President and CEO
Ed Quinn, a 22 year veteran of various industries including transportation and manufacturing, returned to R. J. Corman as President and CEO in 2016. He spent five years prior serving as the Vice President of Big Ass Solutions, a manufacturing and sales company in Lexington, KY. His previous experience with R. J. Corman includes Vice President of Strategic Contracts and Sales, Vice President of the Derailment Services Company and General Manager of the Material Sales Company. Ed holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Senior Vice President Commercial Development, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC
Noel Rush joined R. J. Corman in 1997 after serving as Vice President and Director of Railroad Finance for National City Bank of Kentucky. He has previously served as President of the Derailment Services Company, Vice President of Finance & Administration and Vice President of Risk Management. Currently, he is responsible for developing the company’s corporate marketing strategies, client services, executive relationships and government affairs.
VP of Operations, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC
John Langston joined R. J. Corman in April 2017 as Director of Project Management. He is a 25-year veteran of manufacturing and operations in automotive, appliances, residential, commercial and industrial products, and he served in the U.S. Army. Previous to joining R. J. Corman, he spent ten years at Big Ass Solutions in a wide variety roles including Vice President of Operations. John has a B.B.A. from McKendree University and a M.B.A from Montreat College. In his current position, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of R. J. Corman Railroad Services.
VP of Transportation, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC
Paul Lauritzen joined R. J. Corman in April 2018 as Vice President of Transportation. Previous to joining R. J. Corman, he spent 14 years at Big Ass Solutions holding high level leadership positions in areas such as sales and marketing, international business, product development, and manufacturing. Paul has a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Kentucky. In his current position, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of R. J. Corman Railroad Switching.
President, R. J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC
Brian Miller joined R. J. Corman in 2010 after a 20 year career in operations with Norfolk Southern. Miller has held a variety of different roles during his tenure at R. J. Corman Railroad Company, including: Assistant General Manager, General Manager, General Manager of Funded Projects and Assistant Vice President. He currently oversees the company's short line railroads, railroad funding and distribution centers.
Director, R. J. Corman Material Sales, LLC
Nicholas Spalding joined R. J. Corman in 2010 through our Management Trainee Program. After achieving success in the program, he was hired into our Material Sales Company where he has held various roles. He currently leads the Material Sales Company and is responsible for the operational management as well as strategic development of the company. Nicholas holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Georgetown College.
President, R. J. Corman Signaling, LLC
Ray Sipes joined the R. J. Corman family of companies in 2012 after an extensive 43 year career with CSX Transportation. Throughout his tenure he served in a variety of positions before retiring as Assistant Chief Engineer of System Signal Construction. In his current position he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of R. J. Corman Signaling.
President of Real Estate, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC
Jerry Adams joined R. J. Corman in 1986 and has dedicated his career to the development of many facets of the R. J. Corman family of companies. He is presently responsible for Real Estate, Farming operations, Railroad Police and Special Projects.
Vice President of Finance & Administration, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC
Korey Colyer joined R. J. Corman in 2008. After three years in our Shops & Buildings Department, Korey took on significant responsibility in the strategic development and initiatives of all R. J. Corman companies. He currently is responsible for the management of the Finance Department and Shops & Buildings for R. J. Corman Railroad Group. Korey holds a B.A. in Accounting from Transylvania University and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.
AVP of Staff & Purchasing, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC
Casey Heath joined R. J. Corman in 1999 working in our Shop facility, where he assisted with DOT logs and fuel tax reports. He has held a variety of positions in the Shop, Material Sales company, Asset Management and Storm Team. Currently, he is responsible for providing the best possible purchasing practices to ensure the highest value.
AVP of People Service
Josie Curtis has over 16 years of experience working in Human Resources, and joined R. J. Corman in October 2008. Since then, she has held several roles in the company, such as Employment Supervisor, Employment Manager, Director of Transportation and Recruitment, and Director of People Services before moving into her current position. At present, she is responsible for overseeing recruiting and hiring, employee training, the Management Training Program, and health and wellness. Josie holds a B.B.S. in Management.
R. J. CORMAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fred N. Mudge
Fred N. Mudge is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Logan Aluminum in Russellville, KY, and the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Commonwealth Aluminum in Louisville, KY. He served as first Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet under Governor Paul Patton. Mr. Mudge joined R. J. Corman in 1999.
Dale Hawk, formerly with CSX, held various positions over his 32 years with the company. Prior to retirement he was the Sr. Vice President of Automotive Service Group. Mr. Hawk is currently a member of the National Freight Transportation Association.
Jim Oaks retired from CSX Transportation, Inc., as Assistant Vice President - Coal Development after 44 years of service in various capacities. He is an AREMA Committee One member; serves on the Board of Directors for Lynch Consulting Group and serves on the Cumberland College Board of Trustees. Mr. Oaks is a member of the Pittsburgh Traffic Club, CSX Capitol Connections and Leadership Kentucky Alumni Association.
Phil Ogden began his railroad career with the former Southern Railway, and after 37 years and a number of different positions, retired from Norfolk Southern as Senior Vice President of Engineering. He has served as President of AREA and AREMA and presently serves as Chairman/ Director of Global Railway Board and as Director of Bankhead Railway Engineering.
Yvan Caffari, born and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland, worked ten years in West Africa and in Lagos & Kano, Nigeria in various technical customer service, sales and general management positions. After his work in Africa he returned to Switzerland where in early 1969, he joined the railway track manufacturer MATISA, from which he retired as Vice President of Marketing where he was responsible for world wide sales. He then was President of the MATISA Pension Fund, covering all company employees, active and retired, a post he relinquished in May 2006. Yvan Caffari served eight years on the Executive Committee of Swissrail, Swiss Railway Exporters Association, two years as the President of the organization.
Bill Wimmer was Railway Age's 2007 Railroader of the Year, and joined the R. J. Corman Board of Directors in December 2009. Mr. Wimmer began his fifty-one year railroad career with Chicago Northwestern Railway in 1957, where he advanced to Division Engineer. In 1974 he went to work for Union Pacific Railroad where he retired in July 2008. Over his thirty plus years at Union Pacific, he held a variety of positions that lead to Vice President of Operations. Throughout Mr. Wimmer's career he has shared his vast railroad experience and remains a member of many railroad industry associations and committees.
Greg Fox began his career at Burlington Northern Santa Fe as a management trainee, after 30 years with the company he retired in 2016 as Executive Vice President of Operations. Throughout his tenure he held a variety of leadership roles. Positions held include: Vice President eBusiness, Vice President Technology Services, Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Transportation.