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RailUSA Executives

Gary O. Marino

Chairman & CEO

Mr. Marino founded International Rail Partners and RailUSA to pursue the acquisition and operation of domestic and international railroads. Mr. Marino previously founded Patriot Rail Corp. and served as Chairman, President and CEO. Prior to Patriot Rail, Mr. Marino founded RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE:RRA) in 1985, serving as its Chairman, President and CEO for 20 years. Both companies were sold at large premiums to private equity and infrastructure funds

Bennett Marks


Mr. Marks serves as the EVP and CFO of IRP. Mr. Marks is a CPA with 48 years of experience including 10 years as a partner with KPMG. Prior to his affiliation with IRP, Mr. Marks served as EVP and CFO of Patriot Rail Corp. and RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE:RRA). Mr. Marks has 17 years of experience in the railroad industry

JD Ventrcek


Mr. Ventrcek has 43 years of experience in the railroad industry, including 24 years with the Union Pacific and its predecessors. He has held various railroad management and senior management positions including President of Weyerhaeuser Rail and Senior VP at Patriot Rail

Joe Bencivenga

EVP – Finance & Strategy

Mr. Bencivenga serves as EVP – Finance & Strategy of RailUSA and Senior V.P. of Finance for IRP. He brings a 35 year background in leverage financing, mergers & acquisitions, global capital markets and restructuring. He possess extensive real-world experience in corporate governance, management, start-ups, and operational challenges through numerous board appointments in a wide spectrum of industries. Mr. Bencivenga held senior positions at Drexel Burnham, Salomon Brothers, and Lehman Brothers. He first worked with this management team when he was at Barclays Capital and helped them raise $100 million. He has been raising capital for Short Line railroads since 2000.

Robert Schellig

Senior V.P. General Counsel

Mr. Schellig is a lawyer with over 42 years of transportation industry experience in the regulatory compliance, government relations, acquisitions and divestitures, contract administration, and litigation areas, including 14 years as a senior executive at Canadian National and 5 years as Vice President of Law at Patriot Rail Corp. Previously, he was in private practice specializing in corporate and regulatory law for Short Line railroads and transportation-related companies.

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