Christopher P. Bloomstran, CFA, is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Semper Augustus Investments Group LLC, a position he has held since 1998. Prior to forming Semper Augustus Investments Group LLC, Mr. Bloomstran worked at UMB Investment Advisors as a Portfolio Manager and was eventually Vice President of UMB Investment Advisors. While at UMB Investment Advisors, Mr. Bloomstran assumed the responsibilities as the Portfolio Manager of the Scout Balanced Fund. Mr. Bloomstran received his B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Bretton-Woods Committee. Mr. Bloomstran became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1994, and he has been a member of the CFA Society of St. Louis, Missouri, from 1994 to present. He has served on the board of directors since 2002, and he served as Vice President from 2005 to 2006, President from 2006 to 2007 and Immediate Past President from 2007 to 2008.