Clyde Preslar

Professor of the Day – Department of Accounting & Finance

Clyde Preslar is senior vice president and chief financial officer of RailAmerica, Inc., a leading regional/short-line freight railroad operator in North America. He has more than 34 years of experience in corporate finance, including 14 years as CFO of publicly-traded companies. At RailAmerica, Mr. Preslar helped lead a series of major financing efforts, as well as the company’s initial public offering (IPO). He also supported the transaction of selling RailAmerica to Genessee & Wyoming in July 2012 at an 83% premium to the company.

Mr. Preslar has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cott Corporation and vice president and chief financial officer of Lance, Inc. He is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as a Certified Management Accountant.

Mr. Preslar serves on the board of directors of NYSE-listed Alliance One International and chairs its audit committee. He serves on the Business Advisory Council of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of Elon College and holds an MBA from Wake Forest University.


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