As Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Desert Sun Mining & Gems, Mr. Woodmark's hard work, dedication, and tireless efforts have helped DSMG grow and refine its various ventures. His primary responsibilities include the management of the selling efforts of the company in all markets - wholesale, retail, investment, and auction - and the formation of corporate policy for long-term expansion. Mr. Woodmark is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the administrative, accounting, and data processing of the company as they relate to each subsidiary or affiliate, and corporate relations. He has a successful track record of assembling a proven management team and spurring company growth.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Woodmark has specialized in business consulting, tax, and financial analysis. He has extensive knowledge in regulatory compliance and corporate finance with an emphasis in commercial development. He is the President and Director of the Blue Heron Gallery, where he manages financial reporting, negotiation, and execution of all customer and vendor contracts. Mr. Woodmark is also the founder and CFO of Woodmoore & Gray Jewelers - The flagship jewelry store for Oregon sunstone - located in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Woodmark graduated from the University Of Oregon in 1972 with degrees in Accounting, Quantitative Methods, and Psychology. After college he was recruited as an income tax auditor for the government. Subsequently, Woodmark founded Old Ram Inc. and the Fir Tree Corporation that specialized in real estate development.
As a world-renowned big-game hunter, he travels the globe in search of the ultimate adventure. In his quest for North American bighorn sheep, Mr. Woodmark has completed two Grand Slams and has journeyed to such destinations as Spain, Asia, Russia, Africa, and New Zealand to complete a World Super Slam of Sheep as well as a World Super Slam of Goats.
Over the years, Mr. Woodmark has held many high-level policy appointments, including Director of Marketing Resources for the Chilmark Corporation, Senior Consultant on the Advisory Council for Walt Disney Classics, and Policy Advisor for the Swarovski Corporation. Mr. Woodmark has always been highly engaged in community work and he was proud to serve two terms on the Depoe Bay Planning Commission. He is a lifetime member of FNAWS - the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep, a Lifetime member of the NRA - the National Rifle Association, and a member of SCI - the Safari Club International. Woodmark supports the arts with the promotion of art and music, festivals to raise money, awareness and support through the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Talley.
In his free time he enjoys golf, hunting, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Moore is the Executive Vice-President and one of the founders of Desert Sun Mining and Gems, Inc. He also operates the company's retail jewelry store in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Moore is a graduate of Gonzaga University (BBAd), Spokane, Washington, with a degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations and earned his advanced degree at the University of Portland in Oregon (MBA). He has 34 years of varying management experience ranging from Personnel Manager to Vice President, Labor Relations and Strategic Planning in addition to owning his own company..
Mr. Moore has worked for a large retail chain as their Personnel Manager and for a major ship repair company that included in its family an industrial electrical contracting arm, a steel fabrication company and a man-lift rental and sales equipment company as their Human Resources Manager and Corporate Communications/Planning Manager. He has worked for a medium sized pharmaceutical company as their Corporate Human Resources Manager and was, for several years the Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Strategic Planning at a large hardwood plywood and fiberboard manufacturer with plants in the West, Northeast and Southern U.S. as well as Canada. He introduced and implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), helped develop and was in charge of a company-wide Gainsharing and Quality Improvement program At the wood products company he also wrote for and was editor-in-chief of the company newspaper, the "Hardwood Herald". He has successfully worked as an executive in companies with employee populations ranging from 10 to 2000.
Mr. Moore has owned his own custom automobile wheel distribution company in southern California and has developed and conducted numerous management training programs for Senior Management to Supervisors in both the corporate and government arenas and written articles for Training Magazine and Portland Magazine. He has been a guest speaker to various organizations and to undergraduate students regarding management and leadership.
Mr. Moore successfully served in the United States Air Force and enjoys golf, hunting and fishing, reading and especially the time spent with his family and grand children.
