With a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech in hand, Steve began his mining career in 1973 as a Mining Engineer for a Canadian steel company near Beckley, WV. Over the past 40 years, Steve has owned, operated, and managed coal companies in the Appalachian Coal Basin. He has directed a large landholding company and various coal exploration projects while planning the development of large-scale surface and underground mining operations from inception to full production. In addition to his operational experience, Steve has held various engineering positions, including mine planning, industrial engineering, and geological exploration.
Since 2003, as a consultant to the mining industry, Steve has worked on numerous projects for a wide ranging client base. Projects include the evaluation of coal operations for sale and/or purchase; evaluation of development opportunities; marketing of coal operations and reserve holdings; mineability studies of coal reserves; and reasonableness opinions of financial forecasts of coal operations.
For the past five years, Steve has provided management, direction and consultation regarding the identification and development of coal reserves for various clients, as Operating Manager of Evergreen Development, LLC.
Ed’s geological career began at California Institute of Technology and the University of California where he studied geology and geophysics. As a government geologist Ed evaluated Federal coal reserves in the Appalachian, Powder River, and Williston Basins. In this capacity he also compiled data on mined area, outcrop, structure, and ash and sulfur variations for major coals in Southern West Virginia.
Ed oversaw mining and royalty payments on leased properties in addition to his traditional duties as a mine geologist for Allied Corporation. Over a 10 year period Ed served Kerr-McGee Corporation in varying capacities: he was an exploration geologist and regional manager in West Virginia, Nevada, and Oklahoma. Using oil and gas well logs, he discovered 4 new underground coal deposits totaling 400 million tons in-place.
L.A. has continued a long tradition of dedicated service to others, which is imbued in the Gates name. L.A. began his career working for Gates Engineering Company. He earned a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from WVU in 1972. At Gates Engineering, he became experienced in coal reserve and mine feasibility studies, coal quality analysis, mine planning and design, and costs, economics and other financial considerations associated with mining, electric utility and the energy industry.
Since 1984, L.A. has owned and managed L.A. Gates Company with the home office in Beckley, WV. Through the years his firm has provided civil, structural, sanitary, mining and natural gas engineering as well as architectural services. During the past 30 years, L.A. has been responsible for projects ranging from one million dollars to 150 million dollars. His firm has a strong track record for successfully completing projects on time and within budget.
L.A. has been a virtual life-long resident of West Virginia; he is committed to the state, its economy, and well-being of its citizens. L.A. has wielded the knowledge and experience of his family's business and applied it to Evergreen’s business ventures.