The American High Speed Rail Alliance Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished industry representatives, top American labor officials, rail experts, state and corridor leaders who share a common interest in creating and sustaining high speed rail corridors and improving intercity passenger rail in America.
The members of the Advisory Board will provide guidance to the Alliance on its mission to advocate for the near term development and implementation of an improved passenger rail network in the United States. The Board will support the Alliance’s agenda, participate in AHSRA summits, strategic planning sessions and legislative meetings, maintain a dialogue with stakeholders in the HSIPR industry and serve as a resource for private companies, government agencies and the public.
Advisory Board Members
Brian T. Caine (Chairman)
Manager, Business Development
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Mr. Caine holds the position of Business Development Manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Washington, D.C., USA. Brian has 25 years of experience in the information technology industry, including leadership positions with IBM and Lockheed.Brian has worked in the transportation industry since 1992 — initially serving as industry Program Director on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) National Architecture Program. Since 2000, Brian has been working with the rail industry, focusing on development of Communication Based Train Control and related technologies for freight and passenger applications. Mr. Caine serves on several industry and government advisory Boards focusing on surface transportation policy and technology issues.
Hon. Al Swift
Former Congressman – House of Representatives
Partner in Colling, Swift & Hynes
Mr. Swift served sixteen years in Congress representing the state of Washington’s second Congressional district. His highly respected leadership qualities enabled him to be one of a select few Members who wielded two gavels simultaneously. A member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, he chaired the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), railroads, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Swift gained a reputation as a moderate, hard-working, pro-business Democrat that was a deal-maker and had a knack for retaining substantive knowledge and legislating on point. Before being elected to Congress, Swift was a broadcaster in his home state of Washington, where he was Director of News and Public Affairs for KVOS-TV and the winner of a regional Emmy for excellence. After serving in Congress, Swift served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Burlington Northern Railroad. He worked diligently to re-establish Amtrak service between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. He reorganized their political action committee and placed the department on the political map. He currently serves as a partner at Colling, Swift & Hynes, a D.C.-based government relations consulting firm.
National Railroad Construction & Maintenace Association (NRC)
As President, Mr. Baker handles NRC’s core issues and programs, including the annual Management Conference, the safety program, a railroad construction equipment auction, and its federal lobbying program in front of both Congress and the Administration. Mr. Baker is also a partner at Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H), a transportation-focused government affairs firm in Washington, DC. Prior to joining CC&H, Mr. Baker worked with the Surface Transportation Policy Project in Washington, D.C. Mr. Baker has also worked in the office of Senator (then Congressman) Ben Cardin (D-MD) and for Deutsche Bank Securities as an investment banker specializing in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Baker is a native of Baltimore, MD, and a graduate of Gilman School in Baltimore, MD and Rice University in Houston, TX.
Melvin E. Clark, Jr. Esquire
Chief Operating Officer
G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc
Melvin E. Clark, Jr., Esquire, the founding owner, president and CEO of the Metroplex Corporation, currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc. Metroplex Corp., one of the premier minority rail construction contractors in the United States. Under Mr. Clark’s leadership, Metroplex worked on projects such as the Alameda Corridor Project in Los Angeles, a Bay Area Rapid Transit Project in San Francisco, and The Southern New Jersey Light Rail System in Camden, New Jersey, at the time some the largest transit construction projects in the country. Prior to his time at Metroplex and G.W. Peoples Contracting, Mr. Clark also worked as an Associate Attorney with Klett, Lieber, Rooney & Schorling where he was involved in corporate planning for construction companies, construction litigation, and labor law. He also completed a four year commitment as an attorney with the tax division of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Clark is a member of the Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, Inc. (YPO) and also a member of the Black Young Presidents’ Organization (BYPO) a part of the YPO. He holds a degree in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University, a law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, and a Master’s Degree from the Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Charles H. Emely
Executive Director and CEO
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association(AREMA)
Dr. Charles H. Emely has been Chief Executive Officer of AREMA – The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association since 1998. AREMA is the international association representing those engineering professionals who design, construct, and maintain the railways and transit systems around the world. He was formerly President of Comprehensive Business Consultants, Inc., an international consulting firm serving association, government and business clients. Dr. Emely holds advanced degrees in corporate communications and management. He is an active member of several professional associations, including the American Society of Association Executives and the Foundation for International Meetings. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World.
