Dr. John-Mark Staude has over 20 years of diverse mining and exploration experience in precious and base metals. He earned a M.S. from Harvard University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in economic geology from the University of Arizona in 1995. Mr. Staude has held positions of increasing responsibility with a number of major international mining companies including Kennecott, BHP-Billiton, and most recently Teck Cominco. He also worked with smaller commodity-focused companies like Magma Copper Company and consulted to private investment groups. Mr. Staude has an extensive Latin America mineral resource experience as well as worked in Europe and Asia, initiating companies and managing successful exploration programs in Turkey, Romania and China. His technical and managerial experience spans more than 30 countries in diverse geologic environments. Through Riverside Resources, he continues to build profitable businesses through prospect generation, early stage partnering and drill discoveries.