Leadership: The Engine of Our Company

We work hard at every level to get the right person in the right position. And our Leadership team is no exception. OmniTRAX’s growth in such a short period of time proves that we’re on the right track.

Dean Piacente


Chief Executive Officer

Dean Piacente serves as the Chief Executive Officer for OmniTRAX, Inc., one of North America’s largest privately held transportation services companies.  As CEO, Dean oversees the daily operations of the company’s Short Line Railroads, Terminal Services, Transload Services, and Industrial Development / Real Estate Services. 

One of the industry’s most respected rail executives, Dean amassed a diverse thirty-two-year career with CSX Corporation, a multibillion-dollar Class I Railroad Company.  Piacente’s deep commercial, terminal operating, and finance experience is derived from multiple assignments and senior leadership roles including CSX Vice President Sales & Marketing, Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis, and President of CSX’s bulk transloading business TRANSFLO.  Dean’s industry service also includes board of director appointments to various transportation associations. 

A New York native and Florida State University graduate, Piacente holds executive education credentials from Harvard Business School and Columbia University.  

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President and Chief Operating Officer

Sergio Sabatini brings 25 years of freight rail experience both in the Class 1 and short line space. Sergio is currently the President for OmniTRAX. Prior to being President, Sergio was the Chief Operating Officer for 6 years.

Prior to joining OmniTRAX’s Leadership team in 2013, Sergio served in several capacities with Canadian Pacific Railway over the course of eighteen years. These roles included the management of road and yard terminals in Field Operations, direct management, and oversight of all aspects of Safety, Risk Management and Hazardous Materials, as well as coordinating the company’s development and implementation of the strategic plan.

Sergio earned his M.B.A. from Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science and a technical diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Rob Walker


Chief Financial Officer

Robert Walker has joined OmniTRAX as its Chief Financial Officer.  Before coming to OmniTRAX, Walker served as Chief Operating and Financial Officer at The Madison Companies and affiliates.  While at The Madison Companies, his responsibilities included the oversight of accounting, finance, tax, financial planning, treasury, human resources and IT functions. Prior to joining The Madison Companies, he served as Executive Vice President and CFO of property operations and redevelopment at Apartment Investment and Management Company, a publicly traded REIT, and as Senior Vice President and CFO for Miller Global Properties, a private equity real estate fund manager.

Walker started his career in audit and advisory services at Ernst & Young and served as Global Controller for GE Capital Real Estate. He is a CPA and earned an MBA from the University of North Texas and a BA in Accounting from the University of Texas.

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Chief Commercial Officer

Ryan Higgins serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for OmniTRAX, a role in which he will be responsible for all aspects of customer relationships and growth for the company.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Ryan joins OmniTRAX from CSX Transportation, where he held multiple positions in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Operations in several locations across the network.  He most recently served as Senior Director of Merchandise Sales, with responsibility for a $3 billion portfolio, including Agriculture, Food, Fertilizer, Ethanol, Metals, Military and Machinery.    

Prior to joining CSX, Ryan spent seven years as a transportation industry consultant and analyst in Washington, DC, advising transportation agencies, rail shippers and carriers across North America with respect to a variety of strategic, commercial, operational, financial and institutional issues.

Ryan has an MBA in Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA in Political Science from DePauw University.  He also holds the Certified in Transportation & Logistics (CTL) designation from the Association of Supply Chain Management.


John Spiegleman


Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

John Spiegleman serves as OmniTRAX’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel and oversees the company’s risk and government affairs departments.  John’s over 25 years of experience in law, real estate and M&A aligns with our strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining OmniTRAX, John served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE:DCT) from 2011 to 2018.  DCT was a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in the acquisition, ownership and development of warehouses throughout the United States.  He concluded his career at DCT by orchestrating the merger of the company into Prologis, Inc.  Mr. Spiegleman previously served as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) (NYSE:AIV) from 2006 to 2011. Aimco is a public REIT specializing in the ownership, management, development and redevelopment of multi-family assets. While at Aimco Mr. Spiegleman was responsible for managing the legal aspects of all company transactions.  Before joining Aimco, Mr. Spiegleman was Senior Vice President of Miller Global Properties from 1999 to 2006.  Miller Global Properties, a privately held company, is an owner, developer and operator of office and hotel properties in the United States and abroad.  While at Miller Global, Mr. Spiegleman served in both legal and business roles.

John, a Denver native, received his BA in economics from Denison University and his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Andi Malter


Chief Human Resources Officer

Andrea Malter serves as the Chief Human Resource Officer for OmniTRAX Inc.

