Jack Hellmann is the 2017 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award

Earlier this month, Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® named Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John "Jack" Hellmann the 2017 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual's outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

We're very happy to have the opportunity to recognize Jack and G&W this year. As I mentioned in my June column, I am fortunate to have known Jack pretty much since he joined the company as CFO in 2000. He was named president of G&W in 2005. And since Jack became CEO 2007, he's continued to expand the organization's global footprint — something I suspect he'll talk at least a little about at RailTrends 2017, where he'll receive the award. RailTrends 2017 will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. 

Speaking of RailTrends: The speaker roster for this year's model is filling in nicely — we'll be announcing some of our other featured presenters in the weeks ahead. We'll also be opening up registering for the event in the not-too-distant future. For additional information on RailTrends, visit: www.railtrends.com

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