Joshua Bleak, President and CEOJoshua Bleak, President and CEO - Mr. Bleak is a fourth generation miner from an Arizona mining family that has developed gold, silver, copper and uranium properties throughout the southwestern United States. He was previously President of American Energy Fields, Inc., a U.S. publicly traded uranium company. Currently he serves as a director for a number of Canadian junior mining exploration companies and is President of North American Environmental Corp., a consulting company specializing in mining project management, permitting, lobbying and land tenure.
John Eckersley, Executive Vice PresidentJohn Eckersley, VP Legal and Corporate Affairs – Mr. Eckersley has been with Passport Potash for two years. He is an attorney focusing on the areas of corporate and securities law. He served as corporate counsel for HNFC, a boutique consulting firm specializing in corporate strategies, corporate mergers, acquisitions, capital and credit placement accommodations, and in various regulatory compliance filings and registrations. He received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah.
Michael X. Schlumpberger, COOMichael X. Schlumpberger, Chief Operating Officer – Mr. Schlumpberger is a mining engineer with 27 years of experience in the mining industry, with over 21 years with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. During his career he has acquired significant experience in almost all phases of mining operations. Mr. Schlumpberger began his career as a mining engineer with the U. S. Bureau of Mines in Minneapolis. He then worked as a production supervisor for Unimin Corporation where he supervised the production of a 500,000 ton per year silica sand mining and processing operation. During his career with PotashCorp, Mr. Schlumpberger worked in many positions, including: maintenance mining engineer, production engineer for prestripping; production engineer for mine services (blend and reclamation); mining engineer for mine and reclamation planning for mining operations; mine services coordinator for mine planning and services; assistant to manager of mining operations; mill superintendent; maintenance and materials manager; operations manager, and mine general superintendent. As mine general superintendent, Mr. Schlumpberger was responsible for all aspects of the underground mining and hoisting for an 8 million tonne per year potash mine. He oversaw an expansion and upgrade to increase production by approximately 50%, including hoisting, while in normal production. He was accountable for productivity, process and reliability improvements, budgeting, capital replacement program, safety, and environmental compliance.
Bill Allred, CFOBill Allred, CFO – Mr. Allred, formerly a director, worked for 10 years with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young), one of the international “Big 4” accounting firms where he served as audit manager and was responsible for directing concurrent audits of large multi-national corporations. He has also worked with several public mining and exploration companies, where he developed accounting systems and procedures, including internal control policies for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. He served as a director of American Energy Fields, Inc. and as a director of Continental Resources Group, Inc.
Mr. Allred also served as Deputy Auditor General for the State of Arizona, where he directed the final review section for financial and performance audits for State agencies and the Arizona university and community college system. Mr. Allred earned a B.S. in accounting from Brigham Young University.