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 Expert  723823

Expert in Railroad Operations, Project Management, Market Analysis and Business Development

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Nevada (NV)
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Expert has over 40 years of experience in the railroad and transportation industry. After serving in top management positions in Class I and Short Line railroads for many years, he founded Expert's Firm in 1983. His vast expertise has included involvement in some of the most pivotal events in the industry from the mid 70's through today.

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 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 is also an Operation Lifesaver Presenter for Nevada. He continues to develop a reputation as one of the most experienced, innovative, and forward thinking leaders in the field.


Association of American Railroads


freight car


hopper car






railroad car


railroad engineering


railroad operations


railroad safety


railroad shipping


railroad traffic flow


railroad transportation




railway maintenance equipment


railway track


safety engineering


value analysis training

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Reno, Nevada;  Sparks, Nevada;  Citrus Heights, California;  Roseville, California;  and Folsom, California.

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1979   MBA   Business, Transportation   San Francisco State University   Alumnus of the Year
1976   BA   Business, Transportation, and Real Estate   San Francisco State University  
1973   AA   Business   San Francisco State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1983 to






Chairman & CEO


Put his rail hands-on expertise into his own consulting firm, established in 1983, accumulating over 30 years of experience in the industry. 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. 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 is also an Operation Lifesaver Presenter for Nevada.

1993 to 1994


Arkansas Midland Railroad



General Manager


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 reported to him. In addition, he was responsible for all purchasing activities and real estate transactions.

1987 to 1989


Transportation Marketing Services, Inc.





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.

1981 to 1987


Southern Pacific Transportation Company


Marketing Services Department, Intermodal Department, Market Planning Department




In the Marketing Services Dept., he 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., he 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, and promoted to Product Manger, Marketing & Sales - Aggregates and Cement. 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.

1976 to 1981


Western Pacific Railroad


Transportation Department


Staff Director


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. 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. He 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.

Career Accomplishments:

Member of the American Association of Railroads, National Industrial Transportation League and the Transload Distribution Association.

Professional Appointments

Board of Directors for Sierra Northern Railway. He is the financial advisor for Kalthoff, LLC and trustee of the Kalthoff Trust.


Selected to receive Strathmore's Who's Who. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.

Selected to receive the 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. This award recognizes achievements in American Society and Business.

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

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2004 to   Washington State DOT   On Call Rail Operations & Engineering Team   Provides rail operations expertise to this team, working on a variety of rail projects throughout the state. Expert has been involved with rail relocations, vendor evaluations, rail line valuations, traffic development and financial analysis.
2006 to   Southern California Association of Goverments   Inland Port Feasibility Study   He is the rail expertise behind the consultant team, providing rail negotiations with Class 1 carriers and detailed comparative operational scenarios for proposed routes and alternatives.
2004 to   Texas DOT   Rail Infrastructure   His firm is the Rail Consultant for the Cintra Zachry team leading the TTC-35-Trans-Texas Corridor Project. Expert and his firm are involved in rail operations and partnership development for the joint use corridor, including agreement negotiations, traffic development, operational plans and scenarios, and infrastructural design.
2005 to   Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority   Economic Impact to Shippers for Discontinued Rail Service   He has performed extensive rail customer interviews, developed current and projected traffic transportation costs and revenue, competitive analysis between modes and business evaluations.
2011 to   Maine DOT and Surface Transportation Board   Acquisition of MMA Abandonment and STB Filings   He is the consultant providing all analysis and direction for State's acquisition of rail lines from MMA abandonment and STB case.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Escondido Branch Economic Impact Analysis: The NCTD proposed to close the freight operations in the 22-mile corridor between Oceanside and Escondido, CA while the transit line was being constructed for 3 years. He investigated the economic impact to shippers and the BNSF Railway, including extensive interviews and financial analysis. He came up with a solution that allowed freight operations to continue while the transit line was constructed under a multi-use authority, benefiting all parties involved: BNSF, shippers, NCTD, and communities along the corridor.
  • Terminal and Yard Operations Analysis: He conducted physical inspections, developed marketing plans, and financial and economic analyses for major BNSF terminals across the United States: West Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Quad Cities, IA, Fargo, ND, Kansas City, MO, Memphis, TN, Oklahoma City, OK, Omaha, NE, and Dallas, TX. Each operation evaluation has included a site inspection, customer interviews, financials and economics, traffic and operations review, and development of economic analysis to determine asset disposition [3rd party operated portions, contract switchers, short line operators]. Analysis involved working closely with multiple departments within the BNSF organization, making recommendations for restructuring and assisting with implementation.
  • Airport Industrial Park Analysis: Inventory of all roadways, railways, and structures in the 1440 acre industrial park, including inspecting the condition and capacity of each transportation system. The study also included interviews with the largest customers within the park [20-30 customers] to discover issues and concerns, and determine the park's competitive position in the area and regionally. Determined economic impact on the community, including jobs, community revenue, and security issues. Recommendations for improvements to both grow business and improve transportation service based on findings. He worked closely with all government officials, economic development agencies, customers, property owners, and BNSF Railway to coordinate the progress of the study, and completed this project in 7 months instead of the 3 years originally estimated by the RFP.
  • California Inter-Regional Intermodal Shuttle (CIRIS) project: Project objective is to explore the feasibility of creating an Intermodal shuttle train from the Port of Oakland to an inland port in order to reduce congestion at the port, truck traffic on the highways, and promote import/export business from the central valley. He is most heavily involved in exploring possible rail routes and alternatives along the corridor between the two ports, and analyzing the economic feasibility of each operational option, choosing the appropriate rates, and assisting with Class I contacts and possible negotiations.
  • Equipment Planning, Strategic Partnership Development, Rail Analysis and Operations Agreements; The Greater Kelly County Development Authority created this Inland Port from the ground up called Kelly USA in San Antonio Texas to handle the growing demand and opportunities with multi-modal logistics in the central United States and growing trade flowing across the Mexican border. He has assisted the development of the port by assessing the rail and intermodal access, traffic analysis and market development including a competitive analysis, assisting with equipment planning and lease negotiations, negotiating participation with Class I rail carriers, and developing strategic partnerships with shippers and service operators to make the inland port a success.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Venta compra Patio ferroviario en area industrial y estrategica.
  • Expert in railroad car engineering for consulting on business development, market research, strategy.
  • Railway expert in Oklahoma for consulting on rail cars and tracks for coal.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Provided expert witness services for multiple cases including accident, injury, fatality, condemnation, loss of business, labor hearings, transportation cost damages, appraisals and rail evaluations for settlements. He provided documentation, inspections, depositions and testimony.Testified or Deposition

