Gerri is considered one of the country’s top experts on consumer and small business credit.. Her first book, The Ultimate Credit Handbook was named one of the top five personal finance books of the year by Money magazine when it was released. She is also the co-author of Invest In Yourself: Six Secrets to a Rich Life and Reduce Debt, Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis.
Gerri has been interviewed in thousands of radio, television, and print news stories, including USA Today, The Wall Street
Journal, The New York Times, Dateline NBC, The Today Show and many others. She has testified before Congress and worked on reform of the national credit reporting laws.
She holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education/Psychology from Norwich University and a B.A. in International Business/Political Affairs from Taylor University.
About Co-author Mary Reed
Mary Reed is a personal finance writer who writes about consumer money and legal issues in her own name and also ghost writes books and magazine articles on those topics for clients. To date, she has written or ghostwritten 21 books. In addition, Mary has written for Good Housekeeping, Home Office Computing Magazine, Small Business Computing Magazine, Hispanic Business and other national publications.
Mary also owns MR•PR, a public relations and marketing firm. Her services include planning and implementing national public relations campaigns, developing marketing plans, branding, press kit development, events planning, web site development and assistance with social media. Her clients have included book publishers, individual authors, attorneys, financial planners, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, hotels, restaurants and nonprofits, among others. She has secured attention for her clients from such media as Power Lunch (CNBC), Good Morning America (ABC), NBC News, Market Watch (American Public Radio), Morning Edition (NPR), Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Street.com, USA Today, Newsweek, Redbook, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Inc., Money, Entrepreneur, and many others.
Prior to establishing MR•PR, Mary was vice president of marketing for a national market research firm, director of marketing for a women’s health organization, and public relations manager for Texas Monthly Magazine and Texas Monthly Press. She also worked as a legislative aide for an Austin, Texas city council member and as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. and for Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA.
Mary has a Masters in Business from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C.