Corrado De Gasperis, President and CEO of the Company since April 2010, and appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2011. In September, 2015, Mr. De Gasperis also assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Board. He brings over 30 years of industrial metals and mining manufacturing, operation and financial management, and capital markets experience. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Barzel Industries Inc. (formerly Novamerican Steel Inc.) from April 2006 through September 2009. Barzel operated a network of 15 manufacturing, processing and distribution facilities in the United States and Canada that offered a wide range of metal solutions to a variety of industries, including construction, infrastructure development and mining. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Chief Financial Officer of GrafTech International Ltd., a global manufacturer of industrial graphite and carbon-based materials, in addition to his duties as Vice President and Chief Information Officer, which he assumed in 2000. He served as Controller of GrafTech from 1998 to 2000. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. De Gasperis was a certified public accountant with KPMG LLP. As a Senior Assurance Manager in the Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution Practice, he served major clients like General Electric and Union Carbide Corporation. KPMG announced his admittance, as a Partner, effective July 1, 1998.
Mr. De Gasperis holds a BBA from the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University, with honors. Mr. De Gasperis is also a founding member and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, a Director of Comstock Real Estate, Inc. (formerly Gold Hill Hotel, Inc.) He is also a Member of the NYSE Markets Advisory Committee, the Northern Nevada Development Authority, and the Northern Nevada Network.
Timothy D. Smith, Chief Accounting Officer since October, 2017. His duties included the preparation and presentation of monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors and Managers, as well as day to day accounting functions including payroll, payables, receivables, inventory control, internal audit controls and audit compliance.
From March 2011 to October 2014, Mr. Smith served as President and CEO of his own firm Smith Hospitality Consultants, LLC, providing solutions to complex finance, operational matters, special projects and internal control/work flow along with acquisitions and compliance for the hospitality and gaming industry. Prior to founding his own firm, he served in various roles of increasing accounting or operating responsibility including his tenure as a Finance Director and Comptroller at various locations of Hilton Hotels Corporation from April 1977 to September 1996. From March 1999 to March 2011, Mr. Smith served as VP of Finance for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. During his tenure, Mr Smith oversaw the financing of the expansion and renovation of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
Scott H. Jolcover is the Company's General Site Manager and the Director of Business Development. He has been working in Nevada mining for over 38 years, including the last 22 with Comstock Mining Inc., and one of its predecessors, The Plum Mining Co. LLC. Mr. Jolcover manages major commercial transactions, including land, water, capital and other major purchases and acquisitions. Mr. Jolcover has extensive real estate transaction experience and worked as a licensed agent. He currently serves on the Board of Nevada Works and was formerly the Chairman of the Virginia City Tourism Commission in Storey County and is a member of the Northern Nevada Development Authority Construction and Design Committee.
Ron S. Leiken , Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Protection since July 2018, and Environmental Manager from April 2014 - February 2015. Mr. Leiken has more than 25 years of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) compliance and permitting experience, successfully preparing and managing environmental permitting documents and projects and assuring compliance of operations with applicable regulations. In 2014 with Comstock, he successfully developed and secured the landmark permits to significantly expand Comstock’s Storey County Special Use Permit, obtain strategic zoning change approvals, and other major, prerequisite operating permits including Nevada State Water Pollution Control Permit for processing and leaching and Air Pollution and Quality Control for crushing and processing.
From February 2015 to July 2018, Mr. Leiken was on the senior management team with SSR Mining/Marigold Mining Company, where he initiated and managed sitewide large-scale baseline studies, NEPA and other prerequisite permitting processes that effectively expanded operations and added a decade of additional mine life. The project included managing geochemical, groundwater, and pit lake modeling studies to evaluate effects from dewatering, as well as studies on sage grouse, eagles, plants, air quality, water rights, economics, and much more. Concurrent with and after the baseline studies, Mr. Leiken managed an intensive NEPA EIS process. This project involved extensive coordination with the U.S. BLM, U.S EPA, NDEP, NDOW, NDWR, and several other agencies and NGOs. From August 2008 to March 2013, Mr. Leiken worked with Ormat Technologies as Corporate Environmental/Regulatory Affairs where he successfully permitted several new, utility-scale geothermal energy projects in the Western U.S. and assisted in permitting and regulatory compliance for Ormat’s existing California, Nevada, and Hawaii power plant facilities.
