2017 judging panel

Best in Biz Awards’ uniqueness stems, in part, from the composition of our judging panel. Only writers, journalists, and contributors to business, consumer, financial, trade and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, are invited to serve as judges. Structured this way, Best in Biz Awards is able to leverage the experience and expertise of an influential group of national opinion makers to determine award winners.

In our 7th annual program, we are excited to already confirm the participation of the following 43 judges. This includes the first 26 judges returning from last year’s panel (for that press release announcement, please see the press release), additional judges returning from other prior years’ panels, as well as a few new additions to the group.

As in years past, the complete judging panel, including new additions to the high-profile group, will be revealed during the late entry period (August-September 2017). Stay tuned!

 

Accounting Today

Michael Cohn

MICHAEL COHN, editor-in-chief of AccountingToday.com, has been covering business and technology for a variety of publications since 1985. Prior to joining Accounting Today and WebCPA, he worked for Red Herring, Internet World, Beyond Computing, Accounting Technology and PC Magazine, and freelanced for a variety of other business publications. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, he studied accounting at the Wharton School of Business, and currently lives in New York City.
Michael Cohn

AdWeek

Angela Natividad

ANGELA NATIVIDAD is the author of Generation Creation, an AdVerve Media production. She covers European advertising for AdWeek, and co-founded Hurrah.fr, the premier creative agency for the esports market. She lives in Paris. Follow her on Twitter at @luckthelady.
Angela Natividad

Associated Press

Kim Cook

A former marketing professional in both Toronto and Chicago, KIM COOK has spent the last ten years as a freelance journalist based in New York, covering international and national design, décor and lifestyle stories for several print and digital entities. Her regular “Right at Home” columns for the Associated Press focus on trends and topics across the Home categories. She writes about design directions, and profiles industry professionals, for both the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Innovation + Inspiration magazine and the American Association of Interior Designers NY Metro magazine. Kim was also part of the judging panel for NY Now’s Best New Products awards this summer.
Kim Cook

Atlanta Tribune

Kamille D. Whittaker

KAMILLE D. WHITTAKER is the associate editor for Atlanta Daily World newspaper and Atlanta Tribune business magazine. After a decade of serving as Staff Writer (2007-2009) and then Associate Editor (2009-present) for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, Whittaker joined Real Times Media, the parent company of several national newspaper and digital media operations, which includes the Atlanta Daily World, The Chicago Defender, The Michigan Chronicle, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine titles. In her expanded role, she manages, alongside the senior editor, the editorial print and online productions of RTM’s Atlanta brands. She worked under the Metro, Education and Health desk editors at The Washington Post in conjunction with Newsweek magazine (formerly WPNI), and as a national correspondent for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, and its nearly 200 member publications. Whittaker also served as co-editor of The Liberator Magazine with her fellow Howard University alumni; and happily mothers two teenage daughters — Kamani and Kennedi.
Kamille D. Whittaker

The Balance

Alison Doyle

ALISON DOYLE is the job search expert for The Balance, providing job search, career, and employment advice. She’s also the CEO of CareerToolBelt.com, which features free apps for job seekers and career changers. Alison has been writing about job search and careers since 1998. Previously, she was associate director of Career Services at Skidmore College. Alison has been quoted extensively in major publications including The New York Times, BBC News, CNN.com, Forbes, CBS MoneyWatch.com, and The Wall Street Journal. Alison has been recognized as a top person to follow on LinkedIn by LinkUp, Lifehack, and on Twitter by The Guardian, YouTern, FlexJobs, LinkUp and Mashable. She has authored three books on job searching. Follow her on Twitter @AlisonDoyle and find her on LinkedIn.
Alison Doyle

Bismarck Tribune

Kat Bryant

KAT BRYANT is a copy editor at the Bismarck Tribune. Previously, she held numerous editorial positions at the Phoenix Business Journal and the Silicon Valley Business Journal from 1989 to 2015, earning several industry awards for editing, headline writing and design. She also does freelance editing and proofreading for various forms of media. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she worked full time for four years on the student daily newspaper and discovered her true calling.
Kat Bryant

Business News Daily

Nicole Fallon

NICOLE FALLON is the managing editor of Business News Daily, a resource for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. She has been covering business and career trends since 2010, when she started out as a freelancer for BND. Prior to joining the staff full-time, she spent a year as the editor of a cooking and nutrition website. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.
Nicole Fallon

