DENVER – OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transporation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, has elected Edmond Harris Chairman of its Board of Directors. Harris, who joined the OmniTRAX board in May 2014, replaces Brad Skinner, who will stay on the board.
“Since becoming a member of the Board of Directors in May of 2014, Ed has drawn on his life-long experiences in the rail industry to help OmniTRAX improve its operating efficiency and processes. His network of industry relationships has also added greatly to the strength of our board,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.
Skinner, who has guided the Board since 2012, worked to expand OmniTRAX’s scope and service offering. He also helped ownership select management team members, recruit Board members and make acquisitions that created new opportunities for the company.
“Brad has been a great leader during a phase of both rapid growth and economic uncertainty. The Board thanks him for his service and looks forward to working with him closely in the future,” said Pat Broe, CEO and Founder of The Broe Group, and a member of the OmniTRAX Board.
Harris added; “Brad helped bring a great leadership team to OmniTRAX and the company now has excellent prospects. I look forward to working with Brad and the other board members to help guide the company through its next phase of profitable growth.”
From 2010-2011, Harris was Executive Vice-President Operations & Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Pacific. He previously held several top management positions at Canadian National, including Executive Vice-President, Operations, and worked his way up from Yard Clerk to Vice President, Operations at Illinois Central Railway. He continues to work as an independent consultant for the rail industry, and is a member of the Board of Directors at Universal Rail Services, a track construction and maintenance company. Harris earned his B.S. in Business Management from University of Illinois and served in the US Marine Corps.
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About OmniTRAX, Inc.
As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX’s core capabilities range from providing management services to railroad and port services and to intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. More information is available at www.omnitrax.com.
About The Broe Group
The Broe Group, based in Denver, Colorado, is a diversified privately-owned enterprise with a multi-billion dollar asset base. The Broe Group and its affiliates employ more than 1,000 people directly and provide employment for countless others through its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. The Broe Group and its affiliates own and/or manage commercial real estate and other businesses across North America. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is a leading transportation services firm with railroad, port and terminal operations, and is the 2nd largest operator of short-line railroads in the U.S. Its energy affiliate, Great Western Oil & Gas Company, is a top 10 driller in Colorado and among the top 100 drillers in the U.S. The Broe Group has multiple other investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, see www.broe.com.