Board of Director Biographies


Parent co. Biographies



Atacama Resources International’s commitment to diverse businesses requires an organization structure that enables effective management of each business. The structure must also provide for efficient use of financial resources and simplified governance. There is one overall Board of Directors. The Presidents of the Parent Company and each subsidiary company are directly accountable to the Board.



Board of directors

The Atacama Resources International, Inc (ACRL) Board of Directors is our corporate conscience and compass. It provides strategic leadership and direction to assure ongoing financial health, adherence to ACRL Values and compliance with regulations affecting our business practices.


Don Swartz – Director and Board Chairman

Don Swartz was President and founder (1973) of Effectiveness Resource Group, Inc., professional consultants who are devoted to helping individuals, groups and organizations increase effectiveness. Don is a Registered Organization Development Consultant, having met the performance and ethical standards of the Organization Development Institute. During his 42 plus years of organization development consulting, Don served over 500 clients throughout the US and Canada in public and private sectors, profit and not-for-profit. Representative clients include health care institutions, large Corporations like Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, Microsoft, Intel, Mellon Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank; Federal, State, Province and Local Government agencies; Associations like American Medical; many small business firms and start-up entrepreneurs. 

Don is former Corporate Manager of Training and Organization Development for the Weyerhaeuser Company. Prior to the 15 years with Weyerhaeuser his business career included successful assignments in engineering design, industrial sales, marketing, retail sales, pricing administration, personnel services and technical skills, sales and management training with Borg Warner's York Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Division.

Don graduated with honors as a mechanical engineer from Lehigh University. He joined Borg Warner Corporation in 1953 and the Weyerhaeuser Company in 1968. He became a full time organization development consultant in his own practice in 1975.

Glenn Grant – President / CEO

Mr. Grant has over 35 years of project management experience in the oil and gas sector as well as the mining and natural resources industries in Canada, the United States and abroad. During this time, he has overseen many large scale development projects for international and Fortune 500 resource companies, and routinely managed budgets exceeding $30 million. He is currently President of Bower Solutions Ltd., an oil field services project management company based in Alberta, Canada.

Throughout his career as a project manager, Mr. Grant has directly managed teams of more than 200 people, while developing and refining his expertise in budgeting, operations management and scheduling, cost estimating and control, dispute resolution and personnel management. Additionally, he has applied his experience and strong interpersonal skills towards First Nations mediation in the Northern Canadian territories and managed sensitive projects in the Czech Republic for Gulf Oil Ltd. and in India for Niko Resources Inc.

Mr. Grant's previous positions and assignments include successful projects with Penn West Energy Trust, Husky Energy, AMOCO, Tarragon Oil & Gas Ltd., Royal Trust Energy Corporation, Chevron Canada and Petro Canada Inc. His entrepreneurial activities further include former ownership of an agricultural machinery dealership, large farming operation and an oilfield equipment sales company. Mr. Grant holds a degree in Construction Engineering.


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Daniel Finch – Vice President / COO

Dan Finch has started, managed and grown companies for over 30 years. He was the founding president of Westell, Inc. and left the company after seven years when annual sales hit $20 million. Later, as president of C-COR Electronics, Mr. Finch grew the company from $65 million to $135 million and the stock price went from $4.50 to $55.00 during his three years as president. Following this, Mr. Finch was Vice President for DSC in Texas where he managed over 200 employees and oversaw sales of $350 million. While in Dallas, he owned and managed a Management Recruiters operation with revenue exceeding $1,000,000 per year.

Mr. Finch serves on the boards of several energy related companies. He received his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.


Allan Flasch - Director of Communications/DOM

Allan Flasch has spent virtually his entire working career in municipal engineering and oil/gas technology. Throughout this time, he has mentored many others involved in these same fields. Marketing new technology continues to be of vital importance to Mr. Flasch, expanding on his previous involvement in GPS electronics. Mr. Flasch's years of experience has enabled him to communicate proficiently on all levels. As an engineering technologist with a strong background in computer software in both Civil Design and the Computer Science industry, Mr. Flasch is dedicated to mentoring younger, less experienced technologists better understand technology and increase their productivity.