Colo was safe and on time, not to mention under budget.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike joins Colo Railroad Builders from Anacostia Rail Holdings where he worked for almost ten years and served most recently as the President and CEO of the Louisville and Indiana Railroad. He brings tremendous rail and leadership experience to Colo, with over 20 years in the railroad industry, and prior to that, a successful 11-year career in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and decorated war veteran in Operation Desert Storm.
Mike started his career with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad (CNW) as a Trainmaster working in Chicago and the surrounding areas before rising rapidly through the operating ranks after the merger with the UP, serving as Corridor Manager, Terminal Superintendent, and District Director for the Gulf Coast. In 2000, Mike joined CANAC, where he worked as Vice President for U.S. Industrial Operations, overseeing 32 industrial operations in 18 states including metro Houston, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Detroit. Mike moved to Anacostia in 2005 to head the Pacific Harbor Line (PHL), first as the General Superintendent and eventually President. While there, Mike reduced the reportable injury ratio from almost 10% to 0%, almost tripled revenues, and helped PHL go from 665,000 to over 1.6 million cars processed annually. While at PHL, Mike also took on leadership of the Gulf Coast Switching Company (GCSC) with equal success, before finally assuming the role of President of the Louisville and Indiana Railroad (LIRC) in 2012.
Mike’s career has been marked by operational excellence resulting in superior customer satisfaction and outstanding safety results as evidenced by his Railroad winning the “Shortline of the Year” (2009) and the Harriman Award for Safety Excellence (2011). He is a former Director/Treasurer for the California Shortline Assn. and Director for ASLRRA Western Region.
Finally, Mike served as an Officer in the U.S. Army Artillery in the continental U.S., Western Europe, Korea and the Persian Gulf. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his service.
Travis McCormick has 15+ years of railroad construction experience beginning in 1997. Travis has an extensive career in the railroad industry and began his career in railroading as an equipment operator/ laborer, and through a series of promotions, worked his way up to General Manager of Operations at Colo Railroad Builders.
Travis manages an Operations Team that provides services for railroad companies throughout the U.S. and strongly believes that hard work and dedication is what has made him successful.
James (J.J.) Lund, Jr.
James (J.J.) Lund, Jr. has 5+ years of railroad construction experience as an Estimator and Project Management. J.J. recently worked at Railworks as an Estimator and Project Management. J.J. has an extensive background, developing, training and implementing safety and compliance programs.
J.J holds a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Sam Houston State University.
Colo is proud to have J.J. as part of the company and welcomes his experience and expertise.
Director of Marketing and Sales
Rachel Burns grew up in the rail supply industry and her background has been in Sales and Marketing. Rachel brings a unique and valuable skillset to Colo Railroad Builders. Before assuming her role as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Colo, Rachel was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Railroad Signal International. Rachel’s focus is on customer needs first, plus her ability to communicate those needs clearly, is a value added asset and is what our customers have been asking for.
Martin has 20+ years of experience in Financial and Accounting Management and brings extensive financial experience and leadership to Colo Railroad Builders. Martin has worked in an oil and gas and construction industry environment and states he is “always ready for the next challenge.”
Martin is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a MBA in Finance and Accounting from University of St. Thomas and a BBA from Texas State University.
Director of Human Resources
Shirley McCoy joined Colo Railroad Builders as Director of Human Resources in February of 2015. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She has held several positions in the oil and gas industry working in Global HR, Organization Development, Talent Management and Management and Generalist positions.
Shirley holds a BA in Business Management from Texas Southern University and a PHR Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and Human Resources Management Certificate from Rice University.