Randall W. Atkins, Executive Chairman and Director. Randall Atkins has served as our Executive Chairman of our board of directors since August 2015. Mr. Atkins has been involved in energy related investment and financing activity for over 35 years. He has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ramaco, LLC from 2011 to present. From 1977 to 1980, he worked at Ashland Oil, Inc., principally on coal and international refining acquisitions. From 1990 to 1994, he worked as an Executive Vice President at S.N. Phelps & Co. of Greenwich, CT (focusing on energy related restructuring). In 1995 Mr. Atkins founded Archbrook & Co. (in partnership with the Commercial Bank of Kuwait), a fund which provided acquisition debt financing to private equity firms. In 2000, he joined the Estee Lauder family in New York as the Chief Executive Officer of Pelagas, LLC, an entity focused on energy and resource investments in Eastern Europe. After Pelagas, he subsequently formed Brook Investment in 2004 to provide investment banking services to clients in the mining and energy fields until September 2009. After Brook Investment, he continued this practice as a banker at J.P. Morgan & Co., prior to the formation of RAMACO in August 2011. He holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Michael D. Bauersachs, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Michael Bauersachs has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and director since August 2015. Mr. Bauersachs has over 30 years of experience in the coal industry. He has also served as president of RAMACO, LLC from 2011 until present. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Bauersachs worked at Trinity Coal as Executive Vice President—Business Development Land. From 1998 until 2010, he worked at Massey Energy Company. While at Massey Energy Company, he held the position of Vice President of Planning and was responsible for acquiring over 1.5 billion tons of Appalachian coal reserves and numerous mining complexes. He held similar positions at Arch Mineral Corporation (now Arch Coal) and Zeigler Coal Holding Company, respectively. His background has provided him with extensive experience in every major coal-producing region in the U.S. Mr. Bauersachs has a B.S. degree from Illinois College and received his M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Marc Solochek, Executive Vice President—Chief Financial Officer. Marc Solochek has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Solochek has been a consultant to the coal industry since 2006. Mr. Solochek has over 30 years of experience in the coal industry. From August 2006 to May 2011, he also served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Information Systems Technology, L.L.C. From November 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Solochek served as Chief Financial Officer of Strictly Business Computer Systems, Inc. From December 1998 to February 2006, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vulcan Capital Management, LLC and its affiliates. Mr. Solochek also served in various positions for Ashland Coal, Inc., including Administrative Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 1991 to June 1997 and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from September 1985 through May 1991. Mr. Solochek is currently on the board of directors of Novadx Ventures Corp. Mr. Solochek received Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting and J.D., both from the University of Wisconsin.
Michael Windisch, Executive Vice President—Chief Accounting Officer. Michael Windisch has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since October 2016. Mr. Windisch has nearly 20 years of experience in accounting, including the last 14 years serving in the role of chief financial officer of companies in the energy and industrial sector. From March 2015 until March 2016, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Foam Design, Inc. From September 2011 until March 2015, he served as Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Coal Corporation. From 2002 until 2011, he served as Chief Financial Officer of NGAS Resources, Inc. Mr. Windisch also held various roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, including Senior Accountant from 1999 until 2002 and Staff Accountant from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Windisch has B.S. in Accountancy and Finance from Miami University.
Mark Clemens, Executive Vice President—Chief Operating Officer. Mark Clemens has served as our Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Financial Officer since January 2016. Prior to joining us, Mr. Clemens was self- employed as a consultant for companies in the coal industry, including Ramaco, from December 2012 to January 2016. Prior to that time, from November 2011 to December 2012, Mr. Clemens served as president of Trinity Coal Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Clemens served as Massey Energy’s Senior Vice President of Group Operations from July 2007 to June 2011. Prior to this role, in addition to various mine management roles, Mr. Clemens was the Corporate Controller for Massey Energy from July 1997 to September 1998. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Marshall University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1991.
Bruce E. Cryder, Director. Bruce E. Cryder has been a member of the Board of Directors since June, 2017. Mr. Cryder is currently Senior Counsel at Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has practiced since 1988. During his career at Bingham he has focused his practice on the energy and natural resources industries, with a particular emphasis on the coal industry. He has, over the last 30 years, represented a large number of major entities involved in the coal industry on a wide variety of issues and transactions. He has also represented numerous private equity groups and financial institutions investing or lending in the coal space. He has been a frequent speaker at energy industry conferences and has served as a Trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation for many years. Prior to joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Mr. Cryder was Senior Attorney with what was then known as Utah International, which has since become a part of BHP-Billiton, where he served for five years as general counsel of Sierra Coal Company and later as international counsel representing Utah International and related entities in energy and mining projects around the world. Mr. Cryder also previously served as Field Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as Assistant Attorney General of Ohio where he had wide-ranging responsibilities for environmental and regulatory programs for the coal and oil and gas industries. Mr. Cryder received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Ohio State University in 1972.
