and then builds an overall retirement plan on that foundation. He can provide recommendations on FERS or CSRS annuities, survivor benefits, military/LEO service, FEHB, FEGLI, TSP, IRAs, annuities, and social security. He can be reached at 262-456-5514 or brookfed.com.
With more than 24 years as a federal employee, first as an active duty Army officer and later a Foreign Service officer, staff leadership instructor and professional coach, Martha understands what it means to simultaneously feel inspired by the desire to serve and stifled by the “needs of the service.” Martha is on a mission to create public institutions that ignite success, prosperity and joy for EVERYONE they touch - especially those in them.
Wayne Coleman is a senior consultant with Dennis Hermann & Associations, a veteran owned small business with a cadre of seasoned and proven trainers and consultants with a passion for helping agencies build expertise in premium pay, labor relations, performance management and related human resources areas. His career at various Federal agencies spans almost 40 years during which he has written about and is available to provide training on overtime and premium pay, on the principles of FLSA coverage and exemption, and on related federal compensation issues. Wayne is available to help your agency avoid premium pay claims through training at your agency. Contact him for more information.
Keith E. Kendall, Esquire is an attorney with Scaringi & Scaringi, P.C. and focuses his practice in the areas of Employment Law, Criminal Law, Family Law (Divorce, Support, Custody, Relocation and Protection from Abuse), Disability Law, Workers' Compensation, Administrative Law and Civil and Commercial Litigation. To learn more about how he can help you, call him toll-free at 877-LAW-2555 or email him.
Robbie Hyman is a professional communications and public affairs writer. He has 15 years’ experience writing for nonprofits, small business and multibillion-dollar international organizations. Robbie has written thousands of pages of content, including white papers, speeches, published articles, reports, manuals, newsletters, video scripts, advertisements, technical document and other materials. He is also co-founder of www.MoneySavvyTeen.com, an online course that teaches smart money habits to teenagers. Robbie is available as a freelance writer for federal agencies. Visit RobbieHymanCopywriting.com for more information.
Robbie Kunreuther is the Director of Government Personnel Services (GPS). GPS provides 1 to 3-day seminars to Federal agencies in four subject areas: Dealing with performance and conduct issues; Developing sensible performance appraisal criteria; Fostering cooperative labor-management relations; and Applying mediation skills in the workplace. Over the years, Robbie has trained thousands of Federal supervisors, managers, HR specialists, and union officials. For more information about him and GPS, go to www.trainlngfeds.com.
Bob Dietrich spent 37 years in federal human resources and resources management. His career includes many years with the US Department of Labor in Boston, the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Lowell, MA, and the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, DC.
Carol Schmidlin is the President of Franklin Planning and has been advising clients on how to grow and preserve their wealth for 20 years. In addition to her financial planning practice, she is the founder of FedSavvy® Educational Solutions, which provides Financial and Retirement Literacy Programs for Federal Employees. Follow FedSavvy® Educational Solutions on Facebook for the most up to date information. Contact Carol at (856) 401-1101 or visit FranklinPlanning.com.
Jesse Black is a financial advisor who specializes in assisting Federal Employees maximize their benefits. He is a Chartered Federal Employees Benefits Consultant and has over ten years industry experience. He has assisted thousands of people, assisted with benefit workshops and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about Federal Benefits. Jesse is unable to respond to any questions or comments in the comments sections on his articles. If you have a question for Jesse, you may contact him or call him at 844-733-3435. Securities and advisory services offered through Client One Securities, LLC Member FINRA/SIPC and an Investment Advisor. Associates Group of Companies and Client One Securities, LLC are not affiliated.