From local businessmen to national experts, RGP Transit’s executive leadership team brings decades of knowledge and experience to the table
Chief Executive Officer
Richard “Rick” Bertel is the CEO of RGP Transit Group and Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (RGPC). While at Rio Grande Pacific, Rick has been active in the development and preparation of a wide variety of feasibility studies and economic and financial analysis for the rehabilitation, abandonment, acquisition and start-up of short line and regional railroad projects throughout the United States and abroad. He has also been responsible for the generation of engineering proposals and appraisals, cost/benefit analysis, budget estimates and bid documents for projects with Federal and State Funding participation. Prior to founding RGPC in 1986, Bertel helped co-found Trax Engineering & Associates, Inc., and served as president and chief operating officer for a regional railroad track rehabilitation and construction firm operating in Texas, Oklahoma, and the southwestern United States. In addition, he has been involved in shortline and regional start-ups, turnarounds, and transition management for both public and private railroad owners. Rick holds an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Robert L. Bach
Prior to joining RGP as president in 2011, Bob spent 30 years as an attorney at Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, now Felhaber Larson, a Minneapolis-based law firm. While at Felhaber Larson, he developed an extensive expertise in the legal and business issues confronting shortline railroads, including the Rio Grande Pacific family of railroads. This history in the rail industry provided him with a broad understanding of the role of shortline railroads in commerce, and the related advantages this industry provides to its customers. In applying his years of experience, he is helping lead RGPC to fulfill the needs of its customers, to develop opportunities and to meet challenges the company experiences in the marketplace. Bob, a U.S. Army veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and earned his J.D. at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Chris A. Bertel
Vice President, Finance
As Vice President of Finance, Chris focuses on financial planning and forecasting, examining short term and long term liquidity needs, analyzing potential target acquisitions or new business ventures, collaborating with marketing and sales and business development on pricing strategies for new business, assisting in capital planning and development, and reviewing capital markets and economic trends. Chris’s experience in the rail business has helped him collaborate with the managers to identify and communicate business trends, develop/measure key metrics and other analytics to monitor the business, and track progress against short-term and long-term objectives of the company. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from the University of North Texas.
Jason S. Brown
Chief Technical Officer
Jason S. Brown joined Rio Grande Pacific Corporation in 2010. As chief technical officer, Jason oversees technology use and deployment for RGPC and its subsidiaries, including RGP Transit, sets department objectives and strategies, implements suitable technology to streamline internal operations, and spearheads infrastructure upgrades. In addition to virtualizing RGPC’s data center and server farms, he has also modernized the phone system with hosted VoIP system, installed wayside IP cameras for enhanced railroad operations visibility, and developed custom dashboard interface for third party dispatching services. Prior to RGPC, Jason spent 11 years a consultant for Dallas-based IT Partners. During his tenure, he advised multiple clients, including Fortune 500 companies, on a variety of technology and network challenges, such as modernizing data centers, enhancing telecommunication systems, and improving help desk services.