2018 Rising Stars Recognition Dinner

Sunday, July 22, 2018
W Lakeshore Hotel
Chicago, IL

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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 2018 Rising Stars at a recognition dinner to be held Sunday July 22, 2018 at the W Lakeshore Hotel in Chicago, IL.

2018 Rising Stars Honorees

The 2018 Rising Star finalists were chosen based on their contributions to railroading, career achievements, education, demonstrated leadership, professional association activity and/or community involvement. The 2018 honorees will be profiled in Progressive Railroading's September issue.


Scott Bannwart, Florida East Coast Railway

Aubyn Bell, HDR

Jeffrey Bennett, Denton County Transportation Authority

Jeffrey Brauner, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Nick Edelen, R. J. Corman Railroad Group

Jocelyn Hill, Conrail

Clayton Johanson, BNSF Railway Co.

Xiang Liu, Rutgers University

Yifeng Mao, MTA Long Island Rail Road

Victor Meyers, Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co.

Chad Mowery, Central Maine & Quebec Railway

Becca Nagorsky, Metrolinx

Przemyslaw Rakoczy, Transportation Technology Center Inc.

Darren Reynolds, CN

Amy Rice, CSX Corp.

Joan Smemoe, Railinc Corp.

Urszula Soucie, Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association

Cyrenthia Ward, Federal Transit Administration

Ann Waters, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Cecily Way, WSP USA

View past honorees   2014 2015 2016 2017

2018 Rising Stars Dinner


To celebrate the 2018 Honorees Progressive Railroading will host a dinner during the American Association of Railroad Superintendents Annual Conference on Sunday, July 22. The dinner will be a great way to network and celebrate with this impressive group of "rising stars". Registration for dinner will open in late spring.


Sunday, July 22

W Lakeshore Hotel

644 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611


Rising Stars Sponsorship

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

Celebrate the recipients of Progressive Railroading's 2018 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. The winners will be acknowledged at a special dinner Sunday, July 22, at the W Lakeshore Hotel in Chicago, IL.

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2018 Rising Stars Timeline

DEC 18 Nomimation process opens
FEB 18 Nomimation process closes
MARCH 31 Honorees will be notified
JULY 22 Honorees Dinner to be held at the W Lakeshore Hotel in Chicago, IL.
SEPT ‘18 Honorees will be featured in Progressive Railroading Magazine

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