Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. is focused on identifying and delivering needed infrastructure projects. Our goal is to provide responsible, sustainable solutions that benefit the region socially and economically, overcome the limitations of legacy assets in the region, create jobs that can’t be off-shored, and spark complimentary private and public investment that benefit all the peoples of the region and the nation, unlocking the future potential of America’s great transportation hub.
Founder and Chairman
Frank Patton is the Founder and Chairman of Great Lakes Basin Transportation. In 2011 he had a vision, a new bold way of thinking to transform how we move the goods and services not destined for Chicago around and out of Chicago and the Midwest. Connecting a new railroad, highway, and airport with existing infrastructure to not only solve a massive need to serve the national freight traffic passing by Chicago, but to serve imports and export for the large population and economic base of the region.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He was the founder and CEO of Portfolio Dynamics, a portfolio development software company, for over 30 years. Frank is a member and the Past President of the Union League Club of Chicago.
Board Director and Corporate Secretary
William Miller has over 30 years in the freight transportation business. He began his railroad career with Santa Fe Railway where his career spanned Industrial Engineering, the System Operations Center, Service Design and the Carload Business Unit, achieving significantly improved shipment performance levels and reduced operating expenses, while also having roles in the design and implementation of improved railway management systems. After Santa Fe, with Accenture and as an independent consultant, William advised railroads, 3PLs, and shippers in supply chain operations performance, logistics network design and technology, and organizational change with clients in the U.S. and Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America, and Europe. More recently, William joined Great Lakes Basin Transportation after 4 years as Vice President Global Transportation for the largest iron ore mining company in the U.S., Cliffs Natural Resources (now Cleveland Cliffs), a major customer of Class 1 railways and Great Lakes steamship lines, as well as owner and operator of short line railways, terminals, and port facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
A Bold, New Proposition
Board Director and Advisor to the Chairman
Anthony Psak has 22 years in Corporate Engineering and retired from Abbott Laboratories, Inc. in 2014. Over the years, he has developed a professional skillset in electrical, mechanical and control engineering that has led him to his latest venture as owner and President of A&M Consultants, LLC. Anthony now builds and commissions mission critical systems for his engineering consulting firm in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Edward Leonard, P.E.
For over 37 years, and a former Vice President and Major Program Manager for WSP Inc., Edward has successfully led the development of some of the largest transportation infrastructure projects in the country. His portfolio includes projects such as the LaGuardia Terminal Reconstruction, Illiana Expressway, DFW Connector Interchange, Indiana I-69 Segment 2&3, Illinois I-290 Reconstruction, and Orange County Tollroads. As an engineer, planner, contractor, and executive, Ed understands how to overlap the project phases to dramatically reduce time and cost providing savings measured in years and hundreds of millions of dollars. He fully appreciates and utilizes the delicate balance of government affairs, public relations, efficient design and construction, owner relations, finance, and time.
Ed has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
from Iowa State University, and is a licensed
William has over 35 years of capital markets experience with the last 25 plus years focused on the infrastructure and energy markets. He was a Managing Director for Citigroup in New York and London responsible for structured finance transactions involving financial sponsors, securitizations, and project financings. After leaving Citigroup in 2008, he became the CEO for JCRA’s North American advisory business until the business was bought out in 2017. For 2 years, he was also a Managing Director at EA Markets responsible for its infrastructure and project financing advisory business. During his career, William has structured financings and provided hedging advice for numerous transportation assets including but not limited to the Chicago Skyway and the Indiana toll road.
William Kloehn graduated cum laude with Economics Distinction from St. Olaf College and has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School. Professionally, William also passed Citigroup’s credit training program covering capital markets, corporate finance and risk analysis and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.