Stephen E. Flechner, President, brings nearly 35 years of mining management and consulting experience to the Company. From 1978 to 1993, he held the positions of Vice President & General Counsel of Gold Fields Mining Company, the U.S. operating subsidiary of former global mining giant Consolidated Gold Fields. During his tenure with Gold Fields, the organization grew from 12 to 1200 people while acquiring, exploring, permitting, financing, developing, and operating three highly profitable gold mines (Ortiz, Mesquite & Chimney Creek), producing an aggregate of 400,000 oz. gold/year. The Mesquite and Chimney Creek mines were subsequently acquired by Newmont Mining.
Later in the 1990s, Steve served as president of a TSX-V listed mining company that acquired and explored an early stage gold project in Ghana. Subsequently, he consulted to a TSX company regarding gold and uranium acquisitions in Europe and Nevada, culminating in a $40 million bought deal financing. More recently, he served as president/consulting counsel of a TSX-V company which acquired South Korea’s largest past producing gold and tungsten mines (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway recently agreed to joint venture the tungsten project). He currently consults with other gold exploration and development companies. Mr. Flechner is a graduate of the Yale Law School and has lectured at the Rocky Mt. Mineral Law Institute on “Environmental Laws & Regulations Governing Gold Mining”.
David Cutler, Chief Financial Officer, began his career with the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co and has since served as CFO for companies involved in mining, energy, and telecommunications. He currently serves as a consulting CFO for a publicly quoted mineral exploration company with a gold project in Mexico. Mr. Cutler has an Executive MBA from Colorado State University, as well as a master’s degree from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He is a US Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Valuation Analyst, and a British Chartered Accountant.
Ralph Shearing, Senior Geologist and Director, has over 25 years experience in mining and has been directly involved in several world class exploration and development projects. He has hands-on experience in all aspects of mineral exploration, including geophysics, geochemistry, geology, and diamond core drilling. Ralph has a B. Sc. Geology degree from UBC.
Donald Ross, Director and Largest Shareholder, is founder and President of Discovery Gold Ghana, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. He is also founder and CEO of BDM Marketing, a firm specializing in automobile finance. Prior to launching BDM in 2000, Mr. Ross spent over 30 years as a senior operational manager with UPS, retiring in 2000 following their IPO.