MxV Rail leadership – together, we unlock momentum.

Our senior leadership team is made up of life-long professionals who’ve dedicated their careers to the rail industry. Most of us have worked together for decades.

Leadership Team

Kari was appointed President and CEO of MxV Rail in a unanimous decision by the board in September 2021. Kari was at the helm while MxV Rail built new infrastructure, transformed its services, and moved operations in 2022. She leads the team with the advantage of 20 years’ service and experience in the rail industry. She is a mechanical engineer by training, holds an MBA, and was recognized by Progressive Railroading as a “rising star.” She was the inaugural candidate for our Railroad Exchange Program, spending a year at BNSF as a visiting professional.

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Shawn has held a number of roles in his advancing career with the rail industry. Prior to joining MxV Rail in 2021, Shawn was Assistant Vice President of Engineering for Kansas City Southern overseeing capital programs, track maintenance, testing and standards for the U.S., Mexico, and territories. Shawn started as a railroader at BNSF and has held leadership positions with CSX and OmniTRAX.

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Scott manages the AAR’s Strategic Research Initiatives program and has been with MxV Rail since 1997. Over the years, he has been a visiting professional at Norfolk Southern Railway, authored 100 technical research publications, and received multiple best paper awards. As a leader in innovation, Scott helps the industry set its research agenda decades in advance and supports university programs.

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Josh brings 25 years’ experience in growing market share and expanding business footprints to MxV Rail. Prior to joining the team, he served as Director of Sales & Operations for RailcarRx, Inc. He’s also worked for Railinc, MxV Rail’s sister company, in development and industry relations roles, managing partnerships with the industry’s largest private car owners.

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Based in Manitoba, Canada, Karen brings decades of railway experience and business acumen to MxV Rail. Prior to joining MxV Rail, Karen was Vice President of Technical Services for Wabtec Corporation and participated on multiple AAR technical and waiver committees. Her teams are known for exceptional customer service and keeping pace with rapidly changing domestic and global markets.

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Forrest has led teams in the emergency management sector with proven success for 35 years. Over his career, Forrest has served as EMT, Paramedic Supervisor, Chief of Hazardous Materials Response Team, and Deputy Director of Special Operations within the U.S. Office of Emergency Management. He is MxV Rail/SERTC’s chief representative in the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

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Tammy oversees all aspects of finance and accounting at MxV Rail, ensuring compliance and maintaining best practices based on 30 years in the financial sector. She joined MxV Rail in 1998 and has served in multiple roles with accounting, compliance, and business services. Tammy currently serves on the AAR Pension and 401(k) Boards among others.

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Niki is an executive leader with decades of experience in strategic communications, marketing initiatives, and organizational development. She joined MxV Rail in 2022 after advancing roles at Colorado State University-Pueblo, most recently as the president’s Chief of Staff. Niki is a Pueblo native committed to MxV Rail’s community ties and momentum for the region as a rail industry epicenter.

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