Meet The Experts

MaryEllen TribbyMaryEllen Tribby

MaryEllen Tribby led the Early to Rise team from May 2006 to January 2010 as Publisher & CEO.

Her extensive publishing experience includes serving as President of Weiss Research, managing divisions of Forbes, Globe Communications, Times Mirror Magazines and Crain’s New York Business.

MaryEllen often speaks on expert panels at industry specific events including SIPA, FIPA and DMA. Read More>>

CraigJon Herring

Jon Herring is the former Health Editor and copywriter for Early To Rise. While his formal education is in finance, Jon has invested over 3000 hours in the study of health and nutrition. He is deeply motivated to provide people with the information and the inspiration to live a long and active life, filled with energy and free from disease.

Jon has also been a student of direct sales and marketing since an early age. Before he was 10 years old, he was selling door to door, and he has been an active entrepreneur ever since. Read More>>

CraigWendy Montes de Oca

Wendy Montes de Oca, MBA is President of Precision Marketing and Media, LLC and publisher of the popular marketing and business building newsletter, Precision Marketing. She is an online marketing and direct response expert with nearly 20 years of experience leading the marketing efforts for top publishers such as Agora/Early to Rise, Weiss Research, and NewsMax as well as Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Chase Manhattan Bank, CitiGroup, and Automatic Data Processing. Read More>>

Bob BlyBob Bly

Bob Bly is an independent copywriter and consultant specializing in business-to-business and direct marketing. He has been hired as a consultant by such companies as Sony, Chemical Bank, J. Walter Thompson, Westinghouse, and Prentice-Hall.

Bob is also the author of more than 50 books including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Direct Marketing (Alpha Books), Targeted Public Relations, Selling Your Services, How to Promote Your Own Business, and Keeping Clients Satisfied. Read More>>

Charlie ByrneCharlie Byrne


Charlie Byrne is Senior Copywriter and Editorial Director for Early to Rise. Charlie spent the earlier part of his business career as a systems analyst, project manager and consultant in New York City for Fortune 100 companies including Philip Morris, Digital Equipment, and Citicorp as well as New York University and Columbia University.

He then spent over ten years at Reuters Ltd and Interealty Corp designing and implementing financial, real estate and news information services. Read More>>

CraigCraig Ballantyne CSCS, M.Sc.

Craig Ballantyne is a Strength & Conditioning coach in Toronto, author of Turbulence Training, a contributing author to Men’s Health magazine, and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Maximum Fitness and Oxygen magazines. Craig’s fat loss, muscle-building website features his best-selling Turbulence Training for Fat Loss program and offers access to all of Craig’s Turbulence Training workouts and video clips (for men, women, mass-building, athletes, and bodyweight-only workouts). Read More>>

John Carlton John Carlton


John Carlton slyly refers to himself as “the most ripped-off copywriter on the Web”, and almost no one on the inside of the online entrepreneurial world disagrees.

His sales copy has been stalked for decades by many of the best marketers both online and offline… and they freely admit using John’s ads as templates for their own breakthrough pitches.

Marketers model John’s hard-hitting copy because it works. Read More>>

Marc CharlesMarc Charles

Marc Charles is often referred to as “The King of Business Opportunities”, and he has launched more than 40 successful businesses over past 22 years (and advised on many more). One business (ad rep agency) produced more than $6 million in sales in 36 months with a start-up budget of less than $2000.

Marc began his Internet adventure in 1993 by reviewing websites for Yahoo! Unplugged, which became a best selling book, online resource and interactive CD. Read More>>

David CrossDavid Cross


Although David hails from Blackpool, England – which is often referred to as the “Las Vegas of England” – he shunned a career in show business and instead followed a meandering career path overflowing with “life’s great experiences,” working or living in over 20 countries along the way. Chef, teacher of Transcendental Meditation, guest presenter on QVC, earthquake relief volunteer, CEO of a web hosting company, marketer at a radio station and all combined with years of direct marketing, PR and sales experience for clients as diverse as health food stores, small charities and right up to multinational public companies. Read More>>

E. Alan Cowgill


E. Alan Cowgill is the owner of Colby Properties, LLC. and President of Integrity Home Buyers, Inc. Alan is a full-time Real Estate Investor, investing in single family and small multi-family properties in Springfield, Ohio.