Chip Design Magazine

Dave Bursky

Currently a contributing editor for Chip Design Magazine, DAVE BURSKY has over 40 years experience working as an engineer and editor. Dave is president and founder of PRN Engineering Services, a technical writing and market consulting company and from 2006 through early 2011 was the technical editorial manager at Maxim Integrated Products. Prior to Maxim, Dave had over 33 years of experience as an editor, writing for publications such as Electronic Design and EE Times. In 2005 he was inducted into the Communications Society Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement at the City College of New York. Additionally, in 1988 he was described by an article in the San Jose Mercury News as one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Valley. Dave has served on the program committees of numerous IEEE and commercial conferences, and has authored six books on topics ranging from personal computers to semiconductor memories. Dave holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the City College of the City University of New York.
Dave Bursky

CIO Dive

Naomi Eide

NAOMI EIDE is the editor for CIO Dive, responsible for covering the enterprise tech industry, from the rise of the cloud to Big Data in business. Prior to joining CIO Dive, she spent time covering federal contracting and Maryland state news. Naomi holds a B.A. from Providence College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Naomi Eide

Connecting Women Radio

Faten Abdallah

Photo and bio coming soon

Consumer Affairs

Mark Huffman

MARK HUFFMAN is a reporter for ConsumerAffairs.com. Since 2004 he has covered issues ranging from consumer product defects to developments in consumer technology. In 2007 he served on a Federal Trade Commission workshop panel examining negative option marketing practices. He has been a correspondent for Marketwatch.com, Westwood One Radio Networks and Associated Press Radio. He has also been a science and technology writer for United Press International and written about technology for Reuters New Media. He has been interviewed as a source on stories for NBC News, Forbes, Smart Money, and The Wall Street Journal. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky.
Mark Huffman

ECT News Network

Jack Germain

JACK M. GERMAIN has been writing about computer technology since the early days of the Apple II and the IBM PC. Over the past four decades, Jack has worked on both sides of the editorial desk for numerous organizations as writer and editor. His feature articles, technology blogs, and specialty columns are published by ECT News Network in TechNewsWorld, The E-Commerce Times, and LinuxInsider. Jack’s blogs on cloud computing technology are published on Linode Cube.
Jack M. Germain

Entrepreneur

Linda Lacina

Photo and bio coming soon

eWeek

Frank Ohlhorst

FRANK J. OHLHORST is an award winning technology journalist and professional speaker with over 25 years of experience in the technology arena. Frank has written for several leading technology publications, including ComputerWorld, TechTarget, PCWorld, ExtremeTech and Toms Hardware. Frank has also contributed to business publications, including Entrepreneur and BNET, and to multiple technology books, and has written several white papers, case studies, reviewers’ guides and channel guides for leading technology vendors.
Frank J. Ohlhorst

Forbes

Hugh McIntyre

HUGH MCINTYRE is a freelance journalist who covers all things related to the music industry, primarily for Forbes. He has also written for several dozen other publications, including Billboard, Mashable, The Huffington Post, MTV, Mic, and Noisey, to name just a few.

Freelance

Karen Asp

KAREN ASP is a leading journalist who covers fitness, health, nutrition, pets and travel for major print and online publications. A former contributing editor for Woman’s Day, she writes regularly for dozens of publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Cosmo, Delta Sky, Diabetic Living, Eating Well, Family Circle, Forks Over Knives, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living, O, Oxygen, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, SELF, Shape, USA Today, WebMD, Weight Watchers and Yoga Journal. In addition, she’s the co-author of Understanding Your Food Allergies and Intolerances with two Harvard physicians. Karen is also a certified personal trainer, health advocate (who uses a height-adjustable desk in her office and is certified in plant-based nutrition), and a plant-powered athlete with six Nordic walking world records to her name. Follow her on Twitter at @karenaspwriter or visit her web site at www.karenasp.com.
Karen Asp

Freelance

Kevin Casey

KEVIN CASEY writes about technology and business for a wide variety of publications and companies. He won an Azbee Award, given by the American Society of Business Publication Editors, for his InformationWeek.com story, “Are You Too Old For IT?”. He’s a former community choice honoree in the Small Business Influencer Awards. Find him on LinkedIn and Twitter..
Kevin Casey

