David M. Cole
President, CEO and Director
Dave Cole has been the CEO and President of EMX since co-founding the Company nearly 20 years ago. Mr. Cole has broad and comprehensive expertise in public capital markets, capital allocation strategies, and the technical aspects of the exploration, mining, and royalty business. These skillsets have been crucial in guiding EMX from a one property junior explorer in Serbia with a market capitalization of approximately C$3.3 million, to a globally diversified royalty company with over 250 mineral assets on six continents, and a market cap of over C$250 million. Mr. Cole was also a co-founder of Standard Uranium Corp. (EMX was a seed shareholder and strategic investor) as well as a Director of Energy Metals Corporation, which acquired Standard Uranium, and then went on to be acquired by Uranium One for US$1.8 billion in 2007. More recently, he served as Board Chairman of IG Copper, an early-stage EMX strategic investment that sold the Malmyzh porphyry copper-gold discovery in Russia for US$200 million, netting US$67 million to EMX and its shareholders. His stewardship of the Company over the long haul, punctuated by serial big financial wins, have propelled EMX’s growth trajectory and consistently created value for the Company’s shareholders.
Mr. Cole’s approach as a professional is deeply rooted in his background as an economic geologist. He studied under Dr. Tommy Thompson at Colorado State University, earning an M.S. in Geology after earning a B.S. in Geology at Fort Lewis College. Previous to EMX, he spent 17 years as a geologist with Newmont Mining. At Newmont, Mr. Cole held a number of management and senior geologic positions, gaining extensive global experience as a project, mine, and generative exploration geologist in Nevada, Southeast Asia, South America, Europe, and Central Asia. Mr. Cole’s contributions as a member of Newmont’s exploration team include exploration successes at the world class Carlin Trend, Battle Mountain, Yanacocha, and Minahasa mining districts. Subsequently, he established and managed Newmont’s exploration programs in Turkey while also identifying early-stage acquisition targets in Eastern Europe.
Mr. Cole is keenly focused on new business development ideas and exploration opportunities, and is dedicated to growing EMX into a top tier royalty company while looking out for the best interest of the Company’s shareholders.