Our Team

Management & Advisors

Patrick Highsmith


A seasoned resource company professional with over 25 years experience in exploration, operations, business development, and executive roles for various companies, including: Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Newmont, and Lithium One.

Mr. Highsmith has evaluated and worked on more than 250 projects around the world. His project management experience includes leading diverse teams through major engineering and development milestones, including delineating several mineral resources, a successful PEA on the Sal de Vida lithium brine project.

Patrick has BSc and MSc degrees from the Colorado School of Mines in Geological Engineering and Economic Geology (Geochemistry).

Walter Weinig

Vice President Projects and Permitting

Mr. Weinig has nearly 30 years of experience in hydrogeology, project management, and operations at sites around the globe including contributions to the resource quantification for a lithium-brine project in Argentina unrelated to Pure Energy. He has managed multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific teams performing investigation, design, and permitting projects in surface and underground mining, industrial, and environmental arenas.

Walter has a BSc degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin and an MSc degree in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.  He is a registered Professional Geologist and a certified Project Management Professional.

Paul Zink


35 years experience in project finance, financial analysis, strategic planning, royalties, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. He has held senior management positions at International Royalty Corp., Rare Element Resources Ltd., Eurasian Minerals Inc., Pegasus Gold Inc. and Koch Industries Inc. Early in his career Mr. Zink spent more than 15 years with J.P. Morgan & Company Inc. in corporate and investment banking roles covering the minerals and energy sectors.

Mike Dry PhD.

Technical Adviser

Chemical Engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in mineral processing, including SGS and Mintek. Deep Experience in hydrometallurgy and solvent extraction. Has worked on several lithium project design and engineering teams.