PIERCE CARSON, Managing Director:  Natural Resources

Mr. Carson is a Managing Director of Corsair Merchant Partners, Corsair Merchant Partners Group & Corsair Advisory Partners Group.  Recently the  President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf & Western Industries, Inc. (a subsidiary of Magellan Gold Corporation), Mr. Carson offers an accomplished international mining career spanning over 40 years, Dr. Carson has managed the discovery, financing, development and operation of precious metals, base metals and industrial minerals properties in the United States, Australia, Africa and Papua New Guinea. He has been responsible for or closely involved with a number of mineral deposits that have been developed into mines, including the Kurara Gold Mine, Western Australia; Emu South Gold Mine, Western Australia; Girilambone Copper Mine, NSW, Australia; Tritton Copper Mine, NSW, Australia; Simberi Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea; Ramu Nickel Mine, Papua New Guinea; Sierra Rutile Titanium Dioxide Mine, Sierra Leone, West Africa; Johnson Camp Copper Mine, Arizona; and Summit Silver-Gold Mine, New Mexico. Dr. Carson held the positions of Senior Geologist, Overseas Mineral Evaluation, and Exploration Manager, Australia for Exxon Minerals Company; Manager of Precious Metals Exploration, North America for Kennecott Copper Corporation; President and Director of Mining & Exploration Operations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, USA, Canada, and Mexico for Nord Pacific Ltd.; President and Vice-President of Exploration for Nord Resources Corporation; and Chief Executive Officer for Santa Fe Gold Corporation. Dr. Carson holds a PhD in Economic and Structural Geology and an MS in Ore Deposits from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Princeton University.