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. At these previous companies, John led efforts in operations and engineering. Engineering projects included project management of the construction of a Syn-fuel Plant, ventilation projects at deep mines, and roof control analysis during longwall retreat. Much of his operations experience at US Steel, PinnOak, and Drummond was around longwall mining of mass production in some of the best met coal seams in the world. John helped optimize and drive safe production at these operations as he effectively coordinated with all departments and management levels to achieve desired results.
During his 12 years at UCC, Mr. Schroder has been in various positions including Mine Superintendent, Process Improvement Director, Subsidiary President, and VP of Operations. John helped successfully lead process improvement initiatives throughout UCC that had multi-million dollar uplifts to the company’s bottom line. He also helped compliantly resurrect the Affinity Mine with implementation of high safety standards that yielded production improvements and reduction in costs.
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; andoverseeing 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.
Paul A. Konstanty Vice President and General Counsel
As Vice President and General Counsel of United Coal Company LLC, Mr. Konstanty is the chief legal officer and serves as Vice President of all corporate subsidiaries. He is a member of the Company’s Compliance Committee, Executive Committee and works closely with all levels of operations. Mr. Konstanty reports directly to the Company’s President and CEO.
Mr. Konstanty began his legal career in 2000 in the State of New York under the guidance of his mentor, James E. Konstanty, as a general practitioner. He also served as an Assistant County Attorney for the County of Otsego. In 2003, Mr. Konstanty accepted an Associate Attorney position with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Charleston, WV. During his 16 year career with Steptoe, Mr. Konstanty focused his practice in the areas of energy, litigation, regulatory licensureandhigher education. Mr. Konstanty is Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell,and was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America ®. Active in his community, Mr. Konstanty has been the past Board Chairman of FamilyCare, Inc., and a past Vice-Chairman and Member of the Board of Governors of West Virginia State University.
Mr. Konstanty earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Charleston (1997, BA Political Science/Pre-Law, cum laude) and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School, Union University (2000). Mr. Konstanty is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, the State of West Virginia, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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 andConsol 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 anddistribution 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 IntermontCollege, and graduated from the Executive MBA program atUniversity 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 andcoal 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 variousindustry 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.
Mark Huffman Director of Maintenance
Serving as the Director of Maintenance, is responsible for ensuring all maintenance activities are completed safely, compliantly, and efficiently. This includes management and coordination of maintenance teams at all coal preparation plants, and underground / surface mines. He reports directly to the Company’s President and CEO.
Mark holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bluefield State as well as various federal and state certifications/ qualifications. He has more than 13 years of industry related experience and has held various supervisory positions in maintenance, operations and safetyworking for Consol Energy, Sun Coke Energy and Bluestone Industries before joining United Coal in 2017.
Mike Lewis Director of Materials Management
Mike Lewis is the Director of Materials Management and a member of the company’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for UCC’s centralized purchasing program. He reports directly to the company’s CEO.
Prior to working at UCC, Mike worked for 30 years for Interstate Coal Company and James River Coal Company in accounting, blast analysis, manager of fixed assets and as Director of Materials Management for mine operations in Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.
He graduated with a bachelor of science degree with an area of concentration in business administration from Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY.