Washington, D.C. — The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) announced today that Lee Verhey, RSI’s Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs, would be named the new Executive Director of the RSI Committee on Tank Cars (CTC) effective May 23, 2022. Verhey will succeed retiring Vice Chair John Byrne, who has led the Committee since 2016.
“Since joining RSI, Lee has consistently demonstrated his extensive technical knowledge of rail tank car specifications, manufacturing, repair, and maintenance,” said Patty Long, RSI President. “Lee understands the mission of the RSI CTC and the needs of our members better than anyone in the industry, and we are excited for him to continue on with our organization in this essential role.”
Before joining RSI in 2020, Verhey previously served as the Senior Vice President of Quality at TrinityRail and brings more than four decades of experience in railcar operations to the position. As RSI’s Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs, Lee has overseen the day-to-day management of several RSI technical committees including the Equipment Leasing Committee, the American Railway Car Institute, and the Quality Assurance Committee.
Verhey’s appointment comes as RSI CTC Vice Chair John Byrne announced earlier this year that he would be retiring after more than 40 years in the industry, having spent the past six with RSI. Byrne began his career in Chicago at North American Car Company and went on to spend nearly 38 years at GE Capital, most recently serving as Manager, Regulatory Compliance and Quality.
On his departure, William Constantino, Chair of the RSI CTC and Marmon Leasing Group President said, “John Byrne has been a true asset to this Committee and has led tank car owners and lessors through many significant milestones during his time with RSI. We wish John the best in his retirement.”
About the RSI Committee on Tank Cars (RSI CTC)
The RSI CTC is composed of representatives from the major manufacturers and owner-lessors of rail tank cars. Collectively, its members build more than 95 percent and own or lease more than 70 percent of all tank cars operating in North America. For the past four decades, the Committee has been charged with addressing issues of importance to tank car builders and owner-lessors and regularly reviews tank car requirements through its membership on the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Tank Car Committee (TCC). The Committee continues to be on the forefront of safety initiatives related to the design, inspection and maintenance of tank cars.
About the Railway Supply Institute (RSI)
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is a trade association representing more than 160 companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, tank car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. RSI connects members to their customers and partners, supports the improvement of the industry, assists members in the global marketplace, and represents the industry during the regulatory and legislative process. For more information visit www.rsiweb.org, follow RSI on Twitter and join the RSI LinkedIn group.