Meet the Experts
usinsuranceagents.com’s expert team focuses on ensuring our content and services uphold the highest standards of integrity. Our dedicated team also manages our extensive writing network, which ensures that the information you receive is accurate, evidence based, current, and trustworthy.
A team of car insurance experts reviews our content, ensuring that existing and new content is accurate so you can make the best decisions about your car insurance.
We strive to be your most trusted partner in pursuing the right car insurance.
Joel Ohman, Founder & CFP®
Joel Ohman is the CEO of a private equity backed digital media company. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, author, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur who loves creating new things, whether books or businesses. He has also previously served as the founder and resident CFP® of a national insurance agency, Real Time Health Quotes. He has an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Joel has been mentioned as an insurance expert in many different online and print publications including AOL, Business Insider, idrivesafely, Reader’s Digest, Inc.com, Carvana, MarketWatch, Forbes, OppLoans, Yahoo!, TheStreet, and NYPost to name a few.
Daniel Walker, Licensed Insurance Agent
Dan Walker graduated with a BS in Administrative Management in 2005 and has been working in his family’s insurance agency, FCI Agency, for 15 years (BBB A+). He is licensed as an agent to write property and casualty insurance, including home, auto, umbrella, and dwelling fire insurance. He’s also been featured on sites like Reviews.com and Safeco.
He reviews content, ensuring that existing and new content is accurate so you can make the best decisions about your car insurance, which guarantees the information you receive is accurate, evidence based, current, and trustworthy
Laura D. Adams, Insurance & Finance Analyst
Laura Adams is one of the nation’s leading finance, insurance, and small business authorities. As an award-winning author, spokesperson, and host of the top-rated Money Girl podcast since 2008, millions of readers, listeners, and loyal fans benefit from her practical advice.
Laura is a trusted source for national media who frequently seek her practical advice on various finance topics for TV, radio, online articles, and print publications. She’s been featured on most major news outlets, including ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, Consumer Reports, Forbes, Fortune, FOX, Money, MSN, NBC, NPR, NY Times, USA Today, US News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more.
Her mission is to empower consumers to live healthy and rich lives by making the most of what they have, planning for the future, and making smart money decisions every day. She received an MBA from the University of Florida and lives in Vero Beach, Florida.
Angie Watts, Licensed Real Estate Agent
Angie Watts is a licensed real estate agent with Florida Executive Realty in the increasingly popular Tampa Bay area. Specializing in residential properties since 2015, Angie is a real estate blogger who published an ebook educating homeowners on how to make the most money when they sell their homes.
Her goal is to educate and empower both home buyers and sellers so they can be stress-free during the shopping/selling process and fully enjoy what should be an exciting, fun experience. She has studied and written on topics including market conditions, mortgage trends, first-time home purchases, and buying new construction.
In addition to real estate, Angie has a strong background in both insurance and finance. She studied Business Marketing at Waukesha County Technical College and draws upon two decades of sales and marketing experience in all facets of her professional career.
D. Gilson, PhD, Professor & Published Author
D. Gilson is a writer and author of essays, poetry, and scholarship that explore the relationship between popular culture, literature, sexuality, and memoir. His latest book is Jesus Freak, with Will Stockton, part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Series. His other books include I Will Say This Exactly One Time and Crush. His first chapbook, Catch & Release, won the 2012 Robin Becker Prize from Seven Kitchens. His second chapbook, Brit Lit, a series of poems on Saint Britney Spears, is available from Sibling Rivalry Press. D. is the editor of Lunch and lives in the Missouri Ozarks.
Melanie Musson, Published Insurance Expert
Melanie Musson is the fourth generation in her family to work in the insurance industry. She grew up with insurance talk as part of her everyday conversation and has studied to gain an in-depth knowledge of state-specific car insurance laws and dynamics as well as a broad understanding of how insurance fits into every person’s life, from budgets to coverage levels. She also specializes in automation technology and vehicle safety.
