Senior Management Team - Las Vegas Railway Express
John D. McPherson - Chairman
Mr. McPherson joined the Board of Directors of CSX Corporation ($25bn, 23,000 mile railroad) July 2008. He served as President and COO of Florida East Coast Railway($2.8bn railroad, 350 miles down East Coast of Florida) , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. From 1993-1998, Mr. McPherson served as Senior Vice President Operations and from 1998-1999, he served as President and CEO of the Illinois Central Railroad ($2.5bn, 1,000 mile Class 1 railroad between Chicago and New Orleans). Illinois Central became the most efficient railroad with the lowest operating ratio in North America. Prior to joining the Illinois Central Railroad, Mr. McPherson served in various capacities at Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years. As a result of his extensive career in the rail industry, Mr. McPherson serves as an expert in railroad operations. From 1997-2007, Mr. McPherson served as a member of the board of directors of TTX Company, a railcar provider and freight car management services joint venture of North American railroads..
Michael A. Barron - President/CEO/Director
¨Mr. Barron has been a developer of new business enterprises for nearly 30 years. Trained as a City & Regional Planner, Mr. Barron was responsible for Monterey California’s downtown redevelopment project of famous Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Mr. Barron founded Citidata, the first electronic provider of computerized real estate multiple listing service (MLS) information in the nation. He led the business development team at TRW that acquired 11 companies and became the world’s largest repository of real estate property information - Experian. He founded and served as President, Finet Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FNCM), a publicly traded mortgage banking business specializing in e-mortgage financing on site in real estate offices. The company maintained a market capitalization of $500mm. Mr. Barron pioneered the first nationwide commercially deployed video conference mortgage financing platform for Intel Corporation operating in 20 states and funded over $1bn in closed loans annually. He was CEO for Shearson Home Loans and founded Liberty Capital, a $100mm asset management company based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gil H. Lamphere - Director
Mr. Lamphere serves on the Board of Directors of CSX Corporation ($25bn, 23,000 mile railroad) and has served on the board of Canadian National Railway ($25bn, 15,000 mile transcontinental railroad), Chaired the Board of the Illinois Central Railroad ($2.5bn, 1,000 mile Class 1 railroad between Chicago and New Orleans) and served on the board of Florida East Coast Railway ($2.8bn railroad, 350 miles down East Coast of Florida). He was also instrumental in the investment and oversight of Mid-South Rail. Mid-South, Illinois Central and Canadian National became successively the most efficient railroads with the lowest operating ratios in North America. He is the Managing Director of Lamphere Capital Management, a private investment firm which he founded in 1998. Mr. Lamphere is also a general partner of Health Care 250, a healthcare investment fund, and Chairman and director of FlatWorld Capital, a publicly traded private equity company. He has served as a director of nine other public companies, including Carlyle Industries, Inc., Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., R.P. Scherer Corporation, Global Natural Resources Corporation and Recognition International, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lamphere was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley.
John H. Marino - Director
Mr. Marino has recently joined the company as Vice President – Rail Operations where he supervises the Company’s activities with the Class 1 railroads, Amtrak, railcar procurement, and rail set maintenance. Mr. Marino also serves as President of Transportation Management Services, Inc., a position he has held since 1983. From April 1992 until July 1996, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Rail America NYSE:RA, a publicly traded company and the largest short line railroad company in America. Mr. Marino co-founded Huron & Eastern Railway Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Rail America, and from 1986 until April 1996, served as its President and one of its directors. Mr. Marino also served as the President of Huron Transportation Group from its formation in January 1987 until its merger with Rail America Services Corporation in December 1993. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of several short line railroads, as an officer of the Reading Railroad and with the United States Railway Association, Washington, D.C. From 1963 to 1968, he served as an officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Thomas Mulligan - Director
Mr. Mulligan was an Operations Executive at Union Pacific with more than 38 years of experience where he was the Director of Passenger Rail Operations. He has experience in management, transportation, dispatching, budgeting and operations administration at the division, district and corporate level. Many of his responsibilities included rules compliance, contract negotiations, budget control, expense control, strategic planning and has been the corporate liaison for freight and passenger rail operations. Tom has an excellent record for identifying opportunities for improving operations, cost control and raising customer satisfaction. Mr. Mulligan is a member on the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee for the Federal Railroad Administration and was formally assigned by Governor Mike Johanns to serve on the Nebraska Transit and Rail Advisory Council from 2004 to 2006. This committee completed the current rail Corridor Transit Study that is used by the Nebraska State Legislature for commuter rail solutions in Eastern Nebraska.* He is a current member on the Board of Directors of the Omaha YMCA – Bulter Gast branch and served from 1994 to 1999 as a Trustee on SID Board #236 (Candlewood). He currently serves as a Councilmember for the City of Omaha.