Directors & Officers


Larry W. Reaugh

President & CEO, Director

President and Chief Executive Officer of American Manganese Inc. from February 1998 to present. Mr. Reaugh has fifty-three years’ experience in the mining industry and for the past thirty-five years he has been the CEO & President of several exploration, development, production companies and 3 years in internet and technology companies listed on the TSX, TSX Venture and NSDAQ exchanges. Several of his companies have made significant discoveries, three of which (gold) went on to be producing mines. Through his career Mr. Reaugh has raised in excess of $300 million for junior resource mining companies.

Michael MacLeod

P.Eng., MBA, COO, Director

Chief Operating Officer for American Manganese Inc., Mr. Michael MacLeod has spent 40 years executing major capital projects and mine developments in the mining industry, including the Byron Creek coal mine expansion for Esso Resources Canada Limited and in-pit crusher/conveying system and Highmont concentrator re-location for Highland Valley Copper Ltd.

Norman L. Tribe

B.A.Sc., P.Eng., Director

Mr. Tribe is the president and principal of N. Tribe & Associates Ltd a geological contractor serving the Mining Industry for fifty-eight years. Mr. Tribe has a total of 58 years’ experience in most phases of mining including underground grade control, mine development, mine evaluation, property evaluation, project management, project consultant, exploration management, plant design, exploration geology, reclamation and reporting to the various government entity’s and/or security exchanges.

Andris Kikauka

P.Geo, Director

Director for American Manganese Inc., Mr. Kikauka is a graduate of Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont., with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Sciences, 1980. He is a member of the Geological Association of Canada (F5717). He is registered in the Province of British Columbia as a Professional Geoscientist).

Andris has practiced his profession for thirty five years in precious and base metal exploration in the Cordilllera of Western Canada working for Anaconda Canada Exploration (1980-1984), Skyline Explorations, Inel Resources, Gulf International Minerals (1985-1989), in South America working for Carson Gold (1990), in Mexico and Guatemala working mineral exploration projects for Francisco Gold and Almaden Minerals (1996-2006) and for three years in uranium exploration in the Canadian Shield working for Rayrock Mines and Uran-Canada (1977-1979).

Jan Eigenhuis


Director for American Manganese Inc., Mr. Eigenhuis is a former senior executive at Manganese Metal Company of South Africa (MMC). He currently acts as a consultant to the electrolytic manganese industry worldwide. It is notable that he counts MMC as well as the Chinese manganese producers as clients. Jan is a graduate of the University of Pretoria; B.Sc. (Chem. & Math.) and the University of South Africa; MBL (Master Business Leadership). His 30 years of business experience in mineral beneficiation and the electrolytic manganese metal industry.

Ed Skoda


Director for American Manganese Inc., Ed Skoda obtained a Diploma in Mining Engineering Technology from the Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario in 1971 and a Diploma in Business Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1979. Ed has over 30 years experience in the mining industry in which time he has worked on many national and international projects. During the past 15 years, Mr. Skoda has worked as a consultant and in a supervisory capacity as a shift boss, superintendent, or project manager for various mining and exploration companies. Based out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Ed oversees all Mexico operations for SJ Geophysics Ltd.

Kurt Lageschulte


Kurt Lageschulte is a Partner and Senior Analysts at Broadbill Investment Partners, LLC, New York, NY. Broadbill Partners is an investment firm with offices in New York, Florida and California and currently has 130 Million of assets under management across four managed funds. Kurt is a founding Partner at Broadbill, and was previously employed as a Senior Analyst with Aspen Advisors from 2002 to 2010. Kurt has worked as an advisor and active member of a number of committees. Most recently, he has advised the Special Committee of the Penn Treaty American Company board in a complex negotiation with industry regulators. Kurt’s experience in the energy, renewable and mining industries, coupled with significant expertise in the capital markets will enable Kurt and the Broadbill team to help American Manganese in the reaching of its goals in the coming years.

Shaheem Ali

CGA, Chief Financial Officer

Shaheem is a Certified General Accountant with sixteen years of progressively more responsible accounting experience in public companies and customer goods.

Teresa Piorun


Teresa Piorun, Corporate Secretary for American Manganese Inc. has been with the group of companies for thirty years. Ms. Piorun is a senior corporate officer with wide-ranging responsibilities, serving as a focal point for communication with the board of directors, senior management and the company’s shareholders, and occupies a key role in the administration of critical corporate matters. She is the confidant and advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and other members of senior management, particularly on corporate governance affairs.

Shailesh Upreti

Advisory Board

Shailesh Upreti, is a well respected Li-ion technology expert and inventor of multiple breakthrough technologies. An IIT Delhi graduate, Shailesh has worked closely with Professor Stan Whittingham in the past and holds multiple US patents and their foreign equivalents in more than 30 countries. In addition to his technical degree he has a second masters in international business management in combination with extensive experience as an entrepreneur. Shailesh has successfully brought more than 5 different technologies to market including one in the material recycling space. 

His 16 years of extensive experience includes bringing new products to market, business development, Li-ion supply chain & industry networking, downstream processing and investigating organizational performance gaps. He is well integrated into the global battery industry and serves on various advisory boards. Shailesh is particularly adept in defining corporate commercial objectives, business support programs and achieving organizational goals while bringing new technology to market.

David Langtry

Technical Advisor

David Langtry has been a businessman since 1964 when he joined his grandfather’s business Langtry Agencies, a company which expanded nationally to become Langtry Industries and was sold in 2011 to ITOCHU, a Japanese conglomerate specializing in commodities. Mr. Langtry currently owns and operates Raider Hansen Inc., an industrial supplies company having 10 locations throughout British Columbia, as well as GRE Manufacturing, a glass recycling company. He also holds 10 worldwide patents. Mr. Langtry has a life time of experience in Technology and Financial Markets.

Dan McGroarty

Strategic Advisor

Daniel McGroarty has consulted for nearly two decades to firms in the resource sector, with a focus on strategic and critical metals. He is principal of the non-profit American Resource Policy Network; a resource development think tank. He has served as a critical materials subject-matter expert for the U.S. GAO; testified before the energy and natural resource committees of the U.S. House and Senate; consulted to the Institutes for Defense Analyses, which provides research and analytical work to the U.S. Department of Defense for its National Defense Stockpile reports; and currently serves as Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Prior to establishing his consultancy, Dan served as Special Assistant to the President in the White House and as presidential appointee to two Secretaries of Defense.