In her capacity as one of the original Founders and as Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, Talley Woodmark is responsible for strategic business development and marketing programs, including new sales and account management, product and service positioning, partnership agreements, and marketing communications. She also administers and oversees Desert Sun Mining & Gems' Public Relations efforts, which include helping to increase local, trade, national, and worldwide media recognition for Oregon sunstone awareness and events.
As part-owner of the Blue Heron Gallery, she is head of the Marketing Department in producing all internal and external corporate communications and the implementation of strategic marketing plans for focused areas of their Swarovski Crystal, Thomas Kinkade, and Giusseppe Armani markets. In 2003, 2004, and 2005, she was nationally recognized for increasing the gallery's sales to in excess of $1,000,000.00, and in doing so, was inducted into Swarovksi's coveted "Club Of 100". She was also responsible for establishing the gallery's hugely successful Thomas Kinkade secondary market and publishes a quarterly newsletter - The Heron News - that is distributed worldwide to over 26,000 consumers.
She is currently the founder and CEO of the Silver Heron Gallery, with over 20 years of experience in the Texas, California, New York, and Oregon art markets as a private collector, corporate fine art consultant, and as a fine art administrator. Representing hundreds of artists and placing their work with many Fortune 500 companies including Bank One, Texas Instruments, Revlon, and Virgin Airways. Mrs. Woodmark, due in part to her wide clientele base which includes art consultants, corporate executives, along with government, diplomatic, and social VIPs, has been instrumental in developing the careers of numerous artists; introducing paintings, sculpture, and photography within significant collections while working side-by side with designers and architects.
Talley Woodmark has a B.A. in Art History and also holds a Degree in Interior Design. Formerly the President of Designs For Living Inc., Talley has been called upon to design residences throughout the country, as well as private offices, clubs, and boutique hotels; her work has been featured in a number of national publications including House Beautiful, Home Décor, and Architectural Digest magazines.
Years of traveling abroad have contributed to her appreciation of a variety of cultures and artistic styles providing first-hand knowledge and experience. Mrs. Woodmark serves as Chairman of The Board of Directors of the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation and is Vice President of Marketing for Woodmoore & Gray Jewelers. She enjoys sailing, traveling, vacationing to health spas, and has authored several Fiction and Children's Books.
Founder Larry Gray built the Ponderosa Mine Inc. and the Mines Group companies on the basic principles of customer service, honesty, and hard work. He spent years owning and operating various mining properties as well as developing and perfecting a variety of cutting techniques. Larry generously spread his knowledge of these subjects to many others in the industry. Eventually, he narrowed his focus to his two main interests, providing quality cutting services to everyone who needed them and showing the world the beauty of Oregon sunstone. With Larry's hard work, The Ponderosa Mine has discovered and produced Oregon sunstone in amazing sizes and color ranges. Larry passed away in 2001, but his passion about Oregon sunstone remains with his family.
Karen, Chris and Molly Gray are actively involved in continuing Larry's legacy in promoting Oregon sunstone. The Grays bring their skills and knowledge in business, management, marketing, design and production to the company. They are pleased to have sold the Ponderosa Mine to Desert Sun Mining & Gems, and as members of the Board of Directors, they continue to contribute to mining, cutting, producing, marketing, and educating the public about Oregon sunstone.
Dana Schorr is the owner of Schorr Marketing and Sales, a company which imports and exports colored gemstones, both rough and faceted and finished jewelry.
1980 was the start of Schorr Marketing and Dana fell in love with the gemstone trade during his 1st visit to the Tucson Shows.
In 1985, Dana took his first trip overseas buying trip. He worked in many countries (Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, India, Brazil, Bolivia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Myanmar, and the United States) around the world both as a buyer and a seller of cut gemstones and rough. During the 1990s, Dana represented several miners as their international representative, and later formed a partnership with a company in Tanzania and opened a cutting factory in Sri Lanka, specializing in tanzanite rough and cut. The company provided educational seminars to the retail clients of jewelry stores as part of a special promotion program providing jewelry manufacturing opportunities in Asia.