Since 1995, Alan has bought and sold over 200 investment properties. Alan uses Private Lenders, not banks; to fund his real estate purchases. Read More>>

Robert L. Cox.


The Billionaire In You is a system of principles developed from Bob’s unique experience being involved with four Billionaires over the past 30 years.

As co-founder of the world’s first Home Shopping Channel to working with the largest privately owned hotel chain in the Southeast Bob has answered the question: How can it be that a group of people in the same city, with the same education, opportunity, upbringing and starting bank balance make riches beyond their dreams – and others do not?. Read More>>

edwin huertasEdwin Huertas

Edwin Huertas has been developing and marketing Websites since 1994 as well as testing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) methodologies for many years. He has helped many medium- to large-sized companies around the globe by improving their Web marketing efforts.

Edwin’s background in programming has allowed him to approach Search Engine Optimization from a developer’s perspective. Read More>>

Brian Edmondson


Brian Edmondson is an author, speaker, and Internet entrepreneur specializing in generating website traffic and building responsive email lists. He is also the director of ETR’s Internet Money Club.

After leaving his “Wall Street” job in 2001, Brian found true success and independence through the power of the Internet. He has launched several websites, including one that grossed over $50,000 in sales in the first week and has masterminded many multi-million dollar Internet businesses. Read More>>

Yarixa FerraoYarixa “Coach Yari” Ferrao

Yarixa Ferrao is a Certified Personal Trainer. She was voted “America’s Next Fitness Phenom” in 2008. Coach Yari is an expert in functional training, weight loss, sports performance, and cellulite. She is the founder of Get Fit in 6, a six-week life transformation program for both women and men in Delray Beach, Florida. Coach Yari is the author of the e-book, Cellulite and the Featured Fitness Instructor on Dr. Al Sears World Renowned P.A.C.E Program exercise video. Read More>>

Justin Ford


Justin Ford is an active investor in real estate and global stock markets. He is also a veteran financial writer. He has published, edited and written for over a dozen international investment newsletters, including launching the US version of the Fleet Street Letter, the oldest continuously published newsletter in the English Language.

He is the author of Seeds of Wealth, a program for getting children to adopt good money habits from an early age. Read More>>

John FordeJohn Forde’s


John Forde’s 15-year career as a top copywriter started as an understudy of Bill Bonner and Michael Masterson. Since then, John has written countless winning controls, has generated well over $30 million in sales, and has successfully launched dozens of products. He’s also worked three years as a financial journalist and has written books on wealth building and health, as well as more than 250 articles on copywriting for his popular ezine, The Copywriter’s Roundtable. Read More>>

Andrew Gordon


Andrew Gordon is an editorial contributor for Early To Rise Investor’s Edition. He has 20 years of experience working in infrastructure and environmental projects around the world. When he wasn’t traveling, he taught marketing and finance courses at the state university of Maryland.

Mr. Gordon has authored several books for McGraw Hill and other publishing companies on energy markets, global countertrade practices and the hot growth sectors of China and Russia. Read More>>


Don Hauptman


Don Hauptman was an award-winning independent direct-response copywriter and creative consultant for more than 30 years.

He may be best known for his headline “Speak Spanish [French, German, etc.] Like a Diplomat!” This familiar series of ads sold spectacular numbers of recorded foreign language lessons for Audio-Forum, generating revenues that total in the tens of millions of dollars. In the process, the ad achieved the status of an industry classic. Read More>>

Kelley HerringKelley Herring, B.S., MBA

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. Read More>>

Howie Jacobson


Howie Jacobson is the author of the bestselling book AdWords for Dummies. As marketer Ken McCarthy said, “You couldn’t have put your hands on information like this for less than $5,000.”

