Mr. John Charles Tumazos, CFA is the Owner, Founder and Senior Analyst at John Tumazos Very Independent Research, LLC, which was formed in July 2007. The firm does fundamental research on commodities markets and common stocks in the metals, fertilizer and forest products sectors. In their business model they sell their research and provide corporate advisory services to small emerging mining companies (www.veryindependentresearch.com). Mr. Tumazos is a perennially top rated Wall Street analyst in the metals and steel sectors. He ranked first in Institutional Investor All-America team first twelve times since 1988 and 42 times overall since 1982. He is an all-time Hall of Famer in Wall Street Journal survey by 1997, was first in Greenwich Research survey metals category five straight years, and was a top metals price forecaster in RTZ 1995 global survey. He was named the best steel analyst worldwide by Euromoney magazine in 1986.