Michael Mewing – Board Chairman
Edek Choros – Director
Ken Cochran – Director
Everett King – Director
Deck Slone – Director
Executive Team Bios
Ken Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ken brings 36 years of experience in the mining industry to Millennium, having served as a Department Manager & Director of Process Improvement at Arch Coal’s Thunder Basin Coal Company (TBCC). In 2010, TBCC’s Black Thunder Mine shipped 116 million tons. Previously Ken was Arco Coal Manager of Planning. He has worked in North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Queensland, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. He is a past President of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.
Kristin Gaines, Vice President Environmental Planning and Services
Kristin Gaines began working for Millennium Bulk Terminals in January 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience in industrial operations, remediation, and brownfield redevelopment. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Oregon University, and a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Idaho. Kristin is responsible for facility compliance, operations permitting, expansion permitting, and site remediation. Prior to joining Millennium, Kristin worked for a variety of international industrial operations providing environmental management for large-scale site demolitions and comprehensive clean-up projects, as well as compliance and permitting for operating facilities. Her knowledge, skills and experience are pivotal to successfully navigating the project through its various stages to effective operation.
Trevor Simmons, Vice President of Operations and Project Management
Trevor joined Millennium in January 2011. He has over 25 years’ experience in the operation and expansion of coal export terminals in Newcastle, Australia. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with experience in managing the planning approvals for and construction of the expansion of the terminals. Trevor’s responsibilities include the operational aspects of the current site activities and the development of a coal export terminal at Longview. His knowledge, skills and experience in the design and operation of coal handling facilities will be instrumental in the successful development of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview.
Peter Bennett, Vice President of Business Development – Bulk Materials
Peter Bennett joined Millennium in January 2012 as the Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for expanding the bulk product business at Millennium. After graduating with honors in Economics from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, Peter joined K Line America where he was responsible for representing the global company to customers, vendors and government authorities. Throughout his career, Peter has been actively engaged in many industry organizations, and worked on such projects as establishing the Washington State Maritime Commission and its successor organization the Washington State Maritime Cooperative which is responsible for oil spill contingency planning and response for Puget Sound.
Michael Vaughn, Controller
Michael Vaughn joined the Millennium team in April 2012 as our new Controller. In his new role, Michael is responsible for financial leadership at Millennium —providing analysis and approval for the operational budget, monitoring spending trends and overseeing accounting staff. Michael has almost 20 years of experience as a controller in the transportation and distribution industry, managing budget and financial analysis for large national companies. His specialties include cash management, banking relations, budgeting, purchasing, debt management and contract negotiations. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Michael is a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
Wendy Hutchinson, Vice President of Public Affairs
Wendy Hutchinson brings to Millennium nearly 25 years of experience in industrial site development, regulatory affairs and environmental management. She received her BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Ohio State University. Prior to joining Millennium, Wendy was the regulatory affairs manager for Thunder Basin Coal Company, owned by Arch Coal Inc. Throughout her time with the company, she also worked in the production, mine planning and business departments. Wendy oversaw permitting for several major expansions of the Black Thunder Mine that grew capacity more than fivefold. Her guidance resulted in the addition on 1.9 billion tons of mine coal reserves, while maintaining an exceptional compliance record with more than 12,000 acres of reclamation. Wendy also served for 10 years as a governor’s appointee to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council.
Joe Dunlap, Project Manager
Joe Dunlap joined Millennium in October 2012 as our Project Manager. Joe brings nearly 40 years of experience in construction, materials handling and industrial site management. Over the course of his career, Joe has worked for a variety of companies in the energy services industry, including Kennecott Energy’s Antelope Mine in Douglas, Wyoming, Schroeder Brothers Corporation in Denver, Colorado, and the Amax-Henderson mine in Empire, Colorado. For the past 13 years, Joe has worked as a project supervisor and train coordinator with TransAlta Corporation in Centralia, Washington. At Millennium, Joe will support our ongoing site cleanup and redevelopment.