Sexhus Joins Patriot Rail

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Sam Sexhus, President and COO, Patriot Rail Co. LLC

Sam Sexhus, President and COO, Patriot Rail Co. LLC

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Patriot Rail Co. LLC has tapped Sam Sexhus as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Sexhus, a 25-plus-year rail industry veteran, will be responsible for supporting strategic, operational and growth objectives, while leading and optimizing the business development, marketing and operating functions at Patriot Rail. The company runs 13 short lines, a scenic rail excursion train and rail-related services companies across the United States; it finalized its most recent acquisition, the 26-mile Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway (SLGW), in January 2021.

Sexhus served previously as 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 the Transportation organization, including Field and Network Operations, Locomotive Distribution, and Crew Management; and Vice President, Service Design and Performance.

Patriot Rail CEO John E. Fenton

“Patriot Rail is experiencing tremendous growth, and Sam Sexhus’ leadership will enable the company to further solidify our short line railroad footprint in the U.S.,” Patriot Rail CEO John E. Fenton said. “Sam drives execution and outcomes in the rail industry, and we are excited to welcome him to the Patriot team.”

“My vision is to help lead the men and women of the company to continued outstanding results in safety, returns and customer satisfaction,” Sexhus said. “Moreover, I’m excited to be a part of Patriot Rail’s continuing growth story.”

In June 2021, terminal and logistics firm Enstructure entered a definitive agreement to acquire Patriot’s ports division, a deal that would allow Patriot to focus on its core rail business.

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