Joseph Brewer, Ph.D.

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Joseph received 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.

Kayla Brewer

Chief Financial Officer

Kayla was born in small town North Dakota and grew up around the world as a daughter of a US Army Veteran. Before joining the Executive Management team at Rare Earth Salts as Chief Financial Officer, Kayla was as an auditor with the Auditor of Public Accounts, State of Nebraska. Prior to her work with the State, Kayla spent three years building the accounting departments for Rare Earth Solar and its parent company Rare Earth Holding.

Kayla is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Administration Fraternity and is active in multiple community Associations and Finance committees in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Kayla graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance.

Tim Thietje, J.D.

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Tim began his career in private law practice followed by positions at First National Bank and Trust of Lincoln, 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, Tim 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.

Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Business Administration and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Alastair Neil

Alastair Neill

Director, Business Development

Alastair Neill is an international rare earth expert with more than 20 years of experience managing all facets of rare earth operations and sales. He has demonstrated a strong track record of driving revenue growth worldwide in the sector.

At AMR Technologies (now Molycorp), Alastair led international sales and two China-based JVs, managing its P&L and overseeing 900 employees, including sales, production and R&D personnel. Ultimately, they grew the business to become the #2 supplier in industry and as a result, Alastair was recognized with the Supplier of Excellence Award from Engelhard Corporation (now BASF). At AMR, he oversaw sales for the Rare Earth Division in Japan, South Korea, North America and Europe achieving 80% market penetration in South Korea and overall global market share of 12%.

With Dacha Strategic Metals, he developed and successfully implemented a program to purchase rare earths inside China to develop a strategic inventory outside the country. Most recently Alastair was Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Resource Development, a junior minerals resource company and is currently a Director, at IBC Advanced Alloys.

Ryan Winburn, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research and Development

Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a Masters of Science (Physical Chemistry) from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. (Analytical Chemistry with an Inorganic Chemistry emphasis) from North Dakota State University. At North Dakota State University, Dr. Winburn worked under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory McCarthy. He has 13 peer-reviewed publications and is co-inventor of the patent-pending technology used at Rare Earth Salts.

Prior to joining Rare Earth Salts in 2013, Ryan was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Minot State University. During his time at Minot State University, he ran an active research group that was predominately focused on systematic studies of materials characterization, environmental sampling and analysis, solid state synthesis and characterization of transition metal compounds and theoretical studies of unique bonding in main group compounds. Ryan was also the Chairperson for the Division of Science for seven years, managing a group of 15 faculty and administrative personnel.

Ryan has worked in collaboration with both the Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Through his collaboration with NIST, Ryan has been involved with the certification of three Standard Reference Materials (SRMs).