2019 Rising Stars Recognition Dinner

Monday, July 22, 2019
Norfolk, Virginia

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About Progressive Railroading's Rising Stars

Progressive Railroading has been reporting on workforce development in the railroad industry for the past several years. In 2013, we set out to discover not only how rail businesses are trying to recruit and retain new railroaders, but who some of the industry's up-and-comers might be. As a result, the "Rising Stars" program was launched to identify individuals under the age of 40 who already are making a difference in the rail industry.

The magazine defines a "Rising Star" as someone under 40 years of age who has made, or is making, a positive impact on his or her company, organization, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as an up-and-coming leader in the rail industry.

We will celebrate the 2019 Rising Stars at a recognition dinner to be held Monday, July 22, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia.


2019 Rising Stars

We are excited to announce the 2019 Progressive Railroading Rising Stars:

Terry Atkinson
Union Pacific Railroad
Cathrin Banks
Maryland and Delaware Railroad Co.

Matt Bell
National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association

Jeffrey Brantz

Kelley Carr

Landon Downes
Balfour Beatty Rail

Mickaela Doyle
Watco Cos. LLC

Shannon Emberly

Sara Garza Gonzalez
Kansas City Southern de Mexico

Crystal Gitchell
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

Dustin Hall
Security Through Safe Design Inc.

Linda Hernandez Carrillo
Kansas City Southern de Mexico

Kimia Khatami
Pacific Harbor Line Inc.

Amanda Limburg
David Evans and Associates Inc.

Nicolas Mabboux

Jessica Mefford-Miller
Metro-St. Louis

Brian O'Donnell
Metro-North Railroad

Luke Olson
Loram Maintenance of Way Inc.

Shirley Qian
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Audra Rodgers

Devin Rouse
Federal Railroad Administration

Katie Sanders
Union Pacific Railroad

Scott Schiemann
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co.

James Schwichtenberg

Amanda Trainor Patrick
Rail Supply Institute

View past honorees   2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

2019 Rising Stars Recognition Dinner



5:00 pm Monday, July 22, 2019

Hilton Norfolk The Main

Norfolk, Virginia


Rising Stars Sponsorship

Add Some Extra Twinkle to Progressive Railroading's Rising Stars Celebration with a Sponsorship

Celebrate the recipients of Progressive Railroading's 2019 Rising Stars awards with the purchase of a Rising Stars sponsorship. The event recognizes individuals — under the age of 40 — who are making positive contributions to the rail industry. This year, the winners were acknowledged at a special dinner Monday, July 22, in Norfolk, Virginia.

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2019 Rising Stars Timeline

FEB 19 Nomimation process closes
APRIL 5 Honorees will be notified
JULY 22 Honorees Dinner to be held in Norfolk, Virginia
SEPT ‘19 Honorees will be featured in Progressive Railroading Magazine


Nomination Process Julie Sneider
414-228-7701 ext 517

Dinner Tickets and Logistics Amy Brown
414-228-7701 ext 458

Sponsorships and Advertisement Kirk Bastyr

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