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.

dennis-marzecDennis D. Marzec
Chief Operating Officer

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.

Alin Campián
Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Campián joined Patriot Rail Company in 2015 as Assistance Vice President Yield Management and was most recently the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Commercial Strategy supporting the commercial organization with all aspects of planning, development, and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives. He will oversee all commercial efforts related to the transportation, services, and ports business units across Patriot Company’s growing business platform. More specifically, his scope of responsibilities will cover the implementation of strategic marketing processes driving new growth and further leveraging strategic organizational capabilities by aligning and refocusing the commercial group.

Mr. Campián has over 15 years of experience and held prior roles in finance, yield management, and business development in the telecom and energy industries, as well as at CSX Transportation and Florida East Coast Railway. He has a Master’s degree in Accounting, an MA in Communication Science, and an MBA in Financial Management from North Carolina State University.


Kasie Murphy
Chief Administrative Officer

Mrs. Murphy is an innovative business leader with experience in service operations, fleet and logistics as well as process reengineering. Her experience is varied from start-ups to billion dollar enterprises. She has led organizational restructuring, process improvement initiatives and strategic change efforts at Fortune 200 companies.  She has held previous leadership positions at Waste Management, MegaPath Corporation and most recently as Senior Vice President, North American Operations at Marsh McClennan Companies.

Kasie is widely recognized as a passionate process improvement leader that implements creative solutions and is known for building high performing teams. She graduated from Colorado State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Humanities. She is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Lean Facilitator.