Executive Team


 

James R. Hertwig
President and Chief Executive Officer
 

James R. Hertwig, a native Pennsylvanian, brings over 40 years of freight transportation experience to his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida East Coast Railway. Prior to joining FECR in July 2010, Jim served for six years as President of CSX Intermodal, Inc. Previous to his association with CSXI, Jim spent nearly nine years as President of Landstar Logistics, a transportation services company and one of the largest truckload carriers in North America.

 

During 1994 and 1995, Jim served as President and CEO of Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation and also as Chairman and CEO of Red Arrow Freight Lines, two large regional LTL carriers. Before that, he spent eight years as President and CEO of Con-Way Intermodal, a multimodal truckload service provider and International NVOCC. Jim also spent 13 years holding key management positions at CF Motor Freight, a nationwide LTL carrier.

 

Jim presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver and recently concluded his third term on the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Association of North America. He was recently appointed to a Technical Peer Review Panel of the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) study of the Panama Canal expansion. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Trucking Association, the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and is FECR’s representative to the Board of Directors for the Association of American Railroads. 

 

Jim and his wife, Debbie, reside in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

John Brenholt
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 

John Brenholt has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Florida East Coast Railway since November 2010, bringing 26 years of experience in the distribution and transportation industries. Prior to joining FECR, Mr. Brenholt was the Executive Vice President and CFO for Schneider National, Inc., a provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He also served as Senior Vice President and CFO for Vistar Corporation and Corporate Express, Inc.

 

Mr. Brenholt previously held finance positions of progressively greater responsibility at Terex Corporation and Deloitte & Touche.

 

Mr. Brenholt received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1986.

Brad Hall
Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
 

Brad Hall has over thirty years of transportation experience and is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

For five years prior to joining FECR in 2016, Brad was Global Vice President of Industrial Mining and Freight for Siemens. While there Brad established a global business unit that focused on building rail infrastructure for the heavy industry and mining industries around the world. Brad was also responsible globally for Siemens PTC business.

Before joining Siemens, Brad served for four years as the head of sales and marketing for American Commercial Lines, one of the largest inland barge companies in the United States.

Prior to that Brad spent 12 years with CSX working in various sales and marketing leadership roles. His focus included sales, marketing, pricing, and customer service. He also spent two years as part of the Conrail acquisition team for network operations. He was responsible for the integration of the Conrail National Customer Service Centers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh into Jacksonville.  

Before joining CSX, Brad served with Conrail for nine years in various sales and marketing positions in both Chicago and Philadelphia.

Brad holds a BS degrees in History and Political Science from Illinois State University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. 

 

Fran Chinnici
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Mechanical & Purchasing
 

Francis (Fran) Chinnici joined FECR in 2013 after a 29 year career with CSX Transportation where he held positions in Operations and Finance.  

 

As an engineering graduate of Penn State University, Fran began his railroad career in 1984 with the Chessie System Railroad as Metallurgical Engineer in the Research and Test Department at Huntington, WV. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Mechanical and Transportation, and served as Vice President Purchasing and Materials in Jacksonville, FL for the 9 years prior to his departure.   

 

As Senior Vice President – Engineering and Mechanical, he is responsible for ensuring service excellence with track, design and construction projects, signaling, locomotives and rolling equipment. He also oversees the Purchasing and Materials team who ensure that this service level is achieved at the lowest total cost of ownership.  

 

In addition to his BS from Penn State, Fran received an MBA from Jacksonville University in 1997.  

Fran served for several years as a Board Member and Chairman of RailMarketplace, Inc., a consortium purchasing organization funded by the Class 1 Railroads. And, in the community, he has been on the Board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, North Florida Chapter since 2004. He served as the Board President from 2008-2013.  

 

Fran has three grown children, Chelsea, Cory and Chad and all currently reside in the North Florida area.


 

Robert Ledoux
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
 

Robert Ledoux is vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Florida East Coast Railway. He has more than 25 years of legal and management experience in corporate law and business and transportation transactions.

 

From 1981 to 1987, he worked as a budget analyst for the Department of the Navy. Mr. Ledoux then served for five years as Corporate Counsel & Secretary for Planning Systems Inc., in McLean, Virginia. He spent the next six years as Senior Attorney and Assistant Secretary for Software AG of North America, Inc. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Ledoux worked as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary with PSINet, Inc.

 

Prior to joining FECR, Mr. Ledoux worked at CSX Transportation for nine years in various legal positions including Assistant General Counsel for public project initiatives, engineering, passenger services, and intermodal.

 

He graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, a JD degree from George Mason University, and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Mr. Ledoux is affiliated with the Virginia State Bar, the Maryland State Bar, the Florida State Bar and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

 

Bob Ledoux makes his home in Ponte Vedra Beach. He has two daughters; both are Virginia Tech graduates.

Adam Bridges

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning

Adam Bridges has twenty-nine years of transportation experience and is currently Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at the FECR reporting to the chairman.

For five years prior to joining FECR in 2014, Adam was Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development and a member of the leadership team at TRAC Intermodal. While there Adam helped transform TRAC from a transportation equipment leasing company into North America’s leading chassis equipment and pool manager serving domestic and international shippers with over 300,000 assets in market.

Before joining TRAC, Adam served for 13 years with CSX working in Intermodal Marketing and CSX Corporate Strategy.  His focus included the 5 year strategic plan that resulted in an $800m public private partnership as well as double tracking and double stacking key network corridors.

Before joining CSX, Adam served with Conrail in Carload (lumber, paper, food, chemical) and Intermodal marketing and new business development positions.

Adam holds a BA and a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Adam is a Six Sigma Green belt and has completed executive development courses in M&A and Strategy at Wharton and MIT.


 

LaTisha J. Thompson
Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations

 

LaTisha J. Thompson has served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for Florida East Coast Railway since June 2015, bringing 20 years of experience in the transportation, retail and IT industries. 

Prior to joining FECR, LaTisha worked for Aerotek, Sears & Roebuck Corporation and most recently was as a member of the HR Leadership team at CSX Transportation, where she served as a strategic business partner to senior management.

LaTisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Troy State University, Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management and Development from Webster University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.

LaTisha resides in Jacksonville with her husband and three sons.

 

 

Melissa Westerman
Vice President and Controller

Melissa “Missy” Westerman is Vice President and Controller for Florida East Coast Railway.  She has over 17 years of experience in accounting and corporate finance. 

Prior to joining FECR, Ms. Westerman worked at CSX Transportation  for 12 years in various roles including Assistant Vice President  Assistant Controller and Assistant Vice President Capital Planning and Enterprise Risk Management.  Before then, Ms. Westerman was with an accounting firm, Arthur Andersen.

She graduated from the University of Florida with both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Missy makes her home in Jacksonville Beach where she resides with her husband and daughter.