People: Rare Element Resources Ltd (REE)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Donald Ranta

70 2011 Chairman of the Board

Randall Scott

61 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Paul Zink

57 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Jaye Pickarts

54 2011 Chief Operating Officer

Kelli Kast

46 2012 Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

George Byers

66 2011 Vice President - Government and Community Relations

Robbin Lee

2013 Director of Investor Relations

Gerald Grandey

66 2013 Director

Frank Mooney

2013 Director

M. Norman Anderson

82 2011 Independent Director

Norman Burmeister

73 2003 Independent Director

Paul Schlauch

70 2011 Independent Director

Lowell Shonk

63 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Donald Ranta

Dr. Donald E. Ranta, Ph.D., P.Geo., is Chairman of the Board of Rare Element Resources Ltd. He is an exploration and development executive experienced in planning, implementing and directing exploration and qualification programs throughout North America and South America. Mr. Ranta was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company in December 2011 and has been a Director of the Company since May 2007. He served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2007 to December 2011. Since July 2008, Mr. Ranta has been a director of Avrupa Minerals Ltd., and since September 2008, he has been a director of Otis Gold Corp. Previously, Mr. Ranta was Vice President of Exploration for Echo Bay Mines and Manager/Vice President for North American Exploration at Phelps Dodge Mining Company. Mr. Ranta also served as the President and board member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Mr. Ranta obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in June of 1965, a Masters degree from the University of Nevada in June of 1967 and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines in May of 1974.

Randall Scott

Mr. Randall J. Scott, MBA, is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Mr. Scott is a metallurgical engineer with over thirty years of experience in the industry. His experience includes performance teams in operations, administration, project development program management, business development and improvement initiatives. Mr. Scott was appointed as a Director of the Company in February 2012 and as President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2011. Mr. Scott previously worked for Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. as Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Strategy from May 2011 to November 2011, as Director Strategic Management from August 2010 to May 2011 and as Project Sponsor Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation from January 2010 to August 2010. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Metals Norwest Corporation during January 2010. From 2002 until 2009, he served as the Principal Real Estate Agent and Team Leader for Scott Home and Land Real Estate Team. Mr. Scott held senior management positions with Cyprus Amax Coal Company and RAG American Coal Company from 1995 to 2001, and prior to that Mr. Scott held senior management positions with Cyprus Metals Company from 1989 until 1995. Mr. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Paul Zink

Mr. Paul H. Zink is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Mr. Zink has over thirty years of experience in the financial and extractive industries. He was appointed as a Director of the Company in February 2012. He has been the President of Eurasian Capital, the royalty and merchant banking division of Eurasian Minerals Inc., since July 2010. From March 2008, Mr. Zink served as President and, from November 2009, served as a director of International Royalty Corporation until its sale to Royal Gold, Inc. in February 2010. From January 1994 to March 1997, Mr. Zink managed Pegasus Gold, Inc.'s acquisition efforts. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Koch Mineral Services, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., and as Chief Credit Officer for the parent company, from April 1997 to August 2000. Mr. Zink currently serves as a director of Atna Resources Ltd. (since April 2011). Mr. Zink began his career in the metals and mining industry with J.P. Morgan & Co., working for seventeen years on merger and acquisition analysis, banking and project finance advisory work for European mining companies, and sell-side equity research on U.S. mining stocks. Mr. Zink holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations from Lehigh University and completed J.P. Morgan’s Management Training Program and numerous other executive courses.

Jaye Pickarts

Mr. Jaye T. Pickarts P.E., is Chief Operating Officer of Rare Element Resources Ltd. He is a metallurgical engineer with more than 25 years of project evaluation and operations experience in the metal mining industry. Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the Company in March 2011, he was the Senior Vice President and director of Knight Piesold and Company in Denver, Colorado for 12 years, where he was responsible for coordinating the completion of many feasibility studies and environmental permitting programs in the western United States as well as internationally. Mr. Pickarts obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mineral processing engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and completed the Business Administration Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Nevada and is considered to be a “Qualified Person” in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.

