- Michael Barron – Chairman/CEOOver 40 years of experience financing over $750 million for new business enterprisesFounder of Citidata, the first electronic provider of computerized real estate multiple listing
servicesProject Director TRW Experian – Developed world’s largest electronic property database – ExperianFounder CEO Microventure – IBM PC partner and developer of real estate software packages
for the newly created IMB PC The “SOLD” brand was sold to over 10,000 real estate offices
CEO and Founder Virtual Mortgage Network – Partnered with Intel Corp and developed the first
loan origination video conference system in real estate offices
President Vescor Investments – $200 million Commercial real estate syndicator with 1756 units in six states
Founder and President of Finet Holdings Corporation, a $600 million publicly traded mortgage broker and banking business (NASDAQ:FNCN)
CEO of Shearson Home Loans – $1.3 billion national public mortgage bank with 237 offices
Licensed in 33 states with 1,450 employees (OTCQB:SNFN)
CEO of Liberty Capital – $100 million mortgage asset company OTCQB:(LCPM)
- Mr. John D. McPherson – Freight Rail Network
John D. McPherson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Florida East Coast Railway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. McPherson served as Senior Vice President – Operations, and from 1998 to 1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Central Railroad. Prior to joining the Illinois Central Railroad, Mr. McPherson served in various capacities at Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years.From 2012 to 2015, Mr. McPherson served on the board of directors of Las Vegas Railway Express, a start-up passenger railroad that plans to operate between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, From 1997 to 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.As a result of his extensive career in the rail industry, Mr. McPherson serves as an expert in railroad operations. He is currently a Board member of United Rail Inc. and has network operating responsibility for the shortline freight unit
- Lou Schillinger – Risk Management
Mr. Schillinger as President/CEO of United Shortline Insurance Services, Inc. (USIS) since 1992 has been serving the rail industry with innovative and railroad responsive insurance products for the past 26 years. Mr. Schillinger has dedicated his entire 40+ years professional career to the insurance industry and has known and worked with Mr. Barron, CEO United Rail, Inc. for nearly a decade sharing his dedication to entrepreneurial expertise with a focus on the rail industry. In 1985, shortly after the deregulation of the U.S. railroad industry, Mr. Schillinger’s agency began to produce unique Railroad industry Liability and Property products to the growing Shortine and Regional Railroad industry throughout North America. He was responsible for developing the policy language, current rating structure, underwriting guide, claims handling, disaster management manuals, and underwritten both alone and with various consulting underwriters, virtually every shortline and regional railroad in America during the last 26 years.United Shortline Insurance Services, Inc. is the largest Managing General Agency providing insurance to over 30% of the shortline railroad industry and is credited with establishing and maintaining the only fully Admitted Railroad Liability Program in the country since 1994. In 2001 USIS and MARSH combined to develop a Certified Safety Program to the ASLRRA and became the first “endorsed” liability insurance product in the American Shortline and Regional Railroad Associations’ (ASLRRA) history. Mr. Schillinger was awarded the exclusive marketing rights for Class I Railroads Railroad Protective Liability Program from Hudson Insurance Company in 2007, developed the first association insurance program for the Rail Passenger Car Alliance (RPCA) in 1999 and North American Railcar Owners Association, (NARCOA) as well as forming the first and only Railroad owned Insurance company, US Rail Insurance Company, Inc. RRG in 2007. Mr. Schillinger has conducted Railroad Liability seminars for agents, legislators, industry groups, and client railroads throughout the country. In addition,Mr. Schillinger is a 1972 graduate from Michigan State University earning a BA in Financial Administration and taken numerous hours of continuing education.
- Danielle M. Hall Mitchell – EVP Business Development
20 years in railroad experience.Fifth generation family member in the railroad industry.Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Co.
Coe Rail Group.
U S Rail Corporation of Ohio.
North American Rail Group.
US Energy & Logistics (USEL)
Ms. Mitchell received a BS in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Toledo.
