Randall W. Atkins - Founder, Executive Chairman, and Director
Randall Atkins is a founder of the Company and has served as the Executive Chairman of our board of directors since August 2015, and as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2018. He been involved in energy-related investment and financing activity for over 35 years, and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ramaco Coal, LLC from 2011 to present. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Mining Association and a member of the National Coal Council. He holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Michael D. Bauersachs - Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Christopher L. Blanchard - Chief Operating Officer
John C. Marcum - Chief Accounting Officer
John Marcum has extensive accounting experience in the coal industry through his work over the past 25 years at various publicly traded coal companies. Prior to joining Ramaco in 2018 as Controller, Mr. Marcum served as Vice President of Accounting for Alpha Natural Resources. Mr. Marcum previously held a variety of accounting and finance management positions with Massey Energy, Magnum Coal, and Arcelor Mittal Princeton Mining. Mr. Marcum holds a BBA in Accountancy from Marshall University and an MBA from Morehead State University.
Jeremy R. Sussman - Chief Financial Officer
Jeremy Sussman is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, beginning his role in May 2019. He has an extensive knowledge of the coal industry through his work over many years as one of the leading mining industry analysts on Wall Street. Most recently, Mr. Sussman served as Managing Director – Mining and Metals at Clarksons Platou Securities (“Clarksons”). Mr. Sussman had worked at Clarksons since April 2013. Prior to that Mr. Sussman had worked as a research analyst focusing on the coal space in a variety of other sell-side and buy-side firms. Mr. Sussman graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2005.
Board of Directors
C. Lynch Christian, III
C. Lynch Christian, III has been involved in coal mining and coal land leasing and management since 1980 as an officer and director of Imperial Colliery Company and Milburn Colliery Company. Among other energy related businesses, Mr. Christian has experience as an officer and director of companies providing mining and hydraulic equipment, material crushing and handling equipment, conveyor design and installation and crane and rigging services. Prior to commencing work in the coal industry, Mr. Christian practiced energy law with the firm of Jackson & Kelly in Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Christian is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Bruce E. Cryder
Patrick C. Graney, III
Bryan H. Lawrence
Peter Leidel has served as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2019. He is a founder and partner of Yorktown Partners LLC, which manages private equity partnerships with $5.0 billion of capital under management that invest in the energy industry. Mr. Leidel is a director of University of Wisconsin Foundation, Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc., Carbon Energy Corporation, Mid-Con Energy Partners LP and the American Spectator Foundation, as well as several private energy companies. He served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Business, where he taught financial and managerial accounting. Mr. Leidel became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979, and received his B.B.A. with Honors from the University of Wisconsin and M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Riffat is a Principal at Energy Capital Partners, and is involved in the firm’s credit and capital solutions investment activities. Prior to joining Energy Capital Partners in 2017, Mr. Riffat was a Vice President at First Reserve from 2014 to 2017 where he was responsible for sourcing, executing and overseeing primary and secondary energy credit investment opportunities. Previously, he was an Associate from 2009 to 2012 at Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm focused on infrastructure investments. Mr. Riffat began his career as an Analyst in the Global Energy & Power Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he worked from 2007 to 2009. He earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University where he graduated from the Value Investing Program.