Board of Directors
The Crystal Peak Minerals members of the board
Herbert E. “Bud” Scruggs
Non Executive Chairman
Bud Scruggs is a founding partner of The Cynosure Group, a Utah based company formed to bring together the resources of the Eccles family of Salt Lake City with a number of the country’s most significant family offices to make long-term equity investments in private companies across a range of industries. The Cynosure Group has expertise in financial services, industrials, healthcare, natural resources, consumer/retail and technology.
Prior to that, Mr. Scruggs played a key leadership role as a senior executive at Leucadia National Corporation. Further, he spent over a decade advising some of the wealthiest families in the world, including working as the CEO of The Metal Group (now the Minderoo Group), the private holding company of Andrew Forrest in Perth, Australia.
Currently, Mr. Scruggs is a director of Linkem, Snowbird Ski Resort, and the University of Utah Health Insurance Plans. In the past, he has served as a director of public and private companies including American Investment Bank, Barbados Light & Power, Conwed Plastics, Fortescue Metals Group (one of the largest mining companies in Australia), Poseidon Nickel, Deseret Morning News, Empire Insurance, and MK Gold; and has experience on multiple audit and executive committees. He also served as Chief of Staff to Governor Norman Bangerter and was a co-founder and partner with Governor Michael Leavitt of the Public Affairs Advisory Group.
Mr. Scruggs received his JD from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School and a degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University.
Daniel "Dan" W. Basse
Dan Basse is an agricultural economist who has been deeply involved in the commodity business since 1979. Currently, he is President of AgResource Company, an international research firm located in Chicago that forecasts domestic and world agricultural trends. He founded the company 1987 with a view to direct US and world agricultural policy. He has also worked with the Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates, and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago.
Mr. Basse holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
De Lyle Bloomquist
De Lyle Bloomquist retired in March 2015 as the President, Global Chemicals Business for Tata Chemicals Ltd. as well as the President, CEO and Director of Tata Chemicals North America Inc. (the former General Chemical), which he was instrumental in selling to Tata Chemicals for over $1 billion in 2008. During his over 28-year career, he has held positions in finance, manufacturing, sales & marketing, logistics and general management.
Mr. Bloomquist has experience in taking companies public and private, raising financing in the public markets, as well as with banks and private investors. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE: RYAM), Huber Engineered Materials, PDS Biotechnology Corporation, Crystal Peak Minerals, and Costa Farms, and has served in past on the Boards of ANSAC and Oglebay Norton. He currently serves on the compensation and audit committees for RYAM, the technical and audit committees for Crystal Peak Minerals, and the compensation committee for Costa Farms. He also serves on the Board of Business Advisors for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Bloomquist received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in General Management from Brigham Young University.
Donald "Don" Carroll
Don Carroll is a Senior Advisor to EMR Capital and was appointed in 2011. Prior to that, he was a senior executive with BHP Billiton for more than 30 years where he held a number of roles across different business units, both in operations (technical, mining, marketing, and ocean freight) and in management (strategy, investor relations, M & A, divestments) in different regions and commodities.
His roles included President BHP Billiton Japan; President BHP Billiton India; Group General Manager Marketing Asia (based in Hong Kong); Marketing Director for Mt Newman Iron Ore Sales; Chief Development Officer for the Aluminium Group, Vice President Corporate Strategy, and Vice President Investor Relations.
Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Mr. Carroll worked for Utah International, initially at the Blackwater coal mine in Queensland and later in the San Francisco head office. He began his career as a mining engineer working at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore operations at Dampier and at Tom Price in Western Australia.
Mr. Carroll holds a Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineering from Sydney University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Robert "Rob" Curtis
Rob Curtis is a geologist with more than 20 years of experience in exploration, business development, and investments. He has an extensive track record of bringing investment opportunities from early-stage project evaluation and technical due diligence through to successful execution of investments and has worked as a key member of highly successful teams at Rio Tinto, Oxiana, OZ Minerals, and others.
Mr. Curtis has significant fieldwork, transactional, and due diligence experience in exploration and development projects across a diverse range of commodities and countries. His transaction experience includes execution of investments in Sandfire Resources, IMX Resources, Toro Energy, Beadell Resources, Royalco Resources, Minotaur Resources, Golden Grove, Martabe, and many others. He was also involved in a number of successful investment exits including Sepon, Wafi, and Hidden Valley. Mr. Curtis worked on resources projects in Australia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Africa, and North and South America.
Mr. Curtis graduated from the University of Ballarat with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) with First Class Honours and was awarded an Australian Institute of Mines and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Scholarship.
Roderick "Rod" Lyle
Rod Lyle is the Senior Corporate Adviser in the Melbourne, Australia office of Clayton Utz, one of Australia’s leading law firms, having previously served as Managing Partner Melbourne and Corporate Lead. Recognized as one of Australia’s leading commercial lawyers, Mr. Lyle has been a key adviser in a number of mergers and acquisitions and equity capital market transactions in Australia and Overseas.
For more than three decades, Mr. Lyle has provided strategic and tactical advice and project management skills advising on and overseeing a wide range of corporate issues. He led the team that advised Yara International on the landmark Pilbara deal. He also led the Clayton Utz team advising EMR Capital, Farallon Capital, and partners on its US$775 million acquisition of a 95% stake in Indonesia's Martabe Mine, from HK-listed G-Resources Group Limited. The transaction represents one of the largest leveraged buy-outs of a gold-producing asset, globally.
Mr. Lyle is the Author of the textbook “Share Buy-Backs” published by Longman Professional. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, and a member of the Law Society, London.
Mr. Lyle holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce Degrees from University of Melbourne, a Master of Laws Degree from the University of London, and a Masters of Business Administration Degree (Award of Distinction for Excellence) from Melbourne Business School.
Board Member & Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Peak Minerals Inc.
Mr. Mansanti is a highly experienced mining executive who has been recognized multiple times for his leadership and technical skills. With more than 35 years of experience leading teams in the development, construction, and operation of mining projects, he has spent most of his career in precious metals and potash. In addition to smaller companies, Mr. Mansanti has worked for Intrepid Potash, Barrick Gold, Placer Dome, Newmont Mining, and Freeport McMoRan and currently serves on the board of directors for Rye Patch Gold.
Mr. Mansanti has worked as a professional engineer and has published multiple technical papers. He is also an active member and past president of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).
Mr. Mansanti is a graduate of the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and holds a B.S. in chemistry and a M.S. in mineral processing engineering.