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April 25, 2024

R. J. Corman's Gene Barber Honored by Progressive Railroading as "Rising Star" in the Railroad Industry

Progressive Magazine has recognized R. J. Corman Railroad Company's Gene Barber as one of the industry's "Rising Stars" in their 2024 list. This program honors exceptional young leaders under 40 who are shaping the future of the railroad industry.

Gene, a graduate of the University of Kentucky's business school with an MBA from Louisiana State University Shreveport, is a key player at R. J. Corman Railroad Company. His expertise in economics and finance fuels his role as Commercial Finance & Marketing Manager, overseeing pricing, contract analysis, and profitability across the company's 19 railroads.

Gene is a skilled bridge-builder. He fosters collaboration across various departments, from Business Development to Revenue Accounting, ensuring everyone is on the same page. This collaborative spirit extends beyond R. J. Corman. Gene actively works with industry partners like Wabtec to leverage innovative software solutions.

One of Gene's most significant contributions has been spearheading the implementation of Wabtec's software suite (RailConnect, TMS, RMS). These tools have streamlined operations, reduced errors, and boosted productivity for both internal and external stakeholders. He's also championed the transition from Wabtec's TMS system to RMS and the M-Crew system, which automates data collection, all aimed at delivering a flawless customer experience.

Gene's leadership qualities are undeniable. His strong business acumen, unwavering drive, and commitment to sustainable solutions make him an invaluable asset. He possesses a clear vision for mutually beneficial success and an unparalleled work ethic. Gene fosters trust and open communication with colleagues at all levels, building a strong foundation for continued growth at R. J. Corman Railroad Group.

Progressive Railroading's "Rising Stars" program was launched in 2013 to identify individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the rail industry. The magazine defines a "Rising Star" as someone under 40 who has made, or is making, a positive impact on their company, organization, department, or team and is viewed by others—peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients, or associates—as an up-and-coming leader in the rail industry. 

To read Progressive Magazine's announcement, please click on the following link: Progressive Railroading announces Rising Stars for 2024

Congratulations, Gene, on being named a Rising Star in the railroad industry!