Tuesday, December 08, 2009

REMSA undergoing significant restructuring

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In preparation for Railway Interchange 2011, the consolidated show that will be a joint effort involving four of the industry’s principal trade associations, REMSA (Railway Engineering Maintenance Suppliers Association) is undergoing a major restructuring.

The changes to REMSA take full effect Jan. 1, 2010, when its operations come under the auspices of Washington D.C.-based Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell. CCH has entered into a two-year contract with REMSA for two years, with an option to extend for another two years. David Soule, a Partner at CCH, becomes the new Executive Director of REMSA. He replaces current Executive Director Judi Meyerhoeffer, who will continue with REMSA as Director of Trade Shows. REMSA is moving its headquarters from Falls Church, Va., to CCH’s offices in Washington (500 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001).

Soule has been with CCH for twelve years as Partner in charge of International Consulting, managing several large railway restructuring projects in Eastern Europe and  Russian Republics. Prior to Joining CCH, he was Executive Vice President and COO of Delaware Otsego Corp., which owned the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway and other small railroads.

“CCH has represented railroads and rail-related trade associations in Washington for over 25 years,” REMSA said in an announcement to member companies. “It employs a group of senior professionals who have substantial knowledge about therailroads and rail supply industry and who have built strong relationships with those who work in the industry. CCH also has a large and talented support staff that can handle the many organizational and accounting tasks associated with trade association management. The current REMSA officers have spent considerable time interviewing CCH principals and informing them as to what we believe needs to be achieved in the coming years. CCH has promised a seamless transition through the first of the year.”

REMSA also noted that Railway Interchange 2011 “is a new concept. We are fortunate to have Judi Meyerhoeffer, with her many years of trade show experience, as our representative on the committee that will organize and run the event. We all appreciate Judi’s years of dedicated service and the many contributions she has made to REMSA.”