In June, Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® named Norfolk Southern Corp. Chairman and CEO Charles "Wick" Moorman the winner of its 2013 Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievement in the rail industry. We'll present the award to him on Nov. 22 during our annual RailTrends conference, which will be held Nov. 21-22 in New York City. Why Wick? Several reasons. Among them: He's led the charge to inculcate a safety culture change; he's embraced the link between technology, operating efficiency and productivity; he's pushed the strategic partnership envelope in strategic rail corridors. In August, I interviewed Wick for a story I'd ultimately write (a profile) for our October issue. Ever personable, Moorman talked me through his work life, filling in some of the blanks (in my notebook, anyway) and elaborating on a few of the ventures that mark his to-date run as NS CEO. For perspective, I also talked with others who know him, including Kansas City Southern's Mike Haverty, who worked with Wick on the Meridian Speedway; and the NS CEO Moorman replaced in 2005, David Goode. They confirmed what had come through loud and clear during the August conversation, in previous interviews I'd done with Wick, and what I'd been hearing from others for nearly a decade: that Moorman, gentleman and scholar that he is, is doing a terrific job nurturing the NS franchise, and positioning the railroad for near- and longer-term growth. Outstanding, then, as achievements go. I'm looking forward to presenting the award to Wick in New York City next month. Hope to see some of you there, too.
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