Freelance

Erica Lamberg

ERICA LAMBERG is a business and travel writer who is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, she has worked as a correspondent for Gannett for over 15 years, writing business features, book profiles, special section features and travel articles. Under Gannett’s news umbrella, Erica was recently named a lifestyle and travel expert for USA Today’s 10 Best platform. Erica’s writing credits also include Bankrate.com, Fodor’s Travel and Cruise Critic. Erica is also a former education and travel correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Erica is a sought-after author of health content and writes several monthly features for the digital platform of Reader’s Digest. She is also a writing consultant and is retained by corporations in the real estate, higher education and healthcare industries. Married and the mother of a daughter and a son, Erica is based in suburban Philadelphia. Erica is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. Follow Erica on Twitter.
Erica Lamberg

Freelance

Keith Shaw

KEITH SHAW has been a fan of computers, technology and video games for more than four decades, and his obsession with technology, large and small, has never waned. With a 30+ year career in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, he’s always on the lookout for “the next big thing”, whether it’s a smartphone, gadget or power adapter. He wrote the Cool Tools personal technology column for Network World for more than 15 years, and created the company’s annual “Cool Yule Tools” holiday gift guide. His gadget empire extended into the video world, where he created several videos for the IDG Enterprise brand (including Computerworld, CIO.com and CSOonline.com). He is the co-creator of the snack food blog Taquitos.net, as well as the geek parenting blog “Mom & Dad are Geeks”. He continues to write product reviews at www.cooltools-reviews.com.
Keith Shaw

GreenBiz

Heather Clancy

HEATHER CLANCY is an award-winning business journalist in the New York area with more than 20 years of experience covering technology’s role in transforming business and culture. She is the Editorial Director for GreenBiz.com and was the launch editor for Fortune’s daily newsletter about the business of technology, Data Sheet. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. Prior to becoming a full-time commentator, speaker and technology messaging specialist, Heather was editor at Computer Reseller News.

Heather Clancy

Harvard Business Review

Alison Beard

ALISON BEARD is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, focusing on leadership and “managing yourself” content across its platforms and overseeing the Experience section of the magazine. She previously worked for the Financial Times, as a reporter in the New York bureau, then as its London-based House & Home editor.
Alison Beard

Healthcare Innovation News

Mari Edlin

MARI EDLIN is editor of Population Health News, Healthcare Innovation News and Accountable Care News. A graduate of Stanford University, she has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and has been a freelance writer since 1988. She has specialized in healthcare since 1993, writing regularly for Managed Healthcare Executive, to which she contributes a monthly article on pharmacy issues, Drug Topics and other national healthcare and pharmaceutical trade publications. She also works closely with many companies and organizations, helping to develop issue briefs, white papers and reports. She serves on numerous media panels and has taught a variety of communications workshops at Stanford University.
Mari Edlin

Inc.

Douglas Cantor

DOUG CANTOR is a senior editor at Inc.com. Over his career, he has served as an editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, and Esquire, and written for publications including Men’s Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Departures, BlackBook, Time Out New York, Mental Floss, and many others. Doug holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a master¹s degree from Northwestern University¹s Medill School of Journalism.
Douglas Cantor

Investment Advisor Magazine

Melanie Waddell

MELANIE WADDELL is the Washington Bureau Chief for Investment Advisor magazine and ThinkAdvisor.com, part of ALM Media LLC. She has been a columnist for Investment Advisor since 2002, has served as New York Bureau Chief for the magazine, and has been a financial journalist/editor since 1994. Her column, The Playing Field, appears in Investment Advisor Magazine and on ThinkAdvisor.com, and she also writes for ALM’s National Law Journal and Law.com. Early in her career, Melanie covered financial issues at American Banker in Washington. Since 1997, she has been covering investment-related issues, holding senior level editorial positions at American Banker/Thomson Media/Thomson Financial in both Washington and New York. After seven years at Thomson, now Reuters, Melanie joined Investment Advisor. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University; while at Towson, she interned at The Baltimore Sun and its suburban edition.
Melanie Waddell

The Keene Sentinel

Paul Miller

PAUL MILLER, executive editor, manages the daily operations of the newsroom and SentinelSource.com, the paper’s online version, and is responsible for the direction, standards and policies of the news operation, as well as their implementation. He has worked for The Sentinel, the nation’s fourth-oldest continuously published newspaper, for more than three decades. He enjoys hiking, exercising, good times with good friends, the ocean and traveling. His occasional “Out in Public” column focuses on the people, places and politics of the region.
Paul Miller

