Keith Neumeyer - President & CEO
Mr. Neumeyer has worked in the investment community since 1984. He began his career at a number of Canadian national brokerage firms. Mr. Neumeyer moved on to work with several publically traded companies in the resource and high technology sectors. His roles have included senior management positions and directorships responsible in areas of finance, business development, strategic planning and corporate restructuring. Mr. Neumeyer was the original and founding President of First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (T-FM). Mr. Neumeyer founded First Majestic Silver in 2002 and First Mining Finance in 2015. Mr. Neumeyer has also listed a number of companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange and as such has extensive experience dealing with the financial, regulatory, legal and accounting issues that are relevant in the investment community. Mr. Neumeyer also won the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011 for the Metals & Mining category.
Raymond Polman, B.Sc (Econ), CA - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Polman has over 28 years of public accounting and corporate finance
experience in the Canadian and US financial markets and has been Chief
Financial Officer of the Company since February 2007. Prior to First
Majestic, Mr. Polman had been a Chief Financial Officer for six years
with a number of publicly traded high technology companies, prior to
which he served several years as the Director of Finance for Rescan
Environmental, a large privately owned company serving the global mining
community. Mr. Polman has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) Degree from
the University of Victoria and he is a member of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Polman also brings eight
years of prior public accounting experience with Deloitte, LLP.
Salvador Garcia - Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining First Majestic in January 2013, Mr. García held several
positions, most recently as Vice President Mexico, for Goldcorp. Mr.
García was with Luismin prior to its acquisition by Goldcorp (NYSE:GG;
TSX:G) for a period of 25 years. He worked in positions ranging from
Mine Superintendent, General Manager and Operations Director and was
later promoted to the senior management team of Goldcorp as Vice
President Mexico. While in those positions, he was responsible for the
operations at the Tayoltita and San Antonio mines and was involved in
the development, construction and operation of the Los Filos, El Sauzal
and Peñasquito mines. Mr. Garcia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
mine engineering from the School of Mines at the University of
Martin Palacios, MBA, CMC - Chief Transformation Officer
Mr. Palacios brings over 20 years of information technology experience
to First Majestic, including over three years with Goldcorp, a senior
gold producer, where he held the position of Director of Global
Applications and IT (Mexico Region). During his tenure at Goldcorp, he
created and implemented the global applications framework for most of
Goldcorp’s sites, standardized and automated consolidation process. Mr.
Palacios was also responsible for prototyping Goldcorp’s business
intelligence strategy which allows for management at Goldcorp to monitor
consolidated operations on a continuous basis with operational
dashboards. In addition to his experience with Goldcorp, Mr. Palacios
has also consulted for Gemcom Software (a mining solution vendor),
provided advisory services to the Jimmy Pattison Group across their
portfolio of companies, led the western region IT effectiveness practice
for KPMG, he was previously the CIO of Pivotal Corporation and Vice
President of Information Technology for Seagate Software.
Connie Lillico, B.A. - Corporate Secretary
Ms. Lillico has worked in public company management and administration
since 2000. Ms. Lillico was previously the Corporate Secretary of
several publicly traded mining and oil & gas companies for three
years, prior to which she was a Paralegal with a publicly traded
software company for 2 1/2 years. Prior to her industry experience, Ms.
Lillico worked in corporate and securities law as a Paralegal with a
large national legal firm for eight years. Ms. Lillico has a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Paralegal
certification from Capilano College.
Douglas Penrose - Chairman and Director
Mr. Penrose received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University
of Toronto. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Ontario from 1974 to 2008 and the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of British Columbia since 1978. Mr. Penrose brings over 20
years of experience in leadership positions in accounting and corporate
finance. Mr. Penrose was formerly the Vice President of Finance and
Corporate Services for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.
Robert McCallum, B.Sc., P.Eng. - Director
Mr. McCallum was most recently the president of Kensington Resources
Ltd., a Canadian public mining company, prior to its merger with Shore
Gold Inc. (SGF:TSX). During Mr. McCallum’s tenure at Kensington, he
successfully advanced Kensington from a junior exploration company to an
advanced stage development company, dramatically increasing the
company’s profile and eventually orchestrating a merger with Shore Gold.
Mr. McCallum graduated in 1959 from the University of Witwatersrand,
South Africa, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) followed in 1971
by a PMD (Program for Management Development) at Harvard Graduate School
of Business, Boston, Massachusetts. He has a wealth of experience in
mining having worked with DeBeers Consolidated Mines and Anglo American
Corp. Ltd. in South Africa followed by Denison Mines Limited, Cyprus
Anvil Mining Corp., Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in Canada and
Philex Mining in the Philippines.
David A. Shaw Ph.D. - Director
Since completing his doctorate in 1980, Mr. Shaw has worked both in the
technical and financial communities within the resource industry. Seven
years were spent with Chevron Resources in Calgary and Vancouver,
employed initially as an in-house structural consultant on both metal
and hydrocarbon exploration programs and then as a member of a
hydrocarbon project financial evaluation team. Upon leaving Chevron, he
initiated and developed the Resource Research Group at Charlton
Securities Ltd., Calgary before assuming the position of Senior Mining
Analyst, Corporate Finance, at Yorkton Securities Inc. in Vancouver.
Throughout Mr. Shaw’s career, he has built strong relationships with
European financial institutions and the global mining community.
Tony Pezzotti - Director
Mr. Pezzotti joined the board of First Majestic in November 2001. Tony
is a seasoned board member who has served on several public company
boards, including Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI-T), First
Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FM-T), and Kensington Resources Ltd. which
recently merged with Shore Gold Inc. (SGF-T). Tony was General Manager
and co-owner of a steel fabrication company and is now retired.