John Schroder Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Schroder started his mining career with US Steel Mining in 2000. He rose through the management ranks at US Steel Mining, PinnOak, and Drummond before joining UCC in 2006.
During his 11 years at UCC, Mr. Schroder has been in various positions including mine superintendent, process improvement director, operations president, and VP of Operations.
Mr. Schroder earned a master of business administration from West Virginia University and a bachelor of science in mining engineering from Virginia Tech.
Paul Gregory Chief Financial Officer
Paul Gregory, CFA, is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Company’s Compliance Committee. He is in charge of all financial and accounting activities at UCC, including budgeting, forecasting, and reporting financial results; analysis of investment decisions; maintaining relationships with external lenders; and overseeing all treasury functions. He reports directly to the Company’s President and CEO.
Prior to joining UCC, Paul spent three years as head of mergers and acquisitions for Metinvest Holding, UCC’s parent company.
Paul has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a M.A. in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in economics from Rice University.
Bill Wells Senior Director of Engineering
As Senior Director of Engineering, Bill Wells is responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities, as well as analyzing development and extension of existing company reserves. He oversees the company’s engineering and geology staff, in addition to the engineers and technical staff at all operating subsidiaries.
Bill has an M.S. in mining engineering and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa. He is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama. Before joining United Coal, Bill was employed by the Drummond Company, where he served as vice president of engineering, vice president of acquisitions and development, and manager of mine engineering. He has more than 36 years of experience in the coal industry, having held engineering positions with Mingo Logan Coal Company, BP Coal and Cedar Coal Company.
Don Jones Vice President of Safety
As Vice President of Safety, Don is responsible for the health, safety, training and compliance programs at United Coal Company. In addition, he is in charge of emergency preparedness, including mine rescue team development and training. Prior to joining United Coal Company, Don held various supervisory positions in operations and safety at Republic Steel Corporation, Old Ben Coal, Anker Energy and Consol Energy.
Don was a member of the mine rescue and fire brigade teams at each of the companies he previously worked. He joined United Coal Company in 2005 as Director of Safety & HR at the Carter Roag subsidiary in Elkins, WV. He has also held the position of Director of Emergency Response & Compliance, Director of Safety for WV subsidiaries and Corporate Director of Safety, before being named VP of Safety in 2015.
Don is a 1980 graduate of Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV with a degree in Management, and holds various federal/state certifications and qualifications. He is also a member of the West Virginia Coal Association Safety Group.
Travis Hutton Vice President of Sales
As vice president of sales, Travis Hutton is in charge of all sales, marketing and distribution activities. He is responsible for selling United Coal Company’s coal to third parties, managing contracts and available tonnage, and shipping coal to United Coal Company’s customers.
Travis has over 18 years of coal sales experience, marketing Central Appalachian steam and metallurgical coal both domestically and abroad to major industrial, utility and steel companies.
Travis completed a B.S. in Business Management from Virginia Intermont College, and graduated from the Executive MBA program at University of Tennessee.
J.P. Richardson Vice President Of Operations
J.P. Richardson, serving as the Vice President Of Operations, is responsible for all day-to-day activities associated with safe, compliant and efficient production. This includes managing the production teams at all underground mines, surface mines and coal preparation plants.
J.P holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A from King University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia and serves on the boards of various industry related organizations. He has more than 20 years of industry related experience working for Sun Coke’s Mining and Coke divisions before joining United Coal in 2011.
Barrett Justice Senior Director of Engineering
As Senior Director of Engineering, Barrett Justice is responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities, as well as analyzing development and extension of existing company reserves. He oversees the company’s engineering and geology staff, in addition to the engineers and technical staff at all operating subsidiaries.
Barrett has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. He is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia. Before joining United Coal, Barrett was employed by Alpha Natural Resources, where he served as Chief Engineer of Coal River East Operations. He has more than 13 years of experience in the coal industry, having held engineering positions with Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal.