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People & Culture

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People & Culture


We’re all aboard the movement to reimagine travel in America.


And it starts with our people. We are a dynamic team of creators, visionaries and doers all working together to enable what’s next in travel. Working with us also pays off. Our minimum wage now starts at $18 per hour and we’re currently offering a $750 sign-on bonus.

Interested in joining us?

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As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current teammates, as well as all newly hired teammates. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations by emailing Additionally, the company maintains a Drug-Free Workplace Program and Policy in compliance with applicable state and local laws. This policy requires all new teammates to submit to a drug screening as part of the company’s pre-employment process.

Brightline is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Brightline is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.


Our leadership team

At Brightline, we rely on our employees, leaders and guests to bring
our shared vision for better travel to life. Together, we are pushing
the boundaries of what’s possible.

Brightline Holding
Chief Executive Officer of Brightline Holdings
P. Michael Reininger, CEO

P. Michael Reininger is the Chief Executive Officer of Brightline Holdings, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly high-speed passenger rail service in the United States and recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in Travel.

From 2012-2018, Reininger served as Brightline’s president, leading all efforts to launch its phase-one system from Miami to West Palm Beach. Under his leadership, Brightline modernized an existing rail corridor, built three new stations and introduced a fleet of first-of their-kind trainsets. Reininger also led the development of Brightline’s flagship station, Miami Central, an 11-acre multi-modal transportation center with a food hub, over 800 residences, commercial office towers and street front retail.

Brightline launched its service in 2018 as the first private sector passenger rail system built in the United States in over a century.

Reininger rejoined Brightline as CEO in 2021 to oversee the company’s next phase of growth including new connections to Orlando and Tampa in addition to new stops within South Florida, as well as the development of Brightline West, a new high-speed rail service connecting Las Vegas to the Los Angeles metro area.

Reininger has more than three decades of experience in the development of major projects and the start-up of unique companies. Prior to 2012, Reininger delivered some of the world’s most iconic projects while working with the Walt Disney Company, including several resort hotels, the initiation of the Disney Vacation Club, Euro Disney Resort in Paris and the launch of the Disney Cruise Line. Reininger was also the Managing Director of the Union Station Neighborhood Company where he led the effort to transform Denver’s Union Station and its downtown railyard into a modern multi-modal transportation hub. He has also served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer for AECOM, and Senior Vice-President for the St Joe Company.  

Patrick Goddard, President
Patrick Goddard, President

Patrick Goddard is the President of Brightline, the first privately owned and operated intercity passenger rail system in over 100 years.

Patrick was responsible for the company’s development and construction and bringing this innovative system to market. This includes the development of about 1.5msq of Transit Oriented Development around the system’s stations.

He comes from the hospitality industry having worked in hotel development and operations for Hilton Hotels, Loews Hotels and Rosewood Hotels. He also ran a large international Hotel Management Company, Trust Hospitality, for 5 years as its President and Chief Operating Officer prior to joining Brightline in 2016.

He has a degree in hospitality management from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Management from Trinity College Dublin.


Jeff Swiatek, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Swiatek oversees the financial aspects of the development and operations of Brightline. He has more than 25 years of experience in international corporate finance, strategy and business development. Most recently, Jeff spent 15 years at AIG in various senior roles spanning mergers and acquisitions, planning and budgeting, business analytics, portfolio management and business development activities. Prior to AIG, he worked in the investment banking department of Goldman Sachs where he helped companies execute capital raising transactions and review acquisition opportunities.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Cynthia Bergmann, General Counsel
Cynthia Bergmann, General Counsel

Cindy Bergmann is responsible for directing the legal and compliance affairs of Brightline, as well as advising senior management on all significant legal issues. She brings more than 30 years of legal experience in mergers and acquisitions, financing, real estate, corporate and regulatory matters to the role, with significant transportation industry experience.

Prior to joining Brightline, Cindy was a partner with Freeborn & Peters in Chicago, where she served as co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and chair of its Transportation Industry Team.  She represented public and privately held companies in the rail, logistics, construction, manufacturing, petrochemical and solar industries in a wide range of transactions, including the purchase and sale of subsidiaries, financings, joint ventures, and the development of new facilities. Cindy also served as the US Corporate Counsel for Canadian National Railway Company. On behalf of CN, she led teams in the acquisition and integration of several strategic subsidiaries and managed all legal aspects of US financial matters.

Cindy received her Juris Doctor degree from the UIC John Marshall Law School and her BSBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Denver. She is a past President of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals and a Director and Treasurer of NeighborSpace, an urban land trust in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to preserve community gardens within the City of Chicago.

Ramon Millan, Chief Technology Officer

Ramon Millan is responsible for leading the technology development and operations at Brightline, including the development of the new e-commerce platform, mobile app and user experience. Ramon is a recognized and experienced business technology executive with more than 25 years in leadership roles working for multinational Fortune 100 companies and start-ups. His diverse experience includes areas such as transportation, consumer products goods, healthcare and consulting, and he is the founding member of three successful startups in the areas of pharmaceuticals, technology and distribution.

Ramon holds Masters degrees in Technology and Leadership from Columbia University, Healthcare Administration from Yale and a PhD from New York University.

