Brought to you by All Aboard Florida, Brightline is the new benchmark for train travel in America. All Aboard Florida is part of Florida East Coast Industries, the parent company of successful operations in real estate, transportation and infrastructure.

 

As the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States, Brightline is here to connect you with the people, places and new experiences that South Florida has to offer. We provide express service connecting you to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach—with planned future service to Orlando. We’ve blended premium train travel and hospitality to make your ride an experience like no other.

 

We look forward to seeing you on board.

We’re Built by the Best

Our Leadership

Patrick is responsible for all aspects of Brightline’s current operating passenger rail system and future expansion efforts across the U.S.

 

Prior to joining Brightline, Patrick was the president and chief operating officer for Trust Hospitality, an international owner, developer and operator of boutique and luxury hotels, many of which have been entrepreneurial and start-up ventures successfully launched in South Florida. Patrick grew this portfolio from 10 to 40 hotels over six years.

 

Prior to that, he was the president and managing director of Ocean Blue Hospitality, a consultancy firm that specialized in hotel openings and sales, marketing and revenue management for independent hotels. While there, he successfully repositioned and managed many iconic South Florida hospitality venues including the Clevelander Hotel & Bar, the Raleigh Hotel, the Savoy Hotel and the Grand Beach Hotel.

 

Patrick also held management positions with Rosewood Hotels, Loews Hotels in the United States and the Caribbean as well as Hilton Hotels, Jurys Hotels and other independent hotels and restaurants in Europe.

 

Born and educated in Ireland, Patrick has a degree in hospitality management granted by Trinity College Dublin. He lives in Miami with his wife and two boys.

Ravneet is responsible for all of Brightline’s revenue generation and consumer-facing endeavors, including marketing, revenue management, sales, business development and strategic partnerships. He is a leading expert and pioneer in strategic revenue growth and optimization with more than two decades of experience in hospitality, gaming and travel technology, including delivering more than $1 billion in holistic revenue gains over the course of his career.

 

Prior to joining Brightline, he was the CEO and co-founder of LodgIQ, a technology startup that developed revenue management software implemented by more than 500 hotels, and the Chief Commercial Officer at Nor1, which provides machine-learning based merchandizing software implemented at nearly 8,000 hotels. He was also the first-ever head of revenue management for Hyatt International, and subsequently for Caesars Entertainment. Ravneet is credited with creating and leading the integrated discipline of revenue strategy, marketing and technology for Trump Entertainment Resorts. He also served as an executive consultant for Starwood Capital Group, where he advised and managed various aspects of business strategy and portfolio optimization for Louvre Hotels.

 

Ravneet has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India, and earned his dual MBA in Marketing and Finance from ESSEC Business School in France.

Mike is resposible for all passenger rail and real estate development across the U.S. Mike will lead the Phase 2 expansion between West Palm Beach and Orlando and the potential Phase 3 expansion to Tampa. He will also oversee Brightline’s expansion into other markets across the country and transit oriented development opportunities.

 

Prior to joining Brightline, Mike served as senior vice president and head of Americas development for Caesars Entertainment. During his nearly 10-year tenure at Caesars, Mike developed more than 2.7 million square feet over six completed projects representing $2 billion in invested capital, including the LINQ Promenade, the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel and the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace. Mike also led a 90-acre masterplan in Las Vegas and several $1 billion-plus development bids.

 

Mike received an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Management and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Chris is responsible for all aspects of Brightline’s operations, including station and mechanical operations, transportation, safety and security and the overall guest experience.

 

Prior to joining Brightline, Chris was the vice president and general manager for SBE, a lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning luxury hotels, residences, restaurants and entertainment venues with brands such as Delano, SLS and Mondrian. Chris also served as senior vice president and general manager for Atlantis in the Bahamas; as the president for the Condominium Association; and as president for The Blue Project Foundation, which is committed to sustaining, protecting and supporting the health of the oceans. Additionally, he held several positions as managing director and general manager with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Marriott International and Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.

 

Born in Chile, he has worked and lived in United States, Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. He has an MBA, a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management, as well as an International Business degree.

 

Gary oversees the financial accounting aspects of the company, including all corporate financial reporting, maintenance of internal controls, and overseeing of compliance policies and procedures.

 

Prior to joining the Brightline, Gary served as the corporate controller for Loews Hotels & Co. He also held senior technical accounting and operational controllership roles with the Commercial Real Estate Division of GE Capital, served as the deputy controller for SiriusXM Radio, and served as vice president and technical accounting advisor at American Express. He also served at Ernst & Young in various roles, including in the firm’s National Accounting Standards Practice. Gary began his professional career in public accounting in 1989 with Bond Beebe, a certified public accounting and advisory services firm based in Washington, D.C.

