Dean Gerald Ninnis
Gerry Ninnis is a Northern California based entrepreneur, business owner and, investor. Over a career spanning more than forty years, Mr. Ninnis has established a dependable track record as an entrepreneur, banker and, investor in mining, real estate, commercial construction, and, other industrial enterprises. Since beginning his career in the early 1960's, he has started successfully run businesses in commercial logging, welding, and, natural aggregates. In 1983 he was part of the investor group that founded and capitalized The Bank of Amador, (BNKA, OTC-BB), a publically traded community bank, to provide capital to individuals and commercial enterprises in Amador County, California. As Vice Chairman, of the Bank of Amador he provided leadership and guidance for 21 years, helping to grow the bank's balance sheet to 129 million dollars. In 2004, The Bank of Amador was merged into American River Bank, and now operates as a branded subsidiary of American River Bankshares (NASDAQ-AMRB). Mr. Ninnis presently oversees numerous business interests and investments in California, Nevada and Mexico.
Luis A. Vega, P.Geo
Luis Vega is a senior geologist with over 40 years of experience in working for publicly traded mining companies involved in exploration for precious and base metals His work has focused on investigation of polymetallic and porphyry copper deposits, as well as porphyry gold and sedimented hosted gold deposits throughout North America and South America. Mr. Vega is bilingual speaker in Spanish and English, and has extensive experience in business negotiations in Latin America with both private and governmental entities. He has directed exploration programs in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Argentina and conducted submittal evaluations in Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
He has worked for or contracted with companies such as Utah International, Duval Corporation, and Battle Mountain Gold Company, (BMGC),. While at BMGC, he established an exploration office in Chile and discovered the Angelina Porphyry copper/gold occurrence, which was sold to Gold Fields Corporation. He also participated in the discovery and definition of El Higo epithermal gold deposit in the Dominican Republic and, the Casposo Epithermal gold deposit, Argentina. In Bolivia, he supervised and conducted the early geologic work at the Kori Kollo Mine resulting in the definition of over 8 million ounces of gold resource.
While with Utah International he assisted with the definition drilling of several poly-metallic exploration projects in Utah.
During his time with Duval Corporation as head of exploration at the Mineral Park Mine near Kingman, Arizona, Mr. Vega directed the exploration programs that resulted in identification of additional copper and molybdenum reserves. He also co-established and managed the exploration operation for Duval in Argentina. Duval is a division of Shell Oil Corporation.
Mr. Vega is a co-author of several technical papers including:
Geology and Ore Deposits at Mineral Park: Mohave County, Arizona by William H. Wilkinson, Jr., Luis Alfonso Vega and Spencer R. Titley, in Advances in Geology of the Porphvrv Copper Deposits. Southwestern North America, 1980.
Exploration in Lessor Explored Countries: A Geologist's Perspective by Kirk P. Kinart and Luis Alfonso Vega; in Mining Engineering, February 1993, Vol. 45 No. 2, pp 145147.
Cuerpo Subvolcanico en la Quebrada del Chorrillo, Nueva evidencia de mineralizacion en Cordillera Frontal; San Juan, Argentina by Gustavo Sotarello, Irma Belvideri, Ivan Grassi and Luis Vega, in XVI Geological Conference Abstracts, 1997.
Mr. Vega is a long time resident of Mohave County Arizona and has consulted on various public works and development projects including completing hydrologic studies in the Hualapai Valley and Detrital Valley, to obtain a favorable Physical Availability Determination for a 100-year water supply form Arizona Department of Water Resources for a major housing development. He has also conducted hydrologic studies and well monitoring for major land development projects in Mohave County, Arizona and for the City of Kingman. He has also served on the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team.
Mr. Vega is a member/fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) (Ret) He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona, Tucson.