Randall Atkins has served as our Executive Chairman of our board of directors since August 2015. Mr. Atkins has been involved in energy related investment and financing activity for more than 35 years. He has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ramaco, LLC from 2011 to present. From 1977 to 1980, he worked at Ashland Oil, Inc., principally on coal and international refining acquisitions. From 1990 to 1994, he worked as an Executive Vice President at S.N. Phelps & Co. of Greenwich, CT (focusing on energy related restructuring). In 1995, Mr. Atkins founded Archbrook & Co. (in partnership with the Commercial Bank of Kuwait), a fund that provided acquisition debt financing to private equity firms. In 2000, he joined the Estee Lauder family in New York as the Chief Executive Officer of Pelagas, LLC, an entity focused on energy and resource investments in Eastern Europe. After Pelagas, he subsequently formed Brook Investment in 2004 to provide investment banking services to clients in the mining and energy fields until September 2009. After Brook Investment, he continued this practice as a banker at J.P. Morgan & Co., prior to the formation of Ramaco, LLC in August 2011. He holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.