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Railroad Transportation Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Railroad,Claims Consultant, Construction Claim Dispute, Distribution Trucking, Distribution Logistics, Economic Damages, Logistics Management, Mechanical, Passenger Transportation, Rail Transit Transportation, Rail Transportation, Railroad Accident Investigation, Railroad Hazards, Railroad Intermodal Transportation, Railroad Litigation Accident, Reconstruction, Railroad Operations, Railroad Operations Transportation, Rehabilitation Engineering, Safety Accident Investigation, Supply Chain Management, Transportation, Transportation Consultant, Transportation Litigation Support, Transportation Management, Transportation Safety Analysis, Project Manager,

 

 

Expert Witness No.1307

Experience

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Reno, Nevada 1997-Present

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Hot Springs, Arkansas 1993-1997

President – Reno, Nevada 1983-1993

Expert 1307 put his rail hands-on experience into his own consulting firm to provide expertise to rail shippers, railroads, public transportation and economic development agencies, private investors and other transportation service companies across the country.  Work has included branch line analysis, equipment utilization and analysis, development of operating plans, market development, transportation costing, intermodal analysis, merger studies, developing short line railroads, and financial analysis.  Expert 1307 serves as the Chairman and CEO of the firm, managing all major business decisions, in addition to serving as Project Manager for most projects.  He ensures quality control and provides most input for contract negotiations between Class I’s, shippers and short line railroads, alternative operations scenarios and traffic development strategies.  Projects of note include Expert witness services for injury, rate, equipment, right of way and contract issues; Project Management for Utah Coal Rail Line development; 100’s of NLV and GCV evaluations for short line, regional and branch line railroads; yard and terminal operations analysis for 12 BNSF Railways’ terminals nationwide; Contract switching, operations and economics analysis for shippers nationwide, including Procter and Gamble, Cargill Grain, AK Steel, Palladon Iron, Sierra Pacific Power, Martin Marietta Materials and Bayer Materials; and Shipper Coalition projects in California, Oregon and Utah to protect rail service for future economic development.

 General Manager 1993-1994

Jones Mill, Arkansas

Expert was responsible for the overall operations of a $5 million short line railroad which includes 131 miles of track, 37 employees, and 21,000 annual carloads.  The maintenance of way, maintenance of equipment, operations, marketing and agency departments all reported to this expert.  In addition, was responsible for all purchasing activities and real estate transactions for the company.

Consultant 1987-1989

Pleasant Hill, California

Expert was responsible for achieving revenue and profit objectives of the firm as directed by the President.  His duties included market development, strategic planning, equipment analysis, physical distribution analysis, branch line acquisition analysis, competitive analysis, market research, contract rate negotiations, sales development, operations analysis, and development of business plans.  He prepared testimony, traffic and revenue projections diversion estimates, and traffic flow analyses for the Anschutz Corporation and Rio Grande Industries in their acquisition of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company.  Clients included the government, shippers, transportation companies, and port authorities.

San Francisco, California 1981-1987

Marketing Services Department 1986-1987

Intermodal Department 1985-1986

Market Planning Department 1981-1985

 

In the Marketing Services Dept., expert  was responsible for achieving revenue and profit objectives for the corporation as directed by the Assistant Vice President – Marketing Services.  His duties included developing agreements with other railroads, developing a network of short-haul TOFC trains, and evaluating the competitive environment and implications for the corporation.  He was involved with branch line sales and agreements, working with both investors and financiers to develop short line railroads.  He handled SPTCo’s application for trackage rights in the Union Pacific-Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad merger including a traffic flow analysis, diversion estimates, and revenue projections.  

 

In the Intermodal Dept., expert was responsible for special studies on all aspects of domestic and international TOFC and container traffic as directed by Assistant Vice President – Intermodal.  His duties included contract development and negotiations, developing and analyzing costs, developing and analyzing various markets, and pricing, representing approximately $500 million in annual revenue.

 

In the Market Planning Dept., expert was responsible for the market development and pricing of the aggregate and cement commodities representing approximately $80 million in annual review.  He was originally hired as Assistant Manager, Market Development – Bulk Services (May 1981-July 1982), and promoted to Product Manger, Marketing & Sales – Aggregates and Cement (July 1982-1985).  His duties included forecasting and analyzing of product market with objective of expanding SPTCo’s market share, reducing operating costs, and increasing profit margin.  Additional responsibilities included negotiation of contracts with customers, developing and analyzing costs, and commercial decisions involving equipment allocation and acquisition.  In response to the Staggers (4R) Act, directed marketing efforts in aggregates/ cement from traditional single car rate to unit train contracts generating a 20% increase in SPTCo’s share in the western railroad market.  Over a three-year period, this represented a net contribution turnaround from an $8 million loss to a $5 million profit.

Transportation Department 1976-1981

San Francisco and Bay Area

Expert’s responsibilities included both staff and direct line supervision of railroad operations.  Staff position reported to Director-Operating Administration.  Responsibilities included projecting and monitoring of annual system operating budget of $70 million; in-depth analysis of operating expenses; working with line managers to determine and coordinate individual terminal and district costs with overall system forecast; presentation of budget variances to Vice President-Operations; and providing guidelines and requirements for the programming of departmental reports.  This line position reported to Division Superintendent.  Expert was responsible for directing rail operations in the district between Oakland and Stockton – the fastest growing region on the railroad, which generated $15 million in gross revenue with an operating budget of $2.2 million.  The territory comprised a variety of rail operations; main and branch line, industry and road switching, interchange, and joint facilities. Expert coordinated schedules, assignments, and train performance to customer requirements with other departments of the railroad (i.e. Sales, Car Distribution, Train Operations/Dispatching, Roadway, and Mechanical).  He also supervised train and engine operating employees within the district in addition to 20 station employees.

Education

Master of Business Administration, San Francisco State University 1976-1979

Selected as Master of Business Administration "Alumnus of the Year"  1980

Bachelor of Art, Business Administration, San Francisco State University 1972-1976

Majors: Business, Transportation, and Real Estate

Awards

Selected to receive Strathmore’s Who’s Who for 2001-2005; This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession. 

Selected to receive the 1998-1999 Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals; This award recognizes outstanding professionals. 

Selected by Citation's to receive the award of Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans for 1992 and 1993.  This award recognizes achievements in American Society and Business.

Selected by American Biographical Institute to receive the award of 2,000 Notable American Men for 1992 and 1993; this award recognizes past achievements and outstanding service to community, state and nation.

 

Guest speaker at San Francisco State University, local groups, and associations; currently pursuing research on railroad management, equipment, innovations, history, future projections, transportation policies, and United States laws; Involved with business, management, and transportation consulting

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