 

Gary graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BBA in Accounting and is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeff Swiatek oversees the financial aspects of the development and operations of Brightline. He has more than 25 years of experience in international corporate finance, strategy and business development. Most recently, Jeff spent 15 years at AIG in various senior roles spanning mergers and acquisitions, planning and budgeting, business analytics, portfolio management and business development activities. Prior to AIG, he worked in the investment banking department of Goldman Sachs where he helped companies execute capital raising transactions and review acquisition opportunities.

 

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

As General Counsel, Myles Tobin is responsible for directing Brightline’s legal affairs and providing counsel on all significant legal issues.

 

He has more than 38 years of legal expertise in mergers and acquisitions, railroad regulatory compliance and commercial transactions.  Prior to joining Brightline, Myles served as a partner in the Chicago law firm of Fletcher and Sippel LLC where he represented Fortune 1000 companies, including several Class I, II, and III railroads, railcar manufacturers and lessors, and financial institutions engaged in railroad financing transactions. He also previously served as Vice President of U.S. Legal Affairs for Canadian National Railway, where he counseled senior executives and directed the legal affairs for 40 U.S. subsidiaries ranging from land acquisition companies, bulk terminals and equipment leasing companies to several large and medium-sized railroads, including Illinois Central, Grand Trunk Western, and Chicago Central & Pacific. Prior to Canadian National Railway’s merger with Illinois Central Railroad, Myles served Illinois Central for nine years, ultimately as General Counsel. Myles also served as General Solicitor for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company where he handled corporate and regulatory activities.

 

Myles holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the courts of the State of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous other state and federal courts.

Michael is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure development for Brightline’s future expansions, including Phase 2 to Orlando and proposed Phase 3 to Tampa. He will manage the team responsible for schedule, budget, quality, implementation of safety measures including Positive Train Control and environmental oversight for Phase 2.

 

He is a 40-year construction industry veteran, who previously served as senior vice president at American Bridge Company, one of the nation’s leading civil engineering firms that specializes in building and renovating bridges and other large civil engineering projects.

 

Michael’s major project construction experience includes the $3.5 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement in New York, the $1.9 billion San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge self-anchored suspension span, the Angus Macdonald Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel, and the $1.3 billion Queensferry Crossing in Scotland. He also has extensive experience in the Florida construction industry. Michael brings a deep understanding of the success factors for the controlled delivery of large and multi-disciplined infrastructure projects with numerous stakeholders.

 

Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Rollins College.

Scott is responsible for the overall design and construction of station infrastructure for the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations, as well as Brightline’s transit-oriented development program throughout South Florida.

 

With more than 25 years of experience in real estate development, Scott has managed a number of award-winning projects. Prior to joining All Aboard Florida, he was Senior Vice President of Design and Construction for MGM Hospitality where he oversaw the development of luxury hotels both in the U.S. and internationally – leading the delivery of technical services associated with the development of more than 25 properties around the world. Scott also served as Vice President of Strategic Programming & Design for The St. Joe Company, leading the strategic development of the company’s branding, customer segmentation, marketing services, product design and product positioning for all of its initiatives in Northwest Florida.

 

Scott holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Texas Tech University, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Since moving to Miami, Scott and his wife of 30 years have been learning to sail the beautiful Florida Keys. When not working or sailing, Scott is a dedicated dad, spending a lot of time with his grown daughters who live in Dallas and San Francisco.

Adrian is responsible for overseeing the design, engineering, and construction of Brightline’s first phase of the rail system and station platforms, and managing the team of engineers and contractors in charge of completing system improvements. Adrian is also responsible for managing the schedule, implementation of safety measures including positive train control and environmental oversight for Phase 1.

 

With more than 30 years in the transportation industry, Adrian brings extensive passenger rail experience and leadership to Brightline. He previously served as HNTB Corporation Florida district leader and program manager for the All Aboard Florida project. While at HNTB Corporation, Adrian served as the Florida High-Speed Rail Project Manager where he assisted the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in its application and strategic planning process for the Orlando-Miami and Tampa-Orlando-Miami segments. He’s also worked on dozens of infrastructure projects, ranging from bridges to toll lanes to highways.

 

Adrian holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Tulane University and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University. He is a Professional Engineer in Florida (1999) and previously served as the Chair of the Transportation Committee of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) while leading several subcommittees over the past decade. In 2012, Adrian was awarded the prestigious Ben Watts Partnership Award by FDOT.

 

Adrian has been married to his wife Geanne for 24 years. They have three children.

Jeff is responsible for the strategic planning and operational delivery of all technology related endeavors.

 

He brings more than 30 years of experience delivering technology products and services for major passenger rail, hospitality, gas and electric utility and technology companies. Prior to joining Brightline, Jeff was the marketing and sales business solutions officer at Amtrak where he managed a year-over-year capital budget in excess of $100 million.

 

He also served as the senior director, enterprise quality assurance and release planning, and the senior director, technology planning at Hilton Worldwide where he was responsible for the delivery of high quality technology products and services and the overall future global technology planning that supports the business strategies for reservations and third party distribution, customer marketing and online services.

