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 M. 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.
SERGIO A. SABATINI
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.
ROBERT Y. 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.
PETER A. TOUESNARD
Chief Commercial Officer
Peter Touesnard serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of OmniTRAX and leads the Growth and Account Management teams at OmniTRAX Inc. Peter holds full responsibility for building relationships with our target customers while meeting our aggressive revenue and growth plans.
Peter has over 30 years of transportation experience with 24 of those years specifically in the railway industry. Prior to joining OmniTRAX in 2013, Peter progressively managed commercial and operating divisions at RailAmerica Inc., where he rose to the position of Vice President of Sales for their US and Canadian railways. Prior to Rail America, Peter worked at J.D. Irving Ltd and RailTex Inc. where he held various management positions at these organizations within the rail, marine and trucking industry. He has consistently demonstrated superior results as a skilled sales and operations executive within the transportation industry.
Peter graduated from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has lived over the years in various parts of the United States and Canada
JOHN G. 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.
GORD W. ANUTOOSHKIN
Chief Operating Officer
Gord Anutooshkin serves as the Chief Operating Officer for OmniTRAX leading strategic Safety, Operational, Engineering, Mechanical functions. He previously held roles of Senior Vice President of Operations, and Regional Vice President of Operations since joining the OmniTRAX organization in 2014.
Prior to OmniTRAX, Anutooshkin spent twenty four years with Canadian Pacific Railway holding roles in Operations and Network Management.
ANDREA S. 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 A. 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.
ROBERT S. RUSSELL
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Commercial Strategy
Rob Russell leads the Marketing and Commercial Strategy functions across all OmniTRAX business lines.
Rob comes to OmniTRAX with nearly 20 years of diverse rail experience, most recently as President of Progressive Rail, a short line holding company with 13 properties across the United States. Prior to joining Progressive Rail, he spent 16 years at Union Pacific Railroad working across the Finance, Operating and Commercial departments. His last position at UP was Assistant Vice President – Network, Economic & Industrial Development.
Prior to Union Pacific, Rob served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps for six years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
SAM E. TERRAL
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Sam Terral serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Development for OmniTRAX. Sam has full responsibility of strategically growing new business accounts for the OmniTRAX organization to maintain growth and expand the company’s portfolio diversification.
Sam has over 28 years of railroad related experience. Prior to joining OmniTRAX in 2014, Sam oversaw commercial responsibilities for Genesee & Wyoming Railroad as the Regional Vice President of Sales based in Dallas, TX. In addition, he has held various senior management roles with other shortline holding companies including RailAmerica and R.J. Corman Railroad Company. Sam has a robust background in corporate account management, rail related services, new business development, negotiations, mergers/acquisitions, supply chain logistics, and growing strong client relationships. Sam attended North Central Texas College. Sam’s career has taken him throughout the United States but he currently calls Kentucky home.
JASON M. 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.