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Progressive Railroading yesterday honored 25 people chosen as the Rising Stars of the North American railroad industry at a recognition dinner held in conjunction with the American Association of Railroad Superintendents Annual Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia.
Twenty of the 25 Rising Stars attended and were presented their award from Progressive Railroading Senior Associate Editor Julie Sneider.
A Rising Star is defined 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.
During a nomination process, Progressive Railroading readers submitted more than 120 nominations of individuals who work for Class Is, regionals, short lines, passenger railroads, transit agencies, government agencies, academic institutions, engineering firms and rail suppliers.
The 2019 Rising Stars are:
Terry Atkinson, Union Pacific RailroadCathrin Banks, Maryland and Delaware Railroad Co.Matt Bell, Rail government affairs consultantJeffrey Brantz, MetraKelley Carr, AmtrakLandon Downes, Balfour Beatty RailMickaela Doyle, Watco Cos. LLCShannon Emberly, CNSara Garza Gonzalez, Kansas City Southern de MexicoCrystal Gitchell, American Short Line and Regional Railroad AssociationDustin Hall, Security Through Safe Design Inc.Linda Hernandez , Kansas City Southern de MexicoKimia Khatami, Pacific Harbor Line Inc.Amanda Limburg, David Evans and Associates Inc.Nicolas Mabboux, CNJessica Mefford-Miller, Metro Transit-St. LouisBrian O'Donnell, Metro-North RailroadLuke Olson, Loram Maintenance of Way Inc.Shirley Qian, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers AuthorityAudra Rodgers, AECOMDevin Rouse, Federal Railroad AdministrationKatie Sanders, Union Pacific RailroadScott Schiemann, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co.James Schwichtenberg, CSXAmanda Trainor Patrick, Rail Supply Institute
For more details on and to read individual profiles of the 2019 Rising Stars, click here.