Leadership

The Freedom Railcar Solutions leadership team has held positions at Fortune 500 companies and managed full-service railcar repair and transload facilities. As a result, they fully understand and appreciate the value they create for their customers.

Mike Salek

Managing Principal

Mike Salek brings with him extensive experience in transload operations. 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.

John S. Sawicki

Vice President, Business Development

John Sawicki joined Freedom Terminal Services (FTS) in 2018. In this role, he is responsible for finding and developing new customers and markets that will be future growth areas for Freedom Terminal Services & Freedom Railcar Solutions. He is responsible for sales, marketing and customer service.  

Prior to joining FTS, Mr. Sawicki began his railroad career in 1995 with BNSF Railway and held various roles in Sales, Marketing, Operations & Risk Management. He has a BA in Business Administration from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mr. Sawicki and his wife reside in Dallas, Texas, and have two children.  

Brian Caton

Vice President of EH&S and Compliance

Brian Caton joined Freedom Terminal Services and Freedom Railcar Solutions in 2016, bringing with him 10 years of experience in the environmental, health and safety field. He is responsible for environmental, health and safety. Prior to joining the companies he was a Regional Safety Supervisor for STRAD ENERGY Services. With STRAD he led the successful implementation of management-of-change and the behavior-based safety programs in the western region of the United States. Mr. Caton proudly served in the United States Air Force for 22 years with experience in the logistics and transportation of munitions systems. Along with being assigned as the area's Safety Manager working closely with ground and weapons safety for over 15 years, he was also assigned to quality assurance for two years as an inspector. In his spare time enjoys woodworking and yard work. He loves spending time with his wife Nam out exploring new areas of interest. They have two grown children, Jennifer and Ken.

Mr. Caton holds a Bachelor’s in safety management, a Master’s in occupational safety and health from the University of Central Missouri and a Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)