Team

Michael Skellern

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Skellern is a global business leader with more than 30 years of executive management, finance and operating leadership in private and publicly-held international companies as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Managing Director, Board Member, and Advisor. He is an innovative and entrepreneurial business leader who leverages his merchant and investment banking experience where he developed, merged, acquired, and invested in companies and major projects in 14 countries across Europe, Middle East, and Asia to drive CSX acquisitions, operations and international growth.

Mr. Skellern holds an MBA International Management. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, International Chiefs of Police, International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals, and the Special Forces Club.

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Chuck Packard

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Packard is a highly skilled, financial veteran with more than 35 years of experience property, development, finance and operations. He was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board for Ambassador George Argyros’ business Interests. His business acumen contributed to the successful due diligence, acquisition, operation and disposition of several businesses and real estate project acquisitions and development in excess of $3 billion.

Mr. Packard developed various Due Diligence Analyses for multiple businesses to determine the proper valuation prior to acquisition; was instrumental in improving operations efficiencies by establishing disciplined Business-Specific Performance Metrics for all operating businesses to maximize annual cash flow, operating income, and asset value.  Mr. Packard holds a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo, Ohio.

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David M. Hung

Managing Director ~ Acquisition Valuations

Mr. Hung has over 8 years of global diversified financial experience in investment banking and finance. He has played an integral role in a variety of assignments including mergers & acquisitions, fairness opinions, valuation, litigation, recapitalizations, divestitures, private placements of debt and equity securities and restructurings. Mr. Hung worked with Ernst & Young LLP in the Transaction Advisory Services group where he serviced Fortune 500 private and public companies.

Mr. Hung graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Economics and is a candidate for membership with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). In addition, Mr. Hung is fluent in both Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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Fabrice Brassart

Managing Director ~ Europe

Mr. Brassart is an experienced international natural resources, management and financial professional based in Paris, France.  Preceding general management and financial assignments he served as Natural Resources Sector consultant with World Business, Inc. in Washington D.C., where he focused on projects developed by the World Bank due diligence, project cycle analysis and financial schemes (BOO, BOT, IPP, PPP, turnkey, lease, EPC) on World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank projects. He also worked with the International Monetary Fund., including major projects with multi-national energy sector giants Total, Suez, Tractebel, Alstom Power and Areva’s transmission and distribution divisions. Mr. Brassart worked at the French Embassy in Washington D.C., under the auspice of the Ministry of Economy & Finance.

Mr. Brassart has a M.A., Economics from Yale University, M.S., Engineering (Economics and Finance) from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees; and B.S. and M.S. in Theoretical Physics (Honors) from University of Evry.

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Ben Ribeiro

Managing Director ~ Business Development

Mr. Ribeiro has more than 30 years of global experience in the metals and mining business.  He previously held senior management positions with Aluminum Company of America, General Dynamics, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Vanomet AG in Zug, Switzerland.

As Managing Director of Westwood LLC, an international natural resources and mining advisory firm, he provided technical, acquisition and divestitures advisory services to the international mining and metals industry sector in Brazil, Colombia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Mexico.  He has an extensive and trusted network of senior government officials and natural resources industry leaders. Mr. Ribeiro has been responsible for the sale of three major “green field” iron ore assets in Brazil, currently valued at several billion. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Miami Florida. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Nicolas Ware

Managing Director ~ International Legal Affairs

Nic Ware serves as Managing Director of Risk Mitigation and Legal Affairs at Pacific International Capital. He has extensive international experience in mitigation of commercial risk, business continuity, investigations and litigation management, and intelligence operations.  Mr. Ware has significant international legal, investigative, and asset recovery experience.  Nic also works with the mining sector, governments and host communities to monitor environmental compliance and to prevent corruption. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Florida, and Oregon BAR Associations. Mr. Ware speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, and is proficient in Indonesian, Malay, and near proficient in Chinese.

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Adriano Espeschit

Managing Director ~ Mining Operations

Mr. Espeschit has twenty five years of senior management experience in the mining, metallurgy, oil and gas industries. Adriano has been responsible for strategic development and mine planning, production, beneficiation, operations and logistics of bauxite, copper, gold, iron ore, manganese, oil sands, and potash projects. He has lead the acquisition, development and sale of several major minerals and mining projects as Executive Director at J.Mendo Consultoria Empresarial Ltda., CEO of Ouro do Brasil Mineração Ltda., and President of Brasil Mining Site Ltda.

Adriano has served in senior management positions with some of the world’s largest mining corporations including General Manager at Mouth Keith Nickel with BHP Billiton Ltd. in Australia; Project Development Lead at Oil Sands Growth Department with Shell Canada Ltd., Mining General Manager at Sossego Copper Mine with Vale SA, Operations Director at Steel do Brasil Participações SA, and Operations Director of the Santa Rita project at Mirabela Nickel Ltd. His strategic vision and leadership in successful corporate mining projects resulted in the establishment of key strategic relationships, operational policies and procedures that resulted in the delivery of cost-effective mining operations and exceptional financial performance.

Mr. Espeschit is based in Brazil, and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish languages.

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