Gary Smith, Chief Accounting Officer

Gary oversees the financial accounting aspects of the company, including all corporate financial reporting, maintenance of internal controls, and overseeing of compliance policies and procedures. Prior to joining the Brightline, Gary served as the corporate controller for Loews Hotels & Co. He also held senior technical accounting and operational controllership roles with the Commercial Real Estate Division of GE Capital, served as the deputy controller for SiriusXM Radio, and served as vice president and technical accounting advisor at American Express. He also served at Ernst & Young in various roles, including in the firm’s National Accounting Standards Practice. Gary began his professional career in public accounting in 1989 with Bond Beebe, a certified public accounting and advisory services firm based in Washington, D.C. Gary graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BBA in Accounting and is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Michael Cegelis, EVP of Infrastructure Development

Michael is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure development for the system’s expansion in Florida, including the additional in-line stations between Miami and West Palm Beach, Phase 2 to Orlando and proposed Phase 3 to Tampa. He manages the team responsible for schedule, budget, quality, implementation of safety measures, including Positive Train Control, and environmental oversight.

He is a 40-year construction industry veteran, who previously served as senior vice president at American Bridge Company, one of the nation’s leading civil engineering firms that specializes in building and renovating bridges and other large civil engineering projects.

Michael’s major project construction experience includes the $3.5 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement in New York, the $1.9 billion San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge self-anchored suspension span, the Angus Macdonald Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel, and the $1.3 billion Queensferry Crossing in Scotland. He also has extensive experience in the Florida construction industry. Michael brings a deep understanding of the success factors for the controlled delivery of large and multi-disciplined infrastructure projects with numerous stakeholders.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and did MBA studies at Rollins College. He also completed an executive education program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marie Waugh, SVP, People and Culture

Marie Waugh oversees the most critical aspect of Brightline’s operation: its people. Marie has over 20 years of progressive human resources leadership experience where she has led large scale and dramatic change, transformed, motivated, and developed teams, and successfully integrated processes and staff with business strategy. 

She has held several executive leadership positions, including Chief Human Resources Officer at APTIM, an engineering/program management corporation specializing in infrastructure, power, and environmental service, and senior vice president, human resources, environmental, health and safety, facilities, and foundation at SUEZ, one of the nation’s leading environmental companies.
Marie serves as a Commissioner and vice-chair of the board for Broward Health and an executive member of the Board for and the Urban League of Broward County, FL. Previously, she served as a board member at Hackensack University Medical Center-Pascack Valley, NJ.

Marie is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She has also served as a board member of the Children’s Hunger Alliance and Action for Children. Other affiliations include president of the Key Club, United Way Ohio, and participating in Goodwill’s capital campaign.

Marie Waugh holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Baruch College in New York, NY.

Sarah Watterson, Brightline West President
Sarah Watterson, President

Sarah Watterson is responsible for all aspects of business development and delivery for Brightline West, including the transit oriented development and rail infrastructure strategy, design and execution. She was most recently the Head of Development at Florida East Coast Industries, a multi-faceted real estate and transportation company headquartered in South Florida. Sarah has been employed by Fortress Investment Group or its affiliates in various leadership capacities since 2011.

Previously, Sarah was the CEO of Drive Shack (NYSE:DS), an owner and operator of 75+ golf courses. During her time at Drive Shack, she internalized the management of the company, converted the company from a REIT to an operating company and built out a new business line, called Drive Shack, which nationally develops and operates 10+ acre technology driven entertainment driving range facilities.

Sarah helped lead the acquisition, ownership syndication and restructuring of the Milwaukee Bucks for Fortress owner, Wes Edens, and co-owner, Marc Lasry. Following the acquisition of the team, Sarah moved to Milwaukee to work on the development of a 725,000 SF arena and 20 acres of surrounding mixed use development.

Prior to her time in Milwaukee, Sarah was on the Private Equity team at Fortress Investment Group. She began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Sales & Trading Division.

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics and Management.

Adrian Share, PE, EVP of Rail Infrastructure of West Coast Operations
Adrian Share, PE, EVP of Rail Infrastructure of West Coast Operations

Adrian is responsible for overseeing the environmental, design, and engineering of the rail system and assisting with the rolling stock procurement for a new high speed rail service connecting Southern California and Las Vegas. He previously oversaw the development and construction for Brightline’s Phase 1 system.

Adrian brings more than 30 years of extensive passenger rail experience and leadership to the team. He previously served as HNTB Corporation Florida district leader and program manager for the Brightline Florida project. While at HNTB Corporation, Adrian served as the Florida High-Speed Rail Project Manager where he assisted the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in its application and strategic planning process for the Orlando-Miami and Tampa-Orlando-Miami segments. He’s also worked on dozens of infrastructure projects, ranging from bridges to toll lanes to highways.

Adrian holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University and an MBA from Northeastern University. He is a Professional Engineer in Florida (1999) and previously served as the Chair of the Transportation Committee of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) while leading several subcommittees over the past decade. In 2012, Adrian was awarded the prestigious Ben Watts Partnership Award by FDOT.


What we live by

Travel—we love it. To us, any time is a good time to get up and go, and
the trip is just as important as the destination. That’s why we’re here.
And because we’re all in this together, here’s what we hold dear:


checkmark  We dispute the indisputable

checkmark  We know safety is our way of life

checkmark  We are intentional about our impact

checkmark  We reflect all voices

checkmark  We transform possibilities

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Understanding our Impact

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is vitally important to us and has a material effect on the performance on our company. Our polices ensure we rigorously adhere to the highest standards in ethical behavior, environmental sustainability, socioeconomic advancement and empowerment, and more.

Our intent is to ensure CSR issues are considered at all levels of the company’s business activities and in accordance with applicable international and national codes and principles.

Sustainalytics, a provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis, evaluated Brightline Holdings LLC Sustainable Bond Framework dated September 30, 2019 and the alignment thereof with relevant industry standards and provided views on the robustness and credibility of the Sustainability Bond Framework within the meaning of Sustainability Bond Guidelines (“SBG”), 2018, which views are intended to inform investors in general, and not for a specific investor. Brightline is operated by Brightline Holdings LLC.

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