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.

Mike Brown, Graymont

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Mike Brown is the Director of Graymont’s Western United States operations and leads a team of more than 220 employees. Mike led a team of more than 30 health, safety, environmental, quality, and earth science professionals for over 18 years at Graymont prior to moving into his current position as Director of Operations for the Western United States. Graymont produces lime based and stone products and has operations throughout North America. Mike has served on the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Board of Trustees and served as Chair of that Board the last two years of his six year term. He has extensive experience managing environmental projects over a period of more than 20 years, and has directed the Graymont mining and production operations in the Western United States for the past 5 years. Kevin is a graduate of Utah State University (BS Geology), is married, and enjoys golf, fly fishing, and spending time with his family.

Chad Baker, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Vice Chairman
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Chad Baker is a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Environmental, Energy & Natural Resource department. He assists clients with identifying and implementing practical approaches to environmental, natural resource, and energy issues through all phases of a project’s lifecycle including due diligence, permitting, compliance and enforcement, and divestment or closure. He also has experience representing owners, engineers, construction managers, and contractors with contract negotiations, project execution, and claims management including alternative dispute resolution and litigation. Chad is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, and Utah.

Kevin Anderson, Fabian VanCott

1st Vice President
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Kevin Anderson currently serves as President of Fabian VanCott and is a member of its Board of Directors. Kevin has the professional experience and resources available at Fabian VanCott to assist clients in complex litigation cases when they are facing difficult problems or have already faced defeat. He has assisted clients in matters related to the defense of reputation and corporate image, with investigations by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and handled a wide variety of disputes dealing with contracts, mass torts, force majeure, securities fraud, banking, real estate transactions, and intellectual property. Kevin is also an active mediator and arbitrator. Kevin graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in Utah, Nevada, the District of Columbia, Ohio, the 9th, 10th, and District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Matt Tobey, Rio Tinto Kennecott

2nd Vice President
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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.

Mark Compton, Utah Mining Association

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Mark Compton has been president of the Utah Mining Association since 2012. Prior to joining UMA, Mark served as the Government Affairs Manager for the American Exploration & Mining Association in Spokane, Washington and on the congressional and gubernatorial staff of C.L. “Butch” Otter of Idaho. He also has worked as a forester and public affairs specialist in the forest products industry in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.

Executive Committee

All of the above, plus:

  • Louis Cononelos, U of U Mining Engineering Dept.
  • David R. Bird, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Ken May, Individual
  • Mark Krall, Simplot-Vernal Mine
  • Ted Himebaugh, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Josh Brown, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Greg Gregory, Materion Natural Resources
  • Corey Heaps, Canyon Fuel Company – Skyline Mine
  • Rikki Hrenko-Browning, Enefit American Oil
  • Doug Wilson, Lisbon Valley Mining Company
  • David Zimmerman, Brahma Group
  • John Byars, Canyon Fuel Company – Sufco
  • Jonathan Campbell, Wheeler Machinery Company

Board of Directors

Executive Committee, plus:

  • Marty Banks, Stoel Rives
  • Robert Bayer, R.J. Bayer Professional Geologist, LC
  • Rosemary Beless, Fabian VanCott
  • Mark Buchi, Holland & Hart
  • Brian Buck, Stantec Consulting
  • Drew Coats, Lisbon Valley Mining Company
  • John Davis, Holland and Hart
  • Denise Dragoo, Snell & Wilmer
  • Reggie Farlaino, Strata Worldwide
  • Greg Gillian, Norwest Corporation
  • Don Lewon, Utah Metal Works
  • Nick Lott, American Gilsonite
  • Kim Robinson, Robinson Transport
  • Eric Rogers, Intrepid Potash – Wendover
  • Todd Savage, Savage Companies
  • Jim Slade, Komatsu Equipment Company
  • Amanda Smith, Holland & Hart
  • Rick York, Intrepid Potash – Moab