Leadership Team

Senior Management

William C. (Bill) Howald

President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Howald is a co-founder of Rye Patch Gold with 22 years in the international gold exploration and mining industry gained primarily in Nevada, Mexico, and Central and South America. Prior to joining Rye Patch, he was General Manager of Exploration, United States and Latin America, for Placer Dome Inc. During his tenure at Placer Dome, Mr. Howald was an integral part of the teams that delivered over 80Mozs of gold resources to the Placer portfolio. A number of these resources are now being mined, including Pipeline, Turquoise Ridge, and Bald Mountain Mines in Nevada, and Puren in Chile. Others, such as Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic, Donlin Creek in Alaska and Cortez Hills in Nevada, are in the feasibility stage and are heading for production decisions.

Tony Wood

Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wood has held executive positions in finance and operations with publicly traded international resource and exploration companies for over 15 years. With a proven success record in strategic planning, organizational development and company transformations, he has been instrumental in achieving performance and value growth across diverse commodities, countries and market conditions.

Mr. Wood served as the CFO and corporate secretary of Prodigy Gold Corporation.  In three years, Prodigy expanded resource from 1m to 6m ounces and sold for $341m to Argonaut Gold, at a 50 percent premium. He has handled turnaround situations from diamond mining, cutting and sales via Antwerp and Vancouver, and operations in Brazil and Peru. Mr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Sciences from the University of Lancaster United Kingdom; and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Canada.

Randy Minhas

Group Controller
Mr. Minhas is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive finance experience in the technology, manufacturing and resources industries. Mr. Minhas has served as Director, Chief Financial Officer and Controller for several publicly traded companies since 2011 focusing on forecasting, business development, development of internal controls and complete financial reporting services. Prior to joining Rye Patch Gold Corp., Mr. Minhas served as the Financial Reporting and SOX specialist for Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd., helping take the company from an exploration stage company to a full gold and silver producing company.  Mr. Minhas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and completed his Chartered Accountant designation in 2008.  He is currently enrolled in the Chartered Director program through The Directors College with completion expected in June 2017.

John Porterfield

Manager, U.S. Operations
Before joining Rye Patch Mining, Mr. Porterfield spent more than 30 years with Placer Dome and Barrick Gold. He held various senior positions in exploration, technical services, operations and management including roles with Bald Mountain Mine, Alligator Ridge and Yankee Mines, the Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea, and the Turquoise Ridge and Getchell Mines and the Ruby Hill Mine.  He was also involved with feasibility studies and property evaluations for Placer Dome in Alaska, Nevada, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Papua New Guinea. Mr. Porterfield holds diplomas in Mining Engineering and Geology from Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno.

Ronaldo Marcio Pinto da Silva

Senior Exploration Geologist
Mr. Pinto da Silva has over 26 years’ experience as a structural and exploration geologist in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Nevada. He was instrumental in the discovery of the San Carlos Deposit (Gencor/Billington in Ecuador) and the reinterpretation of the Cantera Cordoba area at the Las Cristinas Project (Placer Dome, Venezuela) which added 2 Moz gold to the resource. Mr. Pinto da Silva led the structural and resource modeling of the Getchell Deposit (Placer Dome, Nevada) which identified a 14.8 Moz gold resource and provided structural interpretation of Pueblo Viejo Deposit (Barrick, Dominican Republic) and generated a drilling program which delineated an additional 3-5 Moz of gold. He was also involved in the structural modeling of Cerro Casale Project in Chile, and discovered the Mascota/Creston Colorado deposit of the Pinos Altos project (Agnico-Eagle, Mexico). Mr. Pinto da Silva is a graduate of Instituto de Geociencias da UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais).

Tori Martinez

Human Resources Manager
Ms. Martinez has more than 16 years in Human Resources with a background in the development, with 14 of those years in the mining industry. She specializes in the implementation and integration of Human Resources functions ranging from Talent Management, Employee Relations, Federal and State knowledge of laws and regulations to, policy and procedure development and implementation. Prior to joining Rye Patch, Ms. Martinez was the Human Resources Director for Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital. She is a graduate of Management of Technology from Great Basin College and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership with an emphasis in HR from Grand Canyon University. She is actively pursuing her Doctoral Degree in General Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University.