Muller-Levan Heads RBMN Strategic PlanningWritten by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Reading & Northern (RBMN) has named Christina (Tina) Muller-Levan as Executive Vice President-Strategic Planning, effective immediately, reporting to company founder, owner and CEO Andy Muller, Jr.
Muller-Levan has been involved in various businesses during her career. Most recently, she was President of the Muller family’s aviation business, Reading Jet Center. During her tenure at RJC, “she led the company to profitability and is currently working on a plan to rationalize the assets,” the company noted. “At the same time as she was managing RJC, Muller-Levan was an active member of the RBMN management team. For the past few years, she has overseen the Human Resource, Facilities and Information Technology efforts of the company. Under her leadership the railroad was able to navigate the effects of the pandemic while maintaining and growing its workforce. She has been instrumental in increasing compensation for hourly and salaried employees as well as improving working conditions by offering more holidays and better benefits.”
On the IT side, Muller-Levan led the effort to establish an affiliated company that provides software products to other railroads. She spearheaded acquisition and implementation of Innovative Operations Technology (IOT), which provides customized software development specializing in dispatch control systems and passenger excursion ticketing systems. IOT is now working to expand the products and services into different markets.
In her new position, Muller-Levan will take the lead on developing a five-year plan “to ensure RBMN is well-positioned for the future,” the company noted. “With 2022 being the company’s most successful year in its history, with 15% growth in freight carloads and passing the 250,000-rider mark for its passenger excursion business, her goal is to build on the company’s strong foundation. RBMN is anticipating breaking both the freight and passenger records in 2023, and part of Muller-Levan’s job is to make sure the railroad has all the resources, including human resources, to enable it to handle all the additional business with its high customer service standards.” Her new responsibilities also includes RBMN’s active real estate program.
“I am honored to be offered this critical position at Reading & Northern at this amazing time of growth and expansion,” said Muller-Levan. “Forty years ago, my father began the family’s involvement in railroading by operating a few Commonwealth-owned rail lines. Reading & Northern now owns more than 400 miles of track, and we have two award-winning, thriving franchises—our freight business and our passenger excursion business. During the months to come, I will be reaching out to our customers, our connections, our community leaders and our employees to explore how we can continue to grow our businesses.”
Muller-Levan is a native of the Kutztown area and attended Elizabethtown College, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. She lives on a country farm near Virginville with her husband Justin and children Colton, Sierra and Reese Levan.
Port Clinton, Pa.-based Reading & Northern Railroad, is a privately held Class II railroad serving more than 70 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties (Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Wyoming). It has expanded its operations over the past 40 years and now handles more than 34,000 carloads of freight and 250,000 excursion train riders over 400 miles of track. RBMN operates freight services and steam and diesel-powered excursion passenger services, owns more than 1,700 freight cars, and employs nearly 300. It is a four-time Railway Age Regional Railroad of the Year (2002, 2011, 2015, 2020).