Vice President of Public Affairs
Nora Friend is Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development at Talgo USA, a Spanish train manufacturer specializing in high-quality passenger cars. Ms. Friend has been working in the company for 16 years and is the main liaison for federal, state and local government relations. She also represents the USA rail market and Talgo in key industry associations, such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Prior to joining Talgo, Ms. Friend has worked for the City of Boston’s Public Facility Department where she was in charge of the revitalization of economically depressed commercial and residential neighborhoods. She also served as the Chief Administrator of Manchester, Inc., a career development consulting office. Ms. Friend has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Boston University with a minor in Organizational Behavior and Marketing. She lives in Washington, DC.
Mr. Goetz is President and CEO of Group Goetz Architects, a globally recognized full service architectural firm, headquartered in Washington, DC. With over 35 years of experience, he is an internationally recognized expert in the field of architecture and design and one of only seven individuals to be both a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. His understanding of the built environment, how we live and work and its impact on the environment and infrastructure is his first priority in the design projects he undertakes. He believes that the American people deserve healthy cities and communities with transportation systems that allow for convenient, affordable and energy efficient connectivity. Mr. Goetz is personally and passionately committed to the purpose, goals and initiatives of a high speed rail system for America and the inherent benefits that it provides including the safest and most energy efficient transportation system, the creation of new industries and jobs for America and new quality development centers around new intermodal transportation stations in our urban centers. Mr. Goetz received his architectural degree from The Ohio State University.
Vice President – Policy
American Public Transportation Association
Mr. Guzzetti, a 31 year veteran of public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy for the American Public Transportation Association, the trade group representing the public transportation industry in the United States. Among other things, Mr. Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, transportation information and statistics. Mr. Guzzetti and the APTA team work with legislative and executive branches of all levels of government, and with other national associations, think tanks and interest groups to cultivate the ideas and relationships that will propel public transportation forward. Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years in management at two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems: New Jersey Transit and Port Authority of Allegheny County, plus two years at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Duties focused on transportation policy, government affairs, capital programming, grants development and grants management and advocacy. In short, career focus has been on whatever it takes to support public transportation service and the benefits they provide to communities and regions. Mr. Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Transportation Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is married 31 years, has four children and two grandchildren.
Macquarie Capital Markets Ltd.
Nicholas leads Macquarie’s Vancouver Capital Advisory group, as an Executive Director of Macquarie. Nicholas has been involved in all aspects of Macquarie’s infrastructure and public private partnership businesses. He has extensive experience in the structuring and financing of major infrastructure projects which span a wide range of countries in both public and private sector roles. Mr. Hann’s expertise covers rail, social infrastructure, energy, water, urban planning, toll road, port and airport sectors with a recent focus on the transportation sector. Prior to joining Macquarie in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Hann was Project Finance Director for HSBC Investment Bank Asia Limited based in Hong Kong for 12 years. In August 2002, he relocated to Vancouver to head Macquarie’s Infrastructure team in Western Canada where he has played a key role in important rail infrastructure projects, including leading a consortium which has been selected as a preferred proponent for the Denver FasTracks Gold Line commuter rail project, advising a private consortium on the development of a high speed rail project and on PPP scoping studies for a commuter and airport rail link and advising a major metropolitan city on a PPP Scoping Study for plans to develop a $50-80 million light rail streetcar network.
Executive Vice President , Director of Transportation
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Eric Keen is Director of Transportation for HDR Engineering, Inc. and CEO of HDR Construction Control Corporation, and he manages the firm’s transportation practice. Mr. Keen oversees more than 2,200 transportation personnel, covering all facets of transportation planning, design and construction engineering. Mr. Keen’s career spans over 30 years with experience in transportation engineering and planning of transit, highways, ports, intermodal facilities, bridges and airports. He has led more than 20 innovative delivery projects throughout the country, including major design-build projects.
