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Railinc's Hieronymi Named Pro to Know

Railinc Director of Business Solutions Chuck Hieronymi has been recognized as a 2019 Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. The award honors supply chain executives and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate.

“I am honored to be named to this year’s prestigious class of Provider Pros to Know,” Hieronymi said. “We have an outstanding, customer-driven team at Railinc and I am proud to represent all of our associates with this award.”

Hieronymi was selected for the award from more than 500 entrants and was recognized in the March 2019 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. 

Click here to view the full list of winners. 

"Our Pros to Know listing showcases the leaders and innovators shaping the profession and making substantial impact on their companies," Supply & Demand Chain Executive editor John Yuva said. "We commend this year's recipients for their achievements in the supply chain and for paving the way for the next generation of exceptional supply chain leaders."

Hieronymi has more than 30 years of leadership experience in consulting, logistics, technology and innovation, engineering and large-scale complex change initiatives that drive higher performance business solutions. He works with a wide range of shippers, logistics service providers, rail equipment owners and lessors, carriers and transportation management software and visibility providers.  Hieronymi holds a U.S. patent for an engineered automotive mechanism, has helped create and shape several financial industry leading partnerships and technology standards, and led the business and development team that created what is now the market-leading internet banking platform in the US.

Hieronymi joined Railinc in 2009 as an AAR product manager and was promoted to director of commercial product marketing and business development in 2010. He has held his current title since late 2012. 

Hieronymi earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. 

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Registration is Now Open for NARMO 2019

Registration is now open for the 37th North American Rail Mechanical Operations (NARMO) Seminar, which will be held May 14-16, 2019, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

NARMO is part of an ongoing education effort to better equip car owners, shippers, car shop operators and railroad mechanical personnel with the latest information on mechanical inspections and the AAR Interchange Rules.  Key program topics at this year's seminar will include updates and changes to interchange rules, Railinc workshops, as well as discussions on Mechanical Inspection Department programs and mechanical inspections.

Attendance is open to all railroad personnel, private car owners, shippers, contract shops, leasing companies, fleet managers and all other interested parties.  It will be of particular interest to anyone who deals with car repair and billing on a routine basis and to up-and-coming mechanical department managers.

To register or for more information, visit NARMO's website. Early bird pricing is in effect through April 14.

Short Line Carloads Increase in 2018

The overall number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroad in 2018 was up compared to 2017. Carloads originated for 2018 were at about 4.3 million through December 31, up about 94,00 carloads, or 2.2 percent from 2017

Nonmetallic Minerals led annual gains with a 15.1 percent increase. Metals and Products were up 13.2 percent, and Chemicals and Pulp, Paper and Allied Products increased 11.1 and 10.3 percent respectively. Coal led annual declines, down 15.7 percent. Trailer or Container, Motor Vehicles and Equipment and Other carloads were also down compared to 2017.

Click here to download the Carloads by Commodity table as an Excel file.

Railinc publishes this information as a service to the rail industry. The Railinc Short Line and Regional Traffic Index can also be found monthly in Railway Age magazine. For questions or comments, please contact the Railinc Corporate Communications department.  

Global Conference Panel Features Railinc Analyst

The North American railcar fleet grew by about 27,000 cars through July 2018, adding about 11,000 covered hoppers and 5,000 tank cars. Those were among the takeaways from a recent Railcar and Locomotive Outlook and Overview panel featuring Railinc Sr. Data Scientist Dr. David Humphrey and others at Cowen and Company’s 11th Global Transportation Conference.

The entire panel session is available below and here.

Each year, Humphrey uses Umler data to create demographic profiles of the railcar and locomotive fleets and presents the information at the Rail Equipment Finance Conference in La Quinta, Calif. Companion reports on the railcar and locomotive fleets are available to download for free on the Railinc Research Reports page.


Railinc Names Smemoe Chief Information Officer

Railinc Corp. has promoted Joan Smemoe to the positions of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President of Information Technology, effective June 11.

Smemoe will be responsible for providing the vision and leadership for Railinc’s data, product development, and information systems platforms. Smemoe—who currently serves on the executive management team—will report to Allen West, president and CEO, in her new position.

“I’m honored to lead our team of highly skilled technologists,” Smemoe said. “At Railinc, we do important, meaningful work in service to the freight rail industry. With powerful, new technological innovations at our disposal, it’s an exciting time to be in a role like this.”

Smemoe joined Railinc in 2006 as a senior software engineer. She has served as a project development manager, senior manager of application engineering, plus she served as director of application engineering and director of Railinc’s project management office.

During her tenure, Smemoe provided technology leadership for important product initiatives, including the AskRail mobile application, the Gateway Operations Services program, and the Component Registry.

“Strong leadership in the CIO role is essential to our ability to serve the freight rail industry and to our success as a technology company,” West said. “For more than a decade, Joan has helped to shape Railinc technologies that are critical to daily freight rail operations. We’re fortunate to have a leader with her technology and industry expertise and deep knowledge of our products become CIO.”

Prior to joining Railinc, Smemoe worked as a senior Java developer at Shelter Mutual Insurance Co. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and was named a 2018 Rising Star by Progressive Railroading magazine.