H. David Ramm, Chairman & CEO of BrightSource Energy Joins the Board of Alabama Graphite
June 5, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) — Alabama Graphite Corp. (“Alabama Graphite” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG)(WKN:A1J35M)(ISIN# CA0102931080) is pleased to announce that H. David Ramm, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BrightSource Energy LLC, a California-headquartered solar thermal technology and project company, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Alabama Graphite and Chair of the Audit Committee, effective immediately. Mr. Ramm brings significant experience in general management, energy technology and infrastructure development. Mr. Ramm co-founded and currently serves as director of Blue Rock Energy Inc., a Syracuse, NY electricity/natural gas commodity supplier. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is Chairman of the President’s Energy Advisory Board at the University of Houston.
Mr. Dave Ramm said, “I am pleased to be joining the effort to restart domestic production of a key material necessary of volume growth in emerging technology markets such as batteries.”
Mr. Ramm is the Managing Partner at Dymar Development LLC, a Houston based firm he founded in 2010 as a consultancy for development of infrastructure and energy projects. In 2002, Mr. Ramm was a founding member of DKRW Partners and of DKRW Energy, LLC and then participated in the startup and management of each of DKRW’s businesses: domestic wind project development, natural gas infrastructure work for northwest Mexico and commercialization of coal-to-liquids conversion processes. He left DKRW in 2010 to assume a role as CEO and director at Turner Bros., a Houston based wind industry/refinery oriented heavy lift provider.
Prior to co-founding DKRW, Mr. Ramm was President, CEO and a director of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., a NYSE-traded, Fortune 1,000 company. From 1996 to 2000, he served as President of Enron Wind Corporation and managing director of Enron Renewable Energy Corporation. After service as an army officer, Mr. Ramm began his civilian career at United Technologies Corporation where he held senior management positions at Otis Elevator Company and served as Chairman and CEO of UTC Fuel Cells Corporation. Mr. Ramm holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School at MIT, an M.B.A. from Long Island University’s Roth School of Business and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“David’s skill set is an exceptional fit for the Company and I look forward to working with him,” said Ron S. Roda, President & CEO of the Company. “David’s extensive expertise in the area of alternative energy and his management background will provide an invaluable asset to our organization.”
Mr. Ramm will replace Mr. Jim Duff on the Board of Directors of Alabama Graphite. Mr. Duff is resigning to pursue other interests. The Company and the board of Alabama Graphite would like to thank Mr. Duff for his contributions to the Company and the Board since its inception and wish him all the best in future endeavors.
About Alabama Graphite
Alabama Graphite Corp.’s mission is to become one of the greenest graphite producers in the world. The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alabama Graphite Company Inc., is conducting exploration and development both at its flagship Coosa Graphite Project in Coosa County, Alabama, USA, and the recently acquired Bama Mine Project in Chilton County, Alabama, USA. Alabama Graphite holds a 100% interest in the mining leases in respect of these two advanced-stage projects, both of which are on private land. The two projects encompass over 43,000 acres and are located in an area with significant historical production of crystalline flake graphite. The Company has the largest NI 43-101 indicated flake graphite resource in the United States based on drilling 0.18 square miles (0.3% of the total acreage). The Alabama deposits are unique in that a significant portion of the graphite-bearing material is oxidized and has been broken down into an extremely soft rock. Both projects have in place critical infrastructure, are within close proximity to transportation routes and enjoy a hospitable climate allowing for year-round production and delivery. For further information and updates on the Company, please visit www.alabamagraphite.com.
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