Robert C. Freas
Robert C. Freas is Vice President-Corporate Development of Franklin Industrial Minerals, Nashville, TN. Prior to joining Franklin Industries in 1985 he was director of operations and corporate secretary of Limestone Products Corporation. Mr. Freas’ prior experience also includes chief geologist for Dravo Corporation and work as an engineering geologist. He holds a BS in geology from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MS from Miami University, and an MBA from Rutgers University. He has been an active member of SME for almost 30 years and was the 1994 President. He served on the SME Board of Directors from 1986-1989 and 1991 to the present, was chairman of the Industrial Minerals Division in 1986; was chairman of the GEM Committee, the Mining Engineering Committee, Membership Committee and was Vice President, Finance 1991 and 1992. Mr. Freas served on the AIME Board from 1998-1999. He has also been an active author for SME and other technical publications including co-authoring three chapters in the 6th Edition of Industrial Minerals and Rocks. He is a registered professional geologist and an active member of several professional associations.