Investment Teams

Van Eck Hard Assets Investment Team Photo
VanEck is a recognized hard assets specialist, and the hard assets team employs a fundamental, value-oriented approach within a strong risk-management culture. Hard assets investing is our core competency, and it is supported by a dedicated team of investment professionals that includes three formally trained geologists (Reynolds, Foster, and Miller).
Marc Freed
Marc Freed
  • Portfolio Manager for the Quantitative Strategies
  • Oversees the Liquid Alternatives team; responsible for company research, stock selection, and portfolio construction
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Developed the True Alpha® rating and ranking methodology, patented in 2010
  • Prior to joining VanEck, managed fund of hedge fund portfolios at Lyster Watson & Co (New York)
  • Previously co-founded Deutsche Bank’s Franchise Finance Group; developed proprietary fixed income pricing models; structured commercial mortgage transactions
  • Formerly ran Salomon Brothers' NY trading desk for U.S. Government zero coupon bonds (CATS® and STRIPS®); created and managed Salomon’s UK Gilt trading desk (London); managed the European government bond trading desk of Morgan Grenfell (London)
  • PhD Candidate (ABD), Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • MS, Management, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA, Mathematics and Economics, Brown University
  • Visiting Professor of Economics, Union College, 2001-2002

John Lau
John Lau
  • Analyst for the Quantitative Strategies
  • Responsible for portfolio analytics and research
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior to his current role, served as settlements supervisor and administrator at VanEck
  • BS, Business Administration (concentration in Financial Analysis), SUNY Buffalo

David Schassler
David Schassler
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Long/Short Equity strategy
  • Previously served as Director of Manager Research and Investment Committee Member for VanEck's multi-manager alternatives strategies; responsible for manager search and selection of alternative investment strategies
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior to joining VanEck, served as Director and Portfolio Manager within the UBS Portfolio Strategy Group; responsible for a multi-manager portfolio of assets for domestic-based clients
  • Earlier career experience includes sales and client relationship roles at Oppenheimer & Co. and Georgeson, Inc.
  • MBA, Finance, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; BS, Business Economics, Cortland College

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott
  • Investment Management Team member since 2009
  • Prior to joining VanEck, founding member and principal of Explorer Alternative Management LLC, a hedge fund manager search and selection firm
  • Previously founded Highland Partners LLC; served as managing general partner of The Highlander Fund and the Highlander Opportunity Fund LP
  • Founding member and the general partner of the Pinnacle Fund, a multi-manager investment limited partnership.
  • BS, Administration, University of Florida