Mr. Schmitter has over 30 years of experience in transportation. As a consultant, he has worked with companies in the coal, non-metallic minerals, petroleum, steel, chemical, fertilizer, paper, lumber and grain industries as well as shortline railroads, ports and government agencies. He advises clients on supply chain strategy, rail operations, rail fleet management, commercial rail contracts and rail costs in the US and Canada. Prior to starting KEP LLC, John was Vice President of Business Development at DTE Rail Services, a railcar repair, software and services company. He was Managing Director of Metals & Ores at Southern Pacific Railroad and intermodal market manager and trainmaster at Conrail. Mr. Schmitter has also held marketing and sales positions in the intermodal and LTL trucking industries. John has an M.B.A. from Penn State University and a B.S. in Business from Northeastern University with a concentration in supply chain management.