Board of Directors


Steve Deck



Steven Deck is currently the Chief Operations Officer of Wajax. He has 20+ years of work experience within the mining and exploration industry.  Prior to current responsibilities Mr. Deck was a Senior Executive at Board Longyear including being a member of the Senior Executive Committee and serving as the Regional Vice President, North America.  


Mr. Deck’s industry experience includes Senior Leadership roles within Crane Co. and Westburne Inc., 7 years of service as a Director for the Ontario Mining Association. As well as being a board member for the PDAC (Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada) he also served on the Executive Committee, Tax and Finance Committee and the Capital Crisis Committee.


Joseph Brewer, Ph.D.

President, Founder, Chief Technology Officer 

Joseph Brewer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Minot State University and both Masters of Science (Physical Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Brewer worked under the mentorship of Dr. Chin Li “Barry” Cheung. He has 13 peer-reviewed publications and holds five patents based on rare earth technologies.

Joseph started his first company, Rare Earth Solar, based on his patent for a highly efficient solar panel utilizing rare earth elements. The lack of a domestic supply of rare earth elements necessitated the development of the technology behind Rare Earth Salts. Joseph oversees all research and development within the Company and is responsible for the effective scaling and execution of the technology.

He is an active member of the community in Beatrice, Nebraska with senior roles at a multitude of community service organizations.


Frank S. Schieldrop

Chief Operating Officer 

Frank has more than 25 years managerial experience at C-level from the Energy sector / Oil & Gas industry, primarily oil service segment and oil country tubular goods providers in the capacity of operation, sales, business development, management and leadership roles. This comprises companies with origin and head offices both in Norway, Europe, Japan and United States.​

Frank was part of Weatherford International - Global Oil Service Company - for 15 years, of which 9 years as CEO & Country Manager for all Norwegian based activity as well as Chairman for all entities in Norway. 3 years as Global Account Manager for Weatherford’s business with Statoil worldwide.​

15 years as executive advisor and consultant on Go To Market strategies and Organizational Development. Focus areas are disruptive Innovation using Blue Ocean Strategy methodology and implementation - start-ups and within established companies. Commercialization and industrialization development as well as turnaround processes from a digitalization perspective.​ Non executive chair and member in various companies.

Frank holds a Market Economist degree from Norwegian Business School and Executive Management – Innovation, Strategy and Leadership from INSEAD in France.​ Member of OLF/NOROG’s (The Norwegian Oil & Gas Association) top management forum for supply industry for 5 years. Partner and shareholder of BirdieBreeze - the leading external owner in Rare Earth Salts.


Paul Garnett, AAMS

Paul D Garnett, AAMS, CPFA, is a successful businessman and entrepreneur with over 40 years’ experience as a Financial Advisor, investment strategist, small business owner, and farmer.

During his 38 years as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, he built his branch office to become one of the top producing offices in Nebraska and was consistently a top producer out of over 12,000 US advisors company wide. He also qualified for Managing Partners conference 24 years (awarded to the top 2% of all Advisors), was named to the Senior Management Committee for 5 years, and was previously responsible for all hiring of new Financial Advisors in a 6 state area of the mid-west.

Garnett founded Garnett Investment Strategies, LLC (GIS) in 2013, along with his daughter, Traci Garnett-Froscheiser, also a Financial Advisor. GIS offers first-class service with a personalized approach to reach and exceed client goals and expectations by continually analyzing, educating, and advising. Paul works with individuals, small businesses, farmers, professional athletes, coaches, agents, 401ks, endowments, trusts, and foundations.

Garnett served as Chairman of Gage County Economic Development Corporation for 24 years and was awarded “Admiral in the Great Navy of Nebraska” by Governor Bob Kerry in 1986 for efforts in leading the Region and State in Economic Development.


Garnett has been involved in over 20 private equity companies including agriculture, technology companies, medical emergency evacuation, and health and dietary startups, and has over 30 years of successful agricultural involvement in grain, egg, poultry, and swine production. Garnett was a Co-Founder in the mid-90’s of an egg production company where now, it and its affiliated sister companies, are collectively the 2nd largest egg producer in the US with aggregate revenues approaching $800 million.

Paul was born in Madison, Missouri and raised on a family farm. He graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1973 where he played varsity basketball and baseball. He also pursued graduate studies in Finance and Economics. He has 2 children, Traci and TJ, and 3 grand-daughters, Harper, Ashton and Blakely.gement team of the Company and its affiliates since 2011.


Tom Arne Nordvik

Tom represents the largest outside shareholder in RES, Tomoharu AS. Tom serves as the Managing Director of BirdieBreeze AS, a family office based in Norway and majority owned by the Moe and the Nordvik family.

Tom has a background in investment banking and was founder and CEO of Sigma Fondsforvaltning in 2006 which specialized in the Energy and Life Sciences sector. Sigma was sold in 2012 and Tom has  had an active role in several investments done through Tomoharu since that time.​

​Tom has been a member of the executive management team of the Company and its affiliates since 2011.


Tim Thietje, J.D.

Mr. Thietje received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. After completing his degrees, Mr.Thietje engaged in the private practice of law, followed by positions at First National Bank and Trust, Lincoln, NE and the University of Nebraska Foundation, where he served as Sr. Vice President, Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a rapidly growing, institutionally-related foundation, the assets of which increased from $75 million to in excess of $1 billion during his tenure.

While at the Foundation, Mr. Thietje led a five-year, cooperative effort involving the City of Lincoln, the State and the University to establish a 130 acre Technology Park, business incubator, multi-tenant building and electronics center in Lincoln, serving on the Park’s Board of Directors.  This experience whetted his interest in the entrepreneurial sector, and he has since held positions of leadership in several start-up companies, including Nebraska National Corporation, Springbok, Inc. and The Original Foods Company, where he was a co-founder.  He also has served on the Boards of Directors of Nationwide Bankshares and Charter West Bank, a five-branch community banking organization, since its founding.

Mr. Thietje served as General Counsel of Rare Earth Salts from its inception until his retirement in October, 2018 and currently serves as Counsel for Rare Earth Holding Company, LLC.  He has also served as a member of the executive management team of the Company and its affiliates since 2011.