Patent Infringement case. Superior Court of State of California.

Verification of value of rail line for divorce settlement. No Docket # provided to RII.

Verification of value of rail line for divorce settlement. Circuit Court of State of Oregon.

Property and train delay damages-Circuit Court of Chariton County, State of Missouri.

Challenge of rail service and common carrier obligation Emergency Service Order request.

Additional expert witness services that did not end up requiring testimony but included reports, inspections, research or advisory and were settled or are current and deposition/testimony are pending:

Rate case. No Case# (Case settled).

Loss of revenue case.

Switch Injury case. Los Angeles, CA. (Case settled).

Job injury case. (Case settled).

Transportation cost damages case. Supreme Court of the State of New York – County of Queens (Deposition Pending).

Railcar Injury Case. United States District Court – East District of California (Case closed by judge).

Evaluation of assets for divorce settlement. (Case settled).

Warranty Dispute (Deposition pending).

Injury liability case – (Trial Pending).

Challenge of car repair damages. United States District Court; Eastern District (Depositions pending).

Rio Grande and Pacific Railroad national merger case– Verification of traffic data.

Union Pacific and South Orient Express national Class I case – Loss of business case.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Railroad operations expert for consulting on safety of contractors working inside railroad yard (BNSF intermodal).
  • Railroad loading and unloading expert for consulting on The defense of a rice company in connection with a fatality that occurred while the decedent was unloading shrink-wrapped, slip sheeted rice bags that were loaded in Louisiana and shipped by rail to New Jersey.
  • Expert witness in loading railway freight cars for shipment unloading injury case.
  • Expert for consulting on Injury during offloading of slip sheeted 50 lb. rice bags.
  • Railway expert for consulting on damages analysis for/in litigation.
  • Expert in accident cause codes FRA for a rail road accident crossing litigation case.
  • Los Angeles industrial safety expert for consulting on safety glasses in an occupational setting.
  • Expert in railway safety for consulting on electrocution fro SEPTA third rail trolley line.
  • Expert for consulting in litigation involving a rail road car filled with sulfuric acid caused injury.
  • Expert in refurbished locomotives and freight cars for assistance in procurement.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1997 to 1997   Argentina   He was involved in the evaluation for potential purchase of major railroad. Expert traveled to the physical facilities and conducted a plant inspection and assessment. A detailed economic analysis and strategic plan were submitted.
1998 to 1998   Brazil   Ferrovia Paulista, S.A. - Expert performed Due Diligence on privatization of railroad system in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His firm reviewed and consulted on government and railroad documents. He also inspected and assessed physical facilities and equipment. Expert conducted detailed interviews with current and former railroad employees. His firm developed an operations model, market analysis, and strategic plan.
1996 to 1998   Mexico   Expert worked with Transportacion Maritima Mexicana on the privatization and acquisition of National Railways of Mexico. Managed multicultural and multi-disciplinary team in labor, financing, organizational structure, and revenue generation in privatization of railway. His firm also coordinated with the Federal Government on privatization issues, and helped identify U.S. strategic partner for TMM investment.
1998 to 1999   Mexico   Expert assisted National Railways of Mexico with privatization. Assisted Grupo Tribasa'a successful bid to acquire the Sureste Rail Line. Expert led the marketing and lobbying effort to promote Tribasa's team to federal government and organized labor.
2000 to 2000   Costa Rica   U.S. Transportation Department sponsored analysis of privatization of a railway in Costa Rica, including facility and equipment analysis, financial analysis, employee interviews, and marketing analysis of which Expert was on the team.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Chinese   He has staff who is a native speaker of Chinese. She can translate and understand spoken or written Chinese.
Spanish   He has staff who have studied Spanish in college and have intermediate proficiency for spoken and written Spanish.
French   He has staff who has studied French and has an intermediate proficiency for spoken and written French.

Market Research:
Market Analysis is one of his firm's services. He uses qualitative interview techniques to develop target markets. He has analyzed forecasting and traffic to determine demand and competition. His products have included various rail services from car cleaning to transloading, as well as all rail equipment, from locomotives to rail car parts.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Mentor for Business Management at San Francisco University. He has provided numerous training and seminars for safety, operations, STB filings, agreements and transportation industry trends.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

One of his firm's services is third party selection, including RFP development, proposal review, background research on industry reputation and interview process.


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