John N. Braca


John Braca is a financial executive with a strong track record in accounting, audit committee, portfolio management, venture capital fundraising, as well as financial and operational management. He has served as a Director and board observer for development companies over the course of his career. Mr. Braca has also served as an active member of both Audit and Compensation Committees for both public and private companies and has led several of the public companies as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Braca has been a Director of Sevion Therapeutics since October 2003. Since April 2013, Mr. Braca has been the President and sole proprietor of JNB Consulting, which provides strategic business development counsel to high growth companies. From August 2010 through April 2013, Mr. Braca had been the executive director controller for Iroko Pharmaceuticals. From May 2005 through March 2006, Mr. Braca was also consultant and advisor to GlaxoSmithKline management in their research operations. From 1997 to April 2005, Mr. Braca was a general partner and director of business investments for S.R. One, Limited, the venture capital subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline. Mr. Braca is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Braca received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Saint Joseph's University.

Edward Karr

CEO and Director

Edward Karr is an international entrepreneur, the founder of several investment management and investment banking firms based in Geneva, Switzerland and has been active in the natural resource industry for years. Mr. Karr has significant experience in serving as a Board member with numerous public companies. He was a founder and served on the Board of Directors of Pershing Gold Corp. until its merger with Americas Silver Corporation (USAS – NYSE). Mr. Karr was a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Levon Resources (LVN - TSX) until its merger with Discovery Metals (DSV – TSX.V).  In 2004, Futures Magazine named Mr. Karr as one of the world's Top Traders. He is a past contributor to CNBC and has been quoted in numerous financial publications. Mr. Karr worked for Prudential Securities in the United States and has been in the financial services industry for over twenty five years.

The Honorable Ryan K. Zinke

US Navy SEAL Commander, State Senator, US Congressman, 52nd Secretary of Interior

The Honorable Ryan Zinke was born and raised in Montana and attended the University of Oregon. He then attended US Navy Officers Candidate School and completed Navy SEAL Training in 1985 and was assigned to SEAL Team ONE. Highlights of Commander Zinke's twenty-three year career in Special Operations includes two tours of duty at SEAL Team SIX, Acting Commander of Special Forces in Iraq, Task Force Commander in Bosnia and Kosovo, and served as the "Dean" of Special Warfare training. He was awarded the Bronze Star for combat in Iraq. He retired from active duty in 2008 and was elected as a Montana State Senator and later twice elected as Montana's sole member of the US House of Representatives. He served on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources committees. In 2016, Congressman Zinke was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and later confirmed by the US Senate to serve as the 52nd US Secretary of the Interior. As Secretary, he was a champion of restoring the voice of state and local communities in land and wildlife management decisions, established and protected wildlife corridors, budgeted for the largest investment in our Nation's history for National Parks, increased public access for recreation and traditional use, and was the principle architect of the American Energy "Dominance" policy. After 31 years of public service, President Trump accepted his resignation in 2019. The Honorable Ryan Zinke serves on numerous boards. He holds an MBA in Finance, an MS in Global Leadership, and a BS in Geology.

Timothy M. Janke


Tim Janke is the Chief Operating Officer of Pershing Gold Corporation. Janke is a seasoned mining professional with over four decades experience in mining engineering and operations and a proven track record in leading teams to succeed in mine startups. He was formerly COO for AuEx Ventures, Inc. where he was responsible for operations planning and development of the Long Canyon Project. His extensive Nevada operational experience includes holding the position of General Manager at the Marigold, Florida Canyon, Ruby Hill, and Pinson mines as well as Special Projects Engineer at the Round Mountain Mine.  Through his extensive work history Janke and his teams have received multiple awards and accolades including the world's first International Cyanide Code Certification, Nevada Mining Association safety awards in 2001 and 2007 and State of Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation awards in 2000 and 2007. While managing the operation of the Pinson Mine in Winnemucca, NV he eliminated over half of the $12 million closure reclamation liability while operating without a lost-time accident ('LTA'). While at the Ruby Hill Mine he led his team to three consecutive annual records for gold production and reduced cash costs. During his time at Marigold his team made processing improvements resulting in a 4% increase in gold recoveries and his workforce achieved two and a half years without any LTAs.  Janke holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines. He served as a Director on the boards of Strathmore Minerals Corp. and the Nevada Mining Association and is currently a Director on the board of Renaissance Gold, Inc.

Andrew Kaplan


Mr. Kaplan is a founder of A to B Capital Management, and manages the A to B Capital Special Situations Fund, LP which was launched on January 1, 2009. The fund invests in the small cap sector through private, pre-public and publicly traded companies. In addition, he has been a Vice President of Barry Kaplan Associates for the past 22 years, a leading financial public relations firm for both public and private companies in the US, Canada and abroad. Prior to working at BKA, he had six years’ experience working at major investment banks involved in deal structure, mergers and acquisitions and trading. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Board of Directors of Coral Gold Resources, Ltd. (CLH.V). He holds a BSBA from the University of Hartford in Finance and Insurance. Mr. Kaplan is qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive business and management expertise and his extensive knowledge of capital markets.

Douglas Newby


Mr. Newby has a 35-year career in financial analysis, corporate finance and corporate management specializing in the international mining industry.  He has served as President of Proteus Capital Corp., a corporate advisory firm that he owns, since 2001. He served as Chief Financial Officer of PolyMet Mining Corp., a Canadian company developing a large copper-nickel project in Minnesota, from 2005 to 2017, and also served as a member of the board of directors of PolyMet Mining, Inc. during this period.  Mr. Newby was actively involved in all aspects of the company’s development, including developing a strategy for a complex environmental review process that was successfully completed during his tenure, resulting in state and federal permits being issued recently.  Mr. Newby also managed financial reporting, internal controls, and raising more than $300 million in equity and debt and establishing and maintaining a strategic relationship with Glencore plc.  Previously, Mr. Newby was Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Western Goldfields Inc., where he arranged finance for and negotiated the acquisition of the Mesquite gold mine from Newmont Mining in November 2003. Western Goldfields subsequently formed a core part of the formation of NewGold Inc.  He started his career as an institutional investment analyst and corporate finance specialist in London and New York. He has a B.Sc.(honors) degree in mathematics from Kings College London.  Mr. Newby is qualified to serve on our Board because of his more than 35 years of evaluation, financing and executive management of mines and mining companies around the world.