International Vice President & National Legislative Director
Transportation Communications International Union / IAM (TCU/IAM)
International Vice President Ron Kloos serves as both an International Vice President and National Legislative Director for the Transportation Communication Union (TCU). Mr. Kloos began his railroad career with Amtrak in 1984, joining District 2500 in Chicago.After being elected District Chairman in 1991 he went on to become Vice General Chairman of System Division 250 overseeing the Midwest region. From 1998 to 2005 he was elected and served as General Secretary Treasurer of System Division 250 and was subsequently elected General Chairman, representing Amtrak clerical and on-board workers. During that time he served two terms as Chairman of the Amtrak Services Workers Council (ASWC). In 2009, Brother Kloos was assigned to TCU/IAM’s Legislative Department.He was elected by the TCU/IAM Executive Council to fill the vacant International Vice President position that was created by the retirement of Brother Robert F. Davis. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2010, Brother Kloos assumed the duties of International Vice President and National Legislative Director.
Thomas Loftus, Jr.
Mr. Loftus is a principal with the transportation consulting firm Seneca Group. His primary focuses are the firm’s work in financial and investment analysis, due diligence, and business and strategic planning. He leads the firm’s practice working on behalf of the US Federal Railroad Administration and private sector clients dealing with the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation Improvement Financing (RRIF) program. During his career, Mr. Loftus has worked on numerous domestic and international railroad acquisitions and debt and equity financings. He has managed annual budget processes, financial analysis and forecasting and financial risk management programs. Through September 2009, he was Chief Financial Officer of Vectora Transportation a third-party logistics company serving the wind energy industry. He was with Genesee & Wyoming Inc. from 1996 to 2005 most recently as Senior Vice President Finance & Treasurer. Prior to joining Genesee & Wyoming Mr. Loftus was employed by RailTex, Inc. from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Loftus has an MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Dennis L. Martire
Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager
Laborers’ International Union of North America
Born on August 22, 1964, Dennis L. Martire was elected Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America in January 2002. His career with the Laborers began in April 1990 as an International Representative for the LIUNA! Jurisdictional Disputes Department. Subsequently, Mr. Martire became Assistant Director and then Director of the Laborers’ Construction Department. In March 2000, he became Assistant Regional Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region and was elected Vice President and Regional Manager just two years later. Mr. Martire obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Government at West Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating class 1986. He is a proud member of Local Union #1058, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His advancement in LIUNA! is a testament to his years of commitment and dedication to its members. It is his personal mission to work with the Business Community to provide added value while still providing all laborers with good-paying and steady employment opportunities. Mr. Martire currently resides in Northern Virginia with his family.
Mr. Mooney is a senior manager of Halcrow’s rail practice in the United States. As vice president, rail, he works to expand the firm’s rail capabilities, with particular emphasis on the high speed rail market. Mr. Mooney has more than 33 years of experience as a rail transit professional with the Chicago Transit Authority. His CTA experience began with his position as a transit professional trainee, and he rose through the organization through various positions, including Management Intern, Assistant Superintendent of Planning and Programs, Superintendent for Budget and Performance Control, Director of Administration and Quality Control, Senior Manager for Transportation Administrative Services, Vice President of Rail Operations, Vice President of Bus Operations, to his most recent position of Chief Operations Officer for Transit Operations. He is extremely well-versed in every aspect of transit operations, and brings to any project an operations perspective sensitive to time, budget, safety and scheduling.
Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA)
Mr. Mottl is the fourth generation of his family to own and operate Atlas Tool & Die Works, Inc. In his current roll as Director of Development, Mr. Mottl works not only to improve business with new and current customers, but also to engage in outreach, develop strategy, and find operational improvements at Atlas and the family’s related businesses including Accushim Inc. and Abet Industries. He is serving a second term on the Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA) Board of Directors. TMA is Illinois’ premier full-service manufacturing association with over 1000 member companies. He is the Chair of the group’s PAC and Government Relations Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the TMA Education Foundation Trust. Mr. Mottl serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Illinois at Chicago department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and works with the DOE funded UIC Energy Research Center. In 2005 he was elected to serve a 4-year term as Director of Government Affairs for the Illinois Defense & Homeland Security Association (IDHSA) and works on Representative Bill Foster’s (D-IL 14th) Finance Committee. Mr. Mottl was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to the Taxpayer Action Board (TAB) and serves on the Burr Ridge Economic Development Committee. Mr. Mottl lives in Burr Ridge, IL and enjoys kayaking, running, skiing, piano, and gardening.
Director of Special Projects
Graham Myers leads the operations of Alpha Corporation including public/private partnerships (P3) and large transportation and infrastructure projects globally. With more than 30 years of wide ranging experience in design and construction, Mr. Myers has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of rail, airports, bridges and other transportation and infrastructure related projects and programs. He also leads Alpha’s effort in the areas of constructability reviews and contract negotiations. Mr. Myers is a certified risk management professional (CRMP) and serves as a consultant to state, federal and foreign governments, as well as contractors and concessionaires in the areas of project delivery methods, design, construction, risk management and dispute resolution.
John J. Paljug
Invensys Rail North America
Mr. Paljug joined Invensys Rail (formerly Safetran) in 1997. He had a variety of roles at Invensys Rail Corporation, most recently Acting President of Invensys Rail North America. In addition, he has also maintained his role as the Vice President of the Products and Innovation Business Unit. In this position, Mr. Paljug is responsible for all aspects of Invensys Rail’s products. Mr. Paljug has spent the majority of his career in the Rail industry. In 1980, he joined a signal and train control supplier and held a variety of roles in Engineering and Management during his 15 year tenure. Mr. Paljug attended The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh, and has degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Front Royal, VA
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U.S. Alternate National Legislative Director
United Transportation Union (UTU)
North Dakota State Legislative Director John J. Risch III, age 50, was appointed by the UTU Board of Directors to be the UTU’s alternate national legislative director. Mr. Risch, a member of UTU Local 1344 at Bismarck, ND, currently works out of the UTU’s legislative office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A locomotive engineer, Risch has been the UTU state legislative director in North Dakota since 1986. He is a graduate of Bismarck State College and holds a second degree in labor studies from Antioch University.
Director, Rail Division
North Carolina Department of Transportation
A native of North Carolina, Mr. Simmons’ transportation credentials span from design and operation of rural, small urban and regional transit systems to extensive planning for high-speed rail development. Mr. Simmons managed the State’s Rail Program from 1988 to 1992 and in 1994 was chosen as the Director for the newly formed North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rail Division. The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rail Division is nationally recognized for their innovations including improving highway-railroad crossing safety, development of multi-modal stations and intercity passenger train operations. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Passenger equipment and Systems Integration The committee is concerned with passenger rail equipment and train-consist designs to provide high-quality, safe, and efficient service in applications for various speeds and operating environments. Mr. Simmons has provided testimony for congress on the development of intercity and high speed rail, federal loan program administration and application of the National Environmental Policy Act. In 2007, Mr. Simmons was the recipient of the John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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The Skancke Company
Las Vegas, NV
For nearly two decades, Mr. Skancke has been the lead advisor on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the west and nationally. He is widely recognized as one of the top transportation strategists in the U.S., whose vision is transforming the way surface transportation is perceived and marketed throughout the country. In 2005, United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Mr. Skancke to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study commission, which made landmark recommendations to Congress on policy, funding and infrastructure that will serve the nation for the next 50 years. He has also played an important role in the future of transportation policy throughout the western region.
Rodney E. Slater
Patton Boggs LLP.
