STM’s Principals, Bob Roylance and Jerry Cooke, have directed the company for over thirty years. They provide their industry expertise, extensive contacts, and leadership on all recruiting assignments. Bob and Jerry are supported by a team of nine experienced recruiters, research specialists, and administrative support. STM’s staff offers a broad range of industry backgrounds and language capabilities providing our clients with unparalleled recruiting services throughout the world.


Gerald W. Cooke

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Jerry Cooke has been a Principal of STM Associates for over 30 years. He has managed executive search assignments for a broad range of domestic and international clients from early stage companies to some of the world’s largest mining firms. His recruiting experience includes board and executive level positions.

Building and maintaining relationships is Jerry’s specialty. He has spent his career cultivating connections with the industry’s leading executives. This network of professionals gives Jerry unique insight into industry trends to best serve his clients and the natural resource community.

Robert Roylance

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Bob Roylance is a Principal of STM Associates. He has served well-known domestic and international natural resource companies for over 30 years. He conducts assignments for board and executive positions.

His clients have included large international mining corporations as well as smaller mid-tier and junior companies. With extensive contacts throughout North America and the world, Bob is tightly networked with producers, engineering and construction firms, and equipment manufacturers. He has also lived in the U.K.


Beverly Hunter-Stevens

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Bev Stevens is an Executive Recruiter with STM Associates specializing in global placements of technical and management professionals in the natural resource industries. With over 25 years of experience in senior-level recruiting, Bev’s niche is finding qualified candidates for difficult to fill positions; she enjoys the challenge of finding the right person for the job. Bev has worked with clients in the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America, South Africa, Australia, and Indonesia. These placements include a wide variety of C-level positions, as well as general manager, mine manager, human resource managers, and mine engineering roles.

Previous to STM, Bev spent time as Training & Development Manager as well as Professional Recruiting Manager for major utility and healthcare companies in the western U.S. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University as well as a Professional Human Resource (PHR) and numerous Adult Training & Development certifications.

Lara Wilson

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Lara Wilson joined STM Associates in 1997. She brought with her 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, organizational development, human resources management, and marketing. She oversees day-to-day management of the search process as a business partner with our clients. Lara is known for her ability to effectively match a candidate to a company with similar vision and values. Innovative and creative search techniques that lead to successful assignment outcomes are her specialty, and she has a reputation of finding the “needle in the haystack” on difficult assignments. Lara has placed individuals at all levels of organizations with particular emphasis in logistics, environmental, and mining engineering roles.

Before joining STM, Lara worked for a high profile staffing agency where she located, qualified, and contracted with facilities for international and domestic placements. Lara holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Utah and studied at Kiel University where she learned the German language.

Kevin Cooke

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Kevin Cooke is an Executive Recruiter for STM Associates. He has been with the company for 8 years and has over 12 years of recruiting experience. Kevin has completed searches in a broad range of commodities for positions including Board, CEO, COO, President, Vice President, Country Manager, Construction Manager, General Manager, and a variety of mine site management positions. His clients have included international and domestic organizations, ranging from large mining companies to mid-tier organizations. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Behavioral Science.

Kevin is focused on tailoring the right candidates for specific organizational needs. He excels at forming, building, and maintaining relationships with both candidates and clients. Kevin has lived in Australia and understands the culture and diversity of the area. Prior to joining STM, Kevin worked in recruitment for a large private university.

Michael Ford

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Mike Ford has played a key role in STM’s financial, operational, and sales/marketing searches since joining the firm in 2008. During his tenure at STM, Mike has filled numerous executive-level positions with junior, mid-tier, and large publicly traded companies. These placements include multiple CFO, COO, Vice President Finance, General Counsel, Vice President/General Manager, Corporate Controller as well as various middle management roles. As a recruiter, Mike focuses on building relationships and finding out-of-the-box solutions to attract long-term talent to fill specific company needs.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah. Prior to joining STM Associates, Mike worked in sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies posting multiple top 10% finishes. Additionally, he has lived in the former Soviet Union, speaks Russian, and is familiar with the cultural nuances of the region.

Peter Traver

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Peter Traver has been employed with STM Associates as an Executive Recruiter since mid-2008. He has been instrumental in filling many executive roles, such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice President. He has extensive contacts within the technical sector and has filled a large number of engineering management roles from all types of mining environments. Peter has highly developed problem solving skills that enable him to successfully complete searches for specific criteria in a very short amount of time.  He is adept at quickly determining candidates’ skills and personalities, then matching them with required job specifications and company cultural compatibility.

Prior to joining STM Associates, Peter worked for the Department of Defense as a Software and IT Manager where he was responsible for coordinating information between multiple government agencies. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Research & Administrative Support

Diana Samaniego

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Diana Samaniego has been a Research Assistant for STM Associates since 2005. She provides support in areas such as research, communication, writing reports, and travel arrangements. She has solid organizational, communication, and computer skills, including MS Office applications, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Prior to joining STM Associates in May 2005, Diana was a Proposal Writer / GeoAccess Specialist for over 10 years at a pharmacy benefits management provider.

 Jennifer Cairel

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Jen Cairel joined STM Associates in 2006 as a Research Assistant. As a member of STM’s support staff, Jen assists in industry research, identifying and analyzing targeted candidates, writing reports including candidate references and interview evaluations, as well as assisting with the day-to-day operations of the firm. Prior to joining STM, Jen was a Legal Assistant for Pruitt Gushee P.C., a natural resources law firm in Salt Lake City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from California State University, Monterey Bay.

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