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INRD is Railway Age’s 2012 and 2018 regional railway of the year. (INRD photo from the 2018 film Award)

The Indiana Rail Road Co. (INRD) has elevated three employees to assistant vice president positions. In addition, Caltrax, an independent railcar repairer, has hired a sales and business development manager; and a vice president of WSP USA received the Latino Leadership Conference award.

INRD—Age of the railwayThe Regional Railway of the Year 2012 and 2018’s promoted Brian R. Jonaitis, Shae M. LeDune and Josh T. Ward to Assistant Vice President, Business Development; Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources; and AVP and controller, respectively.

Brian R. Jonaitis (left), Shae M. LeDune and Josh T. Ward have been promoted to AVP at INRD.

Jonaitis joined INRD’s sales and marketing staff in 2005, and has been instrumental in leading the region’s business development team, as well as identifying new business with existing clients. and the development of new opportunities on the 250-mile network.

LeDune started working for INRD in 2009; She rose through the ranks, moving to the HR team in 2017.

Ward started as an accountant at INRD in 2003. He will continue to plan and direct accounting operations and other financial matters.

“These changes are intended to streamline our management structure and prepare for future growth,” said Dewayne Swindall, who was appointed President and CEO of INRD in June.

“These individuals are recognized for their outstanding contributions and as future leaders of the organization. “

Trevor Hammer returns to Caltrax Inc., a Calgary, Alberta based company, as Director of Sales and Business Development. A railroad veteran for seven years, he has experience in HR, accounting and finance, marketing and business development.

Caltrax Inc., a division of Cad Railway Industries (CadRI), was founded in 1991. It deals with mechanical repairs, tank car cleaning and sandblasting / painting jobs.

Alva Carrasco, Vice President, WSP USA

The Latin Leadership Conference, an initiative of the National Diversity Council, presented its National Latin Leadership Award to Alva Carrasco, Public Transport Market and West Rail Manager at WSP USA.

Carrasco is President of Latinos In Transit (LIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and development of Latinos and other minorities in transportation, and has been a member of the LIT Board of Directors since its inception in 2016. She is also a member of the APTA Diversity and Inclusion Counsel, and is vice-chair of the committee of the CTA Inclusion Diversity Equity Association.

Carrasco was recently promoted to her position as Vice President at WSP USA, leading the transit and rail practice in the western United States. Where is.

Jannet Walker-Ford, National Leader in Transit and Rail, WSP USA

Carrasco has over 28 years of experience in the transit industry, including serving as Vice President of Maintenance for the Sacramento Regional Transit District, where she was responsible for operations and maintenance. ” daily maintenance of its fleet of buses and light rail vehicles as well as track maintenance and material management.

“Alva’s passion for her transportation work goes hand in hand with her efforts to foster equity and diversity within the Latin American community,” said Jannet Walker-Ford, who has become a national transportation leader. joint and railways for WSP in February. “Her leadership inspires our team and the perspective she brings translates into more thoughtful projects that benefit our transportation customers and the communities they serve.

Categories: Class I, Freight, Freight wagons, Intermodal, Mechanical, News, Short Lines & Regionals, Switching & Terminal
Key words: Latest News, Caltrax, Indiana Rail Road, INRD, WSP USA

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