Rodney E. Slater was U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton and is now a partner with the Washington, DC law firm Patton Boggs LLP. In this role, Mr. Slater’s practice focuses on many of the policy and transportation objectives that were set under his leadership, including aviation competition and congestion mitigation, maritime initiatives, high-speed rail corridor development, and overall transportation safety and funding. During his tenure as Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Slater oversaw development of the Acela Express high speed rail service in the Northeast Corridor. He continues to embrace the framework he established as secretary for making transportation decisions that called for more open, collaborative and flexible decision making across the transportation enterprise here and abroad.
Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA)
Mr. Soule became Executive Director of REMSA in 2010 and is also a senior partner for the Seneca Group, LLC, an international consulting firm that focuses on providing services to clients in the rail and transit industries. Mr. Soule has over 30 years of experience in the railway industry. He spent 18 of those years as a senior railway operating manager. Since joining Seneca, Mr. Soule has served as the Project Manager for several railway-restructuring projects funded by the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation as well as individual governments. The largest restructuring effort managed by Mr. Soule has been the restructuring of Romanian Railways starting in 1998. Mr. Soule has an A.S. from the State University of New York, Morrisville, and served in the United States Air Force.
Vice President & National Legislative Representative
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE-T)
John Tolman has served as Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Vice President & National Legislative Representative since June 2006. Prior to his election, he served the BLET in various capacities, most recently as Legislative & Political Director and Chief of Staff. He began his career as a National/International staff member in 1996. He earned both a bachelors degree in Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, and a masters degree in Business Administration from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., while working on the railroad. Mr. Tolman has long been an advocate for safety in the railroad industry. He has testified numerous times, before Congressional Committees, State Legislators, the Federal Railroad Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and other government agencies. He has been involved in the passage of several significant pieces of federal and state legislation in the railroad industry. Mr. Tolman comes from both a union and railroad family which has also had significant involvement in politics. Mr.Tolman was the Chairman for several years of the Melrose, MA, Democratic Party, and was elected to the Melrose City Council in 1995.
Chief, Bureau of Railroads
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
George Weber is the Bureau Chief for the Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Railroads. He was appointed to this capacity in January 2009 after serving as Acting Bureau Chief for two years. In his current capacity, he is responsible for all state railroad programs , including rail freight assistance, rail policy, intercity passenger rail, high speed rail and the CREATE program. Mr. Weber was a member of the U.S. Army from 1969 through 1972 and completed his military stint with an 18 month tour in Vietnam. Mr. Weber has been with the Department since 1991 serving until his appointment as Acting Bureau Chief, as the Rail Passenger Section Chief in overseeing the State’s passenger rail program. He was responsible for coordinating and managing all activities of the State’s passenger rail program to encourage public use.
Jim E. Wolfe
President & CEO
Knight Engineers & Architects
Mr. Wolfe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Knight E/A, Inc. and an attorney concentrating on transportation, regulated industries, real estate transactions, the Railway Labor Act and government relations. He has practiced before the Interstate (Surface Transportation Board) and Illinois Commerce Commissions, state and federal courts, Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. As a registered lobbyist, Mr. Wolfe has represented clients before the United States Congress and Illinois General Assembly. Mr. Wolfe oversees a staff of 90 professionals with projects in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and Wisconsin. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Wolfe served for three years as a Trainmaster with the Union Pacific Railroad Company in their Utah, Nebraska and Idaho operations. Mr. Wolfe is also a certified locomotive engineer and represented the National Carriers Conference in mediation negotiations before Presidential Emergency Board No. 219, consulting on railroad operating practices. Following his work with IDOT, Mr. Wolfe was named Director Government Affairs for Amtrak Intercity. In this capacity, Mr. Wolfe was responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with state and local governments in over forty states. After two years, Mr. Wolfe was asked to take over Amtrak’s Midwest operations as General Manager for the Midwest Corridor, responsible for all operations in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. Mr. Wolfe’s responsibilities included negotiation of each of the states’ operating agreements, resulting in $34 million in annual revenue to Amtrak.