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SPEAKER Ahern, Michael Michael Ahern is vice president of operations for Barron's, where he is responsible for coordinating business efforts for the news, advertising, and circulation departments. Prior to moving to Barron's in 1999, Mr. Ahern was director of circulation and planning and customer service for Dow Jones print publications. He has over 19 years' experience in the circulation department at the Wall Street Journal and Barron's. Mr. Ahern has an MBA from the University of Hartford and a BS in mathematics from Western New England College.


SPEAKER Holmes, Frank Frank Holmes is chief executive officer and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors, Inc. He purchased a controlling interest in U.S. Global Investors in 1989 and became the firm's chief investment officer in 1999. Under Mr. Holmes' guidance, the company's funds have received numerous awards and honors, including more than two-dozen Lipper Fund Awards and certificates. In 2006, he was selected mining fund manager of the year by the Mining Journal. Mr. Holmes is also the co-author of The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing. He is engaged in a number of international philanthropies and is a member of the President's Circle and on the investment committee of the International Crisis Group, which works to resolve conflict around the world. Mr. Holmes is also an advisor to the William J. Clinton Foundation on sustainable development in countries with resource-based economies. He is a much sought after keynote speaker at national and international investment conferences. Mr. Holmes is also a regular commentator on the financial television networks CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, and has been profiled by Fortune, Barron's, the Financial Times, and other publications. He is a native of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor's degree in economics. Mr. Holmes is a former president and chairman of the Toronto Society of the Investment Dealers Association.

SPEAKER Mauceli, Jr., Paul Paul Mauceli, Jr. is the president of Reef Securities, Inc. (RSI)--a member of FINRA and SIPC. Since he founded RSI in 1994, Mr. Mauceli has been advising clients and brokers about oil and gas investments. His 15 plus years of experience in oil and gas investments have made him successful in developing and maintaining relationships with clients and broker dealer selling groups. Mr. Mauceli earned his BPA degree from the University of Mississippi and currently holds Series 22 and 63 securities licenses and a Series 39 principal's license. He is also a member of the National Football League Player's Association (NFLPA) Financial Advisor's Program.



SPEAKER Eckard, Troy W. From a small Texas Town and after working for several years as an oil and gas broker, Troy Eckard began to realize there was a need for a company to partner with investors who are looking to diversify their investments and feel empowered and educated when investing. As an investor himself, he knew there was a gap in the market for a company that would personally work on behalf of their clients to acquire tangible, long-term, and cash-flowing assets. Thus, Eckard Enterprises was formed.


SPEAKER Plummer, Mark Mark Plummer is chairman and owner of Chestnut Exploration, Inc. He spent 13 years with Sun Oil Company holding multiple engineering positions in the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas area and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1994, Mr. Plummer founded Chestnut Exploration and Production, an independent oil and natural gas company with operations in the Southwestern United States. He is a registered professional engineer with the state of Texas, and FINRA-registered securities principal. Mr. Plummer holds degrees in biology and biochemistry from the University of Texas-Pan American and in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


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