Howie will show you – with amazing ease and insight – how to play Google like a violin, turning the sweet sound of clicks into clink. Read More>>

C. NewcastleSrikumar Rao Ph.D.

Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has an M. Phil. in Marketing from the same school in addition to an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His undergraduate training was in Physics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

He conceived the pioneering course Creativity and Personal Mastery. Read More>>

Paul Lawrence


Paul Lawrence is an entrepreneur who has made his living starting and running a series of profitable businesses. One day while cleaning his mother’s pool for a few extra bucks, it dawned on Paul that he could perhaps start his own pool cleaning business. He carefully employed all the marketing techniques that he had learned in school and designed his first flyer. Immediately the business took off and within a week, Paul had his own little business. He quickly expanded, hired employees and then eventually sold it some relatives who made well over $250,000 in the next year before they eventually sold it for a six figure profit. Read More>>

Dave Lindahl


Dave Lindahl has rehabbed over 521 houses in just under 10 years and owns over 2204 apartment units. Starting out as a struggling landscaper with no experience in construction, Dave accepted an opportunity to renovate a foreclosed house for a local bank during the wintertime when there was no landscaping to do in Boston. The job was completed mostly with the advice of relatives and friends who knew how to do the work. Read More>>

Clayton MakepeaceClayton Makepeace


In many of the 34 years since Clayton Makepeace began his career, his marketing brainstorms and sales copy have generated over 100 million dollars in sales for his clients – all told well over a billion dollars so far!

Clayton’s copy has generated as many as TWO MILLION NEW CUSTOMERS for a single product in just 36 months and doubled, tripled – and on four specific occasions, quadrupled – the number of paying customers on his clients house files in as little as a year or two. Read More>>

Alex MandossianAlex Mandossian


Since 1991, Alex Mandossian has generated over $233 million in sales and profits for his clients and partners via’electronic marketing’ media such as TV Infomercials, online catalogs, 24-hour recorded messages, voice/fax broadcasting, Teleseminars, Webinars, Podcasts and Internet Marketing.

Alex has personally consulted Dale Carnegie Training, NYU, 1ShoppingCart Corp.,, Pinnacle Care, Strategic Coach, Trim Spa and many others. Read More>>

Michael Masterson


Michael Masterson has developed a loyal following through his writings in Early to Rise , an e-newsletter published by Agora, Inc. that mentors more than 450,000 success-oriented individuals to help them achieve their financial goals.

Masterson has been making money for himself and others for almost four decades. At one time or another,Michael Masterson (a pen name used by this ultra-successful businessman)has consulted for and advised multi-million dollar companies that wereboth public/private, onshore/overseas, local/international, service-/product-oriented, retail/wholesale/direct mail, and even profit/not-for-profit. Read More>>

C. NewcastleCharles Newcastle “The Money Man”


Charles Newcastle is a lifelong entrepreneur and avid explorer. He is often referred to as a renaissance “money man” because of his ability to bring people, capital and deals together. He has asked that we protect his anonymity so that he may have the freedom to continue discovering contrarian and off wall-street profit opportunities uninterrupted.

Charles began his career as a Commodity and Currency Futures trader back in the 1980’s. Read More>>

Rick PendergraftRick Pendergraft


Inspired by his high school economics teacher, Rick Pendergraft fell in love with the markets at an early age. He entered his first investing competition at 17, and opened his first brokerage account before he finished college. At the age of 23, on the third options trade he had ever placed, Rick turned $1,800 into $22,000 in less than a week, when the company he bought became the target of a takeover. He admits it was a stroke of luck, but it was a memorable education as to the leverage that options can provide.

After a ten year career in banking, Rick decided to pursue trading full-time. To get his foot in the door, he started out in the sales department at Schaeffer’s Investment Research.Read More>>

John PhillipsJohn Phillips


SEO Expert John first cut his teeth in online marketing back in 1996, when he figured out he could use search engines to convert tens of thousands of people looking for credit card debt relief into new credit counseling customers. Since then, John has worked directly and consulted for major clients in the wireless/ telecom, non-profit, and financial publishing sectors, including the last 3 years at Agora Publishing and The Oxford Club, where he beat out the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Motley Fool to secure the # 1 rank on Google, Yahoo and MSN for the coveted keyword, “investment advice.”

