Fishers-based American Resources Corp. has appointed Randal Stephenson, Ian Sadler and Courtenay Taplin as members of its board of directors.

Stephenson brings more than 25 years of experience and relationships in the finance, private equity, and investment banking sector. He is co-founder and CEO of a boutique FINRA-licensed broker dealer focused in the natural resources industry. Stephenson has started and expanded several successful investment banking platforms at Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, CIT Group and Duff & Phelps. He has worldwide relationships with corporations, financial sponsors, entrepreneurs and governments and has closed more than 200 transactions valued in excess of $40 billion. Stephenson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and his Juris Doctorate (with honors) from Boston College Law School.

Sadler brings decades of direct leadership and experience in the steel industry and has demonstrated expertise in successfully leading rapidly-growing companies, optimizing operational efficiencies and performance enhancements. Prior to retirement, he served as president and CEO of Miller Centrifugal Casting International in Cecil, Pennsylvania. Sadler has a history of leadership with the Pennsylvania Foundry Group, Shenango LLC, Johnstown Corp., Blaw-Knox Corp., and National Roll Co. He received his Bachelor’s Degree, with First Class Honors, and Master’s Degree in Metallurgy from Cambridge University and was a prior president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers and previously served as president of the Iron and Steel Society.

Taplin brings more than 40 years of experience of sourcing and supplying iron ore, coke and metallurgical coal to the steel industry. He has a vast knowledge of both the global and domestic marketplace where he works with both suppliers and consumers. Taplin currently manages his own company, Compass Point Resources LLC which he founded in 2007. His prior experience includes Crown Coal & Coke Co. and Pickands Mather & Co. out of Cleveland, Ohio. Taplin attended Hobart College and received his degree from Case Western Reserve University.

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