Patrick C. Graney, III, Director. Patrick C. Graney has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Graney is currently a private investor. Previously, Mr. Graney founded and served as Chairman of the One Stop Convenience Store Chain from 1981 until its purchase by Cross America Partners in July 2015. Mr. Graney was the President and CEO, and a director and major shareholder of Petroleum Products, Inc., a motor fuel and lubricant distribution company from 1985 until it was sold to the private equity group SPI Petroleum in May 2007. Mr. Graney continued in his management role with the business and acted as the Eastern United States President of Petroleum Products, Inc. during a high growth period overseeing both acquisitions and greenfield new developments until his retirement in December 2012. Mr. Graney was first elected to the Board of City National Bank, a public company, in July of 2015 and is now serving an additional term with that company elected again in April 2016. He also serves on the Boards of several privately held companies in which he is an investor with operations in the West Virginia area. Mr. Graney is currently involved and has been involved in a variety of public service and community projects, including, among others, two consecutive terms as a Class B Director representing West Virginia to the Richmond Federal Reserve. Mr. Graney received a B.A. degree from The University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from the Colgate Darden School at The University of Virginia.
Howard Keenan, Jr., Director. W. Howard Keenan, Jr. has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Keenan has over 40 years of experience in the financial and energy businesses. Since 1997, he has been a Member of Yorktown Partners LLC, a private investment manager focused on the energy industry. From 1975 to 1997, he was in the Corporate Finance Department of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and active in the private equity and energy areas, including the founding of the first Yorktown Partners fund in 1991. Mr. Keenan also serves on the Board of Directors of Antero Resources Corporation and the general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP. In addition, he is serving or has served as a director of multiple Yorktown Partners portfolio companies. Mr. Keenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Harvard College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. Mr. Keenan was selected to serve on our board of directors in light of his finance skills and energy industry knowledge.
Trent Kososki, Director. Trent Kososki has served as member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Kososki joined Energy Capital Partners in 2005 and has been a principal at the firm since 2014. From June 2004 until September 2005, Mr. Kososki worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Financial Sponsors Investment Banking Group. Mr. Kososki currently serves on the Board of Directors of ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC and Chieftain Sand and Proppant, LLC and serves as a board observer to Cornucopia Oil & Gas Company, LLC, Sungevity, Inc. and Rimrock Midstream, LLC. Mr. Kososki received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Economics, from Duke University.
Bryan H. Lawrence, Director. Bryan Lawrence has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Lawrence is a founder and senior manager of Yorktown Partners LLC, the manager of the Yorktown group of investment partnerships, which make investments in companies engaged in the energy industry. The Yorktown partnerships were formerly affiliated with the investment firm of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. where Mr. Lawrence had been employed since 1966, serving as a Managing Director until the merger of Dillon Read with SBC Warburg in September 1997. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a director of Carbon Natural Gas Company, Hallador Energy Company and Star Gas, L.P. (each a United States publicly traded company) and certain non-public companies in the energy industry in which Yorktown partnerships hold equity interests. Mr. Lawrence is a graduate of Hamilton College and also has an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Tyler Reeder, Director. Tyler Reeder has served as member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Reeder joined Energy Capital Partners in 2006 and has been a partner of the firm since 2011. From December 2003 until March 2006, Mr. Reeder was a Vice President of Power and Fuel Markets of Texas Genco, LLC. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Reeder was a Director for Energy Markets and a Finance Manager at Orion Power Holdings, Inc., where he was responsible for power marketing, transaction analysis and execution. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Reeder worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Reeder currently serves on the boards of ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC, Broad River Power Holdings, LLC, CE2 Carbon Capital, LLC, Empire Gen Holdings, Inc., Terra-Gen, LLC, EnergySolutions, Inc. and Granite Holdings, Inc. (parent company of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.). Mr. Reeder received a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University.
Richard M. Whiting, Director. Richard M. Whiting has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Whiting previously served as President of Kinder Morgan Resources LLC, a natural resources leasing company, from June 2013 until July 2015. Prior to his time at Kinder Morgan, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Patriot Coal Corporation (“Patriot Coal”) from October 2007 until May 2012 which filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in July 2012. Prior to the spin-off of Patriot Coal from Peabody Energy Corporation (“Peabody”) in 2007, Mr. Whiting was Peabody’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. He also previously served as President & Chief Operating Officer and Director of Peabody from 1998 to 2002. During his tenure at Patriot Coal, Mr. Whiting also served as a Director of the National Mining Association (“NMA”), a member of NMA’s Executive Committee, Chairman of NMA’s Audit & Finance Committee, and Chairman of COALPAC. He was Chairman of NMA’s Safety & Health Committee from 1998 to 2002, and Chairman of the Bituminous Coal Operators’ Association from 1998 to 2002. He has served as a Director of the National Coal Council since January 2014 and he previously served as a member of the Society of Mining Engineers Foundation Board of Trustees from March 2006 to February 2016. Mr. Whiting holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University.