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White Pine Precious Metals is a North America based, precious metals focused, exploration and development company. It is founded and led by experienced mining and exploration executives with headquarters in Reno, Nevada. The team has a reputation for strategically launching, revitalizing, and leading multi-million-dollar mining organizations to achieve tremendous growth and generate value for investors in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The team has developed and mined projects in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Africa.


John Marma
President and Chief Executive Officer 

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President and Chief Executive Officer, is a professional geologist with over 20 years’ exploration, development, and production experience in Nevada, Alaska and South Africa.  Mr. Marma most recently served as the Director of Exploration and Geology in Nevada for Hecla Mining responsible for exploration and geologic mine support at all Nevada based projects.  Previous roles include senior positions focused on epithermal vein projects in the Northern Nevada Rift (NNR) and Carlin-type deposits with Klondex and Newmont and junior roles focused on orogenic gold (Barberton District, S.A.) and gold porphyry (Donlin Creek-Placer Dome).  Mr. Marma was responsible for the discovery of the Eastern Veins and the Green Racer Sinter Vein at the Midas Mine.  Mr. Marma holds a B.S. in Geoscience from North Dakota State University and a M.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.  Mr. Marma is a registered professional geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) #11709 and is a long-time member of both the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN). 

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Jeff Stieber
Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer, is an experienced finance and accounting executive within the mining industry having held roles at numerous publicly listed and private companies, during which time he provided financial leadership to formulate and achieve organizational strategies.  Mr. Stieber has deep experience in both US GAAP and IFRS accounting and reporting standards, having led the accounting, finance, compliance and disclosure processes for both Canadian and US listed companies, including Bendito Resources, Hycroft Mining, Klondex, Tahoe Resources, and Allied Nevada. Mr. Stieber is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Nevada with distinction.

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Sam Bourque
Vice President Exploration

​Vice President of Exploration, has over 19 years' experience in mineral exploration and mining. Mr. Bourque has held a range of operational and consulting positions with Newmont, ASARCO, and a number of junior companies. Five years in underground gold and silver mines and 14+ years exploring for gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, cobalt and molybdenum has provided him with hands-on experience in a broad range of deposit types. Mr. Bourque has specific expertise in Carlin-type and epithermal systems, with four years of prior experience managing exploration work at the Taylor Project, including development of the unexplored gold targets. Sam earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from Northern Arizona University in 2003, and is recognized as a Certified Professional Geologist (#11775) by the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

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Ben Hinkle
Technical Advisor

​Technical Advisor, has over 18 years’ experience as an Economic Geologist spanning three countries and four US states. He advanced from an Ore Control geologist to Project and Senior Geologist, Senior Exploration geologist and Chief geologist before moving into private consulting for the past several years. Mr. Hinkle has worked at the following mines: Deep Post (NV); Favona, Moonlight, UTA (New Zealand); Mt Charlotte, KCGM Super Pit (Australia); Fire Creek, Hollister/ Hatter (NV), in addition to 30+ deposits as a consultant. He has extensive 3D modeling experience in both Vulcan and Leapfrog, and a track record of developing, fostering, and mentoring high performance geology teams. Mr. Hinkle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University in 2004.

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Anthony Bottrill
Geology Advisor

Anthony is Principal Geology Advisor, is a Principal Resource Geologist with 24 years of experience in the mining industry and experience across numerous countries and a range of commodities: from low tonnage high grade precious metals deposits to bulk tonnage base metals deposits. He provides resource modeling and technical services consulting skills for underground and open pit projects, from exploration through technical study phases, to production. ​Anthony was a founding member of Elim Mining Incorporated and undertook the initial due diligence and 3D geologic review of the historic Sacaton (Cactus) Mine in Arizona. The company was renamed to Arizona Sonoran Copper Company and listed on the TSX (ASCU) with the Cactus project as the flagship asset. Anthony is a founding member of Bendito Resources, a private base and precious metals company developing exploration assets in Sonora, Mexico. Anthony has held positions for various mining and resource services companies including Klondex, BHP Billiton, Newmont Australia, and Maptek. Mr Bottrill has a bachelor’s degree in Geology with Honours in Structural Geology from the University of Adelaide.

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John Antwi
Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board, is a mining executive with 32 years of experience. He founded Elim Mining Incorporated and acquired the Sacaton (Cactus) mine, which is now listed on the TSX (ASCU) and called Arizona Sonoran Copper Company. He has held executive roles overseeing growth initiatives, mergers, and acquisitions with multi-billion-dollar organizations in the United States and Canada. John is currently President and CEO of Bendito Resources Inc, a private base and precious metals company developing numerous projects in Mexico. Mr. Antwi has a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from KNUST, Ghana, and a Master's degree in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines.

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Richard Reid
Independent Director

Independent Director, is a senior geologist with over 39 years in the mining business, working for major mining companies, with a focus throughout Nevada. His roles with Newmont Mining Corporation, now Newmont Goldcorp Corp., the largest producer of gold in the world, included Nevada District Exploration Manager, Exploration Business Development Manager and Chief Geologist for North America. Richard has extensive experience with Carlin type gold deposits and was involved with epithermal hosted gold deposits on the Carlin and Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend.

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Steve Spitze

Independent Director, is a mining executive with over 35 years of multi-industry experience.  He has held executive-level leadership positions and managed large, complex operations, including 15 years in the mining industry, most of which was spent managing surface mining operations for Newmont Mining Corporation on the Carlin Trend.  Mr. Spitze holds a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, with emphasis in business law from Seattle University School of Law, and is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association (License # 41101); he also holds a Master’s Degree in executive leadership from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree with emphasis in public administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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