TEAM

GILBERT H. LAMPHERE – Chairman

Mr. Lamphere has nearly 40 years of experience as a principal investor and financier in rail industry and other private equity transactions. Mr. Lamphere has headed four private equity firms and has extensive operational experience as a Chairman and/or board member for a wide range of publicly traded and private companies.

Mr. Lamphere is the original financier of Precision Scheduled Railroading and the former Chairman of the Illinois Central Railway, Co-Founder of MidSouth Rail Corporation and former board member of Canadian National Railway (Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Compensation, Investment, and Audit committees), CSX (Operations, Finance, Compensation, and Public Affairs committees), and Florida East Coast Railway. Mr. Lamphere led teams and boards that bought, managed and revolutionized operations at Illinois Central, MidSouth, Canadian National and Florida East Coast, with alumni leading Canadian Pacific, CSX and Southern Pacific, creating gains for investors in excess of $25 billion.

Mr. Lamphere has headed five private equity funds from 1981 – 2018. He served as Chairman and CEO of the Prospect Group, the first ever publicly traded leveraged buyout fund. Mr. Lamphere was a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Fremont Group, a diversified investment company with over $9 billion of assets under management. Mr. Lamphere also co-headed the raising and management of Fremont Partners' $605 million private equity fund. Prior to his private equity firms, Mr. Lamphere was a Vice President in the M&A department at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Mr. Lamphere graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics with Honors and from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar and recipient of the Loeb Rhoades Fellow finance prize.


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RAJ K. GUPTA – President

Mr. Gupta has more than 23 years of experience as an advisor, principal investor, and entrepreneur in private equity funded transactions. Along with Mr. Lamphere, Mr. Gupta has been analyzing investment opportunities in the rail industry for the last 36 months.

In 1999, Mr. Gupta created a device similar to modern day smartphones and was the founder and CEO of YadaYada Inc., the then third largest independent wireless ISP in the U.S. Mr. Gupta has significant private equity and investment banking experience with FlatWorld Capital, CIBC Oppenheimer and JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Gupta graduated from Trinity College with a BS degree in Computer Engineering and Economics.

DAVID DEALY - Founder, Operating Team

Mr. Dealy is a 40-year Class I Railroad veteran. He joined the Santa Fe Railway in 1993 as a Vice President of Transportation and held that position for 14 years through the merger with Burlington Northern where he was a precision railroading colleague of Hunter Harrison’s (who later became CEO of IC, CN, CP, CSX) before becoming Executive V.P. - Transportation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) from 1993-2007. Mr. Dealy began his career with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1976 as a management trainee in St. Louis, MO. Missouri Pacific later merged with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1982. During his 17-year tenure at Union Pacific, he held a variety of Division, Region and Headquarters operating positions including Division Superintendent in Chicago, North Little Rock and Pocatello, and Regional General Manager positions in Houston and Omaha.

In 2009, Mr. Dealy joined Brooks International as a Managing Partner. His formal client base at Brooks International includes Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, and CSX Railroads; he converses and meets regularly with all Class I CEOs and their senior operating and marketing executives. His clients also include a diverse group of senior executives within the chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, trucking, manufacturing, and aerospace industries. Mr. Dealy has a B.A. from Central Methodist College and graduated from the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

HENRY M. CHIDGEY- Founder, Operating Team

Mr. Chidgey is a seasoned railroad executive with more than 42 years of railroad experience. He was President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of RailTex (a publicly traded short line rail company), Senior V.P. and Chief Mechanical Officer of Southern Pacific, and V.P. Chief Mechanical Officer and Chief Safety Officer of Illinois Central. He was also a Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ferro Norte, a major rail transportation company in Brazil, and President of Nova Este RR in Brazil. During his time at Ferro Norte, he commenced operations and constructed a $1 billion, 400 km railroad into the center of Brazil. Mr. Chidgey founded and created Lone Star Locomotive Leasing that served industrial clients with switcher locomotives. He is known worldwide as an expert in processes, procedures and systems, and has strong strategic and analytical skills combined with a reputation of personal integrity. His career encompasses many industries, countries and cultures. Mr. Chidgey’s consulting company has provided highly personalized support to CEOs, owners, and senior executives of companies that were striving to maximize growth and profitability in their enterprises.

Mr. Chidgey's rail career began as a switchman and trainman while attending college. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in Operations Research and Nuclear Engineering at The University of Texas. He attended the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. Chidgey also attended the Institute of Business Economics and Management at the University of Southern California. He is certified by APICS as a CPIM (Certified Production and Inventory Management Professional).

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RON LANE - Founder, Operating Team

Mr. Lane was a lead partner at Fletcher & Sippel, the only specialized rail legal firm in the U.S., following 25 years of Class I railroad experience. Previously, he was V.P. and General Counsel of Illinois Central Corporation where he oversaw all aspects of transformational precision railroading. Before that he held a succession of legal positions at the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and served as its Assistant Vice President Personnel and Labor Relations.

During his 40 years in railroading, Mr. Lane has served as the small railroad representative to the STB's Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council from 1996 to 1999. He has provided a broad range of legal advice to rail-related clients, including commercial and legal strategies and structures to advance railroad objectives. He has provided extensive general counsel services and strategic advice for numerous short line railroads, suppliers, service providers and government agencies. Mr. Lane has litigated commercial and employment disputes in federal courts across the country and has handled proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board, National Mediation Board, Railroad Retirement Board, Federal Railroad Administration, National Railroad Adjustment Board, NLRB, OSHA and Department of Labor. He has experience in legal and business matters in all rail-related settings. Mr. Lane has acted as an arbitrator in railroad disputes; he has negotiated line sale and similar transactions and has reached implementing agreements with national and local rail labor officers.

Mr. Lane graduated from Miami University and received a JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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