Advisory Committee


John Hathaway
Senior Managing Director & Co-Portfolio Manager
Tocqueville Asset Management

Robert Cohen
Vice President & Portfolio Manager
1832 Asset Management

Joseph Foster
Portfolio Manager
Van Eck Associates Corporation

David Harquail
Chief Executive Officer
Franco-Nevada Corporation

Precious Metals Summit Conferences, LLC
Where the smart money goes prospecting®

Focused on Emerging Growth Companies
Precious Metals Summits provide a one-stop destination for institutional investors, sell-side representatives and corporate development executives from senior precious metals companies who want to be ahead of the pack in identifying the most prospective explorers and developers from around the globe. Our unique, by-invitation Summits offer delegates the opportunity to attend corporate presentations, meet one-on-one with senior management and to network in an exclusive yet warm and relaxed atmosphere.

Assisted by our Advisory Committee comprised of some of the most successful investors in the precious metals sector, the Summit is the place to discover emerging growth companies with the potential to provide high-octane future returns.

Jessica Levental, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Levental has been developing and producing major business and legal conferences since 1989. Prior to launching the Precious Metals Summit in 2011, she served as the Executive Director of the Denver Gold Group (DGG) from 2006 to 2010. Prior to DGG, Jessica worked as a Program Attorney for the Colorado Bar Association, CEB (California Continuing Education of the Bar) and the CLE Society of British Columbia. Before that, she practiced corporate law in Toronto and Edmonton, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (with Distinction) and a law degree from the University of Alberta.

Jessica has served as a Director of the not-for-profit Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation since 2008 and as a member of that Board’s Executive Committee since 2013.

Nancy Larned, J.D.
Vice President of Operations

Nancy Larned has nearly 25 years of high-end event management experience in the business and legal sectors. Prior to launching the Precious Metals Summit in 2011, Nancy held the position of Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for the Denver Gold Group (DGG).  Prior to DGG, she was the Senior Program Attorney and Marketing Manager for Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education.

Nancy holds a law degree from the University of Wyoming, and an undergraduate business degree (emphasis in marketing and small business management) from the University of Colorado.

Karen Payne
Registration & Meetings Coordinator

Karen Payne is the founder and President of Symposia Events, LLC.  Symposia, founded in 1995 and headquartered in New York City, is a planning and management firm of domestic and international corporate events. Karen has developed a team of highly qualified professionals with knowledge of the latest technical and multi-media event procedures, with a specialty in corporate access and financial conferences.

Misha Levental
Director, Financial Management & Analysis

Misha Levental joined Precious Metals Summit in January 2018 following an eight-year career which encompassed engagements across a broad range of financial functions.  Prior to joining Precious Metals Summit, he served as Sr. Financial Analyst in Global Treasury Operations for Mattel, Inc.  Before that, he worked on Wall Street in equity research covering a wide spectrum of companies in the mining as well as industrial sectors.  Misha holds Masters in Accounting and Bachelors in Finance degrees with Minors in Economics and Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.