Valaurum, Inc. was created to make precious metal ownership and investment available to all people. Its primary product is the Aurum®, a thin layer of gold or other precious metal sandwiched between layers of protective polyester. Aurum product has been used to create spectacular gold certificates, awards, collectibles, exonumia, and commemorative documents. Valaurum, Inc. has a world-wide exclusive license for this innovative proprietary technology, which is protected by pending US and international patents in Europe, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Iceland, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. The product is sold under the trademark Aurum. Valaurum Inc. is a Delaware Corporation headquartered in the State of Oregon.
Board of Directors
Adam Trexler graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, and obtained his MA with Distinction and PhD from Queen Mary, University of London.
From 2008-2012, Adam was employed as a professor and researcher at the first- and second-ranked universities for literature research in the UK. Throughout his academic career, he was the recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and research fellowships, including a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Exeter and a full scholarship and bursary to complete his PhD. His research has focused on how technological change leads to the formation of new cultural values, particularly with regard to credit, the gold standard, money, labour, art, and more recently, climate change. He has published a number of articles in leading journals of his field. His book, Anthropocene Fictions, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015. More recently, Dr. Trexler has begun research on a book about the cultural values of gold.
Before his academic career, Adam was a vice president of Corporate Finance, Inc., where he implemented corporate structuring for early-stage companies. He was also responsible for strategizing and implementing marketing campaigns, and drafting public offering documents.
John M. Mitnick is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Heritage Foundation. Mitnick serves as Heritage’s chief legal officer in the nonprofit think tank’s senior management team, advising on and overseeing all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters for Heritage and its related organizations. Among his responsibilities, Mitnick is the legal advisor and primary staff liaison to Heritage’s Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining Heritage, Mitnick served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Raytheon Technical Services Co. Previously, he was an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush in the White House as well as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. Mitnick’s career also includes serving as the Associate General Counsel for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security and as a partner at a major international law firm.
Peter Illig brings to Valaurum his expertise in international legal and regulatory compliance, governance, social and environmental sustainability, and global operational management. Peter also serves as the Director of Global Projects for the World Scout Bureau, overseeing the development of legal, financial and operational capacity of six regional offices (Geneva, Kiev, Cairo, Nairobi, Manila, Panama), and serves as Senior Legal Advisor to a number of International Organizations and non-profits.
Prior to joining Valaurum, Peter was a Director at a Fortune 500 company, Stryker Corporation, where he established a global Foundation as part of a strategic corporate philanthropy initiative, as well as programs to address illegal and counterfeit products. He was also the Executive Director of an international professional association, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, and designed and managed international legal services for a US multinational law firm, Holland & Knight, LLP. Before this, Peter provided legal counsel to projects and programs of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, US Department of Commerce, US Agency for International Development, and a publicly traded global consulting and engineering firm, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Peter has a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Notre Dame, London Law Program, a Juris Doctor (JD) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received his BA in Philosophy from St. Hyacinth College. He lives with his wife and children in the dynamic region of Geneva, Switzerland, where they enjoy the diverse natural and cultural setting, and are active in Scouting.
Hank Philcox served from 1990-1995 on the Executive Committee at the Internal Revenue Service, and from 1995-2000 on the executive committee at DynCorp, a billion dollar defense contractor. His public service experience includes a variety of senior executive positions where he eventually managed over 8,000 professional staff, appeared in numerous hearings before congressional committees and worked closely with the US Treasury Department, OMB, and members of the US Congress. In his experience in the private sector, he was involved in strategic decision making that ultimately resulted in the successful sale of DynCorp to Computer Sciences, Corporation, a sale that generated significant increases in stock value for all shareholders.
Hank earned a BS degree from the College of Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1963, and later attended Dartmouth and Harvard Universities. He also attended and/or taught numerous government courses in tax law, and executive level management training.