Graphite mining engineer Donald Baxter is the CEO of Alabama Graphite Corp. and one of the premier graphite experts in world, having helped define three graphite deposits and having built and operated one of only two producing graphite mines in North America. A graphite industry veteran, Mr. Baxter is the only CEO in the graphite development space with demonstrated graphite mining and processing experience, in addition to extensive secondary processing, value-added graphite product and battery-ready graphite experience.
Mr. Baxter’s Coated Spherical Purified Graphite (CSPG) battery-ready graphite work at Alabama Graphite Corp. is widely regarded as the premier battery-ready graphite program in the industry. Mr. Baxter holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.
Josh Spoores joined CRU in 2012 with editorial responsibility for CRU’s leading Steel Sheet Monitor and the Steel Sheet Market Outlook while also contributing to the Steel Monitor as well as the Plate Market Outlook. Prior to this role at CRU, he was a Senior Marketing Analyst at Severstal North America, founder of Steel Reality, a forward-looking market analysis firm using a models-based approach for flat rolled and plate steel. He was also the Market Research Manager at Majestic Steel USA, one of the largest flat rolled service centres in the USA. He has a BSc in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Patrick Chidley, CFA, MS, BSc. ARSM. Currently partner with the 3ppb Group, an international mining-industry focused firm investing in mining industry private equity opportunities and providing management consulting and corporate strategy advice to mining and exploration companies. Mr. Chidley has over 25 years’ experience in mining and mining finance; extensive evaluation and investing experience in broking, (as a well-known, leading gold industry analyst with HSBC), in fund management with USAA Investment Management Company, and in investment banking and commodities. He started his career as a mining and exploration geologist in Southern Africa. Holds a CFA, a BSc. in Mining Geology (Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London) and an MS in Mineral Economics (Penn State University).