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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 eighth 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 100 nominations of individuals who work for Class Is, regionals, short lines, passenger railroads, transit agencies, government, academic institutions, 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 or 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 of 2020 will be honored at a dinner scheduled to be held July 20 in Chicago during the American Association of Railroad Superintendents' 2020 annual meeting.
The Rising Stars for 2020 and the organizations they work for are:
Maeghan Albiston, Canadian PacificNatalie Bogart, Northern New England Passenger Rail AuthorityRyan Breier, Burns Engineering Inc.Sean Cronin, MetraOlivia Daily, Kansas City SouthernMarcelo Estrada, CSXFrancisco Fabila Rubio, FerrovalleSeth Friend, CSXScott Harris, Chesapeake & Delaware LLCElizabeth Graham, Union Pacific RailroadDaniela Jaramillo, Florida East Coast RailwayKatrina Kalafatis, HNTBAshley King, Norfolk Southern RailwayLacy Kreger, BNSF Railway Co.John McNeil, Norfolk Southern RailwayKaren Monroy Lopez, Kansas City Southern de MexicoMelissa Smith, Kansas City SouthernJoe Stephens, HerzogJacob Street, Siemens Mobility Inc.Nicole Teska, Bowers & Co. CPAs PLLCKyle Van Koughnett, Canadian PacificHarrison Wadsworth, Siemens Corp.Brad Walker, Watco Cos. LLCBrandon Whitaker, Union Pacific RailroadAshley Wieland, National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association