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The North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) elected new officers at its annual meeting held last month.
The 2021-2022 NARS officers are: President Patrick McGrath, McGrath Ground Logistics; First Vice President Bruce Mann, Port of Houston; Second Vice President John Meyers, DM Bowman Co.; Secretary Kate Luce, Mississippi Export Railroad; Treasurer Ray Hufnagel, Plastic Express; and Immediate Past President Tom Tisa, CSX.
The association also honored members with two major awards. Each year, NARS recognizes exemplary leadership in the rail shipping community through the NARS Person of the Year Award and the Edward R. Hamberger Lifetime Achievement Award. For 2021, the NARS Person of the Year is Craig Longardner for his outstanding service both to NARS and the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers. Longardner is the corporate director of logistics for Steel Dynamics Inc.
The co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Jeffrey Usher and Dana Burleigh. A NARS board member, Usher is the assistant vice president for the safety and operations department at the Association of American Railroads. Burleigh is vice president of Lynch Logistics and just completed 10 years of service to NARS, including a term as president.