American Rare Earths


Executive Team


Marty is a global experienced executive with MBA and Master of Science degrees. He brings a proven track record of impact and awards with venture-backed startup businesses, plus Fortune 500 experience that includes technology, healthcare, and education. Organizational success has resulted in him winning the 2016 President’s (POTUS) “E” Award for Export Excellence and being recognized as part of a Fast Company magazine’s “Most Innovative” company for three separate years. His business experience spans five continents, in more than 20 countries across the Americas, EMEA, and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Marty’s experience in corporate development, startup leadership, and government relations drives projects to the next stage and beyond.


Mr. Dwight M. Kinnes, CPG, is a Certified Professional Geologist with AIPG (#10244), Registered Member of SME (#4063295) and a registered Geologist in Wyoming (PG-2653) with more than 35 years in the mining industry. A third generation Coloradoan, Dwight obtained a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Colorado State University. Dwight was employed at Marston & Marston, Inc. (now Golder and Associates) as their first geologist specializing in geological modeling of complex coal deposits in British Columbia, Venezuela, and Indonesia. Dwight was the project manager for the first large scale passive dewatering program installed in the Powder River Basin. Dwight established the Marston/Golder Denver office in 1995.

In 2004, Dwight founded Highland GeoComputing, LLC to provide geological field services, geological modeling services, GIS services, and database management services to the mining industry. Dwight designed and marketed the DHDB drill hole database system currently in use at the USGS Central Energy Resources Science Center.

Dwight is a husband of nearly 30 years, father of two children, an award-winning amateur winemaker (using Colorado grown grapes), fly-fisherman, and skier.


Noel is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with qualifications in Commerce, Human Resource Management and Business Administration. He has over 18 years experience as a finance professional in the government, resources and energy sectors in Australia and the UK. He has a track record of implementing continuous improvement initiatives, advising companies on debt and equity financing options and statutory and regulatory reporting in listed environments. Previously Noel was the Chief Financial Officer with Leigh Creek Energy (ASX:LCK) and has had roles with Sibelco Australia Limited.


Chris has over 28 years experience in the resource sector within Australia, Canada, USA, South America, Africa and Europe. He is an innovative leader with a proven track record for implementing organization change and delivering business results. Prior to joining the company he was Vice President General Manager for Argonaut Gold’s Canada business and leading the development of the Magino Gold Project. He has also held various leadership roles with Centerra Gold and Thompson Creek Metals, including VP of Operations, VP Operational Excellence and VP General Manager of the Langeloth Metallurgical Company in Pittsburgh and VP General Manager of the Endako Mine in British Columbia. Chris has also held various leadership roles with Barrick Gold, Placer Dome and Millennium Chemicals. He holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management and a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University of Western Australia.

Technical Team


Sara received her B.S. in geology from Bucknell University and her M.S. in geology from the University of Montana where she specialized in metamorphic petrology and Precambrian tectonics.

Prior to joining the WRE team, Sara completed an internship at an oil and gas company in Houston, Texas, and worked as a contract geologist on a multi-year EarthMRI project at the Wyoming State Geological Survey which focused on critical mineral assessment of the Laramie Anorthosite Complex. Her prior experience in the Laramie Range and extensive background in field geology and metamorphic and igneous petrology will provide strong, technical support across all of WRE’s projects.


Brianna earned a B.S. degree from the Geology & Geophysics program at Louisiana State University and a M.S. degree in Geoscience from the University of Montana. She has specialized in analytical mineralogy, geochemistry, and Precambrian tectonics.

Before joining WRE, she served with a Denver based oil and gas company on large-scale data integration and the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program that utilizes 3D seismic data. Separately, she worked as a consulting geologist, collaborating with several energy resource companies as she interpreted a wide variety of geotechnical and engineering data to strategize well developments and explore for untapped natural gas and oil reserves.

The culmination of her field operations and computational experience, combined with her background in mineralogy and geochemistry, will allow her to serve as a robust source of geologic knowledge, analysis and technical writing for the WRE team.



Sam Pierce received his degree in Geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2004 and has been managing exploration projects for 14 years in Africa, Latin America, and the United States. He has worked in greenfield to advanced exploration projects in a wide variety of commodities and deposit types. He has a thorough background in all stages of mining exploration, including geochemistry and hyper spectral instrumentation.