Prior to his work with mining and energy companies, Mr. Leiken was an Environmental and EHS consultant for almost 20 years (from 1988 to 2008), supporting a variety of industries and international companies achieve and manage EHS excellence and compliance. In addition to EHS services, Mr. Leiken worked on environmental due diligence, NEPA and CEQA permitting, air permitting, waste water permitting and a variety of other growth and compliance services. In 2013-2015, Mr. Leiken also developed and taught a course in environmental regulations at Truckee Meadows Community College, and from 2015-2017, he served as the VP of the Board of Directors for Nevada Outdoor School. Mr. Leiken earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Laurence G. Martin, Director of Exploration & Mineral Development since 2010, and Chief Geologist since 2008. He brings over 38 years of successful precious metals exploration, mine development and production experience. He participated and supervised exploration projects in Northwest Territories, Canada, Liberia, West Africa, Mexico, Honduras, and areas within the western region of the United States. Mr. Martin’s production experience is exemplified by supervisory positions in the following Nevada mines: Manhattan, Borealis, Hog Ranch, and Denton-Rawhide.
Mr. Martin’s geologic technical expertise overlapped into the environmental and civil engineering disciplines of geology. He was instrumental in the evaluation of geologic design parameters at the proposed nuclear repository site located at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Mr. Martin participated in the geo-technical evaluation of the environmentally sensitive sites of Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Washington and Anniston military depot, Alabama; and the rock product dam project, East Side Reservoir Project, California. Most recently, Larry’s focus has been in Nevada precious metals exploration projects including: the Sleeper Gold Project and, currently, the Comstock District. Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Science in Geologic Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1978. He is a Qualified Person (QP) and a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) accredited by American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Mr. Martin is a certified expert witness by the 9th District Appellate United States Federal Court in the categories of Exploration and Structural Geology.
David Mustard David Mustard joined Comstock Mining in 2018, as Director of Finance with more than 30 years of experience in the accounting field, including gaming, banking and public accounting. Mr. Mustard is a CPA, licensed in the State of Nevada. His gaming experience included work at an SEC subsidiary, compliance and property administration including managing a large water rights holding as well as bringing infrastructure to a site for future development. He worked on a complex refinance of $490 million in bank and bond debt. Mr. Mustard served for 10 years on the City of Reno’s Financial Advisory Board, including as Chair of the Board and on the City’s Audit Committee for several years. Mr. Mustard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with two majors in Accounting and Finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. He grew up in a company-owned mining town in rural Nevada.
Michael N. Norred, Director of Strategic Planning and Resource Development since December 2017, and in various similar roles from 2007 to 2013. He brings over 38 years of experience in resource modeling, open pit mine design, geological database management and software development. His geological modeling experience includes precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals, coal, oil and gas. Mr. Norred received his Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1978, and was named Colorado School of Mines Young Alumnus of the Year in 1987. He is a Qualified Person (QP) as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, and is qualified in Federal Court as an expert witness in open pit mine modeling. As a QP, he has authored or contributed to 43-101 and JORC compliant technical reports.
Mr. Norred is also the founder of Techbase International, Ltd, where he has served as President since 1982. He designed and led a team of programmers to develop the Techbase engineering database management package. He successfully commercialized the software and served and supported users world-wide. He enabled clients in the implementation of robust modeling and database management and the development of internal processes and procedures for a variety of projects and industries.
Previously with Comstock Mining from 2007 to 2013, Mr. Norred served first as a consultant and then as Vice President of Strategic Resource Planning. He designed and led the effort to analyze and incorporate an unprecedented amount of historical and modern data into a comprehensive geologic database of the Comstock District. He implemented QA/QC protocols, built procedures, trained and coordinated geologic staff, and kept the database updated through five years of field work and drilling, which added over 400,000 feet of drill results.
Zach M. Spencer, joined Comstock Mining in 2017, as Director of External Relations with more than 30 years of experience in the communications field and 12 years dedicated to the Nevada mining industry, including investor, government and media relations. Mr. Spencer has held similar roles in Nevada with General Moly, Inc. and Newmont Mining, Corp. He has also served on the boards of the Nevada Mining Association and American Exploration & Mining Association, and in both cases chaired their respective Public Outreach Committees.