He is expert in organic search, pay per click search, and social media strategies, and specializes in acquiring, converting and monetizing web traffic for his clients. Read More>>

Robert RingerRobert Ringer


Robert Ringer is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and host of the highly acclaimed Liberty Education Interview Series, which features interviews with top political, economic, and social leaders. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, The Tonight Show, Today, The Dennis Miller Show, Good Morning America, The Lars Larson Show, ABC Nightline, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has been the subject of feature articles in such major publications as Time, People, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Barron’s, and The New York Times. Read More>>

Al SearsAl Sears, M.D.


Al Sears has written six books and more than 500 articles in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging and nutritional supplementation. He enjoys a worldwide readership of millions spread over 123 countries and has appeared on more than 50 national radio programs, ABC News, CNN and ESPN. In The Doctor’s Heart Cure, Dr. Sears exposes the real causes of the modern epidemic of heart disease with practical how-to advice for building real heart strength and resistance to disease without drugs. It is available in nine languages and remains a bestseller three years after its publication. Read More>>

Alexis SiemonAlexis Siemon

After graduating from Florida State University in 1997, Alexis got started in the golden age of the Internet marketing industry working agency-side where she performed everything from search engine optimization (SEO) to web analytics to media buying for several clients. She then took her expertise client-side managing SEO and pay-per-click (PPC) efforts, as well as other print and interactive marketing initiatives for companies in the financial and software industries. Read More>>

Yanik SilverYanik Silver


Yanik Silver is an established internet marketing expert, having been in business online since 1998. He has numerous internet products to his name, including Instant Internet Profits, Internet Marketing Lab, 21 Mind Motivators, Instant Sales Letters, Million Dollar Emails, Autoresponder Magic, and Instant Marketing Toolbox. Yanik has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland. He is also a frequent guest speaker at internet marketing seminars. Read More>>

Paul SmithsonPaul Smithson

Paul Smithson is the founder of Intellimon and the driving force behind the best-selling XSitePro web site development tool, and the soon to be released XHeaderPro. Since graduating in Business Strategy and Direct Marketing from two of Europe’s leading business schools, Paul has set up five multi-million dollar companies, one of which is now owned by the BBC. His areas of expertise include business strategy, e-commerce, on-line and off-line marketing, software development, and maximizing the potential of on-line businesses. Read More>>

Jeff WalkerJeff Walker

For years Jeff Walker was one of those “under-the-radar” infomarketers who you would only hear occasional rumors about. Since 1996, with little fanfare, he has sold millions of dollars worth of “how to” information (until recently, his primary niche was financial investing and trading.) For years, Jeff’s specialty has been launching new products… and after word got out that he had generated $106,000 in seven days with a new product and a relatively small list, he became a sought-after “hired gun” for rolling out new promotions. Read More>>

Andrew Palmer


Andrew Palmer is an experienced online business builder who pioneered many of the marketing strategies and name accumulation techniques that have since become best practices in the publishing industry. An innovator with a proven track record of successfully managing multi-channel marketing campaigns, this pacesetter has cross-functional expertise in Direct Response Marketing, Email Marketing, List and Relationship Building, Search Engine Optimization (Organic & Paid), Affiliate Marketing, Market Analysis & Competitive Intelligence and Web Analytics & Reporting.

Mr. Palmer founded the position of Director of E-Commerce/Web Marketing for Agora Publishing in 2000. He was brought in to create an Internet business for Bill Bonner’s initial online venture The Daily Reckoning. The incredible success of The Daily Reckoning and Agora e-letters that followed… forever changed direct response publishing. Mr. Palmer was also responsible for all online advertising campaigns, websites, email list accumulation, and reporting & analysis for Agora Financial, until his departure at the end of 2006.

Mr. Palmer is an in-demand expert speaker on “Direct mail on the Web” and the “Free Content Model” of Internet Marketing. He has acquired—this is without exaggeration—more than one million “opt in” names and successfully monetized them online for millions.

A licensed California attorney, Mr. Palmer gave up the practice of law to enter the fast paced field of online/email marketing. Experienced in providing executive level assistance for law firms, non-profits and publishing companies, he deems leadership, management development, and innovation of marketable web initiatives as his strengths. Mr. Palmer has advanced degrees in Law and International Business. His career has taken him throughout Europe and Asia, with extensive time developing new markets in China.

