Management

We are a diversified energy MLP and we are managed and operated by the Board of Directors and executive officers of our General Partner, Rhino GP LLC.  Since April 2003, we have completed numerous coal asset acquisitions with a total purchase price of approximately $356.5 million. Through these acquisitions and other coal lease transactions, we have significantly increased our proven and probable coal reserves and non-reserve coal deposits. We have also successfully grown our coal production through internal development projects and added a coal leasing business to our energy portfolio with the strategic acquisition of The Elk Horn Coal Company in 2011. Here is the team that has driven this track record of success.


Joseph Funk
Joseph E. Funk

Mr. Funk was named our President and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") in November 2014.  Prior to being named President and CEO, Mr. Funk served as President of our Elk Horn coal leasing operation since its acquisition in 2011.  Prior to our acquisition of Elk Horn, Mr. Funk served as Executive Vice President of The Elk Horn Coal Company since joining that organization in 2010.  From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Funk served as Chief Financial Officer at BD Acquisition LLC, a coal mining company with operations in eastern Kentucky, which emerged from its predecessor, Black Diamond Mining Company, where Mr. Funk served as a senior financial executive.  Mr. Funk is a Certified Public Accountant and has approximately 30 years of experience in the coal industry.

Richard Boone
Richard A. Boone
Mr. Boone has been employed as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2005. Prior to joining Rhino Energy LLC, he served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of PinnOak Resources, LLC, a coal producer serving the steel making industry, since 2003. Prior to joining PinnOak Resources, LLC, he served as Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Controller of Horizon Natural Resources Company, a producer of steam and metallurgical coal, since 1998.
R. Chad Hunt
R. Chad Hunt
Mr. Hunt joined Rhino Energy LLC in April 2005 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Hunt has served in various capacities, including President of our Rhino Energy WV LLC, McClane Canyon Mining LLC, and Castle Valley Mining LLC subsidiaries. Mr. Hunt oversees our business development and exploration projects and is a membership committee member of our Rhino Eastern joint venture. Prior to joining Rhino Energy LLC, he was employed by Sidney Coal Company a subsidiary of Massey Energy from 1997 to 2005. During his time at Sidney Coal Company as a Mining Engineer, he oversaw planning, engineering, and construction for various mining and preparation operations. Mr. Hunt is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky.
Brian Aug
Brian T. Aug
Mr. Aug is the Vice President of Sales for Rhino Energy LLC.  He has been employed with Rhino Energy LLC since April 2011 as Director of Sales and Marketing.  Prior to joining Rhino Energy LLC, he was Vice President of Marketing and Trading Analysis for Greenstar Global Energy, a US based corporation focused on the selling of US coals into India.  From 1994 until 2010 he worked for Duke Energy Ohio, a Midwest utility with coal and  natural gas power generation.  The last 10 years of his career at Duke Energy Ohio was spent as Director of Fuels which entailed the purchasing of coal for the power plants.  He worked with commercial and retail natural gas his first 7 years at Duke Energy Ohio.
Whitney Kegley
Whitney C. Kegley
Ms. Kegley joined Rhino Energy LLC in July of 2012 and has served as Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel since that time.  Prior to joining Rhino, Ms. Kegley had practiced law with Frost Brown Todd, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.  The majority of her law practice has been in mergers and acquisitions, corporate practice within the energy and natural resources industry, real property transactions, and coal regulation.