Management Team

Andrew Sabin

Andrew Sabin
Chairman, Board of Directors and CEO

Sabin Metal Corporation

Andrew Sabin is Chairman of Sabin Metal Corporation and founder of Sabin Commodities, as well as one of America’s most successful business leaders and noted environmental philanthropists.

The Sabin family story in America dates back to the late 1800s, when Andrew’s grandfather, Abraham Seratoff, immigrated from Russia to New York’s Lower East Side. He started out by supporting his family as a scrap metal dealer, going door to door, collecting, odds and ends, bits of metal and even door knobs with horse and cart. Abraham built a small, flourishing business that by the 1940s became known as Sabin Metal, that the family continued to expand into the great company of today.
Samuel Sabin, Andrew’s father, built a scrap metal recycling plant in Brooklyn, which established Sabin Metal as a regional business in the northeast of the United States.

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As the third generation owner, Andrew has continued the family tradition, overseeing a major expansion and transformation of Sabin Metal. Rather than being a scrap metal business, today the company recovers and refines precious metals from the hydrocarbon, petroleum, petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, nitric acid, electronics, mining, and other industries that use precious metals in their products or processes. Andrew also launched Sabin Commodities, which was one of Comex’s largest floor brokers of gold and silver. Sabin Metal Corporation has evolved from that small, local business to now the largest privately-held precious metal refiners in the world, serving not just the U.S. market, but also South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

With his unique understanding of the vital balance between consumption and conservation, Andrew is a leading industry voice for resource management and environmental preservation. Recognizing the key role of education in these efforts, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation has funded the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University and the Emmet Center in Climate Change at UCLA School of Law, as well as climate change prizes and professorships at Yale.  Andrew is a major donor to the Global Wildlife Conservation. Andrew is founder and president of the South Fork Natural History Society, which educates children to love and respect the environment, and a member of the Leadership Council for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. To date four species have been named after him in honor of his work and philanthropy in these fields. Recognizing the interconnected nature of conservation efforts across the globe, Andrew established the Sabin Conservation Award in Russia.  The family foundation has also endowed the Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Andy serves on the Anderson Center’s Board of Visitors.

Andrew’s greatest ambition is to endow his four sons with a strong, responsible and growing family business and a safe and thriving planet for future generations.

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Jonathan Sabin

Jonathan Sabin
Director and President

Sabin Metal Corporation

Jonathan Sabin has been with Sabin Metal for the past 17 years, where he served in a variety of capacities including precious metals recovery/refining sampling and assaying processes, and administrative duties. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.G.S. degree specializing in business and languages, and is also a board member at the South Fork Natural History Museum and the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation. Before joining the company, Sabin traded currencies at the Union Bank of Switzerland in New York. He is an aviation enthusiast, having obtained his private pilot’s license at the age of 17, and is married and the father of four children.

Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen
Director & Manager
Corporate Operations

Sabin Metal Corporation

Mr. Hansen has spent his entire professional career at Sabin Metal Corp. He graduated from Stony Brook University (New York) with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1983. That same year he joined the company’s Futures Brokerage division, working on the Commodities Exchange trading floor for Sabin Commodities, the company’s Precious Metals trading organization. In 1986 he became a member and registered floor broker at COMEX. His role in that position included representing Sabin’s clients in the execution of gold and silver futures transactions, as well as proprietary trading.

Mr. Hansen also served as a member of the COMEX Floor Committee; his responsibilities there included maintaining orderly open outcry markets in gold futures. In 2001 he was appointed manager of Sabin Commodities precious metals futures brokerage and trading operations. He was a 20-year member of the COMEX settlement committee, where his responsibilities included determining daily closing values for gold and silver futures contracts extending five years forward.

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In 2011 Mr. Hansen left the trading pits of NYC and assumed his current role as Director and Manager of Corporate Operations. Working from Sabin’s Corporate headquarters in East Hampton, NY, he serves as liaison between clients, the company’s recovery and refining processing facilities, its global technical sales and service facilities, and Sabin President Jonathan Sabin.

Mr. Hansen also serves as Director of Sabin Metal Corporation DMCC Branch, Sabin’s Dubai, UAE division. His responsibilities include the coordination, administration and support of Sabin’s Catalyst recovery services in the Middle East and Africa.

