Management & Directors


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James Anderson

Mr. Anderson serves as Chairman and CEO of Guanajuato Silver Company. His career began in the financial services industry with a successful 19-years as a retail broker, investment banker, and manager with several Canadian investment firms. These included First Canada Capital Ltd., Research Capital Corp., and Majendie Securities Ltd., where he was instrumental in the financing of numerous small-cap public companies in the mining exploration and development industry. James then went on a career in mining exploration, serving as CEO of NuLegacy Gold Corp. from 2012 until April 2019. He is also currently a director of Orestone Mining Corp. James was born in the gold mining community of Timmins, Ontario, and is a graduate of the University of Alberta.


Ramon Davila

Ramón Dávila

Mr. Davila was Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors of First Majestic Silver Corp from 2004 to 2014. Within that 10-year period, he led a team that created five new silver mining operations in Mexico, taking the company from two employees to more than 4000, growing First Majestic’s production profile from zero to over 12 million ounces of silver equivalent production per year. In September 2016, Mr. Davila was appointed Minister of Economic Development for the State of Durango, Mexico – a post he held until June 2020. His graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.


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Lisa Dea

Lisa Dea, CPA, CA has 20 years of experience in the finance, securities and accounting fields. Ms. Dea has been the CFO of several TSX, TSX-v, CSE and ASX listed companies where she was responsible for corporate strategy, all aspects of finance and legal, debt and capital market activities, managing banking relationships with US, Canadian and International banks, internal and external public reporting, financial controls, processes and corporate governance. She has been instrumental in helping several companies grow from the development stage to large-scale commercial operations. Previous to her time in industry, Ms. Dea spent eleven years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, achieving the position of Senior Manager. Ms. Dea obtained her Chartered Professional Accountants designation in 1997 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.


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Hernan Dorado Smith

Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith has been a Director of Guanajuato Silver. since April 2017. Mr. Smith is a 5th generation mining engineer and possesses 15-years of underground and open-pit mining experience. He has in-depth knowledge of the El Pinguico mine in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has worked with several mining companies on major projects: New Gold at its Peak Mine, Australia and Rainy River, Canada; Panamerican Silver at Navidad, Argentina and La Preciosa, Mexico. Mr. Smith graduated as a mining engineer from Universidad de Guanajuato in 2003 and received an Executive MBA from Escuela Europea de Negocios, Salamanca in 2013.


Mario Valdez

Mario Valdez

Mr. Valdez is a mining engineer and metallurgist with over 38 years of experience in Mexico’s mining industry. Prior to joining Guanajuato Silver, Mr. Valdez was the General Manager of Grupo Frisco’s San Francisco del Oro mine in Chihuahua. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Valdez held various senior management roles with First Majestic; notably, he was the General Manager of the La Parrilla silver mine in Durango, and the General Manager at La Encantada silver mine in Coahuila; he ended his tenure with First Majestic as the Vice President of Mexican Operations. Mr. Valdez is a graduate of the School of Mines, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua.


William Gehlen

Mr. Gehlen (Bill) currently serves as a Director and Manager of Geology for JR Resources Corp., a USA listed company, and advises management on technical matters with investments in the USA at Dakota Territory Resource Corp. Prior to this, he served as Manager of Corporate Development for Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (March 2018 to December 2020), Manager of Resource Development for OceanaGold Corp. (January 2013 to April 2018), and VP of Exploration for Pacific Rim Mining Corp. (March 1997 to December 2012) where he managed all aspects of mineral exploration in the Americas and oversaw exploration and development at the El Dorado gold deposit in El Salvador, and the Diablillos silver-gold deposit in Argentina. Prior to Pacific Rim, Bill explored for precious and base metal deposits throughout the Western USA, Northern Mexico, and Chile with several major mining companies, including Union Carbide (Browns Lake), Duval, Noranda (Grey Eagle, Black Pine, and Carlin Trend), WestGold (Austin Ventures), Newmont, Cambior (Stibnite) and Gibraltar Mines (Gibraltar Mine and Lomas Bayas). Bill earned an M.S. (Geology-1984) from the University of Idaho and a B.Sc. (Geology-1977) at the University of Oregon. After 40+ years in the minerals exploration business, the internationally exposure, the geologic understanding of mineral systems, and the “boots-on-the-ground” approach, Bill’s passion is on finding new opportunities!


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Daniel Oliver

Mr. Oliver manages Myrmikan Capital LLC, of New York, NY, which actively invests in the precious metals mining sector. Mr. Oliver also serves as President of the Committee for Monetary Research & Education, an organization founded by prominent economists and businessmen in 1970 in opposition to the Bretton Woods monetary system. His articles have been published in, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Real Clear Markets, National Review Online, among others, and he speaks frequently at precious metals conferences. Mr. Oliver has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an MBA from INSEAD.


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Richard Silas

Mr. Silas has been a Director of Guanajuato Silver Company since October of 2019, Richard now also serves as VP of Corporate Development. Previously was President and Director of Barksdale Resources Corp., where he played a vital role in acquiring the company's flagship Sunnyside project in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Sunnyside is located adjacent to South32’s Taylor deposit, which was acquired in 2018 for $2.1 Billion. Mr. Silas has 20+ years’ experience in corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and administration of junior resource companies. Prior to Barksdale, Mr. Silas was Director and Corporate Secretary of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (listed on the TSX and NYSE) from 2009 until 2017. During his time at Gold Standard, the Company’s market capitalization increased from $23 million to over $400 million. His understanding of the junior exploration markets and ability to position, structure, and administer companies has been integral to their successes.