King Features Syndicate

Dale Dauten

DALE DAUTEN has been researching achievers and innovation since his days at Arizona State and at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His early work prompted a government publication to call him a “guru” to White House staffers, and during the past four decades, his six books have been published in a dozen languages and have developed a large following worldwide. Dale writes newspaper columns nationally syndicated by King Features. For many years, he wrote “The Corporate Curmudgeon,” and he continues to write “JT and Dale Talk Jobs” with employment expert, Jeanine “JT” O’Donnell. Their work appears weekly in dozens of newspapers, including The Denver Post, Arizona Republic and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Dale Dauten

L.A. Biz

Annlee Ellingson

ANNLEE ELLINGSON is a staff writer at L.A. Biz, Los Angeles’ digital bureau at American City Business Journals, where she covers entertainment and technology. Other chapters of her life include a decade all-told in various editorial positions at BoxOffice Magazine, a trade publication for the motion-picture exhibition industry. She’s also written about film for the Los Angeles Times, PasteMagazine.com, Moving Pictures magazine, and Los Angeles Weekly. A Midwest transplant to Los Angeles, she holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.
Annlee Ellingson

Lab Reviews

Jonathan Roubini

JONATHAN ROUBINI is editor in chief and technical director of LabReviews.com, bringing to the site more than three decades of hands-on experience. Previously, Jonathan was lead analyst of the mobile category at PC Magazine, quickly gaining recognition in the wireless industry thanks to his extensive knowledge of PDAs, cell phones and their accessories. Prior to that, Jonathan was software project leader at PC Magazine Labs, where he pioneered several new testing techniques for always-evolving software packages. Jonathan graduated with a B.S. in Information and Decision Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

Laptop

Sherri Smith

Bio coming soon

MediaPost

Laurie Sullivan

LAURIE SULLIVAN is the search editor of Search Marketing Daily, a MediaPost publication, and serves as the chairperson for the Search Insider Summit, a twice yearly think-tank search conference . A technology and marketing geek since 1985, Sullivan also writes about the electronics supply chain for EBNOnline.com, a UBM publication. She has contributed to Advertising Age, BNet, and wrote full-time for Red Herring, InformationWeek, and EBN, among other media publishers and university publications. Prior to becoming a journalist in 2000, Sullivan wrote copy, produced content, and published marketing material for clients like Microsoft and Computer Associates while working for 10 years in the in-house advertising and marketing agency at computer distributor Ingram Micro. She holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chapman University. You can follow her on Twitter at @LaurieSullivan.
Laurie Sullivan

NerdWallet.com

Ellen Cannon

ELLEN CANNON is a staff writer at NerdWallet.com, covering credit cards. Previously she was editorial director of the personal finance sites of QuinStreet and managing editor at Bankrate.com. Prior to joining the digital world, she held editorial leadership positions at Bloomberg, Entertainment Weekly and the Australian edition of People magazine.
Ellen Cannon

Pittsburgh Business Times

Jennifer Beahm

JENNIFER BEAHM is managing editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times. Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Jennifer moved to Pittsburgh to join the Business Times as a reporter after earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She tweets at @PBT_Jen.

Rockstar Finance

J. Money

J. MONEY is an award winning blogger, consultant, experimenter, and daddy. With over nine years building communities online, Jay’s projects have reached 25 million views and are routinely featured in the media. He is best known for the personal finance blog, BudgetsAreSexy.com, as well as his curation site – RockstarFinance.com. He loves coffee, hip-hop, and collecting coins, and is on a mission to make personal finance fun.

