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.
Dustin VanDoorselaere - Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining First Majestic in November 2016, Mr. VanDoorselaere held the position of General Manager for Nyrstar, a global metals and mining company, and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of mining operations, including legal and government relations, at the El Mochito mine in Honduras and the Campo Morado mine in Mexico. Prior to Nyrstar, Mr.VanDoorselaere held various operational positions at Goldgroup Mining and Aurico Gold in Mexico. Prior to working in Mexico, Mr. VanDoorselaere held senior operating positions with Redback Mining in Ghana, Norilsk Nickel in Australia, as well as numerous international mining companies within Canada.
Salvador Garcia - Country Manager of Mexico
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 Guanajuato.
Martin Palacios, MBA, CMC - Chief Information 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.
Marjorie Co, B.Sc, LLB, MBA - Director
Ms. Co brings over 20 years of legal, business and corporate development experience. She currently provides business development and legal advice for technology-focused organizations and start-up companies. Her previous roles have included being the Director of Strategic Relations at Westport Innovations and Chief Development Officer at The Proof Centre of Excellence. Ms. Co was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and is a Member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Ms. Co obtained her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University.