Meet The Team

We have gone to great lengths to put together an exceptional team of extraodinary people at BrokerNotes who are passionate about helping consumers. We’re proud of having some of the best writers, editors, and strategists in the business. Don’t believe us, read below to learn about each of the key contributors to

Steven Hatzakis
Lead Writer, | Global Director of Online Broker Research, |

Steven is the Lead Writer and Director of Research at BrokerNotes since 2021, and at since 2016.

Steven has been gathering accolades and credentials in the finance industry for over 20 years. He’s served as a registered commodity futures representative for both domestic and internationally regulated brokerages, and he’s held a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) for over ten years.

He’s published over 1,000 articles covering the forex industry, and he has been writing about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for almost ten years. Steven continues to contribute to open-source technology, consumer education, and self-regulatory initiatives. Read more about Steven.

Joey Shadeck
Content Strategist, | SEO & Research Analyst, |

Joey is the Content Strategist and Research Analyst at BrokerNotes. He has nearly ten five years of experience in the finance industry, and he uses his expertise to obtain and verify data, conduct research, and analyze and validate our content. He has been an active trader and investor for close to ten years, and holds dual degrees in Finance and Marketing from Oakland University. Read more about Joey.

Jessica Hoelscher
Global Director of Data, | Reink Media Group

Jessica is the Global Director of Data for BrokerNotes, and for Reink Media Group’s portfolio of websites. She has worked in the finance industry for over 15 years.

Jessica maintains the numerous databases that feed the company’s proprietary algorithms (such as Trust Score). An industry veteran, she has worked in the finance industry for over 15 years, and previously held Series 7, 66, 9, 10, 4, and 24 licenses. Read more about Jessica.

John Bringans
Editor, |

John is the Editor of and, bringing nearly six years of experience holding key leadership roles at newsroom outlets, and is is a seasoned media professional and excellent wordsmith.

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and has a fast growing knowledge base of the financial services industry.

John helps ensure that articles are accurate, clear, and concise, while assisting the research and editorials teams in the production of content across Reink Media Group domains. Read more about John.

Blain Reinkensmeyer
Co-founder, Partner | Reink Media Group

Blain is Co-founder and Partner at Reink Media Group. Blain is widely respected as a leading expert on the U.S. online brokerage industry, and remains the Director of Research at Over his career as a trader and expert voice on the investment industry, Blain has drawn inspiration from his conversations with everyday traders and industry leaders alike, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Read more about Blain.