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Bastyr named publisher of Progressive Railroading


Kirk Bastyr has been named publisher of Progressive Railroading magazine. He succeeds Steve Bolte, who recently was named senior director of North American sales for Harsco Rail.

Bastyr has spent most of his career in the ad agency business, where he’s held senior-level account management and business development positions.

“Kirk has 10 years of experience working with rail-industry clients," said Bob Wisniewski, chief executive officer and owner of Progressive Railroading. "He's developed media and communication campaigns for Miner Enterprises, a leading manufacturer of rail-car components, and ExpressYard, which is now owned by GE. ExpressYard was a developer of integrated software for Class I and short-line railroads."

Bolte, who served as Progressive Railroading's publisher for the past 16 years, praised the selection of Bastyr.

“Kirk Bastyr will make a fine publisher of Progressive Railroading," Bolte said. "In addition to his great work with rail-industry clients, he will bring a deep understanding of integrated marketing and communications to Progressive Railroading clients.” 

Bastyr begins his new position on June 30. A graduate of Indiana University, he lives with his wife and four children in Louisville, Ky.