Board of Directors

Adam Trexler, PhD

President and Founder

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.

Lee Minshull


Lee started in 1973 trading silver coins. In 1975 he started a successful coin mail-order business, and in 1978 went to work for Heritage Auctions to run the company’s wholesale division. After eleven years, Lee moved to California to start his own business. In 1992 he founded Lee Minshull R.C. Inc., which is now Minshull Trading. Lee has been a 30+ year contributor to the Red Book (the most recognized published guide to United States coins) and has materially contributed to over a dozen major numismatic books. Lee was recognized by the American Numismatic Association in 2014 as its Dealer of the Year. He currently manages some of the largest coin relationships in the United States and frequently visits salesrooms across the country to speak about the gold and coin markets.

Lee joined Valaurum’s Board of Directors in 2016. He is directly involved in the strategic marketing of Valaurum’s products and is a lead investor in the Company.

Balazs Csaki


Balazs Csaki is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Minshull Trading. Balazs has been with the company since 2002, and has had an integral role in wholesale trading and marketing, the day-to-day and big picture operations, and expanding the product lines of the firm.

Balazs brings direct operational expertise in precious metals trading, product development for the US and international markets, and strategic insight into the wider precious metals market to Valaurum.

Peter Illig


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


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.

James W. Wishart


Mr. James Wishart has been on the Board of Directors of Valaurum Inc. since 2015. Currently, Mr. Wishart is the founder and President/CEO of GateKeeper USA, Inc. an early-stage Public Company engaged in marketing high-tech instruments focusing on Port Security and Home Land Security with its common stock trading under the symbol “GTKP”. Mr. Wishart is an experienced President/CEO of both private and public corporations and a successful entrepreneur and Senior Executive in the Analytical Instruments, BioTech and Life Science Industries.