Speaker Information & Presentations Executive Forum 2024

Executive Forum 2024

 

Environmental Section - Green Solutions

 

Gary Rozmus - GEI Consultants - Presentation

Gary Rozmus is a Senior Consultant with GEI Consultants and has over 45 years of experience in the environmental consulting services field and is a recognized leader in the transit and freight rail environmental services and Brownfield redevelopment fields. GEI provides a broad array of environmental, geotechnical, water resources, ecological science and engineering consulting services.

Gary has been providing services to the railroad industry since the 1980’s. He is a Past- President of the American Railway Development Association and has served on its Board and Environmental Committee. He is also a long time member of the planning committee of the Railroad Environmental Conference.

He has been involved in the Brownfield/contaminated site redevelopment marketplace for many years and is a recognized leader in Brownfield redevelopment for private and public clients including railroads both locally and nationally. He was the First President of the Board of Directors for the New York City Brownfield Partnership and is still affiliated with the Board.





Becky Hensley - CSX

Rebecca Hensley is a Manager Environmental Programs at CSX Transportation, Inc where she coordinates CAA permitting and compliance activities and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting. She has over 25 years of experience with EHS and regulatory compliance. At CSXT, Her previous role was with TRANSFLO Terminal Services, Inc – managing environmental and systems compliance: facility permitting; audits; training; and Quality Management. She specializes in data management solutions and collaborating with field operations. Before joining CSXT and TRANSFLO, she worked as a consultant for a variety of transportation, manufacturing, military and government clients. Her career has specialized in environmental permitting and developing customized compliance solutions for air, water and waste programs. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and currently lives in Louisville, KY where she became a Certified Bourbon Steward and backyard chicken farmer. 




Mark Coleman - TRC

As Director of Advisory and Innovation within the Advanced Energy business segment of TRC, Mr. Coleman works with leaders across the organization and with partners and clients, to strategically advance best-in-class integrated solutions. Through intentional design and delivery of transdisciplinary teams, Mr. Coleman works at the nexus of energy innovation and the emergent sustainable economy, marked by solutions which are decarbonized, digital, decentralized, and which also embody social impact, environmental justice, and economic equity at their foundation.  Mr. Coleman also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level classes in Sustainable Enterprise and Managing Sustainability.  Mark is an award-winning author and business advisor on sustainable enterprise and the convergence of energy, technology, environmental stewardship, and innovation.



Mike Swaney, BNSF
Mike Swaney is the Director of Advanced Energy Innovation at BNSF Railway.  He is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and adoption of zero and near-zero emissions technologies at BNSF.  Mike joined BNSF in 2006 and has led multiple software and hardware technology deployment programs across various Operating departments.  Mike holds a BBA in finance from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.  Mike is married with three sons and lives outside Fort Worth, Texas.

 

 

Economic Development Section - Rail and Inland Port Development – How Rail Connectivity Powers Tulsa Ports

 

Daniel Grisham - Tulsa Ports

As Tulsa Ports Deputy Port Director and Director of Operations, Daniel Grisham oversees a variety of Port and Industrial Park business lines and operations at two distinct locations in Catoosa and Inola, Oklahoma. Dan’s responsibilities include overseeing rail, barge and towboat operations and stevedoring services. He also assists in the negotiation of lease agreements with tenants and supervises all Tulsa Ports engineering design, bidding, and construction administration. Before joining Tulsa Ports, Dan worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for seven years managing civil works and military construction projects. He obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University and recently obtained Inland Maritime Port Executive certification. Daniel is currently active in several organizations and associations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Waterways Council Incorporated, Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals, Southwest Association of Rail Shippers, and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.





Ashley Wolfe - OMNITrax

Ashley Wolfe serves as Director of Economic and Industrial Development at OmniTRAX and works at the intersection of customers and communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, and California to site new customers to our rail properties. Her dynamic career spans rail and economic development, and she has the ideal skillset to connect prospective rail customers with communities and transportation solutions that fit their needs. Ashley joins OmniTRAX from BNSF Railway’s Economic Development Team, following key roles with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Rail Practice Group, as well as local, regional, and state level economic development offices.

Wolfe was recently recognized as a “2022 Changemaker in Transportation” by Young Professionals in Transportation International. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management from Colorado State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential from International Economic Development Council. She also holds memberships in Texas Economic Development Council, Select Oklahoma, Economic Development Council of Colorado, and Nebraska Economic Developers Association. Ashley lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and daughter. She is an avid equestrian and enjoys training and competing her two horses in her free time.

 

Prior to his tenure in Industrial Development, Bill spent 13 years working for his family’s railroad construction company and was responsible for project management, estimating, track design, surveying, and various customer accounts. 

 

Technology Section - Systematic Evaluation and Prioritization of Rail-Highway Grade Separation


Michael Schmedt - HDR, Inc.
Drawing on over 20 years of industry experience, Michael serves as HDR’s Transportation Geospatial Solutions Director leading a team of 40 GIS professionals in developing innovative geospatial solutions for a wide variety of transportation projects and clients. Based in Orlando, FL, he utilizes his strong technical expertise on the development of data-driven decision support systems and transportation data management, analysis, and visualization tools for supporting the complete infrastructure project lifecycle. Michael has a MS degree in Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany, and is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).
 


 

Law Section - Tales of Environmental Law in Chaos

 

Theresa Romanosky, AAR 

Theresa is an Assistant General Counsel at the Association of American Railroads. Her responsibilities include regulatory, legal, and policy issues related the environment, hazardous materials, and climate change/resilience, particularly as related to the railroad industry and transportation infrastructure. Theresa earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and attended the University of Michigan Law School.









 

Real Estate Section - BNSF Railway Project Safe Distance and Dealing with Homeless Issues on Railroad ROW


Scott Rust, BNSF Railway Police Department 

Scott Rust is the Deputy Chief of Police with the BNSF Railway Police Department and currently overseas “Project Safe Distance.” A model program blending safety, compassion and effective enforcement as applied to the homeless challenges on railroad right of ways. Scott is a 20-year veteran, who brings his knowledge, experience and provides training to law enforcement in dealing with the homeless population and Railroad Investigations Safety Course (RISC).