Mr. Barber has over 20 years of experience in natural-resources finance and operations and is former Chief Executive Officer of CST Mining Group Limited, a Hong Kong-based mining company. While CEO of CST, Mr. Barber led a $600 million public equity raise to acquire two copper mine development projects. He subsequently directed the development of one project into production and directed the development of the second project to where it was sold for $505 million and returned CST approximately two times its total investment in the project. During this time, Mr. Barber also served as Chairman of Marcobre S.A.C., a joint venture between CST and Korea Resources Corporation and LS Nikko. Prior to joining CST, Mr. Barber was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and served as the Head of Deutsche Bank's Metals and Mining investment banking practice in Asia-Pacific. Mr. Barber also spent over 11 years at Credit Suisse, including almost ten years as an investment banker in Credit Suisse's Energy Group. Mr. Barber graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Mining Engineering and began his career as a section foreman at CONSOL Energy Inc.'s Loveridge Mine. Mr. Barber holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Dangler has a background in private equity investing, development of large-scale technical infrastructure projects, and the financing and management of international growth companies.
Previously, Mr. Dangler served as CEO of a technology and telecommunications company. As the founding executive, he helped the company raise capital and establish its global presence with operating interests in Africa and South America. Prior to that, Mr. Dangler was an associate with ITU Ventures, a leading private equity and venture capital firm focused on growth stage technology investments. While with ITU, Mr. Dangler executed private and public equity transactions, directed M&A activity, and provided strategic support to portfolio companies.
Mr. Dangler began his professional career as an Air Force officer managing complex and large-scale infrastructure projects. He was frequently recognized as his unit's top company-grade officer and subsequently received a Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding achievement in delivering a large-scale technology program, which directly supported over 20 national security space launch missions.
Mr. Dangler received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
Mr. Rich has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience, previously serving as Treasurer and Director of Corporate Finance at Thompson Creek Metals Inc., a publicly traded metals and mining company, from October 2008 until September 2011.
Previously, he served in several capacities at The Doe Run Resources Corporation, an integrated mining and metals manufacturing company, from August 1998 to October 2008; including Treasurer from April 2007 to October 2008 and Assistant Treasurer from July 2004 to April 2007.
Mr. Rich holds a master in business administration from Illinois State University and a bachelor of science in accountancy from Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Munitz joined our board of directors as chairman in August 2010. He has been Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus since 2006. Since 2005, Dr. Munitz has chaired California's P-16 Council, an organization that develops strategies to improve education in the State of California. Dr. Munitz served as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust from 1997 to 2006 where he was responsible for the two museums (Brentwood and Malibu), the Conservation and Research Institutes, the philanthropic foundation, the investment portfolio, and all education outreach programs.
From 1991 to 1997, he served as Chancellor of the California State University (CSU) – a twenty-three campus system which is the largest senior university in the United States. Prior to that role, Dr. Munitz was vice chairman of the publicly held company (MAXXAM) and president of the private company which was its major shareholder (Federated Development) where he was involved for a decade in their natural resources activity, as well as timber, banking, energy and real estate.
During the past decades, he served as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Courtauld Institute in London, as well as a corporate director at SunAmerica and Kaufman & Broad. Dr. Munitz currently chairs the board of Sierra Nevada College, is president of the Cotsen Foundation, a governor of the three Eli and Edythe Broad Family Foundations and a corporate director at SallieMae.
Dr. Munitz received a Bachelor's degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College, and received a Masters and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Dr. Munitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont University, the California State University, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh.
Mr. Brownstein is a co-founder of Prospect Global. Previously He was a member of Crescent Capital Group focused on Special Situations (formerly Trust Company of the West Leveraged Finance Group). He was a Senior Advisor at Knowledge Universe Ltd., where he focused on turnaround operations and private equity investing.
Prior to that, he was a Partner at ITU Ventures making venture and growth investments with a specialization in corporate strategy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brownstein worked at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in the Merchant and Investment Banking divisions.
Mr. Brownstein is a member of the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors and serves on the board of directors for Los Angeles Conservation Corps and First PacTrust Bancorp (Nasdaq: BANC). Mr. Brownstein attended Columbia Business School and received a BA from Tulane University.
Daniel Neumann brings valuable portfolio management expertise. Mr. Neumann has 16 years of experience in finance, the majority of which was at BlackRock, where he was the lead portfolio manager of a top performing global energy and natural resources equity fund. Recently, he has joined several former BlackRock colleagues to help launch a new energy sector investment platform at GRT Capital Partners, LLC in Boston. As a Portfolio Manager, Mr. Neumann evaluates investment opportunities based on rigorous macro sector research and bottoms up company analysis. In addition to investment management, Mr. Neumann has experience as a sell side research analyst at Banc of America Securities and in investment banking at PaineWebber, Inc. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and English from Boston College and is a CFA charterholder.
A former White House Assistant Press Secretary, is the founder of Dickens Capital Group, a business platform specializing in acquiring, investing, and advising consumer growth companies. Dickens currently sits on several corporate boards and serves as a Senior Advisor to TPG’s portfolio of growth companies. He also travels the country as a corporate speaker and contributor on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
In 2001, Dickens was named White House Assistant Press Secretary. In this position, he served as a White House spokesperson and assisted in managing the relationship between the White House Press Corps and the West Wing Press Office. Also in this role, Dickens traveled around the world aboard Air Force One, helping shape the President’s message for the national and international media during the September 11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, legislative battles, policy debates, and campaigns. As a member of the White House Survey Team, Dickens traveled the globe participating in government to government negotiations with foreign dignitaries to plan the President’s public appearances and participation in global summits.
Mr. Swiller joined our board of directors in October, 2010. Mr. Swiller is co-founder of the Renewable Resources Group (RRG). RRG has developed two million acre-feet (AF) of water projects, 930 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy (220 wind, 710 solar), and marketed hundreds of water rights in nine states. Currently the firm owns and/or manages more than 100,000 acres of farmland for the purpose of water, renewable energy, and/or carbon development. Mr. Swiller's responsibilities include managing all aspects of the business.
Prior to founding RRG, Mr. Swiller was a Principal in The Yucaipa Companies; he served as Vice President of External Affairs at Ralphs Grocery Company (a Yucaipa portfolio company now merged into Kroger) and Executive Director of The Ralphs/Food4Less Foundation. He serves on the board of rfXcel Corporation, which develops supply chain performance improvement software. Mr. Swiller also serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Miguel Contreras Educational Foundation.Mr. Swiller earned a B.A. from Cornell University.
Mr. Archer joined our board of directors in March 2012. Mr. Archer is the Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner of Rosemont Capital, LLC, where he has led the development of the investment platform, which manages private equity, fixed income and real estate investments since January 2005. Mr. Archer was the Founder and President of Sitaro LTD., a leading marketing software and services company acquired by CoActive Marketing Group in 2004. From September 1999 to January 2001, Mr. Archer worked at New England Financial and MetLife as a special analyst to the Strategic Management Group of New England Financial's and MetLife's Executive Committees through their merger. Mr. Archer started his career at Citibank in September 1996 as a Management Associate and worked for the foreign direct investment group, Citicorp Asia Ltd. Along with Rosemont Realty, LLC, Mr. Archer serves on the Boards of Rosemont private portfolio companies; Viet Thai Joint Stock Company, 2-20 Records & Diamondback Tactical, and is a Trustee of the Heinz Family Office. Mr. Archer earned his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University.