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Our Team

SchiffGold’s Precious Metals Specialists are trustworthy and knowledgeable advisors who understand and share Peter Schiff’s investment philosophy. We believe passionately in the importance of sound money and take pride in helping customers secure their financial future against a global currency crisis.

Offering customers an easy way to invest in precious metals at low prices is of utmost importance to us. Our Specialists are more than happy to explain the different products available, and make recommendations that suit your personal needs.

Peter Schiff, Chairman

Peter Schiff is an internationally recognized economist specializing in the foreign equity, currency and gold markets. Mr. Schiff made his name as President and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. He frequently delivers lectures at major economic and investment conferences, and is quoted often in the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Barron's, BusinessWeek, Time and Fortune. His broadcast credits include regular guest appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel, as well as hosting his own weekly radio show, Wall Street Unspun. He is also the author of the bestselling books: "Crash Proof," "The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets," and the recently released: "Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse".

Michael Freedman, President

Michael has had a long and distinguished career in the financial services industry. Prior to starting SchiffGold, he was head of Marketing and Corporate Strategy for Euro Pacific Capital. Prior to that, he was Founder and President of the Blanchard Group of Mutual Funds, a company he founded with well-known gold advocate Jim Blanchard. He was a partner in the money management firm Dessauer & McIntyre. Before that, Freedman was President of E.G. Francis, a stock brokerage firm, and member of the New York Stock Exchange. He was also President of a diamond importing company, Gemstone Trading Corporation, and worked overseas for 8 years for a Swiss-based financial services company. Mr. Freedman is responsible for day-to-day operations of SchiffGold.

Precious Metals Specialists

Matthew Malleo

Office Manager
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Matt attended Cornell University, where he studied business and played varsity football. During his time at Cornell, he found himself challenging the Keynesian economic philosophies put forth by his classmates and professors. He studied Austrian economics on his own, and followed sound money writers such as Peter Schiff. While still in college, he made his first investments in gold and silver. That passion for gold and silver led Matt to pursue a career in the precious metals industry. The day after graduation from Cornell, he co-founded a precious metals company. After a successful start, Matt sold his portion of the company to help care for his ill mother. In addition to being a Specialist, Matt is Office Manager at SchiffGold and reports directly to the President. Matt was recently wed and serves as one of the founding board members on the NYC board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In his free time Matt enjoys sports, exercise and health food. He was raised in New Jersey.

Jonathan Sosnay

Director of Strategy
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Jon started his investment career at Euro Pacific Capital headquarters in Westport, Connecticut, where his experience included work with The Perth Mint Gold Certificate Program. In September 2011, he joined SchiffGold in midtown Manhattan to continue his passion for sound money and honest, personalized customer service during uncertain economic times. Jon is a student of the Austrian School of economic thought, including a strong critique of current monetary policy and the central banking system. Using both technical and fundamental analysis, Jonathan works closely with his clients to not only build a position but also form an exit strategy when gold ultimately reaches the end of its bull cycle. Jon is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington and holds a FINRA Series 7 license. He enjoys tennis, travel, and trading.

Erik Oswald

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Erik came to the philosophy of free-market economics as many others have, through the 2008 campaign of Congressman Ron Paul. From there, he took up independent study in the fields of economics, monetary theory, politics, and philosophy, drawing from many free-market thinkers, including Henry Hazlitt, Ayn Rand, and G. Edward Griffin. He encouraged his friends and family to purchase physical gold and silver leading up to and following the 2008 financial crisis. Erik left his career in the restaurant industry and joined SchiffGold in 2010. Outside of the office, Erik is an avid runner and epicure, who continues to cook regularly for friends and family. Erik graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2009 with an AOS in Culinary Arts.

Dickson Buchanan Jr.

Director of International Development
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Born and raised in Alabama, Dickson was first introduced to Peter Schiff by his economics professor at Birmingham Southern College. He quickly became a fan and client of Peter’s. After graduating college early, he travelled throughout Central and South America doing missionary work. Upon returning to Alabama, he went to work for his father in the family business, hardwood lumber. Here, Dickson learned firsthand what it takes to run a business. Still, he wished to continue his studies of Austrian School (free market) economics, so Dickson pursued an M.A. under the internationally renowned economist Jesús Huerta de Soto in Madrid, Spain. Upon completion of his studies, Dickson returned to the US to join the team at SchiffGold. Beyond economics and entrepreneurship, Dickson is a genuine bon vivant. He speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Portuguese, and enjoys sports, travelling, and especially good food and drink.

Fabian Gambino

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Fabian was introduced to precious metals investing as a tool for wealth preservation through the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign. Congressman Paul’s stark contrast from the other candidates and his unconventional economic views led Fabian to the Austrian School of Economics and the writings of Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, and Murray Rothbard. He made his first physical precious metals investment when he was 17 and has been actively investing since. Fabian graduated from the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Management with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration & Finance. He enjoys sports, cooking, and piano.

Addison Quale

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Addison has always had a great passion for the ideas of liberty and freedom. To learn more about the free market, he concentrated in economics at Harvard University and came to embrace libertarian thought while studying for a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Peter Schiff’s latest book, The Real Crash, convinced him to finally invest in real money: physical gold. Addison brings a well-rounded perspective to precious metals investing, with work experience at both an investment consulting firm in Boston and a suburban NY church as a Youth Pastor. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America, Addison enjoys spending his free time with his wife, reading and writing about libertarianism and Christianity, and playing soccer for Manhattan Celtic.

Joel Bauman

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Joel is a life-long student of the financial markets and a passionate believer in precious metals. He holds a master's degree in Financial Economics and is a professional foreign currency trader. He has spent hundreds of hours creating and programing a successful financial trading system rooted in technical analysis. Joel started following Peter Schiff after hearing his speech at the 2006 Western Regional Mortgage Bankers Conference, in which Peter correctly forecast the real estate bubble. Peter’s precious metals advocacy, combined with Joel's Austrian-influenced graduate studies, lead Joel to believe in the key economic role and monetary significance of gold and silver. As a volunteer Sunday school teacher, Joel has a natural passion for teaching and sharing truth. In his spare time, Joel enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, swimming, and a good game of croquet.


Michael Finger

Director of Marketing

Mike started his marketing career at Euro Pacific Capital and has been involved with SchiffGold from its founding in early 2010. A student of philosophy, politics, and economics from an early age, Mike is driven by SchiffGold's mission of helping people diversify out of fiat money and its derivatives. Mike works with the President and Chairman to craft and execute all of SchiffGold's marketing and communications efforts. Mike earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University in 2007. His media credits include Al Jazeera English, Free Talk Live,, and the Tulane Hullaballoo.

Elinor Franco

Director of Operations

Ellie oversees all aspects of daily business administration including customer service, bookkeeping, travel plans, special events, and personnel management for SchiffGold. Ellie has spent a storied career in administration, finance, and operations, including directly to Michael Freedman for 10 years during his presidency of the Blanchard Group of Funds. She has also served as Chief Administrative Officer for a New York-based hedge fund and a network television advertising organization.

Valerie Alikakos

Staff Accountant

Valerie is SchiffGold's Staff Accountant. She has over 30 years of experience in financial management, which she applies to improve our business practices and strengthen financial control oversight. Prior to working at SchiffGold, Valerie worked as an Engagement Management Coordinator at Ernst & Young, and then as an Accountant at Innovation Ads. In her free time, Valerie enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, shopping, decorating, and music.