Meet the Railroad Executives Behind Patriot Rail Company

john-e-fentonJohn E. Fenton
President and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to his current role, Mr. Fenton served as CEO of Metrolink, the nation’s third largest heavy rail commuter rail agency with over 500 route miles in six Southern California counties. Metrolink operates 165-trains in the high density greater Los Angeles area carrying over 40,000 passenger daily. It was during his tenure at Metrolink that Mr. Fenton played a pivotal role in leading the national implementation of the first Positive Train Control (PTC) system mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Mr. Fenton’s other prominent senior leadership roles include President and CEO of OmniTRAX, a private railroad and transportation company with international holdings in short line railroads, terminals, ports and industrial real estate; and various senior level positions for international trucking giant Waste Management Inc., including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Service Design.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Fenton held leadership positions with several Class I railroads, including Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (now BNSF). He started his railroad career in 1982 as a management trainee with Missouri Pacific Railroad and later moved to Union Pacific Railroad after the merger with Missouri Pacific.

In 2013, Mr. Fenton was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to sit on the prestigious “National Freight Advisory Committee” (NFAC) to assist the Secretary in shaping U.S. transportation policy. His other significant board and appointed positions include: Member, Board of Directors Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; METRANS/USC Transportation research board advisory position; State of California Mobility 21, 2010 board member;  the University of Michigan Educational Advisory Board Member; and Grand Trunk Railway Board of Directors.

Mr. Fenton holds a Master of Science in Systems Management (MSSM) from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Transportation Management from Indiana University.   He is also a member of the Association of American Railroad Superintendents and is a military veteran with service in the United States Navy.


Jennifer G. Whitemanjennifer-whiteman
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Whiteman brings over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting with both private and public rail transportation companies, focusing on the areas of financial reporting, strategic planning and budgeting, working capital, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and oversight of information systems and internal audit functions.

Prior to arriving at Patriot Rail, Whiteman held a number of finance and accounting leadership positions at RailAmerica Inc., including Assistant Vice President, Assistant Controller where she was responsible for the management of various finance and accounting functions.  In Whiteman’s most recent position as Vice President, Finance and Accounting for Patriot, she successfully led the corporate centralization of the finance and accounting groups, while simultaneously spearheading a corporate-wide SAP implementation.

Ms. Whiteman graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville with her Masters of Accounting and received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Flagler College. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


dave-eyermannDavid C. Eyermann
Chief Operating Officer, Services

Mr. Eyermann has over 20 years of short line railroad experience. He was previously a member of senior management with Watco Companies, RailAmerica, Inc. and RailTex, Inc. From 2005-2009, he was Senior Vice President/Assistant Chief Operating Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Central Region at Watco Companies, where he was responsible for over 1,600 miles of territory. Prior to that, he was Regional Vice President for RailAmerica’s Lone Star Region. At RailTex, Mr. Eyermann held positions as Regional General Manager & General Manager at several railroads, including the Dallas, Garland & Northeastern Railroad and the New Orleans Lower Coast Railroad.

Mr. Eyermann began his career as an apprentice electrician before transferring into train service where he worked as a Conductor, Engineer, Trainmaster, Superintendent of Operations, Chief Mechanical Officer & Assistant General Manager. Active in many short line railroad associations, Mr. Eyermann founded the Texas Short Line & Regional Railroad Association. He is a graduate of Ranken Technical College in St. Louis.


Dennis Marzecdennis-marzec
Chief Operating Officer, Transportation

From 2010 through 2012, Mr. Marzec served as the Chief Operating Officer with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), the nation’s third largest commuter rail operation based upon directional route miles. In that role, he was responsible for the safe and efficient movement of over 169 passenger and 100-frieight trains each day over the intricate 512-mile network.

In addition to transportation, Mr. Marzec was also responsible for system safety, for the administration of multiple services contracts, for all mechanical, engineering/maintenance of way, signal & train control, train dispatching, capital project expenditures, and railroad operating material inventory/procurement functions and Positive Train Control. During his tenure as COO, Mr. Marzec was able to reduce operating costs by $10M, while reducing injuries and rule violations throughout the network.

Mr. Marzec started his rail career in 1977 with the former Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe in the Chicago Corwith Terminal. It was his success at Santa Fe that led to his recruitment to the Kansas City Southern where his career advancement continued in a number of senior field operating roles. Under his leadership, KCS was awarded the “Harriman Gold,” the highest industry safety award for 3-consectutive years.

With recognition as a leading presence in national rail professional groups, Mr. Marzec has achieved certifications in safety, health, and hearing conservation from Texas A&M University and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Southern University. He has served as an AAR representative and railroad member representative on a number of Federal Railroad Administration rail operating technical groups.



Justin Broyles
Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Broyles joined Patriot Rail in 2014 as Vice President, Business Development and now serves as Chief Commercial Officer.   He brings over 14 years’ experience in the rail transportation industry.  His expertise includes creating and implementing innovative sales and marketing strategies, customer relationship management, and effective sales training.

Previously, Mr. Broyles held a number of business development positions at R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC.  Most recently, Broyles served as Assistant Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In this position, he successfully led the strategic sales efforts for all R. J. Corman companies.

Mr. Broyles received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.