Patrick Imeson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Mr. Imeson, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors since April 6, 2012. Mr. Imeson began assembling the Elkhorn properties and management team in 2000. Mr. Imeson draws upon a diverse career in finance and company operations. As a senior vice president of a midsized asset management firm, he led initiatives in sales and marketing of alternative investments as well as building international relationships. He has also held senior executive and entrepreneurial responsibilities in sectors including engineering, regional airlines, insurance, food & beverage, and mining. Imeson was educated at New Mexico Military Institute and attended two years at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD prior to leaving to pursue a career in business and finance.
Robert Trenaman, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. Trenaman, has served as our President, Chief Operating Officer and a director since April 6, 2012. Mr. Trenaman brings over 25 years of experience within the mining industry. Mr. Trenaman has spent over 12 years in Montana initially acquiring the Elkhorn Project nearby the Montana Tunnels Mine for Treminco Resources Ltd from Newmont in 1998. Mr. Trenaman was part of the team that successfully completed the U.S. $14.25 million investment in MTMI in 2006 on behalf of EGLLC. As a result, MTMI restarted commercial production in March 2007 with EGLLC being a 50% Joint Venture partner. In February 2010, EGLLC acquired a full interest in the Montana Tunnels Mine through the 100% acquisition of the MTMI.
From 1986 through to 2000, Mr. Trenaman was involved in building Treminco Resources, Ltd. Under his leadership, Treminco evolved from an exploration company listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange, to a two-operation, 120-employee, underground-focused mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He has successfully managed corporate, financial and operational affairs, negotiated smelter contracts, union contracts, term lending facilities and public company financings. Mr. Trenaman is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.
Eric Altman, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President – Finance and Treasurer
Mr. Altman has served as our Chief Financial Officer, Vice President – Finance and Treasurer since April 6, 2012. Mr. Altman brings experience in financing companies that are the developmental stage along with public, tax and industry accounting/finance experience. In his career as the CFO and Portfolio Manager of a private equity firm and as a senior accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, Fidelity Investments, and several smaller firms, he has worked with companies in sectors such as software, biotechnology, energy consulting, construction, real estate and lodging, mutual funds, and venture capital. Altman holds a BS in industrial economics from Union College and a joint MS/MBA degree from the Graduate School of Professional Accounting at Northeastern University.
Timothy G. Smith, Vice President – Operations and General Manager - Montana Tunnels Mine
Mr. Smith has served as our Vice President - Operations and General Manager - Montana Tunnels Mine since April 2011. Mr. Smith also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Fire River Gold Corporation. Previous to these appointments, Mr. Smith was Vice President – U.S. and Canadian Operations of Apollo Gold and, before that, was Vice President and General Manager of Montana Tunnels Mining, Inc. Mr. Smith has over 35 years of mine operations experience in gold, copper, coal and lead and zinc mining. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Engineering –Metallurgical, from McGill University and is a Professional Engineer registered in British Columbia.
Chris Frank, Chief Engineer – Golden Dream Mine
After studying mining engineering at the Montana College of Mineral Sciences and Technology Mr. Frank commenced his career with Diamond Hill Mines, Inc. as an engineering tech at the Diamond Hill mine near Townsend, MT. The Diamond Hill mine was a 500 ton-per-day underground gold mine producing from a skarn deposit utilizing long-hole open stopping. After Diamond Hill closed Mr. Frank became the Senior Mine Engineer at the Montana Tunnels mine: a 15,000 ton per day open pit gold, zinc, silver and lead operation where he was responsible for grade control, short to medium term planning, mine budgeting, drill and blast design, and cost tracking. After operations were suspended at Montana Tunnels, Frank became the Senior Mine Engineer at the Black Fox mine near Matheson, Ont. The Black Fox mine is a 2,000 metric tonne per day underground and open-pit gold operation. Frank was responsible for short to medium term planning, drill and blast design, locating and collapsing underground workings within the pit, ore grade control, updating the block model with definition drilling, and assisting in the design and building of infrastructure at the mine site to support open pit and underground operations.
Shane Hanninen, Mine Operations Manager – Golden Dream
Mr. Hanninen commenced his career in the mining industry with Newmont Mining Corp. in 1992 where he expanded upon his hands-on knowledge operating all aspects of open-pit mine equipment as well as gaining field supervisory experience. In 2005, Mr. Hanninen oversaw open pit mine operations at the molybdenum mine owned by Montana Molybdenum Corp.’s in the capacity of Mine Foreman. In 2006 he joined Montana Tunnels Mining, Inc. as Safety Director and in 2011 became Mine Operations Manager for the Golden Dream Mine. Mr. Hanninen is a Certified Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) instructor.