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Alaska Miners Association Announces New Executive Director



Bill Brophy, President of the Alaska Miners Association (AMA), today announced the selection of Mr. Fred Parady as the new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2012.  Mr. Parady will be replacing Steve Borell who is resigning after 22 years as the AMA Executive Director.  For the better part of the last four years, Mr. Parady has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the North Slope Borough School District.  His roots in mining and minerals are deep, and he brings with him into his new role a highly successful 25+ year minerals career in Wyoming.

“We are excited to recruit someone with the mining background and public policy experience of Mr. Parady” stated AMA President Bill Brophy.  “We have big shoes to fill with Steve’s imminent departure and we have found a candidate in Fred who has what it takes.  He began his career in copper mining, spent a dozen years in coal and another 15 years in underground trona.  He is ready to get his steel toed boots back on the ground.”

Mr. Parady began his mining career in 1978 with Anaconda Copper Company in Butte, Montana.  From 1981 to 1992, he was a member of Bridger Coal Company’s senior management team, a six-million ton per year surface coal mine located in Rock Springs, WY. During his twelve years there, he led the company’s reclamation, safety, and engineering functions. From 1992 to 2007, under Mr. Parady’s leadership both as Manager of Health, Safety & Engineering and Mine Manager, the Big Island Mine (a four-million ton per year mine) was both the safest and the lowest cost trona producer in the soda ash industry.

While at Bridger Coal he won two national reclamation awards from the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and under his safety leadership, both the Bridger and Big Island mines earned the Sentinels of Safety award from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as the safest mines in the United States in their respective categories.

Mr. Parady served in the Wyoming House of Representatives, culminating as Speaker of the House.  His leadership posts included Majority Floor Leader, Chairman of the Labor Health and Social Services Committee and Chairman of Management Council.  He was instrumental in passing major legislation including the University of Wyoming Endowment, Wyoming Kidcare, Brownfields, Wildlife Trust Fund, and Business Ready Communities legislation.

He has always been active in his community, currently serving on the board of KBRW, Barrow’s national public radio station.  Mr. Parady is a graduate of the 2006 Leadership Wyoming Class.  He served as Chairman of the Young At Heart Senior Citizen Center Foundation Board and on their Board of Directors. He is a past member of the Management Committee of the Wyoming Business Alliance. He is a life long United Way volunteer and served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sweetwater County Youth Home when the organization built a new 15 bed Youth Crisis Shelter in the mid-1990s. He is Past President of the American Society of Surface Mining and Reclamation.

He is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Mr. Parady is certified by the Wyoming State Mine Inspector as both a Surface Coal and Underground Trona Foreman.

Mr. Parady is married to Lisa Skiles Parady and they have four daughters.   He holds an M.S. degree in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University and a B.S. degree in Range Resources from the University of Idaho.

The Alaska Miners Association is a non-profit membership organization established in 1939 to represent the mining industry in Alaska.  The AMA is composed of more than 1300 individual prospectors, geologists and engineers, vendors, suction dredge miners, small family mines, junior mining companies, and major mining companies.  Our members look for and produce gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, lead, zinc, copper, coal, limestone, sand and gravel, crushed stone, armor rock, and other materials.


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