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Management Team

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David Drips - President, CEO and Director

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A graduate of Colorado School of Mines, BS Mining Engineering, with over 45 years of experience in the mining and contracting industries. Mr. Drips has experience with the operation of underground and surface mines, gassy and non-gassy mines, flotation, SX/EW and hydro-metallurgical plants. David has worked at projects in ten foreign countries, managing the business units, and dealing with foreign labor unions in some cases. Mr. Drips has worked with Hecla, Pan American Silver, Endeavour Silver, Breakwater Resources, and Golden Minerals.

Frank Pastorino - COO

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Mr. Pastorino has an MBA from the University of Louisville. Frank has been involved with the mining industry for over fifteen years, working at projects in four foreign countries. Mr. Pastorino has experience with surface mining operations, floatation plants and all facets of the required business units. His experience includes the financing and marketing associated with start-up projects. Frank has worked with Kapan Ore Mining and processing, Global Gold Mining LLC, and MBMI Resources.

Joaquin Rodriguez - Consulting Geologist

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Mr. Rodriguez graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua in 1987 with a degree in Geology. Joaquin has worked in the mining industry for 32- years, holding the positions of mine geologist, exploration geologist, mine manager, and mining consultant. Joaquin has been responsible for large scale exploration programs, production geology programs, and mine planning and management. Mr. Rodriguez has worked with Chihuahua Bureau of Mines, Minera Glamis, Minera Williams, and Golden Minerals.

Michael Martinez - CFO, Secretary and Treasurer

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Michael P. Martinez, CPA, was appointed CFO, Secretary and Treasurer in September 2017. He brings 25 years of financial management and accounting experience with private and public companies. Currently Mr. Martinez is CFO of GandyDancer, LLC, a company that operates in heavy construction. Previously he worked as a senior financial manager with Ernest Healthcare, served as CFO of Santa Fe Gold Corporation, and was employed as a financial officer for an aerospace manufacturer. Early in his career, Mr. Martinez served as a staff accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Martinez graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the New Mexico Society of CPAs.

John Power - Director

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John C. Power, co-founder and director of the Company, has served in senior capacities since the Company’s inception in 2010. Mr. Power has 30 years experience in managing public and private companies across diverse industries including mining, oil and gas, real estate, broadcasting and a closed-end mutual fund. Mr Power also is president and a director of Athena Silver Corporation (OTCBB: AHNR) and serves as co-manager of Silver Saddle Resources, LLC., a private exploration company. Mr. Power attended Occidental College and the University of California at Davis.