Expert Judges

Move Mining brings an exciting range of experience to the live event. As leaders in their professions, they will challenge and inspire you and your teammates.

Chad Asgaard
General Manager - United Taconite

ducation- High School Ishpeming High School in Michigan. Undergrad - Mechanical at Northern Michigan University. Grad - MBA University of Phoenix. Worked in the mining industry for 20 years in variety of roles in all areas including operations and maintenance. Started hourly and worked 9 years hourly while putting myself through college then went into my first management position. Worked through each level until recent position of General Manager which had me move to MN.

Chad Asgaard
General Manager - United Taconite
Michelle Ash
Chief Innovation Officer - Barrick Gold

Michelle Ash is Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick. In her role, Ash oversees the company’s Innovation program looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management.

Michelle Ash
Chief Innovation Officer - Barrick Gold
Tracy Bame
Director, Community Development - Freeport-McMoRan

Tracy has responsibility for leading Freeport-McMoRan’s social responsibility and compliance programs in the Americas (including the company’s operating portfolio in the U.S., Chile and Peru). She sets strategic direction and provides oversight for the function, including stakeholder engagement, social investment, social risk management and other sustainable development initiatives.

Tracy Bame
Director, Community Development - Freeport-McMoRan
Bianca Prade
Senior Vice President - SKD Knickerbocker

Bianca Prade has been working in corporate and online communications for nearly 20 years, most recently as vice president of digital strategy for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Her work has led to several awards, including PR Newswire’s 2013 Earnies Awards and PR News’ Social Media Icon Awards for 2013.

Bianca Prade
Senior Vice President - SKD Knickerbocker
Thomas Rauch
Project Manager & Senior Engineer - Kappes Cassiday & Associates

Tom is currently Project Manager & Senior Engineer at KCA in Reno, Nevada. He holds a BS in Mining Engineering and a BS in Energy Business and Finance both from Penn State. Tom has strong process background with years of global EPC/EPCM project delivery. Focusing on high-risk projects, he’s spent nearly five years overseas mostly in Africa and Asia in both office and field roles. Tom is the Chair for the Young Leaders.

Thomas Rauch
Project Manager & Senior Engineer - Kappes Cassiday & Associates
Pat Jacomet
Executive Director - OAIMA (Master of Ceremonies)

Pat’s leadership is an example for the entire industry. Whether it is a federal issue or a matter of public education, he regularly goes above and beyond for the benefit of the entire industry. He isn’t concerned about who gets the credit for a success, just that the job gets done. (Credit: http://bit.ly/2wIa9Gl)

Pat Jacomet
Executive Director - OAIMA (Master of Ceremonies)