Louie Schroeder

President
Louie Schroeder

Louie Schroeder is the second generation to run Railquip, following in his father’s footsteps. Since January 2018, Louie is responsible for running all facets of the business. Previously, he served as the Sales Manager at Railquip, handling the major accounts for rerailing systems, battery powered railcar movers, and in-floor lifts. He received his B.B.A. from Valdosta State University in 2014.

Louie has always shown leadership skills and leads with a ‘no-problem’ attitude. His whole life, he watched his father build Railquip through hard work, persistence, dedication, patience, and charm. With a strong commitment to Railquip’s growth, Louie is best known for his intuitive thinking and seeking new opportunities. His vision for Railquip’s future is exceptionally clear.

When he’s not working and following up with customers, Louie can be found hunting or traveling.

Jim Skaggs

Director of Sales
Jim Skaggs

Jim came on board in April 2017 and brings over 30+ years of experience to the Railquip team.  Beginning in 1986 with railway machine tool parts sales and service, moving up to machine tool sales and installations in the 1990’s, through 2+ decades of selling railway equipment worldwide, Jim brings experience to Railquip for expanding on a global basis the company’s product lines of railcar movers, rerailing equipment, and workshop maintenance products.

Jim has been involved with railway products and equipment from: Ankara to Aleppo; Beijing to Bangkok; Dammam to Delhi; Guadalajara to Guangzhou; Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong; Istanbul to Izmir; Jakarta to Johannesburg; Kuala Lumpur to Karachi; Kaohsiung to Kunming; Manila to Moscow; Nouadhibou to Nebo; Riyadh to Rio de Janeiro; Shanghai to Seoul; Sydney to Singapore; Taipei to Tel Aviv – putting this sales and marketing experience to the benefit of Railquip for the ultimate result of meeting customer’s satisfaction and exceeding customer’s expectations worldwide.

His hobbies include backyard BBQ grilling and auto mechanics. Jim’s motto: “Let’s go get that sale – The world is a big place, and growing smaller all the time!

Doris Melo

Comptroller
Doris Melo

Doris is proud to be a member of the Railquip family for almost 20 years now. She is responsible for supporting our executives, management and all departments to ensure the smooth functioning of our business. Aside from providing administrative support, she also performs numerous duties, such as keeping track of all Railquip records, ensuring filing systems are maintained and current, and processing of checks for domestic and international payments.

She studied executive secretary and international business at SENA. Her hobbies include reading,dancing, and cooking,

Sean Ackerman

Sales & Project Manager
Sean Ackerman

Sean Ackerman is a Sales & Project Manager at Railquip, Inc. He started working in the Rail and Transit industry 3-years ago where he started as a Sales Associate with Railquip, Inc. handling quotations and marketing. From there he was given the opportunity to manage his first bid for the Tampa International Airport APM Maintenance Facility, and eventually took over the Orlando International Airport APM Maintenance Facility bid as well. Since then, he has managed most of Railquip’s large projects and bids, including the Harmon Shop Extension.

Sean is currently 24-years old, and has moved around the world his whole life – living in places like the Philippines, Hong Kong, Africa, Iceland and Germany. He enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and helping with whatever he can.
Cindy Vong

Marketing & Communication Manager
Cindy Vong

Cindy joined the Railquip team 2 years ago and is now in charge of all marketing material, handling customer relations, shipping and receiving operations, and invoicing. Prior to Railquip, Cindy did not have any knowledge nor experience in the rail way and rail transit industry. However, she is learning more everyday and is able to apply her marketing experience to help increase Railquip’s brand awareness and sales.

In 2015, Cindy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Marketing and Managerial Science. Cindy enjoys working out, playing with Photoshop, traveling, and trying new food.

Ron Covert

Product Specialist
Ron Covert

Ron joined the team in January 2019. He graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in 2007 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He has worked in the industry for over 12 years with 5 years in engineering at Whiting Corporation and 7 years as a product sales manager at Macton Corporation.
Ron’s immediate goals are to help grow our presence on the freight rail side and assist with any transit rail and equipment service needs. On the non-rail side, Ron brings years of experience selling custom turntable applications for loading docks, auto shows, revolving restaurants and more.  He created a new relationship between Railquip and the Australian Turntables Company and we are now their American distributor. We are very excited to diversify and introduce these product lines to new customers around the country.
Ron is married with 3 daughters and lives in Greenville, SC.  He grew up South of Chicago but has family roots in Wisconsin.  That is how he became a huge Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago White Sox fan.  His hobbies include volleyball, golf, trying local food and craft beer during his travels, as well as flipping houses.
Benjamin Ferguson

Warehouse Lead
Benjamin Ferguson

Ben became a part of the Railquip family as of January 2019. He worked previously in heavy equipment maintenance for several years. Making the transition to Railquip was simple for him as his past experiences prepared him well. Since joining the team, warehouse operations have become more organized, better equipped, and notably safer. Ben also assists in Railquip’s customers’ equipment maintenance, both in-house and on-site.

When Ben is not hard at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, shopping, and sunset walks with his dog and girlfriend.

Nick Lopez

Project Manager
Nick Lopez

Nick Lopez became Project Manager at Railquip, Inc. in July 2019. He strives to make each project run as smoothly as possible in order to guarantee customer satisfaction. Nick strives to grow his knowledge of this industry every single day.

Nick graduated from Reinhardt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May of 2019. When he is not working, you can probably find him hanging out with family and friends. Some of Nick’s hobbies include trying to improve his golf game and working on his house.

Service Manager
Hector Garcia

Hector came from a home composed of riggers , millwrights and machinery movers. For which reason he has always been familiar with the machinery and mechanical industry at a very young age. Hector is a Second Generation Rigger and Machinery Mover but is a Millwright at heart.
Immediately after graduating high school in the year 2000, he joined the Carpenters Union as a Millwright and before completing his four-year program, he acquired experience in four Entirely different projects with a couple different organizations. In those projects he learned machinery moving and rigging before all. Immediately followed by mechanical work on Power generating Turbines.
As a certified welder, Hector Always had plenty of work fabricating and installing conveyors for multiple projects. Finally finding a passion above all for Heavy Industrial Rail Equipment installations and maintenance.
Hector has been involved in over twenty five Rail Equipment Installation projects in the west coast alone, thirteen of which he had been in charge of.

Service Administrator
Cynthia Garcia

Cynthia graduated as an administrative assistant in 2007 and has fifteen years experience in customer service.
She was introduced to this industry by her husband over eighteen years ago and has officially became involved and active in the field as of 2015.
She enjoys being able to help people and always strive to deliver high quality service to all customers.
What Cynthia loves most is being able to spend time with her family, traveling and cooking!