Dillwyn, VA. October 4, 2015. Gale Wilson, Buckingham Branch Railroad Senior Vice President, was honored by the Virginia Railroad Association (VRA) at the associations’ 2015 Annual Meeting in Fredericksburg, VA. Wilson was recognized for his oustanding service to the VRA as president of the association for eight years. The VRA has as members the nine shortline railroads based in Virginia, plus Class 1 railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern, and railroad freight customers and vendors.
“The VRA was a pretty modest undertaking when we asked Gale to assume the presidency eight years ago,” according to Buckingham Branch Chairman of the Board Bob Bryant. “We got together at the VRA for dinner and golf to stay in touch. Under Gales’s leadership, our membership has increased significantly. We now have expanded meeting agendas and a stronger relationship with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), members of the Virginia General Assembly, and other decision makers in state and federal government who influence and regulate our industry.”
“I have enjoyed my eight years as president,” Wilson said. ” I’d like to think I’m handing over the reins of a strong organization to the new officers. I’ve worked with three Virginia Governors and tried to keep the VRA members’ interests front and center through several changes of administration and policies at the VDRPT. I won’t miss the hours required but I will miss the relationships,” Wilson concluded. Although stepping down from the VRA, Wilson continues as Senior Vice President for the Buckingham Branch.