Cameron JohnsonCameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson started his first business at the tender age of nine. By age 12, his company was selling Beanie Babies™ over the Internet and he netted $50,000 that year. At the age of fifteen, he became an advisory board member of a Tokyo-based company and published his autobiography in Japanese which became an instant bestseller.

At the age of 23, Cameron has founded and sold more than a dozen successful businesses and has been featured in more than 250 media outlets worldwide including Newsweek, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, ABC, and MSNBC. He’s served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and is a frequent speaker to a wide-range of audiences including corporate audiences, entrepreneurial boot camps, and even high schools and colleges.

In January, 2007, his new book titled You Call the Shots: Succeed your Way — And Live the Life You Want – With the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship was released by Simon & Schuster and is available in stores worldwide. Cameron resides in Roanoke, Virginia.

Thomas Phelan


Thomas Phelan offers a unique blend of expertise regarding the Self-Directed IRA and 1031 Exchanging including the purchasing of foreign real estate using one or both of the latter. Thomas Phelan’s articles have been published by ETR, Escape Artist, International Living and the Wall Street Journal and he currently speaks on these most important subjects of the Self-Directed IRA and 1031 Exchanging for International Living in Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Buenos Aires to name a few of the countries he has visited. Thomas has been in the real estate and financial business for over 25 years. He began his career with a degree in Law.

He has held a Series 7 Stock Broker’s License while working for Smith Barney in New York. He has held various Insurance Licenses and Real Estate Broker Licenses in California, Colorado, Wyoming and New York. Since 1999 Thomas has been a Certified 1031 Exchange Specialist. He was a Representative for Starker Services and currently represents Asset Preservations, a national 1031 Exchange Intermediary. Thomas conducts IRA and 1031 Exchange Classes for numerous real estate firms including: Coldwell Banker, Re/Max, Century 21, Prudential and ERA. Thomas wrote: “How To Buy And Sell Real Estate And Never Pay Taxes (legally)”©2003“, a definitive work on the dynamics of 1031 Exchanging especially suited for Realtors®. The foreword is written by real estate legend Ron LeGrand who considers Thomas the Leading Expert in the 1031 Exchange field.

In 2002 Thomas created a seminar based on The Myths of the Self-Directed IRA. Soon Thomas was being invited to speak around the country about this most misunderstood and underutilized controversial subject. Thomas created the first Self-Directed IRA/SEP Wealth Building Boot Camp that specifically addresses the issue of what and how Non Traditional items, especially real estate (including foreign real estate) can be placed in a Self-Directed IRA, SEP, Solo 401(k) or the brand new ROTH 401(k). Thomas is editor of ETR’s Million Dollar IRA, 1031, and Instant Tax Relief programs.

BuckBuck Rizvi

Buck Rizvi will show you how to invest time in a business that can actually SELL for a multi-million dollar price tag (if you want) or pass down to your children, creating a true financial DYNASTY. But don’t worry – it can also be making profitable sales within the first couple of DAYS! He’s the only person who can tell you the absolute best way to tap into a gigantic 23.8 BILLION DOLLAR “niche” market!

Richard SchefrenRichard Schefren


Richard Schefren has offline built, run and sold multimillion dollar businesses in the fashion industry, music industry, and the hypnosis industry. He’s been profiled in numerous media including the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNN news, Fox News, and dozens hundreds of other TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. Rich has continued his offline success online.

He currently has over 70 niche specific product sites, and has orchestrated teleseminars with marketers like Jay Abraham, John Cartlon, and many others that individually have grossed as much as $2.5 million. Currently Rich maintains an elite marketing coaching program, where many of today’s top internet marketers and service providers are among his clientele.

James Sheridan’s


James Sheridan’s Instant Internet Income home-study program has been one of the top-selling “how-to” courses on the internet, with over 10,000 satisfied customers! And, no, he didn’t make his money from selling this home-study program… He made some, sure, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared from what he’s made using his internet marketing strategies. In addition to that James’ written work has been changing lives in several countries around the world since 1999.

Not only is he a published author. He is a businessman, real estate investor and a regular successful trader of worldwide currencies, futures and commodities.