Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Mr. Benedetti is a central figure in the mining industry of Panama and past President of the Panama Chamber of Mines. In the 1980's, Mr. Benedetti was involved in the discovery of the Santa Rosa and Remance gold deposits and their development, bringing Remance into production in the 1990’s. Mr Benedetti was also instrumental in in the discovery of the Cerro Quema high sulphidation–type gold deposit and its subsequent acquisition by Bellhaven and sale to Pershimco Resources. Mr. Benedetti is an alumnus of the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Patrick M. Abraham
Co-Founder, CEO & Director
Since 1998, Mr. Abraham has been actively involved in the junior resource exploration, development and mining sectors providing debt and equity capital of over US$300 million in primary issuance securities for more than 100 private and publicly traded companies on Canadian, U.S., European and Australian exchanges. In 1997 Patrick co-founded and managed PanAmerica Capital Group, Inc., a private Panama-based securities brokerage and investment finance firm, where he currently serves as a member of its board of directors. Along with Mr. Benedetti, Patrick founded Bellhaven Copper & Gold, Inc. in 2004. As a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy having served aboard the U.S.S. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Patrick now lives with his wife and 3 children in Gig Harbor, WA.
Maria Milagros Paredes
President, CFO & Director
Ms. Paredes combines experience as a finance professional with a technical background in mineral exploration and geology. Her extensive financial experience was developed at two storied companies, Hewlett Packard and Intel. More recently at Bellhaven, she established operational and financial procedures and controls which allowed Bellhaven to conduct more efficiently its financial reporting, its first-ever NI 43-101 resource estimate, and its partnerships with IAMGOLD and AngloGold Ashanti. Ms. Paredes received a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria Lima-Peru, a M.Sc. degree in Geology from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Cornell University (New York). She was born in Lima, Peru and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Special Advisor to Management and to the Board of Directors
Dr. Paul Zweng is a member of Sand & Gold LLC, the general partner to The Toquepala Fund, LP, an investment partnership designed to invest in early-stage exploration companies. Dr. Zweng has blended a technical and financial background in exploration and mining over the past 30 years. He was the COO and later President and CEO of QGX Ltd., a TSX-listed company with mineral projects in Mongolia which was purchased for C$265 M in October, 2008. Dr. Zweng was a founder and Director of Antares Minerals Inc. (ANM:TSX-V) which was purchased by First Quantum Minerals (FM:TSX) for C$650 M in December, 2010. He served as interim CEO and Director of Bellhaven Copper & Gold, Inc. (BHV:TSX-V) from May, 2010 to Feb 2012. Dr. Zweng received two bachelor's degrees with distinction in geology and applied earth sciences (mineral economics) from Stanford University in 1980, a master's degree in geology from Queen's University, Ontario, in 1984, and a doctorate in applied earth sciences (ore deposits) from Stanford University in 1993. Dr. Zweng has published several articles and abstracts on geology and ore deposits in two languages in scientific journals.