About Burgex Mining Consultants

Experienced. Honest. Expeditious.

Burgex Mining Consultants provides convenient, comprehensive mining consulting services. In our 100+ years of combined experience, we’ve worked on over 2,500 projects and staked over 10,000 mineral claims. We offer dependable mineral market analysis, claim staking, valuation, sampling, and more to produce the quality projects you expect in a reasonable timeframe (leaving our competition in the dust). Our expert mining consultants are prepared to assist you from mineral exploration through mining operations, all in one place. We’re dedicated to becoming a critical component of the highest value mining projects in the world through unmatched expertise, pioneering services, fast turnaround, and a world class global network.

The Burgex team is fueled by a passion for mineral exploration and dedicated to providing excellent service to our clients.

Hardworking Professionals

Burgex’s founders and team have extensive backgrounds in a variety of areas, 100+ years of combined experience, and are members of several professional organizations in the field.

Dependable Experts

Featured in Forbes Magazine, on Discovery Channel, and many other outlets, the team members of Burgex have led the field in safe access to difficult vertical abandoned mine workings.

Pioneering Strategists

Burgex has pioneered new developments and techniques in market analysis studies, due diligence, claim staking, mine valuation, and abandoned mine exploration services.

Principled Partners

We are fully insured and have serviced companies ranging from individual prospectors and public junior mining companies all the way through major miners, large investment groups, and governments.

Responsive Analysts

We’ve identified, secured, and consulted on hundreds of thousands of acres of mineral properties across a wide spectrum of mineral commodities with resources and reserves in the billions of dollars.

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Meet the Burgex Team

Meet the people that make Burgex the best team of mining consultants you can ask for.

Stuart Burgess, Co-Founder

Stuart Burgess


Stuart Burgess has been involved in the mineral exploration and mining industry for over a decade through his work with Burgex and Mojave Underground, as well as many other industry businesses. Stuart earned his expertise while assisting in over 50 mineral exploration and mining projects. He has also secured over 100k acres of mineral rights for clients of all sizes. He is now recognized as a thought leader in the industry and has brought a new light of innovation to the Burgex team.

Crystal Burgess

Crystal Burgess

Director of Operations & Co-Founder

Crystal Burgess found her passion growing up on an active placer mine in Alaska. She specializes in mining history and mineral exploration. Her abilities to quickly mobilize field crews and draft claim paperwork have been a key asset to many companies both private and public. In the field, Crystal provides experienced landman operations as the chief scribe. She also oversees all on-rope abandoned mine exploration and sampling services.

Chris Summers

Chris Summers

CFO & Senior Financial Analyst

Chris Summers brings over 20 years of financial management skills to the Burgex team as well as years of experience in mining and exploration activities from his work with Rio Tinto and Nyrtar. Chris has experience representing some of the most well-known names in mining as a senior consultant. One example of Chris’s inventory of accomplishments is the valuation of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi mine during his time with Rio Tinto. Chris has brought his years of education and experience to Burgex to take the lead in mining finances for the next generation.

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Burgess

Senior Auditor

Amanda has experience as an auditor for 8 years at a microbiological testing lab for medical devices. Her natural attention to detail, prior experience, and education help to ensure every document Burgex generates is the absolute best product our team can produce. Amanda has combined her passion for mining and her love of her job to deliver the most value to our clients time and time again.

Tyler Peck

Tyler Peck

Mining Engineer

Tyler Peck brings the Burgex team over 5 years of experience in the aggregate and construction industry. His experience spans from mine planning and design work with Rio Tinto, local work as a construction aggregate producer, and SMART construction consultant with Komatsu. He specializes in aerial mapping and automated machine control. Tyler’s well-rounded background brings an incomparable level of quality and content to the Burgex team.

Jennifer Deems

Jennifer Deems

Executive Assistant

Jennifer is a creative mind that thrives in a competitive, fast-paced environment. She brings the highest level of customer service to our clients every day. Jennifer has experience in event and design planning and coordination as well as leadership and management skills. She is passionate about being part of the collaborative team here at Burgex and is always looking for creative new strategies for developing and building team growth.

