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Leadership Team

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Joseph W. Craft III
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Brian L. Cantrell
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

R. Eberley Davis
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Robert G. Sachse
Executive Vice President

Charles R. Wesley
Executive Vice President and Director

Thomas M. Wynne
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Michael J. Hall
Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of Compensation Committee 

John P. Neafsey
Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Conflicts Committee and member of the Compensation Committee

John H. Robinson
Director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit and Conflicts Committees

Wilson M. Torrence

Director, member of Audit, Compensation and Conflict Committees
Joseph W. Craft III has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since August 1999 and has indirect majority ownership of our managing general partner.  Mr. Craft also serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AGP, the general partner of AHGP.  Previously Mr. Craft served as President of MAPCO Coal Inc. since 1986. During that period, he also was Senior Vice President of MAPCO Inc. and had previously been that company’s General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer.  He is a former Chairman of the National Coal Council, a Board Member of the National Mining Association, a Director of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, and a Director of BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:  BOKF) since April of 2007.  Mr. Craft holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Craft also is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion Mr. Craft should serve as a Director include his long history of significant involvement in the coal industry, his demonstrated business acumen and his exceptional leadership of the Partnership since its inception.

Brian L. Cantrell has been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since October 2003.  Mr. Cantrell also serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AGP, the general partner of AHGP.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Cantrell was President of AFN Communications, LLC from November 2001 to October 2003 where he had previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer after joining AFN in September 2000.  Mr. Cantrell’s previous positions include Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Director with Brighton Energy, LLC from August 1997 to September 2000; Vice President—Finance of KCS Medallion Resources, Inc.; and Vice President—Finance, Secretary and Treasurer of Intercoast Oil and Gas Company.  Mr. Cantrell is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.

R. Eberley Davis has been Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since February 2007.  Mr. Davis also serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of AGP, the general partner of AHGP.  From 2003 to February 2007, Mr. Davis practiced law in the Lexington, Kentucky office of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.  Prior to joining Stoll Keenon Ogden, Mr. Davis was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Massey Energy Company for one year.  Mr. Davis also served in various positions, including Vice President and General Counsel, for Lodestar Energy, Inc. from 1993 to 2002.  Mr. Davis is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and his Juris Doctorate degree.  He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.  Mr. Davis is a Trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and a member of the American and Kentucky Bar Associations.

Robert G. Sachse has been Executive Vice President since August 2000.  Effective November 1, 2006, Mr. Sachse assumed responsibility for our coal marketing, sales and transportation functions.  Mr. Sachse was also Vice Chairman of our managing general partner from August 2000 to January 2007.  Mr. Sachse was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MAPCO Inc. from 1996 to 1998 when MAPCO merged with The Williams Companies.  Following the merger, Mr. Sachse had a two year non-compete consulting agreement with The Williams Companies.  Mr. Sachse held various positions while with MAPCO Coal Inc. from 1982 to 1991, and was promoted to President of MAPCO Natural Gas Liquids in 1992.  Mr. Sachse holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Trinity University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa.

Charles R. Wesley has been a Director since January 2009 and Executive Vice President since March 2009.  Mr. Wesley has served in a variety of capacities since joining the company in 1974, including as Senior Vice President—Operations from August 1996 through February 2009.  Mr. Wesley is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Coal Association and also has served the industry as past President of the West Kentucky Mining Institute and National Mine Rescue Association Post 11, and as a director of the Kentucky Mining Institute.  Mr. Wesley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky.  The specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion Mr. Wesley should serve as a Director include his long history of significant involvement in the coal industry, his successful leadership of the Partnership’s operations, and his knowledge and technical expertise in all aspects of producing and marketing coal.


Thomas M. Wynne has been Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since March 2009.  Mr. Wynne joined the company in 1981 as a mining engineer and has held a variety of positions with the company prior to his appointment in July 1998 as Vice President—Operations.  Mr. Wynne has served the coal industry on the National Executive Committee for National Mine Rescue and previously as a member of the Coal Safety Committee for the National Mining Association.  Mr. Wynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University.
Michael J. Hall became a Director in March 2003.  Mr. Hall is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.  Since March 2006, Mr. Hall has also been a Director and Chairman of the audit committee of AGP, the general partner of AHGP.  Mr. Hall is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Matrix Service Company (“Matrix”) (NASDAQ:  MTRX).  Previously, Mr. Hall served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Matrix from March 2005 until he retired in November 2006.  Mr. Hall also served as Vice President—Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Matrix from September 1998 to May 2004.  Mr. Hall became a Director of Matrix in October 1998, and was elected Chairman of its Board in November 2006.  Matrix is a company which provides general industrial construction and repair and maintenance services principally to the petroleum, petrochemical, power, bulk storage terminal, pipeline and industrial gas industries.  Prior to working for Matrix, Mr. Hall was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pexco Holdings, Inc., Vice President—Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Worldwide Sports & Recreation, Inc., an affiliated company of Pexco, and worked for T.D. Williamson, Inc., as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, and Director of Operations—Europe, Africa and Middle East Region.  Mr. Hall was a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: IESC) and served in that capacity from May 2006 to February 2011, and was a member of its audit, compensation and nominating/governance committees.  Mr. Hall served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Performance Funds, was a member of its audit and nominating committees and served as independent trustee from July 1990 to May 2008.  Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Boston College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University.  The specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion Mr. Hall should serve as a Director include his long history of service in senior corporate leadership positions, his significant knowledge of the energy industry, and his extensive expertise and experience in financial reporting matters gained from his service as Chief Financial Officer of a public company. 

