The Right Team: Demonstrated Ability from Discovery through Disposition
Ridgestone’s team has a proven track record of acquisition, discovery and monetization in Mexico and abroad. RMI has significant Management and Board bench strength, including a CEO (Jonathan George) that built and sold a company in Mexico, a Board Advisor (Dr. Andrew Ramcharan) that has advised on >$1B of transactions in the mining space, and an exploration team (Noris Del Bel Belluz, VP Exploration and Dante Aguilar Casillas, Country Manager) who have worked with some of the largest mining companies in the world.
Jonathan George, CEO: A seasoned mining entrepreneur and geologist with over 35 years of experience in exploration, development and financing. Jonathan founded, developed and sold one of the largest molybdenum deposits in Mexico for $195M. He was also instrumental in assembling Alpha Mineral’s uranium claims in the Athabasca basin, which was subsequently acquired by Fission Uranium for $185M.
Dr. Andrew Ramcharan, Strategic Board Advisor: Andrew has significant technical and capital markets experience, having raised >$600M at IAMGOLD and >$1B in debt and equity financings during his career. He also led the team at Petaquilla Minerals which made a >1M ounce gold discovery in Panama, in addition to holding several senior roles with leading resources company globally.
Norris Del Bel Belluz, VP Exploration: A mining veteran with over 35 years experience in projects ranging from exploration through to operation of underground and open-pit mines. Norris has been involved with a number of world-class deposits including Nevsun Resources’ Bisha min in Eritrea, which was acquired by Zijin Mining Co. for $1.8B, and Freeport-McMoran’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia. His technical background is complemented by senior roles with world-renowned engineering firms including Stantec and Wardrop.
Dante E. Aguilar Casillas, Mexican Country Manager: Dante has over 30 years of experience in exploration, mine operation, geology and technical evaluations. He has been involved with the evaluation of 28 precious-metal projects throughout Mexico and the United States. These projects have ranged from early-stage exploration through to operating mines, with clients including Fresnillo and Goldcorp. Dante was Exploration Manager at Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine in Mexico and recognized for the discovery of the deep copper-gold skarn deposit in 2012.