OneSmartDollar.com was started with the hopes of helping people be able to live their life to the fullest yet still be financially responsible. Over the course of life we are all going to have financial mishaps, we just want to limit the frequency of them.

Sean BryantSean – Founder/Editor

Sean Bryant created OneSmartDollar.com in 2011 to help pass along his knowledge of finance and economics to others. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in economics he worked as a construction superintendent before jumping into the world of finance.  Sean has worked on the trade desk for a commodities brokerage firm, he was a project manager for an investment research company and was a CDO analyst at a big bank. That being said he brings a good understanding of the finance field to the One Smart Dollar community.  When not working Sean and he wife are avid world travelers.  He enjoys spending time with his daughter Colette and dog Charlie.


Scott SeryScott Sery – Staff Writer

Scott Sery is a native to Billings, Montana. Within an hour in nearly any direction he can be found fishing, hunting, backpacking, caving, and rock or ice climbing. With an extensive knowledge of the finance and insurance world, Scott loves to write personal finance articles. When not talking money, he enjoys passing on his knowledge of the back country, or how to live sustainably.



Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken – Staff Writer

Emily Guy Birken is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom who is passionate about personal finance. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana with her mechanical engineer husband and her toddler son. She blogs about parenting at The SAHMnambulist and about the funny side of money at Live Like a Mensch.




KatelynKatelyn Michaud – Staff Writer

Katelyn in a small town girl from outside Portland, Maine. She has a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in public health. By day she works as a program analyst at a healthcare technology company working on health reform projects. By night she is a personal trainer and endurance sport coach at Big Sky Multisport Coaching & Personal Training. Last year she completed her first Ironman and enjoys spending countless hours swimming, biking, and running. Katelyn writes about travel, paying off over $44,000 in student loan debt, and living in Maine on her blog, Diaries of a Wandering Lobster.


MelanieMelanie Lockert – Staff Writer

Melanie Lockert blogs about breaking up with debt at DearDebt.com and invites others to write breakup letters to their debt as well. She’s accumulated a total of $81k in student loan debt between two degrees. Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. Melanie enjoys travel, art, music, adventure, and of course, personal finance.




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