The Voice of the Utah Mining Industry Since 1915

For over 100 years, the Utah Mining Association has had the honor of representing an industry that is essential to everyone’s lifestyle and standard of living. As the beginning of the supply chain for everything we use and everything we do as a society, the mining industry has a great story to tell, and our association exists to tell that story.

Matt Tobey, Rio Tinto Kennecott

Chair
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Matt Tobey is the General Manager of Minerals for Rio Tinto Kennecott, working with his team to safely bring together one of the world’s largest mining and processing operations. His clear passion for the mining industry comes from the strong relationships he’s built with the people he has worked alongside for more than 20 years.
Prior to his current role, Matt has held various front line and technical roles, including securing Kennecott’s future, as the manager of the mine’s expansion planning group. He was also fortunate enough to work as the operations manager at the Copperton Concentrator and other facilities along the Oquirrh mountains. He is proud to be Rio Tinto Kennecott’s ambassador to neighboring Copperton.
In addition to Rio Tinto, his resume includes several other major companies within the mining industry, including BHP and Freeport McMoRan. While his career has taken him to four continents, Matt has made Utah his home. He enjoys the area’s great biking and hiking, as well as attending Real Salt Lake games with his wife Kathleen, and his children Grace and Jess. He spends much of his free time working in the community and is grateful to be able to support many wonderful local organizations.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he began his mining career with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla.

Jonathan Campbell, Wheeler Machinery Company

Vice Chair
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Jonathan Campbell is the Executive Vice President of Wheeler Machinery Co. Since beginning at the company 9 years ago, he has served as Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Rental, as well as Credit Manager and Crushing Quarry Supplies Manager. Jonathan is a University of Utah alumni, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Finance, as well as a Master of Business Administration. He’s a passionate supporter of Utah’s resource and construction industries, and he’s committed to fostering a strong Utah economy. A husband and father of two sons, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, running and world travel.

Marc Maglione, Wolverine Fuels

1st Vice Chair
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Mr. Maglione currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Wolverine Fuels, LLC, a Coal Mining Company Headquartered in Utah, operating both longwall and continuous mining assets and employing over 1,000 people directly and approximately 4,000 indirectly.  Previously, Mr. Maglione held various positions within the Rio Tinto group, most recently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa.  Mr. Maglione brings international operating, leadership, and business turn-around experience across diverse mining operations and projects, including Iron Ore, Minerals Sands and Coal with Rio Tinto.  Mr. Maglione has also spent time in precious metals as well as oil & gas with smaller public and listed public companies in the US and abroad.  Mr. Maglione holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, as well as professional qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Denise Dragoo, Snell & Wilmer

2nd Vice Chair
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Denise Dragoo is a partner at Snell & Wilmer. Her practice focuses on natural resources, coal law, water law, environmental law, mining law, public land law, issues affecting the oil and gas industry, mine safety and health law

Brian Somers, Utah Mining Association

President
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Brian Somers joined the Utah Mining Association as its president in 2019. Mr. Somers has over 20 years of extensive experience in legislative affairs, strategic communications, and executive leadership. Prior to UMA, he led the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) as its managing director. He also served as the deputy director of the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, on the communications staff of Governor Gary R. Herbert, and in various strategic communications roles in the private sector.

Executive Committee

All of the above, plus:

  • Ken May, Individual
  • Josh Brown, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Tom Henrie, Materion Natural Resources
  • David Zimmerman, Brahma Group
  • John Byars, Wolverine Fuels – Sufco Mine
  • Bill Forsyth, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Darren Patten, Brahma Group
  • Jared Jackson, Simplot Vernal Mine
  • Scott Mork, Graymont
  • Jim Slade, Komatsu Equipment Company
  • Kevin Anderson, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Lisa Kirschner, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Chad Baker, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Bruce Swenson, Lisbon Valley Mining Company

Board of Directors

Executive Committee, plus:

  • Marty Banks, Stoel Rives
  • Robert Bayer, R.J. Bayer Professional Geologist, LC
  • Rosemary Beless, Fabian VanCott
  • David Bird, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Mark Buchi, Holland & Hart
  • Brian Buck, Stantec Consulting
  • Ryan Clerico, Enefit
  • Louie Cononelos, U of U Mining Engineering Dept.
  • Rob Davidson, Savage
  • John Davis, Holland & Hart
  • Reggie Farlaino, Strata Worldwide
  • Matt Holton, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Greg Gillian, Stantec
  • Larry Johnson, Alton Coal
  • Cassady Kristesen, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Don Lewon, Utah Metal Works
  • Nick Lott, American Gilsonite
  • Ben Machlis, Dorsey & Whitney
  • Kim Robinson, Robinson Transport
  • Eric Rogers, Intrepid Potash – Wendover
  • Emily Shilling, Holland & Hart
  • Rick York, Intrepid Potash – Moab
  • Mike Zody, Parsons Behle & Latimer