James M. Bruchs - Chairman and Director
James M. Bruchs, Esq. began his legal career with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the independent United States government agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States, and spent the next decade in the specialized legal field of commodity futures regulation and trading as general counsel with both a commodity futures exchange and a futures commission merchant. Mr. Bruchs then spent over a dozen years working with private companies in Central and West Africa in the area of mineral exploration, trading and development prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Tsodilo Resources Limited in July of 2002. Mr. Bruchs received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Potomac School of Law in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bruchs was appointed director in 2002.
Thomas S. Bruington - Director
Mr. Bruington is currently the Executive Vice President of Project Evaluation for Sandstorm Gold and for Sandstorm Metals and Energy. Prior to that position he spent more than twelve years at the International Finance Corporation ("IFC") where he was employed as Chief Engineer/Industry Specialist for the mining division of the oil, gas, mining and chemicals department. In that role, Mr. Bruington was responsible for business development, technical appraisal, and operational supervision of the IFC's resource investments, completing more than 150 project appraisals in over 60 countries. Prior to the IFC, Mr. Bruington had worked for 20 years in industry, at a number of mineral resource companies and was involved in mine design, construction and operations at precious metal, base metal, coal, and iron ore projects in Australia, South Africa, South America and the U.S.A. Mr. Bruington is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a MSc. in Mineral Economics, a BSc. in Mining Engineering, and a BSc. in Petroleum Engineering, all from the Colorado School of Mines. Mt. Bruington was appointed director in 2013.
David J. Cushing - Director
Mr. Cushing is a partner at the intellectual property law firm of Sughrue Mion, PLLC, where he has spent four decades representing international clients in a wide variety of technologies, with particular focus on computers, communications, medical devices and industrial processes. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Cushing was appointed a director in 2008.
Michiel C.J. de Wit - Director
Michiel ('Mike') C. J. de Wit, President and COO of Tsodilo Resources Limited, has extensive experience in the diamond industry, having begun his career as an exploration geologist for the Geological Survey in South Africa prior to joining De Beers, where he worked for 29 years. Dr de Wit managed various exploration programs for De Beers in Africa which led to a number of kimberlite discoveries. Prior to his most recent appointment as general manager for De Beers in the DRC, Dr de Wit was responsible for all exploration programs for De Beers in Africa. Since leaving De Beers Dr de Wit worked on a number of diamond and base metal projects in Africa. In addition to MSc degrees in geophysics and sedimentology from the Universities of Pretoria and Reading (UK) respectively, Dr de Wit holds a PhD degree from the University of Cape Town. He brings some 35 years of exploration experience to the Company. Dr. de Wit was appointed director in 2009.
Jonathan R. Kelafant - Director
Jonathan R. Kelafant is Senior Vice President of Advanced Resources International, Inc. He has over 25 of years of experience in oil and gas exploration in the U.S. and in more than 20 countries. He has extensive experience throughout the southern African region and was a founder of Kalahari Gas Corp., a Botswana based company focused on unconventional gas exploration in the country. Mr. Kelafant was also founder and President of Covalent Energy which was the first company in the U.S. to drill and hydraulically fracture the Utica shale in 2007 in upstate New York. Currently, he is a partner in Flat Rock Resources which controls about 30,000 acres in eastern Ohio with both Marcellus and Utica shale potential.
Mr. Kelafant holds a M.Sc. in Geology from George Washington University and a B.Sc. in Geology from Washington and Lee University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Mr. Kelafant was appointed director in 2007.
Patrick C. McGinley, Esq. - Director
Patrick C. McGinley, Esq. is a business lawyer with experience in the private practice of law as well as government experience. He has represented numerous small, emerging and mid-size businesses as well as a variety of real estate syndicators, developers, operators and investors and has served as general counsel to several concerns.
Mr. McGinley has also been active as an advisor in planning and executing various international transactions involving both inbound and outbound acquisitions and financings. While Mr. McGinley's practice is based in the U.S. capitol of Washington, D.C., he has advised clients located in many of the U.S. states as well as a number of foreign and offshore jurisdictions.
Mr. McGinley has been involved with and represented a variety of tax-exempt foundations and presently serves on the board of the Fownes Foundation—dedicated to the preservation of historic golf courses such as Oakmont in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—an organization of which he was instrumental in founding.
Mr. McGinley received his bachelors in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and his juris doctor from Creighton University. He also has achieved a Masters in Taxation from Georgetown University School of Law. Prior to his engaging in private practice he served as a trial attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Treasury, and clerked for the United States Tax Court. Mr. McGinley was appointed director in 2002.
Mark Scowcroft - Director
Mark Scowcroft has 26 years of experience in managing and investing in diamond exploration projects in Botswana, beginning his career in 1989 as a geologist with De Beers Prospecting Botswana (Pty) Limited, after graduating in 1988 from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London with a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Mining Geology. Mr. Scowcroft managed various exploration programmes for De Beers in Botswana which led to a number of kimberlite discoveries. In 1995, he left De Beers to pursue a career as an independent diamond exploration consultant. Mr. Scowcroft spearheaded efforts to re-evaluate the geology and economic potential of known kimberlites in the Orapa Kimberlite Field, and was an early proponent of Botswana's now common practice of offering junior exploration companies the opportunity to re-evaluate kimberlites which had in earlier exploration been thought to have insufficient economic potential.
In 2002, Mr. Scowcroft co-founded African Diamonds PLC (AIM:AFD), in which he was the largest shareholder and executive director responsible for Botswana operations. Mr. Scowcroft was a founding director of Boteti Mining, a joint venture between African Diamonds and De Beers, and personally negotiated the inclusion in the joint venture by De Beers of a number of kimberlites, including kimberlite AK6. In 2010, Lucara Diamond Corporation completed the purchase of AK6 from the three vested parties for approximately $120M USD. AK6 - now known as the Karowe Mine - continues to be mined by Lucara Diamond Corporation and is one of the world's leading producers of very high value diamonds. Mr. Scowcroft was appointed director in 2015.