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
Michael Bauersachs is a founder of the Company has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and director since August 2015, and president of Ramaco Coal, LLC since 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in the coal industry, and was responsible for acquiring over 1.5 billion tons of Appalachian coal reserves and numerous mining assets during his time at Massey Energy Company. Mr. Bauersachs has a B.S. degree from Illinois College and received his M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Christopher L. Blanchard - Chief Operating Officer
Chris Blanchard has provided mining oversight, management and planning services to the Company since 2013, first as a consultant, and then formally as an officer in 2018. He has managed significant mining operations for a range of major public and private companies, including in Central Appalachia. Mr. Blanchard received his Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Charleston and also holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
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
Bruce E. Cryder has been a member of our board of directors since June 2017, and is currently Senior Counsel at Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has practiced since 1988. During his career at Bingham he has focused his practice on the energy and natural resources industries, representing a number of major public and private entities involved in the coal industry. Mr. Cryder received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Ohio State University in 1972.
Patrick C. Graney, III
Patrick C. Graney has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016, and is currently a private investor. Previously, Mr. Graney founded and served as Chairman of the One Stop Convenience Store Chain, and was the President, CEO, and director of Petroleum Products, Inc., a motor fuel and lubricant distribution company. He also serves on the boards of BB&T Corporation, a public bank, the West Virginia Coal Association and several privately held companies in which he is an investor with operations in the West Virginia area. He was formerly on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank -Richmond branch. Mr. Graney received a B.A. degree from The University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from the Colgate Darden School at The University of Virginia.
Bryan H. Lawrence
Bryan H. Lawrence has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. He is a founder and senior manager of Yorktown Partners LLC, the manager of the Yorktown group of investment partnerships, which make investments in companies engaged in the energy industry. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a director of the publicly traded companies Carbon Natural Gas Company, Hallador Energy Company and Star Gas, L.P., as well as certain non-public companies in the energy industry in which Yorktown partnerships hold equity interests. Mr. Lawrence is a graduate of Hamilton College and also has an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Peter Leidel

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.

Tyler Reeder
Tyler Reeder has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Reeder joined Energy Capital Partners in 2006 and has been a partner of the firm since 2011. Mr. Reeder currently serves on the boards of ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC, Broad River Power Holdings, LLC, CE2 Carbon Capital, LLC, Empire Gen Holdings, Inc., Terra-Gen, LLC, EnergySolutions, Inc. and Granite Holdings, Inc. (parent company of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.). Mr. Reeder received a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University.
Mahmud Riffat

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.

Richard M. Whiting
Richard M. Whiting has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Whiting previously served as President of Kinder Morgan Resources LLC, a natural resources leasing company, and has also served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Patriot Coal Corporation, and Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Peabody Energy Corporation.  Mr. Whiting has also served as a Director of the National Mining Association (“NMA”), a member of NMA’s Executive Committee, Chairman of NMA’s Audit & Finance Committee, Chairman of COALPAC, and Director of the National Coal Council. Mr. Whiting holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University.