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About Burgex
Mining Consultants

We Solve the Challenges of Mining

At Burgex, our mission is to “Solve the Challenges of Mining,” whether for our clients or for the broader industry. We are passionate about the transformative potential of mineral exploration and are committed to fostering smart, responsible growth for humanity. A key aspect of this commitment is operating exclusively within environmentally-conscious countries. This is why our business focuses solely on projects in the US, where stringent rules and regulations are in place. While navigating these dynamics can be frustrating at times, we work closely with our clients to ensure compliance and sustainability.

Education is a cornerstone of our work. We strive to educate both our clients and potential clients on how mineral exploration operates in the US. Moreover, we recognize the importance of extending this education to the general public. It may seem daunting, but by sharing our stories with the world—illustrating how mining works, showcasing available careers, and highlighting the safety culture within the industry—we can make a significant impact for those who rely on us to carry out our responsibilities.

Crystal Burgess

Co-Founder and CEO of Burgex Mining Consultants

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.

Choose Safety Always

At Burgex, safety is a top priority in all aspects of the company’s operations. The company has implemented a robust safety management system that includes policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure that all employees, contractors, and clients have the safest working environment possible. The company’s safety policies are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practices and changes in regulations. Training and communication are essential components of the safety program, and employees are provided with ongoing education to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities in maintaining a safe work environment. We are committed to promoting a culture of safety, where all employees are encouraged to identify and report any safety hazards, incidents, or near misses.

“Choose Safety Always” is a fundamental value at Burgex, evident in every aspect of the company’s operations. The company promotes individual responsibility for safety and urges employees always to opt for the safest option in any situation. This value is reinforced by regular safety training, daily toolbox talks, and safety audits. By prioritizing safety in all its operations, Burgex is not only safeguarding its employees but also ensuring that it can sustainably and safely deliver high-quality mining consulting services to its clients.

Meet the Burgex Team

Meet the people that make Burgex the best team of mining consultants you can ask for. They have  combined experience and knowledge spanning decades, covering every aspect of the mining industry.

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Stuart Burgess

Chairman & Co-Founder

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 hundreds of mineral exploration and mining projects. He is now recognized as a thought leader in the industry and has brought a new light of innovation to the Burgex team with new services and ideas.

Crystal Burgess

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Crystal Burgess, CEO and co-founder of Burgex Mining Consultants, established the pioneering firm in 2010, rooted in abandoned mine exploration. Her journey began with hands-on fieldwork, staking claims, sampling, and contributing to underground programs. As the company evolved, Crystal’s expertise led her through various leadership roles, from field technician to Chief Operating Officer. Today, as CEO, she leverages her extensive experience to drive revenue, foster business development, and ensure client satisfaction. Guiding her team with the mantra “We solve the challenges of mining,” Crystal continues to propel Burgex Mining Consultants forward with cutting-edge solutions and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Chris Summers

Chief Financial Officer

Chris has evolved from senior analyst to leading the company through its initial growth stage as CFO. He earned his Master of Business Administration at Westminster College and his bachelor’s in accounting at Utah State University. Chris spent time at Rio Tinito and was among those responsible for the valuation of some of the world’s largest known mineral deposits.

Bruno Hegner

Chief Operating Officer 

Bruno Hegner brings over 30 years of experience in exploration, large scale project development, operational and business leadership, joint venture management and technology deployment in a diverse range of commodities in North America, South America, Australasia and Russia.

Bruno spent most of his career with Cyprus Minerals Company, Magma Copper Company and Rio Tinto plc. His past roles include Vice President/General Manager of the Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper Project in Arizona, General Director of the RioNor exploration joint venture with Norilsk Nickel in the Russian Far East, and Managing Director of Rio Tinto’s Copper Projects Group. He has also led several publicly-traded exploration companies, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer for Alderan Resources Limited, where he managed Alderan’s Frisco and Drum Mountain projects in Utah. Bruno is also a senior level attorney with experience working for one of Utah’s top-tier law firms and as General Counsel for a mid-tier precious metals producer.

Bruno earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. He has completed post-graduate studies at Duke University and the London School of Business. He is licensed to practice in the States of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Tyler Peck

Mining Engineer, PE

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.

Jenny Deems

Mineralocity Aggregates Team Lead

 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. 

Amanda Burgess

Compliance Manager

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.

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.

Nick Proctor

Director of Consulting Services

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.

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

Chief Revenue Officer

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.

