Board of Directors

Through forward thinking and collaboration, the Railway Supply Institute Board of Directors is well equipped to handle the diverse nature of the rail industry and its changing needs. The board shares in the responsibility of developing short-term goals and long-term strategy, overseeing conferences and events, and managing financial and policy issues. Their leadership, experiences, and resources provide a unique and well rounded governing body.

Additionally, RSI strives to make its board as diverse as the members it serves – it consists of large and small companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries.

  • Chair: Patrick T. Ameen, VP Industry Relations, Amsted Rail Company
  • Vice Chair: Robert Hulick, Executive Vice President, Trinity Rail Group
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Jason Connell, SVP Sales & Marketing, New York Air Brake
  • Tracy DeLeon, President, International Decal Management Corp.
  • Scott Diercks, Director of Fleet Operations, Loram 
  • James Hilderhoff, Global Sales Leader, GE Transportation
  • Terry Heidkamp, VP of Government & Industry Affairs, GATX Corporation
  • Jack Isselmann, Sr. Vice President, External Affairs & Programs, The Greenbrier Companies
  • Adam Lent, AVP Supply Chain, TTX Company
  • William O’Donnell, Executive Director of Global Sales, Miner Enterprises
  • John Paljug, President, Rail Automation, Siemens Industry, Inc. 
  • Marise Stewart, Director of Government & Industry Relations, Progress Rail/EMD
  • Immediate Past President: Jim Frantz, President, Freight Services Group, Wabtec Corporation
Trade Association Representatives
  • Thomas J. Ulrich, RSSI Representative, President, Arthur N. Ulrich Company

Board Framework

When the Railway Supply Institute was formed in 2003, by merging the Railway Progress Institute and the Railway Supply Association, a board of fifteen-people was chosen from companies throughout the supply community to represent the diversity and strength of the industry. That first governing board created a framework for board membership that has guided RSI ever since. The RSI Board of Directors has a fifteen member board that includes three leadership positions (chair, vice chair, and secretary / treasurer). Each board member serves a three-year term. The board meets three to four times per year and has several subcommittees.

Board Elections: Every year, RSI membership is asked to submit board nominations. Then, the list of nominees goes through a simple vetting process and the current RSI board reviews the list. A slate of candidates is established and presented at our Annual Membership Meeting, held in conjunction with our annual trade show, where the RSI membership confirms the slate of candidates. The board, in turn, elects the board leadership – chair, vice chair, and secretary/treasurer. The office term for board members is three years; terms begin on January 1st and expire on December 31st three years later. The term for officers of the board and special directors is one year.

2020 Board Nominations

RSI will be accepting noard nominations for 2020 in spring 2019. 

If you would like to be a board candidate or learn more about our board of directors, please contact Amanda Patrick at or (202) 347-4664.

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