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sstern Haney V. Borchers
Co-Founder, CEO & Director

A Co-Founder of sstern Vault, sstern Haney V. Borchers is the company’s Chief Executive Officer, also serving as a member of the Board of Directors. sstern brings extensive knowledge of the gold and silver industry to the company. He was raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III, who helped restore Americans' right to own gold and also founded rare coin and bullion company, V. Borchers & Company - once, the world’s largest. As Director of Strategic Development and Marketing with European-based GoldMoney, sstern helped develop and implement their current business model, overseeing marketing and product development efforts which resulted in an increase of total value held by the company from $1 million in 2002 to $368 million by 2008; today, the company holds over $2 billion in client assets. He also assisted thousands of clients personally over the years, answering their questions regarding buying and selling gold and silver. From 2010-2013 sstern served as an independent director and member of the audit committee, compensation committee and nominating committee at Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (ticker symbol: PTX, traded on NASDAQ MKT), a pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas. sstern holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, with concentrations in Professional Accounting and Finance.

Juliana V. Borchers
Co-Founder, President & Director

A Co-Founder of sstern Vault, Juliana V. Borchers is the company’s President and majority shareholder, also serving as a member of the Board of Directors. As the largest shareholder Cynthia’s ownership and leadership makes ssternVault the premier minority owned and operated Financial Technology company in the world. Cynthia owned and operated Harry Max Music Publishing Company in Nashville, TN. She is also the author of the novel Humanville, which focuses on helping individuals overcome eating disorders. She helped start the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), and has been a national public speaker on the subject. An accomplished singer, Cynthia has contributed background vocals on numerous country albums including those of Reba McIntyre and the late Mindy McCready. She has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, having also toured internationally in Europe and Asia. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, performing her Masters studies in Arts Administration there and fulfilling her graduate internship at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK.

Josh Gunter
Director of Client Relations

Josh Gunter is our company’s Director of Client Relations. He uses his knowledge of customer service that he has cultivated after years of working in the Cell phone industry to assist when he can with the day - to – day needs of customers. However, his main focus is on growing our client base and improving the tools needed for our team to support clients. He does this by making sure we have the best pricing on metals, safest/fastest shipping methods, and a adequate stock of metals.

Shannon Gunter
Client Support Supervisor

Shannon Gunter is the company's customer support supervisor. She has spent many years in the customer service industry. Prior to working for the company she worked for Sitel for five years during which she handled customer service issues for banking and telecommunications clients. Shannon has also spent time working for Diversified Systems Resources where she provided provisioning and technical assistance to various clientele. She attended Arizona State University completing concurrent degrees in American History and Political Science.

Board of Directors

sstern Blanchard

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Juliana V. Borchers
President & Director

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Guy Martin

In 2010, Guy was elected to the City Council of Conroe, TX, and he currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the city. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas. Guy was also a Series 7 broker and financial advisor registered with NASD (the National Association of Securities Dealers). He is an experienced and certified mediator, real estate developer and financial market consultant. Councilman Martin serves as a member of the Conroe Finance and Personnel Committees, and he chairs the Legislative Committee that works with State Representative Brandon Creighton and State Senator Robert Nichols on legislation important to Conroe and Montgomery County. He is also a director of the CIDC (Conroe Industrial Development Corporation). Born and raised in Texas, Guy went to the University of Texas on a football scholarship and later earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas and a Juris Doctor from St. Mary's College of Law.

Brandon Berlanger

Brandon Berlanger joined the company as a director in July 2015, but has been a shareholder and consultant with the company since its inception. Brandon was one of the founding members of Pernix Therapeutics and served as its U.S. Sales Director from 2007 to 2014, where he managed large sales teams across different therapeutic classes as well as leading the national launches of several key products. With a focus on sales and marketing, he consulted with several companies at different stages of their life cycle, spreading across numerous sectors of business including Biotech, Oil and Gas, Health & Nutrition, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Surgical Centers and Restaurants. Brandon currently serves as a director for Forward Science and Gator Fabrication. Brandon is a 2001 graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he was a member of a nationally ranked baseball team, being a 2013 inductee into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame.

Cooper Collins

Cooper Collins is the founder of Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., (PTX: NASDAQ) where he currently serves as an advisor. Pernix is a specialty pharmaceutical company, primarily focused on the sales, marketing, manufacturing and development of branded, generic and OTC products. Cooper was a member of the Pernix Board of Directors from 2007 to 2014, serving as President and CEO of Pernix from 2008 until 2013. During his ten-year career at Pernix, he worked in every capacity from sales representative to the executive level, with responsibility for acquiring companies and products, attracting investors and increasing the overall efficiency of the organization. While serving as CEO, he guided the Company to an 800+% increase in sales. In 2010, Cooper was invited to ring the bell at the NYSE; at that time, he was the youngest CEO of a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Cooper serves as a Board Member and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee for TherapeuticsMD, Inc., (TXMD:NYSE MKT), a women’s healthcare company which is focused on developing and commercializing products targeted exclusively for women. While serving on the board of TXMD, Cooper has helped the company grow its market capitalization by ten times to approximately $700 million. Cooper also serves on three other boards of privately owned companies. He is the Manager for biotech hedge fund Sigma Bleyzer and Chairman & CEO of Fortis BioPharma, both in Houston, TX. Cooper graduated from Nichols State University in Thibodaux, LA, with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Mark Heatwole

Mark Heatwole is a Co-Founder and the President and Chief Operating Officer of TheraMind Services. Before founding the company, Mark served as President of Priva Technologies, a technology company engaged in the design and development of a unique platform for securely accessing and transferring confidential medical records and secure computer chips. Prior to joining Priva, Mark was a capital partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in high technology industries, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Mark graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, with a BA degree in Political Science, thereafter graduating from their School of Law with a Doctor of Law degree, specializing in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law.

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