About the Clever Dude
Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.
John is a freelance B2B writer, investor, and blogger. A large part of his writing experience has been as a writer/designer in the training department of a large regional retailer based in Portland, Oregon. He resides in the other Vancouver (in Washington state) with his wife and two pet dwarf rabbits.
Drew Blankenship is a former Porsche technician and lifelong automotive enthusiast. Recently, he began writing for several websites and is enjoying the career change. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their dog Enzo.
Allen Francis was an academic advisor, librarian, and college adjunct for many years with no money, financial literacy, or responsibility when he had money. Allen advocates for best personal financial practices including focusing on your needs instead of your wants, asking for help when you need it, and saving and investing in your own small business.
James Hendrickson is an internet entrepreneur, blogging junky, hunter, and personal finance geek. When he’s not lurking in coffee shops in Portland, Oregon, you’ll find him in the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. James has a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Earlham College. He loves individual stocks, bonds, and precious metals.
Max K. Erkiletian began writing for newspapers while still in high school. He went on to become an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the print magazine Free Bird. He has written for a wide range of regional and national publications as well as many online publications. That has allowed him to interview a variety of prominent figures from former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank Paul Volker to Blues musicians Muddy Waters and B. B. King. Max lives in Springfield, MO with his wife Karen and their two cats. He spends as much time as possible with his kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Tamila McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, including five years as a military financial advisor. After retiring from the Army, she spent eight years as an AFCPE-certified personal financial advisor for wounded warriors and their families. Now she writes about personal finance and benefits programs for numerous financial websites.
CleverDude launched in the spring of 2006 and is now part of the District Media, Inc. portfolio. Originally founded in the District of Columbia in 2007, District Media, Inc. is an independent media company. With an audience of over 10 million visitors, our content appears on Google News. Our objective is to deliver high-quality personal finance news and advice that informs, empowers, educates, and entertains the public. We provide this information free of charge through our portfolio of 30 different personal finance websites, with all operating expenses paid through advertising.