Advisory Board

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 making high speed rail a reality in America. The members of the Advisory Board will provide guidance to the Alliance on its mission to advocate for the development and implementation of an improved passenger rail network in the United States. The Board will support the Alliance’s policy agenda, participate in strategic planning sessions, maintain a dialogue with stakeholders in the high speed rail industry and help to establish the permanent Governing Board of Directors for the Alliance.

Advisory Board Members

Hon.Al SwiftHon. Al Swift
Former Congressman - House of Representatives
Partner in Collins, Swift & Hynes
Washington, DC

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.


Chuck BakerChuck Baker
National Railroad Construction & Maintenace Association (NRC)
Washington, DC

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.

Brian T. CaineBrian T. Caine
Manager, Business Development
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Washington, DC

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.

Dr. Charles H. EmelyDr. Charles H. Emely
Executive Director and CEO
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association(AREMA)
Lanham, MD

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.


Photo Coming SoonNora Friend
Vice President of Public Affairs
Talgo America
Washington, DC

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.


Lewis GoetzLewis Goetz
President & CEO
Group Goetz Architects
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.


Nicholas HannNicholas Hann
Executive Director
Macquarie Capital Markets Ltd.
Vancouver, Canada

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.


Francis JelenspergerFrancis Jelensperger
Program Director, High Speed Rail
Parsons Corporation
New York, NY

Mr. Jelensperger, an experienced CEO and CFO, has had a significant tenure with large global firms and extensive practice as a project executive of large infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad. Currently, he serves as the Director of High Speed Rail for Parsons Transportation Group and is responsible for managing the opportunities created by the decision of President’s Obama’s Administration, in the frame work of the stimulus package to reintroduce America to Intercity passenger rail transportation. As the Senior Vice President of ALSTOM, he developed and implemented a structure and workable processes for business development activities. Mr. Jelensperger and his team captured the largest subway contract in the history of New York City, a contract that produced 1600 railcars for ALSTOM. Prior to his work at ALSTOM, Mr. Jelensperger served as the CFO and CEO of BOUYGUES/HDR, Inc and transformed a primarily design-only practice into a fully integrated full-service consulting and management organization.


Eric KeenEric Keen
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.


Ron KloosRon Kloos
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.


Hon. Quentin KoppHon. Quentin Kopp
Board Member
California High Speed Rail Authority
San Francisco, CA

The Honorable Quentin L. Kopp was appointed to the San Mateo Superior Court on January 1, 1999, by Governor Pete Wilson and was administered the oath of judicial office on January 2, 1999. Judge Kopp retired effective January 31, 2004, but was immediately accepted in the Assigned Judges Program of the California Judicial Council. By order of the chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Judge Kopp has been assigned almost continuously to the San Mateo County Superior Court since February 1, 2004, with intermittent assignments to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Humboldt County Superior Court, Sonoma County Superior Court, Napa County Superior Court and Santa Cruz County Superior Court. On June 13, 2006, the state Senate appointed him to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, charged with implementing high-speed train service from Los Angeles to San Francisco at 200 miles per hour. He was elected chairman of the Authority on August 9, 2006. Prior to judicial appointment, Judge Kopp practiced trial law in San Francisco and Northern California. He served in the California State Senate from December 1, 1986, until December 7, 1998, and as a member of the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors to which he was first elected in November 1971, and re-elected four times thereafter. He was president of such board in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1982.

Dennis MartireDennis L. Martire
Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager
Laborersí International Union of North America
Reston, VA

Born on August 22, 1964, Dennis L. Martire was elected Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the Laborersí 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 Laborersí 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.


Zach MottlZach Mottl
Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA)
Chicago, IL

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.


Paul NowickiPaul Nowicki
Assistant Vice President - Government & Public Policy
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)
Chicago, IL

Mr. Nowicki started his career with Santa Fe Railway as a market research analyst in 1979.  Since then he has held positions in marketing, strategic planning, business development, logistics and government affairs.  He is currently AVP-Government & Public Policy, responsible for BNSF’s government affairs activities in the Midwest. Mr. Nowicki began working in the public policy area in 1994 when he served as staff director for the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation. He recently served as chair of the Western Governors' Association Task Force on Rail Efficiency and Community Livability, and currently co-chairs the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council’s Transportation Committee .  Mr. Nowicki also serves on the Business Advisory Council of the Transportation Center at Northwestern University and is active with the Transportation Research Board. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from Northwestern University; he lives in Wilmette, Illinois.   


