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Board of Directors

Photo of John P. Snyder IIIJohn P. Snyder III
Chairman

John P. Snyder III was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. John now resides in southern California. He graduated in 1969 from Colorado College with a degree in Business Administration. John has been in senior management most of his adult life and has owned several small businesses. He has been involved in the mining industry for over twenty years and currently is a governor or managing governor of five different mining LLCs.

Noel F. BennettNoel F. Bennett

Noel F. Bennett received a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.  In 1980 he founded Bennett Developments, a sole proprietorship which developed and managed commercial real estate in Boulder County, Colorado until 1996. In 1990 he formed Bennett Investments, Inc., an investment advisory service which provided portfolio management to individual clients in partnership with Money Strategies, Inc., a Boulder-based investment advisory firm. In 1999 he became a principal and portfolio manager at Peak Asset Management, LLC., in Louisville, Colorado, and continues in this position at present. He has served on the investment committee and Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County as well as helping organize and run the Buffalo Bicycle Classic, which has provided over $2 million in scholarship funds to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado.  Noel is the Chairman of The Bennett Office, Inc., in Minneapolis, and for the past four years was the Chairman of Cascade Mining, LLC., in Hibbing. He is a member of the CFA Society of Colorado and the CFA Institute.  He is an avid mountain hiker, cyclist and skier and supports wilderness conservation and wildlife preservation nonprofits in the Rocky Mountain west.

Photo of Charlotte Lyeth BurtonCharlotte Lyeth Burton

Charlotte Lyeth Burton is Chairman of Longyear Realty Corporation, a family-owned corporation that holds land, timber and mineral interests in northern Michigan and Minnesota. She is also a member of the boards of Carroll Paul Forest, Inc., and Superior Mineral Resources LLC. Ms. Burton is the former Managing Director of Shakespeare on the Sound, which produces an annual summer Shakespeare festival in Rowayton as a community event. Previously, she was Director of Development for The Maritime Center in Norwalk and The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY.

Photo of Edward GaleEdward Gale

Edward Gale was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. He graduated from Mesa State College in 1976 with a B.A. in English. Edward settled in Minnesota in 1981 and farmed in Minnetrista, Minnesota, for 19 years. During this time he served in appointed and elected positions, including Chair of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission from 1993-99 and as mayor of Minnetrista 1996-98. Since 1995, Edward has been involved in the mining business serving as an officer or Managing Partner of four mining companies. In 2000 he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, earned his M.A. from Southwestern College, and has since 2004 been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Santa Fe.

Photo of Stephen J. HicksStephen J. Hicks

Stephen J. Hicks is President and CEO of J. M. Longyear LLC, a natural resources company with interests in the upper Midwest and Canada. He is also CEO of Frontier Renewable Resources LLC. Steve brings more than twenty years of experience in businesses focused on natural resources to the Board. An alumnus of Michigan Tech (MTU), Steve graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School Executive Program. He presently serves on MTU’s Board of Control and has served on MTU’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Advisory Committee and Building Expansion Committee. He has also served as chair of the Michigan Forest Products Council.

John S. Pillsbury IIIJohn S. Pillsbury III

John S. Pillsbury III is a native of Minneapolis. A graduate of Yale University, he was a commercial banker for over 30 years; first with First Bank Minneapolis (now US Bank) and then as a founder of a startup bank in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been a general partner of Sargent Land Company, Keewatin Mining Company, and Meriden Engineering for over 20 years. These companies are predecessors of Superior Mineral Resources LLC. He has been an investor and board member of two mineral core drilling companies, Northwest Drilling Company and Idea Drilling Company, and has been Chairman of the Board of Sargent Management Company, a registered investment advisor. He presently resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Photo of Robin B. SchoenwetterRobin Bennett Schoenwetter

Robin B. Schoenwetter holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude, 1990) and a Juris Doctorate (1993) from the University of Minnesota and has many years of leadership experience in the nonprofit arena. As an attorney, she has experience representing high net worth individuals on a wide range of estate planning and business succession issues. Robin has held leadership positions as a trustee of the Junior League of Minneapolis, where she served as legal advisor, Chair of Training and Leadership Development, and as the Vice President of Strategic Planning. As a trustee of the Ripley Memorial Foundation, Inc., she was elected Chair of the Board Development and Nominating Committees. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a Vice President of The Bennett Office, Inc.

Managers

Photo of James A. HecimovichJames A. Hecimovich
President and CEO

Jim’s work experience includes over twenty years in finance and accounting, primarily in the mining and commodities industries, as well as ten years of small business ownership. Before joining Superior Mineral Resources, Jim served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was on the board of Cutler Magner Company, a regional supplier of salt and lime products operating in the Duluth-Superior Harbor basin of Lake Superior. Jim’s career also includes over sixteen years with EVTAC Mining where he last served as Vice President and Controller. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Mathematics from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Photo of Gregory D. Lindahl Gregory D. Lindahl, PE
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Hibbing, MN, native Greg Lindahl graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1979 with a Bachelor of Mineral Engineering degree. Greg has spent his entire career in the mining industry. He was hired by Hanna Mining Company in 1979 as a mining engineer in the Hibbing division office. While still with Hanna he moved to National Steel Pellet Company as mining engineer/mine foreman, then to Butler Taconite as mine engineer/concentrator foreman, moving back to National Steel Pellet Company as tailings basin engineer. Greg left Hanna to join Hibbing Taconite Company in 1988 as tailings basin engineer. Greg came to Meriden Engineering in 1990 serving as Chief Mining Engineer until 2008 when he accepted his present position. Greg is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming. He is a director of the Iron Ore Lessors Association and a member of the Society of Mining Engineers (SME).

Staff

Photo of Brianna J. Borndal Brianna J. Stevens
Executive Office Manager

Brianna is the Executive Office Manager at Superior Mineral Resources LLC. Brianna has lived in Minnesota her whole life, moving to Hibbing in 2008. Brianna has a diverse background working as a Technical Support Analyst, Electronic Technician and as a Supervisor at a manufacturing company before starting at Superior Mineral Resources in 2012.

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