Press Release.


Donald Robinson Joins All Aboard Florida as President and COO

March 21, 2013 – Leading human capital firm Morgan Samuels has announced the placement of Donald Robinson as President and COO of All Aboard Florida.  Morgan Samuels provides innovative and strategic services focused on identifying, attracting, and retaining top executive talent.  Mr. Robinson will oversee the operational functions for the passenger rail project, and together with the President and Chief Development Officer will jointly define the All Aboard Florida brand and customer experience.

All Aboard Florida is a passenger-rail project of Florida East Coast International and its affiliate, Florida East Coast Railway, both of which are majority-owned portfolio companies of private equity funds managed by Fortress Investment Group.  The more-than-$1 billion project will be the first privately financed and operated passenger rail system in the U.S.  Slated to begin service in 2014, the higher-speed rail service will operate on a regular schedule transporting passengers between South Florida and Orlando in less than three hours.  Mr. Robinson will report to the management of Fortress Investment Group and the CEO of Florida East Coast Industries.

Mr. Robinson has over 35 years of experience in hospitality and recreation projects.  He had most recently been the President of Baha Mar Resorts in the Bahamas since 2006, including the design and opening of the $3.5 billion destination.  Before that, he was with The Walt Disney Company for more than 30 years.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology at University of Central Florida, and did Master’s in Business Administration course work at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  “We are thrilled to announce Don’s placement as the President and COO and are confident in his ability to accelerate the growth of this exciting project,” said Bert Hensley, CEO of Morgan Samuels, who led this search on behalf of Fortress Investment Group.

About Morgan Samuels

Morgan Samuels is a leading human capital consulting firm dedicated to helping its clients realize their vision by identifying and solving their most mission critical human capital imperatives.  For over 45 years the firm has created and implemented breakthrough human capital strategies that impact companies at the organizational, team and individual levels.

Complementing its core competency in retained executive search, Morgan Samuels offers additional results-driven consulting solutions designed to unleash the power of human capital and revolutionize leadership performance.  Whether it’s through identifying, attracting and acquiring best-in-class talent, or developing, equipping and retaining existing critical talent, Morgan Samuels enables its clients to truly innovate, accelerate, and transform – instead of just perform.