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During a virtual celebration, Progressive Railroading today will recognize 25 North American rail industry professionals who will receive the 2021 Rising Stars Award.
The celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Eastern time and will be live-streamed on Progressive Railroading's Facebook page. To register to attend the program, click on this link.
This is the ninth 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 215 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 can be read on ProgressiveRailroading.com and will be published in the magazine's September issue.The 25 Rising Stars and the organizations they work for are:
Harrison Armstrong, R.J. Corman Railroad Group LLCTroy Banks, New Orleans Public Belt RailroadStephani Bazata, Union Pacific RailroadChristopher Bennett, CSXMohit Bhat, CNErika Bruhnke, RailProsAmanda DeCesare, CSXJudith Espino Gonzalez, Kansas City Southern de MexicoAntonio Frazier, Union Pacific RailroadCarl Garrison, Union Pacific RailroadMatt Hemsath, Archer Western Construction LLCKimberly Howe, Siemens MobilityBrian Lapp, New Jersey TransitJoangelie Lind, Florida East Coast RailwayLaura Mason, AmtrakCharlie Monte Verde, Genesee Valley TransportationPreston Nelson, WatcoAndrea Niethold, CNNicole Ochroch, Port Authority Transit Corp.Marcus Parrott, BNSF Railway Co.Ashley Reid, Canadian PacificKristen Scully, Canadian PacificNick Troutman, Pioneer RailcorpCarmen Wallace, Kansas City SouthernSean Winkler, Tai Ginsberg & Associates LLC