A fourth generation railroader, Shoener began his rail career while in college with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, joining the Missouri Pacific Railroad after graduation. During his 45-year rail career, Shoener has served in various senior level leadership roles, including as president and CEO of Kansas City Southern. He also served as president and chief operating officer of Kansas City Southern and was a member of the Kansas City Southern Board of Directors.
Today Shoener leads his own international consulting practice where he continues to work closely with several railroad companies. He has also served as chairman and/or director of the Port Terminal Railroad, Belt Railway of Chicago, Houston Belt and Terminal Railway, Alton and Southern Railroad and Terminal Railroad Association.
Patriot President and CEO John Fenton, commenting on the appointment of Shoener, said, "Art has been a highly influential rail leader. He has an extraordinary track record of success as a leader in the highest levels of the railroad business. He has excelled on some of the biggest stages in the industry. His experience, creativity and strategic orientation will be a great asset as we seek to establish Patriot as a more prominent player on the national stage. We are privileged to have him on our board of directors."