Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the mining technology industry for 50 years, Fred is a founding partner at Eclipse Mining Technologies (EMT or Eclipse Mining). His simple business plan remains unchanged: make the client successful. The foundation for that business plan lies partly in his expertise. Few people have been applying computer techniques to mining engineering tasks longer than Fred. He offers decades of experience in mine design, developing databases, evaluating exploration data and open-pit mines, calculating and auditing reserves, and financial analysis.
Fred received his bachelor’s degree as Engineer of Mines from the Colorado School of Mines, where he also pursued studies on the application of computer technology to mining. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became Director of Applications Division for Computech Research Ltd. and was part of the team which developed MinVal, one of the first geologic modeling and mine planning software.
In 1970, Fred and a colleague founded Mintec, Inc., a consulting and software development company for the application of computer techniques in the mineral industry and remained the chairman until 2014. Fred offers decades of experience in the mining industry and has worked on a broad range of projects, including auditing reserve calculations and mine plans worldwide, the design and implementation of computerized systems for reserve calculations, the design of ultimate pit limits and mining schedules for open-pit mines, and the design and implementation of financial models and calculation of reserves for mining projects worldwide.
Fred has received numerous honors throughout his long career and was inducted to the American Mining Hall of Fame in 2014, and the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also a recipient of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration’s Daniel C. Jackling Award in 2007 for significant contributions to technical progress in mining geology and geophysics. Fred is currently a member of CIMM, SME, and a member of the Board of Directors of Seabridge Gold, Inc.
In an industry where female employment still sits at around 15%, Susan is a pioneer among women in the male-dominated mining environment. For more than 30 years, she has faced both diversity and inclusion issues and worked endlessly to change them into opportunities. Currently, only one in 20 global mining firms is headed by a woman. When Susan was approached with the idea of this innovative technology she immediately recognized the potential to become reality and assembled a team of forward-thinkers.
Susan, Chief Executive Officer of Eclipse Mining Technologies, leads the company’s strategy and overall direction. Additionally, when she was Chief Operating Officer of Mintec she spearheaded the international expansion, which eventually grew to have at least one office in each continent, creating jobs for 250+ employees. She is a master strategist, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and amongst other skills has ample experience in international negotiations and corporate management. She is a transformational leader with organizational agility that motivates and empowers her team to be more creative, innovative, and productive.
In her free time, Susan loves horseback riding and training her horses. She has been a participant in The Mining Foundation of the Southwest since 1992 and has served as both a past president of the foundation as well as a board member and is currently serving as Treasurer.
As a key member of the senior management team, Karin establishes policies that promote company culture and vision through its operations. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership in support of business goals and objectives that drive the efficiency of the business. Karin has outstanding organizational and leadership abilities, including the ability to recognize and cultivate rising talent.
Karin has nearly two decades of experience ensuring that business operations run smoothly and efficiently and has spent the last eight years in the mining industry. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Karin went on to pursue a career in managing a wide range of business operations. She has served as the Operations Manager at First Colebrook Bank and later she became the Office Manager, then Senior Administration Manager, and finally the Director of Internal Operations at Mintec/Hexagon Mining. Karin’s experience allows her to execute business strategies with precision and continuously ensure that the business’ daily operations run without error.
Mr. Moctezuma is a vital part of Eclipse Mining’s vision. He drives the commercial activities across regions, focusing on identifying new business and product development requirements that satisfy our clients’ needs. Responsible for managing the strategic and operational Marketing and Customer Relationship activities, Rudy possesses a comprehensive knowledge of all matters related to the business and the industry. He has a proven track record of success in leading, developing, and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to achieve desired results.
With nearly two decades of experience in the mining industry, Rudy has extensive underground and open-pit mining knowledge, including operations, modeling, planning, and organizing and improving workflows. Rudy’s attention to detail and personalized approach to client relationships is unmatched, and he is uniquely qualified to understand and address client needs due to his educational background. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and later studied for a Master of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Engineering. In his professional life, Rudy has served as the Technical Services Manager, Director of Operations, Global Sales, and the Director of Client Relations throughout his career at Mintec/Hexagon Mining. Now Rudy leads the Business Relations department of Eclipse Mining as its Chief Officer.
Barry is a crucial part of the Eclipse Mining Team, providing strategic initiatives for business relations within the mining industry. Mr. Henderson is an accomplished global technology executive with extensive knowledge of mine planning software packages and all of the point solutions available in the mining software space.
Barry has also obtained a Master of Science in Geology and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Finance & Accounting. He has a well-established career and reputation within the mining industry, most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer with Maptek, Chief Operating Officer with Mine Vision Systems, and General Manager- North America with RPMGlobal. He is a Global Management and Business Leader with over 30 years of vast experience in mining technology, change management, and business development. Barry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Children’s Advocacy Center and the Anderson College of Business, Regis University – Executive Advisory Board.
Since its inception, Sean has been with Eclipse Mining Technologies and has played a critical role in developing the SourceOne® Enterprise Knowledge Performance System.
He initially studied game engine development in college, which lead him to the study of high-performance computing. After college Sean got a job working at Mintec, inc. (also founded by Fred Banfield), where he saw the opportunity to apply those skills in practice.
Sean advanced from a junior to a principal developer, learning a lot about the mining industry and refining his skills. When Eclipse was formed, he joined the team as the principal software architect and has led the coding effort on the product since the beginning. Now a highly skilled professional, Sean leads the Product Development team.
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