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.
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.
Drilling Services Manager
Jesse Heavin has over 20 years of experience in Nevada as a drilling services professional with a background in all aspects of mine building to include exploration (early stage), technical mining (development-hydro, environmental), and drilling for both surface and underground projects. He is responsible for the safety and execution for all drilling and field related activities for Gold Standard Ventures. He has worked on very successful teams at Barrick Exploration (Gold Rush, Bald Mtn., Ruby Hill), Barrick North America (Cortez Hills, Pipeline), Placer Dome (Cortez, Bald Mountain), Echo Bay (Round Mountain Gold Corp.), in which he has developed a wide range of skills and abilities. In his early years he worked in Environmental and Process Operations before transitioning to Drilling Services. He is credited with implementing best practices contributing to several million-man hours worked achieving triple zero operations and significant drilling related savings. Mr. Heavin has a B. Sc. Degree in Business Management and Operations from Western Governors University and is working on his M.B.A. in Business Management and Operations.
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.