Amy Schwetz

Peabody Energy named financial executive Amy Schwetz to executive vice president and CFO. She replaces Michael Crews, who has announced plans to step down by the end of July to take the top financial position at a major industrial firm.

Ben HatfieldBen Hatfield

Patriot Coal CEO Ben Hatfield has joined the board of directors of Foresight Energy.

Todd JulianTodd Julian

Todd Julian has recently joined Huesker as the vice president of sales and marketing for their North and Central Americas operations.

Shawn Rasey recently resigned as president of the heavy construction and mining tire division for BKT Tires. Mike Aguon, associate vice president, will now lead the company’s sales and marketing efforts related to its mining tires.

Kevin HambriceKevin Hambrice

Kevin Hambrice has joined Syntron Material Handling as vice president of sales. Most recently, he served as the global sales and marketing manager for K-Tek Products, a division of ABB.

Marilyn TreacyMarilyn Treacy

Marilyn Treacy has been named commercial manager for Solvay Chemicals in the SOLVAir division.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has announced its 2015 inductees. A surprising number of the inductees represent or are well-known within the coal business.

Dr. Frank F. Aplan is among the most influential mineral processing leaders in both industry and academia. His studies of the processes involved in the preparation of coal and mineral ores are acknowledged worldwide for their broad applicability. An authority on flotation, Dr. Aplan is especially known for his studies of the wetting of solids and their control through the adsorption of surfactant films, and for his work on atomic defects on properties and behavior of solid-liquid interfaces.

Frank Aplan T. S. Ary
Frank Aplan T. S. Ary

T. S. Ary was a leader in mineral exploration and a champion of economically and environmentally sustainable mineral policies. A prolific author and advocate for the mining industry, Ary was a recognized authority on mineral policy who served on the U.S. State Department Task Force to the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea and on the Mineral Advisory Committee to the Department of Commerce. In 1988, Ary was sworn in as the 18th director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

Ralph E. Bailey is a distinguished veteran of the coal industry regarded not only for his impressive accomplishments as a mining industry executive, but also for his staunch commitment to safety, engineering and improving mine operations. Bailey was also responsible for implementing many effective new concepts, including the first longwall system to operate in eastern bituminous coal and the implementation of a program to improve the health and safety of both underground and surface miners. Bailey is the namesake for the largest longwall coal mining complex in the U.S.

Ralph Bailey Edward Steidle
Ralph Bailey Edward Steidle

Edward Steidle was an influential visionary leader of U.S. mineral education who recognized the need to bring under one roof all of the sciences and technologies needed to discover, extract, process, utilize, and conserve mineral wealth for the benefit of humanity. Accordingly, Steidle created the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences while dean at Penn State, where he taught and shared his ideas and philosophy on mineral education and conservation.

The 2015 Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held on October 23, at the Omni William Penn Hotel ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Full biographies and photographs of all current and past inductees can be accessed at along with additional information about the museum and its facilities. Located in Leadville, Colorado, the National Mining Hall of Fame serves as the showcase of American mining.