CMA News Release: Sanderson to Retire September 30 After 22 Years as CMA President



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March 22, 2016

Contact: Stuart Sanderson
303-575-9199
ssanderson@coloradomining.org

SANDERSON TO RETIRE SEPTEMBER 30 AFTER 22 YEARS AS CMA PRESIDENT

GEOPROS TO CONDUCT NATIONWIDE CANDIDATE SEARCH FOR SUCCESSOR

Denver, CO – The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) announced today that Stuart Sanderson will retire from the position of President & Chief Operating Officer effective September 30, 2016, a position he has held since October, 1994.   Following his retirement, Sanderson will continue to serve as a consultant to the 140 year old trade association and to other clients.

The Board of Directors is also pleased to announce that the search for his successor will begin following the 118th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition March 21-24, 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center.

CMA has retained Geopros, Inc., a nationally recognized direct-placement recruiting firm, to conduct a nationwide search for a new President & COO.   Interested candidates are asked to communicate directly with Jill Nelson at jnelson@geopros.com or Lois Brooks at lbrooks@geopros.com. Please do not contact or submit resumes directly to CMA. 

Following his retirement, Sanderson will continue to serve as a consultant to the CMA under a non-exclusive consulting services agreement for a six month period ending March 31, 2017.    He will report to the new CMA President.

“It has been my honor to serve the hard working men and women of Colorado’s mining industry for more than two decades,” Sanderson said.   “Today’s announcement is the result of an orderly transition that has been underway for more than one year,” he added.    “I look forward to participating in the recruitment of a successor,” he added “and continuing to serve the mining industry and other clients in the future.”

Sanderson, an attorney, is credited for leading the CMA through a challenging transition following his retention in 1994, boosting membership and improving the Association’s financial condition.   He also led the effort to keep Colorado open for the business of mining, spearheading the defense of state laws that promote the responsible development of the state’s mineral resources when those laws were subject to legislation and other initiatives to ban modern mining technologies.   Under his leadership, CMA has engaged regulatory processes constructively to facilitate the continuation of mining operations.   He has authored numerous articles on mining related issues and has appeared as the industry’s spokesman before local and national news organizations and broadcast networks.

Colorado currently ranks 10th among the states in the production of clean coal, 4th in gold, and 1st in molybdenum.   The state is also a significant source of pure sodium bicarbonate, gypsum, limestone and other specialty mineral production.  Overall, mining generates about $3 billion in revenues, and nearly $9 billion in overall economic benefits for the state.   Mine workers are among the highest paid industrial workers in Colorado.

CMA Chairman Fred Menzer, Consultant to Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, and incoming Chairman Jim Mattern, President, Trapper Mining Inc., thanked Sanderson for his leadership.  “He has served for a period of time thought to be longer than most other trade association executives currently employed in Colorado.   Thus, we both worked to ensure that the Association could rely upon Stuart’s expertise and experience as we move forward under new management,” Menzer said.   “We are pleased that he will remain a consultant to the CMA.”

CMA is an industry association, founded in 1876, whose more than 900 members include the producers of minerals throughout Colorado and the west, including vendors and service providers to the industry.   The organization is also headquartered in Denver, an international mining center.

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