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Theodore Prince

Senior President, Optimization Alternatives, Ltd.

Mr. Theodore Prince is Senior Vice President for Optimization Alternatives Limited, Inc. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, OA develops and deploys large-scale control and decision support systems that manage the day-to-day operations of major international railroads, including five of the top railroads in North America.

Mr. Prince has spent his career of over 25 years in the transportation industry. He was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the management and profitability of “K” Line’s North American trades. Mr. Prince was also the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Rail-Bridge Corporation, “K” Line’s domestic inland subsidiary. He was with “K” Line America for ten years. Prior to that, he was with Conrail and its motor carrier subsidiary for nine years.

Mr. Prince is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which awarded him a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He also received his Master of Science in Transportation from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1990. His thesis, Double Stack Transportation as a Means to Domestic Containerization, served as a business plan to increase domestic business by 300% in two years.

Mr. Prince is active in many industry organizations. He is a director (and former Secretary/Treasurer) of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and is a member of the Eno Transportation Foundation Board of Advisors. A frequent lecturer at universities, he is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Denver University’s Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI.) He is also on the Business Advisory Council for Northwestern University’s Transportation Center and the. Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

His column, Moving Right Along, appears monthly in the Journal of Commerce.

He is married to the former Sara Ziegler, and has two children, Carol (14) and Kiper (12.)

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