Board of Directors
Mr. Wyprysky is the President, CEO and a founder of Chieftain Metals Inc., a company with zinc properties in British Columbia. Mr. Wyprysky also founded the Corporation in 2006. He identified Portex's first project, the Gordonsville zinc mine in Tennessee and led the acquisition and financing and coordinated the development team that brought the project into production within 14 months of acquisition. He arranged approximately $200 million of development financing and also negotiated key smelter contracts as well as preliminary by-product agreements on the Germanium and Gallium by-products of the mine. In addition, during a period of financial crisis, Mr. Wyprysky successfully restructured $75 million in debt for Portex. Mr. Wyprysky brings experience and expertise from a career of over 25 years as a senior partner in major Canadian investment banks and brings extensive knowledge of global financial markets and resource financing to the acquisition and financing of development activities of the Corporation.
Peter F. Chodos
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Peter F. Chodos is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Portex Minerals Inc. He has over 30 years experience in the financial markets primarily in Canada but also in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has completed many merger and acquisition transactions as well as private and public financings and restructurings. In 2004, Mr. Chodos co-founded Mt. Auburn Capital Corp., a structured product firm. From July 2006 to February 2009, Mr. Chodos was a Managing Director of BluMont Capital Corporation, a Chief Executive Officer of a publicly listed mining merchant bank. Mr. Chodos has a B.Comm from McGill University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
Patrick J. Raleigh, P. Eng
Priot to 1996, Mr. Raleigh held the position of the Chief Engineer of Falconbridge Limited and Technical Consultant to Falconbridge Chile S.A., a subsidiary of Falconbridge Limited. Since then, he has provided consulting services relating to various mining projects. In his position with Falconbridge, he contributed to the development of many mines, including the Collaghuasi copper mine in Chile and Raglan and Quebec and he has been involved in the operations of the Kidd Creek mine in Ontario. He has operated mines in Canada, Central and South American and Haiti.
Mr. Stanley is a Managing Director with Forbes and Manhattan, based in New York. Mr. Stanley has over 25 years' experience in the mining equities business with a number of major global institutions including UBS, Goldman Sachs and the Bank of Montreal. Throughout his career, his principal role has been in equities analysis, where he was a highly ranked in the Australian, US and Canadian markets. Formerly the number one ranked metals and mining analyst in the North American market (Wall Street Journal), Mr. Stanley is now active as a corporate advisor and director of resource companies operating in the gold, base metals and energy industries. Mr. Stanley is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, Fellow of the AusIMM, and a member of the CIM, and is also a former president of the Metals Analysts Group of New York. He is qualified with a triple major in geology, geophysics and physical geography, and a B.Sc (Hons) in geology from the University of Tasmania. He worked in the mining industry as an exploration geologist for six years prior to joining the capital markets.
Mr. Bishop is the Vice President of Investments for Aberdeen International Inc., a global resource investment corporation and merchant bank. He was formerly a precious metals research analyst for RBC Capital Markets, covering exploration and development stage mining companies, aided by an industry background in mining operations and engineering. Mr. Bishop's industry experience includes gold, copper, molybdenum, titanium, tungsten, and phosphate, having worked as an engineer for Mosaic and Iluka Resources as well as a contract project manager for such companies as Freeport McMoRan and Barrick Gold. Mr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech and a graduate certificate in Mining Engineering from the European Mining Course in Finland, England, Germany and the Netherlands.
Larry Segerstrom is a professional geologist with more than 30 years of experience in exploration and mine operations. His past management positions include being COO of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. and Manager of Geology of the Grasberg Mining District for Freeport-McMoRan. Mr. Segerstrom has been involved in several discoveries, including leading the teams that discovered and developed new resources of more than 750,000 ounces of gold and 60 million ounces of silver with Paramount, and new ore reserves totaling 3.4 billion pounds of copper and 3.6 million ounces of gold with Freeport. He holds a M.Sc. in Geology and an M.B.A.
João Barros, Eng
Director of Redcorp – Empeendimentos Mineiros Unipessoal, Lda and Strategic Resource Acquisition Portugal, Lda.
Joao F. Barros has served as director of Redcorp, Lda since 2004, and GoldQuest Iberica, SL, since 2012, the Portuguese and Spanish subsidiaries, respectively of Portex Minerals Inc. Mr. Barros is responsible for managing the operations and exploration programs in Portugal for Portex. Prior to joining Redcorp, he was manager of TerraPlus, Lda, a company providing environmental impact studies, geotechnical drilling for dams and roads, quarry and mine remediation and specialized drilling and blasting for roads, dams and in very sensitive areas. Mr. Barros graduated from Minho University in 1995, as a Civil Engineer and in 2012, graduated from Oporto University with a Master of Science degree in geology.
Jose Luis Corral
Director, GoldQuest Iberica
Jose L. Corral, Director of GoldQuest Iberica, is a senior exploration geologist and is responsible for the exploration programs at the Toral and Lago projects. He began his career with Exminesa-Cominco and was regional manager for Galicia, Castilla y León and Pyrenees investigating regional and historical prospects with mining potential. He also worked for Preussag AG throughout the western portion of the Iberian Peninsula. Mr. Corral also worked for Lundin Mining AB and several other organizations in Spain and Morocco.