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  • Randall J. Scott - President, CEO and Director

    Randall Scott

    Mr. Scott is a metallurgical engineer with over 30 years of experience in mining operations. He has led performance teams in administration, project development, program management, operations, and business development and has directed major improvement initiatives at large-scale mining companies.  Most recent, Mr. Scott was VP, Corporate Responsibility and Strategy for Thompson Creek Metals Company and was responsible for developing and executing a company-wide focus on sustainability and environmental and safety performance.  Previously, he spent over 12 years with Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, with his last position as Vice President (VP), Process Management and Information Systems.  Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President (SVP), Cyprus Coal, for Surface and Central Appalachian Mines, SVP of Western Operations, which included mines in the Gillette area of Wyoming , as well as VP and General Manager of the company’s flagship project, the Bagdad Copper Mine. Mr. Scott also spent over 10 years in senior level consulting positions with Pincock Allen & Holt. Mr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.


Advisory Board / Consultants

  • George G. Byers, M.A.

    George Byers is a 35-year mining and energy industry veteran with extensive executive experience in federal, state and local government relations. He has worked in a variety of settings, including public policy issues involved with mineral exploration, project siting and development, land use and public affairs issues in the Western United States. He has been a consultant to the precious metals, rare earths, copper, and uranium industries on a variety of public and government issues.  Mr. Byers has held senior level positions with Cameco, Rio Algom, Newmont and Santa Fe Pacific.  While with Cameco, he was detailed as vice president of New Mexico site development and government relations to Louisiana Energy Services. He successfully built the case for a European/U.S. consortium to site the first commercial gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility in the western hemisphere.  This critical facility is now in commercial operation and is the first major US nuclear fuel cycle facility to be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in over 30 years. Mr. Byers holds a BA in Geology and a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning, both from the University of Mississippi.

  • Jaye T. Pickarts, P.E.

    Jaye Pickarts is a senior process engineer with more than 31 years of leadership in project management for development, acquisitions, engineering design, permitting and reclamation, mine closure, water management and process operations. He has extensive experience with projects in North and South America, Australia, Africa and Kazakhstan. His mine operations experience includes supervisory, maintenance and engineering positions working with precious metals, base metals and industrial mineral companies, including test programs, capital and operating cost estimates, and start-up and operations assistance. In his role as Senior Vice President for Knight Piesold and Company, he was responsible for successfully coordinating the completion of numerous feasibility studies and environmental permitting programs both in the US and internationally.  Mr. Pickarts has a BS in mineral processing engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and completed the Business Administration Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

  • Kelli Kast

    Ms. Kast's nearly twenty years of in-house legal experience, including ten years as a top legal officer in the hard rock mining industry, positions her well to provide ongoing guidance to the Company in a consulting role.  She is very knowledgeable on the Company's activities having served as Rare Element Resource’s Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation. She also served as Coeur's Chief Administrative Officer from 2009 to 2011. Ms. Kast earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law with highest honors and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho.