The Spring 2011 Chicago Resource Expo will be held on April 15th and 16th. Originally known as the Chicago Natural Resource Conference and Exhibition, it is one of the oldest natural resource conferences in the United States. The conference is a semi-annual event and offers opportunities to learn about new and undervalued companies in the natural resource industry.
We recently spoke with Rich Radez, the founder of the Expo, and president of Golden Resource Expos:
Q: The Chicago Resource Expo is one of the oldest natural resource conferences in the U.S.
A: Yes. I started the conference in 1977. I wanted it to have a unique format, one that focuses on resource companies and provides maximum exposure to both investors and sponsors. The controlled size of the Chicago Resource Expo provides an environment that is perfect for placing company management in direct contact with potential shareholders. It is a two-day event that starts on a Friday afternoon, and ends on Saturday afternoon.
A: The Expo is held at the Rolling Meadows Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Rolling Meadows, IL. The Holiday Inn is located at 3405 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. The hotel can be contacted at 800-972-2494.
Q: Does the public pay to attend the Expo?
A: No. There is no cost for those who pre-register to attend the conference. You can pre-register for the Expo online (www.chicagoresourceexpo.com) by completing our Public Registration Form. Those who receive our invitation in the regular mail can RSVP by completing the form included in the invite. If you do not pre-register, you will not receive a printed name badge and lanyard on the day of the event. We eat, drink and learn all weekend.
Q: And attendees receive valuable information from the natural resource industry.
A: Absolutely. We have 25 of the most exciting natural resource companies making presentations. It’s a chance to learn about opportunities in the natural resource sector. For instance, if you had bought $10,000 of Avalon Ventures Resources stock at its first appearance, it would be worth $1.5 million today.
Q: You have an impressive group of keynote and expert speakers taking part in this Spring’s Expo.
A: Our Expos always feature a great lineup of speakers and panel discussion members that are renowned experts in the industry, and include newsletter writers and money managers.
Q: Who are the keynote speakers?
A: David Morgan publishes The Morgan Report, one of the pre-eminent reports on how you can make money investing in the natural resource sector. Marshall Berol and Malcolm Gissen are co-managers of the Encompass Fund (ENCPX). According to Morningstar, this 5-star fund was #1 2009 and 2010.
Q: And you have a few experts speaking on your panel presentations.
A: Yes. We have Jay Taylor, editor of J Taylor’s Gold, Energy & Tech Stocks newsletter; Al Korelin of The Korelin-Hartfield Report radio program; Michael A. Berry, Ph.D. of Discovery Investing; Chris Berry, founder of House Mountain Partners LLC; Clyde Harrison, Founding Member of Beeland Management Co., L.L.C., which manages the Rogers Raw Materials Index Funds; Mike “Mish” Shedlock, MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis; and Robert Ian, founder and CEO of Change Management International.
Q: Speaking of experts, David Tice, Manager of the Prudent Bear Fund has called you “One of the Top Natural Resource Stock Gurus in the Industry today.”
A: (Chuckles) He was very kind.
Q: Well, you’ve certainly racked up enough experience in the brokerage industry.
A: 30+ years. I’ve always recommended that people invest 10% of their portfolios in natural resource related investments as a hedge against worldwide political and economic uncertainties. I am also a consultant for a select group of natural resource companies.
Q: Your son teamed up with you at Global Resource Expos a few years ago.
A: Yes, in 2007, Eric became Vice President of Sales and Marketing to help build Global Resource Expos, and promote public awareness of the importance of investments in natural resources.
Q: Like father, like son.