The members of Freedom's management team have more than 110 years of collective rail experience. The team is led by the company's managing principal Mike Salek. Over the past five years, the Freedom team has loaded more than 400,000 railcars.
Mike Salek, Vice President of Operations and a partner, joined Freedom in 2011, bringing with him extensive experience in the operations of Transloads. He began his career in 1986, with Reload Inc. In 1989, Mr. Salek joined the military and spent a decade in military service. He returned to Reload Inc. in 2001 and stayed through the purchase of Reload Inc. by Watco Companies, LLC to form Watco Transload and Intermodal Services. At Watco, until his departure to join Freedom, Mr. Salek played a role in the EOG operating plans for Stanley, North Dakota; Stroud, Oklahoma; and Refugio, Texas.
Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety
Greg Coleman joined Freedom Terminal Services in 2015, bringing with him 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He is responsible for environmental, health, safety and compliance at Freedom and its affiliated companies. Before joining Freedom, he has held similar roles at major companies, including CSX Railroad and Flint Hills Resources. He has led the successful implementation of operating rules and procedures, OSHA VPP, ISO 9002/14000 processes, management-of-change and behavior-based safety programs.
Mr. Coleman holds a Master’s in engineering management from Pacific University and holds several industry-specific certifications.
In addition to his work, Mr. Coleman is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
He and his wife Tanya have two children, Kennedi and Kaleb.
Assistant Vice President
Mr. McClain has more than 20 years of experience in the logistics and transportation industry with a focus on operational efficiency. Mr. McClain has held positions with Central Transport/CC Southern as the dock contractor, receiving and shipping GM parts via truck and rail; Wood Group ESP where he was responsible for receiving, warehousing and shipping down hole oil and gas equipment and parts throughout North and South America, the United Arab Emirates and Russia; and USF Distribution Services, Inc (now YRC Logistics) where he oversaw operations for Oklahoma facilities in Oklahoma City. Before becoming part of the Freedom team he was employed by Watco Companies, LLC as the Southern Regional Director of Operations for Watco Transload & Intermodal Services. In 2009, while at Watco, he was a member of the startup team for EOG-Stroud, Oklahoma. Mr. McClain proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and loves spending time with his four grandchildren.