The management team has worked on the project for the past 17 years. Each team member has played significant roles in major discoveries and each believes that Nieves provides another opportunity for success.
Michael Berry, B. Math, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Berry brings 28 years of mining finance experience to his position as Managing Member. His mandate is to: secure the necessary commitments to fund the exploration and assessment of the Nieves Silver Property; find a world-class silver resource of up to 1B ounces silver and negotiate a sale or joint venture with a best-of-class silver miner for outsized returns to the Blackberry Members. Michael was on the team that discovered the Peñasquito Silver Resource in Zacatecas, Mexico, the world’s largest silver reserve. He was also on the team that discovered Canada’s first diamond mine, the Tli Kwi Cho Kimberlite Deposits. Dr. Berry is a respected economist and is currently on retainer to the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Christopher Tibbs, B.A., M.B.A.
BA Economic Geography, MBA University of Washington; former Senior Credit Officer and member of the “international staff” of Citibank; during his long tenure he managed the Bank’s corporate finance activities in China, Japan, Korea, North Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean Region; since his retirement he has served as a Managing Director at Burnham Financial (New York) and as COO at Corex Materials. He is currently principal to CascAsia Consulting, Ltd and advisor to Premier Capital International (Hong Kong and China). He served in U.S. Marine Corp achieving the rank of major.
Thomas C. Patton, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of Exploration
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Washington 1971; has worked as a resource exploration geologist for over 40 years. President, Quaterra Resources; former President and COO, Western Silver, where he headed the team that discovered and delineated the worlds largest silver reserve, Peñasquito (sister property to Nieves), and subsequently sold it to Glamis Gold (now Goldcorp) for $1.2 billion in 2006; former Executive VP Exploration, Kennecott.
Joseph R. Inman, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Head of Geophysics
M.Sc., University Utah 1973; has more than 30 years experience as a geophysicist. Former Director of Technical Support and Services, Kennecott Exploration. Mr. Inman is considered an expert by his peers in magnetics, gravity, induced polarization (IPR), electromagnetics, both time, EM and frequency domain EM (CSAMT, MaxMin) and radiometrics all in airborne, ground, and downhole configurations. Joe provided and managed the geophysics program for the Western Silver team that discovered and delineated the Peñasquito silver resource.
J.L. Christman, B.Sc., M.Sc.
B.Sc., M.Sc. University of Arizona; Manager of Nieves’ office; has more than 40 years experience in developing and managing natural resource projects in the western U.S, Mexico, South America and Africa. He is skilled in property evaluation, due diligence, project marketing, environmental compliance and satisfying concession work requirements. Prior to joining Blackberry, Mr. Christman worked for Quaterra Resources as an exploration manager and legal representative for three Mexican subsidiary companies where he directed more than ten projects across a four-state region of Mexico.
Hector J. Fernández, G.B.Sc.
University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico 1973. Worked in exploration for over 34 years. Mr. Fernandez has been responsible on site for the Nieves Silver Project. Has worked for senior and junior mining companies before joining Blackberry in 2016; Quaterra Resources 2003-2016; Minera Cuicuilco (Cyprus) 1974-1986; was directly responsible for the Cieneguita (Chihuahua, Mexico) gold silver discovery sold to Glamis, 1990-1996; Mexico’s exploration manager for Minera San Bernardo (ASARCO).