Gary O. Marino

Chairman & CEO, Managing Member

Mr. Marino founded International Rail Partners LLC in 2012 to pursue the acquisition and operation of domestic and international railroads, as well as other rail-related support businesses worldwide. Prior to founding IRP, Mr. Marino served as Chairman, President and CEO of Patriot Rail Corp. He founded Patriot Rail in 2005 and directed its growth, including its acquisition of 14 railroads across the United States. In June 2012, Mr. Marino consummated the sale of Patriot to SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners. Prior to founding Patriot, Mr. Marino co-founded RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE:RA) in 1985 and served as its Chairman, President and CEO for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2004. Under his leadership, RailAmerica became the world’s largest short line and regional railroad company. In addition to managing a company with more than 2,800 employees, Mr. Marino directed the merger and acquisition activities of the company and was successful in consummating and integrating 32 acquisitions with a purchase price totaling more than $750 million. Under his direction, RailAmerica acquired 79 railroads in 5 countries and operated more than 15,000 miles of rail lines with assets in excess of $1.2 billion and revenues of more than $500 million. In 2002, he accomplished the listing of RailAmerica stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Earlier in his career Mr. Marino spent more than 15 years in the commercial banking and venture capital finance industries.

A native of New York, he received his BA degree from Colgate University and his MBA from Fordham University. From 1966 through 1969, he served as an officer in the United States Army. In addition, Mr. Marino served on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Railroads and National Railway Equipment Corp.

J.D. Ventrcek


Mr. Ventrcek serves as President of International Rail Partners LLC.  Mr. Ventrcek has 43 years experience in the railroad industry including 24 years with the Union Pacific and its predecessors. He has held various railroad management and senior management positions in Operations and Corporate Development including President and Chief Operating Officer of Weyerhaeuser’s Railroad Division and later, Senior Vice President Corporate Development with Patriot Rail Corp.

Mr. Ventrcek has served as President of the Oklahoma Short Line Association, President of the Arkansas Short Line Association, President of Arkansas Operation Lifesaver, board member of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), board member of the American Railway Development Association (ARDA) and Chairman of the Rail Advisory Committee for the State of Louisiana along with various other non-profit, civic and professional organizations.

Mr. Ventrcek received his degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina. He served with distinction in the 101st Airborned Division in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.

Robert Schellig

Sr. Vice President – General Counsel

Mr. Schellig has over 42 years of transportation industry experience in the regulatory compliance, government relations, acquisitions and divestitures, contract administration, and litigation areas, including 5 years as Vice President-Law at Patriot Rail Corp. For 14 years he was a senior executive in the executive and legal departments of Canadian National Railway. Mr. Schellig served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Lapeer County (Michigan) Prosecutor’s Office. He was also in private practice for several years, specializing in corporate and regulatory law for short line railroads and transportation-related companies. Mr. Schellig received his Juris Doctor degree, with Honors, from Michigan State University (Detroit College of Law) and a B.A. from Albion College in Michigan.