Management and Board

Richard R. Kern, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Geo.
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Kern is a Professional Geologist, with over 25 years of experience in base and precious metal exploration in the U.S., Central America, South America and Australia. He has been involved in major discoveries in the Western U.S. and Australia. His hands-on, field oriented mentor management style has been implemented with great success. Mr. Kern’s exploration involve a mixture of methods such as practical field geology, geochemistry and drilling with state of the art GIS, geochemical and geophysical methods. Mr. Kern is currently the president of MinQuest, Inc., and prior to joining MinQuest he was a principal in the companies BristleCone Ventures, LP, Geo Surveys, and Sierra VisionLaunch, LLC. In addition, Mr. Kern has held executive and management level positions in companies such as Western North America North Mining, Inc., Homestake Mining Company, Superior Oil, and U.S. Geological Survey. Mr. Kern’s areas of expertise include establishing base and precious metal exploration programs throughout North America, with an emphasis on Western U.S., Mexico, Honduras and Panama. He has also managed significant gold and copper exploration projects situated in W. U.S., Australia, Mexico, and Ecuador, including some minor work in New Guinea, Malaysia, China and Fiji. Mr. Kern has strong analytical skills and has proven success in developing various mining ventures. Mr. Kern has a Masters of Science Degree in Geology from Idaho State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Montana State University in Geology. In addition, Mr. Kern has published a Thesis titled: “Geology and Economic Deposits of the Slate Creek Area, Custer County, Idaho.”

Richard Barnett, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary

Mr. Barnett has extensive corporate experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and Secretary with over 20 years of accounting experience serving both public and private corporations. His experience covers a wide range of companies producing oil & gas, resource & explorations, engineering, and research & development. Mr. Barnett is a member of the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia. In order to stay abreast of new business procedures, he has taken extensive business and accounting courses in addition to regulatory courses and workshops. In addition to overseeing the accounting functions within the Company, Mr. Barnett’s responsibilities include managing the annual audit, budgeting, preparation of financial statements and management discussions & analyses.

Keturah Nathe
Director, VP Corporate Development

Keturah brings 17 years’ experience for both, public and private companies in various industries including: mineral exploration and development, oil and gas, technology, agriculture, and property development. Her experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate and regulatory compliance, structuring and execution of debt and equity financings, corporate strategy, identifying and evaluating acquisition targets, due diligence, industry and market research, valuations, and contract negotiations.

Huitt Tracey

Mr. Tracey has been involved in the North American venture capital markets for over 24 years. Serving in capacities as stockbroker, director, officer or investor relations consultant, he has provided expertise to numerous companies in industries including advanced technology, IP, telecommunication, bio-technology, energy and mining. In more than a decade as an Account Executive with brokerage firms that specialize in the corporate financing of American and Canadian ventures, he assisted in the initial public offering and development funding of many now well-established companies that pioneered innovative and disruptive technologies.

Jurgen Wolf

Mr. Wolf has been involved in the oil and gas industry for more than 15 years, assisting public companies with investor relations and administration. Mr. Wolf was educated in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1953. From 1958 to 1982 he operated and owned pre-cast concrete factories in Calgary and Vancouver, and from 1982 to 2002 he operated and owned J.A. Wolf Projects, Ltd., a commercial construction company. Mr. Wolf was President and a director of former US Oil and Gas Resources Inc., which amalgamated to form Petrichor Energy Inc. in 2005. Mr. Wolf is a director of several public companies.