Gary O. Marino – Chairman
Mr. Marino joined our board in January 2007, was appointed chairman in January 2008 and also served as our chief executive officer from November 2008 until he stepped down in October 2013. Mr. Marino served as chairman, president and CEO of Patriot Rail Corp. which was traded on the NYSE, an owner and operator of short line and regional railroads, from 2005 until 2012, and formerly held the same positions at RailAmerica, Inc. a company he founded in 1985, until his retirement in 2004. From 1984 until 1993, Mr. Marino served as chairman, president and CEO of Boca Raton Capital Corporation, a publicly owned venture capital investment company. Prior to that he spent more than fifteen years in commercial banking in New York as a senior loan officer and was also president and CEO of two small business investment companies (SBICs), as well as president of a Florida-based commercial bank. Mr. Marino received his B.A. degree from Colgate University and his M.B.A. from Fordham University. From 1966 to 1969, he served as an officer of the United States Army Ordnance Corps. He has also served on the board of directors of the American Association of Railroads. We believe Mr. Marino is well qualified to serve on the board due to his extensive knowledge of the railroad industry as well as his banking experience.