Our Story

For years, we watched people we know and love get stressed out making financial decisions. As experts in credit, business, and finance, we spent a lot of time guiding them through those moments, helping them identify the services they needed and the credit they deserved. Ultimately, we knew there had to be a better, more sustainable way to help.

So, in 2005, we started CompareCards.com with a simple goal: to help our friends, families, and people just like you make smarter, more informed, healthier financial decisions – and replace all that stress with knowledge and peace of mind.

We do it providing easy to use, objective tools and resources that help you do everything from make side-by-side credit card comparisons and manage your credit health to plan for your child’s education.

Along the way, we realized that if we partnered with educators and parents, we could help kids in primary, middle, and high school learn how to make healthy financial decisions – and empower generations of kids, parents, and communities to make wise choices, achieve their goals, and build their financial independence. Turns out the world’s greatest investments are always the ones we make in each other.

We Believe

Best Offers

We show you the best credit card offers available so our visitor’s don’t have to search through pages of terms and conditions.

Credit Education

Financial education in America’s school systems is almost non-existent. In order to slow down and eventually stop America’s debt crisis, we believe we need to start early in educating our youth about financial education by providing free financial lesson plans for educators and parents alike.

Credit Responsibility

Consumers should practice responsible debt management in order to maintain an excellent credit score by living within their means and never pay their bills late.

Community

The best feedback comes from consumers who have learned by experience. We welcome credit card reviews and other helpful feedback to share with our visitors.

Approach

A Mission To Start Early

In America’s school systems, less than 20% of educators feel confident to teach courses on financial education. We sincerely believe that by introducing financial education early on that our nation’s debt can begin to shrink. We are committed to producing factual materials that will lead to good credit management and steer our future borrowers away from debt. We remain passionate about continuing to sponsor and develop initiatives that help encourage financial literacy.

History

2014

Credit Concierge helps users actively monitor their credit health with free access to their credit score.

Concierge logo

FLY Logo We launched our official FLY program to offer $20,000 in grants to improve financial education among our nation's youth.

2013

A tablet version of the site is launched to embrace the shift in user devices.

2012

Non-Profit group Consumer Action names CompareCards.com as top credit card comparison website.

2011

After significant growth, CompareCards.com becomes the #2 comparison website for credit cards.

2010

CompareCards.com launches a new website design and integrates with network APIs

2009

Credit card issuers scale back consumer incentives to address the increase in delinquencies due to the financial crisis.

2008

CompareCards.com begins reaching more consumers through display and video advertising.

2007

The company surpasses over 300,000 unique visitors.

2006

CompareCards.com offers users the ability to save credit cards and compare side by side.

2005

CompareCards.com is launched as an online credit card index service.

Team

Chris Mettler

Founder and President

Mettler is responsible for the overall business operations of the company. Prior to working in the financial services industry, Chris was a Business Unit Manager for Illinois Tool Works, a global Fortune 200 company. In 2000, he sold a comparison search software company to Q-Interactive, now a leading consumer savings destination. Mettler is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA in Business Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. While attending business school, he created CompareCards.com to help consumers make sense out of the ever-expanding landscape of credit card offers. Mettler is also the founder of Iron Horse Holdings Co, an Internet marketing company focused on growing internet based businesses by driving end-user value in vertical markets.

Jeff Meyer

CIO, Head of Development

Meyer is responsible for developing and overseeing the technology that drives CompareCards.com. Prior to his career in software development, Jeff held a fascination for the intricacies of commerce and negotiation that led him to open his first retail business at the age of 15. The boom of online auction marketplaces in the late nineties fostered his multi-year shift from brick-and-mortar to online retail and his eventual success as a software engineer and web development consultant. Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in Information and Decision Sciences from UI, Chicago and has recently founded GoCollect - a value analytics platform for the antique and collectible markets.

Chris Thompson

VP of Operations

Chris is CompareCards.com’s newest team member. As VP of Operations, he oversees the running of the business and manages new projects and initiatives. Chris joined CompareCards from the City of London, where he ran the precious metals sales and trading business for a major Japanese trading house. He studied at the universities of Cambridge and London and moved to Charleston with his family in 2016.

John Chanthana

Lead Front End Developer and Designer

John is responsible for CompareCards.com design and front end coding. John received his Film/Video degree from Columbia College of Chicago and has worked as a video game artist prior to becoming a designer and front end developer. He is an illustrator and fine artist at heart and uses those skills to help him create engaging and informative user interfaces and designs.

Thomas Donaldson

Senior Credit Specialist & Web Editor

Thomas is a credit card expert who uses credit cards to accumulate over a million points and miles each year, allowing him to travel for practically free. Thomas is responsible for CompareCards.com’s site content, including the CompareCards blog, and for maintaining compliance across CompareCards.com. Whether it's finally paying off their credit card debt or maximizing credit card rewards, Thomas loves helping consumers make informed decisions about the plastic they carry in their wallet. After graduating from Clemson University, Thomas moved back to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina where he worked in fundraising before joining the CompareCards team.

Conor Keenan

Media Director & Compliance Officer

Conor is responsible for overseeing compliance functions and various digital media channels for CompareCards.com. Prior to his career in digital marketing, Conor wanted to be a video game designer / engineer for Nintendo. He now designs digital marketing campaigns and experiences to keep consumers informed about the ever-changing world of finance. Conor holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University and is currently studying for an MBA in Marketing at the University of Michigan. When he is not behind a computer, you can find Conor on an adventure exploring the Midwest or camping in one of America's National Parks.

Ersan Sano

Senior Software Engineer

Ersan is responsible for software development at CompareCards.com.

When not developing, he enjoys browsing the Internet, watching sports, listening to nineties music and, most of all, spending time with his two energetic daughters, wife and mom.

Ersan holds a Master of Information Systems Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. He is well-versed in number of spoken and programming languages, and is modern-day nomad, having lived in eight cities and four countries.

Andrew Liwanag

SEO & Native Advertising

Andrew is responsible for organic search and native advertising for CompareCards.com.

After attending NIU Andrew learned about the digital marketing industry with a focus on SEO. Currently, he focuses on building campaigns for native advertising.

Outside of digital marketing, he enjoys competitive basketball and going to different sporting events. He currently teaches SEO at Startup Institute Chicago.