Nick Proctor

Nick Proctor

Senior Mining Analyst

Nick Proctor has 10-plus years in the mining industry, where he has worked on projects ranging from greenfield exploration through significant operations. He previously worked as a drill hand on a core rig and field technician, where he conducted surface sampling and rock shop activities. Before joining Burgex, Nick worked for Barrick Gold Corporation as a Valuations Specialist, where he performed business development and due diligence on growth opportunities across Nevada. During his time with Barrick, he advised management on its decision to acquire Newmont, which ultimately resulted in the formation of the Nevada Gold Mines joint venture and the world’s largest gold mining complex. He holds a Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from Colorado School of Mines. He has a keen interest in helping junior explorers obtain financing to advance their projects.

Jake Tanner

Jake Tanner

Lead GIS Developer

Jake Tanner holds a degree in Geospatial Science and Technology and has primarily worked as a GIS Analyst in telecommunications, oil and gas, and the mining industry. His work has spanned from generating geospatial data visualizations to excel information dashboards. Additional experience includes 5 years as an accounting clerk in asset management. He is passionate about learning new technologies and techniques to improve workflows and decrease time costs. Jake is an asset to the Burgex team and brings an innovative spirit and a talent for process optimization.

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Director of Landman Services

Mike Murphy brings over 27 years of experience in remote sensing, aerial data collection and processing, and geospatial intelligence production in both public and private industry. Mike spent a dozen years serving in the United States Marine Corps directly supporting multi-national operations leading global intelligence fusion teams to deploy special operations units. Following military service, Mike spent another 8 years as a government contractor for the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security where he assessed and enhanced the security of nuclear weapons and weapons-grade material. Mike’s private industry experience includes telecommunications network design, construction management, environmental compliance, and permitting of large infrastructure projects.

Jake Alexander

Jake Alexander


Jake Alexander brings a new layer of skills and experience to the Burgex team as our first full-time Geologist. He holds a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Tennessee and has completed field work across North America (12 states and counting!) and in South Africa. He previously has worked in the mining, oil and gas, and environmental industries. Jake is passionate about performing thorough field investigations, interpreting surficial and subsurface geological data, developing system models, and ultimately providing increased value to our client’s projects.

Simon Scoville

Simon Scoville

Field Manager

Simon Scoville has earned his place at Burgex as the Field Manager, as he has been a trusted field crew member for several years already. Having staked thousands of claims throughout the West in every type of weather condition year-round, he is able to plan and execute staking/sampling jobs efficiently and safely, with a crew or on his own. Simon’s ability to problem-solve and adapt in the field has been invaluable to Burgex and our clients. Simon has a passion for exploring abandoned mines and discovering their history but is also excited to employ Burgex’s new technologies in the field, such as drone surveys and XRF sampling.

Bill Schnieders

Bill Schnieders

Sales Director

Bill is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Mining Engineering.  His introduction to the mining industry was as a general inside laborer working underground. From there, Bill had a long successful career in the Mining and Mineral Processing Division at Nalco Water.  His work experience spans almost four decades and covers all the major mining segments in multiple locations across the US and western Canada. Bill comes from a culture of providing high level technical support and value driven programs to his clients.  He is most proud of all the partnerships he has had the opportunity to develop with key mining organizations and individuals throughout his career.

James Balagna

James Balagna

Senior Geologist

James has over thirty years of experience in the mining industry, in exploration, development, management, modeling and ore control. He’s worked in the western US, and Africa. James has been involved in all aspects of mine development from grassroots exploration to opening an underground mine. He also worked briefly in the oil and gas industry in the western US. While working for Klondex Gold and Silver as Chief Geologist and Underground Project Manager he was instrumental in permitting, budgeting and contracting the Fire Creek mine. James is most proud of his time spent mentoring junior geologists in modeling and field work.


Austin Putnam

Field Specialist

Austin Putnam spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. After leaving military service he began to develop a passion for abandoned mine exploration from a combination of a love for history and outdoor exploration. He has since gained experience in the mining industry through underground exploration, survey, and sampling, as well as above ground through claim staking and land management. Austin is excited to continue building on that experience and to provide new and innovative services through new technologies available to the
Burgex team.

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Our expert team of mining consultants is prepared to assist you from mineral exploration through mining operations, all in one place.