Ernie Valle founded Raptor Mining in early 2016 after his prospecting trips to Honduras led him on a mission to bring together good equipment, innovative technology, and compassionate mining practices to alleviate the harmful effects that artisanal mining has caused.
Machine Specialist & Investments
Dave Keller is the founder of Keller Industries, Inc., a Bay Area-based precision machining company specializing in complex, premium quality manufacturing. Dave has over 30 years of experience in machine engineering and brings a broad range of skill and insight to the Raptor Mining. Along with his sons, Tim and Trevor, they are a formidable mechanical team, eager to bring their unique expertise to aid in community development in rural Honduras.
Adalberto is an engineer and a specialist in animal husbandry with extensive knowledge in environmental management and mining. As Association Solidarity President for over a decade and Board Member of the Honduran Solidarity Congress, he possesses a broad spirit of altruism that he puts to use in advancing clean drinking water projects in the nearby villages of Choluteca, Honduras. In addition, Adalberto is active in several community projects involving sports and recreation, education, and health. His primary objective in becoming involved with Raptor Mining is to promote the creation of jobs and the development of sustainable projects supporting local environments, in addition to improving the living conditions of their populations.
Norma is affectionately known as the “Godmother” of Honduras. Norma is a successful businesswoman and philanthropist who owns 3 restaurants and several properties in Honduras, and is an advocate for children and the poor. She is trusted by the local people and establishes business relationships that would not otherwise be accomplished by a foreign company. Norma manages public relations and opens the doors to new contracts.