Meet the Team

At ForexBrokers, our team of extraordinary people are passionate about helping consumers, and dedicated to fulfilling our mission. We benefit from decades of collective expertise, and we’re proud of having some of the best writers, editors, data analysts, and content strategists in the business. There’s a reason our coverage is so well-respected in the industry. Get to know our team:

Steven Hatzakis

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

Steven has served as the Lead Writer and Director of Research at since 2016, and at BrokerNotes since 2021.

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 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.

John Bringans

Editor, |

John is the Editor of and An experienced media professional, John brings over six years of experience in key leadership roles at newsroom outlets.

He 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 editorial teams in the production of content across Reink Media Group domains.

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.