Ernie Thrasher has over forty years of experience in the energy and natural resources industry. His experience began in 1974 working for a family-owned mining company with operations in Maryland where he held various positions in operations and management through 1981. Prior to forming Xcoal Energy & Resources in 2003, Thrasher spent twenty-two years in various global marketing positions at Primary Coal and AMCI. Xcoal is a global coal marketing and logistics company with mining investments in the USA and Australia. The company has broad reach in the natural resources and energy fields. Thrasher leads a 100+ person team spread across 20 offices globally. As a leader in the energy and natural resources industries, Thrasher has developed and employs innovative logistical processes to reach global markets around the world. Based in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA, Thrasher brings a unique local and global perspective to all his work. Thrasher also founded XLNG Energy & Resources in 2015, which is marketing LNG originating from global sources with emphasis on natural gas reserves, and which reaches South America, Europe, and Asia. Thrasher serves on the President’s Leadership Council-Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves as a Director on the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, serves as a Director of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and serves on the Global Board of Trustees of Asia Society.