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.