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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.

Railinc's Smemoe Named Rail Industry Rising Star

Railinc Director of Application Engineering and PMO Joan Smemoe has been recognized as a 2018 Rising Star by Progressive Railroading magazine.

The award recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who have made, or are making, a positive impact on their company, organization, department or team, and are viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as up-and-coming leaders in the rail industry.

As Railinc’s No. 2 technology officer and a member of the executive management team, Smemoe helps to create the vision, shape the strategy, provide leadership and drive the success of Railinc’s IT operations. She leads the company’s software development and applications engineering across all product groups, guiding more than 100 IT professionals who are responsible for dozens of essential applications that help to keep the North American freight-rail network moving.

Smemoe’s technology leadership and expertise have been integral to the success and impact of Railinc technology solutions and initiatives. These include

  • The AskRail mobile application, which helps to ensure that emergency responders have access to accurate, timely information about railcars carrying hazardous materials when they arrive at the scene of a rail emergency.

  • The Gateway Operations Services program, which is developing traffic management solutions for major rail gateways with a focus on the Chicago Terminal.

  • The Component Registry, which supports the tracking of rail equipment health.

Smemoe, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, joined Railinc in 2006 as a senior software engineer. She has shown progressive growth, moving into leadership roles such as project manager, senior manager and director that have enabled her to shape Railinc technologies that are critical to freight rail industry operations in North America.

Smemoe and the other 2018 Progressive Railroading Rising Stars will be recognized at a dinner in Chicago on July 22. Click here to see a complete list of winners.

Railinc's Parker Named Supply Chain Pro to Know

Railinc Vice President of Operations Yates Parker has been recognized as a 2018 supply chain executive “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. The award honors individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies and academia who have helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet the significant challenges of today’s business climate.

Parker was selected for the award from over 300 entrants and was recognized in the March 2018 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

Click here to see all the winners.

“We commend this year’s recipients for their achievements in supply chain and for paving the way for the next generation of exceptional supply chain leaders,” said John Yuva, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. ”This year’s recipients embody the commitment to transformative supply chain tools and processes, earning these individuals a rightful place in this year’s Pros to Know listing.”

Parker manages Railinc’s commercial business unit, which includes tracing, reporting, messaging, and research and development product families, as well as oversees the company’s customer experience operations. He and his teams work with Class I railroads and other freight rail industry partners to identify, develop and refine technology solutions to address some of the industry’s biggest operational challenges.

Parker joined Railinc in 2008 as vice president and chief financial officer and added customer experience to his responsibilities in 2014. He has been in his current role since early 2017.

Parker earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business management from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A certified public accountant, Parker was named CFO of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal in 2010.
 

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Railinc Releases 2017 Annual Report

Last year, Railinc continued working to deliver value to customers through innovative technologies that help to address some of the freight rail industry’s most pressing challenges. Leveraging our people, processes and technology, we completed critical industry projects, advanced important initiatives, upgraded systems and developed solutions that addressed rail safety, asset maintenance and utilization, and traffic management.

We’re proud of our purpose-driven work, serving the freight rail industry and creating value for people and business across North America. Our 2017 Railinc annual reportDelivering Innovation—highlights that work and our accomplishments from the past year.

Links to our 2017 annual report and past reports are available on our Annual Report page.

Railinc Named a Top Software, Tech Provider

Railinc has been named by Food Logistics as one of the FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers for 2017. The publication provides an annual list that serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

“New developments and innovations in the software and technology sector are making sizeable impacts on the global food supply chain,” said Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The result is greater visibility, improved regulatory compliance, enhanced shelf life for perishables, and the emergence of a more proactive and nimble food supply chain that benefits both the food industry and its logistics partners, as well as the end consumer.”

Railinc’s RailSight suite of applications gives customers – including those in the global food supply chain – complete rail shipment visibility and equipment management data delivered to their desktop or via a TMS solution. Our data products and technology systems are deeply embedded in the North American freight rail network. We also manage widely-used industry databases, build critical software applications and provide essential business intelligence services supporting the freight rail industry.

“We are excited to be recognized by Food Logistics,” said Chuck Hieronymi, director of business solutions. “Our RailSight solutions provide unmatched, near real-time rail shipment tracking data, cloud-hosted dashboards and mapping tools, and reporting and analytics services to help our customers improve operations, customer service, safety and efficiency. And we are continuing to enhance our technology with API connectivity as we increase the breadth and depth of shipment data available to our customers.”

Railinc appears in the November/December 2017 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com, as one of 2017’s FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers.
 

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