Charlie Monte Verde, 39
Vice president of strategic setting up
Genesee Valley Transportation Co. Inc.
Nominator’s estimate: “He has a very clear-headed, nonpartisan approach to government affairs, and is aware of the price of associations above all else. He is a fearless operative, a strategic planner, and has the capability to see all-around corners and perceive ‘what’s future.’ In his capability on both ASLRRA’s Legislative Policy and Environmental committees, he strives to preserve us ‘on the appropriate facet of heritage,’ an significant viewpoint that we share in these shifting and complicated periods for our field and the country we serve.” — Chuck Baker, American Small Line and Regional Railroad Affiliation (and a 2014 Increasing Star)
Education and learning: Monroe Local community Faculty B.S. in public administration from SUNY Empire State University.
Job obligations: This is something of a Swiss army knife posture connected to the vision of the company as 1 era transitions out and the next wave of experts comes onboard.
Occupation route: Acquired an associate diploma while doing the job for Genesee Valley Transportation Co. (GVT) Rail in the observe/MOW department. Enrolled at SUNY Empire Condition College picked up a situation dealing with transportation affairs for condition Sen. James Alesi. Upon finishing college, joined Amtrak’s government affairs division in Chicago. Spent 10 yrs there, constructing grassroots rail advocacy coalitions. In 2017, transitioned to Amtrak’s extensive distance company line. Later, returned to GVT Rail to develop an govt crew that identifies strategic progress possibilities.
How did you get into the railroad business? I was born into it, and grew up throughout the similar house and time as our enterprise. I’m a proud second-generation railroader.
What is the greatest occupation advice you have acquired? Interactions, interactions, associations. — Ray Lang through Joe McHugh (equally Amtrak)
What information would you give to a new railroader? We’re lucky to be in an field the place the completed merchandise is so extremely tangible, so soak it all up. Question inquiries. Be a plucky nuisance. Get you up in the cab, master the lovely mechanics of getting ready to cleanly push a spike into a tie. The extra you know, the additional the strategies will movement, and with any luck a enthusiasm will prosper from that.
What was your very 1st job? Paperboy, summertime of third quality into fourth, it’s possible? My classmates have been cruel about those newspaper racks over the back tire.
Describe a enjoyment point about you: I turned something of an obsessive gardener throughout the top of the pandemic. That’s a multigenerational affect, as well.
What do you love performing in your spare time? I provide on the board of the Chicago Writers Affiliation and am eternally battling with composing the excellent American novel. Making an attempt to make a mark on the publishing globe while one particular could however be deemed a “rising star” there as perfectly.
What is the rail industry’s greatest obstacle? Accommodating the need to have for detailed transportation on the American rail community. It is a symbiotic romantic relationship, freight and passenger rail, and a forward-thinking standpoint across our business is necessary to the excellent of a genuinely highly effective nation. In quite a few methods, as goes this issue of ours, so goes the American desire.