Chairman, Independent Director Mr. Freeman has over 35 years of mining industry experience in a variety of technical, managerial and executive positions with junior and senior mining and service companies, including Co-Founder of Orvana Minerals and Chief Geophysicist at Placer Dome. He is currently self-employed as a consultant and serves in leadership roles for the Society of Mining Engineers and as an Advisor to Montana Tech, University of Arizona, and South Dakota School of Mines.
President & CEO, Director Mr. Osterberg’s 25 years of mining industry experience includes small, mid-sized, and major mining companies, and mining engineering consulting firms. From 2012 through 2015, prior to his current position, he has served the past 4 years as Timberline’s VP of Exploration where he managed technical services of the Company including the successful advance of the company’s Talapoosa Project through a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment. In addition, he successfully directed the Butte Highlands Project to positive EIS and EA results staging the project to be one of the first newly permitted full-scale metal mines in Montana in over 25 years. Prior to joining Timberline, Mr. Osterberg developed an unusually diverse experience base working as a mining consultant at Tetra Tech and Knight Piesold, and as a Senior Geologist within the discovery group of BHP Minerals. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Minnesota and his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Director Mr. Dircksen has over 35 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry, serving in executive, managerial, and technical roles at several companies. He has a strong technical background, serving as a team member on nine gold discoveries, seven of which later became operating mines. Mr. Dircksen has held senior management positions with Lacana Gold, The Cordex Syndicate, Orvana Minerals, Bravo Venture Group, and Brett Resources. He holds an M.S. in Geology from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada.
Independent Director Mr. Zink has over 35 years as a natural resource professional. At present, since June 2017, he is Chief Financial Officer of Pure Energy Minerals Limited. He is principal at Mining Financial Consulting LLC, and was Sr. VP and CFO at Rare Element Resources, Ltd. (REE) where he managed the financial, investor relations and business development functions for the company. His previous experience includes senior management positions at International Royalty Corporation (IRC), Americas Bullion Royalty Corp. (AMB), and Eurasian Capital. Over his career in mining, he has also held high level positions with companies like Pegasus Gold, Inc. and Koch Industries. Early in his career, he spent more than 15 years with J.P. Morgan & Co. in commercial and investment banking roles covering the minerals and energy sectors. He holds a B.A. in Economics & International Relations from Lehigh University.