Management Team

Vista’s highly qualified management and technical team has extensive experience and a proven track record of exploration, development and operations successes.

Frederick H. Earnest

Frederick H. Earnest has served as director since 2007 and was appointed CEO of the Company in January 2012. He served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2007-2012 and as Senior Vice President, Project Development from 2006-2007. He served as a director of Midas Gold Corp. from April 2011 – May 2014. Mr. Earnest has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, including President of Pacific Rim El Salvador, and previously as General Manager and Legal Representative for Compania Minera Dayton in Chile. He holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

John W. Rozelle

John W. Rozelle was appointed Sr. Vice President in August 2012. He joined Vista as Vice President of Technical Services in May 2011. Prior to joining Vista, Mr. Rozelle has over 37 years of experience in the minerals industry as an economic geologist. Mr. Rozelle was most recently the Manager of the Mineral Resource Division of Tetra Tech located in its Golden, Colorado Office and was instrumental in developing the traditional mining consulting practice for that company. Mr. Rozelle has a M.Sc. in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.A. in geology from the State University of New York at Plattsburg and is a Professional Geologist registered in Wyoming and a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Mr. Rozelle has extensive experience with mineral resource and reserve estimation, property evaluation, and feasibility studies.

John F. (Jack) Engele

John F. (Jack) Engele was appointed Senior Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer of the Company on May 29, 2012.  Mr. Engele has over 30 years’ experience in the gold mining industry where he has worked with senior and mid-tier gold producers and most recently served as Senior Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer of Electrum Ltd., a privately funded global gold exploration company. His experience spans every facet of the gold industry from mine construction, start-up and operations to equity and debt financing, regulatory reporting, corporate governance and strategic planning. He holds an MBA from Regis University and holds a CPA, CMA designation in Canada.

Brent D. Murdoch

Brent D. Murdoch joined Vista Gold Australia as the General Manager in November 2012. With 25 years of industry experience, including more than ten years’ experience specializing in mine start-ups and large project construction, Mr. Murdoch has substantial mining industry experience in gold, manganese, iron ore and copper.  Previous roles include management positions with Leighton Contractors at the Solomon and Yandi mines in Western Australia as well as General Manager of OM Manganese Pty Ltd and General Manager Construction for Harmony Gold at the Hidden Valley Mine.  Mr. Murdoch is responsible for building the Mt Todd operating team, managing local stakeholder relationships and ultimately managing the operation of the Mt Todd mine. He earned his MBA in 2007 and a Diploma in Electronic Business in 2004 both from Murdoch University in Perth Australia and also holds a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.