John P. Neafsey has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 1996.  Mr. Neafsey is also Chairman of the Conflicts Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.  Mr. Neafsey is President of JN Associates, an investment consulting firm formed in 1993. Mr. Neafsey served as President and CEO of Greenwich Capital Markets from 1990 to 1993 and as a Director since its founding in 1983.  Positions that Mr. Neafsey held during a 23-year career at The Sun Company include Director; Executive Vice President responsible for Canadian operations, Sun Coal Company and Helios Capital Corporation; Chief Financial Officer; and other executive and director positions with numerous subsidiary companies.  He is or has been active in a number of organizations, including the following: former Director and Chairman of the audit committee for The West Pharmaceutical Services Company and former Chairman and a member of the audit and compensation committees of Constar, Inc., former Chairman and member of the audit and compensation committees of NES Rentals, Inc., Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Counselor, Cornell University, and Overseer of Cornell-Weill Medical Center.  Mr. Neafsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Cornell University.  The specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion Mr. Neafsey should serve as a Director include his extensive service in senior corporate leadership positions in both the energy and financial services industries, and his technical expertise, knowledge and experience with financial markets.

John H. Robinson became a Director in December 1999.  Mr. Robinson is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and Conflicts Committees.  Mr. Robinson is Chairman of Hamilton Ventures, LLC.  From 2003 to 2004, he was Chairman of EPC Global, Ltd., an engineering staffing company.  From 2000 to 2002, he was Executive Director of Amey plc, a British business process outsourcing company.  Mr. Robinson served as Vice Chairman of Black & Veatch, Inc. from 1998 to 2000.  He began his career at Black & Veatch in 1973 and was a General Partner and Managing Partner prior to becoming Vice Chairman when the firm incorporated.  Mr. Robinson is a Director of Coeur d’Alene Mining Corporation and a member of its executive and audit committees and chairman of its compensation committee, and he is a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, also serving on its audit committee and as chairman of its compensation committee.  Mr. Robinson is also a Director of Olsson Associates.  He holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a graduate of the Owner-President-Management Program at the Harvard Business School.  The specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion Mr. Robinson should serve as a Director include his significant experience in the engineering and consulting industries, his extensive service in senior corporate leadership positions in both industries and his familiarity with financial matters.

Wilson M. Torrence became a Director in January 2007.  Mr. Torrence is a member of the Audit, Compensation and Conflicts Committees.  Mr. Torrence retired from Fluor Corporation in 2006 as a Senior Vice President of Project Development and Investments and since that time has performed investment and business consulting services for various clients.  Mr. Torrence was employed at Fluor from 1989 to 2006 where, among other roles, he was responsible for the global Project Development, Investment and Structured Finance Group and served as Chairman of Fluor’s Investment Committee.  In that position, Mr. Torrence had executive responsibility for Fluor’s global activities in developing and arranging third-party financing for some of Fluor’s clients’ construction projects.  Prior to joining Fluor in 1989, Mr. Torrence was President and CEO of Combustion Engineering Corporation’s Waste to Energy Division and, during that time, also served as Chairman of the Institute of Resource Recovery, a Washington-based industry advocacy organization.  Mr. Torrence began his career at Mobil Oil Corporation, where he held several executive positions, including Assistant Treasurer of Mobil’s International Marketing and Refining Division and Chief Financial Officer of Mobil Land Development Company.  More recently, from October 2006 to March 2007, Mr. Torrence served as Chief Financial Officer and as a Director of Cleantech America, LLC, a private company involved in development of central station solar generating plants.  Mr. Torrence holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Business Administration from Virginia Tech University.  The specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to the conclusion Mr. Torrence should serve as a Director include his extensive experience in the construction and energy businesses, his senior corporate finance-related and other leadership positions and his participation in numerous financing transactions.