Van Eck Global - Since 1955

Investment Teams

Van Eck Hard Assets Investment Team Photo

Van Eck is a recognized global hard assets specialist. We employ 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).

Charles T. Cameron
Charles T. Cameron
  • Joined Van Eck in 1995
  • Oversees all trade execution for Van Eck and specializes in constructing commodity spread and directional trades; responsible for macro analysis with respect to the commodity markets
  • Serves as Co-Portfolio Manager of Van Eck's hard assets strategies
  • From 1989 to 1995, a trader in Eurobond and emerging market debt for Standard Chartered
  • Prior to 1989, traded commodity and fixed income securities for various sell-side firms
  • MBA, Finance, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, 1993; BS, Finance, Boston College, 1982

Shawn Reynolds
Shawn Reynolds
  • Joined Van Eck in 2005
  • Serves as Co-Portfolio Manager of Van Eck's hard assets strategies overseeing company research
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, an energy analyst covering U.S. oil and gas exploration and production companies at Petrie Parkman & Co.
  • From 1991 to 2001, covered North American, European and global energy companies out of New York, Australia and London with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston
  • From 1987 to 1989, an exploration geologist at Tenneco Oil Company
  • Former board member of several private Latin American oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Current President of the Board of Trustees at the Rumson Country Day School; member of the Riverview Medical Center Board of Trustees
  • MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society), Finance, Columbia Business School, 1991; MA (Phi Kappa Phi), Petroleum Geology, University of Texas, Austin, 1987; BS, Engineering, Cornell University, 1985

Joe Foster 2010
Joseph M. Foster
  • Joined Van Eck in 1996 as precious metals mining analyst
  • Serves as Portfolio Manager for Van Eck’s gold strategies; also serves on the investment team for the hard assets strategies
  • From 1992 to 1996, a Senior Geologist at Pinson Mining Company where he managed the on-site geology department, and conceived and implemented a comprehensive exploration program on a 35 square-mile land position. His primary responsibility was to find new gold reserves that could extend the life of the mine
  • From 1988 to 1992, a Mine Exploration Geologist with Pinson Mining Company where he planned and supervised up to 30,000 feet of exploration drilling per year
  • Prior to 1988, an Exploration Geologist with Lacana Gold Inc., Reno, Nevada
  • Has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Wall Street Reporter; appeared on Reuters TV, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV 
  • Published articles in mining journals, including Mining Engineering, Society of Economic Geology, and Geological Society of Nevada
  • MS, Geology, Mackey School of Mines, 1988; MBA, University of Nevada-Reno, 1988; BS (Magna Cum Laude), Geology, Tennessee Technological University, 1982

Imaru Casanova
Imaru Casanova
  • Joined Van Eck in 2011 as senior gold analyst
  • Serves as Senior Analyst for Van Eck's gold strategies; also serves on the investment team for the hard assets strategies
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked as managing director and senior equity research analyst at McNicoll Lewis & Vlak, responsible for establishing their metals and mining research department, with a focus on undercovered and undiscovered precious metals companies
  • Previously covered the gold mining sector as equity research analyst at Barnard Jacobs Mellet USA and BMO Capital Markets
  • Prior to working as a research analyst, was a production technologist, offshore wellsite supervisor, and petroleum engineer for Shell Exploration and Production in Venezuela
  • Has been quoted in Barron's, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and theStreet.com; has appeared on CNBC
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1998; BS (Magna Cum Laude), Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1997

Samuel R. Halpert
Samuel R. Halpert
  • Joined Van Eck in 2000
  • Serves as Senior Analyst for Van Eck's hard assets strategies; specializes in steel, coal, agriculture, paper, tankers, alternative energy and real estate investment industries
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, an analyst/trader for $50 million global macro hedge fund at Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Previously vice president of institutional futures sales at Salomon Smith Barney; covered Steinhardt, Omega, Kingdon Capital, Soros Fund Management and Tudor
  • Started investment career in institutional futures sales at Refco
  • AB, English Literature, Harvard University, 1993

