The 5th Annual Plutus Awards: Recap

Another FinCon is in the books, along with another Plutus Awards. Each year, the Plutus Awards grows bigger, requiring the help of more volunteers, and featuring a more interesting show.This year, the Plutus Awards was the last event of FinCon, and it was an honor to close out the conference by recognizing some of the best of the personal finance blogosphere.Ashley Jacobs

We were sad to see Kevin McKee go as our emcee, but Ashley Jacobs from Wise Bread did a great job taking on the role. Not only that, but we received an encore of her rap skills from last year as she performed, live with Matt Giovanisci, the parody “Can’t Get Enough.” Matt’s performance was high energy, and a number of Plutus Awards audience members rushed to the front to dance in front of the stage. Because the music video was released ahead of time, the audience was prepared to sing along, and it was a lot of fun — and a great way to kick off the show.

Ashley was a great emcee, filling her role with poise and humor. The presenters were great as well, telling jokes and having fun on the stage. There were some great moments as winners came up to receive their trophies and collect their gift bags.

One of the great pleasures of the evening was to watch Jim Wang, the founder of Bargaineering, receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Along with his fellow finalists, Jim has done a lot for the personal finance blogging community. He is one of the earliest personal finance bloggers and, even though he sold his site some time ago, Jim has remained active in the community, and continues to be involved in finance-related projects.

Lifetime Achievement

Another nice touch for the Plutus Awards was the “community updates” video shared by Ashley. Many of our peers have experienced changes in their lives this year. From weddings to childbirths to cross-country moves, life outside the blogosphere goes on. Sharing these moments, though, allows us to make deeper connections in the community, and that’s what the Plutus Awards ceremony is all about.

As the Awards show, which was sponsored by USAA, drew to a close, the anticipation built to see who would win the Blog of the Year and People’s Choice awards. Both of these are prestigious awards that many in the personal finance blogging community are interested in learning the results of. Blog of the Year went to Mr. Money Mustache. His unique brand of personal finance blogging has engendered rabid fans, and it’s no real surprise to that he won this award. The People’s Choice award is determined strictly by popular vote, and this year’s winner was Financial Mentor.

Blog of the Year

Overall, we’re pleased about the support from the personal finance blogging community, as well as the partnership with Philip Taylor and the entire FinCon crew. This is another one for the books, and we hope to see you all again next year.

Our official photographer for the evening was Kevin Cash from Phroogal. Check out his pictures from the ceremony below. In a few weeks, we’ll have videos from the night as well.

Thank You to Our Gift Sponsors!

Last weekend, the Plutus Awards were presented at FinCon in New Orleans. We had a great time, and we had our most diverse group of winners. Each of the winners received a trophy, and a gift bag.

Plutus Bags

While the gift bags were sponsored by Scottrade, they were filled with gifts from other companies. These companies offer some cool gifts for the attendees, and we are grateful to them. Here are this years gift sponsors:

  • Quizzle: Chromecast
  • Vanguard: Coffee mug and coffee
  • H&R Block: Kansas City BBQ rub, wrist band with flash drive, playing cards
  • Kapitall: T-shirt
  • Betterment: T-shirt
  • Ally: Power brick
  • Bankrate Insurance: Power brick
  • WordPress: Buttons and sunglasses
  • Broken Eggs: Megaphone and film

This is a great chance to provide something awesome to some of the most influential bloggers in the personal finance space.

Thanks to all the gift sponsors!

Thank You to Our Plutus Awards Volunteers!

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at the Plutus Awards. We have a great team put together, and our Blogger Panel makes tough decisions.

However, with another Plutus Awards completed we want to acknowledge the hard work that goes on during the ceremony to make this even happen. We’d like to thank our volunteers who give their time and effort to help us make the Plutus Awards the great production that it is:

Host and Emcee: Ashley Jacobs

Entertainment: Matt Giovanisci

Audio/Visual: Justin Bufkin, Mike Delgado

Presenters: Stephanie Halligan, Stephanie Cameron, Eric Rosenberg, Wending Poling, J.D. Roth, Martin Dasko, Luke Landes, Scott Halliwell, Donna Freedman, Abby Freedman Perry, Kay Bell, Kylie Ofiu, David Weliver, Tom Drake, Jeff Rose

Stage Manager: Miranda Marquit

Assistant State Manager: Mel

Trophy Master: Paula Pant

Swag Master: Crystal Stemberger

Swag Assistants: Ashley Barnett, Joe TaxPayer

Live Tweeting: Sofia

Live Facebook: Rebecca Stapler

Stage Hands: Jacobe Wade, Shannyn Allen

Ushers: Maria Nedeva, Robert Farrington, Michelle Schroeder, Lance Cothern

Assistants/Runners: Joshua Sheets, Bryan

Photographer: Kevin

Floaters: Jim Wang, Glen Craig

Happy Hour Drink Tickets: Athena Lent, Jana Lynch, Mark Greutman, Lauren Greutman

Plutus Awards Sponsor Profile: USAA

One of the companies known for its ease of use and friendliness is USAA.

The company has long been a pioneer in consumer-centric financial products and services. We are pleased that USAA is our headlining sponsor this year for the Plutus Awards.

It’s been an exciting season so far, and there are only a few more days left until we present the Plutus Awards live in New Orleans to help close out FinCon14. Hope to see you there!

More About USAA:

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