2015's Top Performers: Benj Gallander


Benj Gallander Image Benj Gallander President, Contra the Heard

In January of this year, we featured our annual Top Picks report, highlighting the favorite stocks from the leading newsletter advisors. Today, we begin a series of interviews with 2015's top performers. Here, we talk with Benj Gallander, editor of Contra the Heard.

Steven Halpern:  Joining us today is value investing expert, Benj Gallander, editor of Contra the Heard. How are you doing today, Benj?

Benj Gallander:  I’m doing just fine today, sir, how about yourself, Steven.

Steven Halpern: Very good. Thank you so much for joining us. At MoneyShow now we’re preparing our 33rd annual Top Picks report in which we ask the nation’s top newsletter advisors for their favorite stocks for the new year. We’re also now reviewing the best performers from 2015, including your top pick from this year, GSE Systems (GVP), which rose 52%. Could you remind our listeners what the company does?

Benj Gallander: Yeah, this is a staffing company and they primarily work in the nuclear industry, oil and gas industry, chemical industry. They also do a lot of training. The company has been around since 1994, so they certainly have a very established track record.  

Steven Halpern: So this seems a bit of a contrarian pick because the energy sector’s had such difficulty, yet this company has done incredibly well.

Benj Gallander:  Yeah, well, it was definitely a contrarian pick. When they had the problems in Japan, the company took a real beating, as you know.

In Japan they stopped their nuclear program.