Sam Anderson, President, SA Rail

Sam Anderson


Sam founded SA Rail and currently serves as its President. Prior to SA Rail, Sam spent 20 years working at The Andersons, Inc helping build its Rail Group before it was acquired in 2022. Sam started on the shop floor in 2001 as a general laborer in Maumee, Ohio. Throughout his career with The Andersons Rail Group Sam took on various roles including Shop Manager in Anaconda, Montana overseeing one shop; Regional Manager in Ogden, Utah overseeing eight shops; Vice President of Operations based in Maumee, Ohio overseeing thirty shops; and Vice President of Fleet Operations & Repair Business Development where Sam managed the maintenance department for a fleet of 25,000 railcars, and shop growth for The Andersons Rail Group. Sam has in-depth experience related to strategic planning and execution, contract negotiation, shop operations management, railcar fleet management, M&A, and repair commercialization.

Sam holds a BA from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from The David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. He lives with his family in Northwest Ohio.

Martin Harris, Vice President of Operations, SA Rail

Martin Harris

Vice President of Operations

Martin has over 20 years of direct repair and management experience in the railcar and logging industries. Martin started his career at Northwest Freightcar in Longview, Washington as a railcar repairman. During this time Martin was a D15.1 qualified welder, and became fluent in inspecting, repairing, and billing various types of freight railcars.

Martin became a shop manager in Manly, Iowa for The Andersons Rail Group in 2013. Martin went on to manage multiple facilities for The Andersons Rail Group including full-service contract shops, agent-for shops, tank car repair shops, and hybrid shops. In 2020 Martin began managing Union Tank Car's full-service tank car repair shop in Marion, Ohio, and held the role until joining SA Rail in 2022. Martin has proficiency in freight and tank car repair, wreck repair, railcar shop operations, lean manufacturing, railcar safety, quality, human resources, railcar billing, and repair contract negotiations.

Martin obtained an associate degree in business & marketing from Lower Columbia College in 2012. He lives with his family in Northwest Ohio.

Dan Anderson, Operating Partner, SA Rail

Dan Anderson

Operating Partner

Dan spent 44 years working at The Andersons, Inc as it grew from a privately held agricultural company to a Fortune 500, publicly traded company. Dan has experience in commercial retail management, retail distribution center management, grain elevator design and management, as well as industrial fertilizer production. Dan served as a company officer at The Andersons, Inc from 1997 until 2018.

Dan has served on a variety of profit and non-profit boards including Fifth Third Bank, Boy Scouts of America Erie Shores Council, St. Johns Jesuit High School, and The United Way of Greater Toledo.

Dan obtained a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in agricultural economics. He lives with his family in Northwest Ohio.