Kelli Kast

Ms. Kelli C. Kast, Esq., is Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Ms. Kast has over sixteen years of in-house legal experience, including seven years as a top legal officer in the precious metals industry. Ms. Kast was appointed Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary in July 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Kast served as Coeur d’ Alene Mine’s Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from May 2005 to March 2009 and additionally as its Chief Administrative Officer from March 2009 to December 2011. Prior thereto, Ms. Kast was Corporate Counsel for HealtheTech Inc. from 2004 to 2005 and the Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Global Water Technologies Inc. and Psychrometric Systems, Inc. from 1997 through 2003. Ms. Kast earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho.

George Byers

Mr. George C. Byers M.A., is Vice President - Government and Community Relations of Rare Element Resources Ltd. He is a 35 year mining and energy industry veteran with executive experience in federal, state and local government relations. Prior to his appointment as the Vice President of Government and Community Relations of the Company in February 2011, Mr. Byers acted as a consultant to the precious metals, rare earths, copper and uranium industries on a variety of public and government issues. He is the former President of the Northwest Mining Association, and presently serves on each of the board of directors for the Mountain States Legal Foundation, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE), the University of Mississippi Engineering School Advisory Board and the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute. Mr. Byers obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Mississippi in 1969 and a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of Mississippi in 1974.

Robbin Lee

Gerald Grandey

Mr. Gerald W. Grandey has been appointed as Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd., with effect from August 2, 2013. Mr. Grandey is the former Chief Executive Officer and past member of the Board of Directors of Canadian-based Cameco Corporation. He joined Cameco in 1993 as Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Development and was appointed its President in 2000 and Chief Executive Officer in 2003. In 2010, The Harvard Business Review recognized Mr. Grandey as being one of the Top 100 CEO's in the world because of the value created for shareholders through the growth in market cap during his tenure. He retired as CEO and as a director of Cameco in 2011. Prior to Cameco, he held senior executive positions with Concord Services and Energy Fuels Nuclear, both Denver-based companies. Mr. Grandey was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall Of Fame in 2013; awarded the Canadian Nuclear Association's Ian McRae Award in 2012 for his work in advancing nuclear energy in Canada; and was nominated for the 2011 Oslo Business for Peace Award in recognition of his efforts to facilitate nuclear disarmament. He is on the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, Board of Governors; the University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business, Dean's Advisory Council: and is Chairman Emeritus for the London-based World Nuclear Association. Currently, Mr. Grandey serves on the boards of Canadian Oil Sand Ltd, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Sandspring Resources. On the philanthropic side, he serves on the Boards of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors, the Saskatoon YMCA, Saskatchewan Junior Achievement and the Persephone Theatre. He has a degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Frank Mooney

Mr. Frank Steven Mooney has been appointed as Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd., with effect from 17 October 2013. Mr. Mooney is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Thompson Creek Metals Company, a then privately owned mining and metallurgical company that he founded in 1993 with the purchase of molybdenum assets from Cyprus Minerals Company and Amax Inc. Over the next 13 years, not only did he restart operations, but he significantly expanded production with the purchase of the Endako project in British Columbia, Canada. When sold in 2006, Thompson Creek Metals was the second largest primary molybdenum producer in the world. Currently, Mr. Mooney is the principal of a private equity and investment firm with holdings in oil and gas, minerals, and real estate. Prior to Thompson Creek, Mr. Mooney held executive positions with Cyprus Copper Company, a division of Cyprus Minerals, and Gulf Mineral Resources Company, a division of Gulf Oil Corp. He has a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado. In 1990, Mr. Mooney was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal by the Colorado School of Mines in recognition of his significant career achievements, which were deemed to have enhanced the reputation and mission of CSM. He served on the CSM board of trustees for two terms and was president of the board during his second term. He has been a long-time member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers and is a director of the American Mining Association.

