The Railway Track & Structures 10 under 40 list honors some of the most talented and bright people in the railroad Maintenance-of-Way industry.
Individuals under the age of 40 are selected based on their contribution to the industry and their community. RT&S proudly presents the 2022 list below in no particular order.
Nathan Williams, Vice President, Rail Infrastructure Maintenance & Engineering
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Nathan Williams planned and managed eight continuous shutdowns which allowed for recovery of capital project schedules and lost time during the initial COVID pandemic. Those capital projects were critical to the rail service in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas.
Navroj Bhullar, Director, Track & Structures
Bhullar joined CP as a project engineer in 2013 where he managed various track and structures projects on CP’s Moose Jaw Division. Within a year, his role was expanded to manage track and structure projects on the Saskatoon and Moose Jaw Division.
JaQuinton Braswell, Manager, Advanced Train Control (ATC) System Compliance & Safety
In his nearly decade-long career with Norfolk Southern, Braswell has worked across all phases of design, inspection, and maintenance of Norfolk Southern’s communications and signal facilities. Braswell is regarded as the “best of the best” within Norfolk Southern, in part because he helped the railroad successfully implement Positive Train Control.
Brian King, Senior Program Manager
HNTB Corp. (WMATA)
For the last 5 1/2 years, serving as an HNTB business consultant, King has applied his expertise to deliver organizational change management, improve business processes, maximize revenue, cut costs, and minimize risk for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). From September 2016 through June 2017, King provided financial oversight and management for SafeTrack, WMATA’s $163 million Federal Transit Authority-funded track rehabilitation program.
Omar Monge, Director, Track Maintenance
Monge’s team of six managers and 100 agreement professionals maintain and repair 1,110 track miles from southern California to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. The group battles temperature swings from 20 to 120 degrees F and extreme weather events, not to mention the wildlife inhabiting the desolate terrain.
Charles Rollins, Director, Communications & Signals
As director of Communications and Signals, Rollins has successfully led teams in Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla., and he now leads the entire Georgia Zone. His unique style of leadership and the Charles Rollins “brand” have led those around him to become better.
Kristina Boka, Manager, Design & Construction
Boka is CN’s construction project manager and has been involved in many of the capital projects across the Greater Toronto area that will help to increase capacity for more containers to come through the area, resolving supply chain capacity and fluidity issues. She has led in many projects, including the $250 million Milton Logistics Hub project.
Maxim Delisle, General Manager, Infrastructure Development
Cando Rail & Terminals
Since joining Cando in 2018, Delisle has been instrumental in delivering significant rail infrastructure projects that are increasing rail capacity in key markets and creating strong and reliable supply chains. Projects he has led or continue to lead include Cando’s $85 million rail terminal in Sturgeon Country, Alberta, Canada, Mosaic’s train staging yard in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, Canada, and a site assessment of the Mosaic New Wales Facility in Tampa, Fla.
Katelyn Krysiak, Assistant Vice President of Engineering, G&W Northern Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming
At both CSX and Genesee & Wyoming, Krysiak has ensured that thousands of rail bridges and track miles are safe and compliant for operations. Her work to secure grant funding for upgrades also enables freight-rail transportation to become even more efficient for new and veteran customers alike.
Wes Adkins, Founder and CEO
U.S. Rail and Logistics
Adkins has managed rail terminals and line segments across BNSF’s network, driving an accident- and incident-free work culture while meeting customer expectations for rail service. Currently he is the leader of teams of up to 350 employees and operational budgets of $205 million annual spend.
The following were named to the honorable mention list:
Matt Miller, Project Manager, Field Services, Southeast Region, Construction Engineering & Inspection Group Leader
Modjeski and Masters
Muyinat Majekodunmi, Senior OCS Engineer
New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Zhenlin Guan, Director of Project Delivery, Caltrain Modernization Program
San Mateo County Transit District (Caltrain)
Giovanni DiDomenico, Track Engineer
Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.
Drew Bokenka, Assistant Vice President, Signal Maintenance and Construction
More information on the winners will be available in the April issue of RT&S magazine.