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Muzo’s Leaders

Charles Burgess

President and Founder of The Muzo Companies Colombia

Founder (2009), president and CEO of The Muzo Companies Colombia. He is a former United States diplomat born in Virginia, USA. Graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in History and Political Sciences. He also holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration. After three years of military service as an officer with the US Marine Corps, Burgess started working for the US Department of State as a diplomat. He worked with the US Foreign Service for over 30 years, travelling to several countries of Latin America such as Paraguay, Ecuador, Cuba and  specially Colombia, where he worked in two terms, becoming very familiar with Colombian culture and history. 

In 2009 he retired from the Foreign Service and started the activities in Colombia of Minería Texas Colombia, MTC, a subsidiary of Texma, a private investment company from the state of Texas whose main focus is Oil and Gas business. Through Mr. Burgess, the opportunity to invest with all the legal prescriptions in the emerald mining sector was carried out. Under his leadership, MTC began operating the Puerto Arturo mine in Muzo, Boyaca, in November 2009. In 2013, we acquired all the concession rights and mining titles to exploit the emeralds. At the end of 2019, The Muzo Companies Colombia completed their first decade of continuous work in Colombia, achieving a profound transformation and modernization of emerald mining within their vision of turning the Colombian gem, considered the best in the world, into the new emblem and ambassador of the country to the world. These results were recognized by the Colombian Congress when The Muzo Companies Colombia were granted at the end of 2018, represented by Mr. Burgess, the order of Democracy in the degree of Grand Knight Cross.

David Travis

Vice President Esmeraldas Mining Services, EMS

David Travis is an experienced mining operator with over thirty years of experience in underground and open pit mining of precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals and gemstones. He has worked in Canada, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Uruguay and Mexico. Travis is a proactive director of operations and has worked on building and expanding base mining sediments to a large-scale, high-productivity and commercial operations.
David Travis joined The Muzo Companies Colombia in June 2021 as Vice President of Esmeraldas Mining Services, EMS. He is a graduate of Canada’s Haileybury School of Mines and was certified in Project Management from Stanford.

Lucía Corredor

Director of Esmeraldas de los Andes, EDLA, and Colombian Shared Services, CSS

Lucía Corredor joined The Muzo Companies Colombia in 2013 as director of Esmeraldas de los Andes and in 2020, she assumed the direction of Colombian Shared Services, CSS. She has more than eighteen years of experience in management and direction of international logistics operations in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, and more than eight years in the Colombian mining and emerald industry. She is an industrial engineering graduate from the Andes University (Col) and a graduate of the Inalde Business School in 2015. Lucía received a certification in essential-colored stones from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Maria Luisa Durrance

Director of the Muzo Foundation

Maria Luisa Durrance is an anthropologist and biologist from the Andes University (Col) with more than seventeen years of experience in institutional and corporate social management, successfully integrating her knowledge in environmental projects with the social strengthening of the regions. She has worked in the private and public sectors, which has allowed her to fully understand the social and community vision from all aspects. She has several years of experience in the mining and hydrocarbon sector in projects that aim for the reduction of environmental impact.
Maria Luisa joined The Muzo Companies Colombia in 2014 as manager of the social department. In 2018, she assumed the direction of the Muzo Foundation, leading the relationship between the communities living in the perimeter areas of the mine and the government authorities. From her direction, multiple social initiatives have been implemented that have contributed to the progress of the region thanks to the sustainable projection they developed.

Ana María Camargo

Project Manager Furatena Cacao

Forestry Engineer with a Specialization in Project Management, she has an extensive experience of 17 years in activities of elaboration, execution and management of projects in the agricultural sector, vulnerable communities and specifically in the cocoa sector, she has a high capacity in formulation and direction of projects, resource management, technical, environmental and social support. She has been with Furatena Cacao since 2014, participating in the entire process from the diagnosis, creation and consolidation of the company in Western Boyaca. She currently works as a project manager, directing all the activities of this company.