Patriot Rail Co. LLC, based in Jacksonville, Fla., has named Sam Sexhus as president and chief operating officer.
Sexhus, a veteran of the rail industry for over 25 years, will be responsible for supporting strategic, operational and growth objectives, while leading and optimizing the business development, marketing and operations functions at Patriot Rail. The company operates 13 branch lines, a scenic rail excursion train, and rail-related service companies across the United States; it completed its most recent acquisition, the 26-mile Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway (SLGW), in January 2021.
Sexhus was previously vice president of strategy and technology at BNSF. Also at the Class I Railroad, he held the positions of Vice President, Transportation, where he oversaw transportation organization, including field and network operations, locomotive dispatch, and freight management. crews; and Vice President, Service Design and Performance.
“Patriot Rail is experiencing phenomenal growth, and Sam Sexhus’ leadership will allow the company to further solidify our shortline rail footprint in the United States,” said Patriot Rail CEO John E. Fenton. . “Sam is the engine of execution and results in the rail industry, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Patriot team.”
“My vision is to help the men and women of the business achieve continued exceptional results in safety, returns and customer satisfaction,” Sexhus said. “Furthermore, I am thrilled to be part of Patriot Rail’s continued growth story.”
In June 2021, terminals and logistics company Enstructure entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Patriot’s port division, a deal that would allow Patriot to focus on its core rail business.