Colo is one of the best outfits in the business.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike joins Colo Railroad Builders from Anacostia Rail Holdings where he worked for almost ten years and where he 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. He shares our dedication to safety and standards, knows our business well from the customer side, brings tremendous industry contacts and connections, and is ready and eager to join us to help lead the next phase of Colo’s growth.
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. At LIRC, helped almost double revenues and negotiated an industry landmark joint facility and joint venture agreement with CSX for system upgrade and maintenance.
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 is veteran having 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. Mike is married to his beautiful wife Natalie and has four daughters and a son.
General Manager, Northern Region
Conrad McMillin has 34 years of railroad construction experience beginning in 1979. He began his career in railroading as a laborer, and through a series of promotions, worked his way up to Vice President of Operations, where he managed up to 120 field employees with Merit Railroad Contractors.
Before assuming his role as Director of Operations for Colo Railroad Builders, Conrad was the Director of Engineering with Hulcher Services.
General Manager, Southern Region
Travis McCormick and has 15+ years of railroad construction experience beginning in 1997. He began his career in railroading as a equipment operator/ laborer, and through a series of promotions, worked his way up to General Manager of Operations at Colo Railroad Builders, where he manages over 50 employees and growing.
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.
Freddy joined Colo Railroad Builders as Controller in August of 2015. Freddy brings over 14 years of accounting and payroll experience from different industries ranging from power systems to construction building. Freddy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Masters in business Administration and Dual Masters in Business Accounting and Finance.
Freddy has worked as a CFO/Controller and has implemented accounting policies and procedures related to internal controls for ensuring accounting compliance. She brings strong financial management, organizational and diverse skills and states she strives in being part of a team in helping to make a company successful.
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.