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Lawyer , mining and manufacturing executive

James Steven Whisler, American mining executive, lawyer, rancher. Bar: Colorado 1978; Certified Public Accountant, Arizona. Member of American Institute of Mining, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, Colorado Bar Association, Society Mining Engineers, Montana Stock Growers' Association.


Whisler, James Steven was born on November 23, 1954 in Centerville, Iowa, United States. Son of James Thomas and Betty Lou (Clark) Whisler.


Bachelor of Science, University Colorado, Boulder, 1975. Juris Doctor, University Denver, 1978. Master of Science in Mineral Economics, Colorado School Mines, 1984.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Colorado School Mines, 2001. AMP, Harvard Business School, 1998.


Associate general counsel, secretary We. Nuclear, Inc., Denver, 1979—1981. Exploration counsel Phelps Dodge Corporation, New York City, 1981—1985, legal and administrative manager Phoenix, 1985—1987, vice president, general counsel, 1987—1988, senior vice president, general counsel, 1988—1991, president, chief operating officer, 1997—1999, chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer, 2000—2003, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 2003—2007.

President Phelps Dodge Mining Company, 1991—1998. Board directors Phelps Dodge Corporation, 1995—2007, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, 1995—2010, United States Airways Group, Inc., Brunswick Corporation, International Paper Corporation, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, C.M. Russell Museum.


  • Bar: Colorado 1978; Certified Public Accountant, Arizona.


Trustee Heard Museum, Phoenix, 1989-1994, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 1989-1992. Member Dean's Council of 100, Arizona State University, since 1992. Member of national board advisory College Business and Public Administration, U. Arizona, 1992-1997.

Board directors Metropolitan Phoenix Young Men’s Christian Association, 1989-1992, Copper Bowl Foundation, Tucson, 1990-1991,Arizona Town Hall, 1991-1996, We. Regional Council, since 1991, Montana Technology Foundation, since 1996. Member AICPA, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers, Society Mining Engineers, Colorado Bar Association, Phoenix Thunderbirds, Phoenix Country Club, Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.


Married Ardyce Dawn Christensen, January 20, 1979. Children: James Kyle, Kristen Elyse.

James Thomas Whisler

Betty Lou (Clark) Whisler

Ardyce Dawn Christensen

James Kyle Whisler

Kristen Elyse Whisler