Crystal Peak Minerals has an experienced management team and board of directors and employs seasoned engineering firms, advisors, and consultants.
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Dean 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Blake 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.
Vice President Operations & Corporate Secretary
Woods 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.
Board of Directors
Herbert E. “Bud” Scruggs
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
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
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.
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. 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.