At Hallcon, our leadership team has a broad range of outsourced services, transportation and technology experience with significant depth in the private and public transit sectors. Across all service segments of the business, this diverse expertise allows us to deliver outstanding service while maintaining our focus on safety, innovation and people.


President & CEO


Chief Operating Officer


VP & Chief Information Officer


VP & Chief Financial Officer


VP & Chief People Officer


VP, Rail


VP, Transit & Facilities


VP, Global Dispatch


VP & Chief Technology Officer

Drew Ellesmere-Jones

VP, Safety & Risk Management


Senior Director, Finance

Karin Olson
Senior Director, Finance

Karin leads Hallcon’s contract administration, financial process design, monitoring and refinement, customer invoicing and support, secondary vendor support and integration, operations support and payroll management for the North American Rail Division.

Karin has more than 25 years of Finance experience, and prior to serving as Senior Director of Finance, she held the role of Controller for Hallcon from February 2006 until September 2008. In this role, Karin was responsible for Financial Accounting and Reporting for the Rail Line of Business. In 2008 Karin transitioned to Director of Data Management where her deep knowledge of the business and ability to integrate complex functions uniquely positioned her to analyze data requirements for both internal and externally facing clients. Working directly with Hallcon’s programming team, Karin’s leadership facilitated important B2B advancements in the areas of customized reporting, invoicing technologies, and enhanced performance reporting.

Karin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Emporia State University.

Drew Ellesmere-Jones
VP, Safety & Risk Management

Drew is responsible for leading Hallcon’s safety and risk management programs and training as well as Hallcon’s risk mitigation strategies to support the vision and goals of the entire organization.

Drew has 25 years of experience in Operations, Safety & Risk Management, coupled with 18 years’ experience in public safety as a paramedic.   For the past decade, Drew has provided executive leadership in Risk Management, Insurance, Safety, and Loss Control to some of the largest emergency medical services and passenger transportation providers throughout North America and Europe including Laidlaw International (First Transit) Transdev (Veolia) and Keolis North America.

Drew holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia State University, and his leadership extends to such positions as a member of the Board of Delegates for the National Safety Council and numerous other industry and association roles. As a recognized leader, he has received several awards for his successes in the safety and risk management arenas.

Kevin Ramsay
VP, Rail

Kevin has overall operational responsibility for the Rail Line of Business in both the United States and Canada. His responsibilities include overall company performance metrics, senior management team leadership, customer relations as well as business strategy and innovation through communication with dispatch, finance, human resources and IT.

Kevin has been with Hallcon since its introduction into railway crew transportation in 2003 and has experience running all parts of the business operations as well as customer procurement and development. Kevin started his career as an accountant at KPMG and prior to joining Hallcon, he held positions as an Associate and a Vice President for a Toronto based investment bank working on private company buyouts, refinances and acquisitions.

Kevin holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Economics and Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has served in teaching positions at Wilfrid Laurier University and volunteered on several community councils. Kevin formerly served as the President of the Board of Directors for a Toronto condominium corporation and served several years on the Board of Directors of Hallcon. Outside of work, Kevin has a passion for cars and golf, and enjoys other family activities such as camping, biking and boating.

Robert Balon
VP & Chief Information Officer

Rob leads Hallcon’s overall information technology teams and initiatives, including IT strategy, business analytics, enterprise technology and data integration. He leads Hallcon’s use of information and technology to drive customer, growth and operational priorities.

Rob has more than 25 years of experience managing transformation initiatives, integrating mergers and driving strategic business value from investments in technology. Prior to joining Hallcon, he led several organizations and enterprise initiatives across a variety of industries including logistics, manufacturing, financial services, life sciences, media, commercial software and professional services.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Throughout his career, he has helped nearly fifty Fortune 500 companies deliver more than $3 billion in business outcomes by leading large-scale integration initiatives with cohesive business and technology teams.

Tony G. Plut
President & CEO

Tony has provided strategic direction and leadership to over 5,500 Hallcon team members operating in multiple lines of business for the past 14 years. His responsibilities include fostering relationships with key clients, stakeholders and employee groups and driving the company’s overall business strategy and culture.

In addition, Tony is committed to leadership team development and growth to help ensure the continued success of Hallcon’s operations. Tony also leads efforts to enter into new markets either organically or through M&A activities.