- Dale R. Pape – GM/COO Freight Rail
He has over 30 years experience in the railroad industry.Founding shareholder and Vice President-Operations of the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Company.Extensive experience in operational, financial and safety plans in railroad transportation.
Experience in capitalizing on market trends for strategic planning, pricing and market research.
BBA in Business Management from Eastern Michigan University.
- Wanda Witoslawski – CFO
Ms. Witoslawski has served in progressively responsible financial positions for public companies over the past twelve years. She served as Controller for Ocean West Enterprises until its acquisition by Shearson Home Loans in 2005 where she managed the accounting function for a staff of 1,350 employees and $200mm credit facility. Upon Shearson’s exit from mortgage banking in 2007, she joined the principals Mr. Barron and Mr. Cosio-Barron as Controller at Liberty Capital Asset Management, an investor in acquiring defaulted mortgage pools, managing public accounting documents for SEC filings and the financial supervision over the liquidation of over 4,000 mortgage loans the company had acquired.
- Michael Mason – EVP Capital Markets
Michael Mason currently serves as Executive Vice President of United Rail, Inc.
Mike is a proven Investor Relations and Capital Markets professional with 20 years of experience working with the financial community.Mike has helped to arrange financing for over 200 public companies both through traditional investment banking as well as direct investments from institutional investors, family offices, and Regulation A and Regulation D offerings. Most recently, he was instrumental in securing a $75 million financing for the IPO of a publicly traded leisure and entertainment company, and a $70 million financing for the IPO of a publicly traded rail transportation company.
He has a track record of successfully developing and executing on strategic investor relations programs to drive significant shareholder value.Mike has represented clients in various sectors including medical device, biotechnology, cancer diagnostics, technology, pharmaceutical and consumer product companies in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Australia. In particular, he has extensive experience in the rail industry, as well as the marine transportation sector having worked with international container, dry bulk and oil shipping companies.Before joining United Rail, Mike was Vice President of DresnerAllenCaron an Investor and Media Relations agency based in Chicago, where he designed and executed various programs to increase both company exposure and shareholder value.
Prior to DresnerAllenCaron, Mike spent 16 years, from 1999-2015, as a Vice President of Allen & Caron, an investor relations and communications agency based in New York with offices in Irvine, CA and London. While at Allen & Caron he acted as the primary liaison between the financial community, including buyside and sell side analysts, investment bankers and his clients.He holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a member of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, one of the country’s most widely read and respected law journals. Before attending law school, he was awarded a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business and Marketing from Rutgers University.
- Wayne Bailey Inc – EVP – Industrial Development
Mr. Bailey is the EVP – Industrial Development of United Rail, Inc., a passenger rail development and operating company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Bailey is responsible for all financial reporting documents and financial compliance for United Rail, Inc., a publicly traded company (OTC:PINK:XTRN) . Prior to joining United Rail, Inc., Mr. Bailey was active in the OTC markets for small cap and micro cap public companies. He secured financing, managed public disclosures, mergers and acquisitions and compliance for several small cap public companies. He has also been involved in the development, acquisition and growth of industrial companies in the steel, water, corrosive materials, and plastics manufacturing. Mr. Bailey is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Accounting. He is a CPA. Mr. Bailey is a decorated Vietnam veteran as a member of the 101st Airborne. He was twice wounded in combat receiving the Purple Heart. He received the Bronze Star for his defense of his fire base perimeter during the Tet Offensive.
- Dianne D. David – Fleet Manager
Ms. David serves as Fleet Manager. Ms. David has been an executive in the real estate and mortgage industries for 42 years. She is currently responsible for the construction and operations of the Las Vegas, Nevada, X Train Railway Station and for the integration of the service in Fullerton, California Station. Ms. David was previously the VP of the REO Department for Liberty Capital Asset Management, where she he managed a portfolio in excess of 4,000 loans located in 23 states. Ms. David has also served as Vice President of Residential Lending for Shearson Home Loans, Sales Manager for Virtual Mortgage Network, Vice President of Lender Services for Finet Corporation and as President of the Lender Services Division of American Financial Network.