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.
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.