Chris Aadnesen, Executive Chairman, GREX Board of Directors

Christopher “Chris” Aadnesen

Executive Chairman

Mr. Christopher (Chris) Aadnesen is Executive Chairman of Georgetown Rail Equipment Company. Mr. Aadnesen has had nearly 45 years of both national and international experience in the railroad industry. Prior to assuming his current role at GREX in 2013, Mr. Aadnesen was President and CEO of Alaska Railroad Corporation. He has been on the GREX board since 2002 and served as Chairman since 2007. He was Vice President, National Freight Rail Services for HNTB Corporation, Austin, Texas, from 2007 - 2010. From 2004 to 2007, Chris served as CEO, Managing Director, and the Chairman of Management Board of Estonian Railways, LTD., Tallinn, Estonia. From 1996 – 2000, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM) in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico; and concurrently Acting President for Texas Mexican Railway Company, Laredo, Texas. In 1995, he co-founded a transportation and general business consulting practice in central Texas called The Capital City Group, where he remains as President and Principal. Chris spent nearly 25 years with UPRR finally as Senior AVP-Transportation in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Aadnesen has served or continues to serve on numerous national and international boards including Alaska Sea Life Center, Seward, Alaska; Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, Brussels, Belgium; Association of American Railroads, Washington D.C.; Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club, Georgetown, Texas; Palace Theatre, Georgetown, Texas; Chairman, Planning and Zoning Commission, Georgetown, Texas; Alaska Regional Export Council, Anchorage, Alaska and Loram Holdings, Inc. in Hamel, Minnesota. Furthermore, Mr. Aadnesen holds B.A and M.B.A Degrees from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, and various other professional (PMD and MPE) certifications from the Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, respectively.


John Kinnear, Vice Chairman, GREX Board of Directors

John Kinnear

Vice Chairman

Mr. John Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, March 2, 1936. He graduated from the local high school in 1954 after which he attended the University of Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with concentration in Business Administration. Upon his graduation in 1959, Mr. Kinnear began a 21-year career in the field of Respiratory Care working with medical device manufacturing and worldwide distribution of disposable respiratory medical products. He was a founder of two corporations in that field while also serving as Chairman of the Board of Intec Medical Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. He served on the Board of the American Association for Respiratory Care and was the inventor of several oxygen delivery systems as well as many other inventions that currently remain in use today throughout the globe.

His avocation was politics which lead to his campaign involvement with Ronald Reagan in 1980. Mr. Kinnear joined the political realm of Governor Reagan’s campaign staff and subsequently joined the White House staff as the Associate Director of Presidential Personnel receiving a Top Secret security clearance in 1981. The following year he was assigned as an Assistant to Elizabeth Dole, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In 1988, at the conclusion of the Reagan Administration, Mr. Kinnear retired to concentrate on his increasing support of the United States military men/women and their families. The Fort Worth Airpower Council, the oldest military support organization in the United States was founded by Air Force General Curtis LeMay and local businessman/philanthropist Frank Kent to support the military community at Carswell Air Force Base. As his involvement grew, he eventually became the Chairman of the Council and now serves as the Vice Chairman of the Airpower Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with its roots dating back to 1958. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Georgetown Rail Equipment Company, a Texas corporation, and is currently the Vice Chairman.



Robert Timothy Harris, GREX Vice President Corporate Affairs & Business Management

Robert Timothy “Tim” Harris

Board of Directors

Mr. Tim Harris is the Treasurer of the corporation. He retired in February of 2017 as the Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Business Management of Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. He served as GREX’s Corporate Secretary from 2010 to 2017. Prior to joining GREX in 2001, Mr. Harris spent 30 years in the banking industry, and was the President of the Georgetown Division of Regions Bank, and before that Hartland Bank. Prior to that, Mr. Harris held various positions with Texas American Bank in Austin, from teller to Executive Vice President. Mr. Harris holds a B.A. of Business Administration from Louisiana University, and a Graduate Banking Degree from Southwest Graduate School of Banking at SMU. He served on several local Boards, and has served as Chairman of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Georgetown Partners in Education, and President of the Rotary Club. He was selected “Citizen of the Year” in 2001, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for Economic Development.



Robert Holt, GREX Board of Directors

Robert “Bob” Holt

Board of Directors

Mr. Holt is the President of Holt Associates LLC since 2005, providing executive search and recruiting services to corporate clients. Since 2010 Mr. Holt has been involved in sales recruiting for the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard. From 2007 – 2009 Mr. Holt managed the Americas sales recruiting function for EDS, at the corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas, overseeing the recruitment of senior sales, marketing, and operations delivery executives. During his career with A.T. Kearney, Inc./Electronic Data Systems Corp., 1992 - 2005, he served as V.P. for A.T. Kearney Executive Search, recruiting sales and senior level executives for companies in high tech, financial services and general commercial industries; V.P. Business Development of EDS Global Banking Division and V.P. Sales and Marketing of the Large Financial Institutions Division. Mr. Holt founded Holt, Pearson & Caldwell, an executive search firm with offices in San Francisco and New York. Mr. Holt had served as V.P. Marketing for the Correspondent Banking Division of Citibank in New York. Mr. Holt served on several Boards. Mr. Holt is currently the Chairman of the GREX Compensation Committee.

Mr. Holt holds a BBA, Economics from Texas Tech University where he graduated with Honors. Mr. Holt served as an Officer in the U.S. Army.




Philip Homan, GREX Board of Directors

Philip “Phil” Homan

Board of Directors

Mr. Homan received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Iowa State University. He worked for 6 1/2 years at McGladrey & Pullen, Certified Public Accountants prior to joining Loram. Mr. Homan received his C.P.A. designation in 1988 and held positions of increasing responsibility before leaving public practice.

Mr. Homan joined Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. as Controller in May 1993 and was appointed Business Manager of Europe and then Manager of Business Development. He assumed the position of Director of Marketing in May 2000 before being appointed the Vice President, Marketing in January 2001 and Executive Vice President in October 2007. On April 1, 2008, Mr. Homan was named President & CEO and appointed to the Board of Directors following the retirement of Paul V. Wilson.

Mr. Homan is active in the railroad industry and is a member of American Railway Engineering Maintenance of Way Association. He was elected to the Railway Engineering Maintenance Supply Association Board of Directors in 2006. Mr. Homan was appointed the treasurer in 2007, the Vice President in 2009, and President for 2011.

Mr. Homan serves on the GREX Board of Directors and is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee.


Jeannie Snead, GREX Board of Directors

Jean-Anne “Jeannie” Snead

Board of Directors

Jeannie Snead was elected as Director of Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. in April 2009, to represent the family shareholders. Ms. Snead is a certified speech therapist. During 2009 Ms. Snead worked with the Taylor, Bastrop and Killeen school districts as a contractor. Ms. Snead supported the Williamson County Literacy Council as a volunteer teacher.





Wiggie Shell, GREX Board of Directors

William “Wiggie” Shell

Board of Directors

Mr. Wiggie Shell joined Georgetown Rail Equipment Company (GREX) in 1998 as Director of Mechanical and Safety shortly after the equipment company split from Georgetown Railroad Company. During the twenty-one years he was at the railroad he held various positions, including managing a fleet of over seventeen hundred railcars and supervising the construction of the original DumpTrain and Slot Machine.

Mr. Shell served as Vice President of GREX’s Operations for eight years before he was elected President and CEO of Georgetown Rail Equipment Company in 2009. He currently serves on the GREX Board of Directors.

In December 2015 Wiggie Shell was elected to serve on the NRC Board of Directors. The board of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association works closely with government and business leaders to promote and protect rail contractors and suppliers.

Mr. Shell serves on various boards in his community.