Management

MARC FOGASSA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Fogassa has a 17-year career in finance and management, including private equity/venture capital. He has extensive direct investing experience, including cross-border deal structuring, due diligence, management build-up, and Board of Directors oversight. He was born and raised in Brazil, and speaks Portuguese fluently.

Mr. Fogassa is frequently invited as an international speaker on Brazilian issues, and has written an opinion editorial in one of Brazil’s foremost newspapers. He has worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and in venture capital and private equity, and has been a director on the Board of several private companies. Mr. Fogassa is the chairman and chief executive officer of Jupiter Gold Corporation. In 2016, Mr. Fogassa was invited as member on an advisory panel for one of the U.S. presidential candidates during the primary season.

Mr. Fogassa double-majored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biology. He subsequently graduated from the Harvard Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine degree and later from the Harvard Business School with a Master in Business Administration degree. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi honor societies.


RODRIGO MELLO
Chief Geologist

Rodrigo Mello has more than 30 years of experience in exploration, resource and reserve evaluation, mine planning and project development. Expert in Brazilian geology with focus on gold deposits. He wrote 19 NI 43-101 and JORC geological technical reports as Qualified Person – the most number of any geologist in reference to Brazilian gold projects.

Mr. Mello worked on mineral resources evaluation for gold in the following large projects and companies operating in Brazil: Jacobina, São Francisco e Ernesto, all from Yamana Gold; Volta Grande from Forbes & Manhattan; Riacho dos Machados from Carpathian Gold; Palito from Serabi; and Tocantinzinho from Brazauro. Also worked on mineral resources evaluations for projects in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, some of them belonging to Cour D’Alene and Goldcorp.

Mr. Mello was the Corporate Development Director for MPBA (a subsidiary of Goldcorp) in Brazil, where he managed an annual budget up to US$ 4 million, and was responsible for a drilling program totaling 28.3 km, which allowed the detailing of the mining plan and the discovery of two new gold deposits near the mine. Prior to that was a consulting geologist for AngloGold South America, Brazil, and its Qualified Person for all of its mines and projects.

Mr. Mello is a graduate of the University Federal of Minas Gerais (Brazil), with post-graduated education at the Catholic University of Goias (Brazil) and the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).


JOSÉ ALENCAR FRANCESCATTO
Senior Geologist

Mr. Francescatto has over 36 years of experience as an geologist in Brazil. He has extensive experience with alluvial diamonds and gold in the areas where Brazil Minerals operates. Additionally, he has expertise with projects in primary gold, phosphate, sand, and other minerals. In particular, Mr. Francescatto was Chief of the Department of Geology for Mineração Tejucana S/A, the predecessor to RST Recursos Minerais Ltda, now a subsidiary of Brazil Minerals. He graduated from Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Brazil with a Bachelor degree in Geology.


JAY WEIL, ESQ.
General Counsel

Mr. Weil has more than 36 years of legal experience, having represented public and private companies and individuals in a wide range of business transactions and securities laws compliance matters. He has experience on virtually every aspect of corporate and securities law, including the preparation of contracts and SEC filings, advice on the law, and development of strategies regarding business terms of deals. Mr. Weil also handles all phases of both public offerings and private placements of securities as well as reverse mergers and secured and unsecured debt financing. He has also experience in mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Weil has worked on Brazil Minerals matters since December 2012.  Previously, Mr. Weil was a securities and corporate partner with the New York office of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, then a regional law firm with more than 200 attorneys, and prior to that a partner in a 30-attorney firm. Mr. Weil began his career as an associate in the corporate securities practice of Shea & Gould in New York, New York. Mr. Weil has a J.D. from the NYU School of Law, and a B.A. from Binghamton University.

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