Mr. Allen is Armstrong Energy's Chief Operating Officer. He started his career with Peabody Coal Company in 1967 and has over 49 years of experience in the coal industry. In 1971, he moved into a supervisory position with Peabody and continued to hold various supervisory and management positions, including Chief Electrical Engineer, Mine Superintendent, General Manager, Operations Manager, and Vice President Resource Development and Conservancy. Prior to joining Armstrong Energy in 2007, Mr. Allen held the position of President and Operations Manager of Bluegrass Coal Company, a subsidiary of Peabody Energy. Mr. Allen is Chairman of the Upper Pond River Conservancy District, Vice Chairman Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund, he is a past member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board executive committee and is a past member of the Kentucky Coal Counsel, the Kentucky Governors Finance Committee, and Kentucky Consortium for Energy and the Environment, and he is past Chairman and current member of the Executive Board of the Kentucky Coal Association.