Austin Gold Corp. has an Advisory Board comprising two geologists who are serial mine-finders; they have discovered over one billion ounces of silver and over ten million ounces of gold so far in their careers.
W. Perry Durning, M.Sc., Economic Geologist
Member, Advisory Board
Mr. Durning has been active in mineral exploration for over 50 years. He graduated with a B.Sc. in geology from San Diego State University and a M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona. Mr. Durning has worked extensively throughout the western U.S.A., Mexico and Central and South America. During his career he worked for Amax Exploration, SAGE Associates and Occidental Minerals, before becoming Exploration Manager and then President of Fischer-Watt Gold Co., Inc. Mr. Durning cofounded La Cuesta International, Inc. in 1993 and has worked primarily in Mexico and the western U.S.A. since that time. Much of his career has focused on grassroots exploration in pioneering areas. Mr. Durning and Mr. Hillemeyer were selected by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) as the 2010 co-award winners of the Thayer Lindsley Award in recognition for La Cuesta’s multiple grassroots discoveries in Mexico.
F. L. “Bud” Hillemeyer, M.Sc., Economic Geologist
Member, Advisory Board
Mr. Hillemeyer has been actively involved in mineral exploration in the United States and Latin America for 37 years. He has conducted extensive exploration programs in the western U.S., Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Geology and from San Diego State University with a M.Sc. in Geology. Mr. Hillemeyer co-founded La Cuesta International, Inc. in 1993 and Bull Mountain Resources, LLC in 2020, and has worked with an extensive array of clients including Kennecott, Meridian Gold, BHP, Mount Isa Mines, Hecla Mining Co., Crown Resources, Monarch Resources, SSR Mining Inc., Canplats Resources Corporation, The Electrum Group, LLC and others. Mr. Hillemeyer has a proven history of discovery over his career and was recognized for his success in mineral exploration as the co-recipient of the 2010 Thayer Lindsley Award for an international mineral discovery. The award recognized Mr. Hillemeyer and his partner, Perry Durning, for their grassroots discoveries in Mexico, including the San Sebastián, San Agustin, Pitarrilla and Camino Rojo projects. Mr. Hillemeyer and Mr. Durning also discovered the Cerro Los Gatos silver-lead-zinc mine placed into production by Sunshine Silver Mining and Refining and DOWA Metals and Mining of Japan.