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2013 Rising Star Honorees

The 2013 Rising Star finalists were chosen based on their contributions to railroading, career achievements, education, demonstrated leadership, professional association activity and/or community involvement.


Fiailoa Ah Sue

Project Engineer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority/Metrolink

Shelli Austin

Vice President
IDS Transportation Services L.L.C.

Ashley Backhus

Corporate Trade Show Manager
TranSystems Corp.

Chris Bagwell

Project Manager
Great Lakes Central Railroad

Walter Bleser

Director of Railway Asset Management
Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.

Emanuel Couto

Assistant Superintendent
New Jersey Transit

Husein Cumber

Executive Vice President
Florida East Coast Industries

Chris Daloisio

Railroad Constructors Inc.

Gregory Grissom

Vice President-Engineering Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.

Erik Johanson

Strategy and Sustainability Planner
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Shawntell Kroese

Assistant Vice President-Intermodal Sales
Union Pacific Railroad

Michelle Muhlanger

Deputy Regional Administrator
Federal Railroad Administration

Martita Mullen

Senior Manager of Engineering Standards

Elan Neal

Director-Car Hire
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Kevin Nichter

Director, Product Line Management
Lilee Systems

Joshua Raymond

Principal Officer of Corporate Strategy

Chad Rolstad

Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supply
BNSF Railway Co.

Marlon Taylor

Director of Operations
Pacific Harbor Line Inc.


Justin Vonashek

Director, Regulatory Compliance


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