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Rail supplier news from Railinc, REMSA, STV, T.Y. Lin, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HNTB (Jan. 16)


Railinc Corp. recently elected BNSF Railway Co.'s Jo-ann Olsovsky as chair. A member of Railinc's board since 2008, she has served as BNSF's vice president of technology services and chief information officer for the past five years. Railinc's board also appointed two new members: Fred Ehlers, VP of information technology for Norfolk Southern Corp., and Serge Leduc, VP and CIO for CN.

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) has elected two new members to its board. John Murray, vice president of Willamette Valley Co., and George Pugh, vice president-operations of Knox Kershaw Inc., were elected to two-year terms.  The new directors attended their first REMSA board meeting on Jan. 6 when the association held its first-quarter meeting at the NRC's annual conference and exhibition in Palm Desert, Calif.

Thomas Butcher has joined STV as chief financial officer. He will oversee the firm's corporate financial management and information technology department. Butcher has more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance, most recently in the architectural, engineering, and construction management industries. Prior to joining STV, he was CFO and treasurer of a privately held civil engineering firm.

Navin Sagar has been named national director of systems engineering for T.Y. Lin International’s transit and rail business. He will provide leadership and support for transit and rail teams and projects in the United States. Sagar has 35 years of hands-on experience with major infrastructure projects, and has served several prominent public- and private-sector organizations, including as senior director of engineering at Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston, where he was in charge of the agency’s $2 billion Metro Solution program.

Mario Medina has been named senior area manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Austin, Texas. Medina joins the firm following a 28-year career with the Texas Department of Transportation, most recently serving as San Antonio district engineer. In that position, he was responsible for managing the office and providing engineering oversight for all operations. In his new role, he will manage the operations of the Austin office.

On Jan. 14, HNTB Corp. held events in cities across the United States to mark the firm’s 100th anniversary. “In 1914, our firm opened its doors as a small bridge design partnership in Kansas City, Mo.,” said Rob Slimp, HNTB Infrastructure, in a press release. With its roots in the design of railroad bridges, the firm’s capabilities have grown to include a full range of infrastructure related services, including design, program delivery and construction management, said Slimp.

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