In addition to acting as President of John W. W. Hick Consultants Inc., since 1997, Mr. Hick serves as an independent director, and in some cases the non-executive Chairman, of a number of listed companies, most of which are in the mining sector. He has also held senior management and/or director positions in numerous publicly listed companies, again mainly in the mining sector. Mr. Hick current serves as a director of Algold Resources Ltd., Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd., Eurotin Inc., LSC Lithium Corp., Quebec Precious Minerals Corp., Samco Gold Ltd. and Sphinx Resources Ltd. Mr. Hick holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an LL.B from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978.
Dr. Lipson has more than 40 years of global experience in the mining industry. A graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, he earned his PhD from the University of Cape Town. Dr. Lipson was Chief Geologist for Gold Fields Exploration, Inc. (Gold Fields), a part of Gold Fields Ltd., and recently left the organization after 36 years. Gold Fields is one of the world's leading gold producers, with nine operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru, and South Africa. Dr. Lipson strengthened the Company's competitive position by assessing the geological potential of gold projects around the world. Guiding the strategic direction for exploration investments, he targeted projects ranging from greenfields to producing mines through joint-venture opportunities or acquisitions. Additionally, he pioneered the development of the knowledge-based software solution, Global Business Area Rating System (GBAR), to identify the most gold-prospective areas on the globe based on geological criteria, but balanced by sovereign risk.
A natural leader, Dr. Lipson strongly believes in coaching and mentoring the next generation of Earth Scientists. An active member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) since 1992, he mentors in economic geology.
Akiba Leisman serves as a Director and the CEO of Mako Mining Corp. Previously, Mr. Leisman was Executive Chairman and Interim CEO of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd., leading the company through the spinout of Sailfish and the merger of Marlin with Golden Reign Resources Ltd. to form Mako Mining Corp. Mr. Leisman is also a consultant at Wexford Capital LP where he oversees the precious metals public and private equity portfolios. Prior to consulting for Wexford, he was a Senior Analyst at Red Kite Capital Management for the Mine Finance funds where he was responsible for senior secured investments on metal mining assets. Previously, he was an Associate at Standard Bank working in the Structured Commodity Products and Mine Finance groups. Mr. Leisman has an MBA from New York University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Conlon has been involved in the mining industry since 1972, first as owner of Webcon Equipment Inc. He has more than 40 years of experience in the resource industry. Prior directorships include Western Canadian Coal Corp., Cambrian Mining PLC, Coal International Limited, and Mandalay Resources.
Cesar Gonzalez serves as a Director and VP Corporate Development of Mako Mining Corp. Previously, Mr. Gonzalez served as a Director and VP Corporate Development of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. through the construction and commissioning of the La Trinidad gold mine, the spinout of Sailfish and the merger with Golden Reign Resources Ltd. to form Mako Mining Corp. Mr. Gonzalez is also a consultant at Wexford Capital LP. At Wexford he co-manages the precious metals public and private equity portfolios. Previously, he worked at Lehman Brothers as an Associate in the Private Equity Group where he focused on investments in energy master limited partnerships. Mr. Gonzalez graduated from the University of Southern California, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.
John Pontius is a Director at Capital Alignment Partners, a credit focused private equity firm based in Nashville, TN. Mr. Pontius has over fifteen years experience in lower and middle market private equity with a history of taking short term leadership positions inside portfolio companies. Immediately prior to joining Capital Alignment Partners, Mr. Pontius was the Interim CEO of Predator Drilling Inc., a former Wexford Capital LP portfolio company. From 2004 until early 2017, he served in various investment roles and leadership positions at Wexford or their portfolio companies. After Wexford, Mr. Pontius was a Managing Director at Ruton Capital LLC, a New York based private equity firm with $1 billion of designated capital from its Chinese parent. He has extensive experience with roll-ups, business integrations, taking companies public, and turnaround situations as well as leading management teams in a Board capacity. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Paul joined Wexford in 1996 and focuses on Wexford’s private equity energy investments. From 1995-96, Paul worked for Moody’s Investors Services as an analyst covering the investment banking and asset management industries. From 1993-95, he was employed by Kidder Peabody & Co. as a senior financial analyst in the investment banking group. From 1988-93, Paul worked for KPMG Peat Marwick as an audit manager in the financial services practice. He holds a BS in accounting from Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant.