Leadership Team

Mr. William Schara / President / CEO / Director

William ScharaMr. Schara is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 27 years of experience in finance and accounting in the mining industry. Mr. Schara has extensive experience in business start-ups and international business, with a focus on managing public companies and mining joint ventures. Mr. Schara preivously served as Chief Executive Officer of Nevoro Inc., a Canadian mining company traded on the TSX. Mr. Schara has also held roles as Chief Financial Officer of Minera Andes, a publicly traded, development-stage Canadian mining company as well as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Yamana Gold (formerly Yamana Resources Inc.).

 


Mr. William Orchow / Chairman of the Board

Bill OrchowWilliam Orchow is a former Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Revett Minerals, a mining corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Orchow was President and CEO of Kennecott Minerals Company. Previously, he was President and CEO of Kennecott Energy Company, the third largest producer of domestic coal in the U.S. He also served as Vice President of Kennecott Utah Copper. Mr. Orchow has held senior management and director positions with Kennecott Holdings Corporation, the parent corporation. He has also been a director and member of the Executive Committee of The Gold Institute, a director of the National Mining Association, and director of the National Coal Association.


Mr. Charles Bigelow / Director

Charles BigelowC. G. “Riz” Bigelow was President of WGM Inc, an Alaska minerals consulting and contracting firm from 1972 to 2005. During his tenure he conceived, placed, and directed turnkey exploration programs for resource companies and syndicates ($250 million accountability). From 1962 to 1972, he managed Kennecott Corporation's Alaska mineral programs. His projects culminated in the making of five of the six most notable metal mines to enter production in Alaska over the last 100 years (Greens Creek, Red Dog, Fort Knox, Pogo and Valdez Creek) with two (Arctic and Lik) in the development drilling phase. Mr. Bigelow discovered the Ambler District and Chandalar Copper Belt, which share the southern Brooks Range mineral belt with the Chandalar Gold District. He earned a B.S. Degree in Geology at Washington State University, was sponsored to the Harvard University Program for Management Development, served on the Governor’s Map Advisory Board, and is past-President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.


 Mr. David Atkinson / Director

David AtkinsonDavid S. Atkinson is co-founder and portfolio manager for Forza Partners, a hedge fund formed in 1999, that has been focused on the precious metals sector since 2002. Previously, Mr. Atkinson managed a hedged growth portfolio for Carlson Capital, LP and later cofounded and managed Tsunami Partners, LP, both funds located in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been an affiliate of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) since March 1994 and received MTA accreditation as a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) in July 2001. Mr. Atkinson received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.


Mr. Michael Rasmussen / Director

Michael RasmussenDr. Rasmussen has over 25 years of industry experience and previously held senior roles at Echo Bay Mines, Kinross Gold, Endeavour Silver and Mines Management Inc. Dr. Rasmussen earned a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Washington and is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, Geological Society of America, Northwest Mining Association, and is licensed as a Professional Geologist by the Washington State Board of Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Dr. Rasmussen has evaluated precious metals prospects and conducted exploration extensively throughout Mexico, Peru, British Columbia, and the United States, and is credited with discovery of the Emanuel Creek epithermal gold deposit for Echo Bay Mines.


Mr. Garrick Mendham / Director

Garrick MendhamMr. Mendham brings over 25 years of mining experience in operations, technical work and finance for both junior and large mining companies, including BHP, Rio Tinto, Lihir Gold, Bond Corporation, and Queensland Nickel. He is currently Vice President of Operations and Project Development for RH Mining Resources, a Hong Kong based mineral development company. Mr. Mendham previously worked as Director of Technical Services with Regent Pacific Group, a prominent Hong Kong investment group. He also previously served as Manager of Technical Services for Rio Tinto Coal Australia. Mr. Mendham is the Chairman of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Hong Kong branch. He received a Bachelor of Mine Engineering from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, and holds Mine Manager Certificates in Australia for both New South Wales and Western Australia.


Mr. Stephen Vincent / Director

Mr. Vincent has over 30 years of experience as a finance specialist. He has held a range of positions with various companies including Moore Juran and Co., Miller and Schroeder Financial, Allison Williams Company, Piper Jaffray, and Northland Securities Inc. His roles have included metals distribution, debt instrument structuring, and private equity financing. Most recently Mr. Vincent has raised capital for companies developing the copper-nickel mining district of northeastern Minnesota. He has completed strategic equity investments for Duluth Metals, Franconia Minerals and Encampment Minerals. He also completed a private placement financing for Goldrich in 2010. Mr. Vincent received a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.


Mr. Nicholas Gallagher / Director

Mr. Gallagher currently manages NGB Capital Limited, a private equity investment firm that manages personal and syndicated investments throughout eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. He initially studied at the Rugby School in England before graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Newcastle. Mr. Gallagher then completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London and later qualified as a solicitor at Memery Crystal, a law firm in the city of London. In 2000, Mr. Gallagher co-founded Powerscourt Capital Partners Limited, a niche investment management firm structured to manage funds on behalf of high net worth individuals in the public and private equity markets throughout Europe. Powerscourt was regulated by the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority under Section 10 of the Investment Intermediaries Act. Following the sale of Powerscourt in 2004, Mr. Gallagher incorporated NGB Capital Limited, which he continues to manage today.


Mr. Ted Sharp / CFO Secretary / Treasurer

Ted SharpTed R. Sharp, Chief Financial Officer, is President of Sharp Executive Associates, Inc., a privately held accounting firm located in Nampa, Idaho, which provides CFO services to clients. Prior to 2003, he worked for 14 years in positions of Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director of European Operations, and Corporate Controller for Key Technology, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of capital goods based in Walla Walla, Washington. From 1981 to 1989, Mr. Sharp worked in both public accounting and private industry. He holds a B.A. degree from Boise State University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the states of Washington and Idaho.

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