He is married, the father of 3 children and 2 grand- children. He spends his spare time in Montauk, NY where he can usually be found fishing from his boat or from the beaches.

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James Barret

James Barret
General Manager
Scottsville Plant
Sabin Metal Corporation

James is also known as Jim. Jim has been with Sabin Metal for 30 years. Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1988. He joined Sabin as a computer programmer and advanced to the position of Director of IT. Jim eventually moved to the commercial division and assumed the role of Commercial Manager. During that time, Jim returned to RIT, studying nights to obtain a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. In 2004, Jim accepted the position of General Manager where he continues today to oversee Sabin’s Scottsville NY operations.

Steven Helm


Steven Helm
Vice President & General Manager
Sabin Metal West Corporation

Steve Helm was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. He graduated from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, in 1974 with a B. S. in Chemistry (ACS certified degree) and specialization in organic chemistry. Following college, Steve worked as a metallurgist in the brass and bronze industry, serving as assistant plant manager, and later plant manager.

In March 1981, he joined Sabin Metal Corp in Rochester, New York. While managing the High Grade Processing and Sampling operations, Steve continued his education studying sampling theory and sampling practice under Francis Pitard and Jan Merks, two noted experts in the field. During his time in Rochester, Steve served as a main plant operations Supervisor, Manager of High Grade Sampling and Processing operations, and later as Commercial Manager.

In 2000, Sabin Metal Corp. purchased the ceramic supported catalyst processing facility in Williston, North Dakota that is now known as Sabin Metal West Corp. Steve relocated to ND, where he was responsible for plant start up and operations. Steve and his family remained in ND, and he is the Vice President and General Manager of Sabin Metal West Corp. 

Steve has presided as Chairman of the Sampling and Analytical Council of the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) since 2010.

Married since 1974, Steve and his wife have 3 children.

Dan Cleroux


Dan Cleroux
Vice President & Manager

SMC (Canada) Ltd.

Mr. Cleroux has been involved in the mining and mineral processing industry for over 35 years and has been with the Sabin group of companies since 1995. He is responsible for Sabin Metal’s Canadian operation and oversees the Coleman Township metallurgical mineral processing plant known as the McAlpine  mill. Prior to joining the Sabin Metal group, Mr. Cleroux was employed by several mining companies including Teck Corporation, Dome Mine and AJ Perron Gold.

Dan is active in his community and is currently in his second term as Mayor of Coleman Township and is the recipient of the “Queen’s – Diamond Jubilee Medal “ as nominated by his peers. Mr. Cleroux has taken his studies in the mining assistant program and presently sits on their advisory board.

John Jonat


John Jonat
Vice President
Metal Management and Trading

Sabin Metal Corporation

Graduated BBA, Bernard M. Baruch College 1976

Mr. Jonat has had a varied forty-year career in many aspects of the Precious and Base Metal’s Industries.

He began with the Union Miniere Group, Belgium (Umicore) in 1976 learning the basics of Precious and Base Metal Trading and Refining.

In 1987 John moved to Deak International, Australia which subsequently was absorbed by Barclay’s Bank PLC, UK. Here he concentrated primarily on North American Mine Finance and Hedge Fund Trading.

Cargil International Services (CIS) was John’s next step in 1995. At CIS John expanded the agricultural giant’s Brokerage business into the areas of precious and base metals, both Exchange and OTC driven.

In 2000 John came full circle back to Refining with Sabin Metal Corporation (SMC).
Currently at SMC, John oversees all aspects relating to refined precious metal’s Movement, Leasing and Trading.

Bradford M. Cook


Bradford M. Cook
Vice President
Sales and Marketing
Sabin Metal Corporation

Brad joined the Sabin Metal Corporation in late 2012 and was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in January 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in the precious metals industry and has served in a wide variety of roles: from machine operator and department supervisor in 1980’s at Boliden Metech to inspector, ISO auditor and eventually Senior General Manager of the Metals and Minerals Division of Inspectorate America Corp. from 1990 to 2012.

Brad has been a member of the International Precious Metals Institute since 1999, has served on its Executive Committee since 2007, and was the President of the Institute for the 2012-2013 term. He has written numerous articles for industry publications and has made dozens of presentations on precious metals.