Randall W. Atkins - Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Director
Randall Atkins is a founder of the Company and has served as the Executive Chairman of our board of directors since August 2015, and as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2018. He been involved in energy-related investment and financing activity for over 35 years, and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ramaco Coal, LLC from 2011 to present. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Mining Association and a member of the National Coal Council. He holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Michael D. Bauersachs - Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Michael Bauersachs is a founder of the Company has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and director since August 2015, and president of Ramaco Coal, LLC since 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in the coal industry, and was responsible for acquiring over 1.5 billion tons of Appalachian coal reserves and numerous mining assets during his time at Massey Energy Company. Mr. Bauersachs has a B.S. degree from Illinois College and received his M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Christopher L. Blanchard - Chief Operating Officer
Chris Blanchard has provided mining oversight, management and planning services to the Company since 2013, first as a consultant, and then formally as an officer in 2018. He has managed significant mining operations for a range of major public and private companies, including in Central Appalachia. Mr. Blanchard received his Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Charleston and also holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Michael P. Windisch - Chief Accounting Officer
Michael Windisch has served as Chief Accounting Officer since October 2016. He holds nearly 20 years of experience in accounting, including the last 14 years serving as chief financial officer for companies in the energy and industrial sector. Mr. Windisch also held various roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, including Senior Accountant, and holds a B.S. in Accountancy and Finance from Miami University.
Board of Directors
Bruce E. Cryder
Bruce E. Cryder has been a member of our board of directors since June 2017, and is currently Senior Counsel at Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP 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, representing a number of major public and private entities involved in the coal industry. Mr. Cryder received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Ohio State University in 1972.
Patrick C. Graney, III
Patrick C. Graney has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016, and is currently a private investor. Previously, Mr. Graney founded and served as Chairman of the One Stop Convenience Store Chain, and was the President, CEO, and director of Petroleum Products, Inc., a motor fuel and lubricant distribution company. He also serves on the boards of BB&T Corporation, a public bank, the West Virginia Coal Association and several privately held companies in which he is an investor with operations in the West Virginia area. He was formerly on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank -Richmond branch. 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.
W. Howard Keenan, Jr.
Howard Keenan, Jr. has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016, and has over 40 years of experience in the financial and energy businesses. He is a founder and has been a Member of Yorktown Partners LLC, a private investment manager focused on the energy industry. Mr. Keenan also serves on the Board of Directors of publicly traded Antero Resources Corporation, as general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP, and is serving or has served as a director of multiple public and private 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.
Trent Kososki has served as member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Kososki joined Energy Capital Partners in 2005 and became a partner in 2018. 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. Mr. Kososki received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Economics, from Duke University.
Bryan H. Lawrence
Bryan H. Lawrence has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. He 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. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a director of the publicly traded companies Carbon Natural Gas Company, Hallador Energy Company and Star Gas, L.P., as well as 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 has served as a 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. 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
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, and has also served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Patriot Coal Corporation, and Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Peabody Energy Corporation. Mr. Whiting has 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, Chairman of COALPAC, and Director of the National Coal Council. Mr. Whiting holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University.