Prior to joining OmniTRAX, Andrea spent two years consulting for OmniTRAX re-engineering business processes.  Prior to her affiliation with OmniTRAX, Andrea served as CFO for the Jesse White Foundation, a non-for profit in Illinois.  Andrea was also a VP of Finance for Robertshaw, Inc. a leading global design, engineering and manufacturing company in the white goods industry.  Prior to her time at Robertshaw, she held numerous positions in Finance across several industries/companies including: Invensys Controls a UK technology company, Continental AG, and Motorola Inc.

Andrea holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.  In addition, Andrea holds the designations of CPA, CMA, CGMA, and SHRM-CP.

Andrea grew up and spent most of her life in Chicago but has lived in Tianjin, China, worked for a year in Mexico and has residences in both Denver and Chicago.  Andrea enjoys traveling and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Scott Brinner


Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Brinner serves as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for OmniTRAX. Scott’s mission is to identify, develop and execute opportunities to create, grow and continually enhance valuable enterprise-wide strategic relationships with the customers and other partners of OmniTRAX, and to identify and pursue new investment and acquisition opportunities that will result in continued growth and expansion of OmniTRAX’s vision of being a leading edge supply chain services provider.

Prior to joining OmniTRAX, Mr. Brinner spent thirteen years as an investment banker, working for A.G. Edwards, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and most recently, Raymond James. As an investment banker, Scott covered the transportation industry, including Class I rail, Shortline rail, trucking, logistics, shipping and several other related subsectors. Over that time period, he advised companies on acquisitions, executed numerous company sale assignments, and completed many public and private equity and debt offerings. Prior to being an investment banker, Mr. Brinner spent time working for Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Brinner holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a M.A.C.C. and B.A. from Miami University. In addition, Mr. Brinner formerly held both the CFA and CPA designations. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and three kids and enjoys fitness, skiing, golf, ice hockey, reading and traveling.

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Jeff C. Goutcher

Senior Vice President, Sales

Jeff Goutcher is joined OmniTRAX as Senior Vice President of Sales and reports to our Chief Commercial Officer.

Jeff joins us from Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC (FGA) where he was the Director of Marketing & Sales.

Prior to working at FGA, Jeff worked at CSX Corporation for 22 years.  Jeff’s most recent title at CSX Transportation was Director of Utility Coal. Prior to this role, he led a team of Business Managers responsible for the Chemical and Petroleum market as Director of Sales.

Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas Arlington and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wartburg College.

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Brian C. Ward

Senior Vice President, Marketing Development & Transload

Brian joined OmniTRAX in March of 2021 as President for Winchester & Western Railroad.

To OmniTRAX, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to our organization with his vast experience in the Railroad Industry. Prior to joining OmniTRAX, Brian was the Principal Consultant at Ward Rail & Transload Consulting where he advised clients in areas of transportation economics, negotiations, and project management. Brian worked closely with clients that included import/export terminals, multi-modal logistics companies, freight railroads, and investors. Prior to working at Ward Rail & Transload, Brian was Chief Executive Officer at Arrow Holdings, LLC (a bulk material rail transloading organization) and Handson Jacksonville, Inc., President at TRANSFLO Terminal Services (CSX’s bulk material rail transloading organization), and Director of Sales & Marketing at CSX Transportation.

Brian has a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University.


Nathan Brown

Nathan R. Brown

Nathan serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy for OmniTRAX. Nathan is directly responsible for developing and executing all strategic growth across the organization. In addition, he is responsible for Research & Analysis across the Broe Group, Railroad Real Estate, and Project Management.

Nathan has a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Gonzaga University.


Jason Berryhill


Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Jason Berryhill is responsible for supporting OmniTRAX’s customers, operations and employees through technology and is leading our ongoing digital transformation.

Prior to joining OmniTRAX, Jason served in a number of executive leadership positions including: Chief Information Officer at ICWG, a retailer with over 900 properties across 15 countries; Vice President of IT at multi-national manufacturing company CSG, where he drove the technology strategy and integrations through numerous acquisitions; Re-built the IT organization at Maxwell Technologies, a public green-energy manufacturer purchased by Tesla; and head of IT for the Americas/Pacific region at Zeiss.

Earlier in his career, Jason served seven years at Whirlpool, where he headed the global SAP systems group and launched their Enterprise Architecture practice. Jason began his career at an e-commerce start-up launched by SAP and Intel.  Jason received his B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Chico.



OmniTRAX is continually expanding our reach, allowing our customers to take advantage of our door-to-door shipping services.  We combine the superior fuel efficiency of rail with the ease of trucking and the global reach of overseas shipping through our international deep-water ports.


With the ability to track your freight using our online shipping portal, you’ll not only receive real-time email alerts updating you on the status of your shipments, you’ll also receive peace of mind, knowing that we’re handling all of the red tape and complicated logistics normally associated with the other rail providers.

Cost Savings

When shipping as little as 500 miles, you can save money by using the most cost-effective shipping method around.  Because of the efficient use of fuel, rail is hands-down the least expensive way to get your freight from here to there.