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NEARS Transportation Person of the Year

The NEARS Transportation Person of the Year award is a special recognition given to an individual in the transportation industry who has made a significant positive impact on the rail industry, especially in the Northeast Region of North America, which NEARS represents. The criteria for a Nominee is the following:

1.     The Nominee must be nominated by a member of the NEARS organization during the year of the nomination

2.     The Nominee should have been involved with and conducted at least some business in the region of North America that NEARS represents during the nominating year

3.     The Nominee should have a responsible position in the transportation industry, and must be of good character

4.     Special consideration by the Awards committee can be made for members who may have recently retired, passed away, or have very recently left the transportation industry

One award will be given every year, starting in 2014. The winner will receive a special trophy. The winner will also receive Conference Registration and 3 nights' hotel accommodations for the recipient and up to 2 members of their immediate family at the NEARS conference, where they will receive their award. The recipients of the awards will have their names and pictures published on the NEARS website, as well as in other NEARS media to recognize and celebrate their achievement.

The NEARS Board of Directors will take nominees up to a designated date before the NEARS Spring Board of Directors Meeting, which follows the NEARS Spring Conference. The Awards Committee will read the nominations and choose a recipient based on outstanding positive impact and merit. The award will be given at the Fall Conference of the nominating year. Nominations are good for only one year. If no nominations are received, no award will be given out for that year. The Awards Committee can also choose not to have an award recipient for any given year, regardless of the nominations received.

TPOY Nomination

2021 Recipient:

David Fink

2021 - David Fink - PanAm

Past Recipients:

2020
Erik Bohn
OMYA

 

2019
Michael Smith
Finger Lakes Railway

 

2018
Hunter Harrison
CSX Transportation

 

2017
Richard Robey
North Shore Railroad

 

2016
Christopher Haynes
Nestle Waters N.A.

 

2015
At (Tom) Myles
Myles Group

 

2014
David W. Wulfson
Vermont Rail System

NEARS - Hall of Fame

The NEARS Hall of Fame Award is a special recognition given to NEARS Executive Directors, Officers, Board Members, and other individuals who have made personal and professional contributions to the success and welfare of the rail industry in the Northeast Region of North America, and directly to the NEARS organization. The criteria for a nominee is the following:

1.     The Nominee must be nominated by a member of the NEARS organization during the year of nomination

2.     The Nominee should have had a significant involvement in or with the NEARS organization, and should have made a positive impact upon the NEARS organization during that time

3.     The Nominee should be or have been involved with and conducted at least some business in the region of North America that NEARS represents

4.     The Nominee should be of good character

After 2015, there can be 0-2 awards given yearly at the discretion of the Awards Ceremony. The winner will receive a special plaque. The winner will also receive Conference Registration and hotel accommodations for the recipient and up to 2 members of their immediate family at the NEARS conference where they will receive their award. The recipients of the awards will have their names and pictures published on the NEARS website as well as in other NEARS media to recognize and celebrate their achievement.

The NEARS Board of Directors will take nominees up to a designated date before the NEARS Spring Board of Directors Meeting, which follows the NEARS Spring Conference. The Awards Committee will read the nominations and choose recipients based on outstanding positive impact and merit. The award will be given at the Fall Conference of the nominating year. Nominations are good for only one year. If no nominations are received, no award will be given out for that year. The Awards Committee can also choose not to have an award recipient for any given year, regardless of the nominations received.

HOF Nomination

2021 Inductees

Roger Desrosier

Roger Desrosier - Vermont Rail

Ken ONeill Photo

Ken-O'Neill

Past Inductees:

2020
Frank Rogers
Robert Rodino

 

2019
Gerald Racette
Erik Bohn

 

2018
Robert Turner
William Whitney

 

2017
Joseph Gearin
Eileen Gearin

 

2016
Michael Calabucci
David Dufault

 

2015
Michael Cella
Kathy Walsh Dalrymple
Dave Marsh


2014

Jack Allen
William Donovan
Diane Elhakim
Kenneth Enzor