Mr Copulos is Non-Executive Chairman of Crusader Resources Limited and is the Company’s major shareholder and major financial supporter. Mr Copulos has over thirty years’ experience in a variety of businesses and investments across a wide range of industries, including mining, manufacturing, property development, food and hospitality. He has been the Managing Director of the Copulos Group of companies, a private investment group, since 1997 and has extensive experience as a company director of both listed and unlisted public companies in Australia, UK and the USA.
Mr Copulos is an active global investor who brings significant business acumen and great diversity to the Board of Crusader Resources. In addition to his role with the Company, Mr Copulos is also a director of the following public listed companies: Chairman of Black Rock Mining Ltd (BKT:ASX), Chairman of Consolidated Zinc Ltd (CZL:ASX) and Non-Executive Director of Restaurant Brands Limited (RBD:NZX).
BSc (Hons)(Geol), F.AusIMM. FFIN
Mr Smakman is an honours graduate of Monash University and has had a successful international career (Australia, Africa, South America and Europe) as a geologist and manager over the past 20 years. Rob is experienced in gold, silver, copper, uranium, tin and iron and has been integral in moulding Crusader into its present shape. Mineral discoveries he has been associated with include: The Southern Star gold deposit near Southern Cross in Western Australia from the discovery hole to completion of the bankable feasibility study.
The Dikulushi Copper/Silver deposit for Anvil Mining NL (DRC Africa). Rob was the first person on site and managed the drill-out of the deposit to 1.55mt @ 8.9% copper and 9.5oz silver for feasibility study and mining. The project is now being successfully mined as the highest grade copper deposit in the world.
The Certej Gold deposit in Romania for the TSX listed European Goldfields Ltd. Project management from the commencement to a resource of 2.6m oz gold and 13m oz silver.
Mr Smakman is based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where he leads Crusader’s activities.
Mr Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the resources and financial services industries. He was previously Managing Director of Integrated Fuel Services Pty Ltd, and has held senior positions and directorships at Montague Stockbrokers, Patersons Securities Ltd and Macquarie Bank.
Mauricio is a senior executive with more than 35 years of experience in the natural resources and energy sectors.
From 1986 to 2012, Mauricio has held several positions within the Vale Group. He has managed distinct functions, from exploration to sales & marketing, in different businesses, including iron ore, gold, fertilizers, kaolin and energy. In the early 90´s he was actively involved in the exploration and development of three gold mines in Brazil. More recently he was Director of Special Projects in Sustainability and Energy, CEO of Vale Energia Limpa, Director of Business Development at Vale Oil & Gas and CEO of PPSA & CADAM.
Mauricio earned a BSc in geology at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and attended the PhD program at the University of Western Ontario. He has supplemented his experience with executive education at IBMEC, USP, Harvard, MIT, INSEAD and IMD.
John holds a Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in Australia, and a member of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John is currently the principal of a Business Broking & Advisory practice, and advises a range of businesses in both the SME sector and larger corporate clients, on matters such as strategic planning, marketing, governance, and financial analysis. Prior to this, John held a series of executive positions in Finance and General Management over a 15 year period, across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, banking and insurance, superannuation and funds management, media, hospitality, and property development.
John’s approach to advising businesses balances the need for practical, achievable solutions with the need to always keep in sight the overall strategic objective. John is currently Chairman of ASX-listed Intermoco Limited, and has held several other non-executive Director positions in Australian public companies. John is also a Director of several private companies and one not-for-profit organisation, and provides Board consulting services to three other company groups.
Jim Rogers, a native of Demopolis, Alabama, is an author, financial commentator, adventurer, and successful international investor. He has been frequently featured in Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Business Times, The Straits Times and many media outlets worldwide. He has also appeared as a regular commentator and columnist in various media and has been a professor at Columbia University.
After attending Yale and Oxford University, Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the next 10 years, the portfolio gained 4200%, while the S&P rose less than 50%. Rogers then decided to retire – at age 37. Continuing to manage his own portfolio, Rogers kept busy serving as a full professor of finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and, in 1989 and 1990, as the moderator of WCBS’s ‘The Dreyfus Roundtable’ and FNN’s ‘The Profit Motive with Jim Rogers’.
In 1990-1992, Rogers fulfilled his lifelong dream: motorcycling 100,000 miles across six continents, a feat that landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. As a private investor, he constantly analyzed the countries through which he traveled for investment ideas. He chronicled his one-of-a-kind journey in Investment Biker: On the Road with Jim Rogers. Jim also embarked on a Millennium Adventure in 1999. He traveled for 3 years on his round-the-world, Guinness World Record journey. It was his 3rd Guinness Record. Passing through 116 countries, he covered more than 245,000 kilometers, which he recounted in his book Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip. His book, Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably In The World’s Best Market, was published in 2004. Another of his books A Bull in China describes his experiences in China as well as the changes and opportunities there. His recent book A Gift to My Children is a heartfelt, indispensable guide for his daughters (as well as for all adults and children) to find success and happiness. His latest memoir Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets was published in February 2013.