Tuesday, January 28, 2014

INRD promotes Le Dune, Jonaitis

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Brian Joniatis, Indiana Rail Road Brian Joniatis, Indiana Rail Road
The Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) has promoted Brian Jonaitis to Director, Sales, and Shae LeDune to Executive Assistant to the President, with new supervisory and community affairs responsibilities.

In his new role, Jonaitis is responsible for overseeing INRD’s sales and marketing staff while managing more than 20 customer accounts of his own. The railroad said he has been instrumental in developing business at INRD’s new Odon (Ind.) Transload facility and at the company’s truck-to-rail transload near downtown Indianapolis.

Jonaitis is a 2003 graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a Crown Point, Ind., native. He joined INRD’s sales and marketing staff in 2005 after a two-year stint with trucking firm Knight Transportation, where he gained experience in personnel management, operations, and sales.

“Indiana Rail Road was named Railway Age magazine’s “Regional Railroad of the Year” in 2012 largely based on customer testimonials pointing to our excellent service and the customer-first philosophy of our entire organization,” said INRD Senior Vice President, Operations and Business Development Bob Babcock. “That customer contact starts with our sales and marketing team, and Brian has earned the opportunity to lead our day-to-day efforts.”

IRR-Shae LeDuneLeDune, a graduate of Indiana State University and an Evansville, Ind., native, is now in charge of INRD’s community grant program, which supports in-classroom education and public safety endeavors throughout the railroad’s operating territory. She is also taking on additional leadership roles at INRD’s north-side Indianapolis headquarters, including administrative staff and office management.

“Shae’s leadership and organizational skills are regularly on display at our many customer and employee events,” said INRD President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hoback. “But her efforts in the past year to coordinate the grand opening of our Indianapolis Intermodal Terminal, Odon Transload, and Locomotive Maintenance Facility, all the while managing a lengthy list of corporate administrative duties, have shown how invaluable she is to this company.”