2024 Board of Directors Nominees

Here are the nominees for the 2024-2025 Executive Board of Directors
 
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President

Chris Ingraham, Group Vice President Process & Analytics - Norfolk Southern Corp. 
 
Chris Ingraham is the Group Vice President of the Process and Analytics team at Norfolk Southern. Throughout his career, Chris has held various positions at NS in both the Industrial Development and Engineering departments. Chris began his career in 1994 in the Engineering-Design and Construction Department. Chris graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Civil Engineering degree in 1993. He obtained his Professional Engineering license in 2001. Chris currently sits on the board of the American Railway Development Association (ARDA) and has been a member since 2013. He enjoys golf, fishing, and pickleball. Chris currently lives in Johns Creek, GA with his wife and three daughters.

 
 
First Vice President

Cameron Rex, Owner - Valuation/GISP - RMI Valuation, LLC
 
Cameron is the owner of RMI Valuation, LLC, providing real estate appraisal services and managing their enterprise GIS. He has 20 years of experience involving corridor real estate and track improvement valuation. Cameron currently holds the Appraisal Institute’s MAI designation, the International Right of Way Association’s R/W-AC Appraisal Certification and is a certified GIS Professional. Over the past 20 years, Cameron has integrated GIS into all valuation work performed by RMI Valuation, including project-based creation and customization of GIS data and workflows and deployment of mobile solutions for data collection for comparable sales inspection, subject property inspection and track improvement inventory. He has been an active member of the American Railway Development Association and has served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Technology Section on multiple occasions. He is also currently serving as Treasurer on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Cameron lives in Chicago’s north suburbs with his wife and two wonderful daughters. 


 
 
Second Vice President
 
Andrew Vollmer, Regional Manager Real Estate - Norfolk Southern Corporation

 
Soon after graduating from University of Central Missouri with a BS in Business Administration, Andy Vollmer began his railroad career in 2007 as a Management Trainee in the Transportation Department of Norfolk Southern’s Operations Division, based in the coal fields of Bluefield, WV.  After being promoted to Assistant Trainmaster and learning about freight rail operations, Andy transitioned to the Marketing Division’s Real Estate Department as a Property Agent.   Holding increasing levels of responsibility, Andy is now Regional Manager – Real Estate over a diverse team that handles the acquisition, sale and lease activities in a multi-state region. 
 
In addition to ARDA, Andy is a proud member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) and also serves as a member of Norfolk Southern’s Real Estate Technology Team where he assists in the identification and implementation of various technology solutions that help the department be more productive.
 
 

Treasurer

Alex Saar, Senior Manager of Corridor Services – CSX Transportation

 
Alex R. Saar holds a Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.  Alex joined CSX’s Real Estate department nine years ago, where he has served in various real estate and engineering positions, each of increasing responsibility.  Prior to joining CSX he worked as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers throughout the southeastern U.S. as well as a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. Today, Alex is responsible for managing a team of engineers at CSXT that oversee third party utility crossings, cell towers, longitudinal utility installations and utility relocations across CSX’s network of 26 states. 



 
Secretary
 
Rachael Crandley, Senior Project Manager - Railway Development - HDR, INC.

 
Rachael Crandley is a Senior Project Manager at HDR focused on rail economic and industrial development and railroad real estate. Prior to joining HDR in April 2021, Rachael spent a decade in the real estate department at Conrail, initially as a Real Estate Manager and most recently as the Director of Business Development and Planning. In that role, she managed their diverse portfolio of real estate assets, oversaw customer development, facilitated the design of rail-served facilities, and coordinated service initialization. She also managed the fiber optic cable and signboard inventory and was instrumental in developing their enterprise GIS. Today, Rachael works with a variety of Class I and short line railroads and is involved in a large array of project types, providing advisory services in areas such as grant funding and utility coordination, and facilitating communication between railroads and real estate developers and municipalities to help progress capital improvement projects. Rachael holds a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland and degrees in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from Columbia University. She lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, dog and three young boys.


 

Past President

Alanna Strohecker, Vice President – Global Goods Movement Director - AECOM 

 
Alanna Strohecker, PE, MBA is AECOM’s Global Director of Goods Movement. In this role, Alanna leads AECOM’s market sector that provides transportation infrastructure solutions to the global supply chain and its clients.  Her responsibility is to set the strategic objectives and lead business development efforts for this global group of professionals.  The mission of AECOM’s Goods Movement business is to leverage our planning, engineering design, and construction management expertise to develop multi-modal infrastructure and integrated logistics solutions for AECOM’s global client base.   
 
Alanna began her engineering career at Frederic R. Harris, a predecessor company of AECOM in 2001, upon graduation from Villanova University with a civil engineering degree.  She began working in the rail group as a new graduate and has never left the industry.   
In 2006, she took a position working for Wabtec Railway Electronics as a Program Manager, managing the existing air brake product line for various rail and transit customers.  During this time, Alanna completed her Master of Business Administration at the University of Maryland.  Following her MBA graduation in 2008, she took a position with BNSF Railway and relocated to Seattle, WA.  She worked as the Regional Manager of Economic Development for North and South Dakota, working with customers that wanted to expand their rail service with BNSF.  Over the next two years, she facilitated the development and construction of various rail facilities. 
  
In 2010, Alanna returned to AECOM to manage the CSXT General Engineering Contract as the Program Manager.  Over the last ten years, she has taken on roles with increasing responsibility within the Freight Rail Market Sector at AECOM.  Alanna has served as the CSXT Client Account Manager, and the US Lead for Freight Rail and in November of 2017, she became the Freight Rail Market Sector Lead for the Americas, leading busines development efforts with AECOM’s Class I, regional railroad and shortline clients across North America.  Alanna moved onto her current role as the Global Director for Goods Movement in late 2020.  
 
Alanna is married to Mike and they have three children, Logan (9), Emma (6) and Abigail (3).  Alanna is currently the Treasurer and a member of the Board of the American Railway Development Association (ARDA).  Alanna is a member of the National Railroad and Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC)’s Policy and Legislative Committee.  Alanna is a member of AREMA and serves on Committee 24 and a member of WTS, an organization that advances women in transportation.  Alanna also volunteers her time on Villanova University’s College of Engineering Advisory Council.