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July 2017



Rail News: People

Rising Stars 2017: Young pros push positive change in the rail industry



Earlier this year, Progressive Railroading received more than 220 nominations for its fifth annual Rising Stars recognition program.

That number marked a new record for the program, which honors railroaders under the age of 40 who have made, or are making, a positive impact in the rail industry.

Over several weeks, the magazine’s staff chose 20 winners from the pool of candidates. To reach our decision, we weighed each nominee’s contributions to the rail industry, career achievements, leadership, professional association activity and community involvement.

As in years past, the 2017 honorees hold jobs in nearly every sector of railroading. Their reasons for joining the industry are as diverse as their careers: Some have followed in the footsteps of family members, while others ended up in the industry by chance. Still others took railroading jobs at the advice of friends or mentors.

Follow the links below to learn more about this year’s Rising Stars. The stories were based on the winners’ responses to questions from Senior Associate Editor Julie Sneider and Associate Editor Daniel Niepow. Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Rising Stars 2017 Award Winners:


Winnie Chang
Winnie Chang

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Nick Chodorow
Nick Chodorow

Belt Railway Co. of Chicago


Robert Gordon
Robert Gordon

National Transportation Safety Board


Travis Kelly
Travis Kelly

Texas Central Partners LLC

Darrell Krueger
Darrell Krueger

BNSF Railway Co.


Michael Lefevre
Michael Lefevre

Brightline (All Aboard Florida)

Michele Malski
Michele Malski

Short Line Safety Institute

Julie Mink
Julie Mink

Tealinc Ltd.


Myat Ohn
Myat Ohn

HNTB

Annka Robinson
Annka Robinson

Dallas Area Rapid Transit/Trinity Railway Express

Danielle Ross
Danielle Ross

Spectrum Inc.


Mike Stickel
Mike Stickel

Lake State Railway Co.

Sarah Touey
Sarah Touey

Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon


Stu Towner
Stu Towner

Watco Cos. LLC

 



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