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Today is the deadline to submit nominations for Progressive Railroading's 2017 Rising Stars Award, a recognition program for up and coming leaders in North America's railroad industry. Nominations will be accepted until midnight.Progressive Railroading defines a Rising Star as someone under the age of 40 who is making a positive difference in his or her company, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as a rising star in the rail industry. Progressive Railroading will select 20 Rising Stars and publish their profiles in the September 2017 issue.Also, the Rising Stars of 2017 will be honored at a recognition dinner on July 23, 2017, at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis.Nominees must be younger than 40 years of age on Sept. 1, 2017, and currently work in North America's railroad industry. Rising Star candidates must be willing to participate in our process, answer questions from Progressive Railroading staff and supply a photo for publication.To nominate a Rising Star, fill out the nomination survey. Explain in a detailed, written statement how the nominee goes above and beyond to make difference in the railroad industry.Candidates will be considered for recognition based on qualities such as their contributions to railroading, career achievements, demonstrated leadership, education and/or training, and professional association activity or community involvement.For more information, follow this link to submit a nomination, learn more about the dinner or read profiles of the 2016 winners.Questions? Call Senior Associate Editor Julie Sneider at 414-228-7701, ext. 517, or email her at email@example.com.