Management & Directors

Mr. Dean H. Taylor
Chairman / Director / Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dean H. Taylor is a successful entrepreneur and executive with a wealth of acquisition and operational experience.  A firm believer in establishing a sound corporate structure and then attaining growth through acquisitions and the implementation of sound operational management, Mr. Taylor has utilized this experience to create the existing opportunities associated with Diamcor.  Beginning late in 2005, Mr. Taylor began ensuring the Company's corporate structure was attractive prior to leading Diamcor's established operational team towards achieving growth through the pending acquisition of the Krone - Endora project from DeBeers, and preparation for future planned acquisitions.  Mr. Taylor is also the founder and CEO of Okanagan Valley Business Consulting Ltd., a private consulting firm which provides executive level consulting services to clients in both the private and public sector.  Mr. Taylor has been the founder of several successful private businesses, and held various executive level positions with public companies in both Canada and the United States where he led those entities through both growth related acquisitions and operational project management initiatives over the past fifteen years.

Mr. Darren Vucurevich B. Mgt. CPA, CMA
Director / Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Vucurevich was appointed to, and has been a member of, the Diamcor Board of Directors since July of 2005.  A graduate of the University of Lethbridge in 1992, Mr. Vucurevich followed with his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1995. Since becoming a part of the Diamcor Board in 2005, Mr. Vucurevich has worked closely with the current Management to ensure that all elements of the Company's international operations, accounting, banking, and reporting are continually advancing and developing to meet the requirements associated with its planned growth.  Mr. Vucurevich currently operates a successful public accounting practice, and has also owned and managed various other successful companies.

Mr. Rob De Pretto
Managing Director of Operations South Africa

Mr. De Pretto, a citizen and resident of South Africa, has an impressive and well established 33-year career in the diamond industry. He most recently held senior management, operational, and technical positions with Anglo American and De Beers Consolidated Mines. He has gained extensive experience through his direct involvement in the development of a majority of the De Beers’ mines, including four years as the production manager of De Beers Venetia Diamond mine. Mr. De Pretto holds a B.Sc. (Met. Eng.) and M.Sc. (Met. Eng.) from the University of Witwatersrand. He later obtained a Management Advancement Programme certificate through University of Witwatersrand School of Business Administration.

Mr. De Pretto is a member of the South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, a registered Professional Engineer with Engineering Council of South Africa, and has been educated and trained in a wide array of items directly related to diamond mining and the management of diamond mines over his 30+ year career.

Dr. Stephen E. Haggerty
Director
Dr. Haggerty is a distinguished research professor and has been recognized as one of the world's leading diamond experts. His extensive knowledge and involvement over four decades in the diamond industry greatly compliments the Company's current growing management team, and enhances their ability to achieve the ongoing acquisition and growth objectives they have set for the Company.

Dr. Haggerty graduated from the Royal School of Mines in Economic Geology in 1964 and received his PhD from the University of London in 1968. This was followed by a three-year post-doctoral Carnegie Fellowship at the Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, D.C., followed by a lengthy tenure at the University of Massachusetts. His most recent post has been Distinguished Research Professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. Dr. Haggerty's extensive research has revolved around the Fe-Ti-O system, and has ranged from studies of lunar samples and meteorites, to diamonds and the evolution of the middle upper mantle. He was the[a] Principal Investigator for 10 years in the U.S. Apollo and Soviet Luna sample return programs, and served on the Lunar Sample Analysis Planning Team. His various and ongoing research projects are vast, as are his past and ongoing field projects in west and southern Africa along with extensions to Brazil, Australia, Syria, Siberia, and China. Dr. Haggerty's ties to South Africa are very strong as he was born in the Witwatersrand Basin of South Africa which is located some 50 km from the bushveld complex and the famous Premier Diamond Mine. He is also the long time land-owner of the property on which yet another famous mine resides, that being the famous Jagersfontein mine, which is located in South Africa's Free State some 110 km south-west of Bloemfontein.

Mr. Sheldon B. Nelson
Director
Mr. Nelson, a resident of New York City recently served (1998-2013) as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, including an extended term as Chairman, of a publicly traded United States Corporation, a company he founded. The Company was the largest national provider of DIRECTV and Broadband services to the Multi-family residential market. Prior to this, he served as President of 4-12 Electronics Corporation, a private company he founded with his brother in 1983. 4-12 Electronics was a provider of products and services to the satellite, cable, and broadcasting industries and became the largest provider of private cable services to the Canadian multi-family marketplace. Mr. Nelson is a pioneer in the satellite television industry. In addition to a wealth of knowledge in finance, operations, sales/marketing and human resources, Mr. Nelson has significant experience relating to "start-up companies", business plan preparation and implementation, strategic planning, financial forecasting, venture capital sourcing, private/public sector debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and investor relations. Mr. Nelson is a 1983 graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where he graduated from the School of Business Administration, Magna cum Laude, and was the recipient of the School of Business Administrations' Award of Excellence. Mr. Nelson also maintains a residence in Winnipeg, MB Canada.

Mr. Jim Hawkins B.Sc., P.Geoph.
Exploration Manager
Mr. Hawkins has been Exploration Manager at Diamcor since May 2007, and prior to that acted as a consultant to the Company since 2005.  Mr. Hawkins graduated from the University of Western Ontario where he received a degree in Geophysics in 1977, after which he has been involved in mining exploration worldwide for over 25 years, including a stint as Manager of Special Projects for Diamet Minerals ( Ekati Diamond Mine / Northern Canada) prior to its sale to BHP Diamonds in 2000.  He is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta ("APEGA"), registered as a Professional Geophysicist, and as such acts as the Company's "Qualified Person" for all Exchange related Company documents and reports.