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International President
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Front Royal, VA



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Michael PrachtMichael Pracht
President & CEO US Railcar Company
Columbus, OH

Michael Pracht is the President and CEO of US Railway Company, appointed after an extensive career in the rail industry. Mr. Pracht sees a bright future for railways in the United States, and is committed to taking a sustainable and cost-efficient approach to domestic rail expansion. He has developed new rail markets in parts of Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. His prior experiences include stints as Executive Vice President for AnsaldoBreda, Inc., Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Siemens Transportation Systems, Vice President of the Transportation Control Systems Division for Union Switch and Signal, and Executive Vice President and General Manager for Transcontrol Corporation. He has helped take several companies though successful IPO’s on the NASDAQ, has turned struggling companies around through restructuring plans and has served as an expert witness to Congress on rail industry issues. Mr. Pracht earned bachelor’s degrees in management and economics from the State University of New York.


John RischJohn Risch
U.S. Alternate National Legislative Director
United Transportation Union (UTU)
Washington, DC

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.


John SikaitisJohn Sikaitis
Senior Vice President, Director of Office Research, Americas
Jones Lang LaSalle
Chicago, IL

John Sikaitis is the Senior Vice President and Director of Office Research for the Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle, a company of 30,000 employees specializing in commercial real estate and investment management. Since joining the company in 2005, Mr. Sikaitis’ work at Jones Lang LaSalle has involved viability studies, analysis of market trends and forecasts, economic updates and future predictions, demographic studies, and competitive surveys. He sits on and advises the Jones Lang LaSalle Leadership Research Council, developing research platforms for the company’s global operations. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, he worked as a Senior Research Analyst with Newmark Knight Frank in New York City. During his tenure there he analyzed office and industrial markets in Northern Jersey and parts of New York, including Manhattan. He also worked as a research analyst with Insignia ESG in New York City. Mr. Sikaitis received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He went on to obtain specializations to his degree, studying: Central American Relations at the Universidad de Costa Rica (San Jose, Costa Rica) and Latin American Economics and Development from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina).


Patrick SimmonsPatrick Simmons
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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Rodney SlaterRodney E. Slater
Patton Boggs LLP.
Washington, DC

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. Slaterís 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.


David SouleDavid Soule
Executive Director
Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA)
Washington, DC

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.


Photo Coming SoonMarise Stewart
Director of Government and Industry Relations
Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD)
Washington, DC

Marise Rene Stewart, Director of Government and Industry Relations, is the company’s principal point of contact with government agencies and officials and industry associations and coalitions. Her primary advocacy responsibilities include helping to advance today’s railroad infrastructure with EMD’s leading diesel-electric locomotives, supporting the development of the future high-speed rail system in the U.S., promoting research into ways to reduce emissions from locomotives, and further increasing America’s manufacturing base .Ms. Stewart comes to EMD after having served most recently as Principal at Duff Associates, where she provided counsel and strategic direction to corporate clients on government relations, issue advocacy, message and brand management. Previously, Ms. Stewart was the Director, Government Affairs International, in the Washington, DC, office of Textron Inc., a $12 billion global multi-industry company with market-leading operations in five business segments - aircraft, automotive, industrial products, fastening systems and finance. Ms.Stewart had primary responsibility for Congressional and executive branch actions that affected all aspects of Textron’s international operations including marketing, capture and closure. She developed and implemented corporate policies covering legislative and regulatory issues of interest to Textron and its divisions. Ms. Stewart was named to the Law Review at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, from which she earned a J.D. She is also an honors graduate of William Jewell College with a degree in Spanish and Political Science. Ms. Stewart received the Citation for Achievement, the highest honor the College bestows upon an alumnus. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and served as a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders delegation to Mexico. She served on the American Turkish Council Board of Directors as Vice President and the U.S. Algeria Business Council as Program Chairman. Ms. Stewart is the mother of two children.


Petra TodorovichPetra Todorovich
America 2050
New York, NY

Petra Todorovich is director of America 2050, a national urban planning initiative to develop an infrastructure plan and growth strategy for America in the 21st century. Todorovich oversees America 2050’s research, advocacy, and planning, in partnership with organizations such as Regional Plan Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is currently overseeing a research program on high-speed rail in America and is a frequent speaker on the topics of transportation policy, megaregions, and national planning. Todorovich has worked at Regional Plan Association, where America 2050 is based, since 2001. Todorovich is also an Assistant Visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Eno Transportation Foundation. Todorovich received a B.A. from Vassar College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


John TolmanJohn Tolman
Vice President & National Legislative Representative
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE-T)
Cleveland, Ohio

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.


George WeberGeorge Weber
Chief, Bureau of Railroads
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Springfield, IL

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. WolfeJim E. Wolfe
President & CEO
Knight Engineers & Architects
Chicago, IL

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.