Tony has over 25 years of experience in various industries including accounting and consulting, automotive, investment banking and logistics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

John R. Stoiber
Chief Operating Officer

John has global P&L responsibility for Hallcon including strategy, lines of business, operations, marketing and branding, sales, finance, information technology and HR. He leads the company’s senior management team in fostering and developing new business, improving performance, managing large change initiatives, assimilating new acquisitions and integrating all critical functions of a 24/7 business model.

John has over 25 years of experience in a wide range of industries and organizations including Fortune 500, mid-size and entrepreneurial organizations. Prior to joining Hallcon, he held numerous senior executive positions in the outsourced services, professional services, technology and social networking arenas.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Marquette University. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an MBA from Marquette University with a focus on strategy and new venture development.

John is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs at 1871, one of Chicago’s premier technology incubators.

Brian Kirk
VP & Chief Financial Officer

Brian provides management support to the entire Hallcon team. While his key focus is financial reporting and financial management, he also assists the operations group by providing customized financial information to ensure the business runs smoothly and profitably.

Brian was a former Senior Manager with KPMG where he served a variety of clients from privately owned organizations to publicly traded corporations in a number of industries. In addition to his public accounting experience, Brian served as Accounting Manager of Old Republic Insurance.

Brian offers treasury services to multiple charities and industry organizations, including the Toronto Railway Club, where Brian served as President in 2013. Brian is a Chartered Accountant and obtained an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.

Michael Springer
VP & Chief People Officer

Mike has responsibility for the company’s people agenda, which includes culture, employee and labor relations, health and welfare programs, talent acquisition, organizational development, HR systems and payroll. Mike brings a global perspective to developing, implementing, and continually improving leading practices aligned with Hallcon’s purpose, vision and values.

With over 20 years of experience, Mike has a diverse work history including Fortune 500, multi-national, national and regional companies. Prior to joining Hallcon, he held senior level roles spanning multiple industries and disciplines including retail, beverage, distribution/logistics and energy.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Management from Missouri State University.

Paul Fletcher
VP & Chief Technology Officer

Paul is responsible for Hallcon’s global technical infrastructure and engineering initiatives, as well as driving new innovation, service capabilities and adherence to industry best practices.

Since joining Hallcon, Paul has created a foundation for technology management by leveraging cutting-edge infrastructure, establishing outsourced partnerships and implementing disaster recovery solutions for core services and dispatch operations. He also leads the revitalization efforts of Hallcon’s legacy platforms and custom enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Prior to Hallcon, Paul held numerous senior-level positions leading engineering teams in delivering enterprise software solutions for clients in the financial services, entertainment, government, reverse logistics and automotive industries.

Paul holds a diploma in Systems Analysis from Sheridan College and is currently enrolled in continuing studies in Enterprise Architecture at the University of Toronto. Paul is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Dan Cox
VP, Transit & Facilities

Dan is responsible for Operations throughout North America. Dan is our resident expert in commuter railcar cleaning, light rail vehicle cleaning, bus servicing, station and facility cleaning, resthouse management and station ambassador programs. He is also developing transit specific initiatives that provide good value and positive outcomes for major transit organizations within Canada and the USA.

Dan has a venerable track record within Hallcon, having held  management positions at just about every level of the company. These titles include Supervisor, Site Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager and Director of Operations. Dan has been instrumental in distinguishing Hallcon as the industry expert in transportation cleaning and various other transportation services. His leadership over the past twelve years has been customer and ridership focused with a deeply held belief in providing clients with flexibility and high quality service.

Dan holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Labor Relations and Political Science and completed coursework toward a Masters of Industrial Relations program at the University of Toronto.

Steve Heinking
VP, Global Dispatch

Steve leads Hallcon’s overall efforts to ensure a quality customer service. This includes maintaining employee performance metrics, coordinating with internal customers regarding the collection of data for payroll and billing and overseeing a responsive and informed 24/7 call center.

Steve has been the driving force behind our company’s technology development, including the implementation of our Dispatching, Billing and Fleet Maintenance software as well as our GPS/Mobile Messaging systems. Steve has also been an essential part of our integration initiatives, consolidating dispatch centers and dispatch optimization.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri Kansas City, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management Kansas City. Steve is actively involved in the Knights of Columbus, Relay for Life and Cub Scouts.