Board of Directors

Board of Directors

John N. Braca


John Braca is a financial executive with a strong track record in accounting, audit committee, portfolio management, venture capital fundraising, as well as financial and operational management. He has served as a Director and board observer for development companies over the course of his career. Mr. Braca has also served as an active member of both Audit and Compensation Committees for both public and private companies and has led several of the public companies as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Braca has been a Director of Sevion Therapeutics since October 2003. Since April 2013, Mr. Braca has been the President and sole proprietor of JNB Consulting, which provides strategic business development counsel to high growth companies. From August 2010 through April 2013, Mr. Braca had been the executive director controller for Iroko Pharmaceuticals. From May 2005 through March 2006, Mr. Braca was also consultant and advisor to GlaxoSmithKline management in their research operations. From 1997 to April 2005, Mr. Braca was a general partner and director of business investments for S.R. One, Limited, the venture capital subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline. Mr. Braca is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Braca received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Saint Joseph's University.

Edward Karr

President, CEO, and Director

Edward Karr is the founder of several investment management and investment banking firms based in Geneva, Switzerland and has been active in the natural resource industry for years. Mr. Karr was a Founder and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pershing Gold Corp (PGLC _ Nasdaq). Mr. Karr is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Levon Resources (LVN - TSX) In 2004, Futures Magazine named Mr. Karr as one of the world's Top Traders. He is a past contributor to CNBC and has been quoted in numerous financial publications. Mr. Karr worked for Prudential Securities in the United States and has been in the financial services industry for over twenty years.

Timothy M. Janke


Tim Janke is the Chief Operating Officer of Pershing Gold Corporation. Janke is a seasoned mining professional with over four decades experience in mining engineering and operations and a proven track record in leading teams to succeed in mine startups. He was formerly COO for AuEx Ventures, Inc. where he was responsible for operations planning and development of the Long Canyon Project. His extensive Nevada operational experience includes holding the position of General Manager at the Marigold, Florida Canyon, Ruby Hill, and Pinson mines as well as Special Projects Engineer at the Round Mountain Mine.  Through his extensive work history Janke and his teams have received multiple awards and accolades including the world's first International Cyanide Code Certification, Nevada Mining Association safety awards in 2001 and 2007 and State of Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation awards in 2000 and 2007. While managing the operation of the Pinson Mine in Winnemucca, NV he eliminated over half of the $12 million closure reclamation liability while operating without a lost-time accident ('LTA'). While at the Ruby Hill Mine he led his team to three consecutive annual records for gold production and reduced cash costs. During his time at Marigold his team made processing improvements resulting in a 4% increase in gold recoveries and his workforce achieved two and a half years without any LTAs.  Janke holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines. He served as a Director on the boards of Strathmore Minerals Corp. and the Nevada Mining Association and is currently a Director on the board of Renaissance Gold, Inc.

James Dale Davidson


James Davidson has been a member of S.A.C.S. OF Beaverton LLC since 2015, Founding Director of Vamos Holdings since 2012, Director of Solar Avenir since 2016, Founding Director of Telometrix since 2016, and Founding Managing Member of Goldrock Resources, LLC since 2016. Mr. Davidson first became active in the mining business after his forecast of the collapse of the Soviet Union was bore out. After several small successes, Davidson teamed with Richard Moores in 1996 to launch Anatolia Minerals with an initial capital of $800,000. At its peak, the company attained a market cap of $3.5 billion. Davidson, a graduate of Oxford University, has had a successful career as a serial entrepreneur. He is the author of Blood in the Streets: Investment Profits in a World Gone Mad, The Great Reckoning: Protect Yourself in the Coming Depression and The Sovereign Individual (all with Lord William Rees-Mogg) and Brazil is the New America, The Age of Deception, and The Breaking Point.

Andrew Kaplan


Mr. Kaplan is a founder of A to B Capital Management, and manages the A to B Capital Special Situations Fund, LP which was launched on January 1, 2009. The fund invests in the small cap sector through private, pre-public and publicly traded companies. In addition, he has been a Vice President of Barry Kaplan Associates for the past 22 years, a leading financial public relations firm for both public and private companies in the US, Canada and abroad. Prior to working at BKA, he had six years’ experience working at major investment banks involved in deal structure, mergers and acquisitions and trading. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Board of Directors of Coral Gold Resources, Ltd. (CLH.V). He holds a BSBA from the University of Hartford in Finance and Insurance. Mr. Kaplan is qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive business and management expertise and his extensive knowledge of capital markets.