Buddy Doyle, President and CEO
Buddy Doyle is a geologist’s geologist who has earned the distinction of having seen 2 substantial projects from discovery through the decision to mine. He brings to the Company a disciplined, scientific approach to mineral exploration honed in over 28 years’ experience, 23 of them spent in various positions at Rio Tinto PLC and its subsidiaries (RTZ). His most recent position at RTZ was Exploration Manager/Vice President of Kennecott Canada Exploration Inc., where, leading a staff that numbered up to 100 individuals, he was responsible for diamond exploration in North America from 1992 to 2004. At Kennecott Canada, Mr. Doyle led the team that discovered the Diavik diamond deposits in 1994-1995. Prior to transferring to Kennecott Canada, Mr. Doyle was a key member of the Kennecott Exploration Australia team that discovered the multi-million ounce Minifie gold deposits at Lihir in 1987-1988. Mr. Doyle is recognized by his peers in the exploration industry as an authority on diamond exploration and kimberlite geology. He was recognized by his peers recently, receiving the Hugo Dummett diamond award for excellence in Diamond exploration in 2007. He has also authored numerous scientific papers on related topics. Mr. Doyle remains active in the diamond sector through a consultancy and non-executive directorships, but his sole focus in gold is Amarillo. Mr. Doyle is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, with a BSc in Applied Geology. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society of Economic Geology, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Exploration Geochemists.
Richard Brown, Business Development, Director
Richard Brown, an experienced geologist resident in Brazil, is the local face and manager of the Company’s exploration activity. Mr. Brown has extensive worldwide experience in both mineral and petroleum exploration. For the last 12 years he has lived in South America, establishing local companies and acquiring a portfolio of mining properties in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Mr. Brown combines a thorough knowledge of the local business culture with an extensive network of industry contacts, assets whose importance to the Company have already been amply demonstrated by the acquisition of the properties at Mara Rosa and Lavras do Sul. He is fluent in Portuguese as well as Spanish. Mr. Brown earned a BApp.Sc in Geology at Curtin University, Western Australia and an MBA at the Business School, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Rostislav ("Rosty") Raykov, Independent Director
Mr. Raykov is a General Partner at DCML, a private investment partnership. He served as a General Partner of Alchem Investment Partners from 2006 to 2007, an event driven hedge fund. Mr. Raykov was a Portfolio Manager and Securities Analyst for John A. Levin & Co. Event Driven Fund from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Raykov was a Securities Analyst for the Merger Fund at Tiedemann Investment Group from 1999 to 2002 and an Investment Banking Analyst at Bear Stearns from 1998 to 1999. He has been a Director at Adherex Technologies Inc., since July 2009 and Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd since August 26, 2013. Mr. Raykov earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He sits on our Audit and Compensation commitees.
Patrick Power, Independent Director
Mr. Power is a seasoned venture capitalist and financier with over 15 years’ experience as a stock market professional and as a director of public companies. He is President and CEO of Arctic Star, a diamond exploration company, President of Montello Resources Ltd., a diamond and oil & gas exploration company. Additionally, Mr. Power has served as a director of other mineral exploration companies, including International Samuel Exploration Corp., Solitaire Minerals Corp., First Narrows Resources Corp. and Goldtex Resources Ltd.
David Birkett, Independent Director
David Birkett graduated in 1985 from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He is the President and founding Director of Distinct Resources Corp, a private oil company. David was the President of AltaGas Natural Gas Storage Ltd. and Alton Natural Gas Storage Inc. as well as the President, Chief Executive Officer and founding director of Landis Energy Corporation until it was acquired by AltaGas Ltd. in 2010. He has over 25 years experience with public companies in the areas of corporate development, management, finance and exploration.
Waldemar Opalka, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Opalka is a former Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Netia S.A., Poland's leading alternative telecommunications operator. Additionally, he has served as President of two of Netia's operating subsidiaries. Mr. Opalka is also founder and Managing Director of Polish Broadband LLC, a telecommunications company, which, through a subsidiary, is a leading satellite and wireless data communications provider in Poland. He is also Treasurer and co-founder of Northern Lights Investors LLC, a private investment company with principal and agency business in Poland. Since April 1994 Mr. Opalka has been involved in private investment activities, initially based in Boston now in Warsaw, Poland. Prior to 1994, Mr. Opalka held corporate tax positions in government and industry. Mr. Opalka earned a BA in Quantitative Economics at Tufts University and an MBA at the University of Massachusetts.