The Team

John Swallow – CEO/President


John Swallow is the largest IDR shareholder. He is a successful business owner and entrepreneur in the mining and high-tech industries with over 30 years of experience. His unique mixture of business acumen, historical perspective and corporate culture have proven valuable to early-stage and turnaround situations, especially where he was a lead investor and owner/manager. Among his industry accomplishments, John co-founded and helped guide a core drilling company from a small operation into a successful industry service provider having over 100 employees. He also helped grow a small gold exploration company from a market cap of less than $2 million to an NYSE listing with a market cap that exceeded $100 million. With a focus on the long game, John has an impressive track record of investment return, job creation and community involvement. His combination of personal drive and experience has consistently paid dividends for fellow employees and stakeholders. John has led fundraising efforts for both private and publicly traded companies and advanced private companies to a public listing, including senior exchanges in the U.S and Canada.

Grant Brackebusch, P.E. – CFO/Vice President


Grant is a registered profession mining engineer and IDR co-founder and fellow shareholder. He helped design, permit and build the New Jersey Mill and supervises both mining and milling operations at the Company, including permitting, bonding and internal feasibility studies. Grant has been instrumental in many aspects of Company operations and management, including all levels of economic analysis, open pit and underground modeling, pit design, underground mining and development, etc. His knowledge of paste tailings and flotation mill design makes him one of the foremost experts in the field. His dedication to the success of the company and building a cohesive employee base has been an important factor in advancing the Golden Chest Mine to production. Grant is a co-principal of Mine Systems Design, Inc., a family-owned mining consulting firm specializing in paste backfill. He is the 2nd of three generations that have worked or are working for IDR. Grant has deep roots in the Silver Valley and is a respected member of local community. He worked for Newmont on the Carlin Trend prior to co-founding IDR in the 1990’s.

Rob Morgan – VP Exploration

Mr. Morgan has over 21 years of exploration experience, including 19 years focused on gold exploration, of which 11 years were in Northern Idaho and Montana.  Mr. Morgan has worked for some of the world’s leading gold exploration and mining companies including Newmont and ASARCO throughout the western United States, Alaska and South America.  He is practiced in designing, implementing and managing large exploration programs for gold, silver, base metals and rare earth elements. His technical work has included geologic mapping, logging of drill holes, compilation and interpretation of multiple data sets for target identification.

Monique Hayes – Investor Relations/Corporate Secretary

Ms. Hayes has 12 years of mining industry experience in investor relations and corporate governance – most recently overseeing community relations in northwest Montana for Hecla Mining following its acquisition of Revett Mining Company. At Revett she was Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary where she managed stakeholder relations, and directed its up-listing to the NYSE MKT.

Kevin Shiell – Independent Director

Nominating Committee | Audit Committee | Compensation Committee

Mr. Shiell has more than 35 years of operating and management experience in the mining and mineral processing industries. He has held executive leadership positons at several public companies, including General Manager and Vice President of Mine Operations at Stillwater Mining Company, Chief Operating Officer at MDM Gold, and various mine supervisory positions at Hecla Mining Company. Mr. Shiell is currently the General Manager of the Gold Road Mine in Arizona, which is owned and operated by Aura Mining, and serves as an Independent Director at Idaho Strategic.

Rich Beaven – Independent Director

Nominating Committee | Audit Committee | Compensation Committee

Mr. Beaven is Lead Portfolio Manager and Principal at Signia Capital. Signia is a small-cap value asset manager with a largely institutional (pension fund) client base. Prior to co-founding Signia Capital Management in 2002, Rich was the Assistant Director of Research and a Portfolio Manager for a $2B Pacific Northwest asset management firm. With blue-collar roots, Rich went on to get a BA in business administration from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Gonzaga University. In addition, he is a CFA charter holder and has served as President of the CFA Society of Spokane.