Kurt J. Hoffman Qualifications




Kurt has a long experience  providing consulting services to start-up mining ventures and mining companies at all levels of development. Primarily in mineral property acquisitions and transactions, financing efforts, and project management. He is a member of the American Mining and Exploration Association and the Nevada Landmen's Association and the Rocky Mountain Association of Mineral Landmen. 




Kurt has  been a founder or co-founder of several mining companies serving as an Officer, Director and CEO.   

He has conducted the hiring and supervision of geologists, landmen, legal consul, financial officers, mine management, drilling contractors, construction and mining contractors, investment bankers, and investor relations personnel.  

Land Management


Land Management skills include all aspects of natural resource property acquisitions and management, including property sales and joint ventures, supervising and participating in due diligence efforts on acquisitions and divestitures of mining properties. Extensive experience with drafting and negotiating various types of land related agreements. 

Highland Strategic Metals


Co-founder, Director, President. Highland is a Private Company focused on the exploration for a Sullivan type polymetallic deposit in the Pine Creek area of the Coeur d' Alene Mining District. The target has been identified by both geochemical and geophysical anamoly. In addition to geophysics over 2400 soil samples and 400 rock chip samples have been analyzed. 

Independant Director Bullion Gold Resources


Served  (2010 - 2013) as an independent Director of Bullion Gold A Canadian mining company with 86,000 acres of mineral claims in Quesnel Terrain of Central British Columbia, Bullion was involved in a Joint Venture on the south end of its property with Gold mining giant Newmont Mining Co. 

United Mine Services


Co-founded and raised initial capital for United Mine Services. A diversified mine services company that engaged in underground contract mining, the operation of a machine and fabrication business and an environmental contracting company.

Organized the merger with United Mine Services and Syringa Exploration to become United Silver Corporation which subsequently listed on the main Toronto Stock Exchange. 

Josh White B.Sc., M.Sc., Independent Geologist



Josh is an independent contract geologist and a KJH preferred contractor with extensive accomplishments as both a mine and exploration geologist with world wide experience. Josh earned his B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Wyoming and his M.Sc. in Geosciences from Montana Tech. He is a registered professional geologist in the State of Idaho. He meets the criteria of a "qualified person"  per NI 43-101.

Josh  provides services independently on a project by project basis.



Josh is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Fire Team Leader and Squad Leader.  He fought in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was deployed again in 2005 where he saw action in the 1st Battle of Haditha with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, Lima Company.  One of the most decorated units of the Iraq War and sustaining the most casualties of any military unit since  Vietnam. 

Paracatu Mine, Brazil Generation Gold Geologist


Managed $6 Million drilling program as a Geologist for Kinross Gold Corporation.  The Paracatu mine is one of the largest gold surface mines in Brazil, and also in the world. The mine is located in Minas Gerais state, in the northwestern region of Brazil.  The mine has estimated reserves of 17.5 million oz of gold. 

Kupol Mine, Chukotka, Russian Federation


As a Geologist Built Micromine 3D structure model of the Kupol mine.  Wrote MATLAB scripts to analyze data and produce rose diagrams, stereonet planes, stereonet poles, and neural network cluster analysis to identify joint sets and provide correlation coefficient data.  The Kupol Gold Mine is located north of the Arctic Circle in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. Mining has  produced over 3 million ounces of Gold. 

Fort Knox Gold Mine, Alaska


Geologist, worked on Ore Control, Exploration and Remote helicopter supported field reconnaissance.  Fort Knox is an open pit gold mine in the Fairbanks district of Alaska that has produced over 6 million ounces of gold.  

Tasiast Mine, Mauritania, West Africa


Exploration  Geologist specializing in  surface and trench mapping. Tasiast  is an open pit gold mine. It was part of a $7.1 billion takover of Red Back Mining by Kinross Gold in 2010.

David G. Mooney, B.A., M.A., M.Sc. Consulting Geologist



Consultant  based in Johannesburg, South Africa performing technical due diligence studies, desk-top studies, evaluating exploration, mining and beneficiation projects, and the viability of  projects in the platinum-group-metals, gold, silver, nickel-copper-cobalt, uranium, coal, LCT pegmatites (Li-Ce-Ta), emerald and diamond sectors in North America, Asia and Africa. 

Platinum Group Metals


Recognized Worldwide as an expert in Platinum Group Metal Deposits, Dave has held a number of key positions at PGM deposits, mining operations and companies that include: Senior Mine Geologist, Western Platinum Ltd. S. Africa, Chief Geologist Eastern Platinum Ltd., S. Africa, Chief Geologist: Projects,Lonrho Platinum, S. Africa, Senior Geologist: Special Projects, Stillwater Mine, Montana USA. 

Copper and Cobalt

Etoille Mine, Katanga, DRC

Dave has extensive knowledge on   copper-cobalt operations and deposits  in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He organized and implemented studies on a copper-cobalt mine and tailings resources and was involved in the mine design, metallurgy and mining planning and exploration of a 

200,000 tonne per annum copper producer.


Meeting with the Emir of Yauri, Nigeria

Experienced Geologist throughout Africa, Dave has extensive knowledge and mining experience working in the geologic terrains of Africa he has worked on projects in countries  including South Africa, the Democractic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Ghana, Zimbabwe,  Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia,  Congo-Brazzaville, Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Djibouti, Morocco, Ghana, Togo,  Cameroon, Madagascar, Benin, Mauritania,  Mali, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Cote D'Ivoire, 

Conflict Mineral Compliance


The groups who  wage war in Africa are often financed by  “conflict minerals,” the strategic metals native to this region. If you’re an SEC registrant   you’re now responsible for establishing due diligence across your supply chain to verify the country of origin and provide transparency of this information. Dave can provide on-site inspections to confirm you company is in compliance with U.S., Canadian and the laws of other countries. 



Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Ireland and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

BA (Mod)(Hons) Nat Sci 1984 

Trinity College

Master of Arts (Natural Science) 1988

Trinity College

Master of Science (Exploration Geology) 1997

Rhodes University

Mr. John Ryan, B.S, J.D., Mining Engineer and Executive



 Mr. John Ryan has been an active entrepreneur in the natural resources sector for over twenty-five years. He has extensive experience in the sector having served as an officer and/or director of  several companies. John's extensive experience  provides valuable insights regarding mining and oil & gas operations, as well as public company expertise. He has been a founder or co-founder of several succesfull companies. 

Mining Entrepreneur


John was raised in the  historic mining town of Wallace, Idaho starting his career as an underground miner at the Galena Mine (production exceeding a 100 million oz. of silver). Later on he would start U.S. Silver Corp. and  orchestrate  the financing and acquisition of the Galena, (the very mine he started his career in  as a teenager),  from Coeur d' Alene Mines Corp. He served as both Chairman of the Board and Cheif Financial Officer. 



 Mr. Ryan has been a leader in the mining industry for over a quarter century. He has extensive experience in the sector having served as an officer and/or director of companies such as Bunker Hill Mining, (Director and Cheif Executive),Premium Exploration (Director and President), High Plains Uranium (Director and Co-founder), U.S. Silver Corporation (Founder, Director, Chairman and Cheif Financial Officer), Western Goldfields, Inc., (Co-Founder and Director) and many others

Oil and Gas


 In the oil and gas sector Mr. Ryan has been active as an officer and director of Cadence Resources Corporation, Tomco Energy, Presidium Energy, Oxford Oil & Gas, as well as assisting with the reorganization of Northstar Energy. His experience includes both on and offshore projects.  His efforts have involved the financing of several drilling and exploration projects that have resulted in producing operations. 

International Finance


Recongnized as an expert in the financing of Mining and Oil and Gas projects worldwide. John has been involved in transactions in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mauritania, Spain, Israel and France. He has a vast knowledge of the legal procedures, financial reporting requirements and property valuation methods of mining transactions in the financial markets of New York, Toronto, Vancouver, London and Sydney. 

Education and Military Service

John Ryan Navy Veteran


Mr. Ryan obtained a B.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1985 after completing his degree John joined the U.S. Navy and was commisioned as an officer, serving on board the U.S.S. Valdez from 1985 - 1989. After the Navy John was accepted into Boston College Law School where earned a Juris Doctor  in 1992. 

Our Network of Independant Consultants and Contractors

An Extensive Network of Qualified Professionals

At Kurt J. Hoffman Mining Services we work with a broad range of Independant Mining and Geological Consultants and Consulting Firms. We have developed a network that includes Geologists, Geophysicists, Geochemists, Mining Engineers, Landmen, and a broad range of other experts that can be contracted with and have the speciality skill set to advance your project.