Meet the Team
BRANDON MUSSER, PRESIDENT/CEO
Brandon Musser has over 24 years of experience as an estimator, project manager, designer, director, and leader in the industrial freight rail industry. Brandon spent the first 10-years of his career as project and division manager for a major industrial railroad maintenance and heavy-civil construction company in Houston, TX. During that time he was directly involved in some of the most high-profile industrial track construction projects in the Gulf Coast region Recognizing a need in the industrial railroad industry for an experienced track consultant to support industrial railroad clients, Brandon left the railroad contracting business in February 2004 to begin working as an independent railroad consultant to the freight rail industry. In February of 2007, a rapidly expanding client and project list combined with the need for additional resources led Brandon to join R.A. Schaeffer Co., Inc. of Brookshire, Texas to form RAS Track Services. Brandon served as Director of RAS Track Services until May of 2014 when Railroad Infrastructure & Terminal Development, LLC (RITD) was formed by Bob Schaeffer, Scott Schaeffer, and Brandon as an independent company made up of the original RAS Track Services team. RITD serves as a leading consultant and engineering firm to the industrial railroad industry by providing consulting, rail alignment & service design, engineering, track inspection and project management services.
SCOTT SCHAEFFER, VICE-PRESIDENT
Scott Schaeffer began his career at in the freight rail industry before he was old enough to obtain a driver’s license. Since that time, he has been involved in all phases of the track construction industry, focusing primarily on the supply and manufacture of new and relay railroad materials. Today, Scott has over 35-years of experience in the freight rail industry and is also vice-president of R. A. Schaeffer Co., Inc. (RAS), a leading supplier of track materials to the freight rail industry. His understanding of current material market conditions, sourcing options, and supply logistics provide RITD with up-to-date material options for our clients. His understanding of railroad materials and market availability allow RITD to confidently prepare project material specifications with the goal of providing our clients with the “least reasonable cost” for their project. His experience in track maintenance and material solutions provides RITD with the experience necessary to continue providing maintenance solutions long after the construction project ends.
BOB SCHAEFFER, TREASURER
Bob Schaeffer began his career in the freight rail industry in 1966 with a major manufacturer and supplier of railroad materials. Over the next 20-years, Bob worked across the United States, providing materials and services to most, if not all, of the Class I Railroads. He eventually served as a senior executive in the company before leaving in 1986 to form R. A. Schaeffer Co., Inc. (RAS) located in Brookshire, Texas. His reputation and experience provided RAS with a solid foundation of business savvy and leadership that allowed RAS to become a respected leader in the railroad construction industry. His vision for new opportunities led to the formation of RAS Track Services in 2007, which would eventually led to the formation of RITD as a separate, independent provider of railroad consulting, design, engineering, and inspections services to the freight-rail industry. His understanding of material markets, specifications, logistics, and supply provide RITD with a vast amount of knowledge and resources to confidently guide our clients through the track material specification and procurement processes.
Bobby Necker, Track Services Director
Bobby joined RAS Track Services in 2008 as an AutoCAD Design Technician. A dedicated student of the railroad industry, Bobby quickly advanced to become Sr. Design Technician and then Project Manager with RAS Track Services.
In 2011, Bobby accepted a lead role as Project Manager in planning and designing the expansion of the existing, complex track alignments at the Kinder Morgan Deer Park Rail Terminal in order to accommodate multiple unit train movements of coal for export. His track alignment designs played a key role in 'green-lighting' the over $15M of track construction as part of a $300M overall project.
Today, Bobby serves as Director-Track Services and is considered a rising star of industrial railroad design. He plays a vital leadership role in each and every rail-related project that we participate in.
As Director-Track Services, Bobby serves as primary liaison between the industrial rail client and the Class I Railroad(s); working closely with the client during the design, submittal, and approval process of each Railroad. Under his direction, the Track Services department works closely with the Engineering and Field Services departments.
Larry Blasch, Jr., PE, CFM, Engineering Director
Larry Blasch, Jr., PE, CFM, joined RITD in February of 2014, as Director of our Engineering Services Department. He is a 1989 Graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), holding a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and brings with him more than 20 years of Construction, Project Management, and Engineering experience. Larry is also a Military Veteran, having provided 10 years of service to our Country.
Prior to joining RITD, Larry was the Civil Engineer for Clay Development & Construction (CDC), in Houston, Texas; which focused in turn-key, large-scale, short-suspense commercial and industrial business park developments. Prior to CDC, Larry was an Associate with PBK Architects in Houston, specializing in the Site Planning, Design, and Construction Administration of numerous Educational Facilities in the Houston area and throughout Texas; he has owned and managed a small Engineering Design-Build Firm, which serviced Churches; and was also the Operations Manager for Gateway Development Resources.
Larry’s role at RITD, Inc. is to provide the full range of Civil Engineering Feasibility, Planning, Design, Permitting, and Construction Administration Services required of our clients, from conception through completion.
James Batson, Field Operations Director
James joined RITD in April of 2014 as Director-Field Operations. James began his career with Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) in 1996 as a Maintenance Foreman. his career advanced as a Track Inspector, New Construction Track Supervisor, and finally Manager of Track Maintenance for the Victoria Subdivision.
James left UPRR in 2008 to join the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) as a Track Inspector. His primary duties with the FRA consisted of inspection Class I Railroads and industry railroad users for compliance with 49 CFR Parts 213 and 214, Track Safety Standards and Roadway Worker Safety / Bridge Worker Safety.
His primary role is to use his 18-years of experience in the freight railroad industry to support our engineering and track services group. Additionally, he will provide knowledge and support to our clients by working with their contractors during and after track construction.