Chris Tepedino, Feature Writer
Chris Tepedino is a feature writer that has written extensively about home, life, and car insurance for numerous websites. He has a college degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and has experience reporting, researching investigative pieces, and crafting detailed, data-driven features.
Laura Walker, Former Licensed Agent
Laura Walker graduated college with a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She married her husband and began working in the family insurance business in 2005. She became a licensed agent and wrote P&C business focusing on personal lines insurance for 10 years. Laura serviced existing business and wrote new business.
She now uses her insurance background to help educate drivers about insurance coverage and state laws as well as provide expert advice to ensure content accuracy.
Karen Condor, Insurance and Finance Writer
Karen Condor is an insurance and finance writer who has degrees in both journalism and communications. She began her career as a reporter covering local and state affairs. Her extensive experience includes management positions in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and online marketing content.
She has utilized her researching, writing, and communications talents in the areas of human resources, finance, technology, and travel. Recently she has delved into the worlds of real estate and insurance by assisting with her family’s real estate company.
Her work has appeared in Atlantic Ride, Carex, CEO Blog Nation, CreditCards.com, Dangerous Roads, Gauge Magazine, The Mortgage Reports, Realtor.com, Realty Biz News, Small Biz Club, US Finance Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Vintage Value Investing.
Imani Francies, Finance and Insurance Writer
Imani Francies is a finance and insurance writer who has strong media and communication skills with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. She began her writing career freelancing with various blogs and internships while working full-time as an early childhood educator. She has significant experience in both print and online media as a writer, editor, and author.
She works efficiently with teams and autonomously across a number of industries. She has utilized her communications, writing, and research skills to expand her expertise in the areas of finance, education, mental health, healthcare, technology, insurance, real estate, and travel.
Peyton Leonard, Published Author & Insurance Expert
Peyton Leonard is an insurance and finance writer living in Colorado Springs, CO. She is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s in English at Thomas Edison State University.
Peyton is the author of “Lyme & Not the Fruit.” She also has experience writing for the business magazine, Productivity Intelligence Institute.
Natasha McLachlan, Content Writer
Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.
Emma Williams, Writer & Researcher
Emma Williams, originally from London, has been published in the London Evening Standard, The Telegraph, London Loves Business, and Country Living.
She has a keen interest in property, U.S. politics, and law but also enjoys writing lifestyle-focused pieces.
Kristine Lee, Licensed Insurance Agent
Kristine Lee is a licensed insurance agent and one of The Zebra’s in-house content strategists. With a background in copywriting, she covers the ins and outs of the home and car insurance industries.
She has been a contributor to numerous publications focused on the nuances of insurance, including on The Points Guy.
Madison Smith, Home Finance Expert
Madison Smith is the leading home finance expert at Best Company. She works to help others make positive financial strides in their lives by providing expert insight on anything from first-time home-buying tips to real estate investing. She has been featured on Forbes, The Lenders Network, Rocket Mortgage, and more.
Follow her on Twitter @maddie_mingus for weekly doses of thought-provoking financial content and a chance to connect!
Benjamin Smith, Content Marketing Strategist
Benjamin Smith is a Content Marketing Strategist for Best Company with an emphasis in home services, health, and wellness.
Brandon Landgraf, Digital Marketing Manager
Brandon Landgraf is a digital marketing manager and content creator for Carex Health Brands, a health and wellness brand whose mission is to improve the lives of others. He enjoys writing content that empowers others to live better, be healthier, and lead happier lifestyles.
Whitney VanNostrand, Home Improvement Writer
Whitney is a home improvement writer for Dickson Plumbing LLC with previous experience as an editor for Upwork. She is a family-oriented person who is studying Psychology at Florida International University.
When she isn’t delving deep into research, editing, writing, or studying, she can be found riding horses. She created an outlet for both her passions in horses and writing with her site, Horse Barn.
Kate Bregovic, Finance Expert
Kate Bregovic has been working in the financial planning and investment services industry for over 10 years. Now being a freelance writer, she is well equipped to provide advice on a wide array of areas.