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July 2018



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Rising Stars 2018: Making their mark on North America's rail industry



Earlier this year, Progressive Railroading received more than 150 nominations for its sixth annual Rising Stars recognition program.

The program 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 2018 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 2018 Award Winners:


Scott Bannwart
Scott Bannwart

Florida East Coast Railway

Jeffrey Bennett
Jeffrey Bennett

District Department of Transportation


Jeffrey Brauner
Jeffrey Brauner

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Nick Edelen
Nick Edelen

R. J. Corman Railroad Group


Clayton Johanson
Clayton Johanson

BNSF Railway Co.

Xiang Liu
Xiang Liu

Rutgers University

Yifeng Mao
Yifeng Mao

MTA Long Island Rail Road


Victor Meyers
Victor Meyers

Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co.

Chad Mowery
Chad Mowery

Central Maine & Quebec Railway

Becca Nagorsky
Becca Nagorsky

Metrolinx


Przemyslaw Rakoczy
Przemyslaw Rakoczy

Transportation Technology Center Inc.

Amy Rice
Amy Rice

CSX Corp.


Joan Smemoe
Joan Smemoe

Railinc Corp.

Urszula Soucie
Urszula Soucie

Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association

Cyrenthia Ward
Cyrenthia Ward

Federal Transit Administration


Ann Waters
Ann Waters

Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Cecily Way
Cecily Way

WSP USA

 



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