DARREN BLASUTTI Chairman of the Board
Mr. Blasutti is the President and CEO of Americas Silver Corporation and its predecessor company’s for the last 7 years. He was formerly the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Barrick Gold Corporation ("Barrick"). He reported to the Chief Executive Officer and played a lead role in the strategic development of Barrick for 13 years between 1998 and early 2011, during which time he executed over 25 gold mining transactions including the acquisitions of Sutton Resources, Homestake Mining Company, Placer Dome Inc., the consolidation of the world class Cortez property from Rio Tinto and the sale of 50% of South Deeps to Goldfields.
Mr. Blasutti also led the creation of Barrick Energy Inc. to hedge Barrick's exposure to energy prices and the initial public offering of African Barrick Gold. During his tenure at Barrick, Mr. Blasutti was integrally involved in numerous equity and financing transactions totaling over $5 billion. He also led the Investor Relations function at Barrick. Mr. Blasutti was previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he planned, supervised and managed audits for a variety of mining and financial clients.
RICK TROTMAN DIRECTOR / PRESIDENT AND CEO
Rick is a professional geologist with a broad range of experience within the mining industry, having worked in both buy-side and sell-side positions as well as technically focused responsibilities with major mining companies. Rick was previously with Resource Capital Funds, a leading mining-focused private equity firm, where he was involved in executing a broad range of investments spanning the precious, base and minor metal spaces and was also responsible for establishing and managing the firm’s portfolio of exploration investments. Prior to Resource Capital Funds, Rick worked as a mining industry equity research analyst in New York City and was an exploration geologist with leading gold producers such as Barrick Gold Corp, Meridian Gold Inc. and Yamana Gold Inc. in both the USA and Mexico. He holds a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the University of Nevada Reno and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Washington State University.
PETER MCRAE DIRECTOR
Mr. McRae is Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Americas Silver Corp. and brings over 15 years of robust corporate and commercial experience to Barksdale. He was an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, based in New York, in the firm's corporate department representing some of the largest organizations and private equity firms in the world. Mr. McRae is a member of the New York and Ontario Bars and holds a certificate in Mining Law.
GLENN KUMOI DIRECTOR
Mr. Kumoi, B.A, LL B., is VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. Mr. Kumoi is a lawyer and executive leader who has extensive experience in the areas of financing, project development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and legal compliance. In the twenty years prior to joining Barksdale Capital, he was the VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of three other public companies. During that time, he has been a key part of executive teams who have raised over $700m.
JEFF O'NEILL DIRECTOR
Mr. O’Neill is President/Owner of JMO Enterprises Ltd. (private consulting firm), 2002 to present; Mr. O’Neill was the Regional Sales Manager, Western Canada, of Primus Business Solutions, from 2007 to 2013.