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Rising Stars: Amy Rice, CSX Corp.
Amy Rice, 39
Vice president of intermodal operations
Job description: Since joining CSX in 2011, Rice has served as VP of strategic planning, VP of operations planning and performance, and VP of of finance. She also served in the sales and marketing department as director of marketing for intermodal. In August, Rice was named VP of intermodal operations.
Education: Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan; Bachelor of Business Administration, Emory University
Nominator's quote: "During CSX's transition to precision scheduled railroading, Amy's unique skills and experience have been invaluable in driving the company strategy forward and in creating long-term value for customers and shareholders." — Diana Sorfleet, CSX
Why did you go into railroading? CSX has a very strong reputation in Jacksonville, Florida, and I was impressed by the loyalty and engagement of the CSX employees I knew in the community. As I got to know the company through the interview process and my early tenure, I was excited by the dynamic nature of the transportation industry, and the opportunity created from the blend of history and institutional knowledge with a more diverse workforce and the demands of a modernizing supply chain.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of so far? Several years ago, I made a lateral move from sales and marketing to finance at the railroad. This role was offered to me as a developmental opportunity, and I was uncertain as to how both my performance and enjoyment of the role would compare to my prior experience. Making that career move and climbing the learning curve in a new function while building relationships with new business partners was a healthy challenge, and ultimately opened many doors for future opportunity. Looking back, I'm proud that I took the personal risk and it has guided my perspective on ongoing career decisions.
What do you enjoying doing when you're not at work? I am active in the community, and serve on the board of Hubbard House (a local nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence) as well as the business advisory committee of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. I enjoy running and try to run the Thanksgiving half-marathon each year. I also play in a Working Women's Tennis League. Most of my weekends are spent watching my kids' sporting events and enjoying time with family and friends.
What do you hope to be doing or learning in five years? I hope to find myself with ongoing and enhanced opportunity to influence key business strategies through my work and my board service. I expect to continue my own learning journey and to extend my focus on developing talent.
Rising Stars 2018 Award Winners:
Florida East Coast Railway
District Department of Transportation
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
R. J. Corman Railroad Group
BNSF Railway Co.
MTA Long Island Rail Road
Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co.
Central Maine & Quebec Railway
Transportation Technology Center Inc.
Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association
Federal Transit Administration
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
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