Mr. Kunz has significant experience in international mining, engineering and construction, including, marketing, business development, management, accounting, finance and operations. Mr. Kunz was senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. from November 1997 until October 2000, and then was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director from November 2000 until March 2003. Mr. Kunz was one of the driving forces in taking Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. into Mongolia where, in 2001, the Company discovered Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest copper-gold deposits. During his seven-year tenure, the market capitalization value of Ivanhoe Mines increased from $400 million to $4.4 billion.
Mr. Kunz also headed the finance, development, construction and operation of a low cost heap leach, copper cathode mine in Myanmar, developed a small high-grade gold mine in South Korea, led the acquisition of the Savage River iron ore pellet mine and facility in Australia and directed the start up of test production at a metallurgically complex 13 million ounce gold mine in Kazakhstan.
From April 2003 to March 2004, Mr. Kunz served as interim President and Director of Jinshan Gold Mines, a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines. In 2003 Jinshan was acquired by China National Gold Corp. Jinshan was engaged in heap leach gold production and through extensive local partnerships and ventures explored for copper, gold and platinum group metals in China.
As Co-Founder, President and CEO of MK Gold Company, he directed its initial public offering on the NASDAQ exchange in 1993. MK Gold owned, operated and developed several gold mines, including the Boroo Gold project in Mongolia and the Jerooy Gold project in Kyrgyzstan, and provided contract services to the mining industry. MK Gold was a profitable gold mining company that produced some 250,000 ounces of gold annually from the mines it owned and/or operated.
Mr. Kunz held executive positions with NYSE listed Morrison Knudsen Corporation (including as Corporate Vice President and Controller) for 17 years. During his tenure at Morrison Knudsen, Mr. Kunz was involved in international and local mine operations, engineering and finance for numerous contract mining and owned and operated coal, gold, silver, limestone, aggregate, and copper mines. Mr. Kunz was born and raised in Butte, Montana and work four years for the Anaconda Copper Company Geology Dept.
Mr. Kunz holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. In 1995, the University of Montana Tech (formerly the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology) named Mr. Kunz a Distinguished Alumni of the Year.
Mr Kunz, a licensed attorney, with several years of experience in government regulation and regulatory law. Prior to working with Gold Torrent, Mr. Kunz served at the United States Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in Washington D.C., where he helped author several regulatory laws. He served as associate legal counsel to Kenai Resources Ltd, a gold exploration company with properties in Brazil, Oregon, Idaho and Venezuela where he worked with the BLM on land matters. Mr. Kunz holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Chemistry and a Masters of Management Science as well as a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law. Mr. Kunz is a practicing attorney in Boise, Idaho, and is admitted to the Idaho State Bar Association, as well as the United States District and Bankruptcy Court for the State of Idaho. Mr. Kunz attended Creighton University where he received a dual Juris Doctor and Masters of Science. While at Creighton Mr. Kunz helped author a research article regarding the law of war, published on behalf of the United States requested internationally. As well as researched legal issues regarding the comparison of United States Military Law and International Law. Previously Mr. Kunz worked for Capitol Law Group, LLC in Boise, Idaho, and currently works for Daniel Kunz & Associates, LLC as legal counsel and as chief operational officer.
Pete is a registered Professional Geologist with a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Idaho. He has over 32 years of varied experience in exploration, mine permitting, development, compliance, and mine disturbance reclamation. He also has extensive economic minerals experience and has had reporting responsibilities in both Canada and the United States. As President of Triumph Gold Corporation, Pete was responsible for exploration, property acquisition, and compliance reporting in the North America, Africa, Asia, and South America. Pete has been associated with the Thunder Mountain Mining District since 1993 as the leader of the USMX, Inc. team that conducted about $5.6 million worth of exploration work in the District. While working for USMX, Inc., he was responsible for property evaluations in the western U.S. and the geotechnical work on the Illinois Creek Gold Project, west-central Alaska. Prior to working for USMX, Inc., Pete worked for Tenneco Minerals as Chief Geologist and was responsible for regional exploration programs and mine development in the Goldstrike District in southwestern Utah. He also conducted regional reconnaissance programs in Nevada for Tenneco Minerals. Pete was formerly Exploration Manager and Vice President of Thunder Mountain Gold.
Mr. R. Bruce Thorndycraft has metallurgical experience in bringing 94 heap-leach projects to fruition. In the past Bruce has worked for Atlanta Gold as a Vice President of Operations, as well as the General Manager of Atlanta Gold Corporation. He has also worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Lluvia de Oro and La Jojoba gold mine at NWM Mining Corporation. Bruce has more than thirty five years of experience in all aspects of heap leach operations, including open pit mining, process design, plant and pad construction, heap leaching, gold plant operations and metallurgical analysis. The scope of his experience spans gold projects in Central and South America, Nevada, USA and Canada where he was involved in the gold mining, gold milling and gold recovery processes, both from the design and operating side. During his years as a consultant he worked on 94 gold heap-leach projects and has specific experience in high mountain winter heap-leach operation. Mr. Thorndycraft holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Metallurgical Engineering.