Board Members & Management
CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT
MS Economic Geology
Kit Marrs is the Co-Founder and President of WAC&G. He has more than 25 years experience in mineral exploration and development, property evaluation, and project financing in Alaska and Mexico. Mr. Marrs has worked for major mining companies and consulting firms including Anaconda Minerals Company (Anaconda), Kennecott/Bear Creek Mining, Watts Griffis & McQuat, and Penoles, SA de CV. In 1981, he was the project geologist for the Illinois Creek/Round Top Project for Anaconda and directed the exploration program. He has extensive experience in financing, permitting, and implementing real estate development projects and joint venture developments with values of $10-30 million USD. His combined experience in both geologic exploration and development in Alaska, and real estate project financing, permitting and development gives Mr. Marrs a unique set of skills to lead this company. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Arizona’s Department of Geosciences
CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION & LAND
Joan Marrs has many years of experience working in Anaconda’s mineral exploration camps in the Ambler District of northern Alaska in the 1980’s, and since 2009 at WAC&G’s Illinois Creek base camp. Ms. Marrs currently manages several large real estate properties for her family’s private companies, and has served on a number of non-profit boards. Additionally, Ms. Marrs’s extensive leadership and management experience includes more than 20 years as an educational administrator during which she managed budgets in excess of $2 million USD, and led an organization of more than 200 employees. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Arizona
DIRECTOR, VICE CHAIRMAN
Mr. Jones worked in southeast Alaska for US Borax on regional mineral exploration and the Quartz Hill project after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, and returned to the University of Arizona for a Master of Science in Geophysics before embarking on a career in the seismic industry. He worked his way through the ranks at Western Geophysical, eventually serving as President. Mr. Jones was also President at Baker Atlas, a well logging company, and WesternGeco, the $2 billion USD seismic division of Schlumberger before leaving to pursue a second career working with start-ups. He has invested in, or served on the board of seven start-up companies, mostly in the geological and geophysical technology sector, including serving as past Chairman of ARKeX, Novadrill, Ingrain, and Wireless Seismic. Mr. Jones has extensive experience helping start-up CEO’s build high performance teams, raise capital, and execute successful growth plans
CHIEF EXPLORATION OFFICER
MS Economic Geology
Mr. Piekenbrock brings over 35 years of experience in the mining exploration and development industry, during which he has managed all aspects of exploration from grassroots discovery through feasibility. From 2003 to 2011, he served as Vice President of Exploration for NovaGold Resources, and more recently served as Senior Vice President of Exploration for NovaCopper (now Trilogy Metals). He gained extensive experience throughout Latin America while working for Placer Dome, and was one of the founding members of Brett Resources. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the Cominco Alaska exploration team responsible for the discovery of the Whistler Cu deposit, the Sleitat Sn deposit, the Shotgun Au deposit, and the giant Pebble Cu-Au deposit. After joining the Nova group companies in 2003, he was instrumental in leading a series of major discoveries including the Donlin Creek Au and the Bornite Cu deposits in Alaska, and the Galore Creek Cu-Au porphyry deposit in British Columbia. He was awarded the Thayer Lindsley medal for International Discovery in 2009 for his role in the discovery of the Donlin Creek deposit, and the Colin Spence award for International Discovery in 2015 for his contributions to the discovery of the South Reef deposit at Bornite. Mr. Piekenbrock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Science degree in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona
Director of Corporate Development
Mr. Kilofliski has over 25 years of senior leadership and extensive expertise in mining, senior management, capital markets and corporate development within several publicly listed junior exploration companies.
Most recently, he served as the Director of Corporate Development for TSXV-listed Tudor Gold Corp and was instrumental in growing the company from $30 million to over $500 million in market capitalization. Prior experience includes CEO of TSXV-listed Canarc Resource Corp and Corporate Development Director for TSXV-listed Aurcana Corporation and Selwyn Resources Ltd. In the last decade he has helped raise over $300M in equity, debt and JV capital and was instrumental in creating significant shareholder value for various junior mining companies.
Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mr. Kilofliski’s academic background includes a BA degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Economics, Bucharest, Romania
Mr. Anderson is an attorney whose practice focuses on business organization and commercial transactions. Mr. Anderson received his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, and has had his own law practice since 1984
Nathan "Nate" H. Brewer
Nate Brewer is a consulting economic geologist with more than 40 years experience as an exploration geologist. He has worked for several major mining companies in over 20 countries worldwide including Anaconda, Echo Bay, Lac Minerals, Barrick, Homestake, and Gold Fields. His early career started in Alaska (including three years as the Project Manager at Illinois Creek). Before retiring in 2018 from Gold Fields, he was appointed to the position of Senior VP Global Greenfields Exploration in 2011.
Highlights of his career have been his leadership in two important South American projects from grass roots discovery through resource delineation, PEA, and Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility stages. Both of these deposits have since become profitable mines.
Mr. Brewer holds a BA in Geology from University of California Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Professional Geologist. He is the current President of the Denver Regional Exploration Geologists’ Society (DREGS).
Nate and his wife, Anna (former Alaska camp cook and retired RN), live in the Denver area
David C. Smallhouse
A fifth generation Tucson, Mr. Smallhouse graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BS in Agricultural Economics, and from the University of Arizona with a MS in Agricultural Economics.
David currently is the Managing Partner of Miramar Ventures, LLC, a firm involved in agribusiness, real estate, private equity and venture capital investments. Miramar Ventures is also an active investor in angel and early stage ventures.
Additionally, he is a partner in Arch Partners, LLC, an active seed venture investment company, a Tucson board member of BBVA Compass Bank, Playability Toys, Dependable Health Services, and I.Me.Mine Digital.
Current civic activities include serving as a Trustee of Salpoint Catholic High School, Director of the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona, Board Member of the National Law Center for Inter American Trade, Executive Board Member of Sun Corridor, Inc., Board Member of Start Up Tucson, Board Member of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and a Member of the Eller College National Board of Advisors. David is also a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, the Tucson Conquistadores, and the DM50