Field Employee of the Year

The NRC’s annual Field Employee of the Year Award recognizes a field employee employed by a contractor member companies who exhibits exemplary performance during the year.

The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor the rail contracting employee who has demonstrated dedication and excellence in his/her field. The NRC Field Employee of the Year goes above and beyond what is required of him/her on a regular basis, demonstrates innovation and perseverance, is a team leader, and a great asset to the company. He/she must also possess a strong commitment to safety and customer satisfaction.

  • Eligibility - Any field employee of an NRC Member Company is eligible for the award. Only one award will be given to the employee who best addresses the stated criteria.
  • Application – The NRC will accept submissions for the 2024 award through November 15, 2024.
    As a reference, here is the 2023 Field Employee of the Year Application, which includes the application, criteria and submission instructions, is posted at this link.
  • Deadline – November 15, 2024
  • Award Winners

2023 - Tom Hunter, Chief Signal Engineer, Modern Railway Systems - Learn more

2022 - Chad Hummel, Project Manager, Hamilton Construction - Learn more

2021 - Bill Lenhart, Regional Manager, RailWorks Track Systems - Learn more

2020 - Mickey Tomlin, Vice President of Field Operations, Herzog - Learn more

2019 - Shelby Conrad, Track Manager, Skanska USA - Learn more

2017 - Phil Hutton, Track Manager, Universal Rail Systems (URS)

2016 - Greg Dunn, Project Manager, Herzog Contracting Corp.

2015 - Dennis Riggs, General Superintendent, Railroad Construction Company of South Jersey

2014 - Mike Spalding, Track Superintendent, Stacy and Witbeck

2013 - Craig Almont, Hamilton Construction

2012 - Dave Friehl, General Superintendent/Construction Manager, Herzog Contracting Corp.

 2011 - Anthony MacIsaac, Railroad Construction Company

What our members say…

“Attendance at the NRC annual conference has been invaluable. The updates from the chief engineers at the various railroads give our company insight into what work we can anticipate in the pipeline for the upcoming year. This, along with the strong networking opportunities amongst individuals across the entire railroading community, make this an event that I look forward to year after year.”

Nick Jenks

Regional Sales Manager

Steel Dynamics Sales North America, Inc.

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