Peter Schiff, Chairman
Peter is an internationally recognized economist specializing in the foreign equity, currency and gold markets. Mr. Schiff made his name as CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. He frequently delivers lectures at major economic and investment conferences, and is quoted often in the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Barron's, BusinessWeek, Time and Fortune. His broadcast credits include regular guest appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel, as well as hosting his own daily nationally syndicated radio show, The Peter Schiff Show. He is also the author of six bestselling books, including: "Crash Proof," "The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets," "How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes," and the recently released, "The Real Crash (Fully Revised and Updated): America's Coming Bankruptcy."
Michael Freedman, President
Michael has had a long and distinguished career in the financial services industry. Prior to starting Euro Pacific Precious Metals, he was head of Marketing and Corporate Strategy for Euro Pacific Capital. Prior to that, he was Founder and President of the Blanchard Group of Mutual Funds, a company he founded with well-known gold advocate Jim Blanchard. He was a partner in the money management firm Dessauer & McIntyre. Before that, Freedman was President of E.G. Francis, a stock brokerage firm, and member of the New York Stock Exchange. He was also President of a diamond importing company, Gemstone Trading Corporation, and worked overseas for 8 years for a Swiss-based financial services company. Mr. Freedman will be responsible for day-to-day operations of Euro Pacific Precious Metals.
Precious Metals Specialists
Matt attended Cornell University, where he studied business and played varsity football. During his time at Cornell, he found himself challenging the Keynesian economic philosophies put forth by his classmates and professors. He studied Austrian economics on his own, and followed sound money writers such as Peter Schiff. While still in college, he made his first investments in gold and silver. That passion for gold and silver led Matt to pursue a career in the precious metals industry. The day after graduation from Cornell, he co-founded a precious metals company. After a successful start, Matt sold his portion of the company to help care for his ill mother. In addition to being a Specialist, Matt is Office Manager at Euro Pacific Precious Metals and reports directly to the President. Matt was recently wed and serves as one of the founding board members on the NYC board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In his free time Matt enjoys sports, exercise and health food. He was raised in New Jersey.
Robert found his way into finance and hard money economics through his involvement in the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign. As the housing and stock markets began to implode in 2007-08, Dr. Paul’s sober diagnosis and prescription for the US economy drew Robert into the Austrian School of economic thought. He quickly started to read the works of economists such as Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Peter Schiff. With the conviction that sound money is the cornerstone of a free and prosperous society, Robert joined Euro Pacific Precious Metals in August of 2010. Before starting with Euro Pacific Precious Metals, he worked as a Registered Representative for a large US broker/dealer and held FINRA Series 7 & 66 licenses. Hailing from Ohio, Robert graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in English. He enjoys biking, cooking, music, and photography.
Jon started his investment career at Euro Pacific Capital headquarters in Westport, Connecticut, where his experience included work with The Perth Mint Gold Certificate Program. In September 2011, he joined Euro Pacific Precious Metals in midtown Manhattan to continue his passion for sound money and honest, personalized customer service during uncertain economic times. Jon is a student of the Austrian School of economic thought, including a strong critique of current monetary policy and the central banking system. Using both technical and fundamental analysis, Jonathan works closely with his clients to not only build a position but also form an exit strategy when gold ultimately reaches the end of its bull cycle. Jon is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington and holds a FINRA Series 7 license. He enjoys tennis, travel, and trading.
Erik came to the philosophy of free-market economics as many others have, through the 2008 campaign of Congressman Ron Paul. From there, he took up independent study in the fields of economics, monetary theory, politics, and philosophy, drawing from many free-market thinkers, including Henry Hazlitt, Ayn Rand, and G. Edward Griffin. He encouraged his friends and family to purchase physical gold and silver leading up to and following the 2008 financial crisis. Erik left his career in the restaurant industry and joined Euro Pacific Precious Metals in 2010. Outside of the office, Erik is an avid runner and epicure, who continues to cook regularly for friends and family. Erik graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2009 with an AOS in Culinary Arts.
Born and raised in Alabama, Dickson was first introduced to Peter Schiff by his economics professor at Birmingham Southern College. He quickly became a fan and client of Peter’s. After graduating college early, he travelled throughout Central and South America doing missionary work. Upon returning to Alabama, he went to work for his father in the family business, hardwood lumber. Here, Dickson learned firsthand what it takes to run a business. Still, he wished to continue his studies of Austrian School (free market) economics, so Dickson pursued an M.A. under the internationally renowned economist Jesús Huerta de Soto in Madrid, Spain. Upon completion of his studies, Dickson returned to the US to join the team at Euro Pacific Precious Metals. Beyond economics and entrepreneurship, Dickson is a genuine bon vivant. He speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Portuguese, and enjoys sports, travelling, and especially good food and drink.
Michael Finger, Director of Marketing
Mike started his marketing career at Euro Pacific Capital and has been involved with Euro Pacific Precious Metals from its founding in early 2010. A student of philosophy, politics, and economics from an early age, Mike is driven by Euro Pac's mission of helping people diversify out of fiat money and its derivatives. Mike works with the President and Chairman to craft and execute all of Euro Pac Metals' marketing and communications efforts, and is the editor of Peter Schiff's Gold Letter. Mike earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University in 2007. His media credits include Al Jazeera English, Free Talk Live, LewRockwell.com, and the Tulane Hullaballoo.
Elinor Franco, Director of Operations
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Ellie oversees all aspects of daily business administration including customer service, bookkeeping, travel plans, special events, and personnel management for Euro Pacific Precious Metals. Ellie has spent a storied career in administration, finance, and operations, including directly to Michael Freedman for 10 years during his presidency of the Blanchard Group of Funds. She has also served as Chief Administrative Officer for a New York-based hedge fund and a network television advertising organization.
Kay Barnett, Administrative and HR Coordinator
With more than five years of administrative and customer service experience, Kay serves as the administrative point person for management, the sales team, clients, and vendors. In addition, she performs financial and human resources functions including: funds transfer, hospitality, corporate communications, and employee relations. She also works closely with the firm’s accountant in performing basic bookkeeping. Kay joined Euro Pacific Precious Metals in 2009, after receiving her BBA in Marketing and Communications from Bernard Baruch College. She will complete her MBA in Human Resources Management at DeVry University in 2012.
Valerie Alikakos, Staff Accountant
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Valerie recently joined Euro Pacific Precious Metals as a Staff Accountant. She has over 30 years of experience in financial management, which she applies to improve our business practices and strengthen financial control oversight. Prior to working at Euro Pacific Precious Metals, Valerie worked as an Engagement Management Coordinator at Ernst & Young, and then as an Accountant at Innovation Ads. In her free time, Valerie enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, shopping, decorating, and music.