How did you get started in the rail industry?
I gained an appreciation for railroading through my father, a 35-year industry veteran who worked primarily in maintenance-of-way. Growing up, exposure to Switzerland’s robust passenger-rail systems strengthened that interest during my younger years.
I started my career in the rail industry in 2002 as a Technical Field Sales Representative for Railtech Boutet based in Ohio (which later became part of Pandrol).
What do you love most about your job and the rail industry?
What I love about the rail industry is the ability to connect people, goods, and places. This has been the narrative for this industry since its inception.
Being able to design and deliver engineering solutions that improve mobility, efficiency, and environmental sustainability is what I love most about my job. None of this would be possible without the outstanding team of experts at edilon)(sedra!
What do you find yourself doing most in your downtime? Hobbies outside of work?
I love to travel to faraway places with my wonderful wife and children. When I am able to be home, I love running, kickboxing, and cooking on the weekends.
How do you define the “future” of rail? Where do you think the industry is headed?
I define the future of rail as the development of new technologies and innovations that will improve rail transportation's efficiency, safety, and sustainability.
With that definition in mind, I see the industry headed towards autonomous trains, improved track infrastructure, and the use of renewable energy sources to power rail systems. Also, the development of new digital technologies such as 5G networks and the Internet of Things will enable rail systems to become more connected and efficient.
What do you enjoy most about being part of REMSA?
REMSA allows me to connect with like-minded people and organizations in the rail industry. It opens opportunities to work together towards a common goal. I appreciate the sense of camaraderie and support that comes with being part of this wonderful group.