Daniel Spine – CEO / Director
Mr. Spine brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry and has served as managing partner and Chief Investment Officer of Diversified Equity Investments, LLC and the Diversified Equity Investments Fund, L.P., in Atlanta, Georgia since October, 1999. DEI Fund has exclusively focused on investments in both private and publicly-traded equity in precious and base metals companies since 2003.
Ron S. Roda – President
Ron brings over 20 years of experience in building early stage enterprises, operations management, banking and financial markets to Alabama Graphite. Most recently he was managing director, head of North America product control for the investment bank at Citigroup. Ron has a BSc. in Biochemistry and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto. He is also a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant.
His responsibilities at Citigroup included managing the finance function for North America trading and capital market origination activities within the investment bank. He spent 10 years within the investment bank of Citigroup in roles of increasing responsibility. Ron has also held finance roles at UBS (Americas) and Merrill Lynch in New York. Ron began his career at Ernst & Young in Toronto where he was a manager in the Capital Markets and Treasury practice. Ron brings extensive experience in financial management, business analysis, due diligence, business combinations, reporting & control, fundraising and strategic operational improvements.
Dr. Douglas Oliver – VP of Exploration
Dr. Douglas is a career geologist with 30 years experience in mineral exploration. He is president and founder of Oliver Geoservices, which specializes in exploration management, economic evaluations and independent reviews. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Rutgers University and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Tectonics from Southern Methodist University.
John Morita – CFO / Director
Mr. Morita has been a professional accountant for over 35 years and is a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of B.C. For the past twenty years, Mr. Morita has been a management consultant, advising on income tax issues, personal financial matters and has held a variety of senior positions as a director and/ or a CFO with various public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian National Stock Exchange (CNSX). Mr. Morita played a major role in referring and the successful completion (Aug/ 06) of Astron Resources Corp’s Qualifying Transaction which was the RTO of Nevada Copper Corp (TSX:NCU). Mr. Morita played a major role in referring and the successful completion (Mar/ 05) of ACP Ace Venture Corp’s Qualifying Transaction which was the RTO of Cantronic Systems Inc.(TSX.V:CTS) a Tier 1 company.
Mr. Morita is currently the CFO and a director of Urastar Gold Corp. (TSXV:URS) and Mineral Mountian Resources Ltd. (TSX: MMV.V). He is CFO of Maxtech Ventures Inc. (TSXV:MVT), Acadia Resources Corp. (TSX: AIC.V) and Golden Cross Resources (CNSX:GOX). Mr. Morita also serves on the Board of Directors of Polo Biology Global Group Corporation.
Board of Directors
Jean Depatie B.Sc., M.Sc. – Chairman of the Board
Mr. Depatie has a long and distinguished career in the mining industry, most recently as a director of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd until its sale to Cliffs Natural Resources in 2011 for $4.9 billion. Previously, Mr. Depatie served as a director of Glamis Gold Ltd. until its takeover by Goldcorp for $8.6B in 2006. Mr. Depatie was also Senior Advisor and a founder of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp (NYSE:PZG) and a director of Novicourt Mines (now Xstrata).
James K. Duff – Director
Mr. Duff retired as Chief Operating Officer of Minera Andes Inc. prior to its merger into US Gold which created McEwen Mining (NYSE/TSX:MUX). Jim continues to consult for McEwen on its San Jose mine operation and other projects. Jim has over 35 years experience as a mining executive in the precious and base metal mining industry in U.S., Canada, Latin America and Australia. Mr. Duff previously served as President of South American Operations for Coeur d`Alene Mines Corporation and was responsible for its underground gold and silver mining operations in Chile and Argentina and the development and start-up of the 5,000 ton per day San Bartolome silver mine in Bolivia. Mr. Duff is a Registered Professional Geologist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada Reno, an M.S. Degree in Geology from the University of Idaho and has completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard School of Business. Mr. Duff has also completed graduate studies for International Business Management at the Whitworth University School of Global Management.
Wade Black – Director
Mr. Black has over 20 years experience in both the capital markets and in the junior mining sector and is currently President of Blackberry Fund Management, Inc., the manager of two investment funds who are primarily invested in exploration and development stage mining companies. He is formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Scarsdale Equities LLC, a New York based FINRA-member broker-dealer and investment bank, where he remains a registered principal. He is a director of Tiex, Inc., a publicly-traded Canadian exploration company, and was formerly a director of US Silver Corp. (TSX: USA) and United Silver Corp. (TSX: USC). Mr. Black has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and graduated cum laude with a BA in economics and philosophy from Columbia University’s School of General Studies.