Project Director & QP
Mark Laffoon has over 40 years of experience as a mining engineer, mine foreman, mine manager, development manager, project manager, and construction manager. These engineering and management level positions were held with Duval, Gold Fields, Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Newmont, and Barrick Gold in the western United States. At Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Mr. Laffoon managed and contributed to the construction and operation of the Mule Canyon Mine near Battle Mountain, Nevada which led to the first whole ore highway shipments to processing facilities at Lone Tree and Twin Creeks. At Newmont, Mr. Laffoon was responsible for the mine development and the surface mine operations engineering department along the Carlin trend which contributed to the opening of the Gold Quarry mine below the James Creek tailings facility, the Pete deposit, the Tusc/Bootstrap deposits, the Beast/Genesis deposits, the Lantern deposit, and the Emigrant deposit. During Mr. Laffoon’s tenure with Barrick Gold, he contributed to the opening of the Cortez Hills Open Pit facilities/operations, managed the Arturo Joint Venture with Goldcorp, and was the Construction Manager of the Goldrush underground portal surface facility. Mr. Laffoon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mine engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, he is a certified Professional Engineer in Nevada, is a Registered Mine Engineer and QP with the SME, and is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
Jeff Fuerstenau has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry as a metallurgical engineer, process manager and general manager. He has held leadership roles with Pegasus Gold, Meridian Gold, Goldcorp, New Gold and Equinox. Mr. Fuerstenau managed the process group at the Wharf heap leach operation for Goldcorp and worked in the technical groups at the Carlin and Phoenix operations for Newmont. Mr. Fuerstenau also managed the process group at New Gold’s Mesquite mine in southern California and oversaw many operational improvements such as centralization of the CIC system and upgrading both the barren pumping system and carbon safety screens. Mr. Fuerstenau then moved into the general managers role at the Mesquite mine for both New Gold and Equinox. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the South Dakota School of Mines.
Glenn King has over 30 years of experience in mining as an environmental professional including 16 years with Newmont. This included extensive permitting and compliance management as a Permitting Manager for Northern Nevada, Sr. Environmental Manager for the Phoenix and Lone Tree mines, and a Corporate Environmental Director assisting project development in North and South America. He was instrumental in permitting numerous projects and expansions at Newmont properties including Twin Creeks, Lone Tree, Phoenix Copper Leach, T.S. Power, Pete, Leeville, and Emigrant. Mr. King also served as Environmental Manager during the final permitting and construction of the Buckhorn Mine for Kinross and as an Environmental Engineer for Phelps Dodge and Genesis Alkali. Mr. King has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Cincinnati.
Richard Yancey is a senior mining industry professional with more than 30 years of experience over a wide range of technical and leadership roles in exploration, mine development and operations geology, in both underground and open pit operations. He led exploration and site geology teams at Great Basin Gold, Rio Tinto, Tahoe Resources and, most recently, Coeur Mining as Regional Geology Manager at the Rochester Mine. Previously, he held technical and operational roles at Ozark-Mahoning, Doe Run and Barrick Gold. Mr. Yancey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Charter Oak College, with additional studies at Missouri School of Mines. He is a Registered Member of SME and is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
Jerry Ankomah has over 25 years of geological experience primarily in gold within greenstone, Carlin-type, intrusion-related and low-sulfidation epithermal systems. This experience includes both surface and underground settings. Mr. Ankomah has worked for AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick Gold, and Kinross Gold. He contributed significantly to the addition of gold ounces at Goldstrike and Bald Mountain mines in Nevada, and Obuasi mine in Ghana.
Mr. Ankomah is skilled in the execution of all stages of exploration, from target generation through drill testing, advance exploration, and resource definition. Additionally, he has expertise in geological mapping, all facets of ore control, logging and sampling of core and RC cuttings, 3D geologic modeling, geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations, resource estimation, and project management. Mr. Ankomah holds a geological engineering degree from KNUST, Ghana.