CORAL GABLES, Fla.--()--Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI) today announced the appointment of Donald C. Robinson as President and Chief Operating Officer for All Aboard Florida, the country’s first privately owned intercity passenger rail system that will connect South Florida to Orlando. Mr. Robinson was a longtime senior executive with The Walt Disney Company. Additionally, P. Michael Reininger has been promoted to President and Chief Development Officer for All Aboard Florida. Mr. Reininger joined All Aboard Florida in 2012.
“We’ve now solidified the executive management team for All Aboard Florida”
Mr. Robinson will focus on developing the operational functions for the passenger rail project, including the procurement of rolling stock and engagement of third-party operators. Mr. Reininger will deliver the project’s built environment, including the rail infrastructure, stations, and transit-oriented real estate development. They will jointly define All Aboard Florida’s brand and customer experience.
“We’ve now solidified the executive management team for All Aboard Florida,” said FECI President and CEO Vincent Signorello. “Both Don and Mike have successfully developed consumer brands and introduced unique customer experiences to the travel industry. Their partnership will ensure that our intercity passenger rail project sets the new world standard for travel and hospitality.”
Mr. Robinson brings more than 35 years of experience developing, managing and branding complex, multi-faceted hospitality and recreational projects throughout the world. Most notably, he ran hotel operations for the entire Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. In this role, he was accountable for all 16 Walt Disney World Resort hotels (30,000 rooms total), four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, more than 400 retail and dining facilities, and 35,000 employees. He was instrumental in the opening of Disneyland Paris and led the development and opening of Hong Kong Disneyland. Mr. Robinson most recently served as President of Baha Mar Resorts Ltd., where he oversaw the design, development and construction of a $3.5 billion resort destination located in Nassau, Bahamas.
Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from University of Central Florida. He serves as a Board Member of the Denny’s Corporation.
Mr. Reininger brings nearly three decades of real estate development and brand management expertise to All Aboard Florida, having served in senior management roles with AECOM, MGM Resorts International, The St. Joe Company and The Walt Disney Company. He has spearheaded a diverse range of projects, including globally recognized mixed-use, transit-oriented developments and large-scale, international entertainment resort destinations. As managing partner for Union Station Neighborhood Company in Denver, Colo., he orchestrated the master planning for the Denver Union Station transit-oriented development project through a public-private partnership structure. That project created one of the country’s largest multimodal transit hubs involving the redevelopment of 30 acres of downtown Denver, including four million square feet of commercial development.
Mr. Reininger holds a Bachelor of Architecture, Design Specialization from Texas Tech University, and executive certifications in resort and hotel master planning, financial engineering and business management from Harvard University School of Design, Harvard Business School, and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
All Aboard Florida – Operations LLC (AAF) is developing an intercity passenger rail project on Florida’s premier passenger rail corridor that will connect Miami to Orlando with intermediate stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This rail service will give Floridians and visitors a viable transportation alternative to congested highways and airport terminals. The project will provide a high-quality experience for passengers and will be the first privately owned, operated, and maintained passenger rail system in the United States. AAF is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI). For more information, visit www.allaboardflorida.com.
Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI) is one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service commercial real estate and infrastructure companies. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Fla., FECI has a rich history dating back over a century. Mr. Henry Flagler first established a predecessor company in 1892, which became a pioneer in the development of Florida's eastern coast. Today, FECI continues to transform Florida as the parent company to four distinct business lines including Flagler, a full-service commercial real estate company; All Aboard Florida, the United States’ first privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail; South Florida Logistics Services, an integrated logistics company that offers a wide range of logistics services and solutions; and Parallel Infrastructure, a leader in third-party Right of Way management and development services. FECI is owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC. For more information, visit www.feci.com.