Dana has given presentations on the Gemstones of East Africa, Faceting, Enhancements/Disclosure, and Lighting to private organizations as well as for the, AGS, the AGTA Tucson Show, and JCK Las Vegas show. He has participated on the Arbitration, Industry Rules, Elections, and AGS Liaison Committees for the AGTA and the nomenclature committee for the ICA.
Schorr Marketing has been appointed to several AGTA and ICA committees.
Since 2008, Dana has served on the Board of Directors for Desert Sun Mining & Gems, owners of the Ponderosa Mine. He has made multiple visits to the Ponderosa mining site, and, alongside co-founder and CEO John D. Woodmark, has been instrumental in establishing the official grading system for Ponderosa Oregon sunstone.
For more than 20 years Margaret has specialized in the computer software and hardware industry. She has extensive experience in software development, installation, and maintenance. She is the owner of Virtual Gurus, where she assists her clients with hardware and software purchases, upgrades, installations, virus removal, and computer skills training. Margaret is also part owner of Shipping Solutions, a pack and ship business on the Oregon Coast. Margaret maintains Shipping Solutions' multi-OS network, as well as the network printers and scanners. Margaret also owns e-bay Solutions, a company that buys and sells items on eBay.
Over the years, Margaret has worked for many companies both large and small, including Horizon Air, and Nationwide Insurance Company, She wrote over 100 educational programs for training Fred Meyer employees. She worked with Brooks Automation, where she helped write software that automates the production of Silicone wafers. She spent 4 months in Japan to insure that the software was installed and working to the customer's specifications.
Throughout her career, she has remained committed to helping provide for the educational needs of children, each year she contributes time and money to ALTRUSA, an organization dedicated to the education of underprivileged females. Margaret also serves on the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation as the Director of Information Technology
Margaret enjoys living on the Oregon coast, where she can pursue her hobbies of hiking, surfing and scuba diving.
A former Vice President QA for General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin, Dr. Dorsey J. "Jim" Talley (now retired) is a nationally recognized authority in the field of Quality Assurance and Management. A retired USAF Colonel, Talley attended the University of Texas before earning a B.S. degree in Engineering from Texas A&M, a M.S. degree in Logistics and Industrial Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Management from Pacific Western University. He served as an advisor on all aircraft systems for the USAF and 17 foreign countries, delivering the first "Perfect Aircraft" in the industry, world-wide.
The current CEO of Talley-Ho Enterprises and President of the Talley Corporation, a consulting firm for Performance, Productivity and ISO 9000 enhancement at over 100 companies, Dr. Talley is the 1990 recipient of the ASQC Edwards Medal and the Examiner Texas Quality Award. He holds Fellow positions on the National Contract Management Association and the American Society for Quality Control, and is a Director at the University of North Texas Center for Quality and Productivity. He is a founding Board Member of the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation.
Dr. Talley's publishing credits include 2 books on quality assurance (Management Audits for Excellence and Total Quality Management), a personal "quest" book (In Search of the Ultimate Bagel), articles and presentations in numerous professional and/or technical journals, symposiums and seminars. He has been an instructor at public seminars (teaching 1000+ students), and a speaker at conferences in the USA, Belgium, France, Israel, Italy and Taiwan. Dr. Talley has extensive international experience in Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Mexico. A commercial pilot with multiple FAA ratings, he has flown over 7000 accident-free hours in more than 40 different types of aircraft, the F-111, B-52, T-38, AC-47, Boeing 377 and Lockheed 1049G among them. As one of its systems designers, Dr. Talley is one of the few civilians to have ever flown an F-16.
Free time allowing, Jim enjoys the design and construction of his own aircraft, playing tournament bridge, traveling with his wife, Norma, and spending summers at their summer home on the Oregon Coast where they spend time with their daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Applying his personal creed ("Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson afterward.") to all aspects of his life, Dr. Talley brings his 50+ years of experience in performance and trouble-shooting to his current position as Executive Director of Quality Control for Desert Sun Mining and Gems, Inc.