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Photographed April 9, 2013, in West Point, Ga. Left to right: J.C. Watts Jr., chairman and founder, J.C. Watts Cos., and former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma; Gilbert H. Lamphere, chairman, FlatWorld Capital; John B. Breaux, partner, Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, and former U.S. senator from Louisiana; Timothy T. O'Toole, CEO, FirstGroup; John D. McPherson, former president and chief operating officer, Florida East Coast Railway; Steven T. Halverson, CEO of the Haskell Co.; Donna M. Alvarado, founder and president, Aguila International; J. Steven Whisler, former chairman and CEO, Phelps Dodge; David M. Ratcliffe, former chairman, president, and CEO, Southern Co.; Donald J. Shepard, former chairman and CEO, AEGON; Michael J. Ward, chairman, president, and CEO, CSX; Edward J. Kelly III, chairman, the Institutional Clients Group at Citigroup

The railroad operator's 21,000 miles of track touch 23 states (plus D.C. and Canada) and more than 70 ports in the U.S. Though its revenues and profits were flat -- $11.8 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively -- CSX (No. 231) boasts a safety record for 2012: the lowest rate of personal injury in the company's history. The railroad titan is in the midst of building the National Gateway, a public-private project that will improve links between Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest for freight trains. The company will spend $575 million on the improvements, which are slated for completion in 2015.

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