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League of Railway Industry Women names Farmrail's Petry 'Woman of the Year'


The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) has named Farmrail System Inc. Controller Judy Petry as the recipient of the organization's 2008 "Outstanding Woman of the Year Award." Sponsored by Progressive Railroading, the award recognizes an individual's dedication, commitment and contribution to the railroad industry.

Petry has served Farmrail as an accountant and controller for 21 years — and supported the short-line railroad industry itself for just as long.

"Her ability to grasp and analyze complex 'big-picture' issues affecting our industry has caused her to accept positions with the Railcar Management Inc. Users' Group and ASLRRA's Short Line Integration Team, board membership in [ASLRRA] and assignments with other committees," said Farmrail Chief Executive Officer George Betke in a nomination form, noting that Petry also chaired ASLRRA's 2008 Annual Meeting. "Just as she is always thinking in terms of what is good for the team, so is Judy able to advocate what can benefit short lines collectively."

Petry will be honored during the LRIW's 11th annual luncheon, which will be held Sept. 23 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.

For more information on the LRIW, visit the association's Web site (

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