In the late 1970s, a young college student decided to put his business studies curriculum to the test. At that time, Bart Kitner was armed with little more than a $700 loan, a nose for opportunities and the doggedness it took to capitalize on them.
He began by occupying a small but significant and overlooked niche, buying scrap gold from jewelers across Eastern Canada, having it refined and selling the resultant pure gold grain on to bigger players. He made this his full-time career upon graduating from McGill University. Eventually, he was able to expand his business into other industrial areas and, by the late 1990s, into precious metals products.
The real breakthrough, however, came in 1995, when the website Kitco.com was launched. Long before the Internet became ubiquitous, he established an online presence for his company. Privileged market information — prices, trends, news — that had once been jealously guarded to protect the knowledge advantage of a few big players was given away to everyone. In short order, Kitco.com became the world's favorite and most trusted source of precious metals market information. With its compelling combination of an online precious metals store, live spot prices, expert market commentaries, up-to-the-minute news and usable market information, our website attracts nearly a million visits every day.
Over the years, Kitner's business outgrew his apartment and moved into an 800 square-foot office in downtown Montreal. Today, it occupies more than two floors of a Montreal office building and two other offices in New York and Hong Kong. The force that drives it, however, is still the entrepreneurial spirit of a college kid with a knack for discovering opportunities.
Carmela joined Kitco's leadership team in September of 2005. Energetic and results-focused, she has over 15 years of experience in human resources and talent management. She oversees global HR needs, implementing people strategies, supporting all teams in change and talent management development at Kitco.
John joined Kitco's leadership team in March of 2008. He leads Kitco’s Media Division and is responsible for all aspects of content, programming, the division’s expanding digital properties, all of its editorial units, online assets and overall operations. John is an expert in complex transformations and prior joining Kitco in 2008 he spent 15 years in technology consulting, advising a variety of top telecom organizations on new product development, innovation, strategy, IT and business issues.
Peter Hug joined Kitco's leadership team in February of 2010. He is the director of global trading and risk management for Kitco. He has been involved in the precious metals industry since 1974. He began gaining first-hand investment industry experience at Deak-Perera. He served as SVP at Guardian Trust Company, which became one of the largest international trading houses for precious metals.
Ali joined Kitco's leadership team in May of 2014. He has over 20 years in high technology, enterprise architecture and software engineering experience. He brings experience in Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), internet and e-commerce application development and operations. Analytical and futuristic, Ali is business-focused using data, BI and technology in new and creative ways.
Michael joined Kitco's leadership team in October of 2018. He is the director of e-commerce and digital strategy at Kitco’s precious metals division. With over 20 years of retail experience in e-commerce and digital marketing, he has applied his vision and strategy for a variety of different verticals while coaching and managing teams successfully, throughout his career.
Nizar joined Kitco's leadership team in October of 2019. Senior executive with 20 years of extensive technical experience in compliance on national security matters, treasury, financial reporting, accounting cycle and operations in both public and private company environments. Extensive expertise in financing, mergers, acquisitions, divestments and reorganizations.