Management Team

Our Key Staff

The RailPros Field Services management team includes many former railroad employees with specialized expertise and an astute understanding of the way railroads operate. All members of the management team have vast experience guiding various projects from concept and engineering to construction and operation. Each team member is skilled and knowledgeable in managing, designing, and constructing projects while under active railroad traffic; thus, making sure there is minimal disruption of rail service. RailPros Field Services is proud to have outstanding railroad talent with proven client service records and comprehensive industry expertise.

The RailPros Field Services Management Team includes the following professionals:

  • Johnny Johnson, PE

    Executive Chairman

    Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of project experience in freight, port, and passenger...

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    Johnny Johnson, PE
    Executive Chairman

    Mr. Johnny Johnson has almost 40 years of project experience in freight, port, and passenger railroad planning, engineering, construction, and maintenance. He has held numerous senior-level management positions with freight and passenger railroads and railroad consulting firms. Johnny has managed a wide range of planning and design projects, including track design, track upgrades, capacity improvements, and planning studies. His clients include:

    – Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)

    – Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)

    – Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

    – Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA)

    – North County Transit District (NCTD) Amtrak

    – Port of Long Beach

    Johnny is affiliated with private and public railroad organizations throughout the U.S. and actively participates in railroad engineering associations. He is an experienced track designer with a singular understanding of railroad operations, track construction and maintenance, and intermodal terminal issues.

  • Ken Koff

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Koff has over 30 years of railroad experience with both Class I and regional...

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    Ken Koff
    Chief Executive Officer

    Kendall (Ken) Koff  is the RPFS’ Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years of railroad experience, including extensive railroad management experience with both Class I and regional railroads. He is an expert in railroad engineering, having led hundreds of projects involving bridges, yards, tunnels, and other facilities. Additionally, he has experience directing company operations having served in a variety of senior operating roles. He most recently worked with Omnitrax as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Capital Projects.

    Ken is focused on managing our existing operations and will support the ongoing expansion into several market sectors.

  • Eric Hankinson, PE

    Vice President

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    Eric Hankinson, PE
    Vice President

    Mr. Eric Hankinson has 24 years of railroad, structural, and civil engineering experience, including the design, construction, and project management of a wide range of transportation projects including track construction, bridges, grade crossings, grade separations, drainage projects, stations, and other railroad facilities. Eric, has dealt extensively with project stakeholders, resource agencies, and host railroads in the planning, design, and construction of various rail projects. He has provided engineering services for such clients as:

    – Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)

    – Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)

    – Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA)

    – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO)

    – North County Transit District (NCTD)

    – Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

    – Amtrak

  • Stuart Hall

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Stuart Hall
    Chief Financial Officer

    Stuart is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of executive-level experience in financial, operations, and administrative management in the manufacturing, distribution, contract research, and professional services industries.  Most recently, Stuart served as Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer for Haag Engineering Co., a highly respected forensic engineering and technical consultancy firm serving insurance companies, law firms, and major corporations.

    Stuart brings a wide range of experience and education to the financial operations of RailPros. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research. Stuart is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant.

    Stuart brings the expertise and track record of a successful CFO, along with the hands-on business experience of a seasoned Operations Executive, said Johnny Johnson, president of RPFS. This strong combination of skills and experience will be an important addition to the RailPros Executive Management Team.

  • Jason Barton

    Assistant Vice President - Sales & Strategy

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    Jason Barton
    Assistant Vice President - Sales & Strategy

    Mr. Jason Barton serves as Assistant Vice President- Sales & Strategy and brings over 24 years of various engineering experience. Jason’s extensive rail experience includes Construction Management, Project Controls, Utility Coordination, and Railway Systems Engineering contracts to the BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, various short-line railroads in Texas as well as Houston Metro.  At RailPros Field Services,  Jason will be working closely with RPFS management team to develop and implement strategies that quickly identify opportunities for pursuits, staffing projects, as well as encourage cross-selling that will ultimately bring new opportunities to further our ongoing expansion into several market sectors.

  • Kyle Hawthorn

    Vice President - RWIC Operations

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    Kyle Hawthorn
    Vice President - RWIC Operations

    For more than 10 years, Mr. Kyle Hawthorn has served in the railroad industry. He has worked extensively with such railroads as the Kansas City Southern, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Metrolink. He possesses an in-depth understanding of railroad construction and job site protocol, and is an expert in railroad safety and operations.

  • Jim Marshall

    Director - Field Services

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    Jim Marshall
    Director - Field Services

    Jim’s unique qualifications come directly from a 30 year career working for Union Pacific Railroad. Through effective management of projects and relationships he has built throughout his career, Jim has continuously delivered successful projects. Jim has a range of skills which include negotiating agreements, understanding railroad operations and railroad processes, freight and commuter interaction, track design, public crossing design, Class 1 engineering standards, UPRR passenger station standards, crossing closures, litigation, and quiet zones. Jim’s experience gives him the knowledge to keep projects on track and moving forward.

  • Jennifer Kazner

    Business Operations Manager

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    Jennifer Kazner
    Business Operations Manager

    Ms. Jennifer Kazner joined the team in 2011 and currently manages the daily field operations for RailPros Field Services. She makes sure client’s project staff needs are met and that field staff have the tools they need for each project. Jennifer works with project managers to address any issues that may arise. Her management background and strong organizational skills keep RPFS moving forward.

 
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