Meet the Crystal Peak Team

Crystal Peak Minerals has an experienced management team and board of directors and employs seasoned engineering firms, advisors, and consultants.

Senior Management

John Mansanti

Chief Executive Officer

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, Rio Tinto, and Freeport McMoRan and currently serves on the board of directors for Alio Gold Inc.

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.

Blake Measom

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Measom has over 25 years of experience in mining and minerals finance. Prior to joining the company, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Barrick Gold of North America. At Barrick, he directed the accounting, finance, tax, compliance, IT, and supply chain functions for all North American operations.

Prior to joining Barrick, Mr. Measom served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Kennecott Energy Company, a subsidiary of the Rio Tinto Group.

Mr. Measom began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University.

Dean Pekeski P.Geo.

Vice President Project Development

Mr. Pekeski has over 20 years of experience in mineral exploration and project development. From 1996 to 2008, Mr. Pekeski was an exploration geologist and project manager with Rio Tinto Exploration where he explored for base metal and diamond deposits across Canada, Southern Africa, and India. He led the Rio Tinto exploration team that discovered and evaluated the diamondiferous Bunder kimberlites. After leaving Rio, Mr. Pekeski joined Western Potash Corporation where, as Executive Vice President, he successfully managed the Milestone Potash Project in Saskatchewan from discovery, through pre-feasibility, feasibility, environmental permitting, and project financing.

Mr. Pekeski holds a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. He is a registered Professional Geologist and a Qualified Person in the field of potash geology as defined by NI 43-101 Standards, and is also an active member of the Solution Mining Research Institute.

Woods Silleroy

Vice President Operations & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Silleroy has over 30 years of resource experience as an investor in the oil & gas and mining industries as well as almost three decades of experience in operations. From 1998 to 2008, Woods was Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Justice Design Group, a manufacturing and importing firm. There, he managed all day-to-day operations including production and manufacturing; human resources; customer service; marketing; product development; as well as IT, network, and website design and administration. He also developed, launched, and managed the company's Asian outsourcing and importing programs causing him to travel extensively throughout Asia.

Mr. Silleroy has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Masters degree from the University of Southern California.

Doug Hoadley

Director of Marketing

Mr. Hoadley is a highly experienced executive with over 30 years of experience in marketing, investor relations, market analysis, and strategy development. Prior to joining Crystal Peak, he served as the Head of Nitrogen at CRU and as the Director of Agribusiness Analysis at CF Industries. Prior to that, he worked for The Mosaic Company, where he developed domestic and international marketing strategies and served as Vice President of Investor Relations, as well as for IMC Fertilizer and the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Hoadley has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University.

LeeAnn Diamond P.G.

Environmental Manager

Having worked on environmental, geological, and geotechnical projects for many years, Ms. Diamond has a wide variety of compliance and technical experience. Before joining Crystal Peak Minerals, she worked for Kleinfelder Inc. as a project manager where she had diverse responsibilities including supervising NEPA, EPA Brownfields, RCRA Subtitle D landfill, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, and transportation projects.

Ms. Diamond has experience as the lead technical writer and project manager on several National Park NEPA projects in the western United States. As a task manager and field engineer, she spent nine years managing surface, groundwater, leachate, and methane monitoring and reporting, as well as NPDES and air permitting for a RCRA Subtitle D landfill. She provided project management oversight, Phase I assessments, and public outreach for Salt Lake County’s West Millcreek EPA Brownfields project and provided environmental compliance oversight on the Legacy Parkway Project.

Ms. Diamond earned her Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Utah and is a Registered Professional Geologist.

Board of Directors

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 and 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 a Political Science degree from Brigham Young University and his JD from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Daniel “Dan” W. Basse

Board Member

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 W. Bloomquist

Board Member

De Lyle Bloomquist retired in March 2015 as the President of the Global Chemicals Business for Tata Chemicals Ltd. as well as the President, CEO, and Director of Tata Chemicals North America Inc. 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 as a director for Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE: RYAM), Huber Engineered Materials, PDS Biotechnology Corporation, and Costa Farms, and has served in the past on the boards of ANSAC and Oglebay Norton. 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

Board Member

Don Carroll is a Senior Advisor to EMR Capital. 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). 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 as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Robert “Rob” Curtis

Board Member

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. He 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 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

Board Member

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 serves as the Chairman of the School Council of Trinity Grammar School, Kew, and as a Board member of Independent Schools, Victoria. 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. Additionally, Mr. Lyle is the Author of the textbook “Share Buy-Backs” published by Longman Professional.

Mr. Lyle holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce Degrees from the University of Melbourne; a Master of Laws Degree from the University of London; and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Melbourne Business School (with Award of Distinction for Excellence).

John G. Mansanti

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. Mr. Mansanti has almost 40 years of experience in the management of mining operations and projects. His experience spans all levels of site and corporate operations, including project development and construction. In addition to smaller companies, Mr. Mansanti held leadership positions with Intrepid Potash, Rye Patch Gold, Barrick, Placer Dome, Newmont, Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Gold Fields, and Freeport McMoRan. He currently serves on the board of directors for Alio Gold Corp (TSXV).

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.

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.

Engineers, Advisors, & Consultants

Novopro Projects

Novopro is a Canadian company specializing in the development, engineering, and management of complex projects. With expertise in mining, metallurgy, mineral processing, and related technologies, Novopro provides complete support for all the technical services needed to design and build great projects. Novopro has assisted North American and international clients to develop potash-related and other types of projects taking those efforts from inception through feasibility and into financing, implementation, and start-up. Novopro- developing projects from the ground up.


Stantec is a top-tier global design and delivery firm. Local strength, knowledge, and relationships coupled with world-class expertise has allowed Stantec to go anywhere to meet client needs. With a long-term commitment to people and places, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec believes delivering exceptional service is job one.

Gerhart Cole

Gerhart Cole is a full service civil and geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Draper, Utah. A hallmark of Gerhart Cole is the full technical involvement of our principals in project work granting our clients access to over 150 years of diverse geotechnical experience. We have solved complex problems under tight schedules for projects with less than $1,000 in consulting fees as well as directed multi-disciplined assignments with design costs over $1.1 Billion. Our job is to take care of our clients, no matter the dollar amount, and to develop long-term relationships built on “foundations” of trust.

Bowen Collins & Associates

Bowen Collins and Associates (BC&A) is a full-service engineering firm specializing in water resources related fields as well as in civil engineering, environmental, and construction management services for the intermountain west. Founded in 1997 by engineers from large consulting firms, BC&A is a smaller, service-oriented firm with large firm experience. BC&A has experience in the study and design of flood control facilities; large earthen dams and spillways; water facilities including storage tanks, pump stations, pipelines, reservoirs, and canals; groundwater wells and hydrogeologic studies; and also offering construction management and environmental permitting services. BC&A has developed a specialty in the water resources and infrastructure engineering aspects of evaporative SOP development projects.

“BC&A takes pride in our quality of service and work hard to consistently to provide our clients with top-shelf recommendations and products on every project we do. Our high level of service combined with our standard for quality engineering defines who we are.” – Bowen Collins and Associates.