Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen D. Alfers became PGC’s Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2012. Prior to accepting this position with Pershing Gold Corporation f/k/a Sagebrush Gold, Ltd., Mr. Alfers was with Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) where he served as Chief of U.S. Operations from 2007 until the end of 2011. Before joining Franco-Nevada Corp, Mr. Alfers was President and CEO of NewWest Gold Corporation, where he developed a large portfolio of promising Nevada gold properties including Long Canyon, Sandman, and Northumberland.
A well recognized authority in the U.S. Mining Law, public land law, and mining transactions, Mr. Alfers’ career includes twenty years of experience as a partner in several prestigious mining, oil and gas, and natural resource development law firms where he specialized in representing large, international mining and oil and gas clients. In his capacity as a mining law expert, Mr. Alfers has advised the United Nations, foreign governments, and Congressional committees. Mr. Alfers has extensive experience in developing and executing corporate financing arrangements, complex mining transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and in directing legal and government affairs.
Senior Vice President
Ms. Struhsacker has over 25 years of expertise with the key environmental, public land, political, and stakeholder issues pertaining to mineral exploration and mine development. She is well known as an effective mining industry advocate with a proven track record of successfully permitting mineral exploration and mining projects. Among her many professional accomplishments, she played a key role in the fast-track permitting of Franco-Nevada's Ken Snyder Mine (now Newmont's Midas Mine) in Elko County, Nevada; Kinross' Buckhorn Mine in Okanogan County, Washington; and the exploration and discovery phases of Fronteer Development USA Inc.'s (now Newmont's) Long Canyon Project in Elko County, Nevada.
Chief Operating Officer
Janke is a seasoned mining professional with nearly four decades experience in mining engineering and operations and a proven track record in leading teams to succeed in mine startups. He was formerly COO for AuEx Ventures, Inc. where he was responsible for operations planning and development of the Long Canyon Project. His extensive Nevada operational experience includes holding the position of General Manager at the Marigold, Florida Canyon, Ruby Hill, and Pinson mines as well as Special Projects Engineer at the Round Mountain Mine.
Through his extensive work history Janke and his teams have received multiple awards and accolades including the world's first International Cyanide Code Certification, Nevada Mining Association safety awards in 2001 and 2007 and State of Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation awards in 2000 and 2007. While managing the operation of the Pinson Mine in Winnemucca, NV he eliminated over half of the $12 million closure reclamation liability while operating without a lost-time accident ("LTA"). While at the Ruby Hill Mine he led his team to three consecutive annual records for gold production and reduced cash costs. During his time at Marigold his team made processing improvements resulting in a 4% increase in gold recoveries and his workforce achieved two and a half years without any LTAs.
Janke holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines. He served as a Director on the boards of Strathmore Minerals Corp. and the Nevada Mining Association and is currently a Director on the board of Renaissance Gold, Inc.
Vice President and General Manager, Relief Canyon Mine
Moore is a seasoned mining professional with over 27 years of experience in mining engineering and operations. During his career, he has held leadership positions in Nevada for Pegasus Gold Corp. at the Florida Canyon Mine, which is located near Relief Canyon, and also for; Cortez Gold Mine, Round Mountain Gold Corp., Kinross Gold Corp., and Allied Nevada Gold Corporation. A native Nevadan, Moore has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the highly regarded Mackay School of Mines/University of Nevada, and is a Nevada Registered Professional Engineer.
Vice President Finance and Controller
Mr. Alexander became PGC’s Vice President Finance and Controller in September 2012. In November 2012 he was appointed Principal Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer of PGC. Prior to joining Pershing Gold Corporation, he was the Corporate Controller for Sunshine Silver Mines Corporation, a privately held mining company with exploration and pre-development properties in Idaho and Mexico. He was also the Corporate Controller for Golden Minerals Company (successor to Apex Silver Mines Limited), a US and Canadian publicly traded international mining company with operations and exploration activities in South America and Mexico. In addition to working in industry he also held the position of Senior Manager with the public accounting firm KPMG LLP, focusing on mining and energy clients. He has over 23 years of corporate, operational and business experience. Mr. Alexander has a B.S. in Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting and Finance) from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is also a licensed CPA.
Vice President Exploration and Development
Mr. Hillesland became PGC’s Vice President of Exploration and Development in February 2012. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Hillesland has played a key role in the discovery of several gold systems (McDonald Meadows/Keep Cool in Montana and Nixon Fork in Alaska, Candamena in northern Mexico, and adding indicated ounces to Kinross’ Kupol Project in Russia). He also defined the 1 billion pound leachable copper deposit at Hanover Mountain in New Mexico. Mr. Hillesland has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Idaho and a Master’s degree from Oregon State University.
Executive Administrator and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Germann became PGC’s Executive Administrator in February 2012 and PGC’s Corporate Secretary in March 2012. With over 25-years of experience, Ms. Germann has provided extensive C-Level executive support as well as management support for numerous Chief Executive Officers and multiple Boards of Directors (DigitalGlobe, Inc., MolsonCoors Brewing Company, and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group). Ms. Germann also served as Paralegal and Closing Team Specialist for the Merger & Acquisitions practice groups of several nationally known law firms (Hogan & Hartson LLP; Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, P.C., and Holme Roberts and Owen LLP). Ms. Germann has a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Jack Perkins, Vice President of Investor Relations, joined Pershing Gold in November 2013. Perkins was formerly the Director of Investor Relations for International Royalty Corporation (“IRC”). While at IRC he developed and managed the Investor Relations program though such pivotal events as its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange for $192 million, cross listing on the American Stock Exchange , the market crash of October 2008, financings of $65.5 and $54.1 million and the eventual acquisition of IRC by Royal Gold for $750 million. Prior to joining IRC he was Director of Business Development for a private company engaged in management consulting for such firms as Boeing Aerospace, Ball Aerospace and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Perkins has over nine-years experience in the mining industry and more than 15-years experience working with entrepreneurially focused companies in the public and private space. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from George Mason University and a MBA from the University of Denver.