Graham Peterson

Staff Geologist

Graham is an experienced underground production geologist having worked at multiple start up or resurrection style gold mining projects throughout Colorado, Arizona, and Utah, which has exposed him to all the phases of small mine startups. He has primarily worked in orogenic and epithermal narrow vein gold systems with projects utilizing mechanized as well as conventional(timber) mining methods. Graham earned his B.S. in Geology from Colorado State university and is excited to continue diversifying his experience as well as add value to any project through geologic research, mapping, interpretation and his underground experience. 

Austin Putnam

Director of Health and Safety

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.

Chris Guenther

Finance Director

Chris Guenther contributes his 20+ years of accounting experience to the Burgex team, having served companies from various industries and sizes as a Senior Accountant as well as Controller and Consultant.  Having been a student and investor in the mining and exploration sector since 2006, his role at Burgex is the perfect marriage of his passions and career experience.  Chris loves working with collaborative teams in a cooperative and supportive environment, so he is thrilled to be working with the great team at Burgex.  He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is excited for the growth he sees coming in commodities and mining, as well as the growth that Burgex is enjoying as a premier partner and consultant in the mining industry.

Savannah Bommarito

GIS Analyst

A Pacific Northwest transplant, Savannah Bommarito holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology, Masters of Science in Natural Resource Management, and is in pursuit of a doctoral degree in Geography focused on reconstructing past records of climate, vegetation, and fire in the west desert of Utah. With a diverse background in GIS, remote sensing, and natural resource work, she is able to contribute to projects both in the office and in the field. Savannah is most passionate about the understanding and mitigation of anthropogenic drivers contributing to climate change.

Andrea Jenks 

Executive Assistant 

A business founder and owner, Andrea employs her experience in leadership, planning, and management skills to build and implement working business models and plans. At Burgex she assists the CEO with schedule details, workload and streamlining workflows.

Andrea is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied business management at BYU, has earned an associate’s degree in computer information systems at Westminster College, and holds several other project management, leadership and business certificates. She loves to spend time with her family and enjoys hiking and camping.

Wilson Indermuehle

GIS and Field Technician

With a passion for GIS and navigation, Wilson efficiently executes on-the-ground logistics to plan and implement field projects of various size and scope across the Western states.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and grew up in New England. He is an avid skier, climber and hiker, and can spend hours just buzzing around Google Earth for fun.

Dan Christensen 

Mining Engineer
 

Dan has experience in several branches of mining such as hyperspectral imaging, GIS and geologic field work. He has a fascination for marine mining and its engineering and environmental challenges. He holds a degree in mining engineering from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in geomechanics and spatial analytics.

Having spent his youth exploring national parks, camping and rockhounding, Dan has a strong love of nature, oceans and mining. He spends his free time with his wife Madi and French bulldog Betty. 

Bianca Gallina 

Staff Geologist

As a field geologist, Bianca has experience in mapping, sampling and GIS, and has spent time in the geotechnical industry working in open-pit mines throughout the Intermountain West. Her role at Burgex includes evaluation of mineral resources, design and implementation of field work, and collaboration with financial analysts and the landman team.

Bianca is from upstate New York and holds a bachelor’s degree in earth and environmental science from University of Michigan. Her passion for geology drove her west to dive into the exploration industry. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping and finding unique spots to explore.

Andrew Lewis

Field Manager

Andrew is not afraid to take on tough tasks and rugged terrain to make sure clients’ needs are fully met, and to ensure projects are completed as accurately as possible within company safety standards. With work experience in the technology industry, he assists with technological services such as 3D LiDAR scanning and drone imagery, and strives to make those services work together to provide a full picture of a client’s assets.

Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and family business from Auburn University. A transplant from the South, he is an avid outdoorsman with years of experience climbing, snowboarding, dirt biking, hiking and camping.

Owen Sprau

Owen Sprau

Staff Geologist

Owen Sprau grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. After working for the Luzerne County Conservation District for a summer he moved to Salt Lake City in pursuit of new work and outdoor opportunities. Owen is an avid fisherman, mountain biker, and snowboarder who is passionate about the natural world. He started his career with Burgex as a field technician and is now a staff geologist. In the past year working with Burgex he has worked in many amazing places and has learned a great deal about the ins and outs of the mining industry. He is extremely grateful for the awesome team he works with and is excited about what the future holds!

Pepper

Chief Canine Morale Officer

Pepper has spent most of her life in the field. From navigating the forests of Utah to the deserts of Nevada, Pepper is the idea field companion. As Chief Canine Morale Officer, you can find Pepper inspiring the team at the office and in the field. With an Australian heritage, mining is in her blood and endurance is her middle name.

 

 

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