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August 2018



Rail News: People

Rising Stars: Urszula Soucie, Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association



Urszula Soucie, 34

Chief operating officer
Railway Engineering Maintenance-Suppliers Association (REMSA)

Job description: Responsible for all aspects of managing REMSA, including communicating with its more than 300 member companies and organizing the biennial Railway Interchange conference.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree, McGill University

Career path: Soucie began her career at REMSA as operations manager before being promoted to operations director and then chief operating officer.

Nominator's quote: "Without [Soucie's] budgeting skills and attention to detail, our Railway Interchange group would be missing a key skill. ... She works collaboratively and thinks outside of the box to improve the event every year."— Amanda Patrick, Railway Supply Institute

Why did you go into railroading? Like many in the rail industry, I'm not a first-generation railroader. My father worked in public/government affairs for the rail industry for many years before he retired. He exposed me to the many great people and merits of the rail industry.

What career accomplishment are you most proud of so far? Spearheading consistent membership growth for the association and increasing the size and profile in exhibitors and attendees at rail industry trade shows. Cutting the opening ribbon at the outdoor exhibition at the last Railway Interchange was a highlight.

Who or what has been the biggest inspiration to you in your career? One of my biggest inspirations and supporters in the industry is Amanda Patrick with RSI. She has been a mentor to me since I started working at REMSA and our professional relationship has grown into a friendship. As women in the rail industry, I believe it is important for us to support one another. One great resource to women in the industry is the League of Railway Women, on which I also serve as board treasurer.

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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