Board of Directors
- Donald Gunn – Chairman
- Patrick Highsmith – Director
- Dennis Gauger – Director
Donald Gunn – Chairman
Mr. Gunn's business expertise is recurring revenue streams. He brings nearly three decades of business, financial and entrepreneurial experience to Golden Phoenix. He has been a shareholder for five years and owns in excess of six million shares. His private interests include investing and commodity trading, assisting small business start-ups and analysis of the gold and silver markets.
He served as the Vice President of Engineering and as a Director for Media Sciences International, Inc., an SEC reporting company in the color business printer industry, from December 1999 through 2007. He founded ultraHue, Inc., a manufacturer of ink and toner products for computer printers in March 1996, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until it was acquired by Media Sciences in December 1999. Mr. Gunn is currently part owner of PinPoint LLC, a private manufacturer of supplies for the postage meter market, where he also handles the design of new products. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1974.
Patrick Highsmith – Director
Patrick has evaluated and worked on more than 250 projects in 26 countries. He is a seasoned negotiator, having helped to forge all manner of joint ventures, investments, strategic partnerships, and acquisitions. During the last year, Patrick was involved in the start-up of the Golden Chest Mine and New Jersey Mill in northern Idaho. He is currently advising private investor groups on acquisitions of operating assets in the gold and base metals mining sectors.
Mr. Highsmith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering and a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He also brings to Golden Phoenix an extensive network across the technical, business, and financial sectors of the mining industry.
Commenting on Mr. Highsmith's appointment to the Board, Donald Gunn, President of Golden Phoenix stated, "We are extremely pleased with Patrick's decision to join our Board of Directors. As we conclude the settlement of outstanding legal matters, we look forward to the valuable contribution of Patrick's industry expertise and project management experience to guide us in our property exploration, development and related financing efforts."
Dennis Gauger – Director
Dennis P. Gauger, CPA, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Utah and Nevada. He previously served as part-time, contract Chief Financial Officer of Golden Phoenix from January 2004 to January 2008, and has served the Company as an independent accounting and compliance consultant from January 2008 to his current appointment as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company in January 2013.
From May 2007 through December 2012, Mr. Gauger served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for BSD Medical Corporation, a publicly held medical device company. He also has served several publicly held companies as a part-time, contract chief financial officer, including the following: from April 2004 until November 2008, Mr. Gauger served as Chief Financial Officer for Cimetrix Incorporated, a publicly held software company; from January 2004 until January 2008, Mr. Gauger served as a director, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary for Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc., a publicly held aviation company; and from November 2001 until March 2007, Mr. Gauger served as Chief Financial Officer for Nevada Chemicals, Inc., a publicly held chemical supply company to the gold mining industry.
Additionally, over the past fifteen years, he has served several public and private companies in a variety of industries as a part-time, contract financial executive and financial consultant. Previously, Mr. Gauger worked for 22 years for Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting and consulting firm, including 9 years as an accounting and auditing partner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.