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Conrail President and Chief Operating Officer Ronald Batory has joined OnTrackNorthAmerica Inc.'s (OTNA) board.Batory has more than 43 years of field and staff experience in the rail industry. He previously was president of the Belt Railway Co. of Chicago and held various administrative and operating management positions at Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co. and Southern Pacific Transportation Co. Batory successfully guided two significant switching and terminal companies owned by a portion of the Class I community, OTNA officials said in a press release.He currently serves on the board of trustees for Adrian College and the John W. Barriger III Railroad Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "Every time I sit down with Ron, I learn so much as he not only has a lifetime of railroad experience, he is a great listener and communicator," said OTNA Chairman Michael Sussman. "The addition of Ron’s leadership to our board, along with esteemed new board members Bob VanderClute, Jolene Molitoris and Leo Penne, ensures that our work will be informed by the perspectives of the railroad industry and the public sector."OTNA aims to facilitate new levels of collaborative thinking to help plan and capitalize infrastructure development that best serves the rail industry. The organization is committed to reversing the commercial, regulatory and economic dynamics OTNA believes is the cause for the underutilization of railroads and many other transportation and infrastructure inefficiencies.
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