Security Products Magazine

Ralph C. Jensen

RALPH C. JENSEN is the editor in chief of Security Products magazine, the security industry’s leading publication for the manufacturer, dealer/integrator and end user. He has been involved in the journalism industry for 40 years, including 20 years in the security industry and 5 years as a public information officer with the Air Force. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in chemical engineering, Ralph spent about three years in that field before seizing an opportunity to work in the publishing industry. He has worked at three community newspapers and two daily publications. He also studied at Utah State University, earning a masters’s degree in environmental sciences.
Ralph C. Jensen

StayAdventurous.com

Craig Zabransky

CRAIG ZABRANSKY is an ex-global management consultant for Wall Street banks gone rogue. After a year long travel sabbatical, he eventually left Wall Street to pursue his passion in travel. Now he podcasts, writes, blogs, and photographs destinations on StayAdventurous.com, aiming to inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. To date he has traveled through 50 countries, 45 U.S. States and 5 continents. Craig was a finalist for best photography (bloggies) and best adventure blog (flipkey, TBU) in the last year and has been seen on Fox and Friends, AOL, SiriusXM Radio, Florida Travel and Life, Unwind Magazine, Porthole Magazine, and many other outlets both online and in print. You can find him at StayAdventurous.com and @StayAdventurous.
Craig Zabransky

Tech-Gaming

Robert Allen

A ceaseless appreciation for interactive entertainment is what drives ROBERT ALLEN, Tech-Gaming.com’s editor and podcasting personality. Having written over two thousand reviews, and interviewed a wide swath of the industries’ luminaries, Robert aspires to share his appreciation for the medium with an ever-growing audience interested the intersection of technology, gaming, and culture. When a controller isn’t in hand, he can usually be found clutching a dry-erase marker- instructing classes in writing, communication, and technology at two Southern California colleges.
Robert Allen

Northwest Indiana Times

Crista Zivanovic

Photo and bio coming soon

Tripwire

Joe Pettit

JOE PETTIT is the managing editor at Tripwire. Joe graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing in 2009 and then went on to create and develop the popular IT Security blog, Information Security Buzz. From that venture, Joe moved to Tripwire where he has continued to aid the development of their award-winning blog, The State of Security. Joe specializes in SEO, Social Media, Lead Generation and implementing new strategies to help develop Tripwire’s online presence. You can follow Joe on Twitter.
Joe Pettit

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

Scott Barker

SCOTT KENYON BARKER is the executive editor for Tucson Lifestyle magazine, Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, and has been a frequent freelance contributor to several film publications. He has won awards from the Arizona Authors Association and the Arizona Press Club, and has taught magazine writing for Pima Community College as an adjunct faculty member and Tucson Open University. In 1994, he was contacted by Globe Pequot Press to write a travel book ― Arizona Off The Beaten Path. He has ghostwritten for an industrial psychologist and a voiceover actor, contributed to filmmaker Mark Baranowski’s memoir, as well as created the text for a photo essay book about Tucson. Scott also has
extensive literary fiction and screenplay writing experience, having written 13 screenplays. He was the co-writer and co-producer for From A Place of Darkness, with John Savage and Natalie Zea, now available on Blu-Ray and the writer/director and producer for Dead On Site, released in 2011 by Acort
International/Maxim Media. The joint India-U.S. short film he was a co-writer on, Sulige Sikkadaaga, made the film festival circuit and won several awards. He is currently in post-production on the horror/martial arts feature film The Z.
Scott Barker

Wired

Christopher Null

CHRISTOPHER NULL is an award-winning journalist who has been covering business and technology for 20 years. A veteran of PC Computing, Yahoo! Tech, and New Architect and the founding editor in chief of Mobile PC Magazine, there is no segment of the high-tech universe he hasn’t covered. Today he continues to cover business and technology topics for Wired and TechHive, among other publications, while running his own custom blogging company, Null Media, which provides turnkey editorial services to corporate clients.
Christopher Null

Wired

Steven Levy

Bio coming soon

WLRN

Gina Jordan

GINA JORDAN has been on the radio for more than 25 years. Gina is a Tallahassee-based reporter for WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. Her duties include reporting from the Capitol, producing talk shows, and editing news scripts. Prior to that, she was a senior producer at WFSU-FM in Tallahassee and spent 15 years as an anchor at Orlando commercial stations WDBO, WWKA, and WWNZ. She has produced blogs and features for the NPR education reporting project StateImpact Florida, as well as podcasts and articles for Regarding ID magazine. Gina’s stories and newscasts have been honored by PRNDI, Green Eyeshade, Murrow, and the Associated Press, including Best in Show. When she’s not producing news, Gina teaches drama at Young Actors Theatre in Tallahassee. She’s on Twitter @HearYourThought.
Gina Jordan

Yahoo Tech

David Pogue

DAVID POGUE is the tech critic for Yahoo Finance, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Casino Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He’s won four Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He’s been profiled on “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.” He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.
David Pogue