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
  • Co-Portfolio Manager for the Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Oversees the Hard Assets Equity team; responsible for macro analysis and portfolio construction including exposure management and sector positioning
  • Directs trade execution, specializing in commodity spread construction and directional trades; also oversees trading for Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Investment Management Team member since 1995
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, a trader at Standard Chartered; specialized in Eurobond and emerging markets fixed income securities
  • Formerly held trading positions at various sell-side firms; specialized in commodity and fixed income securities
  • MBA, Finance, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; BS, Finance, Boston College

Shawn Reynolds
Shawn Reynolds
  • Co-Portfolio Manager for the Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Oversees the Hard Assets Equity team; responsible for company analysis; specializes in energy companies
  • Investment Management Team member since 2005
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, an energy analyst at Petrie Parkman & Co.; covered U.S. oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Previously an analyst at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers (Australia), and Credit Suisse First Boston (London); covered North American, European, and global energy companies
  • Formerly 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
  • Media appearances include CNBC; quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others
  • Contributing author for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists 
  • MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society), Finance, Columbia Business School; MA (Phi Kappa Phi), Petroleum Geology, University of Texas, Austin; BS, Engineering, Cornell University

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; appeared on Reuters, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV 
  • Published articles in mining journals, including Mining Engineering, 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
  • Senior Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Agriculture, Coal, Steel, Tankers, and Timber
  • Investment Management Team member since 2000
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, 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
  • Earlier career experience includes institutional futures sales at Refco
  • Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Markets, and USA Today, among others
  • AB, English Literature, Harvard University

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
  • Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Energy (external to the U.S.) with focus on Oil Services, Seismic, and E&P
  • Investment Management Team member since 2007
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, Associate Director for Bear Stearns & Co. leading coverage of Latin American and Asian high-yield bonds in the telecommunications sector
  • Previously a director and financial analyst for US West
  • Formerly a petrophysicist for Dresser Atlas (Baker Hughes' predecessor); headed well log data analysis center covering the Rocky Mountains, California and Alaska; established and managed Saudi Arabian data analysis center
  • Earlier career experience includes field engineer for Schlumberger
  • MBA, Finance, University of Denver; MA, International Studies, University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS); BS, Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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
  • Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Metals and Mining
  • Investment Management Team member since 2013
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, 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 at Opus Trading Fund; FX dealer at FXCM, and fixed income broker at Hennion & Walsh
  • MBA, Finance and Accounting, Fordham University; BA, Statistics, Rutgers University

Veronica Zhang
Veronica Zhang
  • Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Industrials and Alternative Energy
  • Investment Management Team member since 2013
  • 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 (branch of WPP), in the corporate finance division
  • BA, Economics and Statistics, Columbia University

Luke Desmond
Luke Desmond, CFA
  • Trader for the Global Hard Assets strategy; also supports trading for Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Responsible for trading and execution orders, performing research, maintaining performance valuations and other portfolio management tasks
  • Investment Management Team member since 2006
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, held an equity research sales position at Jefferies & Company, Inc. (London and NY)
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS, Finance, Babson College
     

Christopher Mailloux
Christopher Mailloux, CFA
  • Trader for the Global Hard Assets strategy; also supports trading for the Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Responsible for trading and execution orders, researching portfolio performance and attribution, and other portfolio management tasks
  • Investment Management Team member since 2010
  • Prior to his current role, held a portfolio administration position at Van Eck Global; settled trades and maintained cash and portfolio positions
  • Previously a global data analyst at Bloomberg
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS, Finance, Lehigh University