Consumer Champion Clark Howard to Address #FinCon16, the Largest Collection of Personal Finance Nerds Ever Assembled

August 24, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
August 24, 2016 - FinCon, the premier financial media conference, is pleased to announce it will be hosting its sixth annual event in San Diego this year. The conference will be held Sept. 21-24, featuring keynote speakers such as radio host and consumer champion Clark Howard, social media expert Kim Garst, and AppSumo founder Noah Kagan.

Howard has a national radio show, and has been on the air almost 30 years. He's also a best-selling author of 10 books, including "Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul" and "Get Clark Smart." He will be the first keynote speaker, kicking off the event on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Garst is a social media strategist and CEO of Boom Social, an agency that helps businesses grow their social media presence. She's also the author of "Will The Real You Please Stand Up: Show, Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media." She will deliver her talk on Friday, Sept. 23.

Kagan became famous for helping to launch the budget website He now leads AppSumo, which provides tools and resources to help business owners grow their email list, track their conversions and increase their web traffic. Kagan has presented at FinCon before, and said he always has a great time at the event. He will close out the festivities as the final speaker on Saturday, Sept. 24.

"The attendees are amazingly friendly and shockingly helpful," he said. "Everyone there truly wants each other to achieve. It's the one conference I look forward to every year."

The conference includes panels and collaborative sessions on creating better financially related content - writing, blogging, vlogging, and podcasting. This year, FinCon will exceed 1,000 participants for the first time and will have more than 75 partnering organizations and exhibitors. Key partners include Ally Financial, which has been involved with the conference since its inception, and new partner Fiverr. You can see the rest of the sponsor list at

"Ally is pleased to again be a lead sponsor of FinCon this year, helping to bring together the most influential digital and social content creators in the personal finance space," said Andrea Riley, chief marketing officer at Ally. "It's exciting to be a part of the growth of this event, and to collaborate with others that share Ally's focus on empowering consumers with personal finance news, resources, tips and tools."

FinCon will also bring back the FinTech Startup Competition for the second consecutive year, in which fintech companies present and compete for the top spot. The first place winner will receive promotion on, a review on, a complimentary booth and two passes for #FinCon17, and a $4,000 cash prize. Second place will get a $1,000 cash prize.

Registration is currently open, with regular tickets available for $449 and Pro Pass tickets available at $599. The pro-pass includes an extra networking session with speakers and panelists and "pro networking" with brands.

FinCon will be held immediately after the XY Planning Conference - designed for financial planners interested in helping Gen X and Gen Y - as well as Digital Colab, a conference to help media entrepreneurs succeed in their online business. All three conferences will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel/Marina.

The seventh annual Plutus Award, the Oscars of personal finance media, will be held the last evening of FinCon and will honor the best in the field. Some of the categories include Best Entrepreneurship Blog, Best Financial Planner Blog, and Best Personal Finance Podcast.

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