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Job description: Leads and guides the company's long-term strategy. Responsible for ensuring the railroad provides safe, effective and efficient freight-rail transportation services to customers and communities.
Education: B.S. in economics, Rocky Mountain College; M.B.A., Texas Christian University
Nominator's quote: "Victor's wisdom belies his age. He is a visionary and a realist, and I expect that he will be a leader in our industry for the next 20-plus years." — Mark Wegner, CEO of Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co./Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co.
Briefly describe your career path.
I started my career with BNSF Railway. After working for BNSF for seven years in a variety of positions, I accepted an opportunity with the Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co. (TCWR) in Minnesota as vice president operations. I spent five years with TCWR before transitioning to my current position as president with Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co. (RRVW) in North Dakota.
Why did you go into railroading?
My family — grandfather, father, uncles — worked for railroads, so it was always something that interested me. I was (and still am) fascinated by and loved the proud history of the industry and the important role that freight-rail transportation plays in the U.S. economy.
What career accomplishments are you most proud of?
TCWR was able to work injury free for over a full calendar year for the first time in its 25-year history. It was great to be a part of the team that accomplished that achievement and the camaraderie that was created as a result.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?
Spending time with my wife, Crystal, and our three dogs — Bailey, Molly and Freddie. Also, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as golf and cycling.
Who or what has been the biggest inspiration in your career?
I have been lucky to have a number of great role models. I can't say that there is a single person who is completely responsible for inspiring me, but there are many who have provided inspiration, which I have tried to integrate into my career.
What do you hope to be doing in five years?
Making a positive difference in the industry and with the people I have the opportunity to work with and for.
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