Meet the Team

Phil Bandy

Phil Bandy

Senior Project Manager, Excellon Idaho Gold

Mr. Phil Bandy, Senior Project Manager for Excellon Idaho Gold, Inc, is a native Idahoan with over 31 years of experience in mineral exploration, environmental and natural resources regulation, outreach and education, staff supervision, project and program management, and state and local government administration. Phil is responsible for Excellon Idaho Gold’s projects, including supporting activities related to the exploration, permitting and advancement to production. 

Throughout his career, Phil has capitalized on his education in both physical and social sciences. His undergraduate and graduate degrees in the geosciences prepared him for many responsibilities in both technical and scientific matters. His graduate degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis on natural resources and environmental policy and administration, provided a solid foundation for his administrative responsibilities in public policy development and implementation.

Phil’s experiences working in State of Idaho natural resource agencies provided him opportunities to apply his knowledge, skills, and abilities to a wide variety of activities. Through the seventeen plus years he worked for the State of Idaho, his leadership competencies were acknowledged through promotions and delegation of increasing levels of authority and responsibility. From his initial role as an environmental scientist, he took on roles as Supervisor, Manager, Bureau Chief, Deputy Division Administrator, and ultimately Deputy Director.

In his capacities as Deputy Division Administrator, Division Administrator, and Deputy Director for the State of Idaho, Phil provided multi-department leadership to a broad spectrum of state agency operations. He analyzed a variety of problems and made recommendations to agency leadership, the Governor, and State Legislators; coordinated a variety of intra-governmental administrative matters; and, interpreted laws, ordinances, and regulations regarding agency operations and compliance by the regulated community.

Both during and after leaving State employment, Phil continued to hone his leadership, administrative, management, and public relations competencies through his work in local government. For over seven years Phil served his community as Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City Councilman, and Mayor.

Phil’s leadership and management experience continued to develop through his work as a Deputy Director at Boise State University Department of Geosciences, his roles as Senior Scientist at Forsgren Associates, Executive Vice President of Operations at Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation, and Vice President at HECO Engineers. Phil’s work in these capacities included frequent interaction and negotiation with federal, state, and local government representatives on behalf of his private sector clients. This experience has provided him valuable insight regarding administrative regulation from the perspective of private sector businesses.

Connor Messler

Connor Messler

Exploration Manager

Connor Messler, Exploration Manager for Excellon Idaho Gold has over 10 years’ experience in mineral exploration. As a geologist, Connor has worked across North America from the remote corners of Alaska to suburban North Carolina. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in geology and prides himself on a hands-on approach to project planning and management.

Hailing from the coal country of Pennsylvania, where he grew up with the legacies of mining, has helped instill a keen interest in the social and environmental responsibility of mining companies. A lover of history, he continues to dive into the regional traditions, local cultures, and historic narratives of the places he works.

As the on the ground manager for Excellon he strives to instill a “good neighbor” ethos in his team, and knows that the Excellon legacy will be a positive one in Clark County, ID.