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Management Profiles
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Management Profiles

Frank Marasco Jr.
Jr. Founder, President, and CEO, director

Mr. Marasco is the founder of West High Yield. 

Frank Marasco is also President and  Director of Big Mountain Development  Corp. Ltd. Over the course of 45  years, Frank has built and sold 47  successful businesses, including  hotels, motels, rental units, RV and  mobile home parks, apartments, liquor  stores, pubs, strip malls, nightclubs, and a strip mall. At the age of 47,  Frank retired, later going into business in the oil and mining sectors. He has since purchased 81 oil and gas development sections in S.E.  Saskatchewan in the Bakken, as well. gold mines in Rossland,

B.C. After briefly exploring for—and find—gold on the project, Marasco and his team then discovered what is now a world-class, 2,000 acre, high grade, low cost, magnesium deposit known as Record Ridge.

Barry Baim

Mr. Baim brings over 35 years activating and inspiring teams to achieve profitable revenue growth.  His senior experience is diverse having held executive positions with both private and public companies including CPG leader Molson Coors and in the natural resource sector mining site development projects in oil sands and other service-related entities in the energy, oil, and gas. 

Mr. Baim is currently a director for SGV Canada and a past board member with Millennium Seismic, Paradigm Chemical Technologies and Siksika Resource Developments Ltd. 

Patricia L. Nelson

Ms Nelson was Controller for Sabre Petroleum's, Petroterra Natural Resources and Manager of Financial Control for Suncor. She is the Vice Chair and Director of the In Situ Oil Sands Alliance, Director of Altalink, and Director of Optiom Inc.. Ms Nelson served 15 years as an elected Member of the Legislature of Alberta. She was appointed and served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Minister of Government Services and finally was appointed Minister of Finance. She served 12 years as a member of the Treasury Board and the Agenda and Priorities Committee of the Government. An active member in the community, she supports charitable organizations such as the Kidney Foundation, the Cancer Foundation, Heart and Stroke and Juvenile Diabetes.

Maria Marasco

Mrs. Marasco is an independent business woman who has provided services in corporate restructuring finance, acquisitions, and strategic planning. She is also responsible for overseeing management information systems, human resource strategies, and property management systems.

Mr. Rick Walker
P. Geologist, P. Engineer

Rick Walker, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Geo., Rick has over 25 years of geological and structural mapping experience in the mineral exploration industry. Rick has a strong background, ranging from structurally complex areas to advanced exploration property definition. In addition, he has worked on a wide variety of deposit types, including porphyries, sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX), volcanogenic massive sulphides (VMS), low tonnage vein-type, industrial minerals; gold, silver, base metals, rare to strategic metals and diamonds. Rick has delivered significant geological value throughout his career for companies, ranging from junior to major resource companies, both nationally and internationally.  He has also served as a volunteer for industry related organizations, serving for 12 years as President of the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, 5 years as a Director of the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines (now the Association of Mineral Exploration for BC), on the committee that developed the initial Mineral Exploration Code for BC and as an Industry representative in the Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) process resulting in the East Kootenay Land Use Plan.

Corey Peck
Junior Geologist

Cory is a junior geologist who came to West High Yield Resources in the spring of 2007. He studied at the University of Calgary, where he received a B.Sc. in Geology, with a minor in earth science. He has extensive training in both the field and lab settings. His skill set encompasses all aspects of geology, geophysics and geography, with particular emphasis on geotechnical logging, mineralogy and mapping. He currently resides full time in Rossland, BC

Ian F. T. Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy brings over 45 years of experience in venture capital and investment banking activities. Mr. Kennedy is a consultant who has served on the board of more than 35 public companies from mining, oil and gas, to high-tech. He has also been Chairman of Ryerson Polytechnic, Toronto.

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