Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) President Bruce Wise is stepping down from his position at the association following a recent employment change.
Wise joined Georgetown Rail Equipment Company (GREX) as director of business development earlier this month.
“Bruce has been a respected and recognized contributor to the industry with more than 30 years of experience,” the association said.
Wise joined the REMSA board in 2009. In 2013, he was elected as board secretary/treasurer.
He was later nominated to the role of vice president before serving his term as president from 2017 through 2018. REMSA says Wise’s vision and leadership were critical to advancing many of the association’s objectives throughout recent years.
“Mr. Wise’s leadership as president is fitting to his name,” said REMSA CEO/Executive Director David Tennent. “Bruce has been instrumental in growing our association and propelling REMSA’s mission forward. We want to thank Bruce for his time and commitment to REMSA and will continue to build on the positive momentum with Alan Reynolds as president.”
Reynolds succeeds Wise as REMSA president and currently serves as president of Geismar North America. Reynolds has been on the REMSA Board of Directors since 2009.
“Bruce’s presence will be missed on the board,” Reynolds said. “Under his leadership he has situated the organization in a positive position for me to step into the role of president. My goal is to build on the strong foundation Mr. Wise and the previous presidents have established at REMSA.”
REMSA also said it plans to elect three new board directors at the association’s 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, which will take place Sept. 16 in Chicago, Ill., in tandem with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition.
The of candidates for election include: Thomas Blechinger, president, Plasser American Corporation; Chuck Ewing, vice president Track Services – Infrastructure, Progress Rail Services a Caterpillar Company; and Rob Loomis, business manager, Willamette Valley Co., LLC.