About Us

Our Mission

TraditionalIRA.com aims to explain and simplify the complicated world of retirement savings. Our focus is on IRAs, a tool with important tax savings if used properly.

We've assembled a team of editors, writers and technology experts that have worked at Kiplinger's, The Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Smart Money, Intuit, Microsoft and Yahoo amongst many others.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Executive Team

Erik Budde, CEO

Erik is a technology and product expert with more than 15 years experience in Silicon Valley. In his early years, Erik did financial consulting for Cornerstone Research, business development for Microsoft and product management for Excite@Home, Intuit and Yahoo. More recently, Erik served as COO of a consumer lead generation company Trouve Media (sold to Bankrate) and founder of AboutAirportParking.com. In its first two years, AboutAirportParking.com completed nearly 200,000 reservations representing over $10 million in partner revenue before being sold to Oversee.net. Erik has a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.

Scott Persinger, CTO

Scott is an experienced entrepreneur and engineering manager. He was co-founder and CTO of Alier, Inc. (sold to Active Software, later acquired by webMethods). He was VP of Engineering for consumer websites Vodpod and GoFish. Scott has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Beth Franklin, Executive Editor

Mary Beth is a true expert in retirement planning. She is currently also Contributing Editor at Investment News and co-host of RLTV's The Advisors program. Previously, Mary Beth was a senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and editor of the Kiplinger’s annual Retirement Planning Guide where she won multiple awards. Before joining the Kiplinger staff in 1998, Franklin was a syndicated columnist and her work where she wrote for the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. She is a frequent guest on PBS’s WealthTrack with Consuelo Mack and has appeared on NBC's Today show, Meet the Press, the CBS Early Show, CNN and CNBC. Mary Beth has a B.A. in communications from American University, in Washington, D.C.


Kelly Spors

Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and former Wall Street Journal reporter specializing in personal finance, small business and environmental sustainability. Since leaving the Journal, Kelly has written for a wide range of publications including The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, SmallBizTrends.com and Yahoo! Kelly has a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Minneapolis.