PRESIDENT, BRIGHTLINE, MIAMI
Goddard worked in the hospitality industry before becoming president of the passenger rail system, the first private privately owned passenger rail system in the U.S. in more than a century. The system, which operates on the historic Florida East Coast line, connects Miami with Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; construction is underway on a leg that will bring service to Orlando. Eventually, the line expects to extend to Tampa.
|EDUCATION||Dublin Institute of Technology (BS), Trinity College, Dublin (BS)|
|PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION||I made the unlikely move from hotels to train travel. It’s been interesting and insightful as we seek to reinvent train travel.|
|CIVIC EFFORT||Before the pandemic, Brightline had launched a mobile barber shop, the BuzzBoxx, which provides mental health services and rail safety education. In exchange for taking a brief rail safety course, we offer free haircuts. We are also partnering with 211, a crisis hotline.|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I served as the head waiter for David Beckham’s wedding.|