Corey T. Shuman
President and Founder
It’s a passion for the preservation of history that brought Gold Rush Expeditions to life. Since 1994 Corey has been actively working to document and preserve historic mining sites. Corey credits working with real miners in the field for a real knowledge for what mining is, not what a geologist or environmentalist says it is.
Corey came from a history of Internet Security and Communications. But his weekends were filled with explorations of old mines and historic camps. In 2012 Corey left a lucrative career at Raytheon to see a dream realized. Along with his wife and business partner, Jessica, the two took Gold Rush from a small basement dream to a real business with over $1 million dollars in annual revenues.
Today, Gold Rush is a bustling business. Corey has a desk at the office but is rarely there. Corey is traveling across the western states more than 40 weeks a year. Each mining claim survey is personally conducting by Corey and Jessica. “It’s a labor of love” says Corey, of his work documenting some of the most valuable and historic mining properties in America.
Corey has an unrepentant love for beer, and while on the road, can often be found at the closest craft brewery or dive bar.
Despite those accomplishments, Corey is most proud of his family. His daughter is the apple of his eye, and she recently made him a Grandpa. This new little man may be a future member of the Gold Rush family.
Jessica M. Shuman
Vice President and Co-Founder
Jessica was 25 years old before she stepped underground. It was a cold and rainy day in the remote Newfoundland Range in Utah. She was amazed and intrigued at the minerals, the history, the epic amount of work left forgotten. It was a turning point that would change her career and her life. A Registered Nurse specializing in Cardiology, she soon began spending her weekends searching out and documenting old mining sites. In 2012, she took the leap from a stable nursing career, to Vice President of Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. She has never looked back.
Today she utilizes over 10 years of knowledge and underground experience to bring mining back to its former prominence. Wandering the back hills and canyons of the western states, Jessica locates the biggest and best mining sites in America. She loves to be underground, examine the history and she especially loves finding gems!
In her off time, Jessica enjoys a myriad scope of outdoor activities, including, stand up paddle-boarding, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, quilting, and even a few triathlons. She also has logged many hours at some of the best breweries in the western US. She boasts a beer drinking resume that would put to shame even the most accomplished beer aficionado.
Jessica also recently became a Grandmother. She now tries to work in as much time as possible to spend with her daughter and grandson.
Internal Operations Manager
Crystal is the lynch pin that keeps Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. running smoothly from day to day. Whether it’s fighting for miners’ rights, validating land statuses, or explaining the ins and outs of mining claims, Crystal makes it all happen. As the Internal Operations Manager at Gold Rush Expeditions, she oversees all of the details that make the Gold Rush world turn.
Crystal has been with Gold Rush since June of 2014. She is a valued asset to the Gold Rush team, and one that we could not do without. Crystal was a novice to the mining world when she started, but she was thrown right into the fire. Starting out as an administrative Assistant, Crystal quickly showed an aptitude for the processes and details vital to business operations. By July of 2016, Crystal was directing nearly every aspect of the daily operations. From Web and Media to Legal, she does it all, and she does it well!
Crystal is also an accomplished actress and singer with many successful projects to her credit. When she’s not in the office, she is actively pursuing her acting interests, and loves to write music and sings whenever she gets the chance.
Oh, And Crystal also just became a Grandma but prefers to be called Avia (Latin for Grandma).
Brandon G. Fitzgerald
Born and raised on a ranch in Southern Idaho, Brandon knows the value of hard work well. He is a jack of all trades, master of some. Brandon’s background is business, which he studied at Utah State University. Aggies all the way!
Brandon possesses certifications from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has extensive experience in goldsmithing, lapidary, metal refining and jewelry design. He is a heavily decorated sales professional and believes that sales is not something that should be pursued, but that it is simply what happens while you are immersed in serving your customer.
When he isn’t hard at work helping the valued customers of Gold Rush Expeditions, Brandon enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Emily and their dog, Atlas. His weekends are filled with camping, hiking, snowmobiling and fishing. He also prides himself as an amateur mechanic and contractor, and can often be found in the garage or building around his home or the family ranch.
Brandon values family, education, attention to detail, integrity, hard work, fairness, and patriotism. He loves to joke around, and can quickly laugh and befriend most anyone he meets. Brandon hopes someday to be a father, and hopes he can raise his children to be charitable and to be examples to others.
Content Creator/Research/Web Development
Originally from the eastern coast, where mining is all coal and copper, Mike now resides in the virtual gold mines at Gold Rush. Mike is the driving force at Gold Rush for research and historical documentation of the Mining Properties brought back by Corey and Jessica. Mike spends countless hours to identify the real history of these old and forgotten sites.
He painstakingly researches articles and creates original content for Gold Rush Expeditions. This effort showcases the real history of Mining in the United States.
Mike has a background in Digital Media and English, with a degree in Creative Writing. So it stands to reason that he would end up with a Mining Company. Mike’s passions include visual arts, movies/television, and video games. He’s even interested in developing his own independent game someday. We hope that mines will be involved somehow.
Mike’s hard work and attention to detail makes him a valuable asset to the Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. team!
Video Content Editor
Many Gold Rush clients first hear about us through our hundreds of online videos and content. Much of this would not be possible without the talent and drive of Kaitlin. Katie is Gold Rush Expeditions’ resident creative video master.
Kaitlin doesnt have a background in mining, but she knows how to mine through hours and hours of footage to get to the best content, and then produce that into a stunning gem. Maybe she is more of a miner than we thought.
Kaitlin also heads up the Gold Rush Digital Marketing ads. Showing an unparalleled talent for creating epic designs, billboards and commercials for Gold Rush Expeditions. She spearheads the ideas and then turns them into a stunning visual reality.
In her off time, Kaitlin is still producing. Her films and animations have been featured in state and local competitions. In her spare time Katie enjoys music (creating and performing). She also enjoys creating her own animations and drawings.
If she has any spare time after all that, she searches out the silliest of Youtube videos!