 

Jeff also has more than 20 years of experience as a management and technology consultant helping Fortune 500 companies meet their strategic objectives.  Some of his clients include The Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean, Cisco, Merck, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Atlanta Gas & Light, Western Resources and Florida Power & Light.

 

Jeff holds Bachelor of B.A. in Management Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Science from Florida International University. Jeff grew up in Miami and has worked and lived in several different cities and states.  He and his wife, Cindy, have two sons and a daughter.

Robert Gatchell leads the company’s system wide initiatives to ensure the safety and security of teammates, guests and facilities. He also oversees the development and implementation of the company’s crises management plan and works closely with all government and local law enforcement entities.

 

Robert brings more than 17 years of experience in law enforcement with several years of specialized experience in homeland security and emergency management. Prior to joining Brightline, Robert was a sworn law enforcement officer holding the rank of Sergeant for the New Jersey Transit Police Department. In this capacity, he also served for eight years as the Emergency Management Coordinator for NJ TRANSIT, the third largest public transportation and only statewide agency in the United States.  Robert was responsible for the overall preparedness for the agency in the areas of counter terrorism, safety initiatives, response, recovery, mitigation, and emergency planning and operations.

 

Robert attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences as well as several leadership and homeland security programs.

Robert enjoys traveling with his wife and three children. They are avid Disney fans and look forward to the Orlando expansion.

As chief transportation officer, Olivier is responsible for planning and implementing the train operating strategy to meet Brightline’s performance goals.

 

Olivier ensures compliance with all applicable federal regulations to support the safe and efficient movement of trains. He identifies and corrects rail service issues to ensure service reliability and provides continuous improvement to deliver Brightline’s strong guest experience onboard. He works to resolve major train incidents and coordinates closely with the operating staff at Florida East Coast Railway to safely integrate the freight and passenger systems.

 

Olivier has worked as a project director for the French railroads in various capacities over the past 20 years, at both SNCF, the French National Railroad company, and at its subsidiary SYSTRA and KEOLIS America. Olivier has a proven track record of success in high-speed rail in the areas of high-speed rail operations, program management, financial agreements, commercial and marketing activities, traffic forecasts, and business modeling. He commissioned multiple high-speed rail projects in France (TGV Mediterranean and TGV East), South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Great Britain and worked on planning multiple high-speed rail projects in the US (Texas, California, Midwest, Florida).

 

Olivier attended the Paris School of Economics (France) and holds a Master’s degree of Engineering. For centuries, his family has owned an olive tree plantation in the south of France.

Tom is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of Brightline’s five trainsets and is overseeing the design and delivery for the rolling stock fleet for Phase 2 and the 80-acre vehicle maintenance facility that will be constructed in Orlando. Ultimately, Tom will be responsible for running the two maintenance facilities and managing the Siemens maintenance contract for revenue service.

 

Prior to joining the Project in 2014, Tom served for 17 years at New Jersey Transit, most recently in the position of general superintendent – equipment, where he managed an 87-acre maintenance complex and the maintenance for 205 diesel and electric locomotives and 1,115 passenger coaches. Tom also worked on the Acela program as a service and inspection supervisor.

 

Tom attended Rutgers University School of Engineering in New Jersey. Tom and his wife live in Boca Raton with their three kids, whose soccer teams he coaches and occasionally plays his own game.

Beth oversees the employment and recruitment, development and training of Brightline’s more than 300 teammates.

 

With nearly 20 years of human resource (HR) management and experience, Beth has worked at some of the nation’s top hotels, including Mandarin Oriental and Bellagio, overseeing HR teams that supported thousands of employees. Prior to joining Brightline, Beth was the director of human resources at Bellagio where she led a team of 21 HR professionals who handled all employee and labor relations, learning and development and services and communications for 8,200 employees. She also worked at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., as assistant director of HR, where she managed the performance review process, implemented online recruitment tools and performed pre-opening service training for Mandarin Orientals in Boston and Las Vegas.

 

Beth holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and earned her Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management.

 

Beth enjoys mountain biking and trail running.

Oscar is responsible for managing all activities and operations relating to the development, preparation and disseminations of procedures, standards, directives and overall guest services for Stations and Train operations. Oscar is also responsible to provide strategic direction for all food and beverage related services as it relates to the train operations.

 

Prior to joining Brightline, Oscar was general manager of The Langford Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Miami and Circa 39 Hotel, a Four Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel in Miami Beach. He was previously the director of hotel operations of Polaris World Resorts, a holiday resort company with seven resorts centered on golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, and director of operations for BLT Steak.  Oscar also worked as assistant general manager for Lago Mar Resort & Club in Fort Lauderdale, Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Loews Miami Beach and Sonesta Hotels, in an array of various hotel operations roles.

 

Oscar earned a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and also holds a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. Oscar is a competitive mountain biker and a member of the Virginia Bicycle Club.