Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Alfers has a distinguished thirty year career in the domestic and international natural resources industry. He has a proven success record in building value and maximizing growth. Mr. Alfers has extensive experience in private and public corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, complex international business transactions and governmental affairs. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in natural resource development, privatization of state owned enterprises and foreign investment. Mr. Alfers is a results driven leader, committed to increasing shareholder value through disciplined management and integrity.
Mr. Honig has been the President of GRQ Consultants, Inc., since January 2004, and is a private investor and consultant to early stage companies and sits on the board of several private companies. Mr. Honig serves as a director on our Board of Directors due to his success as an investor, extensive knowledge of the capital markets and his judgment in assessing business strategies. Mr. Honig has served as Co-Chairman of InterCLICK, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICLK) since August 2007.
Mr. Morrison is a mining executive, chartered accountant and certified public accountant with over 26 years of experience in the mining industry. He currently serves on the boards of Detour Gold Corporation and Taseko Mines Limited. Mr. Morrison has held senior executive positions at a number of mining companies, most recently serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco-Nevada Corporation from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont Mining Corporation, including Vice President, Operations Services and Vice President, Information Technology. Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NovaGold Resources, Inc. and Vice President and Controller at Homestake Mining Company and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge Corporation and Stillwater Mining Company. Mr. Morrison began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.
Mr. Branham has more than 30 years of exploration and mine development experience. This has produced several gold discoveries totaling over 10 million ounces of gold. He is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He has a B.S. in Geology from Stanford University and a M.Sc. In Economic Geology from Washington State University.
Mr. Branham was a founder of American Vanadium Corp., which developed new techniques for recovering vanadium. He has over 20 years' experience exploring and developing mines in the Americas with Newmont Mining. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Midway Gold Corp. from 2004 to 2009. Currently, Mr. Branham runs American Innovative Minerals, a private exploration group developing mines in Montana and Nevada. Mr. Branham has served with a non-profit group installing deep water wells in Tanzania, to help alleviate poverty.
Mr. Karr is based in Geneva, Switzerland and has more than 20 years of capital markets experience as a financial analyst, money manager and investor. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of three private Swiss financial management companies; Strategic Asset Management SA, Strategic Swiss Advisors Sarl and Rampartners SA. His former capital markets experience includes positions at Parthian Securities, SA, Prudential Securities Inc., and Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc.