Board of Directors - X Rail Entertainment, Inc.
Michael Barron - Chairman
Mr. Barron has been a developer of new business enterprises for nearly 30 years. Mr. Barron began his career in 1971 where he was the Senior Planner for the City of Monterrey and was the HUD liaison for the City’s downtown redevelopment project. He master planned the city’s redevelopment of famous Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, and was Secretary of the Architectural Review Committee. Mr. Barron was the founder of Citidata, the first electronic provider of computerized real estate multiple listing service (MLS) information in the nation from 1975 to 1979. Citidata became the nation’s largest provider of electronic real estate information and was sold to Moore Industries in 1979. In June 1979, TRW hired Mr. Barron to develop its real estate information services division (TRW/REIS) that acquired 11 companies in the field and eventually became the world’s largest repository of real estate property information – Experian. Concurrently, Mr. Barron joined Vescor, Inc. of Fullerton California and became its President shortly thereafter. Vescor was a real estate syndication company, which owned 1,736 apartment units in six states. In 1984, he founded Microventure, a software developer of real estate applications for the newly developed IBM PC. Microventure received its Value Added Reseller status as one of the first 10 software applications officially branded for the IBM PC. The product line called “SOLD”, was deployed to all Coldwell Banker, Realty World, and Red Carpet offices as well as several thousand independent Realtor offices. He took Microventure public in 1986. In November 1988, he founded and served as President, until 1992, of Finet Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FNCM), a publicly traded mortgage broker and banking business specializing in e-mortgage financing on site in real estate offices and remote loan origination via the Internet (www.finet.com). The company was publicly traded and maintained a market capitalization of $500 million. From March 1995-1998, Mr. Barron pioneered the first nationwide commercially deployed video conference mortgage financing platform for Intel Corporation which as a licensed mortgage banker and broker in 20 states funded over $1 billion in closed loans. He later went on to serve as CEO for Shearson Home Loans, a $1.3 billion mortgage bank with 237 offices, licensed in 33 states with 1,450 employees. He founded Liberty Capital, a $100 million asset management company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Barron holds a BA degree in Political Science and City & Regional Planning jointly from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Association of Realtors 1995 Product of the Year Award and the 1974 American Institute of Planners Annual Award for historic building preservation. He is an avid railroad enthusiast.
Don Adams - Director
Mr. Adams currently serves as Managing Director of Gaming Sales for the Company. Mr. Adams has spent the last 35 years as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Allstate Ticketing in Las Vegas. Allstate ticketing is the oldest and largest broker of sightseeing tours in Nevada, with over 20 (and growing) locations including the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and McCarran International airport. Mr. Adams and Allstate were pioneers in using the web-based platforms for the industry and in 2005 sold Allstate to Travelocity, Inc. Prior to founding Allstate, Mr. Adams served in executive roles for many Las Vegas gaming companies.
Lou Schillinger - Director
Louis (“Lou”) M. Schillinger, CIC LIC – Director, X Rail Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Schillinger has been a Director of X Rail Entertainment, Inc. since 2015 and is the Founder, President & CEO of United Shortline Insurance Services Inc. (USI). United Shortline has been serving the rail industry with innovative and railroad responsive insurance products for the past 26 years.
Mr. Schillinger has devoted his entire thirty+ professional career to the insurance industry. In 1985, shortly after the deregulation of the U.S. railroad industry, Mr. Schillinger’s agency began to produce unique Railroad Industry Liability and Property coverage’s to the growing Shortline and Regional Railroad Industry throughout North America. He was responsible for developing the policy language, current rating structure, underwriting guide, claims manual, and has reviewed and underwritten both alone and with various consulting underwriters, virtually every shortline and regional railroad in America during the last 25 years. United Shortline Insurance Services, Inc. is the largest Managing General Agency providing insurance to over 30% of the Railroad Industry and is credited with establishing and maintaining the only fully admitted Railroad Liability Program in the country since 1994. In 2001, USI and Marsh, Inc. combined to develop a certified safety program to the ASLRRA and became the first “endorsed” liability insurance product in the ASLRRA’s history. Mr. Schillinger has been awarded the exclusive marketing contract for Class I railroads Railroad Protective Program from Hudson Insurance Company in 2007. Mr. Schillinger has conducted Railroad Liability seminars for agents, legislators, industry groups, and client railroads throughout the country. In addition Mr. Schillinger has had the privilege of presenting a Small Business Curriculum for a portion of the University of Pennsylvania’s 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2005 MBA Programs.
An avid lighthouse historian, Mr Schillinger acquired and begun restoring an offshore lighthouse “Port Austin Reef Light”, located 2.5 miles north of Port Austin in Lake Huron in 1985 and continues this pursuit to this date. Mr. Schillinger is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a BA in Financial Administration and has taken numerous hours of continuing education.
Mr. John D. McPherson - Director
John D. McPherson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Florida East Coast Railway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. McPherson served as Senior Vice President – Operations, and from 1998 to 1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Central Railroad. Prior to joining the Illinois Central Railroad, Mr. McPherson served in various capacities at Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years.From 2012 to 2015, Mr. McPherson served on the board of directors of Las Vegas Railway Express, a start-up passenger railroad that plans to operate between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, From 1997 to 2007, Mr. McPherson served as a member of the board of directors of TTX Company, a railcar provider and freight car management services joint venture of North American railroads.As a result of his extensive career in the rail industry, Mr. McPherson serves as an expert in railroad operations. He is currently a Board member of United Rail Inc. and has network operating responsibility for the shortline freight unit.