Executive Advisory Board

The role of the External Advisory Board (EAB) is to provide input on NURail Center’s strategic planning and outreach activities. We anticipate one meeting per year and quarterly teleconferences where the EAB will help review activities and provide advice and vision on strategic directions. Members of the EAB include Class 1 and short line railroads, passenger rail, government agencies and rail consulting companies.

Chairman - Michael W. Franke
Chief, State Government Contracts
Government Affairs & Corporate Communications
500 West Jackson Blvd., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60661

Michael J. Rush
Association of American Railroads
Senior Vice President of Safety and Operations
425 Third Street, SW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20024

David W. Ferryman
Canadian National Railway Company
VP System Engineering
17641 Ashland Ave.
Homewood, IL 60430-1339

Thomas D. Simpson
Railway Supply Institute
Corporate Address:
425 Third Street, S.W. Suite 920
Washington, DC 20024

Sergio "Satch" Pecori
Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
Corporate Address:
1525 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Timothy H. Hoeffner
Director, Office of Rail
Michigan Department of Transportation
State Transportation Building
425 W. Ottawa St.
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909