R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC, named Nathan Henderson as president of R. J. Corman Railroad Services, LLC, and of Noel Rush to serve as senior vice president Commercial Development, R.J. Corman Railroad Group effective immediately. Both will continue to report to R.J. Corman Railroad Group President and CEO Ed Quinn.
The company said Henderson and Rush’s respective backgrounds in the railroad industry and corporate finance and operations make them highly qualified to serve in these roles.
Henderson joined the R. J. Corman family of companies in January 2011 following a 14-year career with CSX Transportation. He has served in several leadership roles throughout his nearly six years of service including vice president of Material Sales, vice president of Strategic Sales and Marketing and, most recently, as chief commercial officer. R.J. Corman says each of these positions provided Henderson with an extensive background in topics such as safety performance, customer-focused delivery, service quality and regulatory compliance. Henderson has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Morehead State University, serves on the Associates Advisory Board for the Association of American Railroads and was recently reelected to the board of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association. In his new role he will be tasked with overseeing the daily operations and development of the railroad services company, which offers railroad construction, emergency response and maintenance of way services.
“I am looking forward to this new opportunity,” Henderson said. “In fulfilling this new position I am committed to providing our customers the top of the line services that they have come to expect from R. J. Corman. Additionally, I will emphasize the company’s overall operating efficiency and work toward ongoing expansion, while keeping safety as our priority.”
The company said Rush’s 20-year tenure with R.J. Corman provided multiple leadership roles, such as president of R.J. Corman Derailment Services, vice president of Finance and Administration and vice president Risk Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s finance department, its fleet and potential acquisitions, building operating and capital budgets and coordinating with corporate counsel. Additionally, Rush helped establish and lead the R.J. Corman Storm Team for nearly 15 years. As SVP Commercial Development, Rush will assume responsibility for further developing the company’s corporate marketing strategies, client services, executive relationships and government affairs.
“I am prepared and eager to bring thoughtful and energetic leadership to the company’s commercial development,” Rush stated. “While I am serving in this role, we will continue to work to deliver a suite of increasingly proficient services which our clients value and regard as the best and safest in the industry. We will also strive to uphold R. J. Corman’s long history of successful strategic partnerships with our customers, state and local government agencies, and the communities in which we operate.”
“As a company, we look forward to seeing the accomplishments that each of these men will have in their new positions,” Quinn said. “I am certain that they each possess the appropriate skills and will provide invaluable headship while serving in these roles. Following these successful transitions, we plan to announce the restructuring of leadership personnel within the emergency response department of R. J. Corman Railroad Services.”