Julian Collins, president/CEO of IDEA Drilling, was elected for the position of treasurer with Mining Minnesota.

Mining Minnesota is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible mining of copper, nickel and precious metals. Driven by a diverse coalition of organizations, companies and individuals, Mining Minnesota works with local citizens, businesses and other organizations to bring growth and job creation to the state through responsible development of natural resources.

"We are extremely excited to have Julian as a director on our board representing IDEA Drilling. His knowledge of the exploration side of the industry will be extremely valuable as our association continues its support of all mining companies in their mineral development efforts", said Frank Ongaro, executive director of Mining Minnesota. "In addition, Julian’s election by his fellow board members to the officer position of secretary/treasurer demonstrates the confidence in his experience and ability to help assure the industry support efforts have sufficient financial resources to continue to successfully advocate for responsible mining."  

Collins oversees IDEA Drilling, Marcus & Marcus Drilling, and Minex Surveying Services, which have locations in Virginia, Minnesota; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Elko, and a fleet of 30 drill rigs.

Collins has 18 years of drilling services experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in engineering geology and hydrogeology with a Master’s in Business Administration.

"It is a tremendous honor to be elected to the board of directors for Mining Minnesota," Collins said. "IDEA Drilling is ... proud to enhance the local communities by providing high-paying jobs and servicing our mining clients’ needs.”