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Today, Progressive Railroading announced the names of 25 people chosen for recognition this year as Rising Stars in the North American railroad industry.
This is the 10th year Progressive Railroading has sponsored the Rising Stars Awards program. The magazine defines a Rising Star as someone under the age of 40 who has made, or is making, a positive impact on his or her company, organization, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as an up-and-coming leader in the rail industry.
During a nomination process that lasted several months, Progressive Railroading readers submitted more than 140 nominations of individuals who work for Class Is, regionals, short lines, passenger railroads, transit agencies, government entities, associations, engineering firms, contractors and suppliers.
The award winners were chosen based on their contributions to railroading, as well as their career achievements, demonstrated leadership, professional association activity and community involvement. Their stories will be profiled on ProgressiveRailroading.com this summer and published in the magazine's September issue.
In addition, the Rising Stars for 2022 will be honored during a virtual ceremony to be held July 27.
This year's Rising Stars, and the organizations they work for, are:
Lindsay Anderson, Kansas City Southern
Erica Antoine, Burns Engineering Inc.
Sophie Bacchi, CN
Matthew Bolte, Railway Equipment Co.
Michelle Bowling, Watco
Kevin Christy, Conrail
Nicholas Clark, CN
Jacquelyne Colvis, Siemens Mobility
Joshua Dantzler, Amtrak
Clifton Ellis, Union Pacific Railroad
Tim Enayati, Jaguar Transport Holdings LLC
Ari Ferrand-Rodgers, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Evan King, CSX
Elizabeth Lun, Metrolink
Jacqueline Martinez, MTA Metro-North Railroad
Maria Cristina Oviedo Mireles, Kansas City Southern de Mexico
Kael Peterson, CN
Kelly Pilarski, WSP USA
Trevor Pusch, Anacostia Rail Holdings Co.
Josh Smith, The Greenbrier Cos.
Lee Sorrick, Union Pacific Railroad
Nicholas Spitaletta, MTA Long Island Rail Road
Brian Steadman, Kansas City Southern
Kelle Williams, Pioneer Lines
Sarah Yrkoski, Union Pacific Railroad