About Us

Independent Mining Consultants, Inc. (IMC). is a mining consulting firm. IMC was incorporated in 1983 by John Marek, Michael Hester and Herb Welhener. Since IMC’s founding the firm has been located in Tucson, Arizona. Indepdendent Mining Consultants continues to be run by the three-same original owners since 1983 – many of our staff can trace their origin from Pincock Allen & Holt. Our up and coming staff now include partners looking to continue the firm’s success.

Notably, we celebrated our 40th year of business in 2023. Over the years, our staff has grown to 15 persons who have experience in a wide range of mineral commodities. Our industry experience includes base metals, precious metals, industrial minerals and aggregates. The skills of IMC personnel include:

  • Mineral deposit modeling
  • Resource and reserve estimation
  • Mine planning and scheduling
  • Mining cost estimation

IMC has gained the reputation as one of the most reliable and cost effective sources of mine consulting services for the base and precious metals industries. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies, intermediate sized mines, diverse commodity producers and exploration firms. Our client list has grown to over 250 companies with over 500 projects world-wide in a variety of geologic and geographic environments.

Email Us:  imc@imctucson.com


Awards Received – American Mining Hall of Fame: 2015 Special Citation

We are honored to be inducted into the Thirty-Third Annual American Mining Hall of Fame. We have had the opportunity to work for more than 250+ Clients on 500+ Projects for over 35 years. From all of us at IMC, we thank you for supporting the Mining Foundation of the Southwest.