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September 2007

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UTU members elect leaders

On New Year’s Day, the United Transportation Union (UTU) will be under new leadership when the organization becomes part of a newly merged union.

Last month, UTU members elected Malcolm “Mike” Futhey Jr. president and Arty Martin, assistant president of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers, which will begin operating Jan. 1. Current UTU International President Paul Thompson and Assistant President Rick Marceau previously announced plans to retire on Dec. 31.

The UTU is merging with the Sheet Metal Workers International Association to form SMART, which will include a transportation division representing UTU’s current rail, air and bus industry members.

In addition, UTU members elected Kim Thompson as general secretary and treasurer to succeed Dan Johnson, who retired Sept. 1, and re-elected National Legislative Director James Brunkenhoefer.


Freight-road rosters

  • Union Pacific Railroad named Joe Adams, Joe Bateman and Scott Moore vice presidents of public affairs for the Southern, Northern and Western regions, respectively.
  • RailAmerica Inc. named Harold Tynes VP and controller.
  • The Indiana Rail Road Co. named Jacklyn Hardy director of human resources and chief administrative officer.
  • The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway named Stephen Greene VP of mechanical.
  • Anacostia & Pacific Co. Inc. named Paul Victor general superintendent of the New York & Atlantic Railway Co.

Board room

  • The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority elected Long Beach, Calif., Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal as 2007-2008 chair of its governing board.
  • VIA Rail Canada Inc. appointed Donald Mutch to a two-year board term.

Supply side

  • Union Switch & Signal Inc. announced President and CEO Ken Burk has resigned. The company named SVP of business development for US&S parent Ansaldo STS Emmanuel Violett interim CEO. US&S also named Keith Szewczyk director of product development; Scott Baird, VP of the Automation & Information System (A&IS) business unit; and J. Jay Anderson, director of engineering for A&IS.
  • Wabtec Corp. named Merrill Lynch Vice Chairman of Investment Banking Brian Hehir to the board.
  • Vossloh AG revoked CEO and Executive Board Chairman Gerhard Eschenröder’s contract because of “serious differences of opinion on the executive board, and between the CEO and supervisory board”; and named CFO Werner Andree executive board spokesman.
  • Simmons Machine Tool Corp. named David Wm. Davis president and chief operating officer.
  • Salco Technologies L.L.C. named Alex Degutis VP and general manager; Scott Swanson, VP of sales; John Davey, senior product development engineer; Brian Putnam, VP of product sourcing; and Rasa DeLafosse, product manager.
  • Railinc named Karen Folino assistant VP, industry support services.
  • Global Rail Systems Inc. named Brian Ellison director of sales.
  • Cattron Group International named Chris Loeffler senior sales engineer.


  • URS Corp. named C.N. “Raj” Rangaraj VP and division quality officer.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff named Rick Cunningham SVP and national strategic sales manager.
  • Gannett Fleming named Sam Mayman VP and regional transit manager.
  • Southwest Signal Engineering Co. named Alex Spicer senior signal engineer.
  • Rail Sciences Inc. added Russell Quimby to its engineering staff.


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