BOCA RATON, FL --  Banyan Rail Services Inc. announced  that Jon D. Ryan has been named president of its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Wood Energy Group, Inc. Ryan, who also serves as Banyan Rail’s Chief Financial Officer, has over 14 years of major accounting firm experience, including as a Senior Assurance Manager at both Ernst & Young in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Smoak, Davis & Nixon LLP in Jacksonville, FL. Most recently he was Corporate Controller at the The Gazit Group, USA, a subsidiary of Gazit-Globe, one of the world’s leading multi-national real estate development and management companies. Ryan, a CPA, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida. He succeeds Greg Smith, who resigned from Wood Energy to pursue other interests.

“The appointment of Jon, combined with Wood Energy’s solid base of business, provides a tremendous platform from which to grow the company over the next several years,” said Donald D. Redfearn, president of Banyan Rail Services. “Jon was instrumental in completing Wood Energy’s recent move to a larger, more efficient tie processing site in Gibsland, LA. In addition, as a result of long-term service agreements, the company is investing in new tie processing equipment that will streamline operations, reduce costs and position the company to handle increased business.”

Wood Energy is one of the nation’s largest railroad tie reclamation and disposal companies. The company provides railroad tie pickup, reclamation and disposal services to the rail industry; relay ties for track maintenance; landscape railroad ties for landscape professionals and end users; and railroad tie derived fuel for qualified customers.

About Banyan Rail Services Inc.:

Banyan Rail Services Inc. is a railroad support services company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. The company owns The Wood Energy Group, Inc., one of the nation’s largest railroad tie reclamation and disposal companies. For more information on Banyan Rail Services visit us at

Source: Banyan Rail Services Inc.


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