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 currently President of 75th Street Associates LLC, a Connecticut based energy and infrastructure consulting firm which he founded. His clients primarily include private equity firms and operating holding companies. Prior to 75th Street Associates, Mr. Pontius was a Managing Director at Ruton Capital LLC, a New York City based private equity firm founded by a large, private Chinese asset manager with one billion of designated capital. Mr. Pontius was also a Divisional President of Mammoth Energy Services LLC, a Wexford Capital LP portfolio company which he helped take public on the NASDAQ in October of 2016. From 2004 to 2014, he served in various investment roles at Wexford and also in senior management positions at other Wexford portfolio companies including Muskie Proppant LLC (also now a Mammoth division), Stampede Farms LLC, ICx Technologies Inc (formerly NASDAQ: ICXT), Digital Power Capital LLC and other oilfield service related businesses. Mr. Pontius currently sits on the board of Predator Drilling Inc. and was a board observer of ICx Technologies until its acquisition by Flir Systems, Inc. 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.