Gregory F. Krenzer, CFA
Gregory F. Krenzer, CFA
  • Joined Van Eck in 1994
  • Serves as Co-Portfolio Manager for Van Eck's commodities strategies
  • Also serves as risk manager for Van Eck's hard assets strategies; specializes in trade construction with experience in commodities, natural resource equities and global fixed income
  • From 1993 to 1994, an investment researcher for high net worth group at Merrill Lynch
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS (Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society), Finance/Economics, Syracuse University, 1994

Charl P. de M. Malan
Charl P. de M. Malan
  • Joined Van Eck in 2003 as precious metals and mining analyst
  • Serves as Senior Analyst for Van Eck's hard assets strategies; also serves on the investment team for the gold strategies
  • From 2000 to 2003, an equity research sales analyst specializing in South African mining, natural resources and financial sectors at JPMorgan Chase; also actively involved in merger of BHP Billiton, SAB Miller and unbundling of Iscor Steel/Kumba Resources, as well as capital raisings and the NYSE listings of Harmony Gold, Gold Fields and Telkom SA
  • From 1997 to 2000, an equity research analyst and junior portfolio manager at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (Asset Management), South Africa; developed and applied various fundamental and quantitative models within the natural resources, mining and consumer sectors; in charge of establishing an equity research department and ultimately managing Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (Asset Management), Namibia
  • MBA, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 1999; Honours in Business Administration, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 1997; BA, Arts, University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1992

Mark Miller
Mark A. Miller
  • Joined Van Eck in 2007
  • Serves as Analyst for Van Eck's hard assets strategies; specializes in oil services, seismic and E&P, with a focus on the energy sector external to the U.S.
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, high-yield analyst for Bear Stearns & Co.; director and financial analyst for US West; petrophysicist for Dresser Atlas (Baker Hughes' predecessor); and field engineer for Schlumberger
  • MBA, Finance, University of Denver, 1987; MA, International Studies, University of Denver, 1987; BS, Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1974

Roland Morris
Roland Morris Jr.
  • Joined Van Eck in 2012
  • Serves as Co-Portfolio Manager for Van Eck's commodity strategies
  • Earlier career experience includes thirty years in the financial services industry as a macro/commodities trading specialist; manager of futures clearing and execution services; and client relationship management
  • BA, Economics, University of Vermont, 1980

Alan Shih
Alan Shih
  • Joined Van Eck in 2013
  • Serves as Analyst for Van Eck's hard assets strategies, focusing on metals and mining
  • Prior to his current role, worked at Van Eck as a summer associate, 2012
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, held an MBA internship as a venture financial analyst working with startups in the mobile, tech, and entertainment industries at Pulse Advisory
  • Earlier career experience includes equity trader for Opus Trading Fund; FX dealer for FXCM and fixed income broker at Hennion & Walsh
  • MBA, Finance and Accounting, Fordham University, 2013; BA, Statistics, Rutgers University, 2004

Veronica Zhang
Veronica Zhang
  • Joined Van Eck in 2013
  • Serves as Analyst for Van Eck's hard assets strategies; focusing on industrials
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked in equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covering the machinery, E&C, and transportation sectors
  • Earlier career experience includes database consulting for G2, a branch of WPP, in the Corporate Finance division
  • BA, Economics and Statistics, Columbia University, 2010

Luke Desmond
Luke Desmond, CFA
  • Joined Van Eck in 2006
  • Responsible for assisting in trading and execution orders, performing research, maintaining performance valuations and other portfolio management tasks
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked in the equity research sales group at Jefferies & Company, Inc.
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS, Finance, Babson College, 2006
     

Christopher Mailloux
Christopher Mailloux, CFA
  • Joined Van Eck in 2007
  • Responsible for researching portfolio performance and attribution, and other portfolio management tasks for the investment team
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked as a global data analyst at Bloomberg
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS, Finance, Lehigh University, 2007