May 19, 2017

Griswell Receives ASLRRA 2017 Distinguished Service Award 

Press Release

Washington, DC – May 17, 2017 – Gary Griswell, Customer Success Leader – Rail, GE Transportation, was honored with the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Thomas L. Schlosser Distinguished Service Award, given on an annual basis to recognize an individual for long-term, significant service to the Association.  Mr. Griswell is the first Associate Member recipient of the prestigious award, presented at ASLRRA’s 2017 CONNECTIONS Convention held in Grapevine, Texas.

Judy Petry, Chairman, ASLRRA and President of Farmrail, Inc. presented the award.  In reviewing the qualifications for this award, Judy illuminated the significant contributions that Gary has made to the industry, as well as the leadership traits that have made him such a stand out among railroaders. “Gary is a man of honesty, a man of integrity, a man of good heart.  He is well-liked, and well-loved by the people in this industry,” Petry noted.

Griswell has served in a variety of capacities for the ASLRRA, including being a founding member of the Technology Committee, CONNECTIONS Convention Chair, 2015 and the Board of Directors (2013-2015), and will chair the 2018 CONNECTIONS Convention to be held in Nashville, TN.  

“Gary has been a champion of short line railroads, supporting both our business solution needs as well as helping to advance our legislative agenda toward maintaining a level playing field and preserving the ability to remain competitive individually and collectively,” said Alan Matheson, Assistant Superintendent, Tacoma Rail. 

Griswell is currently the Customer Success Leader – Rail with GE Digital.  He has served GE on the ShipperConnect Team as the Shipper Customer Experience Leader, and the Customer Support Team as the Short Line Customer Experience Leader. Previously, Gary was with RMI for 26 years before the company was acquired by GE Transportation in 2012. 

“Gary’s values are laced with integrity, with trust, with a compassion for the customer, for the employee and for people.  Gary just seeks to do the right thing,” said Karen Folino, Senior  Commercial Leader, GE Transportation.

A video of the award presentation can be found at


About ASLRRA - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the nation’s 550 short line and regional railroads and railroad supply company members in legislative and regulatory matters. Short lines operate 50,000 miles of track in 49 states, or approximately 38% of the national railroad network, touching in origination or termination one out of every four cars moving on the national railroad system, serving customers who otherwise would be cut off from the national railroad network.


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