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.
Mark McCormick Chief Legal Counsel | Vice President of Human Resources
As the company’s chief legal counsel and vice president of human resources, Mark McCormick oversees all human resources and legal activities. He generates and approves all legal contracts, and he played a key role in developing the company’s enhanced employee benefits package.
Mark’s prior experience includes working for SunCoke Energy in Knoxville, Tenn., where he served as senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. While at SunCoke, he oversaw the structuring and negotiation of domestic and international projects valued at more than $2 billion; and he managed diverse domestic and international employee benefits programs. He was also a member of the environmental risk management committee for Sunoco, SunCoke Energy’s parent company.
Mark received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, La. He is admitted to practice in California and Tennessee.
Rob Robertson Vice President of Coal Preparation
Rob Robertson coordinates, manages and directs United Coal’s team of preparation plant managers by providing leadership in all aspects of coal preparation, including production, efficiency, quality and cost control.
He previously served as general manager at Taggart Global, where he directed the design, engineering, construction and automation of coal preparation facilities, as well as material handling systems for coal and other minerals, both domestically and abroad. Prior to his employment at Taggart, Rob enjoyed a successful career as founder and president of Robertson Process and electrical, Inc. He also spent 16 years with Massey Coal Services as manager of process control and manager of coal preparation.
Rob earned a B.S. from Montreat College in Black Mountain, N.C.
B.J. Evans Chief Information Officer
As chief information officer, B.J. Evans is responsible for all facets of information technology (IT) and telecommunications within the company. He oversees a number of areas related to IT, including strategic direction to ensure IT alignment with operational and revenue goals. B.J. also serves as the primary interface for the executive management team’s decisions requiring knowledge of emerging technologies.
B.J.’s professional experience includes team leadership with nTelos Communications, senior systems engineer and project manager with Lockheed Martin Corporation, and information security officer with the West Virginia Medical Institute.
B.J. holds an M.B.A. in technology management from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz., and a B.S. in electronic engineering technology from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, W.Va.
Rick Waddell Vice President of Safety
Rick Waddell is responsible for safety at all UCC subsidiaries, as well as implementing safety programs to enhance the company’s well-established safety culture.
Rick spent more than 30 years with Jewell Resources Company and its subsidiaries in Virginia. While at Jewell, he served as vice president and general manager of coal and coke operations, manager of mines and environment, manager of health safety and environment, safety inspector and instructor, section foreman, and mine rescue and first aid team member.
A strong advocate of coal and community involvement, Rick is a member of several political and community organizations, including the Eastern Coal Council, National Mine Rescue Association and Virginia Coal Mine Safety Board. He earned a B.S. in Mining Engineering and Technology at Bluefield State College in West Virginia.