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STB selects 15 new members for small railroad, shipper council

Yesterday, the Surface Transportation Board announced it appointed new members to the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council, which acts as a private-sector forum for issues affecting small railroads and shippers, including rail-car supply, service, rates, competition and dispute resolution.

Established in 1995, the 15-member council provides advice on regulatory, policy and legislative matters to the STB, U.S. Department of Transportation, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The new members, who’ll serve three-year terms, are:
• James Brunkenhoefer, United Transportation Union’s national legislative director;
• Eric Butler, Union Pacific Railroad’s vice president and general manager of industrial products;
• Roger Fray, West Coast Central Cooperative’s VP for grain;
• D.J. Kratzberg, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s rail transportation manager;
• Charles Marshall, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.’s president and chief operating officer;
• Bill Matheson, Schneider National Inc.’s VP and GM of truckload services;
• Reilly McCarren, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Co.’s chairman;
• Larry Parsons, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co.’s chairman and chief executive officer;
• Dean Piacente, CSX Transportation’s VP of chemicals and fertilizer sales and marketing;
• Robert Pugh, Georgia-Pacific Corp.’s VP of logistics;
• Bruce Ridley, Packaging Corporation of America’s mill manager;
• Connie Thede, Muscatine Power & Water’s manager of purchasing and stores;
• Terry Voss, Ag Processing Inc.’s senior VP of transportation;
• Rick Webb, The Watco Cos. Inc.’s CEO; and
• Owen Zidar, Kansas City Southern Railway Co.’s VP of sales and marketing, carload business unit.

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