Formed in 2014, The Central Maine & Quebec Railway offers customers the safest and most efficient method of freight transportation between Montreal and the Atlantic coast of Maine. Our primary cargoes include forest products, construction materials, chemicals, grain and energy products. Under the leadership of John Giles, who has over 45 years of experience in the industry at CSX and then as CEO of RailAmerica, we are striving to be a leader in the short line industry.
John Giles CEO
Ryan Ratledge COO
Harold Tynes CFO
Gaynor Ryan CAO
Jay Lander CCO
John Giles has an extensive record of out-performance over his 45 years of service in the railroad industry. Working his way up through the ranks, John began his career as a fireman and locomotive engineer at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, before obtaining a BA in business administration from Marian College in 1972 and an MSBA from Indiana University in 1980. In 1999, after a successful career at CSX and its predecessor companies, John began working with private equity firms to acquire and transform underperforming railroad companies.
From 2007-2012, John served as CEO of RailAmerica, which owned and operated 45 short line railroads in the United States and Canada. At RailAmerica, John had great success in transforming the company's record on safety, profitability and customer service. Over the last 14 years, John's partners have included Blackstone Capital Partners, Fortress Investment Group, and others.
As COO of the CMQR, Ryan Ratledge is responsible for the transportation, engineering and mechanical groups. Ryan began his railroad career in 1994 with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corp. Beginning as a switchman, Ryan quickly rose through the ranks and last served as the Terminal Superintendent in San Bernardino, CA. Ryan joined RailAmerica as general manager of the Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad in September 2007.
In March of 2008, he was promoted to general manager of the Indiana and Ohio Railway (IORY) in Cincinnati, OH, tasked with turning around a railroad that had consistently underperformed in terms of customer service, safety and efficiency. Having accomplished that task in early 2011, Ryan was asked to lead the entire Midwest Region as a Vice President. The Region included not just the IORY, but 8 additional railroads. Under Ryan's leadership, the Region delivered year over year reductions in the total number of FRA reportable injuries, total number of FRA reportable derailments, and human factor incidents. He also led the region in year over year improvements in customer satisfaction, growth, and operating income.
Harold Tynes is a strategic executive with more than 30 years of extensive management and financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, and transportation. Grounded in GE’s intensive financial culture with deep private equity experience including Blackstone, the Riverside Company, AEA Investments and Fortress Investments, Harold has been part of extensive corporate renewal, turnarounds, and M&A.
From 2007 through 2013, Harold was part of the senior leadership team of RailAmerica. In both financial and operational roles, his efforts contributed to the turnaround at RailAmerica where operating income increased by 17.3% CAGR and the operating ratio improved 12.1 pts. He was Controller during the company’s public debt offering and IPO, raising over $1.1 billion. Serving as Treasurer, he was the finance lead on acquisition due diligence. Harold was on point for transactions including Atlas Railroad Construction and several short line railroads. He later led Atlas Railroad Construction as President through significant growth. RailAmerica was sold by Fortress Investments in 2012 to Genesee & Wyoming.
In 1999, Harold was recruited by a division of Precision Castparts Corp. to become Vice President of Finance. The company made significant progress during that time in moving to lower cost manufacturing locations. Harold was instrumental in setting up JV’s in Poland and India as part of that strategy.
In 2002, Harold became Controller of Great Lakes Transportation. Owner of 3 short railroads and a fleet of ore carriers on the Great Lakes, Great Lakes was a private equity investment of the Blackstone Group. A new general ledger and revenue accounting system was installed during that time. Also, a operating metrics and review process was installed that drove productivity and earnings. After progressing through a rigorous auction process, the company was sold to the Canadian National Railway.
Receiving additional private equity experience, Harold was CFO of QualServ Corporation (The Riverside Company), a food service equipment distributor and manufacturer; EDG/SW Holdings (Goense Bounds and Partners), a furniture and fashion lighting manufacturer and importer and Swanson Industries (AEA Investors), a global manufacturer of industrial hydraulics.
Harold earned his MBA at Mercer University and is a graduate of Troy University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is also an honors graduate from GE's prestigious Financial Management and Leadership Development programs. Ongoing education includes “ Merger Week” at Northwestern University and certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Gaynor Ryan has worked in the rail industry since 1994 when she joined the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad as a Customer Service Representative. Over the course of her career in the railroad industry, Gaynor has advanced into positions in the Marketing, Information Technology, and Human Resources departments. Prior to joining the Central Maine & Quebec Railway, Gaynor was Vice President of Human Resources with the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. At CMQR she is responsible for employee compensation and benefits, labor relations, human resources, and administration. Gaynor attended Husson University and holds an Associate's Degree in Business.
Jay Lander joins the Central Maine & Quebec Railway as its Chief Commercial Officer. Most recently, Jay was Vice President of Pricing for RailAmerica. He earlier served as President and CEO of GPS Global Services, an international consulting group specializing in process improvement and corporate turnarounds. Jay began his career at CSXT and held numerous operating and commercial positions over a span of 25 years. His last assignment at CSXT was as Assistant Vice President, Chemical Marketing.
Jay holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management from West Virginia University and received an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He has completed extensive postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and the University of Florida. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business school graduates.
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