M. Norman Anderson

Mr. M. Norman Anderson is an Independent Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd. He worked with Cominco, now Teck Resources, during which time he spent a four-year period in an executive position with Amax Lead Zinc Inc. In 1978, he became President and Chief Operation Officer of Cominco, and in 1980 he assumed complete responsibility for Cominco’s business as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Anderson left the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer position of Comico in 1986 and has been a director and consultant to the mining industry since that time. He is a current director of Barkerville Gold Mines (since June 2012). Mr. Anderson has also been a director of other mining companies including Cia de Minas Bonaventura SA (February 1995-March 2011); Hudbay Minerals Ltd. (December 2004-March 2009); and Anatolia Mineral Development Ltd. (January 2004-April 2008). Mr. Anderson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, became a Professional Engineer in 1961 and became a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 1989.

Norman Burmeister

Mr. Norman W. Burmeister is an Independent Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Mr. Burmeister graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Mining Geology in 1961 and has over 50 years of experience in the mining industry. He was Chief Geologist for Silver Standard Resources from 1965 to 1978, responsible for two grass root discoveries, the Minto copper deposit in Yukon and the Mill Creek gold deposit in Nevada, both of which became producing ore bodies. In 1980, he founded Bull Run Corporation and served as its Chairman/CEO until 1992. During that period Bull Run found, explored and developed a gold mine in Elko County, Nevada. From 2003 to 2007, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer as well as a director of Bayswater Uranium Corp. In 1998, Mr. Burmeister identified the Bear Lodge opportunity and was responsible for its acquisition. From 2003 to 2005, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its predecessor companies. From March 2006 until May 2012, Mr. Burmeister was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Saratoga Gold Company Ltd.

Paul Schlauch

Mr. Paul Schlauch is an Independent Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Mr. Schlauch has more than forty years of experience in legal issues relating to the mining industry. He was a practicing attorney at Holland and Hart from February 1995 until his retirement as a Partner in December 2009 and as Of Counsel in July 2011. His former practice included providing legal counsel on diverse mining issues including operational and regulatory matters, litigation, arbitration, structuring and negotiation of mining related transactions, and many other legal activities associated with mining, and exploration and development activities. After retiring from Holland and Hart, Mr. Schlauch continued to provide legal consulting for the Company until July 2012. Mr. Schlauch has worked on public land legal issues as they relate to location, maintenance and patenting of mining and mill site claims, land exchanges, acquisition of various property use rights and the resolution of claim conflicts. From 2000 to 2010, he served as an Adjunct Professor of law at the University of Denver School of Law, where he has taught courses on mineral law and policy. Mr. Schlauch has been active in natural resource industry professional organizations and is the past President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as well as the past President of the International Mining Professionals Society. Mr. Schlauch graduated cum laude with an A.B. in chemistry from Colgate University in 1963 and completed a law degree in 1966 at the University of Virginia. He also holds an appointment as an Honorary Lecturer and Course Director on the Faculty of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Minerals Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Lowell Shonk

Mr. Lowell A. Shonk is Independent Director of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Mr. Shonk has held numerous financial-related positions in the last 30 years in companies in the copper, molybdenum, gold, coal, iron ore, industrial minerals, and lithium extractive and processing industries, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Shonk served as vice-president of financial operations and analysis at Phelps Dodge Corp. and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold from 1999 through 2009. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in finance roles, including controller/chief financial officer for various divisions of Cyprus Amax and its predecessor mining companies. Mr. Shonk is the vice-chairman of Cupric Canyon Capital LP/LLC, a private equity company in partnership with Barclays Capital focused on investing in early stage copper projects worldwide. He served as chief executive officer in 2012 and early 2013 and serves as a director for Hana Mining Co. Ltd., a formerly Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company that Cupric acquired in 2013. He also serves as chairman of Eiseb Exploration and Mining Ltd., a privately owned company 55 per cent owned by Cupric, conducting copper and silver exploration in Namibia. Mr. Shonk has a master's degree from Colorado School of Mines in mineral economics, and an MBA from the University of Colorado in finance and accounting. He is currently the chairman of the audit committee of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Donald Ranta

545,153

Randall Scott

331,700

Paul Zink

--

Jaye Pickarts

258,322

Kelli Kast

580,650

George Byers

337,094

Robbin Lee

--

Gerald Grandey

--

Frank Mooney

--

M. Norman Anderson

--

Norman Burmeister

--

Paul Schlauch

--

Lowell Shonk

--
As Of 30 Dec 2012

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