The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appoints Marc D. Williams as Chair of its Rail Transportation Council. Also, Cheryl Hart takes on the new role of Director of Sales and Marketing at TNW Corporation, a Texas-based short line and logistics centers operator.
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Executive Director Marc D. Williams will serve a two-year term as Chair of the AASHTO Council on Rail Transportation, which is described as addressing “all policy, regulatory, safety, operations and investment issues [that] states use to develop an efficient national freight and passenger rail system.”
Tapped to lead TxDOT by the Texas Transportation Commission in June 2021, Williams joined the department in 2012 as Director of Planning and also served five years as Deputy Director. Prior to joining TxDOT, he held leadership roles at public- and private-sector organizations, including Jacobs and Wilbur Smith Associates, which were involved with the planning, development and implementation of transportation infrastructure projects across the United States. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, and he is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
In related developments, last fall Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Roger Millar and Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba were elected AASHTO President and Vice President, respectively, for 2022-23.
Cheryl Hart has accepted the new position of Director of Sales and Marketing, leading the development and implementation of strategic sales, marketing and communications initiatives at TNW Corporation. Her responsibilities include creating, implementing and evaluating comprehensive sales, marketing and communications programs; playing an active role in strategic community and business partnerships; and providing input for business planning, according to the company.
Hart served most recently as TNW Corporation’s Director of Marketing and Communications. She joined the company in 2019 as Manager of Marketing and Branding. With more than 25 years of sales and marketing leadership experience, Hart has also led her own marketing production company and held roles at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Fort Worth.
“I am very pleased to expand Cheryl’s role at TNW,” TNW Corporation CEO Paul Treangen said. “She has proven to be a resourceful, capable leader and a valuable contributor to our vision for the future.”
Separately, TNW Corporation announced May 23 that it has formed a strategic alliance with TrinityRail to expand rail offerings at its Texas North Western Railway line in Sunray, Tex. Also, Texas Rock Crusher Railway, a TNW Corporation subsidiary, celebrated its 25th anniversary on March 28.